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A lone witch has powers. A coven has a multitude more.

New girl and secret witchl Iris just wants to get through her first day of school without a panic attack. The last thing she expects is to be taken in by a coven of three witches-soft-spoken Greta, thoughtful and musical Ridley, and fiery and spirited Binx. They may be the first witches Iris has met IRL, but their coven
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published July 7th 2020 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Stacy Fetters
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
"Death is the beginning of all transformations."

This was supposed to be Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Mean Girls and maybe throw in a little bit of The Craft for a super binge-worthy read. They’re all things that I love, so I was ecstatic about reading this but it was a disaster.

B*Witch had some great things going for it. It had diversity, a little bit of a mystery, and of course witches but it was poorly executed and extremely predictable.

The mystery didn’t even really begin until I was a hu
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Krysti
Apr 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Witchy, feminist fun! B*WITCH is a spooky, can’t miss YA novel about two covens of teen witches that have to come together to solve the mystery of the murder of a local witch, otherwise one of them just might be next. Brimming with messages about acceptance and inclusion, this book will pull at your heart strings while giving you all the fun, Halloweeny vibes! Out 07/07!
Dax
Gahhhh! No where does this say it's a part of a series! Curse cliffhangers! I am intrigued to see where they go from here and hope for more unity and less internal drama. ...more
Mireille Chartier
Oct 31, 2020 rated it it was ok
When I first heard about B*Wicth I was really looking forward to it. I mean Buffy and Mean Girls? Yes, please sign me up. Unfortunately, I have to say that I was expecting more.

I couldn't get into the story and had a lot of trouble connecting with it all. I love the idea behind it and I do think that the book tackles important themes but it fell a bit short for me. It felt like half of the story was just putting in place some characters and the social-context and didn't have a plot. By the time
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
Ouch, two DNFs in one day!! This YA book has a very cool witchy cover but unfortunately that's all it had going for it. The writing is just really bad. Cliché-ridden, predictable, a lot of telling instead of showing, hitting you over the head with its message (not that I disagree but still). Oh well. This apparently has some teen trans representation so that's cool. ...more
Candyce Kirk
Oct 27, 2020 rated it liked it
2.5 stars

When I first read the synopsis of B*Witch, I was really looking forward to this story. I'm a big fan of stories with witches and magic. Unfortunately, it just didn't really work for me. My biggest struggle was the constant switch of POVs. It felt like just a bit too much and it wasn't really clear where the main focus was at.

I enjoyed the diversity and the idea of the plot, but it took awhile for the actual plot to get started and it felt rushed near the end. If I'm honest, after finish
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Taylor Sue Atkinson
May 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
2.5 stars.

B*witch had an interesting concept, and I appreciated the themes of diversity and sisterhood. I especially enjoyed Iris' journey with her anxiety disorder. *However*, there is a lot that fell short with me.

First, the number of characters and POVs were a little too much. I couldn't tell whose story we were truly following. A lot of the beginning was repetitive in each POV. There wasn't a clear enough direction to really drive the plot in the beginning, imo. The main inciting incident is
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Li
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is truly amazing. I loved it. It covered alot of stuff like anxiety, spd, transgender, gas and much more. The storyline I also really enjoyed i have adhd and I never wanted to put this book down it held my attention alot more.
There was no boring bits. When I put the book down I could easily pick back up and remeber what had happened before.
I even tabbed this book.
The ending omg 😲 I won't put anything about what happened as I don't like to give spoilers but omg I want more.
I really do
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Elysian
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
2 stars? Not so sure?

Honestly, I skimmed the majority of this book and probably would have dnfed it. This was one of those weird books that were not that bad that I would like to continue reading it in order to analyse it for a rant review and at the same time not good or interesting enough for me to go on.

Characters

Personally, it was very difficult for me to differentiate between the characters, because there were so many to remember and hardly one of them was properly introduced to me so I ha
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Aryn Elizabeth
Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-books
Perfect mystery read for fall!

I thoroughly enjoyed my time reading this book. This book has so many cute, quirky elements entangled with a more complex plot. It took a while for the “darkness” of the plot to form, however once it did I was hooked!

