The Wicked Deep

The Wicked Deep

Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow…Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the har...

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Title:The Wicked Deep
Author:Shea Ernshaw
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Edition Language:English

The Wicked Deep Reviews

  • Jasmine from How Useful It Is

    About: The Wicked Deep is a young adult fantasy written by Shea Ernshaw. It will be published on 3/6/18 by Simon Pulse, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, 320 pages. The genres are young adult, fantasy, paranormal, witches, and fiction. This book is intended for readers ages 14 and up, grades 9 and up.

    My Experience: I started reading The Wicked Deep on 11/10/17 and finished it on 11/15/17. This book has a fantastic love story! I like the mystery to the legend. I like the cover and the art at e

    About: The Wicked Deep is a young adult fantasy written by Shea Ernshaw. It will be published on 3/6/18 by Simon Pulse, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, 320 pages. The genres are young adult, fantasy, paranormal, witches, and fiction. This book is intended for readers ages 14 and up, grades 9 and up.

    My Experience: I started reading The Wicked Deep on 11/10/17 and finished it on 11/15/17. This book has a fantastic love story! I like the mystery to the legend. I like the cover and the art at each chapter. I like the unexpected twist. I like having a glimpse into all the characters involved, past and present. I like how the title is weaved into the story. I like that I couldn’t guess the surprise twist even though I was waiting for it.

    This book is told in the first person point of view, following Penny Talbot, 17 who lives on Lumiere Island and goes to Sparrow High School. Sparrow, Oregon has been ravaged by the legend of the Swan sisters (Marguerite, Aurora, and Hazel) where every year starting June 1st, three of the local girls are possessed by the three Swan sisters to lure young men to their deaths in the nearby harbor. Legend says that two centuries ago, the Swan sisters were thought to be witches and they were condemned to death. After that, they come back every year to haunt the locals and take their revenge. No one ever witnessed how the Swan sisters caused the boys’ deaths so their deaths are ruled as drowning or suicides. This book is also told in the third person point of view following the Swan sisters, from their arrival to the town to how they become a legend. From early on, readers will know that Penny and her mom experience grief due to her father’s disappearance. When Bo, an outsider like Penny’s father came to town looking to stay, Penny offers to give him a job. Both are hesitant to share their secrets when it becomes obvious they each have something to hide.

    This book is very well written. I like the start at once. Legends and curses definitely caught my attention. I couldn’t wait to unravel the mystery. The story is beautifully crafted and all the characters are well liked and well developed, especially the Swan sisters. Lumiere Island and Sparrow don’t sound like an ideal place to live because of it’s constant rain, but it’s a great setting for this book. The romance speeds too quickly for my liking with Penny and her friend Rose. One moment they just met the guys and the next it’s love. Even so, I enjoy the love story greatly and I highly recommend everyone to read this book!

    Pro: cover, legend, mystery, fast paced, page turner, easy to read,

    Con: none

    I rate it 5 stars!

    ***Disclaimer: Many thanks to the author Shea Ernshaw, publisher Simon Pulse, and Edelweiss for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.

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  • Alana • thebookishchick

    This book was SO much fun.

    First of all, you need to understand if you say the word witches I am sold. No questions asked, I want the book. Now, add three sisters accused of witchcraft who come back for revenge *ahem, Hocus Pocus vibes anyone?* and I am so sold there is no possible way I could dislike this book. Yet somehow, I still managed to be blown away by this. Al

    This book was SO much fun.

    First of all, you need to understand if you say the word witches I am sold. No questions asked, I want the book. Now, add three sisters accused of witchcraft who come back for revenge *ahem, Hocus Pocus vibes anyone?* and I am so sold there is no possible way I could dislike this book. Yet somehow, I still managed to be blown away by this. Although technically the Swan sisters were not witches, only accused of being witches, the magic and the reasons behind it were so freaking good. I still can’t get over it. I was so pleasantly surprised with how much I fell in love with this story and the characters.

    The writing in this one was GORGEOUS. I would find myself constantly just re-reading scenes in the book because of how beautiful the prose was. Not to mention how wonderful the mystery and legend of the Swan Sisters was woven into the story. It felt completely unique and original which is like a breath of fresh air since I predominately read YA books and they can all kind of mesh into one another. I have a feeling this book is going to stand out from all the other books I’ve read this year for a LONG TIME.

