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Bad Witch Burning

4.94  ·  Rating details ·  64 ratings  ·  15 reviews
For fans of Us and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comes a witchy story full of black girl magic as one girl’s dark ability to summon the dead offers her a chance at a new life, while revealing to her an even darker future.

Katrell doesn’t mind talking to the dead; she just wishes it made more money. Clients pay her to talk to their deceased loved ones, but it isn’t enou
Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: August 24th 2021 by Delacorte
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Jessica Lewis Yes there are!! Some gore, physical violence against a minor, and emotional manipulation.

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Victoria Schwab
Feb 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Practical Magic + Black Girl Magic. This was a taut, powerful novel. I couldn't put it down. ...more
Jun 23, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2021-releases
June 23, 2020: I mean, how do you not expect me to be excited for a teen witch raising the dead for some cash?
Circe Moskowitz
Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021, cover-lust
When I was a teen, there was very little YA contemporary that I could relate to. Not only because it was white girl city—but because many of them contained a myriad of problems I couldn’t connect with. I didn't have the perfectly quirky and eccentric “coming of age” that I often saw depicted in mainstream media.

I struggled with drug addiction. I skipped school and got into lots of trouble and gave the world hell. My family wrestled with money problems, moved from place to place, never quite roo
J. Elle
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books I’ve ever read. The main characters voice pulled me right in and immediately captivated me. I don’t want to give a lot away but this is a book you devour in one sitting. The author has painted a vivid character with stakes you can really relate to. And the way she weaves in such suspense, it’s impossible to put down. All those things considered and the nuanced commentary in this masterpiece, I am absolutely sure this piece is going to make so many kids feel seen.

Elvin-bala Parrilla
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'll put it this way: when I read Bad Witch Burning, I missed a few meetings at work because I HAD TO FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENS NEXT. Jessica Lewis crafted a tense-filled story from start to finish, and with every chapter the suspense goes up and up. Katrell is a heroine you can't help but root for, flaws and all. She's been through a lot, where even her dark magic abilities can't fix. So seeing her earn money with her powers is plausible and relatable. Black Witch Burning is filled with Black girl ...more
Dec 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
For reference: I read an earlier draft of this back when it was an early, early draft. I'm sure much has changed (I know it has) but I will write to the version I read and update when I have read the full book.

The version I read was top notch. The emotions I felt coming from Katrell were so real it made me feel her pain and her anger. I won't say much, as the book hasn't come out and I don't want to post spoilers or possibly say something vastly incorrect, but just know that this was a fantastic
Lin Smith
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to read an early-ish version of this book, and I read it in one sitting. I couldn't put it down. The concept is so fresh and gripping, the characters so perfectly imperfect, and the tension will keep you up at night. With magic sprinkled throughout, this #ownvoices book touches some pretty serious themes, including Black poverty, and the lengths a teenage girl will go to fight her way out of it. It made me laugh and cry multiple times. Cannot recommend this book highly enough! ...more
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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This book is LIFE CHANGING good, y'all. Life changing. ...more
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is going to be epic!
Alyssa Thomas
Jun 23, 2020 marked it as to-read
um i need this
Meg Long
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is so authentic and magical and gripping! I was lucky and got to read an early version. I read it over the course of a couple of days and couldn't put it down. I had to know what happened to Katrell and Conrad and Will.

If you're looking for something that's unapologetically #ownvoices and full of black girl magic, then you've definitely found it. This book's got a fresh take on zombies, a dog that I would die for, a powerful friendship, and a main character I never stopped rooting for
Sarah C. Street
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky to read a very early version of this book in... 2018?? and it was already incredible then. I cannot wait to read Katrell's story in its final form! Life changing, y'all. You do not wanna miss this one! 🖤 ...more
Jul 13, 2020 marked it as to-read
A witchy book?? It's more likely than you think. ...more
Phoebe Jeziel
Yooooo... this book sounds dope as hell. I think black authors are some of the richest story tellers, and this book feels no different. This is definitely going to be one of my most anticipated.
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