I think it’s important that the readers keep in mind that this book is a YA novel. The writing can seem a bit...young (for lack of a better term) with the use of slang and replacing curse words with ‘hex’. For me, it wasn’t distracting but rather enjo
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Zombi
Dec 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Mere
Oct 15, 2020 rated it did not like it
Unfortunately I could not get into this one. I read about 60 pages but it just wasn't working for me.

I'm so sad😭😭😭
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Michelle
Aug 22, 2020 rated it liked it
For a group of teen girls living in a very anti-witch America (seriously, their President is passing a bill that takes away a witch's rights), they sure do use their magic in public a carelessly high amount. Also I was hoping this was a standalone book but it appears to be the start of a series. ...more
Ali (readbyali)
Jun 26, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
DNF @ 35%

CW: anxiety, panic attacks
This book was difficult to get into. There was a lot of info-dumping and pop-culture references. It felt as if the author was trying to throw too much into the book. The characters were indistinguishable. The witches being discriminated against was a heavy-handed metaphor for discrimination in the US. All of these factors hindered any story that was left. The book tried to be quirky and representative and feminist, but it was not well done and left me dizzy try
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Lila
Mar 03, 2020 rated it liked it
I was given this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

The pacing of this one was so odd. It was rolling, rolling, rolling and then BOOM! Everything went off at once. And then it just...fizzled out? Kind of bizarre. Kind of drabble-like. I assume there will be a second book?

I enjoyed almost all of the characters, and I appreciated the diversity in race, gender identity, and sexuality. It felt a little diverse-just-to-be-diverse at times, and I wished they had integrated the girls' personalities
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Alexa Blart, Library Cop
WHY DOES THE RED-HAIRED GIRL ON THE COVER LOOK EXACTLY LIKE MERIDA FROM BRAVE??? IT'S BEEN BUGGING ME FOR DAYS ...more
Rosa
Sep 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
Now, the topic of this book is not my usual fare. The only story about witches that has appealed to me on a deep level is the film "The Craft," but apart from that, stories about witches have always left me kind of cold, and I'll explain why a little bit farther down in this review.

So, why did I read a book when it's not my usual premise? Well, for one, I'm always willing to have my mind changed. For another, I had read Paige McKenzie's previous series "The Haunting of Sunshine Girl," and really
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Sophie Brown
Oct 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Next up is a YA choice with strong political leanings. In B*Witch by Paige McKenzie and Nancy Ohlin, the existence of witches is common knowledge but the group is persecuted in ways reminiscent of America’s stance against Black and homosexual groups. A specific law bans witchcraft although it has largely been ignored in recent years, however, the recent election of a vehemently anti-witchcraft President has ignited anti-magic sentiment, and new groups calling themselves Antima (Anti-Magic) have ...more
Jenny Balsamo
Jul 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
A big thanks to the publisher for providing a digital copy thru NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.



Such a witchy, queer read! B*witch follows a story of two covens of teens witches who come together to solve the mysterious murder of another local witch before one of them is next.

I really enjoy reading books about witches, that’s why I didn’t hesitate to request to have an early access to B*WITCH. I actually thought this would be just your normal teenage high scho
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Denise Andre
Jun 05, 2020 rated it liked it
I received an electric advance reader through Edelwiss
For my honest review.


So apparently Page Mckenzie is a YouTuber and she is now the second YouTuber who wrote a book that I have read and they both were disappointing. Now, I’ve read other books from Page that I loved (Haunting of Sunshine Girl) and I loved it so I was really excited to get my hands on this copy. I can’t believe Amount of let down I felt when reading this book.

Let’s start with the positive things that I enjoyed. First, I love
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Pei
Jul 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Actual rating: 2.5

Enjoyment: 2.5/5
Execution: 2.5/5

In a world where magic is forbidden, high school witches from rival covens band together to solve a mystery.