    Now I will admit that I did figure out the big “plot twist” of the story way before it was revealed , however, it did not ruin the story for me in any way. While it was the main plot twist of the story there was still so much behind it that I never would have guessed which made it even better, if that’s even possible and left me will ALL THE FEELS.

    The romance aspect to this story was again woven perfectly into it and had me pining after Bo and Penny. Originally, I will admit, I was not a fan of insta-love between Bo and Penny BUT after finishing this and finding out the reason for the insta-love I totally took it back and realized it was a vital part to the story. Also, there is another love story besides Bo and Penny’s and I am LIVING for it. No spoilers though 😉

    Plus, the ending of this book! Oh my god. I can’t stop thinking about it. Again, SO MANY FEELS.

    All in all, I want to keep this short because I don’t want to give away too much of anything. If you love witches, mystery, legends, epic love stories, and creepy little towns than look no further than The Wicked Deep.

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  • Carrie

    Two centuries ago in the small town of Sparrow three sisters were accused of being witches and put to death. The residents of the town tied stones to their ankles and drowned them in the deep waters that surrounded the town. Each years since their deaths the sisters have returned to the small town for a period of a couple of weeks to seek their revenge upon the town by inhabiting the bodies of local young women to tempt the young men of the town to their own death.

    Seventeen year old Penny Talbo

    Two centuries ago in the small town of Sparrow three sisters were accused of being witches and put to death. The residents of the town tied stones to their ankles and drowned them in the deep waters that surrounded the town. Each years since their deaths the sisters have returned to the small town for a period of a couple of weeks to seek their revenge upon the town by inhabiting the bodies of local young women to tempt the young men of the town to their own death.

    Seventeen year old Penny Talbot lives in the small town of Sparrow and like many of the local residents she has come to accept the fate of her town every summer while tourists flock the town to see the legend of the sisters carried out. This year however Penny meets Bo Carter who has stumbled into the town the night before the sisters are due to arrive and after hiring Bo to help work the lighthouse her family runs Penny finds herself wanting to do anything she can to keep Bo from the danger that summer.

    The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw is a young adult fantasy tale featuring witches, curses and a bit of romance added into the mix. A few warnings will come with this review even though I quite enjoyed this one myself. First, for those that hate the old insta-love trope in young adult this one might not be for you as yes the characters move into the love phase fairly quickly. Also, there were a few situations in it that may not be best for a very young crowd.

    When finished with this one other than a few minor details here or there I rather enjoyed the story overall. This is one that has that creepy vibe with a dark edge involved waiting for the curse to play itself out with a few twists here and there to keep the reader on their toes and the pages turning. It was easy to get to know the characters in the present story while getting bits of the past to learn about the sisters and how they came to curse the town. I'd definitely recommend checking this one out to the young adult fantasy fans.

    I received an advance copy from the publisher via Edelweiss.

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  • Sabrina The Trash Queen

    => THIS BOOK DID NOT DISAPPOINT!

    I was in a mood for a book that had witches and a good plot and this book was exactly it.

    The story was so original!

    I LOVED IT.

    It starts a bit slow but after the first 4 chapter the story begins and awesome stars to happen.

    For me the best part of the book was the writing, I’m in love with it.

    => THIS BOOK DID NOT DISAPPOINT!

    I was in a mood for a book that had witches and a good plot and this book was exactly it.

    The story was so original!

    I LOVED IT.

    It starts a bit slow but after the first 4 chapter the story begins and awesome stars to happen.

    For me the best part of the book was the writing, I’m in love with it.

    =>love this quote!!!

    =>The plot was really well done, I didn’t saw it coming.

    The really liked the romance, how it wasn't just focused on it, and how it complemented the story.

    I like how cold the witches are.

    ==> OKAY, the ending was a bit of a disappointment for me.

    Overall the book itself didn't disappoint, it had what I was expecting it, cool, fast, interesting, original and in someways funny.

  • Abbie (boneseasonofglass)

    4.5/5

    I can't believe I read this whole thing in one afternoon!

