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This Coven Won't Break

(These Witches Don't Burn #2)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  3,370 ratings  ·  596 reviews
In this gripping, romantic sequel to These Witches Don't Burn, Hannah must work alongside her new girlfriend to take down the Hunters desperate to steal her magic.

Hannah Walsh just wants a normal life. It's her senior year, so she should be focusing on classes, hanging out with her best friend, and flirting with her new girlfriend, Morgan. But it turns out surviving a murd
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published May 19th 2020 by Razorbill
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As this is the second book in the These Witches Don't Burn duology, this review will contain minor spoilers for the first book.

Proceed with caution. Non-hidden spoilers ahead!

Now entering her Senior year of high school, Hannah Walsh, just wants to put the pieces of her mangled life back together. Ideally, she'd like to forget all about the tragedy that happened last year.

Her father is gone and her childhood home destroyed, but she still has her Mom, best friend and girlfriend, Morga
Charlie Todd
I need this book more than I need air in my lungs, I hope Cal gets a more central role in this book though #transmenrepresent
Dill Werner
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky to have been a sensitivity reader on this book. Wow. Just, wow. It's amazing! Never before has work not felt like "work." I'm thrilled to say Sterling's second book will leave readers in tears, feeling sorrow, happiness, angst, and frustration as they take an arduous journey toward self-realization. It's an emotional book and yet a happy one queer people can get behind. Sterling gets "it." ...more
alana ♡
Aug 26, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, lgbt
“If you don’t let yourself feel all the terrible, scary, awful pieces of grief, your magic may never be yours again.”

The gay witches are back and ready to save the world…do I really even need to say more than that? Even though I didn’t enjoy This Coven Won’t Break as much as I enjoyed the first book I still think it was a pretty good sequel and did a nice job of wrapping up Hannah and her coven’s story. If you haven’t read the first book yet please know that there are some spoilers for event
✧ jules ✧
If you liked these witches don't burn, you will enjoy this one even more. I liked the first book but it lacked for me and everything that didn't work in that book definitely worked in this one so I'm really happy I liked this great conclusion to a funny, witchy and really gay duology.

I adored the development between Morgan and Hannah, it was really organic and real, and seeing them actually communicating, being honest and admit when they needed each other was so heartwarming and adorable.

I admi
Lauren Stoolfire
This Coven Won't Break (These Witches Won't Burn #2) by Isabel Sterling is a great sequel and finale to the YA LGBT+ paranormal fantasy These Witches Won't Burn. It was so good to see these characters again and learn more of their world. The characters are my favorite element of this fantasy and I really appreciated that they've grown and communicate pretty well all things considered. Yes, the reveal isn't all that much of a surprise, but I liked seeing the characters get there and the journey t ...more
Aug 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: releases-2020
Star Rating: —> 3.5 Stars

This was pretty enjoyable, but something felt just a little off for me; I had to push my way through a bunch of it. I think I just wasn’t in the mood for it?

Anyway, more decisive RTC !
james ☆
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
this was such a strong finale! i can finally breathe a sigh of relief for these characters.

the most special thing about this book to me is hannah's battle with PTSD throughout the book. that hit pretty heckin' close to home and it put this story on a whole other level - i mean, name one other contemporary fantasy series where the young hero realistically grapples with the trauma of these fantastical events and still manages to kick ass?? i'll wait.

as much as the ending was satisfying, i really
First read through: 22-23/05/2020
Second read through: 09-09-01/2021


I will be back with a full review.
Thank goodness for digital books because there's no way that this book was getting to me even close to its release date (thanks covid19, and also being in australia).

I'm such a mess right now. *sobs into her entire tissue box*

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Second read through comments:

Do you ever just cry because a book is just that good? That is me with this one.
My second read through was
May 17, 2020 rated it liked it
i had forgotten that this, one of my most anticipated releases of the year, is coming out this week.

Jun 03, 2020 added it
DNF'ed @ page 172

Damn. I LOVED the first one, and I was anxious to get to the 2nd one, but... dnf'ed. The story didn't caught me. They are going after the Witch Hunters, who want to use their drug to cure the witched, although killing them also work.

We have Hannah kinda traumatised by what happened on the 1st book, but she wants to pretend everything's fine. She is together with Morgan, a Blood Witch, and still best friends with Gemma, who knows they are witches. But all the spark and power the
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it

Love this cover, and the excerpt released has me SO EXCITED!
Read by Coco ✨
Jan 09, 2020 rated it liked it
3 ⭐ This sequel delivered the same good pacing, interesting themes, and diverse representation as the first book. In many ways they were very much the same. However it's always harder for a sequel to live up to the first books hype, because it has to feel different and add new information. I personally didn't find this book to be different ENOUGH from the first book to make me be wowed by it. It wasn't a bad read through, just not gripping enough for a high star rating. ...more
Jan 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-s-books
if i must be honest, i liked the first book a lot more but that doesn't mean it was bad or not as good as the other, both are very different and i think that's what played the role in making me not like this one as much as i liked the other. things are different now in the story but yet hannah still doing the same mistakes and everybody around her too, so it feels like she didn't grow up or anything. i think most problems were solved in these witches don't burn, which didn't happen in this one. ...more
Caidyn (he/him/his)
CW: PTSD, grief/grieving, violence, betrayal, having something vital to your identity taken away, and general action scenes

Wow. What a end to this series! I wish there was more than a duology, but I'm also glad that it wrapped up rather neatly. I can smell some short stories in the future and I'm definitely not opposed to it.

