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Something wicked this way comes... Twin sisters, Mercy and Hunter are witches, descendants of the Goode family of witches. After the murder of their mother at the hands of a foul demon, they have become the protectors of the Gates to different underworlds--ancient portals between their world and realms where mythology rules and the darkest of creatures exist. The problem is Something wicked this way comes... Twin sisters, Mercy and Hunter are witches, descendants of the Goode family of witches. After the murder of their mother at the hands of a foul demon, they have become the protectors of the Gates to different underworlds--ancient portals between their world and realms where mythology rules and the darkest of creatures exist. The problem is that the Goode sisters have split from each other. Grief and anger have torn them apart, driving Mercy to save the cursed Gates on her own and Hunter into the arms of a dangerous goddess. And when Mercy shifts her focus to the Egyptian Gate and Khenti, the guardian of its Underworld, little does she know that her connection to him will land her in the kind of trouble that only Hunter can save her from. When it comes to breaking the curse, Mercy and Hunter's bonds are put to the ultimate test.


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Something wicked this way comes... Twin sisters, Mercy and Hunter are witches, descendants of the Goode family of witches. After the murder of their mother at the hands of a foul demon, they have become the protectors of the Gates to different underworlds--ancient portals between their world and realms where mythology rules and the darkest of creatures exist. The problem is Something wicked this way comes... Twin sisters, Mercy and Hunter are witches, descendants of the Goode family of witches. After the murder of their mother at the hands of a foul demon, they have become the protectors of the Gates to different underworlds--ancient portals between their world and realms where mythology rules and the darkest of creatures exist. The problem is that the Goode sisters have split from each other. Grief and anger have torn them apart, driving Mercy to save the cursed Gates on her own and Hunter into the arms of a dangerous goddess. And when Mercy shifts her focus to the Egyptian Gate and Khenti, the guardian of its Underworld, little does she know that her connection to him will land her in the kind of trouble that only Hunter can save her from. When it comes to breaking the curse, Mercy and Hunter's bonds are put to the ultimate test.

30 review for Omens Bite

  1. 5 out of 5

    Andy

    Thank you to Wednesday Books and Netgalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. This was quite painful to read at times and the 180 of character personalities was really annoying. Someone put these twins in some therapy. They need help not magic. Yikes. Omen's Bite picks up were Spells Trouble leaves off. Mercy is still reeling from her mother's death. Hunter is bitter and resentful that she gave up her god for no reason. Now that she's pledged herself to Amphitr Thank you to Wednesday Books and Netgalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. This was quite painful to read at times and the 180 of character personalities was really annoying. Someone put these twins in some therapy. They need help not magic. Yikes. Omen's Bite picks up were Spells Trouble leaves off. Mercy is still reeling from her mother's death. Hunter is bitter and resentful that she gave up her god for no reason. Now that she's pledged herself to Amphitrite's service, she must answer to the goddess. When it seems like the goddess might have answers to why the trees are dying, Hunter is desperate to find an answer and turns to dark magic. This one was definitely darker than the first book. The majority of this book was annoying af to read. I hated the drama between the twins. Both of them are accountable, but Mercy really did somethings that she needs to rethink. She needs to reevaluate her priorities and how she deals with anger. I wish I could say I disliked this enough to call it quits with this series, but the ending has me curious and I still do like Hunter. Mercy I could do without but I am curious to see if she'll make it out of this situation she put herself in. Tho I will say she did good when she hexed that one bastard. Rep: white lesbian cis female MC, white cishet female MC, Egyptian cishet male side character, Egyptian side characters, white cishet side characters. CWs: Death, murder, grief, bullying, slut shaming, blood, cursing, lesbophobia/lesbomisia. Moderate: prescription drug abuse, alcohol consumption, violence, abandonment, confinement, fire, injury/injury detail, toxic relationship (sisters), religious bigotry.

  2. 4 out of 5

    renee

    Thank you to NetGalley and Wednesday Books for providing me with an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review ➼ 3 stars Omens Bite is the second book in the “Sisters Of Salem” series and it follows Mercy and Hunter, two twin sisters and witches who guard the five gates to mythological underworlds. This book picks up where book one ended and the relationship between the sisters is more strained than it ever was. They are being separated for the first time in their life and it creates many Thank you to NetGalley and Wednesday Books for providing me with an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review ➼ 3 stars Omens Bite is the second book in the “Sisters Of Salem” series and it follows Mercy and Hunter, two twin sisters and witches who guard the five gates to mythological underworlds. This book picks up where book one ended and the relationship between the sisters is more strained than it ever was. They are being separated for the first time in their life and it creates many conflicts that they will have to fix and get through. First of all, this book had a very interesting plot and every single witchy book has a plus point from me because it’s something I love to read about. I also thought that the magical aspect was well thought out and presented nicely to us readers. But, what irked me the most about Omen’s Bite and the first book too is the dialogue. Some of it was super cringey and the amount of “Sheesh” was waayyy to much for me. I get that the authors probably wanted to make these teenagers more realistic but phrases like that are never something I like to encounter when I read a book. When it comes to the romance part I was also not a big fan. I didn’t root for any of the couples, especially Khento and Mercy. Jax and his love interest were rushed as well. To conclude the romantic relationships are a mess and I don’t like them. I blame the dialogue on this too. Everything else was fine and this is a super fast paced read. The epilogue was fantastic and it was the best part of this book for sure. I could read short chapter like that one for days and not get bored. It was very well done! In the end I enjoyed reading this and I’m interested in reading the third book and seeing how things are gonna play out for Hunter and Mercy!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jesse Ruth (The best boyfriends are book boyfriends)

    Thank you Netgalley and Wednesday Books for this Arc! I enjoyed Spells Trouble and this next book, Omens Bite, did not let me down. I feel like the characters had more distinct and defining personalities, particularly the twins. And, I loved the magic in this book. Overall, it's a fun, fast-paced read that is easy to get through. Out April 5th! Thank you Netgalley and Wednesday Books for this Arc! I enjoyed Spells Trouble and this next book, Omens Bite, did not let me down. I feel like the characters had more distinct and defining personalities, particularly the twins. And, I loved the magic in this book. Overall, it's a fun, fast-paced read that is easy to get through. Out April 5th!

