These Witches Don't Burn

These Witches Don't Burn

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...

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Title:These Witches Don't Burn
Author:Isabel Sterling
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These Witches Don't Burn Reviews

  • Sarah Glenn Marsh

    I see a lot of folks here saying they're excited for a gay witch book, and let me tell you...THIS STORY DELIVERS!!!

    I loved it. I'm already ready for the sequel, but I guess I'll have to wait for 2019 to start bugging the author about the next book ;) Maybe.

    From unexpected twists to a dynamic and mostly queer cast of characters, there's so much for everyone to love here. Really, well done.

  • may ➹

    Is it really Pride month if you don’t read a gay witch book?

    These Witches Don’t Burn follows an Elemental witch named Hannah, who lives in Salem, Massachusetts. At first it seems like the hardest thing she’ll have to do that summer is avoid her ex-girlfriend, but her problems become much worse when signs of dark magic pops up around town.

    This book is filled with intrigue and mystery, as Hannah and her coven faces more and more danger and are forced to figure out the identity of the person behind

    Is it really Pride month if you don’t read a gay witch book?

    These Witches Don’t Burn follows an Elemental witch named Hannah, who lives in Salem, Massachusetts. At first it seems like the hardest thing she’ll have to do that summer is avoid her ex-girlfriend, but her problems become much worse when signs of dark magic pops up around town.

    This book is filled with intrigue and mystery, as Hannah and her coven faces more and more danger and are forced to figure out the identity of the person behind it all and stop them. Hannah also juggles with a crush on the new girl in town, and overall, the book is

    .

    I had a lot of fun reading this book. Hannah is

    about: she’s dedicated to helping people—which is especially hard when she has to conceal her witch identity—and she’s also somehow both sweet and fierce.

    I wish some of them had been more developed (I feel like certain characters were important in the beginning and then just kind of disappeared), but I absolutely loved the friendship between Hannah and Gemma. There’s also Hannah’s new crush, and I absolutely loved the sweet romance that was blooming between the two of them. (The most relatable part of this book was when Hannah was having a gay panic at whether or not Morgan was flirting with her.)

    This book was

    , but also quieter moments in between that I enjoyed. I have to say, I wasn’t particularly immersed in the book in the beginning, but as I read more, my interested piqued! There’s definitely a lot of high stakes, and it made for an exciting, thrilling read.

    Another aspect of this book that I really liked was, of course, the witchy magic! I loved how those

    time and setting. I’m someone who finds contemporaries a lot easier to read than fantasies, but really loves fantasy elements, so this was perfect for me. Plus, the book was very atmospheric and it was somehow the perfect combination of summer and autumn vibes!

    However, I think I would have enjoyed this more if I hadn’t accidentally completely spoiled it for myself. The whole book was spent trying to figure out who the “bad guy” was, and I knew who it was from the beginning because I accidentally saw the name. That really affected my reading experience, because I was bored at times and the mystery and intrigue was useless for me.

    I was

    in the book, though! I didn’t see quite a few of them coming, and I definitely don’t think I would have been able to guess who the “bad guy” was without having spoiled it for myself. (Speaking of shock, though, there was one event that happened in this book that surprised me and actually was a little triggering, even though it wasn’t personal to me, so please be careful when reading this! It does get quite violent at times.)

    I think the biggest issue I have with this book is, first of all, not a terrible issue. But I just don’t feel very passionately about the book, and I think it comes down to

    . This book was fun for me to read, and I enjoyed it, but I personally love to see themes and messages in the book, subtle or not, and I can’t name any that this book had.

