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Witches of Ash and Ruin

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  196 ratings  ·  120 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
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
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
"Modern witchcraft blends with ancient Celtic mythology" I'm listening? "Bisexual MC with OCD" YES??? ...more
NAT.orious reads ☽
Jan 28, 2020 marked it as to-read
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???

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, thats 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, its like it was written with me in mind! I love that it features queer witches, its so refreshing to see featured more and more and especially in a YA novel, I think thats really important. I really loved how snarky and sassy and dark the ...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.*
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.
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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
*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
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
That ending??? Uh spare sequel please??
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. ...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
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.
Oct 20, 2019 marked it as to-read
You had me at modern witchcraft blends with ancient Celtic mythology.

Also the mc is bisexual and has sensory OCD, and am I sensing a possible sapphic romance here?
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
wait...queer, magic and Ireland...did someone clone Moira Fowley-Doyle?! Please! Please! I need more of this kinda content. IT SOUNDS LIKE MOIRA FOWLEY-DOYLE AND KERRI MANISCALCO'S BRAIN CHILD! I DIDN'T KNOW I NEEDED THIS BUT I DO! I DO!
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. ...more
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
My biggest gripe is why did this book have 5 povs? It didn't need 5, and it was frankly really annoying. I think I might have liked it if there were less povs, but as the book is, I just couldn't like it and really can't recommend it. I'm so glad I'm done reading it.
Jan 28, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2020-march
Im flipping my shit over every detail in the description for this book.

Witches? OCD rep? Bisexual rep? Stuff and stuff and stuff? I dont remember it all bc I got too excited but OML i need this in my life.
Kimberly (novelhaus)
I had some difficulty with this one. The concept was what pulled me in. Plus, you see that killer cover and title? I was extremely hyped to read it and that may have been part of its undoing for me.

There were so many povs. Now, normally I don't mind that so long as I have had time to get to know our main characters intimately in earlier books, but this was the first book, so it was difficult to remember who was who and keep up with what was going on by jumping around so much. I never once felt
Oct 11, 2019 marked it as to-read
☀modern witchcraft + ancient Celtic mythology
☀bisexual MC
☀somatic OCD representation
Stephanie Ward
'Witches of Ash & Ruin' is a thrilling new young adult fantasy full of magic, witches, and Celtic mythology. I've had this book on my wishlist for months now, waiting until it finally released so I could get my hands on it. It's one of my most anticipated titles for this year and I will admit that I had really high hopes going into reading it. The description sounded amazing - modern witchcraft intertwined with ancient Celtic mythology and it's a mystery/thriller with murder? It sounded ...more
Jessi (Novel Heartbeat)

When the publisher sent me a copy of this, I had never even heard of it. I wasn't super interested, because I'm not usually a fan of witch books. However, when I saw that it had Celtic mythology, I was super intrigued! I knew next to nothing going into this, and I ended up being pleasantly surprised!

I was really drawn in by the prose from the very beginning! I really enjoyed the writing style - it was engaging and kept me interested even when there wasn't much happening. In the beginning it
Michelle Aschenbrenner
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 - 4 stars

Give me more books like this with a diverse cast, regardless of where a story is taking place!

Witches of Ash and Ruin is a fast-paced read that gives a different perspective on YA paranormal fiction. The story follows Dayna and her witch coven as they try to solve the mystery behind their small town's continuous murders. I'm a sucker for anything related to Celtic mythology, and this book is full of it!

As I mentioned before, this was a very fast-paced read with plot twist after
ARC provided from Disney Book Group Freeform for an honest review.

This was an incredibly fast-paced and action filled book that I just could not put down. The writing was clunky at times and certain scenes ended a bit abruptly, but that wasn't a huge hindrance to my enjoyment. I also found the characters to be very interesting, but hard to connect with. I wanted more info and more back story, but since this is supposed to be the first in a trilogy, I understand the author wanting to save some
Nerd Girl Vixen
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Witches of Ash & Ruin is a thrilling and compelling read. From beginning to end, this book will keep you engaged and have you at the edge of your seat!

Lets take a minute to talk about the cover. Its so pretty! Very eye catching. The colors are two of my favorites. I love what they did with it! Now on to the story. There were some things the author incorporated into the story that made it really stand out from the rest. Names of the characters were one. Very different and unique. Its
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Quick note: DNF solely because this wasn't for me. I was hoping for it to be more traditional fantasy than paranormal, but it's def straight up paranormal. Which is not bad! Lots of people love paranormal witch stories, and this is very much on trend right now; I just personally like fantasy witches and rarely paranormal ones (though I wish I loved them but I don't idk why).

P.S. I do know that paranormal/uf is a subgenre of fantasy. They just have very different vibes imo when it comes to
Feb 10, 2020 marked it as dnf
I'm setting this one aside. I read about 100 pages, and I'm struggling to connect to the characters or story. This book seems like it has all the pieces for something I want to read, but I just can't get into it for some reason. None of the characters are likeable (not in a fun way), and too many have their own chapters. Although the story is interesting, it's not enough to keep me going for almost 300 more pages.
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: someday-wishlist
This was everything I'd hoped for and more!

What I hoped to see:

Bad ass witches.
Monstrous gods.
Great LGBTQ+ rep.
Great mental health rep.
Excellently written story.

Latimer checked all those boxes! With the added bonuses of:

Karmic bitch slaps.
Ominous omens.
A captivating story told in a compelling and satisfying way.
A beautiful start to what I hope will be a long and glorious series.
Tonya (Rustic Book Reviews)
Jan 23, 2020 marked it as tbr-fantasy
OH yes I think so!!!!
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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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