  4. 4 out of 5

    CYIReadBooks (Claire)

    Seriously? I guess this novel wasn’t what I expected. It’s the second book in the Sisters of Salem series, which I didn’t realize until after I received my digital copy. To really get the gist of the story, I highly recommend that the first book, Spells Trouble, gets read before this one. I believe I missed out on some of the finer details by not reading the first book. However, I don’t think my opinion would have changed even if I did read the first novel. The two main characters — Mercy and Hun Seriously? I guess this novel wasn’t what I expected. It’s the second book in the Sisters of Salem series, which I didn’t realize until after I received my digital copy. To really get the gist of the story, I highly recommend that the first book, Spells Trouble, gets read before this one. I believe I missed out on some of the finer details by not reading the first book. However, I don’t think my opinion would have changed even if I did read the first novel. The two main characters — Mercy and Hunter Goode aren’t that likeable as they come across as spoiled, entitled teens without discipline. The other characters in the story are just okay. Maybe I would have appreciated them more if I knew of their backgrounds. The plot is pretty linear without much twists and turns. This novel actually reads like a middle grade book in my opinion. Prose-wise, it is very simple without much flair. I didn’t really feel engaged and often felt like I was reading a children’s fiction book. Needless to say, I probably won’t be reading anymore books from the authors. Two stars — it was okay if I managed to finish the book. I received a digital ARC from St. Martin’s Press | Wednesday Books. The review herein is completely my own and contains my honest thoughts and opinions.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kays Secret Library

    Honestly, based on how I felt about the first book (which I read BECAUSE I was given access to the second book), I would not have read Omens Bite if I had not been given access to it as an arc. That being said, Omens Bite IS better than Salems Sisters, and I didn’t have to skim parts of it as I did with the first. It’s pretty rare that the first book in the series isn’t the best one, but here we are. I’d rate this book 3.5 stars, but I’ve rounded it down because I don’t see it as a 4-star book. Honestly, based on how I felt about the first book (which I read BECAUSE I was given access to the second book), I would not have read Omens Bite if I had not been given access to it as an arc. That being said, Omens Bite IS better than Salems Sisters, and I didn’t have to skim parts of it as I did with the first. It’s pretty rare that the first book in the series isn’t the best one, but here we are. I’d rate this book 3.5 stars, but I’ve rounded it down because I don’t see it as a 4-star book. The reason for my lower rating is because, yet again, the dialogue and interactions are similar to the first book (cringey at times), and the writing style isn’t great. Note: Thank you to Netgalley & publishers for allowing me access to this arc in exchange for an honest review! Please note that all opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kristin Sledge

    Thank you to the Publisher and NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review. Omen Bites picks up where Spells Trouble left off. Hunter is broken hearted after betraying her chosen God and devoting herself to a Goddess. Mercy is dealing with new heartbreak and still trying to heal the sick gates throughout Goodeville. Both sisters are still wrapped in grief from the recent death of their mother, and the stress and strife begins to tear the twins apart. Will Hunter be able to keep up with Thank you to the Publisher and NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review. Omen Bites picks up where Spells Trouble left off. Hunter is broken hearted after betraying her chosen God and devoting herself to a Goddess. Mercy is dealing with new heartbreak and still trying to heal the sick gates throughout Goodeville. Both sisters are still wrapped in grief from the recent death of their mother, and the stress and strife begins to tear the twins apart. Will Hunter be able to keep up with the appetite of her Goddess, and will Mercy be able to heal the gates? This book was far better than the first novel. The girls were better developed and felt like they were each people, whereas in the first book it was like the author didn't want to fully commit to their singular development which made it hard for me to relate to either of them. Mercy has vastly improved in this novel in terms of her selfishness, but she apparently passed it on to Hunter. I was fully invested in what was happening with Hunter and her Goddess, but it just fell a little flat that someone going through such mental strain wouldn't break down vs staying so damn stubborn. Mercy was a wonderful character this go round who I really found myself rooting for. My biggest gripe about this book(and honestly the House of Night books as well) is how the men are portrayed throughout. The author paints a decent male in Mercy's life in the beginning of Spell Trouble (sure, he's hormonal and seeks approval, but a villain it doth not make) and twists them into this absolute asshole. Much like they did to Erik & Loren in House of Night, the males in these books could be an expression of the mistrust the authors have in men bled onto paper. It becomes quite a turn off for this reader as even guys who do bad things deserve a redemption story. Overall, 4 stars and interest in book three for sure. I recommend this for fans of the House of Night series or those 16+ as the first novel has some sexual content.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Darcy

