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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
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Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by Freeform
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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.*
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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
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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.
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Bridget
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.”
Leo
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!
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Donna
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
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j.chestnut
Nov 16, 2019 marked it as to-read
this is now my most anticipated release of 2020. i'm SO excited!
Fanna
Oct 11, 2019 marked it as to-read
modern witchcraft + ancient Celtic mythology
bisexual MC
somatic OCD representation
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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
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Ninoshka
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
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Staci Campbell
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: have-read
Synopsis:

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
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hope
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
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Andria Sedig
It also just felt like this book was trying to do too much - it was trying to deal with LGBTQ issues but also trying to be a murder mystery and also dealing with weird family dynamics while also dealing with an ex boyfriend plot and also dealing with a friend who wants to take over a coven of witches despite it belonging to her best friend. Nothing really felt incredibly cohesive about this story. Part of the problem was the amount of POVs within the story; I don't normally mind changing POVs ...more
Steph
Jan 15, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Disney Book Group and NetGalley for an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review! I had high hopes for this one. Witches, killers Celtic ties, Ireland setting? Unfortunately, this really wasn't my cup of tea. I liked the setting, I loved the witchiness of the book and I loved the Celtic ties. However, I did not love the characters and felt like I couldn't relate to them. This book also had an overall atmosphere of anger and I really didn't like that. I really enjoyed the storyline and ...more
Meghan
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
This book was received as an ARC from Disney Book Group – Freeform in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

My favorite books of all time are all about witches and gods and then throw in the drama of a seventeen year old girl struggling with Obsessive compulsive disorder and being accused of her bisexuality escaping from reality and I was hooked. The bravery and fight Dayna took in her involvement with the dark magic of witches and
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John Wells
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've read Erin's books for years. She has always had both great character development and interesting story lines. This book is no exception. Her writing style has improved over the years and this is definitely her best story yet. It was difficult to remember sleeping is more important than finishing the story and I lost that battle a few times. I'm no Celtic expert so some gods mentioned were new to me, but Erin taught me the basics. She even managed to make the evil or nasty characters real ...more
Kat
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley and Freeform for the opportunity to read and review the e-arc copy of Witches of Ash and Ruin. #NetGalley #WitchesofAshandRuin
A 17-year old young woman going through physical and emotional changes in her life. The story has wonderfully flushed out characters that are realistic even with the fantasy background. The mythology and magic are blended in such a way that you forget they aren't real. Wizards, witches, teen issues, and family are interwoven together in the backdrop
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Kat
Thank you to NetGalley and Freeform for the opportunity to read and review the e-arc copy of Witches of Ash and Ruin. #NetGalley #WitchesofAshandRuin
A 17-year old young woman going through physical and emotional changes in her life. The story has wonderfully flushed out characters that are realistic even with the fantasy background. The mythology and magic are blended in such a way that you forget they aren't real. Wizards, witches, teen issues, and family are interwoven together in the backdrop
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Brittany Cavness
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Netgalley for the opportunity to review the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Witchcraft (Yes)
Celtic Mythology (Yes)
Bisexual characters (Yes)
Fun, spooky read (Yes)

I was on such a show high after finishing the 2nd season of the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina that when I saw the summary for this book: I.HAD.TO.READ.IT.
I appreciated how connected I was to these characters and I felt like I was going through their emotional journeys with them. I wish this wasn't just a
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Jenn
Dec 20, 2019 added it
Shelves: dnf, arc
DNF at 162 pages. Guys, I don't know. Maybe I just missed it, but I was 100 pages in before I realized this was taking place in Ireland. There's a real lack of setting. I got the the King woman, Meiner, and Cora were from Island, but the setting for everyone else was very bland and could have been anywhere. I'm not sure what I'm disliking about the rest of the story, but I just don't feel very invested with these people.
Michelle
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Pub Date: Mar 2020
4.5 Like Netflix's The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, this YA fantasy deals with teenage witches coming into their ascension and their coven dealing with a big bad. Unlike it, there are Celtic gods and goddesses instead of the devil. Also, gay witches! The mysteries of what the bad guys were trying to do and the secrets that Dayna's family keeps are only somewhat answered, so I'm definitely look forward to the next book!
Laura
Jan 12, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-mt-bookpile
In a town with a strong church presence, there is a coven and some others practicing witchcraft at a lower level. Dayna is the daughter of one of the church's leaders, but she's also a witchling waiting to ascend to her powers. So of course when people start dying in a fashion that clearly indicates witchcraft, she and her coven are involved. And then a former member of the coven, someone who fled and formed a new one, returns. Can the two combined groups figure out who is trying to kill witches ...more
Janday
Celtic witch girlfriends must make peace between their conflicting covens to fight a supernatural serial killer. There's gotta be at least five words in that elevator pitch that appeals to you or you're a corpse and I can't help you.
Lauren Griska
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A witchy fantasy set in contemporary Ireland. Celtic mythology, badass covens, a serial killer and a savory f/f enemies to lovers. Loved it. Our main duo, Dayna and Miner have strong voices that are very enjoyable to read, not to mention excellent chemistry. I appreciated that they both have different family environment hurdles (Dayna’s Catholic family and involuntary outing and Miners’ Grandmother’s involvement with dark magic) that create unique pressure outside of the present issue of the ...more
May Regan
Nov 03, 2019 marked it as to-read
IT'S SET IN IRELAND
THERE'S WITCHES
THERE'S A BI MAIN CHARACTER
WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS
Tonya (Rustic Book Reviews)
Jan 23, 2020 marked it as tbr-fantasy
OH yes I think so!!!!
biconique
Oct 13, 2019 marked it as priority-reading
this book... literally calls to me.. for some reason... and i love that for me !
Leslie
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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.