The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
Published by: Simon Pulse on March 6th, 2018
Genre: YA, Paranormal, Witches
Format: Electronic ARC
Source: Provided by Simon and Schuster Canada in exchange for an honest review
Summary (from Goodreads): 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.
Review: I went into this book knowing nothing other than the fact that witches were involved. I realized this book was coming out March 6th so on the evening of March 5th I frantically began reading it. It took no time at all for me to get into this story as I was so intrigued with this story about 3 witches who were drowned in Sparrow 2 centuries ago and how they curse the town every year. I read it every chance I got when I was home and I read this 300+ page book in just over 24 hours! The story is really captivating and easy to read, keeping you turning the pages to find out what happens.
I found the first portion of the book to be the best part. Once the first major plot twist happens (which I kind of predicted right away because the foreshadowing prior is a bit too obvious, but I was glad to pick right nonetheless – rare occurrence) the book kind of became annoying-ish to me. Penny becomes whiny and a lot of the chapters basically read as “I don’t want to I love him” over and over. There is insta-love in this book which was a bit cringey and Bo’s choice at the end didn’t feel like the right one to me.
Overall, I enjoyed my time reading about the Sparrow sisters and finding out more about them in the interchanging chapters. It makes me want to pick up another book about witches in the near future.
**A review copy was kindly provided to me by Simon and Schuster Canada in exchange for an honest review**