These Witches Don't Burn
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.

These Witches Don't Burn Details

TitleThese Witches Don't Burn
Author
ReleaseMay 28th, 2019
PublisherRazorbill
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, LGBT, Paranormal, Witches

These Witches Don't Burn Review

  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
    January 1, 1970
    Uhhhh what? Gay witches?? *queer heavy breathing intensifies*
  • Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
    January 1, 1970
    excuse me I need this book immediately since it appears to have sapphic witches oh my god??
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    January 1, 1970
    is this another gay witch book
  • Lola
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars. I’ve been reading so many standalones lately that I almost forgot what it felt like to stumble upon a CLIFFHANGER oh so very unexpectedly after being shot in the heart with multiple revelations one after the other until I had to take my eyes off the book, look around me and whisper to absolutely no one, ‘‘How can the author be so cruel…’’Well, well. This was much more dramatic than I expected from what I thought looked like a fun and quirky witchy romance. It’s entertaining for sure, 3.5 stars. I’ve been reading so many standalones lately that I almost forgot what it felt like to stumble upon a CLIFFHANGER oh so very unexpectedly after being shot in the heart with multiple revelations one after the other until I had to take my eyes off the book, look around me and whisper to absolutely no one, ‘‘How can the author be so cruel…’’Well, well. This was much more dramatic than I expected from what I thought looked like a fun and quirky witchy romance. It’s entertaining for sure, because there is quite a satisfying amount of action—so much in fact that I could easily see this story be adapted to the big screen. The relationships in this one are a little quirky, since the characters are connected in surprising ways, especially Hannah (the heroine) and her ex-girlfriend, Veronica. And, finally, there is indeed romance between Hannah and her new crush, but because it happens during a very dark time in this town, with witches being targeted by who-knows-what, the love story lost importance in my eyes.I don’t think the author did anything particularly new here. Witch stories have existed for centuries and witches have been chased for even longer but Isabel Sterling did manage to make everything seem… realistic. Not once did I roll my eyes while thinking to myself, ‘‘AS IF.’’ It gets intense, as mentioned above, and people are actually scared by what happens, Hannah included. She believes something is wrong and is dedicated to finding out the truth. I also enjoyed the dialog. When I said this would make a good movie, I meant it. The dialog feels natural and gives voice to the many characters featured in this witchy tale. Not all are memorable—some are sadly one-dimensional—but they all have a role to play in the story so if the author manages to give them more than one role in the sequel, I think I might just… love it.Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’
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  • megs_bookrack
    January 1, 1970
    Me upon reading the synopsis for this book:
  • Sien
    January 1, 1970
    I am finding mentions of this book everywhere and the only thing I see are “gay witches” but that’s also the only thing I needed to know
  • Sarah Glenn Marsh
    January 1, 1970
    I see a lot of folks here saying they're excited for a gay witch book, and let me tell you...THIS STORY DELIVERS!!!I loved it. I'm already ready for the sequel, but I guess I'll have to wait for 2019 to start bugging the author about the next book ;) Maybe.From unexpected twists to a dynamic and mostly queer cast of characters, there's so much for everyone to love here. Really, well done.
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  • ⚔ Silvia ⚓
    January 1, 1970
    Why do I have to wait until 2019 for gay witches
  • sofia (sam willows)
    January 1, 1970
    sounds gay. just the way I like it
  • anna (readingpeaches)
    January 1, 1970
    proving the point that magic is inherently gay, thanks!!! Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Bloglovin | Reads Rainbow
  • ellie
    January 1, 1970
    edit: i just saw the cover for this and it is so adorable and i can't wait for this to steal my heartHELLO YES IM HERE FOR GAY WITCHES IN LOVE THANK YOU
  • lu ☾
    January 1, 1970
    did i hear sapphic witches
  • maddi
    January 1, 1970
    is this for the gays??
  • Lea (drumsofautumn)
    January 1, 1970
    me: oh I don't really care about contemporary witchesme: *reads "her ex-girlfriend"*me:♦ Booktube Channel ♦ Twitter ♦ Instagram ♦
  • andrea caro
    January 1, 1970
    gay witches. this is my brand.-- was thinking that i'd love this, but - overall i was really missing the atmosphere that made other books set in salem (prosper redding & how to hang a witch) such a fun reading experience for me. 3.5? full rtc.