    This is the first time in a long time that I've read a whole book in a day and it feels amazing!

    I honestly enjoyed this more than I thought I was going to

    It was so interesting, imaginative, enchanting, atmospheric and spooky and I was hooked from the start. It was so addictive to read, and I just didn't want to do anything else until I'd finished it

    It was such a marvellous book, and I think it might be going on a list of my favouri

    4.5/5

    I can't believe I read this whole thing in one afternoon!

    This is the first time in a long time that I've read a whole book in a day and it feels amazing!

    I honestly enjoyed this more than I thought I was going to

    It was so interesting, imaginative, enchanting, atmospheric and spooky and I was hooked from the start. It was so addictive to read, and I just didn't want to do anything else until I'd finished it

    It was such a marvellous book, and I think it might be going on a list of my favourite standalone fantasy/paranormal books

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    So I’ve been tossing back and forth all day between a 4 and a 5 over this one, so I think I’m just gonna be that guy and go with a 4.5. I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH. This was the most beautiful and atmospheric book I’ve read in ages. The setting of this book was PERFECTION and I want 383738251929 books set here, STAT. I will say though, the reason that I was hmmmming so much over my rating is because I saw everything coming in this one. Nothing surprised me at all, but I still loved it and enjoyed

    So I’ve been tossing back and forth all day between a 4 and a 5 over this one, so I think I’m just gonna be that guy and go with a 4.5. I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH. This was the most beautiful and atmospheric book I’ve read in ages. The setting of this book was PERFECTION and I want 383738251929 books set here, STAT. I will say though, the reason that I was hmmmming so much over my rating is because I saw everything coming in this one. Nothing surprised me at all, but I still loved it and enjoyed reading it SO MUCH. I definitely recommend this to anyone interested in reading a really great October-y book in the spring, lol.

  • Melanie

    Friends, if you’re looking for something atmospheric, spooky, and completely captiv

    Friends, if you’re looking for something atmospheric, spooky, and completely captivating, that is so very beautifully written, please pick

    up.

    I’ll be honest with you all, I felt like this book was calling to me. I’d always see it on Edelweiss, but I had too many ARCS, so I knew I couldn’t allow myself to request it, but it always caught my eye. Then, upon release, everyone was buying it and I thought it was the most beautiful, holographic cover I’ve ever seen, but I still resisted. Then, I couldn’t stop seeing on all my social media feeds that Netflix bought the rights to it and is going to adapt it. Finally, my friend Julie posted she was going to be hosting a buddy read for it, and I knew that I could no longer continue to be haunted by this book. And I’m forever thankful I picked it up.

    is a story about a small town off the coast of Oregon, called Sparrow, that is the pinnacle of a small, sleepy town, except for in June when tourists come from all around in hopes of catching a glimpse of the Swan sisters who were drowned to death for witchcraft over two hundred years ago. From June 1st until Just 21st (summer solace) no one is safe. And each and every summer, accusations get thrown at more and more girls, from boys who claim them to be the sisters who are responsible for the drownings.

    Marguerite, Aurora, and Hazel Swan were tried, convicted, and sentenced to death two centuries ago for witchcraft, but their only crimes are from seducing the men in the town of Sparrow. But every summer the sisters rise from their watery graves, each inhabiting a body of a local girl, while making sure they take at least three boy’s lives while they walk among the town unbeknownst to anyone which local girls are being possessed.

    Our main character, Penny, lives on a small island off of the mainland. She keeps to herself despite the small population to begin with, and only truly has one friend named Rose. Rose begs Penny to attend a party on the beach with the rest of the kids from their school, so they can annually welcome the Swan sisters. Penny lives with her mother, who hasn’t been the same since her husband disappeared three years ago. Penny reluctantly goes, meets a mysterious boy who is looking for work, and the sisters start to sing their song.

    I really loved reading this. I was instantly thrown into the mystery and guessing game of who the sisters had possessed. I was instantly in love with the town and the mom and pop businesses. I was instantly impressed with the lyrical prose and the intelligently crafted story. I went into this expecting some

    vibes, but I came out enjoying this more than I ever expected.

