I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Haunting the Deep
Samantha Mather knew her family’s connection to the infamous Salem Witch Trials might pose obstacles to an active social life. But having survived one curse, she never thought she’d find herself at the center of a new one.
This time, Sam is having recurring dreams about the Titanic . . . where she’s been walking the deck with first-class passengers, like her aunt and uncle. Meanwhile, in Sam’s waking life, strange missives from the Titanic have been finding their way to her, along with haunting visions of people who went down with the ship.
Ultimately, Sam and the Descendants, along with some help from heartthrob Elijah, must unravel who is behind the spell that is drawing her ever further into the dream ship . . . and closer to sharing the same grim fate as its ghostly passengers.
Haunting the Deep by Adriana Mather was an interesting take on the Titanic setting, which already has countless fictional stories about it. Bringing in the YA aspect and the paranormal, made for a somewhat fun, if not superficial read.
Okay, so I requested this book via NetGalley purely because it just sounded so good. I did not do the research to see if this was part of a series or not and whether it could be read by just jumping in. For me, it caused some confusion. Character relationships were already introduced in the last book and I felt like there was major story spoilage for me. If I had wanted to go back and read the first book, there would be absolutely no surprise for me. Everything is practically mentioned. I was tempted to just stop reading this one, but my curiosity got the better of me. My fault entirely, but just a warning, read the first book in the series first.
With that being said, I enjoyed the friendship factor between Samantha and her friends. The whole modern witch trope is fun (a la The Craft–but slightly less tragic), with Samantha being a little shell shocked with the whole situation (again, all this from the previous story). At times, the story seemed to slow down a bit, but the mystery of it all kept me going. There were a couple of red herrings thrown in as to the identity of the “bad guy”, but to actually have it revealed at the end of the story was the fun part.
Overall, I think I might have enjoyed this more if I had read the previous story. Samantha’s love interest seemed interesting, but since there wasn’t that much “love” going on in this book, I feel like I missed something crucial. I did enjoy Adriana Mather’s writing style and I do think she has some interesting ideas on popular themes.