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The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

35297394Welcome 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.

3 starsI really don’t know how to write a review for this one. My feelings have honestly been all over the place since I finished reading. So this is a heads up that this review might not really make a lot of sense. So let’s do a breakdown, I fell like that would be better.

>>What I liked<<
the writing! I fell under a spell while absorbing her writing. It was so magical and it really flowed. Without a doubt, Shea Ernshaw is a great storyteller. Since this is a witchy book, I’m going to say she put a spell on me. Yes, I ‘Dad Joked’ you!

Anywho,  the premise of this book really grabbed me. It’s about dead witches who come back every summer in the bodies of Sparrow girls to drown boys as revenge on the town for their deaths. There was an air of mystery in this book that made keep reading. I had to know who the girls were. As the story slowly goes on we are hit with one secret after another and I was living for it.

>>What I didn’t<<
I really felt like I was missing key parts of this book. First, the romance. I don’t remember reading where this romance actually bloomed. I felt like it just happened. And to be honest, I’m not here for it. I didn’t enjoy it really. We never really got a lot of information on Bo. so if I as a reader didn’t get a lot of information on Bo, how the hell does Penny know him? Especially enough to love him?

>>Final Thoughts<<
Overall, there is so much for I want to say about it, but I don’t want to give anything away. This book did shock me and love that.

I would have given this book 4 stars just for the writing alone. However, I just couldn’t give it more than 3 stars because of some of those twists. That doesn’t stop me from recommending it though. It was still a good read, I just didn’t fall in love with it.

If you read this please message me so we can talk about it. If you haven’t,  then read it and then message me so we can talk about it! I feel like this is going to be a book where you want to bounce your thoughts off someone else who’s read it. I fell like so many people are going to come away with different views because of the mystery and the way the secrets unfold.

Quotes I loved while reading:

“Love is an enchantress – devious and wild.
It sneaks up behind you, soft and gentle and quiet, just before it slits your throat.”

“We are broken but fighting to stay alive. Maybe that’s why I need him – he feels like I feel, wants like I want.”


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