    I saw a couple reviews calling this story instalove, but I was honestly swooning so hard for the romance in this book. That first kiss? One of the best first kisses I’ve ever read. I loved the romance(s) in this so much, and I will read any and everything by this author based on how well she wrote those scenes alone.

    My only real complaint comes from the nature of the story. This is ultimately a story about girls being possessed against their will, therefore, the sisters do questionable things with their host’s body without their consent. I can’t say too much, because I want this to be a spoiler free review, but just use caution going into this knowing that. And it’s nothing violent or physically hurtful, but I would argue that there is some grey area consent in this book.

    loss of a loved one, abandonment, underage drinking, drunk driving (boats), murder, death, downing, and abduction.

    Overall, I really enjoyed this. Shea Ernshaw was able to evoke so many emotions from me. I cried so many tears during this book. I felt so blindsided and I honestly couldn’t control my weeping at a few parts. This story is so beautiful, and it truly is crafted so very well. To say I’m impressed is an understatement, and I can’t wait to see what this author does next, because their debut was nothing short of phenomenal.

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  • Lola  Reviewer

    3.5 stars. This is the story of three long-dead witches who come back every summer in the bodies of Sparrow girls to drown boys and the only girl in town who may be able to lift the curse.

    This is an exquisitely atmospheric book. The subject matter is, of course, dark, but the way the author presents the town and its curse feels almost magical.

    Even though such a curse pertains to the fantasy world and is therefore not a realistic element, I believed everything inside this story. Not once did I

    3.5 stars. This is the story of three long-dead witches who come back every summer in the bodies of Sparrow girls to drown boys and the only girl in town who may be able to lift the curse.

    This is an exquisitely atmospheric book. The subject matter is, of course, dark, but the way the author presents the town and its curse feels almost magical.

    Even though such a curse pertains to the fantasy world and is therefore not a realistic element, I believed everything inside this story. Not once did I tell myself, ‘‘Shea Ernshaw took it too far’’. Not once.

    It is a paranormal mystery. This author is smart. She knows experienced readers have encountered witches before in their reads. She knows they need more to be intrigued nowadays. I, for one, kept reading because I was curious and wanted to uncover who the possessed girls were, what Bo wanted and how Penny Talbot’s father disappeared.

    But this is where it gets tricky. Because everyone is so secretive, we do not get to know any of the characters in depth, aside from the heroine herself. And while Bo is mysterious, the fact that he reveals little about himself makes him one-dimensional for a good part of the story.

    So do not ask me if I enjoyed the romance. It is a categorical no. Fortunately the story of the three witches and the curse itself as well as how it unfolded during this particular summer kept me interested from start to finish.

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  • Ronak(Pihu) Gajjar

    This wasn’t much wicked though! I beg to differ certainly. Well, what are the chances? Of course another love story! *Sighs* I thought for once it will be all witchy juju which will allure me off but this love story:

    Okay, beyond sarcasm it was awful!

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    This wasn’t much wicked though! I beg to differ certainly. Well, what are the chances? Of course another love story! *Sighs* I thought for once it will be all witchy juju which will allure me off but this love story:

    Okay, beyond sarcasm it was awful!

    Concept:

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    Cover:

    Writing Style:

    Overall:

    Tell me one thing? How would you feel if you read three-fourth book and the author reveals it wasn’t even from protagonist’s view-point, well yeah of course betrayed! Surprise element is kind of different thing but for sake of twisting the story line (*which in first person) you do that it is beyond annoying. The whole plot line seemed borrowed.

    If I am, supposed to list down the things:

    • The town built on the Historical background (*And the very first thing clinked in my mind was Mystic Falls)

    • That too history build upon Witches

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    • The shore singing factor – Am I the only one thinking about mermaids?

    • Drowning of boys because of the legend intertwined – (*Remember

    by Paula Hawkins?)

    • Of course – “Love” meant to be the only solution ever.

    • Normal plot-line with a pinch of supernatural existence.

    • Way too predictable minor twists.

    • INSTA LOVE! (*WHY?)

    So, the story-line? Well, it started with drowning before 200 years when

    were drowned as punishment for alluring men using their witchcraft.

    And they return every June 1st for their revenge. (*I have never felt any revenge so weakly plotted!) And the insta-love which happens one summer brings all the so-called twist in the story for once and all.

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