    I don't think this series is for me. I was so so on the first book, much the same on this one. The sisters drive me nuts in how each of them think the other is self absorbed and won't listen when they want to talk. Both pitch a fit and stomp away, yet both of them are lonely and need the other. And boy do they need each other. I have a feeling Hunter was doing some bad magic and is in over her head, despite her thinking she's gotten rid of the person influencing her. While Mercy is flat out in d I don't think this series is for me. I was so so on the first book, much the same on this one. The sisters drive me nuts in how each of them think the other is self absorbed and won't listen when they want to talk. Both pitch a fit and stomp away, yet both of them are lonely and need the other. And boy do they need each other. I have a feeling Hunter was doing some bad magic and is in over her head, despite her thinking she's gotten rid of the person influencing her. While Mercy is flat out in danger and had to metaphysically call for help. It's a big mess and ends on a bit of cliff hanger with all of this up in the air.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Reads It

    We dive back into the Sisters of Salem series with Omens Bite, the second book by P. C. Cast & Kristin Cast and I must warn you that it ends with the mother of all cliffhangers! We follow along with twin witch sisters Hunter and Mercy whose relationship has been shattered by overwhelming grief and insurmountable sadness. Let's start with the plot- there was a LOT going on which was good as it keep me hooked but I kind of expected more ??? Hunter and Mercy have been through a lot and I would expe We dive back into the Sisters of Salem series with Omens Bite, the second book by P. C. Cast & Kristin Cast and I must warn you that it ends with the mother of all cliffhangers! We follow along with twin witch sisters Hunter and Mercy whose relationship has been shattered by overwhelming grief and insurmountable sadness. Let's start with the plot- there was a LOT going on which was good as it keep me hooked but I kind of expected more ??? Hunter and Mercy have been through a lot and I would expect some fumbles but some of their actions did not make any sense at all. I also think the miscommunication trope was exaggerated to the point of eye-rolling. The characters were more developed than the first but lacking in emotional connection and quite frankly juvenile at times. I also think that the author tried to justify their silly actions by their age but this was a truly ripe opportunity for her to let the sisters see the errors of their ways. I was also not a fan of the unbiased way one sister was written as opposed to the other. I know it will all make sense in the end but honestly- what is the reason for the imbalance? I think there is potential if some things could be sorted out. Thank you to much to the publisher and the author for providing me with an arc in exchange for an hoenst review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bookish Heidi

    Here we have book 2 in the Sisters of Salem series. I was hoping that I'd like this one better than book one, but it's just more of the same. I read book one because the publisher sent me an arc of book 2 and it was also a 3 star read... If you've read the House of Night series, you'll know what I'm talking about. It reads extremely YA, more towards middle grade. There seems to be a lot of filler writing and this one wasn't very interesting until the very end. The Sisters are always arguing and Here we have book 2 in the Sisters of Salem series. I was hoping that I'd like this one better than book one, but it's just more of the same. I read book one because the publisher sent me an arc of book 2 and it was also a 3 star read... If you've read the House of Night series, you'll know what I'm talking about. It reads extremely YA, more towards middle grade. There seems to be a lot of filler writing and this one wasn't very interesting until the very end. The Sisters are always arguing and stomping off. The love interests were not great and I honestly ship no one. The different versions of hell were pretty interesting though. The rituals are almost verbatim what they were in House of Night and that's probably my biggest issue with this series. I'm intrigued by the ending, but I don't know if I'm intrigued enough to continue the series.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Alyson Stone

    Book: Omens Bite Author: PC and Kristen Cast Rating: 4 Out of 5 Stars I would like to thank the publisher, Wednesday Books, for providing me with an ARC. I personally really enjoyed this book. I don’t know if anyone else feels the same the way or not, but there’s just something about PC and Kristen Cast that takes me back. I read their House of Night series in high school and really enjoyed them. Of course, when I was offered an ARC to read their newest series, I knew I had to do it. Now, I will ad Book: Omens Bite Author: PC and Kristen Cast Rating: 4 Out of 5 Stars I would like to thank the publisher, Wednesday Books, for providing me with an ARC. I personally really enjoyed this book. I don’t know if anyone else feels the same the way or not, but there’s just something about PC and Kristen Cast that takes me back. I read their House of Night series in high school and really enjoyed them. Of course, when I was offered an ARC to read their newest series, I knew I had to do it. Now, I will admit that the writing and characters are not the best, but there is just this certain charm that allowed me to keep on going. There was just something about it that made me want to find out what was going to happen. It’s almost like you know the book isn’t perfect, but there is just something about it that makes you want to keep going. So, like the other PC and Kristen Cast books that I have read, this one does pick right up where we left off. You are not given any sort of recap or anything like that-so don’t pick this one up without reading the first book. I personally really do like it whenever authors and series to do this. It allows those who are either fans or beige reading a series to get right into the midst of things. We have the plot moving and we have it moving rather quick. This allows for several things to happen in the plot. Yes, this does mean that we get to spend a lot of time with the characters and get to experience their trials, difficulties, and hardships. We also get to see those little moments that allow us to from a deep bond with the characters. I guess that is what I’m getting at. By having no recap and going right into what is happening, we do get a little bit more invested in the characters. I will admit, though, there were times that the characters did come across as being rather immature and not the best developed. However, you do have to keep in mind that these are teenagers, who have been put through some rather difficult things. They are acting and handling these events like teenagers would. They are acting like their age. I think it does work. It allows us as the reader to see how teenagers do handle these very difficult and very trying situations. Overall, I really did enjoy this book. I will admit that it’s not perfect, but it is still a pretty good time. This book comes out on April 5, 2022. Youtube: https://youtu.be/M74-j5BIf5I

