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The Wicked Deep: Book Review

The Wicked Deep: Book Review

TITLE: The Wicked Deep

Author:  Shea Ernshaw

Published March 6th 2018

RATING: ★★★★☆

4 out of 5 stars


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.


Pages: 308

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Series? For now, it’s a standalone

MY REVIEW OF The Wicked Deep: 

I picked this book up from the library because so many other people were reading it and were raving about it.

This book was well written and captivating. The setting and characters were both mysterious, mystical and honestly a bit eery at times. I started this book as storm clouds were rolling in on the horizon and it was the most fitting weather for this novel.

I don’t really enjoy books with witches, but this book played more on magic, than anything else. It follows three sisters that come into a coastal town in Oregon. The town soon decides that they are witches because of their beauty and their ability to lure in men. In this book they are kind of like sirens.

A few times, I could definitely tell where the author was intending to take the story, and I wasn’t very surprised by the plot twists at the end. In my opinion, it was pretty predictable, which is why I knocked it down to a 4 out of 5 stars.

What I LOVED about this book was the way the author described everything. The atmosphere, the characters, the little spooky town, I loved it all.

There are curse words, that I find unecessary to the story, but overall this story is age appropriate. It does have romance, but it isn’t graphic.

If you like YA fantasy books with a little mystery and an atmospheric coastal town, this I highly recommend that you read this book.

Thanks for reading this book review!


Sarah June


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