  • McKinlay Dennis
    January 1, 1970
    *I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, Penguin. This does not affect my review.*So.... this book/series NEEDS to be a tv show. Like yesterday. Queer witches are my new favorite thing. This is a fantastical mystery/thriller and it kept me guessing the whole book. I was literally suspicious of EVERY SINGLE PERSON!!! We get an all girl love triangle too! Like sign me the f*ck up okay???Since this is a mystery I don't want to go into too much else. My only real complaint is this comes o *I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, Penguin. This does not affect my review.*So.... this book/series NEEDS to be a tv show. Like yesterday. Queer witches are my new favorite thing. This is a fantastical mystery/thriller and it kept me guessing the whole book. I was literally suspicious of EVERY SINGLE PERSON!!! We get an all girl love triangle too! Like sign me the f*ck up okay???Since this is a mystery I don't want to go into too much else. My only real complaint is this comes off HELLA WHITE! I went back and looked through the book though, and it seems like skin tones and ethnicities aren't mentioned, much, if at all. But all 4 girls on the cover appear to be white, so, take that how you will.I would recommend this to anyone who loves queer shit, witches, and the first few seasons of paranormal CW shows, before everything goes off the rails.
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  • Emily (emilykatereads)
    January 1, 1970
    The most important thing you need to know about this book is that if you came here for the hype about queer witches.. let me tell ya, this book definitely delivers. I loved every minute of it. These Witches Don't Burn follows Hannah, an Elemental Witch, as she deals with the relationships and friendships of being a teenager while also the drama of being a witch in Salem, Massachusetts. These book balances the every day problems of romance between life-threatening situations within the coven perf The most important thing you need to know about this book is that if you came here for the hype about queer witches.. let me tell ya, this book definitely delivers. I loved every minute of it. These Witches Don't Burn follows Hannah, an Elemental Witch, as she deals with the relationships and friendships of being a teenager while also the drama of being a witch in Salem, Massachusetts. These book balances the every day problems of romance between life-threatening situations within the coven perfectly. With the perfect amount of flawlessly woven-in queerness. Hannah's also dealing with getting over her manipulative ex. This representation was amazing and something we don't often see in YA lit. We see Hannah fighting with wanting to get back with her ex and also realizing what's best for her. We see how toxic some people can be together, and that just because there's a spark doesn't mean they're meant to be together. This is important to see in teen books, because not every romance is a good romance, and it's important to see when it's time to cut something off. I am so here for this. It was so refreshing to see try to get away from someone rather than trying to get with someone.And then there's the perfect amount of new romance. A romance that doesn't automatically cancel out past emotions. The feelings with these characters were so real, and so realistic with how their situations were portrayed. I loved watching the balance of Hannah falling for this new girl was still battling her own situations. And this new girl wasn't toxic or jealous about it. Something that's all too common in books. Let's see more characters in books be able to communicate with an ex without the situation going up in flames. The characters communicate and I'm so here for it.The pacing of the plot is perfect. We get immersed into the story without being thrown right into it. Getting to know the characters before things start getting out of control. There's the perfect amount of twists and turns, and one I amazingly didn't see coming. I wasn't surprised about one of the big twists, but I loved the way it was handled. And then the other twist I was mad I didn't figure out earlier, but it was good none the less.This book made me feel things. I fell in love with the characters and I felt their feelings. I guess a big part of it was that I could relate to Hannah with things, while not necessarily being a witch. I could relate to her in ways I often can't relate to characters in books. The representation of female friendship within this book is amazing too. We have a strong friendship with Hannah and Gemma and it remains strong. She's such a joy to have in this story, and we definitely get some humour from her. "This is bullshit. How is it that you get a real-life Hogwarts letter, and I'm a stupid muggle?"Anyway, if you can't tell, I loved this book. It was wholesome and captivating from beginning to end. If you're looking for a fun, dramatic read with twists and turns, I definitely recommend this one. I especially recommend this one if you're here for the queer witches. This one does not disappoint. Now here I go, anxiously anticipating the sequel. *ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*Review can also be found on my blog!
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  • Dana Mele
    January 1, 1970
    Loved! I read this book while I was visiting Salem and it was the perfect setting. This book really surprised me. I expected it to be good- but I didn’t expect it to be so heartfelt, to handle so much emotional truth and at the same time stand it’s ground as a seriously twisty suspense story with some truly devastating moments. The stakes are high in both the romance and mystery parts of the story. I can’t wait for the second book!
