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These Witches Don't Burn

(These Witches Don't Burn #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  16,230 ratings  ·  3,161 reviews
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 ...more
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published May 28th 2019 by Razorbill
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destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
Uhhhh what? Gay witches?? *queer heavy breathing intensifies*
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**3.5-stars rounded up**

After disturbing remnants of a ritual are found at a celebratory end-of-the-school-year bonfire, Hannah suspects a Blood Witch may be to blame.

As an Elemental Witch herself, Hannah has been raised to fear Blood Witches. This horrific act seems to be a sign that one has come to town.

The story alludes to the fact that Hannah had a run in with a Blood Witch on a previous trip to New York City. This altercation truly frightened her and she feels that this same witch may have
Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
excuse me I need this book immediately since it appears to have sapphic witches oh my god??
may ➹
3.5 stars

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 pers
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Ehhhhhhhhh. Not terrible but not great.
Jan 06, 2018 marked it as to-read
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
Sarah Glenn Marsh
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-blurbed
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.
Amy Imogene Reads
These Witches Don't Burn? More like these witches don't bore! (Couldn't resist.)

Concept: ★★★
Relationship dynamics:★★★★
Pacing: ★★★★
Enjoyment: ★★★★★

I absolutely loved reading These Witches Don't Burn. Fun, filled with memorable characters, extreme relationship drama, and so well paced it's basically ready for its movie adaptation, this book is a great LGBT+ contemporary read.

Everyone knows the history of Salem, Massachusetts. People went mad and claimed girls were witches, and they killed them. A
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 better world. And I really liked it. We saw that her parents, her coven, her friends
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: low-fantasy
Witch-hunt (compound)
Me reading this book and hunting for something other than whiny flat characters who say they can do magic but can’t use their brains for shit.

I want to go back in time and scold my past self for not keeping notes while reading this book because it's been only a week but I already forgot big chunks of what happened. I guess this is indicative of how much I didn't care for this book.

Chapter one starts like a bomb. It dips you completely in the story with two sentences and it
Larry H
Jul 09, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

It’s not easy being a witch these days. That's what I picked up from Isabel Sterling's These Witches Don't Burn , at least.

Being a witch in Salem, Massachusetts may seem like a clichè, but that’s Hannah’s life. As an Elemental witch, she has the power to control fire, water, earth, and air, but she’s forbidden to let any non-witch see her magic. So instead, she spends her time trying to avoid her ex-girlfriend, Veronica (who is also an Elemental), and working at the Fly by Night Cau
wow this stole my heart. i love my gay witches 🥺
caitlin ✶
Jun 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Edit: I’m disappointing everyone by saying this, but looking back, this was just a bland 3 stars. Nothing wrong with it, & there were stuff to appreciate, but I have zero desire to pick up the sequel, & I think that’s really telling.

If they had any clue what real witches were like, what we’re capable of . . .

They probably wouldn’t sleep very well at night.

When I heard that These Witches Don't Burn was a new release featuring gay witches, I was ine

Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have been devouring adult paranormal romances, but I haven't really been reading any YA paranormal books. When I saw the cover of this one and saw it was about teen witches, I knew I had to pick it up!

Hannah is still hurt over how things ended between her and her ex, but when strange things start happening and signs of a blood witch are popping up, Hannah knows they have more serious problems. As an elemental witch, Hannah has to make sure to hide her own powers while trying to figure out if
Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
Oct 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
The first page itself made me DNF this book. Yes, I tried reading the second and third page too. It made my DNF page resolve stronger! The characters are so 'Mean Girls' wannabe and the dialogues are so superficial that I had to stop reading this one. ...more
Lisa Kuhn
This book is a mess. The plot and characters are shallow and not at all believable.
Lea (drumsofautumn)
Not gonna lie, I'm having a hard time writing down some thoughts on this book because I am so overwhelmed with the ending as it featured one of my biggest triggers.
Overall this was really enjoyable read but I expected this to be really fun and it just really wasn't. That is not to say that the book was bad. Not at all. I actually that it is subjectively a pretty great book. It was really action-packed, I loved the magic system and the different kinds of witches.

