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The Nature of Witches

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For centuries, witches have maintained the climate, their power from the sun peaking in the season of their birth. But now their control is faltering as the atmosphere becomes more erratic. All hope lies with Clara, an Everwitch whose rare magic is tied to every season.

In Autumn, Clara wants nothing to do with her power. It's wild and volatile, and the price of her magic―l
Hardcover, 362 pages
Expected publication: June 1st 2021 by Sourcebooks Fire
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    Rachel Solomon
    Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I adored this contemporary fantasy with a unique magic system, stunning writing, and a sweet botanist boy love interest.
    Candace Robinson
    ARC received via publisher!
    Adalyn Grace
    Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Add this to your TBR stat.

    Full review TC!
    Lea (drumsofautumn)
    wait.. is this a witch-y book.. about.. CLIMATE CHANGE????

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    Imagine being the reluctant possessor of the most powerful magics. Now imagine not being able to control that magic and harming others, being an outcast, not feeling in control. That is how Clara feels as the rare witch who has strong powers during every season, powers she cannot control while those around her expect more than she feels able to give.

    Rachel Griffin’s THE NATURE OF WITCHES starts out with a wonderful premise that is both current and creative as she weaves her tale with threads of
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    For centuries, witches have maintained the climate, their power from the sun peaking in the season of their birth. But now their control is faltering as the atmosphere becomes more erratic. All hope lies with Clara, an Everwitch whose rare magic is tied to every season.

    i kind of... hate the cover 😔

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    I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    The Nature of Witches was such a fun book to dive into. After first meeting Clara, I had a feeling that I was going to fall in love with her pretty quickly. Well, that sort of happened because at first she was kind of annoying. Mostly because she just kept pushing people away and looking for acceptance and approval from people.. when she should've been doing the complete opposite.

    The reason why I saw this is because she is
    Tara T
    Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Stunning book. Such beautiful prose, a truly delightful magic system (based on weather and seasons) and suuuuch a swoony romance (The love interest Sang is THE sweetest boy!) I love everything about this book and I seriously can't recommend it enough!
    I would read so many books about this world!
    I hope there is a quiz someday to figure out which season I belong to :)
    Jane Conklin
    Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
    Thank you to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for an E-ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!
    Ok, wow. This book was a total wonderful surprise!
    When I started reading I was worried it was going to be a thinly veiled attempt to talk about climate change (and climate change is a big part of the story, but it doesn’t get too preachy and I appreciate the way it’s infused throughout the story) but by the end of the first “season” I was hooked.
    The characters are vivid, the romance well d
    Abbie | nerdyabbie
    Feb 08, 2021 rated it liked it
    Super interesting magic system, as well as story. RTC!
    Feb 02, 2021 rated it did not like it
    Shelves: 2021-reads, fantasy
    Witches, elemental magic and the changing of the seasons did a whole lot of nothing for me.

    “The Nature of Witches” follows Clara, the lone witch tied to each season, as she struggles to own her power and use it to combat the unpredictable weather following the death of her friend. When it all becomes too much her teachers give her a tutor and hope she can end the year better than it began.

    I had never been so bored in my entire life while reading a book!

    I love any sort of witch book and the co
    May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I was lucky enough to read an early draft of THE NATURE OF WITCHES, and Readers, please prepare for your new favorite YA Contemoprary Fantasy! 

    This is not your typical magical place. The world Rachel Griffin built is so unique, filled with many fresh corners and creations to explore! The magic system is enthralling and intricately crafted, and the atmosphere is something I felt as I read. 

    Clara is one of the most compelling MCs I’ve read, the characters are so fully fleshed, and the plot had me
    Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Such a unique and refreshing take on witches with lyrical prose, imaginative worldbuilding, and characters you're rooting for from page 1. I wish I could have hung out in this world forever. ...more
    Veronica Foster
    Feb 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    I know that The Nature of Witches is a "standalone fantasy," but I deeply want it to be the first of a hundred books set in this world, which sucked me in from the very beginning. Did I tell all of my classes about this book as I was reading it? Yes. Did I then try to figure out what kind of magic I and all of my friends would have? Totally. I read this book the way I used to read Tamora Pierce as a kid: lightning fast and with total emotional commitment to the characters.

    In a world wracked by c
    Feb 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
    I’m so glad I was lucky enough to snag one of these copies from Netgalley. This was a completely original story—I loved the beautifully descriptive weather and the nature in each season, including the decor for celebrations. I could feel the magic and the connection with the atmosphere. Clara’s emotions and feelings were also well described. I looked forward to picking this book back up whenever I could to continue reading. I felt Paige was a good side character that could’ve been expanded on ev ...more
    Mar 01, 2021 rated it liked it
    Shelves: 2021-arcs
    Before diving into this book, I had previously read two reviews at opposites (one being five stars and the other one star) so I was curious to see how I would feel about this ARC. Turns out, it's a middle of the road kind of book for me. Not amazing but not horrible either.

    Overall, I enjoyed it and for some reason I flew through this book which helped but sometimes, I wished we had a bigger plot. It did feel like nothing much happened other than the FMC's training to be an Everwitch, meaning a w
    Kat Phillips
    Feb 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Absolutely BRILLIANT. This story of coming into one's own, climate change and witchery had me completely captivated from the very first page.

