The Wicked Deep

The Wicked Deep

Hocus Pocus and Practical Magic meets the Salem Witch trials in this haunting story about three sisters on a quest for revenge—and how love may be the only thing powerful enough to stop them.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 w...

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Title:The Wicked Deep
Author:Shea Ernshaw
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The Wicked Deep Reviews

  • S.M. Parker

    THIS BEAUTY OF A BOOK!!!!!!!! Ahhhhhhh! The Wicked Deep is stunning and magical and deeply haunting. I feel so lucky that I got a sneak peek at this book. I'm breathless from the beauty of the words, the haunting ache of love and the gorgeously rich tale of witches, revenge, redemption and sacrifice. The author creates a thickly rich coastal town with residents unable to escape a centuries old curse. The Swan sisters were drowned two hundred years ago for witchcraft and they return each June to

    THIS BEAUTY OF A BOOK!!!!!!!! Ahhhhhhh! The Wicked Deep is stunning and magical and deeply haunting. I feel so lucky that I got a sneak peek at this book. I'm breathless from the beauty of the words, the haunting ache of love and the gorgeously rich tale of witches, revenge, redemption and sacrifice. The author creates a thickly rich coastal town with residents unable to escape a centuries old curse. The Swan sisters were drowned two hundred years ago for witchcraft and they return each June to inhabit the bodies of local girls...so they can drown boys-- rip them out to sea so they can experience the same horrifying death. Sound gruesome? It is, for sure. And the townspeople are trapped by the sea and the curse and death. The Swan sisters are relentless. They never fail to return and seek vengeance in this tiny coastal town. The author immerses the reader in the cold isolation of the coastal town and its neighboring island. Her prose is thick, lush and deeply creepy. And there's love!!!! Lots of love. The kind that makes you swoon and the kind that makes you think about the strength of the human heart to endure tragedy and loss. This is a beauty of a book. I know 2018 seems like forever to wait but it will be worth it!!! Read this with a mug of tea in hand, a warm sweater wrapped around your shoulders--and prepare to be up all night. You won't be sorry.

  • Adrienne Young

    TBR alert: I got to read an ARC of THE WICKED DEEP and I am so excited to see this one hit shelves! Two hundred years ago, the people of Sparrow tied stones around the feet of three sisters and sank them in the harbor for suspected witchcraft. Every June, they return from the dark waters and take their revenge. I was absolutely in love with this atmospheric setting and a foggy YA mystery is exactly what I needed. Add in the secrets and twists and lore and I was hooked from page one. This is a gr

    TBR alert: I got to read an ARC of THE WICKED DEEP and I am so excited to see this one hit shelves! Two hundred years ago, the people of Sparrow tied stones around the feet of three sisters and sank them in the harbor for suspected witchcraft. Every June, they return from the dark waters and take their revenge. I was absolutely in love with this atmospheric setting and a foggy YA mystery is exactly what I needed. Add in the secrets and twists and lore and I was hooked from page one. This is a great, satisfying read that will have you packing your bags for a trip to the haunted town of Sparrow.

  • TheYALibrarian

    Yes you did not read it wrong I rated a book five stars. That is a rarity and there will be plenty of reasons why for this book impressed me so much and grabbed me by the throat and wouldn't let go until I finished the last page.

    I'll admit I'm still a little in shock about this one book. I have been in a bit of a

    Yes you did not read it wrong I rated a book five stars. That is a rarity and there will be plenty of reasons why for this book impressed me so much and grabbed me by the throat and wouldn't let go until I finished the last page.

    I'll admit I'm still a little in shock about this one book. I have been in a bit of a book slump lately, books that I picked up and read seemed like a chore and just did not hold my attention. I thought for sure three pages in this book would be also another novel I would just have to wade through and feel all depressed that reading is not as enticing as it used to be. But this book took me out of the slump and revived me. Here's why:

    A lot of reasons on why I liked this book is how it relates to my own memories and interests. There was definitely a

    vibe with the Swan sisters and I have adored that classic film since childhood.

    BUT the Sanderson sisters are not like the Swan sisters. They both were executed for being witches but the Sanderson sisters were hanged in the era of witch hysteria which started in Salem in 1692 while the Swan sisters were drowned in the late 1800s which added an interesting twist because that was not an era I would think executions of witches still happened. They both come back from the dead for revenge but the Sanderson sisters only came back for one night when the black flame candle was lit and as themselves while the Swan sisters came back every summer solstice since their execution and they have to inhabit three living girls to do it. Another element that I enjoyed. Another difference that also needs to be pointed out the Sanderson sisters came back to suck the souls of children for youth while the Swan sisters lured only men to their deaths by drowning them in the ocean like sirens. Both different witch trios but I like both a lot and I appreciated the author for straying away from the similarities in

    or otherwise I don't think I would have liked it as much as I did.

