The Wicked Deep

Shea Ernshaw

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.

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Asylum

Madeleine Roux

Asylum is the first book in a trilogy, following Abby, Dan and, Jordan while they work their way through, and remarkably survive, countless run-ins with dark secrets hidden within the town of Brookline.

Daniel “Dan” Crawford is a normal teenage boy looking for a bit of adventure when he decides to participate in a summer program that’s being held in a historic, restored mental institution that has been repurposed as Brookline University. What he actually discovers is more than he bargained for, to say the least. The moment he steps foot onto the grounds of the school he receives an uneasy feeling, though he’s not sure from what, but he shakes it off and convinces himself that he’s just nervous. While residing at Brookline he meets a mysterious professor who seems oddly obsessed with him and his name, a roommate who is doing creepy things like watching Dan sleep and digging through his bags, and his only allies in his nightmare to come; Abby and Jordan.

Personally, the book was exciting and mysterious, it didn’t give away what the plot twist was too early and by the end, you desperately wanted another adventure with the trio! At times the writing was confusing and it was helpful to go back and read it over again but I think that was all part of the author’s tricks; to confuse you in a subtle way. By far the best book of the series, Asylum is always a great choice; for a quick read, a rainy day, or even to scare yourself a little bit as the authentic-looking images throughout made you feel the fear as the characters did. – Maggie D.

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