The fact that I have read this will likely surprise everyone. It is far from my regular book choices. I am not a fan of historical fiction at all but I loved this story because it is written as a diary. The diary form gives you a different perspective, it makes you feel as though you are a part of the story. It is like you are listening to your best friend tell you the happenings of the day.
Mary is a the granddaughter of a witch and Mary sadly witnesses her grandmother’s hanging. It is 1659 and the world is afraid of the unusual, innocent people were persecuted for allegations and assumptions.
The story is light and there are no real action scenes, but I was so compelled to keep reading. I needed to hear Mary’s story and mostly, I feared for her safety. The historical aspects of this story made it feel like it was real. The diary was real, Mary’s story was real and somewhere in my school textbooks I was going to be able to read more about her family and her town. If real history was written like this, I would probably pay more attention to be honest.
I would recommend this story to any teens looking for a great coming of age story. It is hard to pinpoint an exact genre that is more specific than historical fiction but with Rees’ writing I can guarantee you will feel yourself drawn into Mary’s world.
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