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The Wicked Deep Hardcover – March 6, 2018
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"A wickedly chilling debut about ghosts, witches, love, and revenge." -- School Library Journal
"Chilling both by the damp, briny streets of Sparrow and by its residents’ sudden fervor for vengeance." -- BCCB, starred review
"Balancing delicate emotion and authentic suspense, the hypnotic prose pulls readers into the question of how, or if, the curse of the sisters can be broken." --Publishers Weekly
"Readers will drown in this finely crafted, atmospheric book." -- Kirkus
"Complex and sweetly satisfying." -- Booklist
"A tale with substance and depth, one of magic and curses, betrayal and revenge, but most importantly, it is a story about the redemptive power of love to make even the worst wrongs, right. -- Amber Smith, New York Times bestselling author of The Way I Used to Be.
"Prepare to be bewitched." -- Paula Stokes, author of Liars, Inc. and Girl Against The Universe.
"Eerie and enchanting." -- Jessica Spotswood, author of The Cahill Witch Chronicles and editor of Toil & Trouble
"A magical, haunted tale of the sea, spells and secrets. . . . Beware!" -- Shannon Parker, author of The Rattled Bones
About the Author
Shea Ernshaw is the author of The Wicked Deep. She lives and writes in a small mountain town in Oregon. She works as a producer for a film production company and shares a home with her husband, a dog named Diesel, and two cats.
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The story follows a seventeen-year-old named Penny Talbot who lives in Sparrow, a small town said to be cursed by three sisters who were sentenced to death by drowning for the crime of witchery. Now, every summer, the sisters return from the dead by possessing the bodies of local teenage girls and using them to lure boys into the harbor, only to drown them as an act of revenge on the town. Despite the danger of the legend, tourists still flock to Sparrow during this time to see if old tale is true. But Penny knows it's true. She's seen things the others haven't...
Lately, there has been a serious dry spell (pun intended) when it comes to YA. It's been a long time since I've read a young adult book that didn't make me want to throw the book across the room. Maybe I've outgrown the genre. Maybe my tastes have changed. Or maybe YA authors should just take some pointers from Shea Ernshaw. Because I thoroughly enjoyed The Wicked Deep.
I won't say the book is without flaws, but those flaws were few compared to the things I liked. For one The Wicked Deep is one heck of a cloudy book. Ernshaw’s writing style is dreary and made me feel like I was taking a dip in chilly waters. This is a good thing, of course, and serves the story well. The writing is poetic without being flowery, reading smoothly and understandably. There were a few repetitions that I would have cut, but it’s a small complaint.
The story itself, as you can tell, is very original. You can compare it to "Hocus Pocus and Practical Magic all you want, but The Wicked Deep is still very much its own thing. It’s subtle with some rather surprising twists and turns that lead to a beautiful, ghostly conclusion.
It’s hard to talk about the characters without giving away anything significant, but I’ll say that they were mostly believable. The romance did stand in the way a bit for me, but considering it ends up being very vital to the plot, I was able to overlook it.
Overall, I really liked this book and will definitely read anything else Shea Ernshaw writes.
I was super excited to read this book and I have to say, this book did not disappoint, I absolutely loved it and it is now one of my favorite books.
I was hooked from page one and when I had to stop reading to do the usual day to day activities that had to be done, I couldn't stop thinking about being able to get back to this book and reading what was going to happen next.
The writing was captivating and description of scenery and events made me feel like I was there, sucking me in to every scene. I could almost smell the sea and hear the waves, taste the little pies and tarts and feel the energy of Sparrow, Oregon.
I love books that draw me in like that. I felt for the characters and really enjoyed reading this book.
I definitely recommend this book to everyone.
It has been far too long since I’ve read something with witches! With comparison to some of my favorite witch-y movies, Hocus Pocus and Practical Magic, I had high hopes heading in and I must say, the book delivered! I absolutely felt vibes from both of those movies throughout and had the best time reading The Wicked Deep!
The town of Sparrow is known for its curse. Centuries ago, three sisters were accused of witchcraftery for seemingly making themselves irresistible to the men in town and were drowned for their ‘crimes’. Now every year on June 1st, the sisters return to inhabit the bodies of young girls and seek revenge by luring men to their watery deaths.
The town of Sparrow was quite a dynamic. The town is very superstitious and has that slight element of magic about it. I loved the idea of the forgetful cakes and the mentions of reading tea leaves. Instead of running for the hills during the few weeks the sisters return like one would expect, the curse is exploited, drawing in tourists wanting to witness firsthand if the curse is true. Even the locals hold parties, daring each other to enter the water when it is time for the sisters to return. I found it all together creepy and equal parts fascinating!
This is very much a revenge story. These three sisters are very angry about the circumstances surrounding their deaths and we do get to learn the details of which piece by piece throughout the story, intertwined as the current events unfold. The atmosphere was quite haunting and the story unfolded beautifully. I loved how it was laid out like a puzzle with pieces fitting together at precisely the right moments, leaving some mysteries and secrets to be solved from beginning to end. I also enjoyed the characters and all the uncertainties surrounding them. You don’t know who to trust or believe. Penny and Bo are right at the forefront of solving the mystery of the sisters and how to stop them and I liked the love story that emerged and how it transformed the dynamic of the story.
I’m so excited about this debut author and what she has in the future. Definitely grab this one up for a quick, bewitching read!