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Witches of Ash and Ruin

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  567 ratings  ·  226 reviews
Modern witchcraft blends with ancient Celtic mythology in an epic clash of witches and gods, perfect for fans of V.E. Schwab's Shades of Magic trilogy and A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES.

Seventeen-year-old Dayna Walsh is struggling to cope with her somatic OCD; the aftermath of being outed as bisexual in her conservative Irish town; and the return of her long-absent mother, who bar
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by Freeform
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Ashleigh (a frolic through fiction)
I received an early copy of this book to review

*4.5/5 stars

My god, this book. I knew I was going to like it - it was one of my most anticipated releases of the year - but MY GOD.

So, straight off the bat we have Irish witchy vibes, following multiple characters of the LGBTQ+ community (bisexual, lesbian), the main character living with OCD, and the angsty hate-to-love trope. Are you in yet? Because that's all I needed to know beforehand. And while that may sound like there's a lot going on, trust
Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
This was a swing and a miss.

I picked up this book knowing it was perfectly suited to me. If I have one passion in this life, it is queer witches in Ireland dealing with mental health issues. And yet almost nothing about this book worked for me. Instead of a central narrator, or even two, this book is absolutely full to bursting with unnecessary POVs. If any character is missing any information, rest assured that the next chapter will be narrated by someone else entirely new that will fill you in
NAT.orious reads ☽
Wait, what? This book features a modern witchcraft x Celtic mythology crossover AND OCD AND bisexuality? Em, excuse the fuck out of you for not being published earlier???

destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
"Modern witchcraft blends with ancient Celtic mythology" — I'm listening? "Bisexual MC with OCD" — YES???
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-reads
I am in love with everything about this book! This is grown-up Charmed* with a murder mystery to die for.

We follow Dayna and several other characters (this is multiple POV) in a small, conservative Irish town. Add in a world of witches, black magic and death we have one of my favourite books of the year so far. I love anything to do with witches, and this book absolutely 100% satiated my cravings. The plot continued to drive forward; it never halted, so it was never, ever dull. I continued to fl
˗ˏˋ aphrodite ˊˎ˗
ever wondered what a book centered around the 300 Fox Way women would look like? here she is.

this was super atmospheric and the BEST witchy book I have ever read, mainly because of its realism and seemingly accurate portrayal of modern witchcraft (I say seemingly as I don’t identify as a witch but I do know ~some~ practices)

I will say this is much more about witches tracking down a witch hunting serial killer than it is about celtic mythology which I went into expecting. now don’t get me wrong
Rebecca McNutt
In the past couple of years (due in part to the release of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina TV series, possibly?), I've noticed a huge number of occult YA novels being published, most of which have strong feminist and LGBTQ+ themes. I'm still not sure what to think of this emerging subgenre. On the one hand, it's nice to see diversity appearing more often in novels, and to see occult fantasy books making a comeback. On the other hand, the diversity often feels shoehorned in and forced, which i ...more
Ashley Daviau
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is absolutely amazing! I mean queer witches, serial killers and Ireland, that’s one hell of a great combo in my books and screams READ ME to me. I was instantly hooked from the beginning, I mean how could I not be considering the subject matter, it’s like it was written with me in mind! I love that it features queer witches, it’s so refreshing to see featured more and more and especially in a YA novel, I think that’s really important. I really loved how snarky and sassy and dark the ch ...more
E. Latimer
Nov 06, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: queer-witches
My mom gives this book 5 stars!
JK, JK. This book will inevitably horrify my mother and she will pray for my soul (love you, mom!)

In all seriousness, I'm SO excited for my witchlings to be out in the world, and since ARC copies are just now popping up in the wild, I wanted to do a short content warning for anyone who might need or want it:

Trigger/Content Warning List:

-Homophobia and forced outing (forced outing isn't on page/occurs prior to story).
-Mention of/alluding to conversion therapy.
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
For some reason I'm not connecting with this like I thought I would. I think sadly, this just isn't the read for me. I do love the witches and Celtic lore though, which is why I first picked it up.

*ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sapphic, bisexual, poc
review on my blog

"Dayna was the only thing that made any of this bullshit worth it."

So many people added this because I gave this 5 stars when I finished it (and was inarguably on a high after finishing such an intense book), but I decided to lower my rating after a few days of ruminating. First of all, I literally DESPISE the people saying "you never give anything 5 stars, so I added this because of you!" You literally do nothing but make me feel like shit. Also, most of the time I love
alana ♡
Feb 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Rating: 3.5

Here for the bisexual witches, the fast paced plot, and anxiety rep but I need more world-building and answers. The only reason I knew this book took place in Ireland was from the synopsis and just the thought of the missed opportunity on how atmospheric this could have been is truly TRAGIC.
Mellie Antoinette
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Dayna ascends.
Meiner watches from the edges ... jealous.
Cora takes matters into her own hands.
Dubh gives them something to talk about.
A problem to solve.

The coven of Carmen, Ireland gathers again.
One lost to the pages time,
Will rise in the shadows of the present.
May 05, 2019 marked it as to-read
You know, I just clicked on this to make fun of the typical YA book title, but then you had me at “ancient Irish gods.”
Mar 10, 2020 added it
Dnf'ed at pg 59

Maybe it was me but it kinda felt like I had been thrown into the middle of the book instead of at the beginning.

