It’s about time witches came back – “How to Hang a Witch”, by Adriana Mather

How to write a story about witches in Salem that’s not been written a hundred times before: Adriana Mather seems to have the answer.

How to Hang a Witch is the title of the book I’m here to review today. But before, let’s take a moment to talk about the writer (also an actress and a producer): Adriana Mather is the 12th generation of Mathers in America. She uses her family history, journals and letters that date back to the Revolutionary War and the Salem Witch Trials as an inspiration for her writing.

Well, if this isn’t interesting already, I don’t know what is.

I’ve always dreamt of doing something like this. To write about your family the way she does is a noble thing to do. I believe it to be something very interesting when it comes to discover stories about your own family.

The book is about a teenage girl that moves to Salem with her stepmother because her father is in coma in the hospital there. When she starts going to highschool, she finds out that she is the descendant of Cotton Mather, one of the men responsible for the witch trials. There is also a group of students who are the descendants of the witches.

Can you imagine the impact these students have when they all find out who they are?

We have a bit of history, a bit of bullying when it comes to the highschool scenes, and we end up having a heroine that somehow manages to deal with the situations that keep coming to her.

There are a few plot twists that I didn’t expect, which –I believe– is something hard to accomplish in this particular book, but yet the author made it work.

Here’s my recommendation on how to read this book:
  • Wait until it’s October (it probably works from October to February, but mostly the end of October).
  • Prepate a blanket where you can roll yourself into.
  • Make a big, nice cup of tea.
  • Light up a few candles and put them around you. Make sure the sun is down and the light is dim (that will create a nice atmosphere).
  • Sit on the couch or the bed and cover yourself with the blanket.
  • In one hand you should have the book and in the other your massive cup of tea.
  • Now you are ready to read the book!

I recommend this book if you are into witches as much as I am, if you like Sabrina or if you are interested in the history of Salem and the Witch Trials. There’s always something new to learn and a new book to enjoy!

Click here to buy the book on Amazon!

That’s it for today folks!

See you in the next post!
Mireia

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