Posted April 27, 2018 by wildandw in ARC Review, Book Reviews / 0 Comments


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The Wicked Deep
Author:  Shea Ernshaw
Genre:  Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
Publishing:  March 6, 2018 (Simon Pulse)
Source: e-ARC via Netgalley


“Love is an enchantress—devious and wild. It sneaks up behind you, soft and gentle and quiet, just before it slits your throat.” 


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Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow…

Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.

Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under.

Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.

Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters.

But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself.





Ever since I read How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather in the Fall, I have been craving another book about witches that would give me the same kind of feeling — utterly blown away.  I got my wish with The Wicked Deep!

Shea Ernshaw gave readers a peek into her life with The Wicked Deep.  According to the biography on her author page, Ernshaw is from a small town in Oregon and loves “lakes and deep dark woods.”

The Wicked Deep follows Penny Talbot, a high schooler in the little town of Sparrow, during Swan Season — a brief time at the beginning of summer when three sisters accused of witchcraft return to inhabit the bodies of local girls to kill boys in an act of revenge on the town for not accepting them 200 years prior.

This book is amazing and perfect for fans of Mather’s books, Practical Magic, and Hocus Pocus.  I got a great blend of mystery, suspense, and the touch of romance that I like in books.  I devoured The Wicked Deep and have since also listened to the audiobook because THAT’S how much I enjoyed it!

Penny is a quiet, contemplative character, and I really liked her.  Listening to the audiobook after reading it helped me to appreciate her character more fully, as I picked up on little things I initially missed.  I also think Bo is great.  He is intriguing and compelling!

Ernshaw has a smooth writing style and laid out a well-paced plot.  Ernshaw really did weave a fantastic story!  I’m looking forward to reading more from her in the future.

There is so much that I absolutely adored about this book, that I could go on and on, but I won’t because I don’t want to accidentally spoil anyone.  I must commend Simon & Schuster on a stunning cover, though!  The naked book is also one of the most beautiful ones that I own.

Overall, OF COURSE I recommend The Wicked Deep!  Those who enjoyed the stories I previously mentioned (How to Hang a WitchPractical Magic, and Hocus Pocus) should like this one.  This truly was a wonderful, thrilling read.

Until next time…xo

*Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced galley of this book.  Please note that it, in no way, had an effect on my opinion or review.  

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