    It’s not a bad thing though! I still liked the book, and in some ways, it was actually easier for me to read because I thought it to be just an entertaining book. I definitely recommend this for those who are looking to have a fun book to read,

  • Lola

    3.5 stars. I’ve been reading so many standalones lately that I almost forgot what it felt like to stumble upon a CLIFFHANGER oh so very unexpectedly after being shot in the heart with multiple revelations one after the other until I had to take my eyes off the book, look around me and whisper to absolutely no one, ‘‘How can the author be so cruel…’’

    Well, well. This was much more dramatic than I expected from what I thought looked like a fun and quirky witchy romance. It’s entertaining for sure,

    3.5 stars. I’ve been reading so many standalones lately that I almost forgot what it felt like to stumble upon a CLIFFHANGER oh so very unexpectedly after being shot in the heart with multiple revelations one after the other until I had to take my eyes off the book, look around me and whisper to absolutely no one, ‘‘How can the author be so cruel…’’

    Well, well. This was much more dramatic than I expected from what I thought looked like a fun and quirky witchy romance. It’s entertaining for sure, because there is quite a satisfying amount of action—so much in fact that I could easily see this story be adapted to the big screen.

    The relationships in this one are a little quirky, since the characters are connected in surprising ways, especially Hannah (the heroine) and her ex-girlfriend, Veronica. And, finally, there is indeed romance between Hannah and her new crush, but because it happens during a very dark time in this town, with witches being targeted by who-knows-what, the love story lost importance in my eyes.

    I don’t think the author did anything particularly new here. Witch stories have existed for centuries and witches have been chased for even longer but Isabel Sterling did manage to make everything seem… realistic. Not once did I roll my eyes while thinking to myself, ‘‘AS IF.’’ It gets intense, as mentioned above, and people are actually scared by what happens, Hannah included. She believes something is wrong and is dedicated to finding out the truth.

    I also enjoyed the dialog. When I said this would make a good movie, I meant it. The dialog feels natural and gives voice to the many characters featured in this witchy tale. Not all are memorable—some are sadly one-dimensional—but they all have a role to play in the story so if the author manages to give them more than one role in the sequel, I think I might just… love it.

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  • Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk

    Gay witches? Hell yeah! 🏳🌈 🏳🌈 🏳🌈

    When I started this book I was so freaking excited. I read about Elementals, Casters and Blood witches and I was like yeeeeeeees I want to be part of a clan, of a coven.

    And a gay main character who loves girls, has problems with her ex-girlfriend and a terrible secret.

    And it wasn’t in this utopia world were the lgbt community was absolutely normal.

    No, but it was still a

    world. And I really liked it. We saw that her parents, her coven, her friends and he

    Gay witches? Hell yeah! 🏳️‍🌈 🏳️‍🌈 🏳️‍🌈

    When I started this book I was so freaking excited. I read about Elementals, Casters and Blood witches and I was like yeeeeeeees I want to be part of a clan, of a coven.

    And a gay main character who loves girls, has problems with her ex-girlfriend and a terrible secret.

    And it wasn’t in this utopia world were the lgbt community was absolutely normal.

    No, but it was still a

    world. And I really liked it. We saw that her parents, her coven, her friends and her most of her school mates didn’t have problem with her being queer, but the book showed still problems that many queer people have.

    Like the parents of the female best friend that seem strange and uncomfortable around her.

    Of the class mates that recorded her kissing another girl and thinking it was

    and violated her privacy.

    I loved that the book had some witches and magic in it.

    The first half of the book i was like hm will it be a two or three star rating? And then at the final 25% there was so much action, so many small plot twists and I was like will it be a three or four star rating?

    And I settled for three and you know why?

    I liked the book, don’t get me wrong, but it was only overall okay. Not wow or awesome or can’t-stop-reading. Just okay. I enjoyed it. The whole world. The magic. But I wasn’t fascinated or addicted to it.

    There were some moments were I was a bit excited about the book but the okay parts were the majority.

    Sorry for the messy review! Next time will be normal again ☺️

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    Ehhhhhhhhh. Not terrible but not great.

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)

    is this another gay witch book

  • Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)

    excuse me I need this book immediately since it appears to have sapphic witches oh my god??

  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    Uhhhh what?

    *queer heavy breathing intensifies*

  • Sien

    I am finding mentions of this book everywhere and the only thing I see are “gay witches” but that’s also the only thing I needed to know

  • megs_bookrack

    Me upon reading the synopsis for this book:

    My copy has arrived and it is resplendent!

    I cannot wait to get to this one yet kind of feel like holding out until October.

    Who else plans their Spooktober TBR all year long?

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