“If you don’t let yourself feel all the terrible, scary, awful pieces of grief, your magic may never be yours again.”
Rating: 3/5 stars
Hannah Walsh just wants a normal life. It’s her senior year, so she should be focusing on classes, hanging out with her best friend, and flirting with her new girlfriend, Morgan. But it turns out surviving a murderous Witch Hunter doesn’t exactly qualify as a summer vacation, and now the rest of the Hunters seem more intent on destroying her magic than ever.
When Hannah learns the Hunters have gone nationwide, armed with a serum capable of taking out entire covens at once, she’s desperate to help. Now, with witches across the country losing the most important thing they have—their power—Hannah could be their best shot at finally defeating the Hunters. After all, she’s one of the only witches to escape a Hunter with her magic intact.
Or so everyone believes. Because as good as she is at faking it, doing even the smallest bit of magic leaves her in agony. The only person who can bring her comfort, who can make her power flourish, is Morgan. But Morgan’s magic is on the line, too, and if Hannah can’t figure out how to save her—and the rest of the Witches—she’ll lose everything she’s ever known. And as the Hunters get dangerously close to their final target, will all the Witches in Salem be enough to stop an enemy determined to destroy magic for good?
The gay witches are back and ready to save the world…do I really even need to say more than that? Even though I didn’t enjoy This Coven Won’t Break as much as I enjoyed the first book I still think it was a pretty good sequel and did a nice job of wrapping up Hannah and her coven’s story. If you haven’t read the first book yet please know that there are some spoilers for events that take place in These Witches Don’t Burn, you can also find my review for the first book HERE.
What I Liked
😇 Dealing with grief. Given the events of the last book and everything Hannah lost I was really glad to see the author tackle Hannah’s grief and how she was coping with the loss of her father. It was something that felt relatable in a sense that sometimes when we’re going through harder times we do what works best for us to deal with our emotions during that specific time whether it be healthy for us or not. And the way the author showed how Hannah stifling her grief also stifled her powers followed by her growth throughout the book was something that added a lot more depth to the story.
👭 Hannah and Morgan. I wasn’t a big fan of Hannah and Veronica together in the first book, so Hannah and Morgan’s relationship in this book was refreshing. I love that we got all the feels of a new relationship and at the same time were able to watch it evolve and grow into something so much more.
🔄 A good wrap up. This was a really great conclusion to Hannah’s story. I think the author did a great job of wrapping up all the big pieces while still leaving enough open for healing, growth, and the ability for the witches to build a better world where they all can work together.
What I Didn’t Like
🤷🏻♀️ Lost a bit of it’s charm. This Coven Won’t Break was super action packed and because of that it felt like a lot of that “small town” Salem charm was gone in this book. In the first book it added a lot to love and you could tell the author put in a great deal of work to make it feel that way, however, this time since Hannah was on the move so much it definitely lost a little bit of it’s luster.
❓Felt like something was missing. Overall, I think my biggest issue with this book was that it really just felt like something was missing compared to the first one and I can’t exactly put my finger on what it was. Maybe it was how different the characters felt, or the lack of charm from the setting, perhaps even less magic than the first one? I just can’t quite figure out why this book felt off compared to the first one and it’s something that still bothers me weeks after I’ve finished it. That’s not to say it was a bad book the first one was just definitely more enjoyable.
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