Book Review: The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw


ashley | I couldn’t pass up a chance to read The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw. I mean, look at that cover! It’s so pretty. And that magical theme is woven throughout the book itself. It’s just so beautifully put together!

I’ll be honest, I was a little hesitant about the story, worried it would be too juvenile for a 30-something reader, but sometimes books like this are just what I need. A nice, comforting read that reminds me why I love books so much. The Wicked Deep felt like a warm blanket, I was just so happy anytime I had a chance to snuggle up with it.

I did quite like the story, though it was somewhat predictable and wasn’t overly complicated, it was still very interesting and drew on the folklore of witches and superstition and small towns. I really love all of that and Ernshaw did a great job of weaving it all into a story that felt dreamlike and magical.

I enjoyed the characters; I really grew to like Penny and was smitten with the mysterious Bo, and when we started to discover the witches, they become strong characters as well and I liked the direction this took the book. It humanized them, even though they were technically the bad guys here, we got to know them on a different level that blurred the lines a little between good and evil.

This wicked little tale ultimately becomes more of a love story, which worked really great. It wasn’t over-saturated with insta-love, but it was sweet and innocent and I enjoyed taking a step back into high school for once, which is not something I ever say.

A quick and easy read, this kept me company while traveling for work and I really enjoyed the whole feel and story. Definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a magical comfort read.


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march 6, 2018

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