Book Review: How to Hang A Witch

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Goodreads Book Synopsis:

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 almost 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 may be about to repeat itself.


My Thoughts:

This debut novel, by Adriana Mather was probably the best book to pick up from Barnes and Noble to break my book slump. The setting, how well written, characters personalities, the book as whole; As a reader I fell in love with this YA paranormal historical fiction.

Samantha Mather is just any other teenager going thru the motions of high school until her father mysteriously ends up in the hospital in a coma. Sam and her stepmother Vivian end up moving to Salem, Massachusetts which is her father’s hometown and the house he had grown up in. Sam isn’t exactly welcomed with open arms to the town including at Salem High School.

The Descendants are a group of kids who are the direct descendants of the “witches” who were killed during the trials.

Many parallels in the story revolve around bullying, the Descendants take to extreme measures to run Sam out of town the minute unexplained deaths start happening.

The novel is a mix of modern day mean girls intertwined with the Salem Witch Trials along with a bit of romance here and there. Plenty of witchcraft, ghosts, murder mystery, teenage awkwardness, quirky inner monologue, the makings of a new fan favorite. Sam is a relatable girl who happens to be the descendant of Cotton Mather who “instigated” the Witch Trials during 1692.

I truly loved this debut Young Adult novel, finished it in four days and I have a bit of a book hangover from it. I definitely recommend this novel to anyone who needs a little fantasy or paranormal stories in their lives.

Author Info:

Now, here is the kicker… Adriana Mather, the author is actually a direct descendant of Cotton Mather. Her lineage goes back to Salem, the Titanic, Revolutionary War and the first Thanksgiving. Her Goodreads author page is down below.

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