Book Review for HOW TO HANG A WITCH by Adriana Mather
HOW TO HANG A WITCH by Adriana Mather
Series: How to Hang a Witch Series, Book 1
Knopf Books for Young Readers
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: The perfect combination of magic and history, all the while being grounded in the present and highlighting the social issues that so many deal with everyday.
HOW TO HANG A WITCH is not just your typical YA read. Set in Salem, this book is steeped in a history. By weaving together the witch trials with the contemporary descendants of the major players, Mathers created a story that is so much more than a young adult fantasy.
Throughout the pages of this book, I was instantly captivated by the characters and the interlacing of the past with the present. The author's ability to tell a tale is exceptional. She so carefully balanced the darkness and fantasy with wit and heart so that the reader could get a well-rounded experience while living within these pages if just for a little while.
HOW TO HANG A WITCH has to be one of the best witch-centric books that I have read in a while. Even though the book is classified as a young adult read, I believe that it can transcend to any age. This is truly a must read. I loved every minute I got to spend in Salem. I cannot wait to go back.
It’s the Salem Witch Trials meets Mean Girls in this New York Times bestselling novel from one of the descendants of Cotton Mather, where the trials of high school start to feel like a modern-day witch hunt for a teen with all the wrong connections to Salem’s past.
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.
About the Author: Adriana Mather is the 12th generation of Mathers in America, with family roots stretching back to the first Thanksgiving, the Salem Witch Trials, the Revolutionary War, and the Titanic. Adriana co-owns Zombot Pictures, a production company that makes feature films. In addition to producing, Adriana is also an actress. She lives in Los Angeles where she has a life full of awesome, cats, and coffee.
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (July 26, 2016)
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