Review: These Witches Don't Burn by Isabel Sterling

Aug 5, 2019

These Witches Don't Burn by Isabel Sterling

Published by Razorbill on May 28th, 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, LGBT
Pages: 336
Format: Audiobook & Hardback
Source: Overdrive via Brooklyn Public Library
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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

TW - language (if you don't want your child to have bad language), deaths, bi, lesbians, gay.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Hannah's a witch, but not the kind you're thinking of. She's the real deal, an Elemental with the power to control fire, earth, water, and air. But even though she lives in Salem, Massachusetts, her magic is a secret she has to keep to herself. If she's ever caught using it in front of a Reg (read: non-witch), she could lose it. For good. So, Hannah spends most of her time avoiding her ex-girlfriend (and fellow Elemental Witch) Veronica, hanging out with her best friend, and working at the Fly by Night Cauldron selling candles and crystals to tourists, goths, and local Wiccans.

But dealing with her ex is the least of Hannah's concerns when a terrifying blood ritual interrupts the end-of-school-year bonfire. Evidence of dark magic begins to appear all over Salem, and Hannah's sure it's the work of a deadly Blood Witch. The issue is, her coven is less than convinced, forcing Hannah to team up with the last person she wants to see: Veronica.

While the pair attempt to smoke out the Blood Witch at a house party, Hannah meets Morgan, a cute new ballerina in town. But trying to date amid a supernatural crisis is easier said than done, and Hannah will have to test the limits of her power if she's going to save her coven and get the girl, especially when the attacks on Salem's witches become deadlier by the day.

I was so excited to read this book and that cover was so cute. This book was not a bad book but I think it was just predictable. I guessed who the Hunter was from the first fire.

I did enjoy this book and it kept me entertained but there were moments I was like - I don't think that has to be in there. It did read as a very young book hence Young Adult but it did feel a little young. Maybe on the younger side of YA. It did have a lot of fluff and fill in but it was still a solid 3 star book.

Hannah is an elemental witch - not a spoiler - it in the synopsis - and part of a coven. They are trying to keep the coven quiet. She is not allowed to tell anyone what she is or even do magic in public in front of the reg's. Hannah struggles with the love her ex girlfriend - Veronica - also a witch. Veronica always appears needing to be saved and always calls for Hannah.

“She'll never understand. The realization washes all the fight out of me, leaving behind only heartache. I gently pull my wrist from her grip. "Because," I say, my voice so soft it's nearly swallowed up by the trees, "I'm standing here, telling you how much you hurt me, and you can't hear it." Tears fill my eyes. I've lost the strength to hide them. "You broke my heart, and you didn't even notice. How can I ..." My throat closes up, I look away. "How could I ever trust you to put the pieces back together?”

Now - these girls are still in school so it does seem very young for Hannah to take on such grown roles. When she would try to be the hero - all I could think is - this girl is still in school and being a child.

There has been some magic that appears to be a blood which that has arrived in town and Hanna is trying to solve this mystery of who the blood witch is. Then the girls start getting hunted one by and one and some get hurt, even a reg. which they are not supposed to be harmed. You are introduced to several people in this book and the author does try to throw you off from who the real Hunter is. But I did figure out who it was from the very first fire that happened. But I have watched way to many horror films.

“I step closer to the flames, until I feel the lick of heat against my face. The energy cascades over me, through me,driving out the lingering hurt from seeing Veronica. Numbing bad memories like a magical Novocain.”

My heart did break for Hannah at the end because of something that happened to her family and I felt her pain. This book was fun and it did have its moments but I think if it would have been more of an adult style with grown adults and covens - I would have loved this so much more.
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