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    3.5⭐️ Thank you Netgalley and wednesday books for providing me with an arc of this book for my honest opinion. I actually enjoyed this book more than the first one. The grief both of the twins are going thru is so sad and trying to express grief even for adults is hard. The anger hunter is going thru and being turned in the wrong direction is understandable. I loved the aspect of the land of the dead and how it played into this book. I cannot see what book 3 brings.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Eli

    ...Something wicked this way comes... I am infatuated with this series about the Sisters of Salem. This was yet another amazing story by these talented authors. I dove into this head first because I was ecstatic that I received an eARC as well as a physical copy. Mercy and Hunter are reeling from the death of their mother as we begin with Omens Bite. It seems that the town is still in trouble, the ancient trees that protect the town and act as portals to other worlds are still damaged and so the s ...Something wicked this way comes... I am infatuated with this series about the Sisters of Salem. This was yet another amazing story by these talented authors. I dove into this head first because I was ecstatic that I received an eARC as well as a physical copy. Mercy and Hunter are reeling from the death of their mother as we begin with Omens Bite. It seems that the town is still in trouble, the ancient trees that protect the town and act as portals to other worlds are still damaged and so the sisters have to find a way to mend what is broken. There is a lot of tension between the pair of them and very early on in the book, they split up, which then damages the sister's relationship and begins to feel like it can never repair. I loved that this book was given to use from dual POV which allows for the reader to experience each of their emotions and feelings in every situation. It became hard for me to read because if these two sisters would just communicate, all of these feelings could have been mended. But obviously, some things are easier said than done. Their relationship changes and the reader gets to step into their shoes to experience how they feel with all these changes happening in Omens Bite. I won't lie, I wanted to reach into the pages and knock some sense into the twins because communication is such a key component in keeping a relationship strong. But overall, I loved the growth of these two characters as the story progresses. The world-building remains the same as the first book, which was always so beautifully detailed and unique to the story. But we are introduced to the Egyptian Land of the Dead from Mercy's POV, which was different from what book one showcased. I loved seeing the potential romance begin to bloom with a particular portal guardian and cannot wait to see what book 3 has in store for us. I will be eagerly waiting to read more about Mercy and Hunter and what their future holds. I highly recommend readers of all ages to pick up the Sisters of Salem series and enjoy the witchcraft and story the authors have created. A special shout out to NetGalley and Wednesday Books for the ARCs for this masterpiece!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lou | haus + hearth

    Another fun, magical read from PC and Kristin Cast, Omens Bite brings us back to Goodeville with the Goode twins, who are still working to heal the trees in their town which guard various underworlds. I’ve always been fascinated by mythology so I enjoyed the intertwining of different pantheons in this series, especially the Egyptian underworld parts in this book. Omens Bite gets a little darker than Spells Trouble, which felt a bit lighter and sassier as we were being introduced to the character Another fun, magical read from PC and Kristin Cast, Omens Bite brings us back to Goodeville with the Goode twins, who are still working to heal the trees in their town which guard various underworlds. I’ve always been fascinated by mythology so I enjoyed the intertwining of different pantheons in this series, especially the Egyptian underworld parts in this book. Omens Bite gets a little darker than Spells Trouble, which felt a bit lighter and sassier as we were being introduced to the characters. Now with the characters established, this book dives straight in and focuses more on the sisters personal turmoil and less on their outer friendships/relationships. It was interesting switching perspectives between the twins because throughout the first book and coming into this one I felt more empathetic towards Hunter but this time my feelings about them kept flip flopping with every perspective change, empathizing with each of them in turn…until perspective switched again. It kept me on my toes as I couldn’t decide who I felt was doing the “right” thing and I think it kind of demonstrates how, as in real life, we’re all just doing the best we can within how we personally experience life and the things that happen to us. And I think it makes a poignant commentary on grief and how it can overwhelm us, make us do things we wouldn’t normally, and twist how we perceive everything around us. Looking forward to the final book in the trilogy to see how everything plays out in the end!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Yasemin

    This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review. Mercy and Hunter are twin sisters and witches, and Omens Bite is the second book in the "Sisters Of Salem" series. This book continues where Spells Trouble ended. While Mercy and Hunter are mourning the loss of their mother, they are simultaneously working to save the ancient trees that serve as gateways to other planets, which are still damaged and dying. There's a lot of tension between the sisters, and it doesn't appear to be going a This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review. Mercy and Hunter are twin sisters and witches, and Omens Bite is the second book in the "Sisters Of Salem" series. This book continues where Spells Trouble ended. While Mercy and Hunter are mourning the loss of their mother, they are simultaneously working to save the ancient trees that serve as gateways to other planets, which are still damaged and dying. There's a lot of tension between the sisters, and it doesn't appear to be going away anytime soon. I adored watching both sisters grow into their own selves. Throughout the story, we saw a lot more individuality from each of them. A big benefit in my perspective is how much character development there was in this chapter, giving Mercy and Hunter a much more fleshed-out and developed feel. It was difficult to tell them apart in the first story since their perspectives seemed to shift or become lost in the middle of a paragraph, whereas this narrative had a much cleaner and neater line drawn. One of the main problems I've observed in both this and the first book is that some portions of the tale feel rushed, while others appear to drag on for pages with little action. There may be times when the action is intense and captivating, and then there can be pages where virtually little happens, leaving you wondering when the other shoe will drop. The book ended on a cliffhanger, albeit it felt a little abrupt; with death and demons closing in on Mercy from all sides, it'll take some swift spell work to get Mercy out of her predicament.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Penelope (The Reading Devil)

