NOTE: Please don’t take this particular review very seriously. Odd request, I know, but I don’t want anyone skip this beautiful book just because of my VERY personal opinion.
TITLE: The Wicked Deep
BY: Shea Ernshaw
GENRE: Fantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal
PUBLICATION: March 6th 2018 by Simon Pulse
The Wicked Deep tells a story of the town, Sparrow, that is being haunted by a curse brought by the drowning of three sisters (Marguerite, Aurora and Hazel), two centuries ago because of witchcraft. It’s said that every summer since then, the Swan Sisters come back to inhabits three unsuspecting girls and then take at least three boys’ lives in the town. The town take this seriously that they even killed suspected girls before and they even have a festival for it.
And Penny Talbot, having born and lived in an island in Sparrow, it wasn’t surprising she knows so much about the Swan sisters and the curse. And the danger of being in Sparrow in Summer. And so when Bo, an unsuspecting boy stumbles in town, Penny thought she must keep him safe and keep him alive, even if it means losing her own.
First, look at the cover. So gorgeous. Then the plot. I don’t think this is the most original plot but it certainly is one of the most intriguing plots in fiction. Very captivating, eerie, and even creepy. I might even put this in mystery genre because The Wicked Deep may keep you turning the pages as fast as you can to know how it will end up. And you can’t stop guessing the whos, whys and hows. So yeah, this is a mystery but that is of course if you don’t guess the plot twist very early.
Which I did.
At 10%, I had hints. I suspected of how the story will unfold, or how the reveal would take place. At 25%, I was very sure and at 50%, I nearly DNFed it. Because what’s the point? I already know and seriously, the ending is not something that I need right now. It left a bitter taste in me. I dreaded it.
So why I didn’t DNFed it? Because the book was amazingly written. Every scene was perfectly executed, especially the romantic scenes. Jesus, the romance in this book is a perfect treat. The author is seriously an amazing writer and I’ll read everything she writes. And though I was dreading the ending because of what it might do to me, the ride, the reading itself was a beautiful experience. I consider this book a very emotional read. And I’m not even ashamed to admit I teared up a bit while reading. Yeah, I said its creepy, but I’m telling its emotional.
Maybe I would’ve even bawled if I love the characters that much. though I love the romance, the interactions even the friendship. No matter how I love the atmosphere of the story and the scenes with all the characters, oddly,I don’t have a favorite character or I can’t even say the characters will stay in me. They won’t They weren’t really underdeveloped or very flawed but they’re not memorable as well. They’re just OKAY.
Penny, ugh, by the time I guessed what’s happening, I was so into her but at the last quarter of the book, she made that decision, and I thought there’ll be no redemption for her. (Just my opinion) I don’t care if she decided it because of love or revenge, I don’t even care that she changed her mind, In my mind, she can never be redeemed whatever she does. That was really selfish.
But you guys, YOU HAVE TO READ THIS!!! Don’t my disliking of it, discourage you from picking this up. It’s a very well-written book that I think most of you will enjoy. I enjoyed it, some parts just didn’t go well with me and that the mystery of the book died for me so early. I advise you guys don’t take guessing too seriously, it might take away the enjoyment in reading.
Again, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND it.
Happy Reading guys,