Number of pages: 320
Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1
Rating (out of five stars): 2
*Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a copy in exchange for a review. My opinions are honest and my own.
I have never seen, nor do I ever plan on ever seeing Hocus Pocus, so if you are looking for someone who can compare the two, I am not your girl. I am however a person who is frustrated with an ARC I expected to like, so there’s that.
I think my main criticism for The Wicked Deep is exactly what I kept commenting on through Goodreads while reading it; it was very repetitive. Within the first 21% (roughly), Penny tells us roughly 5 times how her dad was an outsider who was never really accepted by the town. It really bothers me when books do this, because it treats the reader like they are not smart enough to handle the book. I mean, this book seriously explained what moss was at one point.
There were also descriptions in strange places. At one point, I remember Penny showing Bo where he will be staying and describing it. Great. What was not great was how when she came back the next morning, she described the things she hadn’t described the first time. Why did the two descriptions have to be separated? Why couldn’t she have just described the cottage in one go?
The romance was also a perfect example of insta-love. Hot male stranger meets female protagonist. I’m sure you can guess how that goes. Nothing new there.
I found the big reveal quite easy to predict. I guessed what was going to happen very early on. I even guessed who would be possessed by the Swan sisters before it was revealed. I think this one might just be on me, but I’m still taking it as a negative, since it’s no fun to guess the big twist in chapter 5.
As for the paranormal aspects, all was going well until the big reveal. I’m not going to spoil anything, but the big twist negates the part of the world-building where the Swan sisters only steal the bodies of girls Penny’s age.
Overall, I wasn’t a huge fan of The Wicked Deep, but it was a quick and easy read, earning it 2 stars out of 5.