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Witches of Ash and Ruin

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  69 ratings  ·  56 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
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by Freeform
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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???

destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
"Modern witchcraft blends with ancient Celtic mythology" — I'm listening? "Bisexual MC with OCD" — YES???
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
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
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.
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.”
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!
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
Jan 28, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2020-march
I’m flipping my shit over every detail in the description for this book.

Witches? OCD rep? Bisexual rep? Stuff and stuff and stuff? I don’t remember it all bc I got too excited but OML i need this in my life.
Oct 11, 2019 marked it as to-read
modern witchcraft + ancient Celtic mythology
bisexual MC
somatic OCD representation
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
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
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.
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.
Tonya (Rustic Book Reviews)
Jan 23, 2020 marked it as tbr-fantasy
OH yes I think so!!!!
Nov 16, 2019 marked it as to-read
this is now my most anticipated release of 2020. i'm SO excited!
Jan 28, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2020-releases
i dont wanna say that i have high expectations for this book because i love witches and sabrina and i just finished the third season and i am MOURNING and the story actually seems cool and different from most ya's i see around BUT. i do. i do have high expectations and if i dont like this book i will be so disappointed i will write a whole ass review, a five page essay on why this book betrayed me and should never be forgiven.
Katie (Melting Pages)
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was really intense, and I’m so grateful to Disney Book Group for providing me with an ARC copy to review!

I loved how much diversity there was in this book: the main character Dayna is bi and has somatic OCD and another character makes references to the fact that she has suffered from something similar in the past and takes medication, Dayna’s best friend Reagan is Nigerian and has two mothers, and there is a F/F romance between two of the characters with a previous F/F romance that has
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
3 1/2-4 Stars

Although I had a rough time with it in the beginning, I'm glad I stuck around to finish this.

I had a lot of difficulty getting into this one. There were a lot of POVs, and in the beginning (with the lack of knowledge) it was a bit confusing. It wasn't until about 20% or more into the book that it really clicked for me and I couldn't put the story down. But, once I had my head in the right place, I really enjoyed the connections the author made to Irish mythology, the bond the
Staci Campbell
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: have-read

Modern witchcraft blends with ancient Celtic mythology in an epic clash of witches and gods. For fans of the The Witcher and Sabrina, or 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 barely seems like a parent.
But all that really matters to her is ascending and finally, finally becoming a full witch—plans that are
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: a-r-c, lgbtq
*I recieved an copy of this ARC from the Disney Book Group, through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

How do I properly begin to review this book without giving anything away? I have no idea, but I’m going to try anyway.

This book, oh my witch!, this book was amazing. It gripped me from the very first page and kept me on the edge of my seat until the last line. When I then proceeded to want to scream because I realized this would be a series which meant I would have to wait even longer
Feb 09, 2020 rated it liked it
I'm a huge Victoria Schwab fan, and A Discovery of Witches is one of my favorite series (the TV version is also fabulous), so it seems like I was destined to read this book.

With Dayna having an unstable home life and an extremely traumatic experience with her father after being outed as bisexual, I loved how her coven is a found family full of love and support for her. The older witches in her coven also serve as positive role models for the witchlings in the smaller coven. Celtic mythology
Feb 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
I was very excited for this book, as everything about it screams my interest, and yet I could not really get into it. The plot is a bit fuzzy at parts, and I was halfway through before I felt like I had any idea what was going on, and more importantly, where the book even took place. It was billed as an Irish town but.... it read like a generic small town on the east coast of America, and there were several points where this was so distracting that I had to keep going back and trying to see if I ...more
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
Feb 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
Modern witch's coven in small town Ireland and ancient Celtic Myths weaved together for this young adult story, but with the range of characters readers 16 (I feel instead of the publisher's 14) and older can find someone to relate too. It is a good first book of a new series.

While this book didn't suck me into its pages, it was a really good story. Great characters, very relatable, and very good descriptions made it a great read. The plot moved at a really good speed, picked up when it needed
Seventeen-year-old Dayna has recently been outed in the community as bisexual. Her coven is supportive, but her dad is the local reverend. When a serial killer resurfaces after a time of dormancy it quickly becomes apparent that The Butcher is targeting witches again. Soon a competing coven decides that they must go to Dayna’s small Irish town to defeat The Butcher. But this coven is known for using black magic. It doesn’t take long before Dayna develops an interest in Meiner, one of the witches ...more
Jamie W
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book featuring modern-day witches and how they band together to fight a common threat.

There were 6 POVs, and a lot of witches in the covens, so it took me a bit to get everyone straight (I would still forget the names of some of the witches). However, there was quite a bit of action which lulled briefly from time to time as the witches re-grouped and figured things out, but the story moved along at a nice pace.

I liked the Irish lore and the magic system, which was
Nov 03, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

This was a good Halloween read. It might be an odd comparison, but in some ways it reminded me of The Raven Cycle, but with an all-female group of protagonists. I liked the book's pacing and that there were several twists I didn't see coming. I also liked how complicated the characters were; no one was all-good or all-bad (except for maybe Dayna), and in a way this made the story just as much character-driven as plot-driven.

Having said that, I wish there had been less switching of POVs
Kendra Burns
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2020
Witches of Ash and Ruin tells the tale of Dayna and those around her as a serial killer enters into her small town located in Ireland. The thing about Dayna is that she's a witch and so are her friends. E. Latimer integrates celtic mythology with the classic tale of witches and throws in a modern murder mystery into this cauldron of suspense and atmosphere. The most shocking thing about this book's release is that it isn't coming out closer to Halloween.

There were a few things that I didn't
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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.