How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather
Also by this author: Haunting the Deep
Series: How to Hang a Witch #1
Also in this series: Haunting the Deep
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Paranormal
Read in: November 2017
Source: Personal Collection
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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. - via GoodReads
There is no way I wasn’t going to like How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather. A book about Salem Massachusetts; a book about the Salem Witch trials but set in today’s world; a book written by a descendant of a very prominent person of the Witch Trials? Yes to all of the above. How to Hang a Witch was exactly what I needed to be reading around Halloween and it was SO worth it.
The great thing about How to Hang a Witch are the characters. You have this new girl in town who knows that quite a lot of people hate her ancestor and his role in the Witch Trials. Some of those people are direct descendants from the women accused of being witches. This plays a very significant part in the book. I loved Sam’s neighbors and how the people in town acted around Sam. It wasn’t always nice.
The amazing thing about How to Hang a Witch is the one thing that I can’t really tell you about. Basically I feel like Adriana Mather is very good at distracting. I feel like the whole time I was watching her left hand and she smacked me with the right in the best literary way possible. I had a suspicion about what was going on and who might be involved but I was never sure.
The only gripe that I have with the book is that I didn’t care for the love triangle in this book at all. I struggle with this type of love interest no matter what genre I come across it in and it just didn’t work for me. It was one of the big reasons I held off on a full 5 stars. I immediately devoured the next book in the series and will buy whatever Adriana Mather puts out next!