Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw | Book Review

Reading Group: High School+

Synopses: Two centuries ago, in small, isolated Sparrow, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery and drowned in the waters surrounding the town. Now, each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three girls and seeking revenge by dragging boys to their watery deaths.

Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the town's fate. Then, on the eve of the sisters' return, Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into or the fact that his arrival will change everything... 

Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. 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.

Cover: I find the cover of this book to be very pretty with the shades of green, blue, and purple, with a pop of orange.  There are also a few illustrations throughout the waves: crows, a skull, and a sinking hand that I think work to help with the quote that says, "Secrets that lurk beneath the surface..." 

My Review: I grabbed this book from my internship because I thought it sounded really interesting, but I was afraid that it was going to be a little young for me.  Although I do think this book is appropriate for people a little younger than me, I didn't feel like I was too old to enjoy it and actually I really liked it.  I love magical books like this that incorporate some type of love story.  However, this love story was a little bit tragic for Bo because he fell in love with a girl and then, in a way, had to re-fall in love with her, which I was very happy he was able to.  There is a slight twist in this story that you might be able to guess, but if you don't you'll be stunned.  
This book has the storyline that says love can change pretty much anything, which some people may think is cliche, but I think I would be completely happy reading books with only this storyline for the rest of my life.  Love can change your entire outlook, but it can also make you selfless, which is what happens in this story.  When something has been the way it is for two hundred years it takes someone brave to change it while understanding that the consequences may end badly for them.  This story is about a town that still thrives off of a curse from the past, but when a new outsider comes to town, everything gets turned around and now it's up to Penny to decide what happens next.
On Amazon, it says "Hocus Pocus meets Practical Magic", but I'm afraid the people targeted for this book are too young for those movies.  I've seen Hocus Pocus, but I've never seen Practical Magic and I feel like I'm on the older end of the audience target, but I do agree.  I was explaining the plot to someone and she immediately said, 'Oh, like a darker Hocus Pocus!'  Three sisters accused of being witches and killed for it...Sanderson...Swan...it's all the same really.  

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