    Check out my review on my blog: http://thereadingdevil.blogspot.com/2... Or read below! This is the second book in The Sisters of Salem series and follows witch twins Hunter and Mercy as they recover from losing their mom and trying to save the gates. These twins were super close in book one, but grief and trauma have driven a wedge between the sisters that sees them apart for the majority of this book. Hunter is pretty well-written as a character in this book - she's angry and hurt, determined to Check out my review on my blog: http://thereadingdevil.blogspot.com/2... Or read below! This is the second book in The Sisters of Salem series and follows witch twins Hunter and Mercy as they recover from losing their mom and trying to save the gates. These twins were super close in book one, but grief and trauma have driven a wedge between the sisters that sees them apart for the majority of this book. Hunter is pretty well-written as a character in this book - she's angry and hurt, determined to stand on her own, rather than in Mercy's shadow, for the first time and I loved it. Her emotions and reactions felt so genuine, even when they weren't exactly the most healthy. It made her seem so relatable, as obviously everyone grieves differently. While Hunter was unfortunately making some arguably terrible decisions in her anger, I am confident that everything happens for a reason and she will find her way back to herself and her twin. Mercy, on the other hand, was very selfish and kind of annoying. Like I said, everyone grieves differently, but with Mercy I just kept thinking she needed to get off her high horse and try to be a little more empathetic. I'm curious to see where things go with her, I feel like she may be a bit of a different person in the next book so we'll see. In terms of plot itself, I liked the storyline here. There was a lot going on with the sisters, the gates, Kirk, etc. We get some hints of romance, but nothing definitive - I have a feeling that might go somewhere in the next book. We ended on a cliff hanger, so I'm interested to see what happens with all of that as well. In terms of writing style.... I do agree with some people's reviews saying it's got a bit of a younger feel. It definitely does, but if you read their House of Night series and liked it, then I don't think that will be an issue for you. It's the same sort of feel. Overall, I'm interested to see where this story takes us. I'm not sure if this is a trilogy or more, but let's see where these witchy twins take us!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Brandi Lawson

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I have to say the ending was really good! However I found the rest of the story was either “cookie cutter/wrapped up with a perfect bow” or super predictable. And when it wasn’t that, it was annoyingly frustrating to have the sisters be SO ridiculous and not just say the one simple thing that would deescalate literally every situation they found themselves in. And then the fact that there was literally no substantial scenes/interaction/dialogue with the best characters from the first book (Jax a I have to say the ending was really good! However I found the rest of the story was either “cookie cutter/wrapped up with a perfect bow” or super predictable. And when it wasn’t that, it was annoyingly frustrating to have the sisters be SO ridiculous and not just say the one simple thing that would deescalate literally every situation they found themselves in. And then the fact that there was literally no substantial scenes/interaction/dialogue with the best characters from the first book (Jax and Emily, anyone??) like they’re there and even have multiple scenes with the twins but it is so bland and you don’t get any real emotional pull. You get more from disgusting Kirk. Blegh. I still liked Xena, but even she lost some of her quirky appeal after the first book. I found the Hunter/Amphitrite relationship was the most interesting to read as it actually had stuff happening, but was also like “how do you not see what’s happening here”. Overall this one was better than the first overall, but also wasn’t spectacular. Don’t get me wrong… I will most certainly be reading the next one when it comes out! 3.5 ⭐️ stars rounded up to 4.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ali

    @macmillan.audio #netgalleyarc This is book 2 in the Salem sister series. Book 1 was spells trouble Mercy and hunter mother has died and they are mourning her death. Someone has come through the gates and inhabiting another body but they find know who. A bunch of murders occur and they do not know who is behind it. The sisters are working separately due to an argument but they are both going though a lot. Can they save the town before something worse comes to town and the gates fall apart complete @macmillan.audio #netgalleyarc This is book 2 in the Salem sister series. Book 1 was spells trouble Mercy and hunter mother has died and they are mourning her death. Someone has come through the gates and inhabiting another body but they find know who. A bunch of murders occur and they do not know who is behind it. The sisters are working separately due to an argument but they are both going though a lot. Can they save the town before something worse comes to town and the gates fall apart completely . I was given this arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review 4 stars

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Rating: DNF at 58% (2/5 stars) TW: Blood, slurs, homophobia, sexual assault, violence, death, manipulation Mercy and Hunter continue on their path to save the Goodeville gates from whatever it is that is poisoning them. However, the sisters are on opposite sides of a massive divide. Hunter, who had abandoned her own god to please her sister, now has the powerful and tempting force of another cosmic goddess on her side. While things seem great at first, Hunter slowly realizes that things may not be Rating: DNF at 58% (2/5 stars) TW: Blood, slurs, homophobia, sexual assault, violence, death, manipulation Mercy and Hunter continue on their path to save the Goodeville gates from whatever it is that is poisoning them. However, the sisters are on opposite sides of a massive divide. Hunter, who had abandoned her own god to please her sister, now has the powerful and tempting force of another cosmic goddess on her side. While things seem great at first, Hunter slowly realizes that things may not be what they seem. Meanwhile Mercy is on her own to find out how she can save the trees that guard their world. Will they be able to work together to stop these evil forces? It's been a long time since I've been in this bad of a reading slump and honestly this book might have done me in. The miscommunication in this story is so drawn out that it becomes infuriating after a while. Mercy and Hunter can't seem to talk it out for the life of them, which is fair because I'm still not a huge fan of Mercy after she basically forced Hunter to abandon her god. On top of this, I'm just not a huge fan of how the authors have paved these different paths for the sisters. Mercy becomes the equivalent of the golden child as her powers really flourish over the course of the book, and this also includes from godly favoritism. Unfortunately Hunter really gets the short end of the stick in the case that she really is suffering socially and mentally. She gets called homophobic slurs that I really wish there was some kind of content warning for. She gets manipulated by her "goddess" and doesn't feel as if she's going anywhere, leaving her extremely desperate. There was one question I kept asking myself while reading this entire book, which was "Why can't Hunter just go back to her God?" And honestly, it's a logical question! Hunter finds out that her changing her deity doesn't really have an impact on the tree gates. In fact, it kind of makes it worse? So why can't she say screw it and ask Tyr for forgiveness? A lot of this would be solved if she did that. I know it counteracts her character growth and the guilt she feels for leaving Tyr, but it would make so much more sense than whatever is going on right now. There are also some weird romance subplots that I don't think I'm a huge fan of. This includes both Mercy and Hunter in their respective POVs. I think the story could go without the romance, especially with the focus on sisterhood. I received a copy of this book as an e-ARC from NetGalley. Any and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rigel

