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 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 is about to repeat itself.
One of the things that I found interesting about this book is that the author, Adriana Mather, is an actual descendent of Cotton Mather. A judge who sentenced “witches” to death during the Salem Witch Trials. It took me a while to finish reading this book. Not because this book isn’t great. It’s very entertaining. I’ve just been in a major reading slump. I picked this book up from BEA because there were people saying that was Mean Girls mixed with the Salem Witch Trials.
To be honest, it isn’t. Mean Girls is funny and this book isn’t funny. It’s more serious. There are also people who compare it to Conversion by Katherine Howe, and to be honest, Conversion is one of my least favorite books of all time, so I was a bit skeptical of this book because of that. I love fictional books about the Salem Witch Trials, but when it comes down to it, these can be hit or miss, and most of the time they are misses. This one is in the middle.
Sam and Vivian ended up moving to Salem because they couldn’t afford to live in New York anymore because of Sam’s father medical condition. When Sam moved to Salem, she had trouble fitting in because of her last name and her relation to Cotton Mather. People automatically hated and were disgusted with her, even though what Cotton did wasn’t Sam’s fault.
This book wasn’t great, but it wasn’t terrible. I think that the author could have elaborated more on the curse that Sam and the Descendents have because I was a bit confused. I wasn’t really a fan of Sam because of the way that she treated her step-mother Vivian. Lizzie, the leader of the Descendents was my least favorite character. She just kept blaming Sam for every little thing that happened. She’s the Regina of the book.
Jaxon, Sam’s kind of boyfriend started to annoy me when he wouldn’t believe Sam when she said that she was cursed. He kind of just brushed it off and made fun of her. There is a mother guy as well. Elijah. I REALLY like him. A lot more than I like than Jaxon. He actually listened to Sam.
If you want to know what else that happened in the book, read it for yourself. I don’t want to spoil you. My rating for this book is 3.5 out of 5 stars. It was really hard to fugue out how to rate this book. So far, this is the first book in a series, there’s supposed to be another book, but I think that this book works fine as a standalone.