This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Haunting the Deep by Adriana Mather
Series: How to Hang a Witch #2
Genres: Fantasy, young adult
Release Date: October 3, 2017
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Format: ARC, E-book
Length: 10 hours, 30 minutes
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The Titanic meets the delicious horror of Ransom Riggs and the sass of Mean Girls in this follow-up to the #1 New York Times bestseller How to Hang a Witch, in which a contemporary teen finds herself a passenger on the famous “ship of dreams”—a story made all the more fascinating because the author’s own relatives survived the doomed voyage.
Samantha Mather knew her family’s connection to the infamous Salem Witch Trials might pose obstacles to an active social life. But having survived one curse, she never thought she’d find herself at the center of a new one.
This time, Sam is having recurring dreams about the Titanic . . . where she’s been walking the deck with first-class passengers, like her aunt and uncle. Meanwhile, in Sam’s waking life, strange missives from the Titanic have been finding their way to her, along with haunting visions of people who went down with the ship.
Ultimately, Sam and the Descendants, along with some help from heartthrob Elijah, must unravel who is behind the spell that is drawing her ever further into the dream ship . . . and closer to sharing the same grim fate as its ghostly passengers.
I was quite interested in reading a good paranormal story and when I came across a book that not only had a paranormal element but it revolved around the Titanic, I knew I had to read it! Haunting the Deep is the second book in the How to Hang a Witch series. This is a series that I would recommend reading in series order. Although the mystery in this book is its own animal there is history between all the characters and events that are referenced that are found in book one, How to Hang a Witch.
This book is set in Salem Massachusetts and Samantha Mather is a high school student who also has the uncanny ability to interact with the departed. This story was cool, mysterious and well depicted. The Author created fantastic paranormal elements derived from historical facts. Definitely gave me the spooky vibe. The Titanic elements felt realistic and were handled quite well. I thoroughly enjoyed the scenes that were depicted and the mingling between the past and present that was achieved throughout this story.
There was definitely a young adult vibe in this story as a large part of it takes place at a high school with all the social drama you would come to expect. I did like the relationship between Sam and her previous “enemies.” Their banter was entertaining and definitely had a girl power feel to it. I was glad that Sam developed some friendships and their addition to unraveling the mystery was most welcome.
There were aspects of this story that I didn’t like and they revolved around a love triangle and all the social drama that came with it. Honestly, I could not see the draw for the love aspect and I think Jaxon is a total winner. Give me the live guy every time. Trust me that you will have to have read the first book in this series to truly understand the love aspect in this story. I was not feeling it but I was not invested in it either as I was team Jaxon.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading a story that has witches, the paranormal, and a mystery with deadly consequences. There were also positive messages about love, family, friendships, and believing in yourself. The end was satisfactory and I do like where the series appears to be heading. Overall, Haunting the Deep is a thrill ride into the paranormal and will keep you on the edge of your seat waiting for the other shoe to drop.
*Thank you to NetGalley & Random House Children’s for this eARC of Haunting the Deep*