I ended up DNF'ing "Witches of Ruin and Ash" because I felt like I was missing a part of the book. I mean, the beginning of the book felt very abrupt/rushed to me, it would have been cool to have been eased a bit more onto the story, and have had more info about the world, the characters, etc.

I ended up feeling like I was missing a lot of background and then the relati
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sapphic-faves
That ending??? Uh spare sequel please??
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult / Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5


E. Latimer's Witches of Ash and Ruin tells the tale of 17-year old Dayna Walsh and those around her as a serial killer enters her peaceful small town of Carman, Ireland and creates chaos. Dayna is a witch and so is her friend Reagan who apparently has two mothers. Dayna is the daughter of a local reverend. She recently ended a relationship with Samuel after her sexuality was forcibly outed. On top of that, her absent mother Fio
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you Fantastic Flying Fiction Book Club, NetGalley and Little Brown Books for Young Readers for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

Witches Of Ash And Ruin
By: E. Latimer

*REVIEW* ☆☆☆☆
Welcome to the small Irish town of Carman. In Witches Of Ash And Ruin, set in this unassuming place, Celtic lore, unknown dangers and revelatory truths combine, creating a complex dynamic tale.
History repeats when someone replicates the serial killer once
Patty (IheartYA)
I'm a sucker for books about witches. I occassionally felt vibes of The Raven Boys due to the world building, characters and mystery. The story starts off slow, and I wish the first 3/4 of it had the same flow, tone and intensity as the end. I enjoyed the Ireland setting; it gave the story a realistic feel. I liked the characters, but as usual for me, I disliked the multiple POVs and it really impacted my opinion of the book. The romantic build up was interesting and sometimes suspenseful. Overa ...more
Celia McMahon
Jan 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you to NetGalley for the arc.

With a cover and a title like this, what can go wrong?

A lot.

Five POVs. Subpar twists. Way too much happening for me to focus on one thing at a time. I felt like my brain was knocking around in there and I couldn't get focused. Nothing truly shocking happens since everything is sort of upfront and in your face. I did not feel connected to the characters or the story. There was so much anger and so much confusion in the characters that in the tiny bits of breaks
Fabienne Schwizer
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murrrrderrrr. Murder most foul in quaint Ireland. I love myself a good murder mystery, and especially one that involves magic and rituals. The premise of a serial killer reappearing after years intrigued me from the start, and was well executed into its details – E. Latimer went into a lot of nuance to craft things quite right and avoid potential loopholes! This is interwoven with Celtic legend, which made my medievalist heart very happy. It is not so mythology heavy to weigh down the book for t ...more
This book totally did not work for me, despite having all these great elements: witches, gods, witch killers, Celtic myths, main character who’s bisexual, has family issues and has anxiety-induced OCD.
The book started out all right, and a short way in I realized I didn’t care about any of the characters, whether main or supporting, and the antagonists were just dull. In fact, a lot of this book was dull and overwritten. I started skimming, a sentence here, a sentence there, about 30% of the way
Megan (Under the Book Cover)
WHY AREN'T MORE PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT THIS BOOK OMG. This is one of my favorite reads of 2020 and one of my new favorite books of all-time!
actual rating: 2.5

This sounded like a really good idea but unfortunately I don't feel like any part of it was executed very well. Was it supposed to be a romance book? Because there is attraction between the two main characters but it isn't developed very much at all, to the point where their kiss even feels a bit out of nowhere when it happens. Was it supposed to be a mystery? Because by giving the killer a POV we pretty much know exactly how everything is going right from the beginning. Yeah t
Tracy Frenette
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!! Witches and Gods and a serial killer or two or maybe three. Lots of action..this will be a favorite of mine this year I'm sure.
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book referenced Celtic myths even I didn't know about, and gods and stories I did know about but knew were not well known. This was an amazing story, mixing modern-day problems with ancient traditions interwoven and it was beautiful.
*five hours of sustained screaming*
Apr 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtqia
Now this was the witchy book of my dreams.

It blends modern witchcraft and Celtic mythology, it's quite dark and full of rage at times, it has a bisexual main character with OCD, a f/f romance I loved and characters I felt really close to because we share very similar reactions and emotions. I was so compelled by this story and couldn't put it down; I'll sure keep an eye out for what E. Latimer will write next!
Last year there were a number of 'witchy' type book releases that promised a whole host of witchvibes but none of them delivered on that promise for me. (Looking at you Serpent & Dove.) Then along comes Witches of Ash and Ruin, with very little fanfare in the wider online book community and well... this was exactly the type of book I was looking for.

The atmosphere reminded me of Sawkill Girls in the way that it was creepy, a little gruesome in places, very gay and had an overarching mystery. So
May 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own, kindle-library
I have wanted to read this since before it came out, and now that I have... I am more than a little disappointed.

There are so many great elements, and both the premise and the general direction of the story are intriguing. However the various elements are not seamlessly woven into the narrative, but sort of “sprinkled” here and there. The world building is nearly non-existent, and that makes for something that feels rather patched together.

The story progresses relatively quickly, but the overu
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E. Latimer is the author of The Strange and Deadly Portraits of Bryony Gray.

Her second book, Witches of Ash and Ruin, comes out from Disney Freeform on March 3rd, 2020.

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