tarot reading: house of salt and sorrows

Today’s tarot reading is for a book I read a couple months ago, HOUSE OF SALT AND SORROWS by Erin A. Craig. I did a short reading on my Instagram a while ago and promised to expand upon it on the blog and never did, so I guess it’s time I remedy that! Usually when I do a tarot reading for a book, I post it before I read or finish it, but this time, I’m going to include the original reading and also whether it was accurate! Without further ado, here’s the tarot reading for HOUSE OF SALT AND SORROWS:



the lovers

The question I asked the cards was whether I’d end up liking the book. At the time I asked, I was debating DNFing the book because the writing was very slow and the MC was a bit lackluster. When I drew the lovers, I decided to keep reading, because while the lovers can be a card about relationships, it can also indicate that you are making a choice for something you know is meant for you. The lovers can represent a person or a passion, so it is a positive card to get. This led me to believe I should keep reading the book.


was it accurate?

Unfortunately, it was not. There were times when I liked the book. For instance, I loved the setting and the manor and Verity, one of the MC’s little sisters, but unfortunately, the story really fell flat for me. Annaleigh, the main character, had next to no personality, and honestly I kept forgetting it was narrated in first person because she was so dull and weirdly not part of the story? She just didn’t seem to have a pivotal role that really changed the story in any way. Also BARF to the romance. Annaleigh fell for the first man outside her family/family friends that she met, and they had ZERO chemistry. I did not feel the romance at all. Also, the big reveal to who was behind the curse didn’t have enough build up, but I still guessed who it was very early on. Also, the story was painfully slow at times and got extremely dull in too many places.

If you’re still interested in reading the book, here’s the synopsis from Goodreads:


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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