We are so excited to be a part of How to Hang a Witch Blog Tour! Sometimes a good witch story is needed.
I have always been fasinated with the Salem Witch Trials with reading the Crucible in high school and learning the history and this book dove right into that history. Let’s take a look at How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather.
Title: How to Hang a Witch
July 26, 2016
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.
Tawney’s Review: This was a refreshing entertaining book that I read in one sweep. I loved how Mather’s brought in bullying and history through the Salem Witch Trials and a 300 year old curse.
Our main heroine Samantha moves from New York to Salem when her Dad slips into a mysterious coma. Once in Salem Sam finds she’s unwelcome and that her family is blamed for the witch trials. One group in particular isn’t happy to see her. Dressed in all black, they are the Descendants.
This story was intriguing with mysteries and great characters. It was slow at the beginning but once you get past the setup you’re hooked. Sam was a strong character that spoke the truth on her mind. Jaxon was a great sidekick but my favorite character was Elijah, the uptight ghost who made you laugh. I enjoyed the history woven in this book and the twist and turns Mather’s gives.
Should you read this? Yes! A great historical read with great imagination woven into each word.