Book Review- The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

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Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow…

Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.

Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under.

Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.

Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters.

But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself. 



My Thoughts 2

This is another case of “It´s not the book. It´s me.” Or, maybe the book is my problem…

I liked loved the synopsis. It´s captivating and just screams at a reader to buy the book.

Because it sounds interesting. The story sounds dark and mysterious. It appears to have that certain witchy atmosphere. A promise of legends and curses mixing with reality and…. above all, there´s a promise of something magical.

I can´t say that `The Wicked Deep` by author Shea Ernshaw was a complete the wicked deepdisappointment because there were quite a few parts I really enjoyed about the story. But the other parts? 40% of the story wasn´t as enjoyable as I had hoped it would be.

Was the story dark and mysterious?
Well, it did have a nice dark atmosphere and it did offer a hint of mystery in the beginning. But since the story was predictable the mystery part was flushed down the drain and that made my reading experience less enjoyable.

`The Wicked Deep` is a full blown cliché. While the writing is great the story is rather flat and shallow.

The threat was there but it felt restricted. As if the author didn´t want to go too far with her characters.

I would have liked for the “witches” ( as they were so lovingly sold to the readers ) to have had more spotlight. It wouldn´t have hurt if they had been included in more scenes. They drowned on land as they did when they were forced to drown in the pacific ocean.

As for the main characters- I would have appreciated if Penny hadn´t felt robotic. Bo was a Hero I´d consider to be 2 dimensional. Present but transparent, lacking depth.

As for the end of the story…. It won a smirk from me.


Would I recommend this book? I would. I´m sure there are many readers who would appreciate this type of witch book. It´s a nice standalone that´s not too high-toned.

Would I re – read this book? Nope.


The Cover – 5 stars ( The cover is stunning. Simple, colorful and the title is catchy.)

The Story – 3 stars ( While there were parts I loved I couldn´t get over the stuff I didn´t enjoy. If it´s said that witches are involved then I´d appreciate reading about witches. If there´s a curse then I would like that curse to have some magical background.  )

The Characters – 2 stars ( All had their own voices. I find it odd, though, when MC are less emotional than sub characters. I also find it worrying when sub characters have more depth. When MCs don´t stand out ( as they should) then I lose interest)

My emotional state after finishing this read – Indifferent.

3 stars

Buy `The Wicked Deep`


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A Discovery of Witches – Deborah Harkness

Book Description

A richly inventive novel about a centuries-old vampire, a spellbound witch, and the mysterious manuscript that draws them together. 

Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell. 

Debut novelist Deborah Harkness has crafted a mesmerizing and addictive read, equal parts history and magic, romance and suspense. Diana is a bold heroine who meets her equal in vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, and gradually warms up to him as their alliance deepens into an intimacy that violates age-old taboos. This smart, sophisticated story harks back to the novels of Anne Rice, but it is as contemporary and sensual as the Twilight series-with an extra serving of historical realism.

My Thoughts

While I was on my nightly search for „Books similar to Outlander“ I finally came across `A Discovery of Witches` by Deborah Harkness. To be honest- I wasn´t sure if I should even put this one on my mile long TBR list or not. But I´m more than happy I did.

They said this series could be compared to Outlander… They said this story had a touch of Twilight in it… but they ( whoever „they“ are ) weren´t right. `A Discovery of Witches was just as fabulous as Outlander and far better than Twilight- or at least far more interesting and mature.

To make a long fangirling session short: I loved this book. Everything I could ever ask for in a story was in this great read.

  • Top notch romance

  • great character development

  • tons of emotions

  • life threatening events

  • magic

  • historical facts

I have absolutely nothing to nag about. I hardly come across a book that´s so wonderful and full of life like `A Discovery of Witches`.

The story about Diana and Matthew will take a reader on an exciting and adventurous journey and will capture any readers heart from the start.

A witch and a vampire?

Normally, I´m not so huge on paranormal stories. I´ll read books that include vampires and I´ve enjoyed a few, but this one was the best so far. Although the main characters are a witch and a vampire I couldn´t help but feel like they were just normal, everyday people trying to survive life. They obviously weren´t. They were 2 creatures who fought to keep their species a secret AND trying hard to find a book that holds the key to every creatures existence.

On the Hunt for an Existing / Non- Existent Book.

During her research, Diana stumbles upon an unusual book. And ever since she´s opened and shut the ancient volume vampires, witches and daemons start showing alot of interest in Diana, especially Matthew, the mysterious vampire. What was in the book that was so important to the other creatures and why were they all of the sudden invading her personal space when they´ve never done that before? And why can´t she stay away from Matthew when she knows better not to get involved with his kind?

There was SO much to take in while reading this book but it SO worth it. What got me most was the slow growing relationship between Diana and Matthew and how both dealt with their struggle to

  1. stay alive

  2. fight whoever meant them harm

  3. finding themselves individually

  4. find answers to their very existence

along the way. When Diana and Matthew reach the point where they realize they can´t really stay away from each other things get more interesting and much more dangerous for them and those around them.

I´ll tell you this- their relationship takes a reader on a whole new romantic level. There´s nothing sappy or overly lovey-dovey in this story…it´s just…deep and meaningful. Diana and Matthew share something rare and powerful and it nearly knocked me out of my knickers.

I would love nothing more than to go into MORE details but I can´t. Not without giving anything major away. There´s so much information in this one that I simply don´t know where to start and what to leave out. Just take my word for it- You´ll love this book. A highly recommendable read.

The Cover- 5 stars ( I´m a huge fan of covers WITHOUT faces or bodies- it leaves more to the imagination)

The Story- 5 magical stars ( chewing on my own fingernails while reading 720 pages…THAT hardly happens. )

The Characters- 5 stars ( Jamie Fraser- there´s cometition in the house! His name is Matthew Clairmont! And Diana….that woman gets to be my fictional BFF!)

My emotional state after finishing this book – excited! I wanted to be a witch and a vampire!

I´m giving `A Discovery of Witches` ( book 1 All Souls Trilogy) by Deborah Harkness 5 out of 5 stars.

Be sure to get your copy now on click here and enjoy the story!