How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather is a spooky mystery filled with rich historical details that really bring Salem of past and present to life. Further, How to Hang a Witch brings the effects of bullying to full and painful light and made me instantly connect with Sam as she struggled to survive high school on top of a curse. Don’t miss the giveaway at the bottom of the post!
Note: I received an advanced copy of How to Hang a Witch from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.
How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather (How to Hang a Witch #1)
Published by Knopf on July 26th, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Fantasy, Paranormal
Page Length: 368 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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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.
- I have to admit that one of the things that instantly intrigued me about this book is that the author is a direct descendant of Cotton Mather, one of the most infamous names associated with the Salem Witch Trials. On top of that, it is clear that the author spent a lot of time in Salem and researching Salem to fill this book with details that really bring the town to life.
- I’m a complete scaredy cat, so I was a bit nervous reading a story that had the potential to get really scary, but it was just the right amount of spooky for me. I was hooked and had to keep turning the pages, but wasn’t so scared that I couldn’t get to sleep ;-).
- Bullying is a tough issue and Sam goes through a lot of it throughout her entire life. I felt strongly connected to her through this fact since all I wanted to do was hug her and tell her that not everyone in the world hated her. I think the bullying was portrayed accurately and really conveys just how difficult of a situation it puts a kid in.
- I thought I had the plot all figured out, but how wrong I was! I love being surprised and having things click into place at the end, so the plot twist was a delight to read.
- There is a bit of a love triangle, though it is one of those situations where I completely believe why it happened and it fortunately did not get all that angsty. I think that Sam acted in a realistic way to the situation considering her age and previous life experience, but if you are firmly opposed to this plot device, it might bother you.
How to Hang a Witch is a book that I highly recommend for anyone who is a fan of Salem or witches in general as well as a good book for readers concerned with the contemporary themes of bullying. This is one of those books that I might not have found if it wasn’t for book blogging and I’m so grateful that I did.
I’m also very thankful to Random House for providing me with a copy that I can giveaway to one of you! This giveaway will need to be US only as per Random House’s policies, the winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email, and I’ll be checking entries so make sure the information is correct! Additionally, the winner will receive this little witch dragon I made inspired by the book cover :D
Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather
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