    This story takes place in Oregon but I still felt like I could imagine it well since I have grown up around the ocean and have spent nights in lake houses in New Hampshire and Maine. I have been on boats and kayaks so having that connection to water made it so real for me. I could see so vividly those three sisters pushed into the water and sinking into the deep to drown. I could smell the ocean and see the rotating beacon of the lighthouse. I am envious of Penny I would love to live on an island with a lighthouse. That seclusion sounds like heaven. Sparrow also felt to me like those small seaside towns I have passed through many summers on my road trips to Maine and New Hampshire so another place that was easy to picture. So many things were so relatable and it helped me really get sucked in and lost in the story.

    As for the characters I liked the protagonist Penny. She is nothing unique but definitely more mature and responsible for someone her age. She also did not fall all over Bo (even though it wasn't Penny per se as I will rave about later) so their romance was a nice slow burn and it wasn't every second of every day that she was drooling on how gorgeous his body and eyes are. Bo was not bad himself with someone with a tragic past he also had a good head on his shoulders and did not brood and get all antsy as men are won't to do in YA books. Marguerite, the eldest Swan sister was clearly shown as a force to be reckoned with in the small glimpses of the past and the times she is in Olivia's body, Aurora also being a strong match with her own seduction and wiles both as herself and as Gigi. But the youngest was the most relatable and vivid for her more docile nature and only having love for one man. Minor characters were also dimensional like Penny's mom and dad, Rose and Rose's mom, Health, and Owen . I loved the detail that was simple yet told the personality of Penny's mom with how she used to read tea leaves for people. With that in mind it made sense for her to be spiritual and sensitive. I also enjoyed the small glimpses of Rose's mom who ran the cake shop and made these little petite cakes that are supposed to help people forget made memories and renew good ones. Small details but spoke volumes.

    But what made this book really shine was the plot twists. I did not see them coming every time they rounded the corner and hit me like a brick wall. The first being that Penny could see the sisters in their vessels and that was kept from me the reader for quite some time. That didn't cause me to suspect anything about Penny herself but it was definitely a clue to who she really was. There was also the clue of the drowning dream right after the summer solstice that Penny had when the Swan sisters returned for another summer. That made me think that maybe she could be possessed by one of the sisters but my suspicions went away when she saved Bo from drowning. That of course did not seem like a thing a Swan sister would do. But it all clicked into place towards the final half that she was Hazel all along.

    Kudos to you Ernshaw you had me fooled pretty good so colored me impressed. Such a great twist that added a sweet note when things looked dark. Hazel did have feelings for Bo and no longer wanted to be a murderer and spend yet another year waiting in the water until she could return again the next summer to wreak more vengeance on the town. Quite a change of a heart for a vengeful spirit that had been murdering men for over two hundred years. Hazel also felt so much guilt for killing Bo's brother when before she thought every man deserved to die for what they did to her and her sisters. It was all so sweet yet so heartbreaking. She wanted to stay with Bo and live a life she did not get to have. She also wanted to love again after losing her lover who drowned with her because he could not bear to lose her. Cue waterfall dear lord that particular part felt like a punch in the gut.

    The very end was also moving and bittersweet with Hazel drowning once again to break the curse and just wanders the island as spirit to watch over Bo who had to fall in love with Penny all over again. I don't think I'm going to forget the last words of the ghost of Hazel whispering in Bo's ear "I love you still" and him smiling. Its making my heart ache just thinking about it. I can't recommend this book enough and will be buying a physical copy when it is released.

  • 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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  • Alissa

    I won an ARC through a Goodreads Giveaway!

    Definitely add this to your TBR shelves!

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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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  • Korrina  (OwlCrate)

    3.5 stars. This was quite a fun book and I'm always up for a witchy tale. But parts of it really annoyed me (like the insta love). Still, I definitely think it's worth the read. It's quite atmospheric and I enjoyed the writing style a lot. There were a few twists I didn't see coming which kept me wanting to read to the end.

  • 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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  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔

    Oh I like the cover!

    Also, I see a reference to Hocus Pocus in the description - now the bar has been raised! Because I love Hocus Pocus lol

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    Hmm...I sense a mysterious, magical cursed tale coming on and I'm intrigued

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