I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Haunting the Deep (How to Hang a Witch, #2) by Adriana Mather
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on October 3rd 2017
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Ghost Story, Supernatural, YA
Source: ARC provided by Publisher
The Titanic meets the delicious horror of Ransom Riggs and the sass of Mean Girls in this follow-up to the #1 New York Times bestseller How to Hang a Witch, in which a contemporary teen finds herself a passenger on the famous “ship of dreams”—a story made all the more fascinating because the author’s own relatives survived the doomed voyage.
Samantha Mather knew her family’s connection to the infamous Salem Witch Trials might pose obstacles to an active social life. But having survived one curse, she never thought she’d find herself at the center of a new one.
This time, Sam is having recurring dreams about the Titanic . . . where she’s been walking the deck with first-class passengers, like her aunt and uncle. Meanwhile, in Sam’s waking life, strange missives from the Titanic have been finding their way to her, along with haunting visions of people who went down with the ship.
Ultimately, Sam and the Descendants, along with some help from heartthrob Elijah, must unravel who is behind the spell that is drawing her ever further into the dream ship . . . and closer to sharing the same grim fate as its ghostly passengers.
Sweet dreams are made of these…
Sam and the rest of the Descendants are back and witchier than ever!
You don’t have to have read How to Hang a Witch to enjoy Haunting the Deep, but it will explain Sam’s initial reluctance to “Twist the bones and bend the back” .
Hahaha, just kidding, that’s from Hocus Pocus, but it’s part of the reason I love this series so much. Witches? Salem? October? Yes, please.
So after the events of the first book, Sam is rather happy to fly under the radar and ignore her magic gifts… but sometimes what we try to suppress during the day, comes out at night.
Sam starts dreaming of the Titanic. Only her dreams are more of the Nightmare on Elm Street variety because they are super realistic and she can bring back objects from them. Which is why I took this picture for my Litsy account:
Suddenly, the Titanic is everywhere- they’re studying it at school, the school dance theme is…. you guessed it, The Titanic, and Sam realizes that she just might need the help of the rest of the Descendants- Susannah, Alice and Mary.
Especially when her bff, Jaxon, the literal boy next door, wants to stop being just friends. Because Sam still isn’t over her ghost crush on Elijah (and let’s be honest, dear readers, neither are we).
We have new characters to meet- including the long dead of the Titanic (because honestly, people, if they didn’t die when the Titanic sunk, they’re dead now, since it sunk in 1912). Sam’s classmates and teachers are more prominent this time. And we have Redd- another Descendant- who is older and crankier and often cryptic. I kind of want a whole series around a young Redd… although old, cranky Redd is my favorite. She was one of the best parts of the book for me.
Confession time: I am not a huge fan of the movie Titanic. I know, I know! It’s shocking. I’m pretty much the right age to be be a lifetime member of the My Heart Will Go On club, but unlike most of my friends, Leonardo DiCaprio never did much for me, and the movie was such a huge blockbuster (which can be a turnoff for me, especially if I don’t see it immediately upon release), that it was years before I finally watched the movie and it was just okay (although I did watch and see The Unsinkable Molly Brown on TCM once, and liked it). But, I am a fan (wait, is that the right word? Does it make me sound cold and callous? Okay, more cold and callous than usual?) of the events of the actual ship. I will Wikipedia the hell out of the sinking, and watch all the disaster documentaries.
Despite my lukewarm response to the movie Titanic, I loved all the Titanic facts and figures sprinkled throughout the book. It’s one of my favorite things about the book. My most favorite thing is a spoiler, so I guess you all will just have to read the book now to find out!
Spells, ships and strangeness abound in Haunting the Deep- be sure to book your passage and get your copy now!
Well, since my favorite moment is a spoiler, I’ll just that I would have been fine with the whole book being set in Mrs. Meriwether’s shop Sugar Spells Bakery. Hell, maybe I should just move to Salem and open up my own Sugar Spells Bakery… the only thing holding me back is a complete lack of baking and business skills, not to mention the money to do it. Sigh. Maybe I can dream of Sugar Spells Bakery tonight and magically pull out a carb free, sugar free cupcake .
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How to Hang a Witch was a perfect October read last year, and Haunting the Deep lives up to the first book, and maybe even improves upon it. I can’t wait for book 3 (and there had better be a book 3, ya’ll)!
Haunting the Deep (How to Hang a Witch #2) gets a Midnight Book Rating of: