How To Hang a Witch (How to Hang a Witch #1) ★★★☆☆

3 stars

I bought this book after visiting a potential college because I had run out of books that I had brought with me to read. This was basically a cover buy but I also love reading and learning about the Salem Witch Trials. If you, or anyone you know, really likes books about history, particularly the Salem Witch Trials, and doesn’t mind that the book is a young adult fantasy then this may be a good gift or recommendation.

Goodreads Summary: 

It’s the Salem Witch Trials meets Mean Girls in a debut novel from one of the descendants of Cotton Mather, where the trials of high school start to feel like a modern day witch hunt for a teen with all the wrong connections to Salem’s past.

Salem, Massachusetts is the site of the infamous witch trials and the new home of Samantha Mather. Recently transplanted from New York City, Sam and her stepmother are not exactly welcomed with open arms. Sam is the descendant of Cotton Mather, one of the men responsible for those trials and almost immediately, she becomes the enemy of a group of girls who call themselves The Descendants. And guess who their ancestors were?

If dealing with that weren’t enough, Sam also comes face to face with a real live (well technically dead) ghost. A handsome, angry ghost who wants Sam to stop touching his stuff. But soon Sam discovers she is at the center of a centuries-old curse affecting anyone with ties to the trials. Sam must come to terms with the ghost and find a way to work with The Descendants to stop a deadly cycle that has been going on since the first accused witch was hanged. If any town should have learned its lesson, it’s Salem. But history may be about to repeat itself.


I don’t really have that much to say about this book. It was a good read while I was reading it but it isn’t really the type of book that you remember. I mean that in the sense that I can remember the general idea and plot of the book but if you asked me to name the main character off the top of my head, I couldn’t. So that’s what makes writing this review a little difficult. I can’t remember anything about the characters except that there is a cool grandma (I think she’s a grandma) and that the main character isn’t a total snooze fest.

I remember spoilers though so don’t read any further if you don’t want to be spoiled 

So there is the idea that if there is a male ghost in a book with a female lead then, of course, they have to fall in love. This book has no trouble with that idea. In fact, it fully embraces that idea and smothers it in love. Why the heck did this girl think that falling in love with a ghost would work out?! From what I can remember this girl isn’t clueless, she knows how things work and yet she goes and does this???

That was the only thing I didn’t like about the main character. If there’s one thing I don’t like reading about it’s a romance that is unthinkable. If I can’t wrap my head around the characters reasoning for “falling in love” with said person (or in this case ghost) then I’ll most likely have a problem with the relationship that ensues.

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