    An entertaining albeit unfulfilling follow up to Spells Trouble. Not much happened in this installment apart from Mercy being an awful person (and not getting reprimanded like she deserves for her assholery) and Hunter dealing with the repercussion's of Mercy's selfishness. I'm not entirely sure this book was necessary... definitely suffering from major second-book-syndrome. An entertaining albeit unfulfilling follow up to Spells Trouble. Not much happened in this installment apart from Mercy being an awful person (and not getting reprimanded like she deserves for her assholery) and Hunter dealing with the repercussion's of Mercy's selfishness. I'm not entirely sure this book was necessary... definitely suffering from major second-book-syndrome.

  20. 4 out of 5

    RiAnne

    P.C. And Kristin, how DARE you end it this way!!! I need the next book yesterday, I need to know what’s going to happen!!!! Omg, this book was SO GOOD. I hate to say I wasn’t in love with the first book in the series, Spells Trouble, but this one… I am officially obsessed with the story. I won’t be able to sleep tonight thinking about that ending!!!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Omen's Bite is the fantastical sequel to Spells Trouble. P.C. and Kristen Cast have done a spectacular job with the second book in the Sisters of Salem series. The story starts where Spells Trouble left, with the gates separating the supernatural realms from the human realm failing, some mythical creatures that may be friend or foe, and the sisters are lost in grief and anger without the guidance of their mother which only adds to the situation. Twins, Hunter, and Mercy were so close but with th Omen's Bite is the fantastical sequel to Spells Trouble. P.C. and Kristen Cast have done a spectacular job with the second book in the Sisters of Salem series. The story starts where Spells Trouble left, with the gates separating the supernatural realms from the human realm failing, some mythical creatures that may be friend or foe, and the sisters are lost in grief and anger without the guidance of their mother which only adds to the situation. Twins, Hunter, and Mercy were so close but with the death of their mother and the events that have taken place after have caused a huge rift. Hunter is struggling after giving up her god Tyr and with Mercy not willing to admit she was wrong to convince Hunter to give up her God. Both of the twins are digging in their heels, refusing to see reason. Hunter is done being her sister's shadow and is finding herself without Mercy. And Mercy is learning to finally deal with things herself instead of Hunter saving the day. Mercy is starting to stand on her own feet and maybe starting to realize how much she relied on her sister, although she won't admit it. Both of the girls are working on themselves and struggling to overcome the events of the past few days and some patterns they have previously set. Each twin has their own issues, Hunter making questionable choices that leads further from who she is and Mercy once again not seeing the fault in her own actions. Truth be told, by the end of Spells Trouble I was highly annoyed with Mercy and her selfishness and in this book, I'm even more annoyed with her self-righteousness. Mercy is so self-absorbed which may be forgiven if she recognizes that she might be at fault, or at least take some ownership of the blame, but she doesn't. Oh, the story was good. Bullies who might start the next witch hunts, suspect supernaturals, the rift between the twins, and something sinister is lurking, things are most definitely not good in Goodeville. Not to mention one of the biggest character changes I have ever seen. Mercy's ex Kirk Whitfield was a jerk in Spells Trouble but he's reached a whole other level of bad guy in this one and this character development had Kirk right in the center of things which of course made the story that more intense, well, that and the compounding bad decisions the twins keep making. I was on the edge of my seat, it was so good. Omen's Bite was a wonderfully witchy read, the magical rituals and spells, feuding sisters, gods, goddesses, and demigods, other realms, mythology, and so much more. This book is emotionally charged and dark as heck and it all added to the detailed witchy atmosphere. The twins' story isn't over yet, I can't wait to see what they have yet to face in the final book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ellen V

