Title: These Witches Don’t Burn
Author: Isabel Sterling
Page Count: 366
Release Date: May 28, 2019
From reading the synopsis and looking at the cutesy illustrated cover, These Witches Don’t Burn sounded a bit like a cozy, YA paranormal F/F mystery. I was SO excited to read this book that I put it on hold at my library for the day it came out and started reading right away! I’ve never found a book like this before! How could I go wrong?! Well, it was just ok in my opinion. Maybe I set the bar too high, maybe I should have read the actual book in stead of listening to the audiobook, who knows. Either way, let’s spill the tea.
Set in Salem, These Witches Don’t Burn follows an elemental witch named Hannah who is looking forward to spending her summer avoiding her ex-girlfriend–not! Veronica (the ex) is extremely toxic and is clearly not over Hannah. Things are bearable until signs of dark magic begin to surface around town. Juggling hangouts with friends, a new crush, her family, and her coven, Hannah’s story had its share of twists and turns. I have to say that Hannah was not my favorite main character ever but I really liked the side characters in the story. Hannah’s best friend Gemma was tide and true, and a new co-worker and friend named Cal who was pretty quirky also. As for the central mystery of the book (the “which witch is which?” if you will), there were maybe three or four different people who I suspected before I figured it out.
What I disliked most about the book was that it felt choppy. In the beginning of the book, the author alluded to a situation that Veronica and Hannah encountered together in New York City several months ago. Honestly, is was referenced in such a way that I had to look up whether I was actually reading book 2 and I missed something in a different book that I should know about because this entire plot seemed to be building up around it! I also felt that for reading a book about witches in the title, there was a disappointing amount of magic. Magic is not really a hyped up thing in this book. Plus, as I mentioned, Hannah is an elemental witch and after reading this book, I still need to look up what an elemental witch really is! I mean, I sort of know, but it would have been fun to learn more, all things considered.
So that’s my take. I thought it was pretty light, I thought it was kind of fun, but I wanted more. It was a good summer read and its worth a shot if you’re looking for something in this vein.
Have you read this book? What were your thoughts?
Book soundtrack: “Magic City Hippies” by Robby Hunter Band