Author: Adriana Mather
Age: Young Adult
Publisher: Walker Books
Publication date: 04/01/18
My rating: ★★★★★
Synopsis from Goodreads:
After Sam’s father is hospitalised, she has to move from New York to Salem with her stepmother, Vivian. Unfortunately, Sam is related to Cotton Mather, one of the men responsible for the Salem Witch Trials, and to say she feels unwelcome in Salem is an understatement… She is particularly unnerved by The Descendants, a mysterious and tight-knit group of girls related to those persecuted in the Trials. At the same time, she must deal with Elijah, the handsome but angry ghost who has appeared in her house, and her new neighbour Jaxon only complicates things further.
“I am utterly addicted to Adriana Mather’s electric debut. It keeps you on the edge of your seat, twisting and turning with ghosts, witches, an ancient curse, and – sigh – romance.” Jennifer Niven
This is the book I’ve been waiting for, it has everything I love in its pages. Witches, ghosts and curses. Set in Salem and focused on the descendants of those involved in the Salem Witch Trials in 1962-3. The story follows Sam, as she moves with her step mom into her grandmother’s house in Salem in order to pay her father’s (who is in a coma) medical bills. What Sam doesn’t realise is that her arrival awakens a curse that only affects the descendants when at least one member from each family inhabits Salem at the same time. Samantha must work with the descendants and spirit, Elijah to break the curse before anyone else falls prey to it.
I LOVED How To Hang A Witch, I’ve always had an interest in the Salem Witch Trials so I knew I had to read it! It’s dark, eerie and fascinating in equal measure. I liked how facts and Salem’s history was incorporated into the story, I learnt so many new and interesting things about the trials. I loved Samantha Mather she’s sarcastic, witty and extremely strong willed. She’s not afraid to stand up for herself and will do anything to help her father. The plot and character development is brilliantly written and full of magic, twists and turns that will keep you reading through the night. I turned the last page only to realise it was 5am and I’d been lost in it for six hours, it was worth every second of lost sleep.
Honestly, you need to read this book. I can’t praise and recommend it enough. It’s perfect for those who love a good witchy read. I can’t wait for the sequel to be published here.