    Thank you to Wednesday Books and Netgalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review. Omen’s Bite follows teen twin witches Hunter and Mercy Goode as they continue their task of healing the trees that protect their hometown of Goodeville, IL while navigating their strained relationship following the events of Spells Trouble. Years ago, I read the House of Night series by PC Cast and Kristin Cast and enjoyed it, so I went into the Sisters of Salem series hopeful, but I was ultimately underwhelm Thank you to Wednesday Books and Netgalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review. Omen’s Bite follows teen twin witches Hunter and Mercy Goode as they continue their task of healing the trees that protect their hometown of Goodeville, IL while navigating their strained relationship following the events of Spells Trouble. Years ago, I read the House of Night series by PC Cast and Kristin Cast and enjoyed it, so I went into the Sisters of Salem series hopeful, but I was ultimately underwhelmed. I am, admittedly, not the target audience, but I also had a difficult time figuring out what age group this series was written for. Based on the dialogue and prose alone, I would have guessed that this series was for the younger side of YA, maybe as a branch between middle grade and YA, but given the detailed sex scene in the first book, this doesn’t track (thankfully there was no such scene in book 2, a great improvement). Another improvement from Spells Trouble is that Hunter and Mercy felt more flushed out and distinct from each other as characters. I found the dialogue to be stiff and lacking; it doesn’t feel like how real people talk. I also do not care for Xena, the familiar who became the twins’ de facto guardian in Spells Trouble. The fact that she is a cat is overplayed while she is in human form and any instance of her (no spoilers as these happened in book one as well) asking for cream or tuna, complaining about having to wear clothes, or lamenting about having to act human to feel like filler and don't add much to the story. I think this is indicative of the book's overall issue with pacing: everything felt drawn out and relayed so matter-of-factly that it came off as underwhelming and not engaging. I found I had to push myself to continue reading it. If it weren’t reading a review copy, I probably would have DNF’d around 30% in, but I wanted to make sure I gave it a fair chance for a review by completing it. The book picks up around the 70% mark, but this was a bit late into the story to hold my attention. The overall story arc is interesting, but ultimately felt repetitive and predictable. 1.5 stars rounded up to 2.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jordan Dockery

    I cannot wait to read this book when it comes out!!!!!!!!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tyler S

    Another amazing book by two of my favourite authors. I was over the moon when the publishers got in touch to offer me the chance to read the earc and obviously it was downloaded at the speed of light but the I kind of put it off for a week because I didn’t want to devour it and then be left waiting for more for even longer. The time finally came and I picked it up and yes, I stayed up all night to read and then finish it. I was not disappointed though. Mercy and Hunter are reeling from the death Another amazing book by two of my favourite authors. I was over the moon when the publishers got in touch to offer me the chance to read the earc and obviously it was downloaded at the speed of light but the I kind of put it off for a week because I didn’t want to devour it and then be left waiting for more for even longer. The time finally came and I picked it up and yes, I stayed up all night to read and then finish it. I was not disappointed though. Mercy and Hunter are reeling from the death of their mother and it seems that the town is still in trouble, the ancient trees that protect the town and act as portals to other worlds are still damaged and so the sisters have to find a way to mend what is broken. There is a lot of tension between the pair of them and very early on in the book they split up, the relationship damaged and seemingly unrepairable. I was so torn at this because when reading from both their perspectives it is so easy to see both sides of the story and if they just sat down and talked it out it could have been fine but they didn’t and it made me so upset. Even though their relationship is changed, I still enjoyed reading the dynamic between the twins and their personal growth within this book is even more than the first. At points I did just want to reach through the pages and knock some sense into them though. The world building remains the same as the first book however, we see more of the Egyptian Land of the Dead this time, through Mercy’s perspective which was very interesting, and is that a budding romance with a certain portal guardian? I think we will need to wait until book 3 for that. Speaking of book 3, I need it ASAP now which is going to be torture. Definitely another recommended read from me. To be honest, I would recommend any books written by these women.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Célia Cross

    Thank you so much Wednesday Books/ St. Martin's Press for sending me an eARC through Netgalley for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. CWs: Death, murder, grief, bullying, slut shaming, blood, cursing, lesbophobia/lesbomisia. Moderate: prescription drug abuse, alcohol consumption, violence, abandonment, confinement, fire, injury/injury detail, toxic relationship (sisters), religious bigotry. You know that feeling when you read a really good book, then an okay book, and you feel really sa Thank you so much Wednesday Books/ St. Martin's Press for sending me an eARC through Netgalley for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. CWs: Death, murder, grief, bullying, slut shaming, blood, cursing, lesbophobia/lesbomisia. Moderate: prescription drug abuse, alcohol consumption, violence, abandonment, confinement, fire, injury/injury detail, toxic relationship (sisters), religious bigotry. You know that feeling when you read a really good book, then an okay book, and you feel really sad? Well, that's what happened here. Coming from Twin Crowns, this book was just meh for me. I was bored most of the time and often thought about DNFing it. I was just not interested in the overall story. The only reason I continued reading was because I THOUGHT Mercy and Hunter would actually solve the problem with the trees of Goodeville, but instead, all I got was a conflict between the two of them, Mercy in a terrible position (no spoilers), and the main conflict unresolved. Not to mention the newly-introduced Hunter-Amphitrite conflict. The plot was terrible because it was definitely a filler book. I was bored the whole time because nearly every witchy scene was WAY too detailed (I mean, I think witchery is cool and all, but we don't need to know the exact placement of the candles for a spell) and the plot just kept going around in circles. And then the twins were both terrible MCs. The miscommunication trope was way overdone in this book to the point of it being annoying. The way the story was told was also a letdown for me. I honestly have one major thing to say about this series: don't waste your time on it.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Brandy Michelle Dull

