THE WICKED DEEP
Genre: #YA #Fantasy #Paranormal #MagicalRealism
My Rating: 4
Publication: March 6th 2018
Read: October 14th 2018
POV: First-person single perspective
Hardcover: 308 pages
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Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow…
Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.
Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under.
Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.
Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters.
But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself.
This book was way darker than I expected but I was so here for it.
The Wicked Deep genuinely impressed me and I am very pleased with this novel. Shea Ernshaw’s writing is beautiful and easy to follow while the story she crafted was absolutely incredible. This novel was beautiful, haunting, spooky, dark, mysterious and much more. The Swan Sisters were accused of witchcraft and sentenced to death, but when you learn their actual story and the true reasoning behind their execution it becomes hard to hate the sisters. It is easy to understand why they came back every summer for 200 years to take revenge on the people who wronged them. I found myself rooting for them at times. I can’t say much about the way this story was told due to spoilers but I will say that it was written extremely well. The big plot twists were not that hard to guess but Ernshaw had my second guessing myself the entire time.
Penny is an interesting character. Always seeming like she knew way more than she said she did. She was a good character and I liked her well enough. She did not have much personality but I feel like the reason behind that is a spoiler so I can’t comment on it too much. All I will say is that her behavior was appropriate to her situation. Now we have Bo, oh boy this guy was boring. He really did nothing for me. He was nice enough but super cryptic and shady at times. His impulsivity could really get annoying and he also just seemed very dull. Bo’s character could have been expanded upon a little more.
I didn’t give this book 5 stars because I didn’t love it. Sure I really enjoyed the story but I don’t have any special feelings about it. It was a great story but it did have it’s dull moments. Also one thing I really did not like about the story was that the romance was too insta-love. The characters know each other for maybe 2 or 3 weeks. I hate insta-love so that aspect ruined it a little for me but it’s alright, I still really liked the story. Overall this is an enjoyable tale and I would recommend it as a good spooky Halloween read, especially if you are a fan of Hocus Pocus or The Raven Boys. If I had to describe this book I would say it’s Hocus Pocus meets The Raven Boys.
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