But here's the thing.. this hit a
May 31, 2019 rated it liked it
- I’ve got perhaps a weird complaint
- The cover does not match the story at all
- listen this tangent is worthwhile
- Books are expensive it’s up to marketing and the synopsis among other factors but to me perhaps the most important is the cover to be eye catching to the right demographic and best represent what kind of story is being sold here
- I’ve never felt so strongly about a misleading cover that screams sort of cute romance unlikely rag tag team when really it’s a supernatural myste
Was fun. Liked it!
3.5 stars

Ooooh this was very fun, and then it took a really dark turn, and fkjhhjgjk I literally binged it in a single sitting and didn't even stop to come upstairs and make it as currently reading which SAYS SOMTHING.

This was a lot of fun, but also ultimately pretty unmemorable
Roxie Voorhees
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
I love witches! I love gays! I hate this book.

1. My first issue is Hannah constantly reminding us that Veronica is her ex. "My ex" is a phrase that doesnt need repeating.

2. Interactions between characters seem forced. Dialogue is weak.

3. *spoiler* of course the witch hunter is male! Because that isn't overdone 🙄 There was a real chance for the author to tackle toxic masculinity here and it just didnt happen.

4. I'm sure there is more, but I am going to go watch Motherland so I can erase this
Caidyn (he/him/his)
I reread this to remember what happened in the first book before I got to the second one. All I can say is I enjoyed it so much and I almost read it in a day. Bumping this up to 4.5/5 and rounding up for Goodreads.

Original (2019) review

CW: homophobia, car crash, death of a family member, use of blood for rituals, and death threats

This book was pure fun. Really, it was. But, that cover is soooo deceiving. It looks all nice and sweet and like some gay rom-com, but there are a lot of serious themes
Jan 07, 2018 marked it as to-read
is this for the gays??
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
I LOVED this. The cast and plot and setting and mystery was just what I wanted. Nothing was too much but I also didn't feel like I was missing context or information. That's pretty mind blowing to me since this is a debut and by no means a long book.

Right off the bat, let's acknowledge the queer rep. We have an out lesbian main character, her ex-girlfriend (who I don't remember how she identified but is only in F/F romances in this book), a key side character is bisexual (own voices) who enters
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
Jan 12, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr
As Janet from The Good Place once said:
"Look Michael, a witch.... Burn her!

why did i bring this up... idk

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Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq
☆4.3 stars

Hannah is an elemental witch living in Salem. Veronica is her ex and also an elemental witch. Morgan is her new crush and Jemma is her best friend. If Hannah is ever caught using magic it could be the end for her, for her family, or even her coven. When a blood ritual interrupts a bonfire and then hints of dark magic appear all over town Hannah is sure it's a blood witch. When dating drama clashes with magic, life is bound to get pretty crazy.

This was an amazing book. From the amazing
rachel ☾

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Nov 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
Well, this wasn't so terrible, but it was boring, just a very simple witch's story to my taste, and it didn't convince me to want to read the sequel right away, so maybe when I'm in the mood I'll try the second book. ...more
Jade Melody
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This was it. This was the book. It officially pulled me out of my slump. It was also an incredible read for the current season (spooky season) and had aspects that I enjoyed a lot.

I've been in a slump for what seems like an eternity, so it's refreshing to fly through a book I'm interested in and still have motivation to pick up something else.

I love witches and wizards and everything under the umbrella, so this was to my liking. I enjoyed the setting of Salem because of the w
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Isabel Sterling is an LGBTQ advocate and educator by day and a YA author by night. When she’s not writing about magic and murder, Isabel can be found lost in a good book, marathoning her favorite shows, or relaxing by the lake. She lives in central NY with her wife and their brood of furry children: cats Oliver and December and a beagle-mix named Lily.

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