Original Title: Salem’s Vengeance
Year Published: 2014
Published by: Aames & Abernathy (an arc was kindly provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review)
Number of Pages: 252
First Sentence: “My freedom comes with the moonlight.“
Goodreads Rating: 4/5
Sixteen-year-old Sarah Kelly never expected to meet the Devil’s daughter. She only sought innocent dancing in the moonlight, not a coven entranced by their dark priestess. When her friends partake of a powder meant to conjure spirits – and the results go horribly awry – Sarah is forced to make a choice. To keep their secret risks her own damnation, but to condemn them may invoke the accusing remnants of Salem to rise again.
This was a really interesting story. I think the story of Salem and it’s so-called witches is just as fascinating as it is horrible. This story does not excuse the witch trials, instead, it is based on a type of revenge.
Sarah is our main character, and she loves to go dancing in the forest in the moonlight. For her it is not about being a witch, instead, it’s women expressing their youth and joy for life. At home, she is suppressed because of the time the story is set in and dancing in the middle of the night is a type of freedom for her. I loved how strong she was as a character despite being terrified of what was happening around her. She chose to see the good in people and proved that she was a good person through her actions.
The plot was really interesting with several twists and turns. I would never have guessed who the actual villain was and it definitely came as a surprise. Or maybe I’m just that stupid 😛 It was a fun and entertaining take on the whole Salem trials, although not historically correct (obviously).
Do I recommend it?
Yes, I do.