How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather
Paperback ARC, 358 pages
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Expected Publication Date: July 26, 2016
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Salem, Massachusetts is the site of the infamous witch trials and the new home of Samantha Mather. Recently transplanted from New York City, Sam and her stepmother are not exactly welcomed with open arms. Sam is the descendant of Cotton Mather, one of the men responsible for those trials and immediately, she becomes the enemy of a group of girls who call themselves The Descendants. And guess who their ancestors were?
If dealing with that weren't enough, Sam also comes face to face with a real live (well technically dead) ghost. A handsome, angry ghost who wants Sam to stop touching his stuff. But soon Sam discovers she is at the center of a centuries old curse affecting anyone with ties to the trials.
Sam must come to terms with the ghost and find a way to work with the Descendants to stop a deadly cycle that has been going on since the first accused witch was hanged. If any town should have learned its lesson, it's Salem. But history is about to repeat itself.
For ages, I have been looking for that perfect Halloweeny read, and I've finally found it! It's witchy without being too creepy, and being the big scaredy-cat that I am, the latter is extremely important. I'm fascinated and horrified by the history of the Salem witch trials, and How to Hang a Witch uses that history and turns it into a spooky and romantic story. I really identified with the main character's voice, and I now have a new book boyfriend in Elijah—a swoony ghost with a sad and dark past. In a lot of ways, this book reminded me of the movie The Craft, which I loooooved growing up, but a cuter version!
Once I got to the middle of the story, I was tearing through the pages! I couldn't get enough of the story and all the romantic scenes were amazing. The book ends in a way that makes you want to rip your hair out—but in a good way haha. When I reached the end, I couldn't believe it. It left me with so many questions and hopes, but I have no idea what's going to happen in the sequel. I needed more, and now I have to wait over a year for the next book!
Alas, I will eagerly await the sequel... until I get it, I'll just have to push this book on everyone I know haha.
1) Elijah is so swoony, I can't even. So long has it been since I've been swept away by an otherworldly gentleman, but then Elijah entered my life and I'm adding him to my long list of book boyfriends. He's so serious, but sweet... I totally get Mr. Darcy feels from him.
2) I love the main character—she is incredibly relatable. I found myself nodding along to her thoughts and being like, "this is so me right now."
3) This book is modern, but at the same time, it somehow has such an old-world feel that it makes you nostalgic. It made me want to plan a trip to Salem as soon as possible, and it made me even more interested in its history.
4) I really love the family dynamics in this book. Not only do the teens have parents, but they have parents that care! There were a couple of familial relationships that really pulled on my heartstrings; I especially adored the tidbits with Sam and her dad, those were priceless.
5) There is a moment towards the end of the book (where even though I had my suspicions, I wasn't sure) where I was totally heartbroken... it was just so upsetting that I didn't want to be right.
6) The ending! I couldn't read fast enough. There was just so much going on, I couldn't sit still! When I thought all of my hopes and dreams were crushed, Adriana left me with a little granule of hope and I just. . .
1) In the beginning, I was a little put off because I wanted a really witchy book, and at first, it seemed like a teen book about a girl who was just disliked by everyone for no apparent reason. But once I got past that early section and on to the witchiness, I was all in.
2) I don't quite understand all of the parental roles of the Descendants (the kids with witchy powers). Do they know about the magic? Do they practice magic? This was a little unclear to me.
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