Friday, May 31, 2019

#WyrdandWonder #REVIEW: The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

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The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: March 6th, 2018
Format: Hardback
My Rating: ★ 1/2
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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.
I had this book on my TBR for a long time, and sounded like a perfect halloween read. It definitely gave me Hocus Pocus feels, and having read it I stand by that. However, originally I tried this on audiobook, and it was AWFUL. I asked other audiobook friends about it and they basically talked me into reading the print book instead. The narrator and production quality of the audio was so bad it sounded like she was in her car under water. SO BAD! So I was really glad that I decided to get the hardback of this one. Plus the cover is gorgeous!

This book definitely gives off Haven and Hocus Pocus feels. It's set in a small coastal town where everyone knows everyone and there is this curse on the town. I loved the idea of the Swan Sisters taking their revenge because they were wronged so much because men are SOOOOOO afraid of women. Especially women who take what they want and like sex. Oh the horror! At the same time, it was terrible what they were doing! But how do you stop them?

I really enjoyed reading from Penny's point of view and I loved the writing in this one. Ernshaw's writing has this cool lyric quality to it that basically seduces you. The tone of the writing fit so well with the plot, that I had to keep on reading.

There is a big twist in this novel, and I'm going to keep this spoiler-free, but I totally didn't see it coming! I thought one thing was going to happen, but then another thing happened again that I wasn't even thinking about! So good on Ernshaw for totally throwing out that red herring. You got me!

If you like books about curse, small towns and like a good YA fantasy, I highly recommend this one.

Happy Reads Everyone!

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