ABOUT THE BOOK:
Title: How to Hang a Witch (How to Hang a Witch #1)
Author: Adriana Mather
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery & Suspense
Publishing: July 26, 2016 (Knopf Books for Young Readers)
Format: Hardcover, 358 pages
Source: Self-purchased finished copy from Barnes & Noble
“Almost everything worth believing in cannot be seen. Love, for instance.”
The more things change in Salem, the more they stay the same.
Salem, Massachusetts is the site of the infamous Witch Trials and the new home of Samantha Mather. Recently transplanted from New York City, Sam is not exactly welcomed with open arms. She is a 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 wasn’t enough, Sam finds herself face to face with a real, live (well, technically dead) ghost. A handsome, angry ghost who wants Sam to stop touching his stuff.
Soon Sam discovers she is at the center of a centuries-old curse affecting everyone with ties to the Trials. Sam must come to terms with the ghost and work with The Descendants to stop a deadly cycle that has been going on since the first alleged witch was hanged. If any town should have learned its lesson, it’s Salem. But history may be about to repeat itself.
I won’t lie… my purchase of How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather was wholly influenced by Instagram! Because of that, I didn’t really have grand expectations for it, although I hoped for a decent seasonal read. So, to say that I was blown away is probably an understatement.
Adriana Mather has all of the tools for greatness to author this type of a book. She is a writer, actress, and film producer, and she is the 12th generation in the Mather lineage in America. According to her Goodreads author page, her family had connections to many important American historical events, including the Salem Witch Trials and the Titanic voyage, which explains the influence on her first two novels.
How to Hang a Witch follows Samantha Mather, a high school student, during her relocation to Salem after tragedy strikes her family. Without divulging too much of the plot, the story spins the Salem Witch Trials in modern times with “Mean Girls” vibes.
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I read this book at the perfect time of year — the end of October! With the setting of Salem, the background of the witch trials, and the Descendants making up the perfect cast of dark characters that you’ll love to hate (well… mostly), it was so hard to put How to Hang a Witch down. I had to know where the plot was going to lead next.
I couldn’t help but adore Samantha. She is brazen, and, though I’m sure there will be some that think she’s a snot, I loved her! She had determination and a boldness that made her stand out when she moved to Salem. Call me crazy, but I prefer characters (and people, really) who don’t simply try to fit in.
There was a lot about this book that surprised me, and I am thankful that “bookstagram made me do it” …SO MUCH SO that I immediately went out and purchased Adriana Mather’s second book, Haunting the Deep.
Overall, I would highly recommend this book! If you love young adult lit with mystery/suspense and touches of paranormal elements, go get How to Hang a Witch now; you won’t regret it! This truly was a wonderful, thrilling read.
Until next time… xo