Friday, September 29, 2017

Haunting the Deep by Adriana Mather

Title: Haunting the Deep
Author: Adriana Mather
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication date: October 3, 2017
Pages: 368
Source/format: ARC from Rachel's Book Reviews

Rating: ☆☆☆1/2

Synopsis (from

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.

M Y  T H O U G H T S

Samantha Mather is still living in Salem and her father is doing better than ever. After the events that occurred in How to Hang a Witch, Sam goes on with her life living it as any normal teen does until she starts seeing ghosts and having dreams about the Titanic. It also doesn't help that Salem High School is having a Titanic spring fling theme. Her friends, who are part of the Descendants, try to ease her worries but Sam is afraid that history is going to repeat itself.

A spell is cast and a warning of a death looms over Sam. As time runs out, Sam deciphers the clues to the mystery of the Titanic with the help of her friends. A love triangle exists but romance isn't the focal point of the plot. Adriana Mather penned a riveting and an immersive novel. Haunting the Deep brings readers back to Salem with familiar faces but readers are introduced to the enigma of the Titanic! Join Sam in flashbacks and modern day as she solves the Titanic mystery with her Descendant friends.

Sam's father is very supportive of everything she does except for magic, which he blames for the death of his wife. Although a single parent, Sam's dad always looks for the best interest for his daughter despite the craziness that has been happening in Salem. It's inspiring to see Sam's dad protect his daughter in anyway he can. Sam has been growing closer to Susannah, Mary and Alice and she becomes part of Descendants' circle of friends. They are very close and would do whatever it takes to help one another out. Elijah is one of my favorite characters from How to Hang a Witch and I was estatic to see him in Haunting the Deep. There were a couple of loose ends that I would have loved explanations to such as Mr. Wardwell, Niki, Blair and of course Jaxon.

This fast paced historical mystery will intrigue your senses and it will transport you back into time while chilling the bone. Pick up Haunting the Deep this October! I highly recommend it for readers who enjoy paranormal fiction, time traveling, the Titanic, Salem, magic and friendship.

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