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Review of How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather



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Goodreads synopsis:

It’s the Salem Witch Trials meets Mean Girls in a debut novel from one of the descendants of Cotton Mather, where the trials of high school start to feel like a modern day witch hunt for a teen with all the wrong connections to Salem’s past.

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 review:

Five out of five stars

This has been one of the best books I have read this year. It’s has been months since I’ve read something and stuck with it. There’s a funny story with how I came to have this book. I was actually on Facebook and came across the book trailer. I ended up sending the book trailer to one of my really good friends, who loves anything involving the paranormal, because I figured she would be interested in the book. Months later, I come to find out that she actually bought me the book for a Christmas present! I was so stoked and couldn’t believe she got it. 

I was so engrossed in this book that I really didn’t want to put it down. This book has a nice flow to it and well written storyline. It follows a teenage girl, who alongside her step mother, move back to Salem Massachusetts, where her family originally come from. As soon as she moves to town, strange things begin to happen. The townspeople begin to believe that she is the one to blame for all the strangeness happening, as well as the students who are direct descendants of those hung during the Salem witch trials. 

I found this book so interesting to read because the author compared the behaviors of people during the Salem witch trials to that of bullying in modern times. I never thought of this as a parallel until the author explains this in the Authors Note. It is intriguing how similar these events are in how one/many can accuse something of something, convince others (whether true or not) and isolate the person being targeted. 

I enjoyed how suspenseful the book was because you had no idea who the “bad guy” was in the story. It was fun to try and piece together the clues and to figure who was committing all the gruesome events throughout the book. There was never a dull moment when I was reading this and I almost wished it never ended. The story flowed very smooth and you felt as though you were a part of the events that Samantha experience and not as though you were simply reading a story. The author also includes actual historical people and events, such as what occurred during the Salem Witch Trials during the 1600’s). 

 I am looking forward to reading the second book that the author is currently writing. 

Oh and very cool side note. The author is actually the 12th descendent to someone that lived and played a big part in the Salem Witch Trials. Definitely read his book if you’re a fan of paranormal and historical fiction! 

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Review of Caged (Talented #2) by Sophie Davis

 

Caged (Talented #2)

“I concentrated instead on the feeling of pure elation that just the thought of him brought about. I thought about being close to him and how, even when we were surrounded by a group of people, we still managed to create our own world.” pg. 248 Caged by Sophie Davis

Goodreads Synopsis:

After her brush with death at Ian Crane’s compound, Talia Lyons feels like a prisoner, confined in her childhood home. Plagued with seizures- the result of an unidentified drug injected in her neck by Crane’s men- Talia must put her dream of becoming a Hunter on hold.
When Agency Director McDonough asks Talia to go undercover at the School for the Talented, to find the spy who set the trap for her in Nevada, Talia jumps at the opportunity.

Soon she learns that her newfound freedom comes with a price- working with Donavon on a daily basis. As if that isn’t awkward enough, her former teammate, Erik, also shows up at the School. But at least Talia has the unexpected company of her best friend Penny; to not only assist her in uncovering the spy, but also to deal with the complications that the guys create.

As Talia becomes more entrenched in her assignment, she quickly learns the lengths that the Agency and Mac will go in the name of war. With Crane’s influence spreading, Talia learns that there are few Operatives without ties to the Coalition. Forced to face hard truths and dangerous conclusions, Talia realizes that it is those closest to her who are hiding the biggest secrets. As the task of finding the traitor becomes more problematic, desperation and frustration rule Talia’s world. It becomes clear that Talia can’t do this alone. But who can she trust, when everyone around her is lying?

My Review

I gave this book 5 our of 5 starts on Goodreads.

You know those books, where after you finish them, you just stare at the wall, and contemplate what you just read? Yeah, this book would DEFINITELY fall under that category. Sophie Davis once again does not disappoint in this sequel to Talented. She (author) continues to write the story in such a way that you can easily visualize everything that goes on (ESPECIALLY the characters feelings). This doesn’t reveal any spoilers, but I liked how the author recalls events from the first book, instead of making readers pause and think about previous events.  This book at first, is a little slow, but I think it was done to build up the suspense. Yes, there is much more suspense in this book, more so than the first, with a smattering of contemporary themes. You will see characters being tested both emotionally and physically throughout this novel. This book is filled with drama, romance, betrayal, and suspense and I  absolutely recommend this book to anyone, especially those who of course enjoyed Talented.

Happy Reading!!


Review of Talented (Talented #1) by Sophie Davis

I have posted a link at the top of my blog for Sophie Davis’s author page-make sure to check it out!!!

“What do I believe? Some days, I feel as though I am cursed; cursed with an affliction that cannot be healed; cursed to explore the mundane minds of those surrounding me; cursed to know what people honestly think about me; cursed to be burdened with other people’s darkest secrets. Other days, I believe that I won the genetic lottery because, after all, who wants to be ordinary.” pg. 14 Talented by Sophie Davis

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Block it out. Impossible for Talia Lyons. When you’re a Mind Manipulator, it’s hard enough to block the thoughts of others, let alone your own.

Block it out. The pounding, siren-ready world Talia inhabits as she trains with her fellow Hunters, the country’s top-secret covert operatives. The physical demands. The emotional toll.

Block it out. The secrets that Talia’s boyfriend is hiding. Talia’s unbidden feelings of frustration and annoyance toward her teammate, the Casanova of the compound. The wondering why she cares what he thinks.

Block him out. Ian Crane. The man behind the bloodshed marring Talia’s memories of her murdered parents. The man she’s determined to kill.

Block it all out. Focus.

Talented is an emotionally raw Dystopian Romance, about the life of a girl with extraordinary psychic powers, and what happens when a heart is torn between love and rage.

My Review:

I gave this book 5 our of 5 starts on Goodreads.

I found out about this series/author at BookCon 2014. I was handed an advertisement card to download the e-book version of Talented.

I LOVED this book and could NOT put the book down from the moment I started reading!!  The writing of this story flowed very well and was written very clearly. The story smoothly switches back and forth from Talia training to become a Hunter, to her struggle of dealing with the motions of being a teenager. I found it very unique how the author includes a  dystopian (Talia and her Talents), and contemporary plot (Talia’s relationships with those she was closest to, and dealing with what happened to her family). This is one of the reasons why I loved this book so much, because it had elements from contemporary and dystopian novels. I don’t know if that was done on purpose, but that is what drew me in and made me want to read more of the story.The author has a very interesting way of describing how the characters are feeling. You are able to visualize how the characters feel.  I was also hooked because I was able to relate to certain aspects of Talia’s personality and I felt that I understood what she was going through. I think that many people could relate to at least one character in the story. I would absolutely recommend this book for those who enjoy both dystopian (action, suspense) and contemporary (romance, relatable themes) genres.  I look forward to reading the next book in the series!! Please check out this book!!!

Happy Reading!!!


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