I absolutely loved How to Hang a Witch and all its witchy goodness. I wish I could reread it again for my first time and fall in love all over again. A ghost and witch story that is on the same level of scare factor as Hocus Pocus, but just as wickedly fun. I cannot wait to go out and grab Adriana’s next book and follow Samantha on her next journey. 4.5 out of 5 stars for me on this one!
“Almost everything worth believing in cannot be seen. Love, for instance.”
It’s the Salem Witch Trials meets Mean Girls in a debut novel from one of the descendants of Cotton Mather, where the trials of high school start to feel like a modern day witch hunt for a teen with all the wrong connections to Salem’s past.
Salem, Massachusetts is the site of the infamous witch trials and the new home of Samantha Mather. Recently transplanted from New York City, Sam and her stepmother are not exactly welcomed with open arms. Sam is the descendant of Cotton Mather, one of the men responsible for those trials and almost immediately, she becomes the enemy of a group of girls who call themselves The Descendants. And guess who their ancestors were?
If dealing with that weren’t enough, Sam also comes face to face with a real live (well technically dead) ghost. A handsome, angry ghost who wants Sam to stop touching his stuff. But soon Sam discovers she is at the center of a centuries old curse affecting anyone with ties to the trials. Sam must come to terms with the ghost and find a way to work with The Descendants to stop a deadly cycle that has been going on since the first accused witch was hanged. If any town should have learned its lesson, it’s Salem. But history may be about to repeat itself.
This book revolves around Samantha Mather and her infamous ties to the Salem witch trials. After moving to Salem and being shunned by the descendants, the witchy version of Mean Girls, weird things start happening for Sam. I don’t want to give any spoilers away but she makes a new friend that is quite different and they open up a new world to Sam that she didn’t know about before. Exploring these new abilities of Sam’s and what was going on around her and the possible curse that she had on her was so exciting. The pages kept turning faster and faster as more of Sam’s story fell into place. I had to know what was going on and who or what was behind the curse and the odd things happening to the people in Salem.
Samantha herself was a fun character. I related to her immediately being from right outside New York and using sarcasm quite frequently myself and being a bit of a loner at times too. I loved that she wanted to explore secret passageways and delve into the history of the witch trials in Salem Massachusetts. I’ve always been interested in Salem and the history there so this whole book was such a fun story for me. The writing was very well done, sucking me in completely.
I think my only issue with the book was the insta-love. Again I don’t want to give too much away, but I found the “I love you’s” to happen a little too soon especially since this story spans a months time and it’s not even your typical relationship set up. I think this book focused on a great story and then the author wanted to add in romance so she quickly escalated what was a totally fine romantic tension build into a finalized declaration that did not need to occur. I will always hate instal-romances and I think they often can ruin a good story line. This did annoy me, but I loved the story and characters so much that I tried not to let it bug me too much…
I can’t wait to get my hands on Haunting the Deep, Adriana’s second book following Samantha Mather. This is definitely one of my favorite reads of the month and I am so glad I got to it days before Halloween. A perfect read for October, this will be one I revisit often this time of year.