October 9, 2017

Haunting the Deep Blog Tour: Review

Haunting the Deep (How to Hang a Witch #2)
Author: Adriana Mather
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release Date: October 3, 2017
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers


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.

“Readers who were intrigued by How to Hang a Witch (2016) will be eager for this unexpected sequel, which continues in much the same vein, blending a historical tragedy with an atmospheric mystery.” ─ Booklist

Haunting the Deep is a wonderful second installment in a young adult paranormal series that brings Salem's infamous Witch Trials into the twenty-first century. I've always been incredibly fascinated by the Salem Witch Trials - there's so much interesting history and so many stories surrounding them. With this book, the author included the infamous Titanic tragedy and managed to infuse Salem and its magic with the past in a way that felt believable. After loving the first book, I have to admit that I had high hopes for this novel - and I'm so happy that I wasn't disappointed in the least. The author does another superb job weaving together history, superstition, modern teenage problems, and magic to create an awesome novel that had me hooked from the very beginning. I loved basically everything about the book and have no real complaints (except that I wished it could've been longer and possibly a bit creepier, but that's just my personal opinion). 

The characters were all well rounded with unique traits and personalities - especially our main character, Samantha "Sam" Mather. I really connected with her early on in the story and I loved getting to know her on an even deeper level (after the first book) and discovering all the strange things about the Titanic and it's history alongside her. She's smart, a good student, a loving daughter, and down to earth - but she's quite straightforward and has a sarcastic attitude. She was an great mix of snarky and sweet - bold but shy and unsure at the same time. The book is told from Sam's point of view, which really allows the reader to connect with her on a deeply personal level. By the end of the book, it felt like I had been right beside Sam during the entire story. If you've read my reviews before, you know I'm a huge advocate of the first person point of view - which is no exception with this book.

Every other aspect of the novel was well done - the setting was perfect, the plot was enticing and full of great supernatural twists and historical aspects, and the writing itself was fluid and had a quick pace. I was sucked into Sam's world from the very first page and I didn't stop reading until I had finished the entire book - which only took a few hours. All of the elements in the novel worked very well together and they came together to create a really fascinating and fun book that fans of the genre will be sure to love. Very highly recommended for fans of paranormal, fantasy, historical fiction, and contemporary fiction!

Adriana Mather, the New York Times bestselling author of HOW TO HANG A WITCH, is a full-time writer, producer, and actor. She owns a production company called Zombot Pictures, which has produced three films, including the award-winning Honeyglue. She lives in Los Angeles, California. Not only can Adriana trace her ancestry back to Cotton Mather and the Salem Witch Trials, she also has relatives who survived the sinking of the Titanic. Look for her on Twitter at @AdrianaMather and on Facebook at @AdrianaMatherauthor.