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This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather
Series: How to Hang a Witch #1
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on July 26, 2016
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(Last Updated On: January 22, 2022)
The more things change in Salem, the more they stay the same.
Salem, Massachusetts is the site of the infamous Witch Trials and the new home of Samantha Mather.
Recently transplanted from New York City, Sam is not exactly welcomed with open arms. She is a 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 wasn’t enough, Sam finds herself face to face with a real, live (well, technically dead) ghost. A handsome, angry ghost who wants Sam to stop touching his stuff.
Soon Sam discovers she is at the center of a centuries-old curse affecting everyone with ties to the Trials. Sam must come to terms with the ghost and work with The Descendants to stop a deadly cycle that has been going on since the first alleged witch was hanged. If any town should have learned its lesson, it’s Salem. But history may be about to repeat itself.
I recently visited Salem, Massachusetts so I knew that I had to give How to Hang a Witch a try. Before I go into details about the novel, I thought that I’d give some background knowledge about the author, because it honestly adds so much more meaning to the story itself.
Adriana Mather is actually a descendant of Cotton Mather, just like the main character of How to Hang a Witch. She visited Salem and then wrote her novel afterwards.
How to Hang a Witch follows Samantha Mather who has descended from Cotton Mather. Her father recently got sent to the hospital in Boston because he’s in a coma, so she gets shipped off to Salem along with her step mother. She ends up meeting a guy named Jaxon in Salem who is always there for her.
At school, she comes across a group of people who always wear black and tend to rule the school. What’s even better is that they call themselves the Descendants and they have all descended from people who were hung at the Salem Witch Trials. They bully her, though deaths begin piling up and a mystery ensues.
I honestly couldn’t put this book down. It was so intriguing all the time. Samantha was such a great character and I loved following her through her adventures. Jaxon was great too, but I absolutely adored Elijah. He’s a ghost that Sam ends up becoming friends with. He’s always so helpful and is just so lovable.
I really loved the amount of history in this book. It was sort of like historical fiction with a twist, which was great. I also really liked that it took place in Salem because I’ve visited there.
Sam was talking about different places that she was visiting and it was awesome because I knew about every place that she visited because I had visited those places too! How to Hang a Witch was a magical read that was constantly intriguing and I can’t wait to read more by Mather in the future!