This review will be brief because I don't want to spoil things for the first book. There's a lot that goes on there and, of course, it carries into this book. It picks up a
☆ Anushka ☆

It'd be an understatement if I told you that I just liked this book. I loved it dearly, to be more specific. It was one of those books which make you sit through hours and days, watching out for clues, with suspicions brewing in copious amounts.

With a Witch Hunter in custody and her senior year at Salem High, Hannah must navigate this new life of living in a dread of Witch Hunters, alongside her new girlfriend, Morgan. With desperation clinging to her, she must find a way to save herself
Jan 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was a cute read! 🥰
What made me enjoy the book (and also part one) so much definitely were the characters. I love Hannah with all my heart, but also Morgan and especially Gemma! These girls!

I liked how the different storylines from the previous book got picked up and involved into the story of part 2 so perfectly, not leaving any plot holes. But I kinda thought, as thrilling as it was, that the „big ending“ and battle at the end were a bit rushed, as exciting as it was to read!

Those books a
Laura ☾
Nov 24, 2020 rated it liked it
2.5 stars

Honestly, this was a bit of a let-down compared to the first book in the series.

The appeal of the first book was that it was light-hearted and fun, while tackling a few more serious issues. This book I feel tried to be more serious, but didn't have enough gravitas to quite pull it off, while losing the light-hearted appeal of the first book.
kai | 凯香
Sep 25, 2020 rated it liked it
i think the first book was a little better, but this duology was pretty fun even if the plot was a little all over the place at some points
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is the sequel to These Witches Won't Burn and I read them both this October with the Saturday Booksta Club. I have to say that I thought this second book was actually better than the first. The characters were more formed, the action started from the very beginning, and it felt fast-paced, fresh, and fun!

Hannah and her coven realize that all witches are being targeted by a group of hunters determined to deploy a "cure" that will permanently separate them from their magic. Having experi
May 26, 2020 rated it did not like it
Now I'm worried the first book was this bad.

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my heart is bursting with joy!!!

this is such a comfort read! everything about this book makes me feel so safe and happy. yeah things get intense with the witch hunters, but the writing is so good, and the characters are so amazing that it all just lights up my soul.

i love the development of hannah and morgan's relationship. they're so good for each other! they respect each other's boundaries and communicate openly. i love healthy relationship representation in young adult fiction.

detective arch
Sep 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt, urban-fantasy
Following on from the excellent first book in the series, we have Hannah Walsh dealing with the aftermath of the witch hunters attack on her and her family while trying to do her senior year of high school. That includes some pretty major things wrong with her elemental magic. Her new girlfriend Morgan helps, but the witch hunters seem more dangerous than ever. Hannah wants to help in the first against them, but the Council mostly tries to keep her away from more danger. But then they need Hanna ...more
Karen Barber
The second in a series must be so hard to write as you’re trying to build on (usually) something fresh and exciting, while moving a bigger plot forward. In this instalment the story isn’t quite as gripping though it does give us a sense of closure.
Hannah is in a difficult place, wanting to protect her clan but also dealing with the guilt she feels about events leading to her father’s death. She is happy to get involved in the plot to take down the Hunters but isn’t happy about admitting the diff
Pretty good sequel.
I really liked the first book in this series and was excited to check out what happens with the witch hunters. In this, we get a lot more of Hannah, Morgan, and Gemma as they race to stop the hunters from stripping witches' magic. I thought the plot was interesting, but played out a bit slower and I was a little bummed at the ending. It made sense, but I was hoping it would be a bit happier.

Hannah struggles with her magic in this book, she has PTSD and hasn't let herself gri
May 21, 2020 rated it liked it
So, I enjoyed this book, but it wasn't my favorite.
I could see some of the twists and turns that came, and I couldn't see why the villian was the villian. I just didn't understand.
Overall, I thought it was okay, but I did love the relationship developments.
Jun 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
"If you don't let yourself feel all the terrible, scary, awful pieces of grief, your magic may never be yours again."

This Coven Won't Break is the sequel to These Witches Don't Burn, and it was an enjoyable read! I like that we get more of a look into how the witch and hunter communities work in this one. Similar to my experience with the first book, I was Salem was tapped into a little more since it's such a great environment for this story, but it still works well enough. The LGBTQ+ rep is go
Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
This is a book two.

I really loved this ending to the series.  I don't think there is anything else I could have wanted.  The pacing and writing were great.  There was romance, but it added to the story instead of distracting from the plot.  I love all the characters in both books. 

Veronica moved away and Hannah is trying to deal with the death of her father.  Both lost their magic for awhile.  Hannah's is back, but she gets pains when she tries to use it.  She doesn't want to tell anyone about i
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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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