These Witches Don’t Burn

I wanted action, I don’t want the book to totally focus on romance but I guess that what I get when I read a plot

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Why am not one of the people who came for THESE WITCHES DON’T BURN cause of the LGBT+ witches, I was more attracted by the title of the book more than that maybe that why I was disappointed with some scene in the book nevertheless here are my dissection of my though on the book.

Publishing details: May 28th 2019 by Razorbill
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT+
Warnings: Fetishism, Animal Death, Death Of A Parent, Toxic Relationships

The main drama for the book lies in the dynamic relationship between Hannah, her ex Veronica, Hannah’s friend Gemma, and the new girl in town, Morgan.

SYNOPSIS
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 is a feminist LGBT+ representation filled with the kind of relationship drama that some could relate to, which I loved, yet this book was somehow lacking for a romantic mystery magical elements that everyone were looking forward to causing of the LGBT+ representation during pride month.

The book covers poorly express the story plot so beware of those who tend to judge a book by its cover and not to be too judging but seeing the name “THESE WITCHES DON’T BURN” I expected more action during the Burning at the stalk an action find in The Original like I want them to burn and burn, I wanted action, I don’t want the book to totally focus on romance but I guess that what I get when I read a plot that exits a dynamic relationship between the character even if, they are not mundane (other creature also feel).

The book follows up with Hannah who is an Elemental Witch with the power to control fire, earth, water, and air, her magic is a secret she has to keep to herself else she could lose it for good If she is ever caught using it in front of a Reg (non-witch), while also 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 Wicca, yet 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.

I wonder how many people stand on the other side watching me, observing me, deciding my fate far long before I have a chance to defend myself.

While some action-mystery plot can be found going on in the background as the witches discover that a Witch Hunter is in town attempting to murder them and Hannah finds herself in the middle yet the main focus was on the character relationships.

There were so many different kinds of relationships and identities in this book and I was so in love with Hannah’s own romantic journey in this book. Her ex was definitely toxic for her, but I enjoyed watching Hannah meet a new girl and starting to date her while still getting over her heartbreak. Hannah’s best friend was also a huge bright spot in this book and I loved all of the friendships in this book.

MY TAKE FROM THESE WITCHES DON’T BURN,

  • One of the things I love about this book is that there were explicit mentions of characters’ sexuality when it comes to labels, Respectively, Hannah and Morgan are on-page lesbian and bi and it also tries to highlight some of the problems the LGBT+ face.
  • There is a trans male side character who dates men, and an older female/female couple who are expecting a baby. Asking for consent before kissing is something I love in this book cause it about damn time everyone starts asking before initiating any form of intimacy and yes the trans-inclusive language and using of their correct pronouns.
  • The dialogue between the characters feels different like they were giving a voice, though not all are memorable yet they all have a role to play in the story.
  • Loved how there were three types of witches (Elemental Witch, Caster Witch, Blood Witch,) and, even among witches covenant, there was a stigma against what kind of witch you were.
  • Something needs to be said about the security details that were put on the witches I got to say that was a poor security plan for someone who is a witch.
  • Admired how Hannah actually used her powers to save the Regs (Human who are not a witch) even when the covenant keep warning and also when her power was a restraint.
  • Appreciate how Hannah relationship with her Ex was tied up at the end of the book.

Listen why I keep on complaining about me needing more action in a book I will say I like not the over the top crazy awesome feeling and would 70% pick out to reread cause of all the positive I found it the book and how easy it was to read in one sitting yet I have no idea if I would be able to continue with the series cause I do have a very bad track of completing series.


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