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.
I love Hocus Pocus, it is my favorite Halloween movie of all time and I watch it every year. What does that have to do with this book?! This book feels like a darker version of Hocus Pocus which made my witchy soul very happy.
This book starts off with a dark mystery surrounding one time of year in a small town. The place becomes a hot tourist destination every year in the summer when the Swan sisters rise again and take over the bodies of three girls in town. They then draw boys into the water to drown them for revenge on the town.
I loved the Swan sisters legend and I loved seeing each and everyone of them. The mystery and the pieces of their story that are revealed slowly to you are fantastic. I loved the dark and spooky feel to the book and how you didn’t know much about the sisters when the story starts. You are also dying to figure out why the main character, Penny is acting the way she is. What does Penny know about the sisters and how far is she willing to go this summer to stop this horrible curse.
Overall, I know that short review sounds very vague and much like a synopsis of the book. I just don’t want to give anything away. This is a great book if you want a darker witchy story where you get to get into the minds of the witches. You also get to see things happening from the perspective of a few people who have had to live through this tragedy year after year. I do have to say I wasn’t in love with the romance in this book. I could have done with out the relationship between Penny and Bo. For once I wasn’t into the romance. I know readers grab your hearts in shock cause I live for romance. I just didn’t really feel that Bo and Penny’s relationship added to the story. I was much more interested in the Swan sisters, their past and their future.