    Omen Bites is the continuation of The Sisters of Salem series which follows twin sister who just so happen to also be witches. Not really a huge plot twist because the title pretty much gave that away in the first book. I am going to attempt to stay out of spoiler territory since this is an early review but know that I advise you to read the first book, so you understand what is going on, since this book picks up exactly where Spells Trouble left off. I do praise The Cast for improving on this s Omen Bites is the continuation of The Sisters of Salem series which follows twin sister who just so happen to also be witches. Not really a huge plot twist because the title pretty much gave that away in the first book. I am going to attempt to stay out of spoiler territory since this is an early review but know that I advise you to read the first book, so you understand what is going on, since this book picks up exactly where Spells Trouble left off. I do praise The Cast for improving on this story and finding their footing with this continuation. I like the first novel, but I feel like this one was more developed and fleshed out. It reminded me of their House of Night series which I adore more than I can begin to tell you. I can tell the world building is coming into the forefront and this could turn out to be fascinating to see how it grows and develops. I really enjoyed how nature plays a large part in their magic verses an outside source. That is a breath of fresh air, pun intended, when it seems that most witch stories are all about a higher entity giving them their power. I mean I understand that in some ways nature herself is a being but it’s natural and not some other outside force. Overall if you enjoyed the first novel, or have an interest in magic or anything to do with witches or the Salem witch trials, I would suggest you check out this series. I want to thank Wednesday Books, PC and Kristin Cast for sending me this Advance Reader Copy in exchange for my honest review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Savanna

    Omens Bite is the second book in the “Sisters Of Salem” series which follows Mercy and Hunter who are twin sisters and witches. This book picks up where Spells Trouble left off. While Mercy and Hunter are still grieving from their mothers death, they’re also trying to save the ancient trees that act as portals to the other worlds that are still damaged and dying. There is a lot of tension between the sisters and it doesn’t seem like it’s going to be repaired easily. I enjoyed getting to see both Omens Bite is the second book in the “Sisters Of Salem” series which follows Mercy and Hunter who are twin sisters and witches. This book picks up where Spells Trouble left off. While Mercy and Hunter are still grieving from their mothers death, they’re also trying to save the ancient trees that act as portals to the other worlds that are still damaged and dying. There is a lot of tension between the sisters and it doesn’t seem like it’s going to be repaired easily. I enjoyed getting to see both the sisters become their own person. We saw a lot more personality from both of them throughout this story. The world building is still great and I loved reading more about the Land of the Dead through Mercy’s POV. I personally wasn’t a big fan of the romance though but I think that’s just a me thing. Overall, I enjoyed my time reading this book and I’m excited to see where this series goes! Book releases on April 5th!

  28. 5 out of 5

    TC Rittenhouse

    The second in the Sisters of Salem series, this follows the continued adventures of Hunter and Mercy Goode as they deal with the fallout of the death of their mother and the deteriorating gates of Goodeville. The twins are very different and handle things as the teenagers they are - not always the best way, and with a little more drama. I liked the story, but wanted to wring the necks of the twins and lock them in a room so to make them talk to each other. This book is a solid 2nd book in a series The second in the Sisters of Salem series, this follows the continued adventures of Hunter and Mercy Goode as they deal with the fallout of the death of their mother and the deteriorating gates of Goodeville. The twins are very different and handle things as the teenagers they are - not always the best way, and with a little more drama. I liked the story, but wanted to wring the necks of the twins and lock them in a room so to make them talk to each other. This book is a solid 2nd book in a series, and starts answering questions that were raised in the first book, while introducing more questions and complications. Solid book, for those that enjoy supernatural teens (think Buffy, Sabrina). Looking forward to the next book in the series. Thank you to NetGalley, St Martins Press, and P.C. and Kristin Cast for the opportunity to read a free advanced reader copy of the book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Allie B I Literally Booked Solid

    Omens Bite, the second installment of the Sisters of Salem series, picks up right where the first book leaves off, in the aftermath of Mercy and Hunter's mom's death. But now, there is a fracture between the sisters that is further dividing with their grief and anger. Tempted with the help of a dangerous goddess, Hunter finds herself straying from her previous ways, which drives Mercy further from her. But when Mercy gets herself into trouble, it looks as though Hunter is the only one that can s Omens Bite, the second installment of the Sisters of Salem series, picks up right where the first book leaves off, in the aftermath of Mercy and Hunter's mom's death. But now, there is a fracture between the sisters that is further dividing with their grief and anger. Tempted with the help of a dangerous goddess, Hunter finds herself straying from her previous ways, which drives Mercy further from her. But when Mercy gets herself into trouble, it looks as though Hunter is the only one that can save her. I was super entertained by Omen Bite, even though fantasy is not my usual genre. I enjoyed the first book and loved seeing where Mercy and Hunter's story went next. I primarily listened to the audiobook, which helped me keep track of the new worlds we are introduced to in this book. The tension between Hunter and Mercy was a great addition to the story arc and I found myself torn as to which sister I supported more. I am anxious to read the conclusion to this series, because I want to know what happens next! Thanks to Wednesday books for the finished copy.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Kelsen

    Starting off, I was desperate to know what happens with Hunter and Mercy. Then as the drama and mystery deepen and unfolds I was absolutely sucked in!!! I love this series sooo, so much! I love the twin witches who were so intertwined, and are now finding their own identity in life. I love the different beliefs and religions intertwined in the plot, it’s very diverse and magical. Kirk needs to take a hike to never never land in my opinion! Honestly though, the ending is my absolute FAVORITE part Starting off, I was desperate to know what happens with Hunter and Mercy. Then as the drama and mystery deepen and unfolds I was absolutely sucked in!!! I love this series sooo, so much! I love the twin witches who were so intertwined, and are now finding their own identity in life. I love the different beliefs and religions intertwined in the plot, it’s very diverse and magical. Kirk needs to take a hike to never never land in my opinion! Honestly though, the ending is my absolute FAVORITE part!!!! I know, I know….. no one really likes a cliffhanger…. BUT YES OH MY GOSH!!!! P.C. and Kristin you have hooked me and have me dangling, in desperate need of book three. Ahhhh so long to wait! Y’all’s books will forever be some of my favorites!

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