“There’s a war brewing.
And I intend to win.”
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Format: Physical copy
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.
tw: gore, murder, animal death, bullying, homophobia (challenged)
I am happy to report that one of my most anticipated reads of 2019 did not let me down! Which is huge considering I overhype any book I’m excited for in my head and then end up not totally loving it. But this gem right here? LOVED IT. If there is any type of book I’m basically guaranteed to read, it’s one that’s about witches. So, a book about a gay elemental witch who lives in Salem and works at a local shop selling items for spells, trying to solve a whodunit while dealing with her ex-girlfriend is a book that immediately is on my radar.
From the minute this story picked up I was hooked and rooting for Hannah, it’s hard not love her character. One of the things I loved the most was that this isn’t a case of the main character finding out they have secret powers that no one can know about. Hannah’s entire family are witches, even her ex-girlfriend Veronica is too, so it was nice to see an openness about magic between her and her family. However, this doesn’t’ mean everyone can know about the witches living in Salem. Hannah’s coven has very strict rules against practicing magic in front of those without magic. Which also in a way makes Hannah even more lovable because when put in some sticky situations she has to decide on saving other’s and possibly exposing her magic or letting them die, and she really does strive to be both a good witch and good person.
As far as the whole “who’s behind the attacks on the witches” I figured it out pretty early on, and even though I was able to figure it out there were still plenty of plot twists along the way that I never would have expected. This book definitely delivers when it comes to action packed moments and even the softer moments focused on healing and friendship as well. There’s just so much to love about this and this is definitely one of those instances where it’s much better to just go into this not knowing much about the story and experiencing it for yourself. I mean seriously, do you need any other explanation than gay witches?! I don’t think so.
“I’m standing here, telling you how much you hurt me, and you can’t hear it.” Tears fill my eyes. I’ve lost the strength to hide them. “You broke my heart, and you didn’t even notice. How can I …” My throat closes up, I look away. “How could I ever trust you to put the pieces back together?”
“Someone tried to kill me, and all I got was this stupid concussion. But the real injuries won’t show up on their scans.”
“If they had any clue what real witches were like, what we’re capable of . . .
They probably wouldn’t sleep very well at night.”
All in all, if it’s not already extremely obvious I LOVED this debut. My heart is so content after finishing this and I absolutely cannot wait to see where the story takes Hannah, her family, and her friends in the next book!
Until next time,