    I laughed, I cried, I enjoyed every aspect of this story and will likely catch myself reading this novel multiple times.

    Clara Densmore is the first witch of her caliber in nearly 200 years. Her powers are a force to be reckoned with but Clara only sees the harm it causes the one she loves. Follow Clara and her story of love, loss, power, self-assurance an
    Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    *zombie-like groaning*

    I am in agony. Pure, blissful agony.

    Hopefully, I will be able to be somewhat coherent, but uh… no promises. I will do my best, though. So, there I was, living my life, my heart free from the beauty and suffering that is The Nature of Witches , when the book all but catapulted itself into my life. And, oh boy, was I unprepared.

    I mean… I did my due diligence before I started reading–to an extent. I scanned the synopsis, read the reviews that were available, but nowhere did i
    Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    The beautiful, immersive, and magnetic way Ms. Griffin writes pulls you into the story from the very first page. Clara is flawed in ways that are relatable and leave you rooting for her. Rachel's descriptions of storms and the elements are breathtaking and romantic and captivating. I am a Rachel Griffin fan for life and will read every single one of her books forever. ...more
    Nancy Hudson
    Feb 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
    This book was a very nice surprise! I may be 66 years old but I love young adult fantasy fiction, though usually only if it is dystopian or a fairy tale retelling. I received this ARC because of well.....witches and the idea of witches controlling climate and trying to fix the problems of climate change was intriguing. It also has a lovely cover!!

    Clare is a witch but not an ordinary witch. She is an Everwitch meaning she has strong magical powers in all four seasons as compared to all the others
    Feb 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
    [I received a free advance reader’s copy by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review]
    This was such a delightful read! I’ve been wary of young adult fantasy books lately because it just felt like I’m reading different versions of the same plot.

    The reason I decided to go for The Nature of Witches was definitely the refreshing plot. I have never read anything about climate change before, and I honestly never thought I would go all starry-eyed over something like this but the w
    Feb 13, 2021 rated it liked it
    "Witches have controlled the atmosphere for hundreds of years, keeping everything steady and calm. We've always succeeded. We've always been strong enough.
    But the shaders -those without magic-were swept away by the possibilities of a world protected by magic, of a world where every square inch could be used for gain. They began to push the limits of our power and our atmosphere. At first we went along with it, caught up in their excitement. Then their excitement turned to greed, and they refuse
    Feb 15, 2021 rated it liked it
    2.5/5 rounded up to 3 because I love the cover.
    Thanks to the publishers, author, and Netgalley for approving me for an e-arc of The Nature of Witches by Rachel Griffin.

    The premise is amazing!! Seasonal witches who are stronger during their season and weaker the other months out of the year, but our main character Clara is an Everwitch meaning she harnesses all seasons within her magic. These witches are struggling to deal with climate change that humans (known as shaders in the book) have cont
    Jan 30, 2021 added it
    THE NATURE OF WITCHES is unlike any other YA book out on the market right now. Not only is it heavily infused with climate change themes, but it’s a story that is ever-changing as the seasons. (If you read this book, that last sentence is filled with puns and is quite funny.)

    This book is so very different from other books I’ve read because it’s not a story about a witch, or a boarding school--the main character is really the magic. Forget settings, forget characters, the magic is the true supers
    Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: arc-reads
    My heart is so full right now!!! I don’t think I can even put my emotions into words. This story was beautiful, the writing was beautiful, the romance was beautiful. Clara’s path to self-discovery after spending her entire life wondering how she could ever fit in to her world after thinking she could only be useful in isolation was heartbreakingly painful to read, until she meets Sang. All I can say is everyone should have themselves a Sang in their life.

    Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley
    Jen Juniper
    First off, I love the cover and I love the concept, so needless to say I had high hopes for this one. Unfortunately the story did not deliver. Clara is lost in self-hatred and for the most parts, this does the most damage to the story that has no room to progress. The world where witches try to tame the nature that has gotten out of control raises more questions than it answers and what most bugs me is that there is no "conflict", the witches are presented as submissive to "the shaders" - the gr ...more
    Feb 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: netgalley
    I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily. (via Netgalley)

    I was intrigued by the premise of this story and ended up really enjoying it. The author does a great job of world building, make it easy for me to create a mental picture of what was happening in the books.
    Erynne Hundley
    Feb 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    This book is wild, fierce, bold, imaginative, empathetic & so so important for those of us branded “overly sensitive” or “too much”. I loved every moment of it. Rachel teaches us to tell ourselves “I’m not a mess. I’m a force. A magnificently disruptive force” 🖤🌙✨
    Cait Hutsell
    Feb 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
    Adult readers may cringe at the very teenage decision making sometimes but this is a cute magical roman e. Creative magic system. The love interest is actually a nice person. I like the theme. Overall pretty decent for a upper MG Or YA collection.
    Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: ng
    I loved this a lot! The world building, the characters, the writing, all of it.

    Thank you netgalley for letting me read this one because it was so good
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    Rachel Griffin writes young adult novels inspired by the magic of the world around her. She is the author of the upcoming The Nature of Witches, releasing from Sourcebooks Fire on June 1, 2021, with a second standalone novel to follow in 2022.

    Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Rachel has a deep love of nature, from the mountains to the ocean and all the towering evergreens in between. She

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