If I had found this book when I was in primary school, I imagine that I would have loved it. At the age I am now, witchcraft just isn’t my thing anymore. You don’t often see me pick up books with a premise centered around modernized witches. So, I don’t think I’ll be rushing to pick up These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling any time soon. But I’m excited for all the girls who do get to pick it up. Not only is this a book I guarantee I would have loved at ten, but it also one that has LGBTQ representation. And that alone is something to be thrilled about.
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.
What are your thoughts on These Witches Don’t Burn? Does this sound like a book you’d like to read? Why or why not? Have you already read it? If so, what did you think? I’ve seen this one floating around and would love to hear your opinions!