Friday, April 28, 2017

Title:  How to Hang a Witch
Author:  Adriana Mather
Available:  Now
Publisher: Knopf Books
Source: Library

Rating:  4 stars

It's the Salem Witch Trials meets Mean Girls in a debut novel from one of the descendants of Cotton Mather, where the trials of high school start to feel like a modern day witch hunt for a teen with all the wrong connections to Salem’s past.

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 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 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 may be about to repeat itself.


Salem, witches and a little more. YA bullying story with a history.  It's a great YA read that looks as if it's going to be a series?  I love the author's connection to Salem and even though this is a fictional account I love everything that pertains to Salem and the infamous witch trials.  Can't wait to read more!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Title:  Everything, Everything
Author: Nicola Yoon
Publisher: Delacorte
Available: Now
Source:  Library

Rating 4 stars

 My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster

Loved this sweet romantic contemporary with a side of something else.  It flew so fast I was able to complete it in an afternoon which is a good thing or I probably would have stayed up half the night trying to find out what is happening.  I loved the characters and I loved the story line.  This is a great read perfect for a car trip or just for a fun afternoon!