How to Hang a Witch


How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Published: July 26th 2016

Rating: 5/5

Summary: 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.

So I started this book by listening to it on audiobook, and it was narrated by the author which I thought was cool. But sadly I was just getting so bored listening to it, and even though the character is younger than I normally read, the tone of the narrator really made her seem so much younger. I just wasn’t vibing with the story and so I put the audiobook down and decided to get the ebook and read that instead.

I loved the ebook better and flew through the book! I didn’t want to put it down! There was so many things going on and things were changing all over the place! I loved it so much because it really kept the pace of the novel going. I really liked all the twists and turns that were brought about.

You learned to not trust what was going on because things were just going in so many different directions. I really enjoyed this book! I thought it was a fun twist on the witch trials! That period in history is always fun to read about because it was so impactful back then.

I felt so bad for Sam most of the novel. She really couldn’t catch a break at all. Everything  that could go wrong for her did and she couldn’t do anything right. Trigger warning for bullying for anyone sensitive to that. She was just treated so badly by people and you couldn’t help but feel so bad for her and her situation. Especially when a classmate made a comment about her father and his situation. Sam really stood up for herself a lot but you could tell it bothered her.

I think that’s why I like Jaxon so much. He really stuck with her when she was having issues at school. He might not have much to offer with her abilities but he was always sticking up for her and defending her when everyone else shunned her. I really loved their friendship, and how even though she had a hard time opening up to him Jaxon stuck around.

Also Elijah was just so cute! I loved him! I thought he was an awesome character overall! He was sassy and swoony and so sweet! I liked his part in the story! His history with the witch trials was super interesting and I loved the secrets that were revealed concerning him later on in the story.

Overall the story was so fun and fast paced! I loved the last 100 pages the best because literally everything happened then! It was so intense and had me at the edge of my seat! I couldn’t help but be sucked in and wow! The things that were revealed about the crow lady and Elijah were so fascinating! I loved it all! So fun!

Also Mrs Meriweather was so fun I adored her so much! She was awesome throughout the whole book! I loved her humor and her personality was so fun and protective! It was so sweet! I love that Sam had her to count on.

I’ve already started the second book and this one involves the Titanic! I love history concerning the Titanic so I’m excited to see what Adriana Mather does with this book and the theme.

I’m not listening to the audiobook because I don’t want to put it down if I get bored of the audiobook so I’m just powering through the ebook on my iBooks app.

I highly HIGHLY recommend this book series to people who love history and love fast paced books because this book will really catch you and bring you along for a fun ride! You will hopefully not be disappointed!

Let me know in the comments your thoughts as I would love to know and I’ll see you in my next post!




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