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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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Hardcover, 384 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Ashleigh (a frolic through fiction)
I received an early copy of this book to review

*4.5/5 stars

My god, this book. I knew I was going to like it - it was one of my most anticipated releases of the year - but MY GOD.

So, straight off the bat we have Irish witchy vibes, following multiple characters of the LGBTQ+ community (bisexual, lesbian), the main character living with OCD, and the angsty hate-to-love trope. Are you in yet? Because that's all I needed to know beforehand. And while that may sound like there's a lot going on, trust
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destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
"Modern witchcraft blends with ancient Celtic mythology" I'm listening? "Bisexual MC with OCD" YES??? ...more
NAT.orious reads ☽
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???

Ashley Daviau
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is absolutely amazing! I mean queer witches, serial killers and Ireland, thats one hell of a great combo in my books and screams READ ME to me. I was instantly hooked from the beginning, I mean how could I not be considering the subject matter, its like it was written with me in mind! I love that it features queer witches, its so refreshing to see featured more and more and especially in a YA novel, I think thats really important. I really loved how snarky and sassy and dark the ...more
E. Latimer
Nov 06, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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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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 of another edition
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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alana ♡
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.
Mellie Antoinette
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dayna ascends.
Meiner watches from the edges ... jealous.
Cora takes matters into her own hands.
Dubh gives them something to talk about.
A problem to solve.

The coven of Carmen, Ireland gathers again.
One lost to the pages time,
Will rise in the shadows of the present.
Diana
Dnf'ed at pg 59

Maybe it was me but it kinda felt like I had been thrown into the middle of the book instead of at the beginning.

I ended up DNF'ing "Witches of Ruin and Ash" because I felt like I was missing a part of the book. I mean, the beginning of the book felt very abrupt/rushed to me, it would have been cool to have been eased a bit more onto the story, and have had more info about the world, the characters, etc.

I ended up feeling like I was missing a lot of background and then the
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Shelley
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult / Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5

*Thoughts*

E. Latimer's Witches of Ash and Ruin tells the tale of 17-year old Dayna Walsh and those around her as a serial killer enters her peaceful small town of Carman, Ireland and creates chaos. Dayna is a witch and so is her friend Reagan who apparently has two mothers. Dayna is the daughter of a local reverend. She recently ended a relationship with Samuel after her sexuality was forcibly outed. On top of that, her absent mother
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Dani
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
That ending??? Uh spare sequel please??
Celia McMahon
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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Bridget
May 05, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Fabienne Schwizer
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murrrrderrrr. Murder most foul in quaint Ireland. I love myself a good murder mystery, and especially one that involves magic and rituals. The premise of a serial killer reappearing after years intrigued me from the start, and was well executed into its details E. Latimer went into a lot of nuance to craft things quite right and avoid potential loopholes! This is interwoven with Celtic legend, which made my medievalist heart very happy. It is not so mythology heavy to weigh down the book for ...more
Patty (IheartYA)
I'm a sucker for books about witches. I occassionally felt vibes of The Raven Boys due to the world building, characters and mystery. The story starts off slow, and I wish the first 3/4 of it had the same flow, tone and intensity as the end. I enjoyed the Ireland setting; it gave the story a realistic feel. I liked the characters, but as usual for me, I disliked the multiple POVs and it really impacted my opinion of the book. The romantic build up was interesting and sometimes suspenseful. ...more
Tracy Frenette
I loved this book!! Witches and Gods and a serial killer or two or maybe three. Lots of action..this will be a favorite of mine this year I'm sure.
Jypsy
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Fantastic Flying Fiction Book Club, NetGalley and Little Brown Books for Young Readers for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

Witches Of Ash And Ruin
By: E. Latimer


*REVIEW* ☆☆☆☆
Welcome to the small Irish town of Carman. In Witches Of Ash And Ruin, set in this unassuming place, Celtic lore, unknown dangers and revelatory truths combine, creating a complex dynamic tale.
History repeats when someone replicates the serial killer once
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Leo
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?
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Devann
actual rating: 2.5

This sounded like a really good idea but unfortunately I don't feel like any part of it was executed very well. Was it supposed to be a romance book? Because there is attraction between the two main characters but it isn't developed very much at all, to the point where their kiss even feels a bit out of nowhere when it happens. Was it supposed to be a mystery? Because by giving the killer a POV we pretty much know exactly how everything is going right from the beginning. Yeah
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Uma    | Books.Bags.Burgers
(A huge thank you to the FFBC tours FFBC tours the publisher and Netgalley for the eARC of the book)

I keep saying we need modern Witchcraft books. This is why. I'm so here for a witch who studies Particle Physics in school then goes home to her coven to brew potions. I mean, that's the coolest ever. Also say hello to my latest favourite book and now i'll be over here flailing until the sequel comes out because DAMN I NEED THE SEQUEL.

(TW - homophobia and mentions of conversion therapy, somatic
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Danika at The Lesbrary
Ultimately, although I appreciated a lot of this book, I just didn't connect to it the way I wanted to. I think partly that was because I probably would have enjoyed this more in the fall, closer to Halloween, but also because I was overwhelmed with the amount of characters (everyone in both their covens, plus family members and friends), so I couldn't remember who some of the major characters were, even by the end of the book. I don't think that's a fault of the book, though. If you enjoy dark ...more
Gretal
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My biggest gripe is why did this book have 5 povs? It didn't need 5, and it was frankly really annoying. I think I might have liked it if there were less povs, but as the book is, I just couldn't like it and really can't recommend it. I'm so glad I'm done reading it.
Ashley
Jan 28, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-march
Im 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 dont remember it all bc I got too excited but OML i need this in my life.
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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
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Fanna
Oct 11, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
☀modern witchcraft + ancient Celtic mythology
☀bisexual MC
☀somatic OCD representation
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Stephanie Ward
'Witches of Ash & Ruin' is a thrilling new young adult fantasy full of magic, witches, and Celtic mythology. I've had this book on my wishlist for months now, waiting until it finally released so I could get my hands on it. It's one of my most anticipated titles for this year and I will admit that I had really high hopes going into reading it. The description sounded amazing - modern witchcraft intertwined with ancient Celtic mythology and it's a mystery/thriller with murder? It sounded ...more
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
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Michelle Aschenbrenner
3.5 - 4 stars

Give me more books like this with a diverse cast, regardless of where a story is taking place!

Witches of Ash and Ruin is a fast-paced read that gives a different perspective on YA paranormal fiction. The story follows Dayna and her witch coven as they try to solve the mystery behind their small town's continuous murders. I'm a sucker for anything related to Celtic mythology, and this book is full of it!

As I mentioned before, this was a very fast-paced read with plot twist after
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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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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.

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