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.
Just because this book involves three sister witches that are resurrected do not think it’s going to be like Hocus Pocus. That was my mistake. This book sucked. Hocus Pocus does not suck. It is campy, awesome, and probably one of my favorite Halloween movies.
This book does suck. It annoyed for more than too many reasons to count.
The premises had everything I would want in a book. The blurb makes it look like going to be atmospheric, that it’s going to be full of history, that there will be shades of female empowerment throughout the book…
Get those dreams out of your head, dear readers, because you ain’t getting it with this book.
Oh, there is a cake maker who makes forget me cakes that seem to feature lavender. There is a lot of lavender eating in this book, which I really don’t understand. I’m not a huge fan of lavender in food. I like it in bath bombs and laundry detergent, but in food it can easily become overpowering. Hearing about it just makes me gag a little.
But besides the mystic cake maker there really isn’t anything mystic about this small town by the island besides three people being murdered every summer and as a result they use it as a tourist attraction.
Does that even compute with you?
I mean, it doesn’t to me. If three people are randomly going to be killed every summer, I MUST have to go to said town to get killed right?
Then again, nothing computes in this book. The big twist for instance. It really didn’t work for me, really didn’t work. Or make sense for that matter. And then the way everything was resolved…it really left a nasty feeling in my mouth.
The one thing I got out of this book after I finished reading it was that this book really does not give a shit about consent. This is felt very early on in the book when inappropriate advances towards the MC are used to facilitate a “meet cute” moment.
This is NOT a meet cute moment. This is disgusting. I don’t know why authors think that such a scenario would facilitate romance. I guess they think the reader’s are going to go for the knight and shining armor type.
Note, that’s not the case at all. When you are in an situation like Penny was at the beginning of the novel the last thing you’re going to look for is romance. Even if your “savior” is a nice enough guy, you’re not going to want to instantly hook up with him because he eliminated a douche from your line up. Trust me, it’s going to be the furthest thing from my mind and I’m sure the minds of most people who end up in that particular situation.
Yet, in YA books it’s ALWAYS used as a fucking meet cute.
While I don’t want to go into spoiler specifics-since the book was only released a couple of months ago-I do want to point out that this isn’t the only time where consent is flippantly handled. Much of the book ignores the issues of consent in it, and it really soured the book more which I didn’t think was possible.
Because the pacing in this one sucked, ya’ll. Sure there was the occasional cliff hanger murder thrown in here and there but it was more or less mentioned in passing and was always off screen. The big climax of the book really didn’t work for me either it was just sort of random and didn’t really work.
I still don’t even get how the whole curse thing came to being. And that might be my own fault since I started singing the skim song during this book.
Don’t know what the skim song is. Well, since I am feeling in a generous mood I’ll give you a few lyrics. Note this can be sung to “The Merrily Old Land of Oz”, “Skim, Skim, Skim, Skim, Skim, Ska, Skim, Skim/That’s How You Get Through All This Shit by Skimming Skimming Along.”
And I was singing this song a lot through the book. I didn’t care for any of the characters. They all were cardboard at best. The relationship between Bo and Whoever the MC was just didn’t work. Bo was pretty much the random hot guy that comes into town with a secret.
It just didn’t work for me.
I just can’t believe the hype this book is getting. It shouldn’t be getting this hype. It shouldn’t be getting a Netflix deal. It’s not worth it people. I guess I can see some media company just using the essence of this book and making something great out of it, but for a direct interpretation itself. Not so freaking much.
Overall Rating: Fail. Fail. Fail.