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Stormi's Review: How to Hang a Witch (How to Hang a Witch #1) by Adriana Mather


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PUBLISHER: Knopf Books for Young Readers

RELEASED: July 26, 2016

GENRE: ya, paranormal

LENGTH: 370 pages

FORMAT: ebook, paperback, audible

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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.

FIVE BOUNDLESS STARS

I love books full of history. Especially books that are based out of truth. The Salem Witch Trials has always been a great interest of mine. It was a sorrowful and fascinating time in history and still to this day it presents people with a picture of a world long gone, that at times was not the best picture, but it was real.

This story came across my reading list, and I knew I just had to read it. I was not let down. This book was exceptional. When Sam moves to Salem, she doesn't realize the real depth that her ancestry means to her and those around her. Being the ancestor of Cotton Mather, a man who helped hang witches during the trials, is not a good thing for her. This story tells a tumultuous tale of history with a mix of high school means girl drama.

This book was just excellent. It had me hooked when I read the synopsis, and the story was a great one. It was so full of history and drama that it was hard to put down. Once I started, I hated to stop. Sam is a great girl with an unfortunate last name. She knows she is hated and yet she still moves forward. She's dedicated to breaking the curse, that hangs over her head, as well as the other descendants. She shows a great strength in fighting a battle that has lasted years.

This story was full of history, drama, mystery, and intrigue. It was honestly the best book I have read in a long time. The history is amazing; the characters are harsh and real. The story itself is written in a way that tugs at your heart while it also gives you a bit of fright and thrills.

I can not wait to read more from this fantastic author. This book has made me a big fan.


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