Today, I am reviewing the audiobook for Haunting the Deep by Adriana Mather. This was the first audiobook I’ve ever listened to (at least fully) and it was pretty good! Finding the right speed for me was tough and I’m pretty sure I missed like half the book just zoning out listening, but I really liked the experience! Especially since I can get them through my library through Libby.
Here is the synopsis from Goodreads:
The Titanic meets the delicious horror of Ransom Riggs and the sass of Mean Girls in this follow-up to the #1 New York Times bestseller How to Hang a Witch, in which a contemporary teen finds herself a passenger on the famous “ship of dreams”—a story made all the more fascinating because the author’s own relatives survived the doomed voyage.
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.
This is the sequel to How to Hang a Witch and it was pretty good! I love learning about the history of the Titanic and it’s passengers – though it does terrify me every time I watch the movie.
Samantha (Sam) is still recovering from her run in with her murderous step-mother and her father is still reeling at what happened. While working through the events, Sam has distanced herself from the descendants, but soon needs their help once she starts dreaming of the Titanic.
And then she sees their ghosts.
This was a fun sequel that I would have been so scared to read about as a kid! With run ins with ghosts, almost life like dreams, and lots of drama to deal with, my poor younger self would have been so overwhelmed! But Sam takes it in stride.
I really like how historically accurate these books are. And the author’s personal connection to the Titanic as well. It’s crazy enough she’s descended from the Mather family, yeah, like that Salem Mather family, but also descended from a Titanic survivor? It’s crazy!
Those historical bits throughout the book made it that much more fun to listen to. I really enjoyed not only visualizing the dreams and scenes Sam sees, but learning about the different people and their lives.
Overall, this was a really cute (and spooky) book. It’s a great YA book for any age and I would definitely recommend adding How to Hang a Witch and Haunting the Deep to your spooky reads this year!
This is a .75 // 5 stars for me!
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