Haunting the Deep (How to Hang a Witch #2) by Adriana Mather

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Goodreads Summary:

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.

My Thoughts:

This cover though! When I read How to Hang a Witch and read the author’s biography, I told my friend (who also read the book) that I hoped the sequel would be Titanic themed, and she has already gotten it, so she told me IT IS! I bought it immediately.

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YAAAAAAAAS. A Titanic ghost story? I am so fucking there. This book immediately follows book one, and you definitely need to read it, because it is amazing. It starts with Sam at breakfast with Jaxon, her dad, and Ms. Merriweather, and Sam sees the ghost of a little dead girl from the Titanic (she doesn’t know that yet.) She pretends it isn’t happening.  She is trying to pretend that no magic exists anymore after everything that happened to her, and the Descendants in book one.  OF COURSE THAT CAN’t HAPPEN. Later she ends up seeing the spirit of a drowned man, so in this book we have not just one, but two spirits! YAY. I wasn’t really sure how Titanic would fit into a series that started with the Salem Witch Trials, but it was done very well. The author actually has all this amazing and tragic history in her family tree.  Anyway, Sam decided to tell Jaxon everything that has gone on, and he acts like such a dick about it, which was a bit surprising after how amazing he was in the first book. I mean I get that he doesn’t like magic and spirits, and he is so mega jealous of Elijah (and for good reason) but damn. Then he blows Sam off, for that bitch Niki, and I was like OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. I know what is happening here. Magic. There is no way my sweet, furniture making, pastry bringing, Jaxon has lost his mind without a little help from some magic.  There is a new kid at school, and so I immediately suspect him as being involved, even though they didn’t really give any indication that he was going to be a major part of the book, but I was like I’M WATCHING YOU FOREIGN EXCHANGE KID! The school is having a Titanic themed dance, so naturally all the teachers change their entire curriculum to include a Titanic study, which explains how everyone Sam is around is so immersed into Titanic. Then Sam starts getting mystery packages from her dead relative, who survived the Titanic, and having nondreams where she actually goes to this kind of alternate reality Titanic. The last time she was there, I was so on the edge of my fucking seat.

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It was so exciting!!!!!!! All the times she is on the Titanic were actually really cool scenes, because just picturing how fancy it was, and the fashion. Those were definitely my favorite scenes in the book. Overall this book is a win. Can’t wait to see what the next book in the series will be. My guess is the revolutionary war, because the author has that in her family history as well. Oh and can we please get a spinoff book on the Descendants before Sam came to Salem? Because they are epic.

End of Year Survey

Every year the blog Perpetual Page Turner hosts an end of year survey full of bookish questions.

Best books of 2017

Note: The survey is for books you read throughout the year, no matter when they were published, and is not limited to just books that came out in 2017!!

 

 

 

Number Of Books You Read: 104
Number of Re-Reads: 1
Genre You Read The Most From: young adult

 

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1. Best Book You Read In 2017?

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2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

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 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

Gemina by Amie Kaufman

 5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?

The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan

Gemina by Amie Kaufman

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 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?

Moïra Fowley-Doyle

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather historical Fiction

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

 9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli The movie comes out next year

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?

Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten

11. Most memorable character of 2017?

Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke Poppy

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?

Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?

Hearts Are Like Balloons by Candace Robinson

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read? 

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?

“Being with you makes me feel like I deserve to be loved. Like I’m less of a monster. Like if you trust me that means I can trust myself.”
Moïra Fowley-Doyle, Spellbook of the Lost and Found

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?

 

Guts by Chuck Palahniuk Shortest

Gemina by Amie Kaufman longest

 

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk

 

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

Quinsey Wolfe's Glass Vault by Candace Robinson Perry and August (I know and I don’t care)

 

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle  Paige Amy and Pete

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

The Field Guide and The Seeing Stone by Holly Black

21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

Roar by Cora Carmack

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?

Quinsey Wolfe's Glass Vault by Candace Robinson Maisie

23. Best 2017 debut you read?

Quinsey Wolfe's Glass Vault by Candace Robinson

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Hearts Are Like Balloons by Candace Robinson

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?

Gemina by Amie Kaufman

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke Loved it, but get it together Midnight