At a book conference in 2018, I received an ARC of it. The cover’s deep blue with iridescent writing, the magical description—I was bewitched from the beginning. I was over the moon excited and I devoured it fast.
It was my favorite book of 2018. It’s still one of my favorites. Which is why I’m reading it again.
Have you heard of it?
The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
A New York Times bestseller
Hocus Pocus and Practical Magic meets the Salem Witch trials in this haunting story about three sisters on a quest for revenge—and how love may be the only thing powerful enough to stop them.
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.
What I Think So Far
I feel like reading this again has opened my eyes to so many things that I loved the first time around but did not get a chance to think deeply on it because I was devouring it.
I love the character development, the appreciation for incredible prose, and appreciation for every little thing.
I love the lore.
I love our fearless Heroine.
I love Bo.
I love the town of Sparrow.
I love the legend of the witches.
I love the bond of sisterhood.
I love the idea of a curse so old and ancient that it becomes another character in the story and simply another way that the townspeople are helpless to it.
This book is so magical it gives me all the feels.
Here’s a Pinterest board that the author made, inspired by her book. Isn’t it lovely?
What is your favorite magical read?
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