Book Review

Book Review: ‘House of Salt and Sorrows’

House of Salt and Sorrows” by Erin A. Craig

Source: Owlcrate

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Retelling

Summary:

In a manor by the sea, twelve sisters are cursed.

Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor, a manor by the sea, with her sisters, their father, and stepmother. Once they were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls’ lives have been cut short. Each death was more tragic than the last—the plague, a plummeting fall, a drowning, a slippery plunge—and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the gods.

Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that the deaths were no accidents. Her sisters have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers, and Annaleigh isn’t sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts. Because who—or what—are they really dancing with?

When Annaleigh’s involvement with a mysterious stranger who has secrets of his own intensifies, it’s a race to unravel the darkness that has fallen over her family—before it claims her next.

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Unboxing

Unboxing: Owlcrate “All The World;s A Stage” June 2020

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This month’s theme is “All The World’s A Stage”

Full box spoilers after the jump.

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Awesome Blog Posts You May Have MIssed, Bookish

Awesome Blog Posts You May Have Missed (June 21 – June 27)

In an effort to be a more active member of the book blogging community, I’m planning on making this a weekly post where I share some of the interesting blog posts that have caught my eye in the last week.

Do you use Pinterest? I’ve also got a collaborative Pinterest board sharing great blog posts by book bloggers here if you’d like to join. You’re welcome to pin your posts to the board. Please feel free to pin other book bloggers’ posts as well.

It’s the perfect post to enjoy on a Saturday morning. Pour yourself a big cup of coffee and enjoy!

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Blogging, Bookish

Where To Get Advance Reader Copies (ARCs)

If you’ve been in the book community for any length of time, you may have heard of ARCs or Advance(d) Reader Copies. These are paperback copies of to-be-published books that publishers use as marketing material. They are typically sent to people who are influential in the book world. Library staff, bookstore employees, & professional reviewers (magazine, newspaper, website) are typically high on the list because they have the most sway in getting the book into people’s hands.

In this new age of technology, publishers and authors have been working with microinfluencers [people who have a smaller following; bookstagrammers & book bloggers fall into this category] and offering ARCs to them. I’ve been in this online community for 8+ years and the industry is really starting to recognize the pull that we microinfluencers have. I know I certainly will trust a bookish friend’s opinion over an advertisement in a magazine.

The biggest thing to keep in mind about ARCs is they are a piece of marketing material. It costs the publisher to produce & ship to someone. Like any other piece of marketing budget, there is serious thought put in to figure out where to send an ARC. Publishers want the most bang for their buck so they will send books to people who have the most sway or whose review will be seen (& trusted) by the most people. A rejection from a publisher is nothing personal; it’s a business decision.

There are 3 basic ways to acquire ARCs: ‘earning’ them, winning them, & attending events.

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Cover Reveal, Giveaway

Cover Reveal: “The Theft of Sunlight” + Giveaway

Hello friends! I’ve teamed up with Intisar Khanani to reveal the cover of her newest book, The Theft of Sunlight.

The Theft of Sunlight is the first book in a companion duology to Thorn (my review of the original, self-published version of the story). If you’re interested in getting your hands on a copy of Thorn, the ebook is currently on sale in the US and Canada for only $2.99.

Are you ready to see the goregous cover by Jenny Zemanek?

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