Author: Shea Ernshaw
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published: March 6, 2018
Genre: Fantasy, YA
This book is about the cursed town of Sparrow, Oregon. It’s drawn by tourists and outsiders. It starts with Penny Talbot, who is a normal girl, not popular, who lives in an island away from the main city. She lost her father and she has a mother who went mad. Bo Carter suddenly arrives in town. His origins a mystery. The town is cursed by 3 women who are said to be witches. They are angelic in beauty and they draw the attention of every men, married or not. The history is the curse is originated two centuries ago. The people accuse the three sisters are accused of being a witch and they are sent to die by drowning. In revenge, every June 1st, the sisters inhabit the bodies of three women and lure men to their deaths in the harbor. This happens every year. But this year, something else happens.
Penny and Bo slowly start to have a relationship and they fall in love. Despite the odds and the danger, they continue to solve the mystery of the curse. Boys die and Penny and Bo discover whose bodies the sisters are inhabiting. Everything was fully explained in this book and it won’t leave you hanging. The book ends in a bittersweet way. Penny makes a choice and a sacrifice.
All I can say is that I loved this book so much! From the beginning till the end, I was hooked by the plot and the characters. When I read this. It felt like I was really there experiencing the harbor and connecting with the characters. The writing style was very vivid. The way it was written will really draw you into the suspense and the plot of the story. This book is haunting at most but it also made me fall in love. The writing style was able to capture my attention to both the town’s haunted past and the character’s romance. I can understand how some people wouldn’t like this book because of the old-fashioned setting. But what some fail to understand is that the old town of Sparrow is exactly what makes this book so great. The setting as well as the characters fit in perfectly and the author made sure of that.
I loved the interactions of Penny and Bo. Especially the way those scenes were written. It was like a Shakespeare type of love story where in there’s tragedy and outside forces that seek to break apart Penny and Bo. The min plot was focused on the Swan sisters seeking revenge and how Bo is a target. There’s a mystery in chapter and every once in a while, the narration shifts to the Swan sisters and what happened two decades ago. All unanswered questions at the start of the book was answered at the end and I felt like I was watching a movie. There was so much action and drama that I don’t know which to feature. But the narration of the characters was gripping and flawless. The concept of the book shows a tragic love story as well as making a choice and choosing to sacrifice. I won’t say more because the ending of this book will possibly blow your mind.
I didn’t expect anything from this book when I started reading it and it was a whole mystery to me. The romance was particularly my favorite because it completely satisfied me. There are some books that involve paranormal romance but they always left me hanging in both intimacy and swoon. But this book has both of those. Even though the ending was what it was, the romance just made this book whole for me. I’m not saying that this book just focused on the romance, but the author was able to blend in the mystery with the romance which I find very rare in books.
I highly recommend this book to everyone. Whether or not you’re not a fan of books with this type of setting, the deep and moving story and romance will draw you in and capture you to fall in love with this. Particularly if you are a fan of deep romance stories and fantasy, especially ones that involve magic and curses.