Hi guys, I hope everybody had a wonderful July! The month is finally over and so it’s time for yet another (kinda late) wrap up. I only read four books in July but I’m trying not to feel too bad about it. I need to remind myself that it doesn’t really matter if you read a couple or if you read 10+ books a month, as long as you’re reading books you enjoy. I think one of the issues of being a book blogger or being part of bookstagram is the pressure to read heaps of books every month when that’s not always possible, especially you’re working or studying full time.
These Witches Don’t Burn
Author – Isabel Sterling
Publishing – May 28th 2019 by Razorbill
Genre – Young Adult, Fantasy, LGBT
Format – Paperback
Pages – 320
Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Hannah’s a witch, but not the kind you’re thinking of. She’s the real deal, an Elemental with the power to control fire, earth, water, and air. But even though she lives in Salem, Massachusetts, her magic is a secret she has to keep to herself. If she’s ever caught using it in front of a Reg (read: non-witch), she could lose it. For good. So, Hannah spends most of her time avoiding her ex-girlfriend (and fellow Elemental Witch) Veronica, hanging out with her best friend, and working at the Fly by Night Cauldron selling candles and crystals to tourists, goths, and local Wiccans.
But dealing with her ex is the least of Hannah’s concerns when a terrifying blood ritual interrupts the end-of-school-year bonfire. Evidence of dark magic begins to appear all over Salem, and Hannah’s sure it’s the work of a deadly Blood Witch. The issue is, her coven is less than convinced, forcing Hannah to team up with the last person she wants to see: Veronica.
While the pair attempt to smoke out the Blood Witch at a house party, Hannah meets Morgan, a cute new ballerina in town. But trying to date amid a supernatural crisis is easier said than done, and Hannah will have to test the limits of her power if she’s going to save her coven and get the girl, especially when the attacks on Salem’s witches become deadlier by the day.
You cant talk about These Witches Don’t Burn without talking about the LGBT+ representation. There isn’t just one LGBTQ character in this book, oh no! The main character is lesbian, the love interest is bisexual, there are married lesbian witches and there’s a queer, trans co-worker. I really like the author also touches on some of the issues these characters face due to being part of the LGBTQ community.
There are three different types of witches: elemental, caster and blood. Hannah is an Element witch, just like her family and her coven. Hannah also works in a Wiccan supply store. To top it all off, the story is set in Salem. These Witches Don’t Burn completely ticked all of the boxes for me and I just loved the pure witchy-ness of this story.
I only have one bad thing to say about this book. Although the writing is good and I really enjoyed the book as a whole, I felt like the story and plot was a bit choppy in places. I also feel like I should include a warning, this book contains animal sacrifice, violence, blood and mentions of house fires and car accidents.
These Witches Don’t Burn was a really enjoyable read, with interesting characters, plenty of LGBTQ+ representation and full of witchy awesomeness. It’s also a mystery, and full of reveals and plot twists that you will never see coming!
Switched (Trylle #1) Author – Amanda Hocking Publishing – July 12th 2010 by CreateSpace Genre – Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal Format – Paperback Pages – 304 Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️
When Wendy Everly was six-years-old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn’t until eleven years later that Wendy discovers her mother might have been right.
With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed – a world both beautiful and frightening, and Wendy’s not sure she wants to be a part of it.
When I read the Trylle series (roughly) 2 years ago… I loved it. So much that I proceeded to buy and read every single one of her books I could get my hands on. So when I was sorting through some storage boxes and found her books, I the urge to reread the series. However, after rereading Switched I found it wasn’t as good as I remembered.
I have to say, it’s very unusual for me to dislike the main character, but I found Wendy to be really annoying. She’s short-tempered, stubborn and honestly a little bratty. Finn however, I loved. He’s strong, handsome and brooding, but he’s also soft and heartbreakingly loyal.
My biggest issue with this book was that the plot felt slow, and nothing really happens. This book, being the first in the trilogy, focuses more on Wendy’s pasts and explaining who and what she is. I feel like this book was used as a way to set up for the rest of the series. I also feel like the writing was a bit messy and I didn’t really feel as engrossed in the story as I would have liked.
A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) Author – Sarah J.Maas Publishing – May 3rd 2016 by Bloomsbury Childrens Books Genre – Young Adult/New Adult, Romance, Fantasy Format – Paperback Pages – 626 Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.
Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.
Words cannot describe how this book made me feel. I loved it so much. The characters, the writing, the word-building, was all perfect. This book was a drug for me. I couldn’t put it down, and when I wasn’t reading it, I was thinking about it. I have so much to talk about in regards to A Court of Mist and Fury I don’t even know where to start… this might be a long one!
Something I really liked was how realistic this book was in regards to Feyre’s feelings and mental health. She went through hell Under the Mountain and did some unspeakable things in order to save those she loved, and now she is suffering because of it. She didn’t magically recover either, and it takes a good chunk of the book for her to even really come to terms and start healing.
Now, I need to talk about relationships. Tamlin was over-protective and emotionally abusive, but Rhysand could not be more different. Yes, he is gorgeous and powerful and wonderful, but what I love most about him is how fair he is. He sees Feyre as his equal and will treat her like nothing less. He always makes sure to give Feyre a choice, and never pushes her. I also just absolutely adore Rhysand.
I could honestly go on and on about ACOMAF. This book was just perfect, I really see why this book is everybody favourites from the ACOTAR series. If you haven’t started reading this series yet… what are you doing?
Full review coming soon!
The Bone Witch Author – Rin Chupeco Publishing – March 7th 2017 by Sourcebooks Fire Genre – Young Adult, Fantasy Format – Paperback Pages – 407 Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Let me be clear: I never intended to raise my brother from his grave, though he may claim otherwise. If there’s anything I’ve learned from him in the years since, it’s that the dead hide truths as well as the living.
When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.
In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha-one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles…and make a powerful choice.
I love books about magic and witchcraft, which you might have guessed already. But The Bone Witch has an added bonus, it’s about necromancy and blood magic! The main character, Tea, discovers she is a Bone Witch at the age of thirteen, after accidentally raising her brother from the dead. She is taken away by an older, experienced Bone Witch to begin her training to become an Asha.
I have some very mixed feelings about this book. I loved the magic system, especially the heartglass element (I won’t spoil it for you, but I thought it was very cool). I also obviously liked the necromancy element and the Bone Witches/Dark Asha are so powerful and mysterious. I also really liked how the book was split into two intertwined stories: one in the present day, told from a Bard’s perspective and the second takes place in the past and is narrated by Tea.
The writing was very beautiful and descriptive, however, this was both good and bad. I feel like sometimes the descriptive writing went too far and it was a bit overwhelming at times. There was also some pretty intense world-building. The plot felt a bit slow which made it very difficult for me to truly get sucked into the story. Some chapters were really fast-paced, interesting and really really good however some chapters were slow and honestly a little boring.
Overall I quite enjoyed this book, the story was really interesting and I really loved the characters and unique creatures. I would have rated this book 4 stars if it wasn’t for the slow plot and overwhelming descriptions.
Thanks for reading! x