For fans of Conversion and Mean Girls comes a debut novel where the trials of high school start to feel like a modern-day witch hunt for a teen with all the wrong connections to Salem's past.
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 that 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 hung. If any town should have learned its lesson, it's Salem, but as Sam and her frenemies soon find, history may be about to repeat itself.
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Adriana Mather narrating her book was a real treat. The story has the perfect amount of humor, mystery, romance, and heart with historical references sprinkled throughout. I have always been intrigued by the Salem Witch Trials and this book provided a new lens with which to view the subject. What I love most about this book is that KINDNESS is the key to everything. Thank you for the great audible experience.
"Worth the Read!"
I liked the Secret Circle series and was on the fence about whether or not this book was going to be up to par compared to similar books I read in the past. It was definitely a unique story with some extra love thrown in. I found it interesting that the author is related to Cotton Mathers herself and ties in accurate historical information with the novel. I also liked how the book wasn't as predictable as some of the other ya books I've read recently. I definitely stayed guessing on a few things in the book, so there were a few good surprises. It's definitely worth the credit!
"Witch Hunting Role Reversal"
I love the Salem witch trials and November always makes me think about it because of the Pilgrims/ Puritan contribution to the holiday. This book is exactly what I've been looking for in a witch story! What makes it even more amazing is that the author, Adriana Mather, is descendant from the infamous Cotton Mather. She also narrates this audible book!
Samantha Mather feels like a black cloud has always followed her in life. Things get worse when her father goes into a coma and must be transferred from New York City to Boston. She and her step-mother, Vivian, move to her dad's old house in Salem to be closer to him. Little does she know, she will meet the cute guy next door named Jackson and his mother (who was her dad's best friend growing up.) She will also encounter a ghost named Elijah that is not too fond of her messing with his belongings.
High school is tough but it's even tougher when your last name is Mather in Salem High School. Samantha faces the challenge of having rumors spread about her by "the descendants," a group of girls who are directly related to the women that were hanged during the witch trials. Luckily, she has Jackson to help her navigate but she is not prepared for the challenge ahead of her! She will have to believe in the unbelievable, fight through betrayal, and persevere through strife to make things right!
"Very original !"
I loved this book! It's very original I don't think I've ever read anything like it ! Wi would recommend it to anyone who like history or suspense. I hope to see more book from this author soon!
This book is a lesson of incredible intensity. Thank you so much for in a way taking the time to teach everyone this. Adriana Mather, you are more correct than you know, kindness of any kind definitely does count. Thank you so much for your talent.
"Listen at 1.25 speed. Terrible narration."
I can only assume the author was trying to save money by narrating the story herself. Which I can confirm was not good business.
The story felt flat with no true climax. Now part of this can be attributed to the narrator. There was no passion, surprise, shock, feeling to any single character presented in this book- this is because the narrator was monotone and bland. I felt nothing when a character died, nor at discovering the villain. Once again because of the lack of voice acting experience the narrator has. Elijah, oh boy, she read his lines extra slow vs the regularly slow reading she read this in altogether. Only half through did I recall the "speed" feature in the app. I have never ever used this feature- that says plenty since I have over 200 audiobooks in my library.
Besides the mediocre narration, the story did not engage me. I felt nothing and won't be listening to book two (if there is one). Not worth a full credit.
"Such a great read!"
This story kept me wanting more! It was a great new look at the witch trails. The narration was excellent and very enjoyable. Definitely recommending this book!
"love this book"
can not wait to read by this beautiful author! she has given me a new look on the salem trials
Couldn't put this book down! Loved the history aspect and story line. Looking forward to the next book! Also love that the book is read by the author!
"Will pull you in nd twost you up!"
I loved the concept that it was written by a descendant of the Salem Witch Trials original crew, and read aloud by her as well. The storyline was well-written and the characters relatable and likeable. The twist at the end was foreshadowed enough that I was able to envision it before Samantha did, but still caught me by surprise! I was a bit bent about the Elijah thing, but managed to fall for him myself, so I guess it's forgiven. I look forward to any future books from Ms. Mather and will be sure to enjoy the next one just as much!
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