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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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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???

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.*
mahana
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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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
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Ashley
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.
I
CANNOT
WAIT
TO
READ
THIS!

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.
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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Tonya (Rustic Book Reviews)
Jan 23, 2020 marked it as tbr-fantasy
OH yes I think so!!!!
Jessi (Novel Heartbeat)
THAT ENDING!!

Awesome witch story, and I'm reeeeaaally picky about witch stories. LOVED the Celtic mythology and culture. Full review to come!
j.chestnut
Nov 16, 2019 marked it as to-read
this is now my most anticipated release of 2020. i'm SO excited!
 gray
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.
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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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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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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Teri
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
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hope
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
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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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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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
Monica
Feb 13, 2020 rated it liked it
This book is set in a small town in Ireland and we’re following a large cast of characters surrounding a homicide case with magic, witches, and covens. I liked how we’re introduced to a more ritualistic part of witch magic, and how the latter half of the book is action-packed! I would have liked to see more grounding into the world, meaning it felt at times it wasn’t taking place in an Irish town. I also wished there were less POVs (it had 6) as it felt hard to connect to the characters. I do ...more
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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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.
Emily
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.
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!
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.
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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.