Salem’s Vengeance by Aaron Galvin

 

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Salem’s Vengeance by Aaron Galvin
Publisher: Aames & Abernathy
Genre: Young Adult, Historical, Horror
Length: Full Length (196 pages)
Age Recommendation: 14+
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Review by: Astilbe

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.

Evil can hide anywhere. Will Sarah find a way to root it out before its too late?

The dialogue was one of the most memorable parts of this book for me. It included quite a few words and phrases that were common a few hundred years ago but have since fallen out of fashion. What was really fascinating about it, though, was how Mr. Galvin followed up on these conversations with descriptions of the time and place Sarah and her community occupied in order to immerse the reader into her world. The context clues embedded in these passages were well done.

This story included flashbacks to events that happened before Sarah was born. While these sections provided incredibly interesting information about what was going on in her community, they were distracting at times due to their lengths as well as all of the additional people they introduced to the plot. It would have been helpful to have a list of characters for each timeline provided before the first chapter so that I could keep track of all of them.

Unrestrained fear can drive even the most sensible person to make terrible choices. The plot spent a great deal of time exploring how this kind of frenzy begins and what happens when it gains momentum. What was really though-provoking about it, though, was how the characters were given plenty of space to show the audience what they were feeling and thinking. The message was easy to understand but it was never communicated in a preachy manner.

Salem’s Vengeance is a good choice for anyone who is interested in this part of American history.

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