How To Hang A Witch by Adriana Mather

Publication date: 07/26/16

Publisher: Knopf/Random House

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal, Supernatural, YA Fantast, YA Paranormal

Rating: 5/5

Synopsis: 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.


There are.. no words to describe the feelings that overwhelmed me when I finished this book.

How To Hang A Witch is both a history lesson and paranormal joy ride. Adriana Mather takes her real life family history and puts such a spin on things I was sucked in by the first few pages.

The first feeling I had while reading this book was that I HAVE to visit Salem, Massachusetts some day. Not only to find out more about the Mathers, see the sights, but to bring this book with me and take pictures for Adriana as a mini book tour.

Secondly, I didn’t want this book to end. It wasn’t your typical.. YA. To me, anyway. This read had all the perfect parts for my perfect read.

-The right, light, but well timed romance.

-Paranormal of the right intensity.

-Twists I had NO IDEA were coming.

-Cheeky boys with the correct type of teenage attitude that weren’t straight out jerks.

-An enemy(s) and plot of believability.

HTHAW is just the perfect example of how to write and debut as a new author. I can not stress how much I will enjoy supporting Adriana from here on out.

Lastly, when I finished reading I was filled with dread. Left with this… hole in my chest. Not because the book left me unsatisfied, no, but because the read was over! This was one of the few times I felt as if I lost some very good friends. As if the characters actually said goodbye to me. Yes, of course, I know I can re-read the book once more to bring them back but I think right this moment I may need time to get over my book hang over.

Please, if you get a chance, pick up How To Hang A Witch by Adriana Mather. It is very much worth your time. You will not be disappointed.


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