October 12, 2018

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

Step right up, get your perfect Halloween read here! I knew from the minute I saw The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw that I would love it. I actually bought this book the day it was released back in March, but made myself wait until closer to Halloween to read it. And it was definitely worth the wait.

This book takes place in the small town of Sparrow. Every summer, a terrible curse befalls the town and it is forced to pay retribution for something it did two centuries ago: drowned the three Swan sisters for witchcraft. Now, each summer the sisters return from their watery grave, each inhabiting the body of a teenage Sparrow girl and luring boys into the water to their deaths. The town has accepted that this is their fate, and the "Swan season" has even become a tourist attraction of sorts. This story follows Penny Talbott during the Swan season, but this summer is different. Enter Bo, an unsuspecting visitor to Sparrow who seems to not know the danger he has put himself in by visiting during this time. 

Ugh this book, I just adored every minute of it! Both the present day plotline and the flashbacks to the sisters had me so immersed in the town of Sparrow, and I could picture everything so vividly in this atmospheric read. While I did figure out the twist (if you can even call it a twist, because it happens fairly early on), that didn't detract from my enjoyment of the story whatsoever. 

My only real dislike (and not even a dislike enough to take off a star) was the unlikely romance, but if you take it with a grain of salt it doesn't distract from story as a whole. The very end threw me a bit, but it's satisfying when you realize that Penny isn't as much the main character as you originally thought.

This would make an amazing movie (which is good, because it looks like it's happening). Fans of Hocus Pocus and anything witchy will absolutely adore this read! And because it has to be said, this gorgeous, holographic cover may be the most beautiful book I've ever seen!

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

13 comments:

Mary Madalene said...

Loved the review! I've been hearing a lot about this book lately. I think it might be time to put it on my TBR. My ever growing list it seems lol.

Nikki Saturday Nite Reader said...

I have this one on my shelf and think I may need to movie it up the list in time for Halloween like you said!

Christina Loeffler said...

Ok ok ok I think I'm gonna have to add this one for halloween! I'm loving reading these types of books right now. Wonderful review!!

jenn G said...

Wow, I'm seeing this one a lot

DJ Sakata said...

I seldom read this genre but you have me wanting this one - well done!

Trendy|Simple|Life said...

I need to get this book. Love your review btw :-)

Amanda McGill said...

Great review! Glad you enjoyed it!

Tracey Faulconbridge said...

great review :-)

Lovely Audiobooks said...

Great review! And good to know, I think I'd watch this as a movie if it isn't done too creepily :-)

Robin Loves Reading said...

Great review.

Lady In Read said...

totally loved this cover; and your review tempts me to add this to my TBR..

Bookworms Corner said...

Fabulous review. I am tempted by this one.

Katiria Rodriguez said...

Great review, I've been dying to read a book with witches in the story and this one looks and sounds like a great one. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.