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  • enqi ☁️✨ [joon's]
    January 1, 1970
    sapphic witches? that's all i needed to know. take my money(also, the author is LGBT as well, her bio says she lives with her wife i'm so soft)
  • Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
    January 1, 1970
    gay witches in modern salem!!!! bring it.
  • ~vatana~
    January 1, 1970
    when I say lesbian you say witcheslesbian! witches! LESBIAN! WITCHES!
  • E.
    January 1, 1970
    apparently, 2019 is the year i start caring about love triangles again. f/f/f witch love triangles.
  • Ashleigh | Wild Heart Reads
    January 1, 1970
    Someone said gay witches I'm here for this
  • Christy
    January 1, 1970
    Me, starting this book: huh, I’m not sure how this will become a seriesMe, finishing this book: never stop writing in this universe I need book 2 right meow. Full RTC
  • Tucker
    January 1, 1970
    As Janet from The Good Place once said: "Look Michael, a witch.... Burn her!
  • Dahlia
    January 1, 1970
    <3333333333333333333333333333333 (Review to come)
  • Brittany (The Book Addict's Guide/Novelly Yours)
    January 1, 1970
    Initial Impressions 5/20/19: This was such a fun, witchy read with a great diverse cast! I loved the Salem setting, the involvement of witch history, and the book's own witchy story. Perfect for fans of books like UNDEAD GIRL GANG and HOW TO HANG A WITCH. Author Isabel Sterling also did a great job of weaving in a mystery that kept me guessing! When a bad force enters town, first the main characters have to figure out what it is and then they have to figure out who it is, so there were many time Initial Impressions 5/20/19: This was such a fun, witchy read with a great diverse cast! I loved the Salem setting, the involvement of witch history, and the book's own witchy story. Perfect for fans of books like UNDEAD GIRL GANG and HOW TO HANG A WITCH. Author Isabel Sterling also did a great job of weaving in a mystery that kept me guessing! When a bad force enters town, first the main characters have to figure out what it is and then they have to figure out who it is, so there were many times where I had suspicions that were totally wrong (and one time I half-guessed correctly). This was a quick, fun read with a cute romance to boot! With family and coven secrets involved, things get complicated and an ex who was a former best friend-turned-girlfriend who still wants Hannah back, there's plenty of relationship story to keep readers of romantic plot lines involved too! With the way things wrapped up here, I'm super curious to see what happens in book two! I wonder if it will follow further into this adventure or start a new concept with a new villain. There are many possibilities and I look forward to spending more time with these characters too!
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  • Julia Ember
    January 1, 1970
    This was so delightful! I read the whole thing in under two days. I was skeptical at first about another witch book set in Salem, but this book has a very unique take. The entire cast is so wonderfully gay and charming.
  • Acqua
    January 1, 1970
    This book about gay witches has a cover! And it looks like it could have an f/f/f love triangle? Maybe? I've loved all the ones I read
  • thi
    January 1, 1970
    2.75/5- I’ve got perhaps a weird complaint- The cover does not match the story at all - listen this tangent is worthwhile - Books are expensive it’s up to marketing and the synopsis among other factors but to me perhaps the most important is the cover to be eye catching to the right demographic and best represent what kind of story is being sold here- I’ve never felt so strongly about a misleading cover that screams sort of cute romance unlikely rag tag team when really it’s a supernatural myste 2.75/5- I’ve got perhaps a weird complaint- The cover does not match the story at all - listen this tangent is worthwhile - Books are expensive it’s up to marketing and the synopsis among other factors but to me perhaps the most important is the cover to be eye catching to the right demographic and best represent what kind of story is being sold here- I’ve never felt so strongly about a misleading cover that screams sort of cute romance unlikely rag tag team when really it’s a supernatural mystery DRAMA- Ok done with that - The story itself is fine .. I had some trouble with pacing; the excitement and tension would wind up so high at some parts and immediately drop and the mc’s priorities meander quite a bit- Also the central mystery; their coven dismissed so many glaring red flags I was soooooo frustrated - I guessed who the hunter was pretty early so .. the lead up to the big reveal and very fast wrap up was .. ehh - I feel like there were some allegories to a bigger picture but they felt cheesy to me
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