The Wicked Deep

The Wicked Deep

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Three sisters, drowned as witches in Sparrow, Oregon, in the 1800s, return each summer for revenge but Penny, seventeen, is determined to stop them to save the boy she loves.
Publisher: New York : Simon Pulse, ©2018.
ISBN: 9781481497343
1481497340
Characteristics: 310 pages ;,22 cm.

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red_alligator_6705
Jul 25, 2020

I really liked how suspenseful it was. Its definitely a page turner. It had me hooked the whole time. its basically about how there are these 3 ghost witches who come and haunt a city every summer. Theres a girl named penny and a boy named bo who came to this island for a specific reason but something gets in his way. I liked how the author included romance in such a drama ghostly story. That definitely kept me reading. The characters on the other hand all had there own personality and they were all portrayed very differently in a way that i really enjoyed. This book is a really nicely put together book that I would recommend to anyone who liked witches, ghosts and romance.

WOW. This book is atmospheric and witchy and basically everything I love about YA. Keeping it spoiler free here, but basically, I loved this.

Character wise, we have Penny Talbot, who lives the ideal life on a little island outside of a small coastal Oregon town. She goes to school, has a best friend named Rose, and goes to parties grudgingly, as we all do. And then there’s Bo. Sweet, sweet Bo who likes to tend orchards and who Penny’s cats love more than her. Bo was a treat.

But the real strength of this book is the Swan sisters themselves. Each so different, each with strengths and weaknesses that are highlighted by their methods of taking boys and their reasons that drive them. The chapters from the past, from Sparrow in 1822, were my favourite.

The atmosphere in this book is ON. POINT. It’s deliciously creepy and off-putting and you never quite know what’s going to come next. I have this crystal clear vision of Sparrow, Oregon and Lumiere Island in my mind and I absolutely adore it. Despite the creepiness, I would absolutely die to live there (hah).

So, yes, this was amazing. The relationship aspect was so well crafted, and although the twists were somewhat predictable, I enjoyed them immensely. I just wish that I was a little bit more surprised, but honestly, I’ll take what I can get with this one.

Also, can we talk about the cover and the hardcover art for a second?! Actually speechless over how beautiful this book is.

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SidheWrites
Aug 09, 2019

An island with a lighthouse? Check!
A small seaside town? Check!
A 200 year old curse? Check!
Three witchy sisters seeking revenge? Check!

It's been a while since a book pulled me under and held me captive. I devoured this story in just a few hours and am so grateful to Booktuber, Common Spence for the recommendation. "The Wicked Deep" is reminiscent of John Saul's work (a staple for me growing up), combined with the witchy goodness found in "Practical Magic". Having said that, this is a YA book so you need to bear that in mind. Just sit back and enjoy!

LoganLib_Ashlee Jun 20, 2019

Really, really, really enjoyed this book! The plot twist took me by surprise!

A_Jeffery Mar 15, 2019

I really like the premise of this book: 3 witchy ghosts returning to their island home every summer to drown townspeople?? I was hooked from the very beginning. It doesn't hurt that there is a little splash of romance as well!

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WittySofa
Nov 13, 2018

THE WICKED DEEP: SHEA ERNSHAW

The premise of this book was extremely interesting and it pulled me in right away: three sisters, killed by the townspeople of Sparrow under suspicion of witchcraft, return every summer to possess the bodies of girls and lead three unlucky young men to their deaths by water, but this time, something is different. My favorite part was the writing and the concept.
CHARACTERS: I really liked each of the three sisters the most. The oldest was my favorite, but the way that each sister possessed a girl and made her body something like a vessel was creepy and really came through. I liked Bo and I fully understood him and had little respect for the youngest sister.
PLOT: a really engaging, interesting plot that caught my attention and didn’t let go until I finished it. The storyline is dispersed with short chapters providing backstories and different points of view, and I really like the way that the author wrote the story. I’m not big on romance novels, but I liked this one because of how well it was written.
ACCURACY: I think Sparrow is a fictional farm, but most of the backstory reminds me a lot of the Salem Witch Trials (what with black magic and killing suspected witches)
RECOMMENDATION: I would read this and recommend it to my friends. It’s not super graphic and there isn’t super strong language, which goes to show that you can write good books without being vulgar. It was a really fun ride, and I highly recommend this. (Although I wouldn’t buy it, because that’s the way I am.)

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Brittannia_a
Jul 16, 2018

"The witches are back. And there's hell to pay."

Although Marguerite, Aurora, and Hazel Swan were drowned many moons ago, these wicked sisters still come back every summer to haunt the little town of Sparrow. A town where their souls will forever be rooted because this is the town that took their lives.

This is a wickedly tragic story about murder, betrayal, loss, and forgiveness. It's a perfect cross between Hocus Pocus and Tuck Everlasting.

*quote is not from book. I also received an e-ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Goodreads Review:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2042707373?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

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kristenpfae
Jul 07, 2018

I loved the magical realism of this story! I did guess what was going to happen but as an avid reader I find it is hard to surprise me with many books. I found the story a perfect mix of creepy, lovable and funny! Overall, I really enjoyed the book!

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jun 20, 2018

Where do I even start with this book? I laughed. I cried. And I still pine for MORE OF THIS STORY. Sort of like Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight meets Meg Cabot’s Mediator, this book has. It. All. The only things I did not like about this book are as follows;
1. It’s a standalone. I NEED MORE.
2. It was really sad. Like, more than the normal book-level sad. Like, PAINFULLY sad.

So basically, it is about this girl named Penny, and a boy named Bo but- actually, you can find out that part yourself. All you need to know is that there are 3 sisters who return every summer as ghosts to kill some boys for revenge. Lies and mistrust spread throughout their little town, until Penny can't even trust... herself. My review isn’t doing this book justice, but maybe you can do better than me. Read it and find out! @bookwormTAH of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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rnpudel
Apr 24, 2018

Such an atmospheric read! It's a page-turner for sure. I did have a couple issues with how the magical elements weren't completely fleshed out, but overall this is a good read.

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