House of Salt and Sorrows is a liberal retelling of “The Twelve Dancing Princesses” by the Brothers Grimm. One part gothic romance, one part whodunit murder mystery, and one part gorgeous secluded maritime setting. Read this when you are in the mood for a dark, dazzling story about a Cinderella-esque heroine who falls down a rabbit hole and lands in a fantasy world full of weird, wonderful characters. This is an August #yasofthemonth, and my seventh grader and I both loved this one. It is Caraval by Stephanie Garber meets Circe by Madeline Miller with The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware vibes. Best paired with cups of cinnamon tea, plates of lemon cookies and gingered scones slathered with butter.