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Initial Thoughts: I was immediately drawn to the cover of this book, but it was the description that had me sold. I don’t really know what it is about novels that take place by the ocean that captures my attention.


The Wicked DeepThe Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw


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.

The Review

Two hundred years ago, in the village of Sparrow three beautiful sisters accused of being witches were drowned in the ocean. Ever since their tragic deaths, the village of Sparrow has been under a dreadful curse. Every year, before the summer solstice, three girls will be chosen to be possessed by the Swan sisters. The Swan sisters seek nothing but revenge, by luring innocent teenage boys to their deaths by drowning.

Seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has grown up with the legend of the Swan sisters. Like the members of her town, she has accepted the curse as retribution for her town’s mistakes. But when a mysterious stranger appears in town, Penny will stop at nothing to protect him from the deadly curse that looms over her town.
I was instantly captivated by the setting of a small town bordering the Pacific ocean. The setting reminded me a lot of Elizabeth Fama’s Monstrous Beauty. There is something inherently mysterious about the ocean. The ocean can hide the most wonderful and deadly secrets. Penny Talbot, the narrator, lives away from the town on a secluded island, Lumiere island, that can only be reached by boat. She lives there with her mother who has completely mentally shut down since her father went missing under strange circumstances. Before, Penny’s mother used to read the future of visitors by examining their tea leaves. Now, Penny must take care of the island and her mother, even if it means abandoning the chance to attend college with her best friend.

I was a little surprised to find out that this is Shea Ernshaws’s debut novel. Her writing is so effortless and atmospheric. I was completely sucked into the mysterious of the Swan sisters. As the hours went by, I was glued to the book, desperate to find out if the Swan sisters were actually responsible for all the drownings in the ocean.

The only downside about this novel, the romance between Penny and the mysterious stranger, Bo. As much as I like Bo for his mysteriousness, his romance with Penny felt too forced. As much as I adore the blend of romance and paranormal elements, this romance was a too out of place and unnecessary to the plot.

I would strongly recommend this book to those who liked Monstrous Beauty, and the movie Hocus Pocus.

*The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw will be published on March 6, 2018 * 

*I received this advanced reader’s copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

Final Rating:

A- Cat

About the Book

Title: The Wicked Deep
Author: Shea Ernshaw
Year Published: March 6, 2018
Pages: 322
Genres & Subjects: young adult fiction, fiction, witches, magic, paranormal, supernatural, fantasy

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Until Next Time,