Welcome to my stop on the The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw! I am excited to be posting an Review + Author Piece.
The Wicked Deep Info
Title: THE WICKED DEEP
Author: Shea Ernshaw
Pub. Date: March 6th, 2018
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
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.
About the Author
Shea Ernshaw is an Oregon native and YA author. She often writes late, late, late into the night, enjoys dark woods, scary stories and moonlight on lakes. She drinks loads of tea and believes sunrises are where unicorns hide.
She lives with her two cats, a dog, a husband, and a stack of books beside her bed she still needs to read.
Her debut THE WICKED DEEP will be published by Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse in 2018.
The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw is a bewitching novel about a cursed town and three witches that come back to lure the boys to their death by drowning. I absolutely loved this one. No word of a lie, it was everything I could have wanted in a witchy novel. And I love witchy things, hello, my favorite show is CHARMED.
The Wicked Deep is set in a wet, sea salt filled town of Sparrow. Two centuries ago, three girls were drowned by the townspeople because they were believed to be witches. The men of the town couldn’t help but be lured into their charm, grace, and beauty. Every summer on the anniversary of their demise, the three sisters come back and take over weak minded girls of the town and they take their revenge and drown the boys.
I couldn’t help it, but I got major Hocus Pocus vibes and that’s a good thing. That movie was awesome, and so was this book! One of my favorite parts of the book was the atmospheric writing. The descriptions were so lush and vivid that I actually thought I was getting wet from all the talks about the sea and the water filled town. This didn’t feel like a debut, and it shows in Ernshaw’s writing abilities.
Another aspect I really enjoyed was the story itself. I found the lives of the Swan Sister’s so intriguing that I ended up reading this all in one shot. I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN!!
Everything from the beginning, to the middle, and the end was perfect, and I couldn’t have asked for a better witchy story! If you enjoy stories about witchcraft, love, trust, and the search for humanity when all hope is lost, then you will love The Wicked Deep!
What are your top 8 witchy books and movies?
My love for witchy books and movies knows no limits! Here are a few of my favorites!
- Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman. This book changed everything for me when I first read it ages ago. I also adore the movie and watch it a couple times a year.
- Hocus Pocus will always be a timeless classic. When that movie first came out, I watched it a few dozen times that year.
- The Witches of East End was such a fun TV show, based on Melissa De La Cruz’s books. I was crushed when it got cancelled. I’m still holding out hope that they bring it back!
- Let us not forget the movie, The Craft, which came out in 1996 and made me think I might really have magical witch powers if I just practiced hard enough and found the right coven of witchy ladies. Still waiting for those powers to kick in! J
- The Witches by Stacy Schiff is a non-fiction book I’m currently reading about the history and folklore around witches. It’s a dense book but am fully captivated by it.
- The Wizard of Oz—because the Wicked Witch of the West truly terrified me. And I’m dying to see Wicked, the play.
- Into The Woods –I never saw the play but I loved the movie. Meryl Streep and singing, what more do I need in life?
- Toil & Trouble: 16 Tales of Women & Witchcraft. This book comes out later this year (August 28, 2018) and is a collection of witchy stories by YA authors and I am so ready for it! Bring on all the witch stories!
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Until next time,