These Witches Don't Burn (These Witches Don't Burn, #1)

Isabel Sterling

fiction Fantasy LGBTQIA+ Young Adult
adventurous fast-paced
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.

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adventurous 57%
lighthearted 53%
mysterious 50%
emotional 39%
funny 32%
tense 17%
hopeful 14%
dark 10%
sad 10%
challenging 3%
relaxing 3%


medium 50%
fast 46%
slow 3%

Strong character development?

Yes: 41% | No: 37% | It's complicated: 20%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 69% | No: 19% | It's complicated: 11%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 61% | No: 19% | It's complicated: 15% | N/A: 3%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 56% | No: 28% | N/A: 8% | It's complicated: 8%

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