Category: Sunday Meme

Sunday Series Review: How to Hang a Witch

This week Kim reviews the How to Hang a Witch series by Adriana Mather. With Halloween this month, this was the perfect time for these books to be read and reviewed. This looks to be a series that I would enjoy!

Author: Adriana Mather

Books in the Series:
How to Hang a Witch
Haunting the Deep

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s rating of the series: 4 Stars

Description from Amazon:

How to Hang a Witch: 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.

Haunting the Deep: 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.

Kim’s Review:

I really liked this series! I saw the book trailer for How to Hang a Witch and thought it was going to be a movie! Yeah stupid me still falls for book and fan made trailers! But, I still thought the story sounded really cool so I bought the book! I loved it! There’s so much history weaved through all the fiction in such a fascinating way! And strangely enough, the high school drama didn’t bother me. Mather managed to make everything bigger than just a retelling of Mean Girls. The stakes were life and death so the problems have intention behind them. The mystery and magic were compelling and even when I read it for the second time, it held me till the very end!

My main issue with this book is Elijah. And I love Elijah, that’s what makes me so sad!! I’ve said it before that I dislike love triangles . . . very much hate them! And of course, in walks Samantha Mather and 2 guys automatically go after her!

*****Ok, SPOILER ALERT! He is dead!!! It can’t work!! Why not go for the nice, happy, alive dude??? Thankfully, the relationship is explained a little more in Haunting the Deep, but c’mon!!!! End of Spoiler***** Alright, I’m done. Aside from the triangle, I actually really loved this book.

Haunting the Deep is a very unique book, in a really good way! I’ve never read anything like it. Sure, there are books about the Titanic, but nothing about the spirits of the people who died being stuck there forever! And to make myself feel better, I’ll say that I did get a blurp of awareness about who’s behind it all. It was a little blurp, but it was there! Mather kept the mystery going and had me hooked and questioning the whole time. The reason I gave this book 4 stars is because of the hint of politics she slipped in. I don’t want to hear about “white privilege” when 1. I don’t believe in it, and 2. the entire dang cast is white!! Why the self-sabotage???? However, I did like the characters better in this book. I like it a whole lot better when everyone is on the same side and being friends. And Mrs. Meriwether is my hero. Can someone open a Sugar Spells Bakery in my town? Seriously, my new goal is to try to make all the things that Mrs. Meriwether made in these two books. I recommend this series to anyone who loves historical fiction. I also believe these books are safe for readers of all ages, barely any language at all.

Purchase Links:
How to Hang a Witch
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Haunting the Deep
Amazon US
Amazon UK

Short Story Sunday: Dear Aylissa

Today I am sharing my review of the short story Dear Aylissa by E.J. Bennett.

Author: E.J. Bennett
Published: October 14, 2017
5000 words on Kindle

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: October 19, 2017
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Short Story Description from Amazon:

Hazel dedicates her life to helping children. A social worker who see’s difficult children everyday. When she unexpectedly ends up with a young girl in her care, Hazel deep down thinks something is wrong.

It isn’t long before she learns the truth. Hazel sets out on a mission. But can she complete her goal or will unforeseen circumstances stand in her way?

Jessica’s Review:

E.J. Bennett is back with another short story for us this Halloween!  Last year it was Find Me and this year it is Dear Aylissa.  She also released another short story House of Horror in February this year.  Dear Aylissa is a short story at just over 5000 words and it delivers!  You have to have talent to be able to write a short story that keeps the reader on their toes and has a beginning, middle, and conclusion.  E.J. Bennett accomplished that!  I was pulled in from the beginning and read it during my lunch break.  Her descriptions are spot on and I could picture everything as I was reading Dear Aylissa!

Dear Aylissa is a well written short story and I didn’t know what direction it was going. It is a good scary Halloween story.  Even with the story being as short as it was, I liked and identified with Hazel: She has a difficult job, is 30 and still single; I did not meet my husband until I was 30.

Since it is such a short story, I won’t say much as I don’t want to give anything away. If you like scary short stories then give this one a try!

Dear Aylissa is recommended.

I received a copy from the author for a review.  Thank you E.J.!

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Standalone Sunday: H.P. Lovecraft’s Book of Horror

Standalone Sunday was started by Megan over at Bookslayer Reads.

What is Standalone Sunday?

Each Sunday bloggers feature a standalone book (one that is not part of a series) that they loved or would recommend. The standalone can also be one you want to read. There is so much focus on books that are part of a series that standalone books seem to be forgotten. They can be just as great as book series!

Here is my selection for this week:

H.P. Lovecraft’s Book of Horror

Written by one of the most important writers of the twentieth century, Lovecraft’s 1927 essay “Supernatural Horror in Literature” traces the evolution of the genre from the early Gothic novels through to the work of contemporary American and British authors. Throughout Lovecraft acknowledges those writers and stories that are the very finest that the horror field has to offer: Edgar Allen Poe, Henry James, Rudyard Kipling, Bram Stoker, Robert Louis Stevenson, Guy de Maupassant, and Arthur Conan Doyle, among others. This chilling new collection also contains Henry James’ wonderfully atmospheric short novel The Turn of the Screw.

Here is the Wikipedia Link of H.P. Lovecraft.  This paragraph is taken from there:

Howard Phillips Lovecraft  (August 20, 1890 – March 15, 1937) was an American author who achieved posthumous fame through his influential works of horror fiction. He was virtually unknown and published only in pulp magazines before he died in poverty, but he is now regarded as one of the most significant 20th-century authors in his genre. Lovecraft was born in Providence, Rhode Island, where he spent most of his life. Among his most celebrated tales are “The Call of Cthulhu” and “The Shadow over Innsmouth“, both canonical to the Cthulhu Mythos. Lovecraft was never able to support himself from earnings as author and editor. He saw commercial success increasingly elude him in this latter period, partly because he lacked the confidence and drive to promote himself. He subsisted in progressively strained circumstances in his last years; an inheritance was completely spent by the time that he died at age 46.

This week’s selection was influenced by my husband.  He is a Lovecraft and Cthulhu fan. As hard as he tries, I can not pronounce Cthulhu to save my life!   Lovecraft still influences many today. It’s a pity he did not see fame until after his death. Have any of you read any Lovecraft?