I loved the concept of this book but the execution fell a bit short for me. All the characters individually were quite interesting, and I loved the queer and anxiety rep, but the writing and the multiple POVs didn't do it for me. The plot was intriguing but the pacing would wax and wane, with several mundane scenes stretching out over a few
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Stéphanie Louis
In B*Witch we are following teen witches that are separated into two covens. Both covens received threats from an anti-witches group that want to see them gone. After the murder of a witch, the teen girls have to find out who the culprits are. Otherwise, they might pay with their own lives. If you want to find out more then I invite you to read B*Witch yourself.

If you are following me since day one you’re probably already guessing with what I’m going to start. The writing style. I loved it! It w
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Jenny Ashby
Good witchy fun! I'm always drawn to books with witches but so many of them end up disappointing because the witches don't really have their powers yet and can't do anything interesting. These witches, however, have some neat abilities in general as well as some specialization for each of them such as being a technomancer. And I love the concept of the trans character using magic to switch between her real self and her assigned sex to keep her family unaware. As well as the possibility that she ...more
aro
Sep 17, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars?

the book started off very promising. at first, it was kinda hard to remember all of the characters, but as i got a bit further into the book, i could differentiate between them.

what was my problem with this book? i honestly can’t tell you.

i kinda had problems with the sudden genre change, where a dark mystery was introduced, since it was so abruptly. i feel like i also had to suspend my disbelief, since a bunch of weird cult like stuff started to happen.

my biggest problems with this bo
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Jaynie
Aug 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ohlin, Nancy and Paige McKenzie. B*Witch. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2020. 978-1368028769. 336. $17.99. Grades 7-12.

All Iris wants is to get through the first day of school without a panic attack and to keep her magical abilities hidden. After all, being a witch in contemporary society is not easy due to the President’s resolve to prosecute all witches and a new bigot gang, Antima, who search for witches all across the United States. Used to hiding her witch identity, Iris is thrill
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Paiton
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow. B*Witch is quite possibly the best novel I read in 2020, and I am so thrilled to end the year on this sort of book. First and foremost, the storyline is unique, intelligent, and all out amazing. I have yet to read a witchy novel like this one, and it truly kept me guessing the entire time (which is really cool especially because I am an adult reading this teen fiction novel). Outside of the plot, Paige McKenzie handles 101 social issues with record beauty and she does so in a very short 320 ...more
Frank Chillura (OhYouRead)
Listen! This book has EVERYTHING I look for in a book. There is a Diverse cast of characters, some of which are Queer, and it’s about Witches. When I read the synopsis, I got “The Craft” vibes... and The Craft it was not.

From the info dump in the beginning to the crazy plot twist ending and really most of the in between, I was like... what am I reading? I had such high hopes for this book and I’m sure some very excited Tweens are going to pick it up and LIVE FOR IT! But then 20 years later, the
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Kassy Nicholson
Oct 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: teen, fantasy, lgbtq
This honestly wasn't as bad as most of the reviews made it out to be. Was it great? No. But I feel like a good editor could have fixed most of its problems, and I don't understand why the publisher didn't seem to bother with that. It took forever to get to the point. It's billed as a mystery, and yet the body isn't found until 180 pages in? That's annoying. And there was absolutely no resolution. I'm guessing that's a setup for a sequel? But honestly, if the fat were trimmed from this writing, t ...more
Alissa
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
I wasnt a fan of this book. It did not really have a satisfying resolution, which may be because it could be the first in a series, I'm not sure. Either way, I did not enjoy reading about the characters, they were not really developed in my eyes. Also, I was not a huge fan of the writing, it was really simple, which doesn't mean bad at all, but the writing detracted from the story and didn't add to it with its simplicity. There was a lot of information in the story I would have loved to watch be ...more
Melissa
Jul 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
In a world where witchcraft is outlawed and antiwitch sentiment is growing stronger, Greta, Ridley, and Binx are a small coven of their own. When new girls and fellow witches Iris and Penelope arrive, a rival coven called The Triad wants to claim them for their own. Everything changes when one of the witches is murdered, and the two covens must come together to uncover what’s been going on in their town.

Its always hard for me to adjust to multiple perspective books, but once I did, I really lik
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