These Witches Don't Burn
When disturbing remnants of a ritual are found at a bonfire celebrating the end of the school year, 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 h ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
- 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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
➸ Trigger warnings for (view spoiler)[persecution for witchcraft, queermisia & queermisic parents, fetishisation of queer women (op but challenged), cheating mentioned, parental abandonment mentioned, toxic relationship, sexual assault (op), alcohol consumption, blood & gore depiction, minor blood use for witchcraft, physical injuries & burns, serious injury of a loved one, resuscitation, hospital, surgery discussed, death of a father, murder & attempted murder, car accident (op), near-drowning ...more
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 ...more
This book is somewhere in between good and so-so. I thought These Witches Don’t Burn would be a fun and cute reading—I didn’t expect it to be full of conflicts and shocking. How could Isabel Sterling cramped a lot of plot twists in 320 pages?
But still, it was a quiet short read for me. I finished this book in a day and half and I was surprised my brain could handle everything that happened in the book. I guess I was bewitched (ha, get it?) by I ...more
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