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Haunting the Deep by Adriana Mather

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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.

Goodreads Summary

I loved the first book in this series so I couldn't wait to read this one! Samantha is such a dynamic character; I love that the author incorporates her own family's past into some of the plot. When she starts dreaming of the Titanic and its passengers she knows that there is some purpose to her visions. The author weaves a delicate setting of the Titanic that is both detailed and extremely enticing. As a child, I loved learning about ocean liners and focused on the Titanic and her sister ship particularly. I could tell the author did not just slap this book together, but that she spent time developing the plot and setting. 

Samantha is witty and sarcastic; as the main character, she really held my attention. I'm not the biggest fan of pseudo love triangles, but I liked how it played out in the end. I don't think Samantha needed another distraction, but who turns down a cute boy, right? I did find the her attitude a little annoying, in parts; girls at this age can be snobby and both Samantha and some secondary characters displayed that lovely quality. The ending was a little predictable, but still enjoyable.

4 Stars

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