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What did you love best about Haunting the Deep?
The growing friendship and bond between Sam and the Descendants.
What did you like best about this story?
The intermix of fiction and history
What three words best describe Tara Sands’s voice?
Lack of Research
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The Author's note, but also the real-life stories of the Titanic victims
Any additional comments?
Haunting the Deep wasn't quite as good as How to Hang a Witch, but it was still a decent read. Sam's reticence at embracing her witchy powers gets really annoying during the first 1/4 of the book, but that could just be my personal taste. I prefer characters just accept something and move along with the story. From a readers perspective you know it's going to happen anyway so why drag out the angst.
Also during the first 1/4 of the book, Sam tries to keep everything from everyone trying to go at it alone which I suppose can be a stubborn teenage trait (<--- why I generally steer away from YA), but it was annoying nonetheless.
Beyond that, the story was a good one. I enjoyed the mystery aspect of trying to figure out who the villain was. However (and I'd have to read it again to make sure, which I wouldn't mind) but I'm pretty sure there's a major plot hole in Sam's attempt to figure out who the villain is. But since the story is about much more than just trying to figure that out, I can overlook the blunder.
The romance aspect in this one is definitely more of a side story and I'm not sure I like how it ended, but that's because I was rooting for the other guy lol. If there is a third one, I hope things get finalized one way or another and it's actually said to the character that her decision is finalized because it was strongly hinted at in this one, but at the same time you know Sam's been going through a lot so maybe it's just not something she was thinking about at the time.
What bothered me most about this book is actually the narration. In How to Hang a Witch, our narrator was the author and she did a great job. However, Tara Sands took over the narration for this one and I really wish she would've done her research by listening to the first one. Sam's and Susannah's voices were changed...and I think Mary's as well. Sam's is noticeably different...a bit rougher around the edges, but nothing too bad. I think Mary's is a bit more childish then it was with the authors narration, but again nothing too bad. Susannah's however was a complete butchery...literally...Tara Sands' makes Susannah sound like a butch. In the first one we learn Susannah is sweet and quiet, but also opinionated and outspoken when she feels she has something of worth to add. In Haunting the Deep though, all the sweetness is gone and we're just left with this gruff, albeit intelligent, voice. I don't know if it's because we find out a small detail about Susannah in this story that makes the narrator apply that tone to her, but it was totally unfitting. Which is a shame because had Tara Sands just listened to the first book narration by the author then she should've taken that as the authority as to what the character is supposed to sound like and the narration would've been perfect.
Overall it was pretty good. Had it been the first book in the series I wouldn't recommend it, but if you've read How to Hang a Witch and liked the atmosphere, the historical aspect of the book, and Sam's story in general then I suggest you read this; if only for the bond between Sam and the other Descendants and continuation of the world. I do hope the author writes a third one because I do so enjoy being in Sam's world.
I’m not even a big reader, but after ‘How to Hang a Witch’ caught my attention, I couldn’t wait to read this one!! I have thoroughly enjoyed living in this world alongside Samantha and the rest of the crew, and I could barely stop the audiobook for breaks for work or sleep. I finished both books in this series so far in a week, and I am desperately hoping that Adriana writes more with these characters!