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These Witches Don't Burn

Narrated by: Kristen DiMercurio
Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (25 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"Infused with page-turning suspense, bittersweet romance, shocking twists, and tragic turns, Sterling has written a standout debut." (Dana Mele, author of People Like Us)

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. 

Isabel Sterling's delightful, suspenseful debut is equal parts sweet romance and thrilling mystery. With everything she loves on the line, Hannah must confront this murderous villain before her coven - and any chance she has with the new girl - is destroyed. 

Praise for These Witches Don't Burn 

“Though this is not a coming-out story, Hannah’s proud lesbianism is prominent in this thoroughly entertaining mystery. With the presence of a fluffy romance and the promise of an action-packed sequel, readers will drink this one up.” (BCCB

"An enchanting mystery, simmering with intrigue. Once you start These Witches Don't Burn, you'll be utterly spellbound." (Sarah Glenn Marsh, author of the Reign of the Fallen series) 

"These Witches Don’t Burn is an original, thrillingly romantic spin on the classic teen witch tale. Infused with page-turning suspense, bittersweet romance, shocking twists, and tragic turns, Sterling has written a standout debut. Never sentimental, often sweet, but unafraid to break your heart, the writing is as lovely, vibrant, and ruthless as its characters." (Dana Mele, author of People Like Us)

©2019 Isabel Sterling (P)2019 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"An enchanting debut from Isabel Sterling. I'd be in for the note-perfect f/f romance alone, but These Witches Don't Burn perfectly blends a fun teenage relationship story with a delightfully dark and twisty supernatural thriller. A lovely witchy book full of complicated girls and a world rich with queer characters. It'll leave you wanting a coven of your own." (Britta Lundin, author of Ship It and writer on Riverdale)

"Sterling's debut meshes high magical stakes with the raw, real human emotions of broken hearts and new love, creating a book that's utterly bewitching in every way." (Dahlia Adler, author of Under the Lights)
 

“A fun, fresh contemporary fantasy with one of the most endearing and authentic casts I've read. Complicated friendships, deeply relatable romantic entanglements, and Salem's long history make this book an unforgettable read.” (Katherine Locke, author of The Girl with the Red Balloon)

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  • 05-31-19

LGBTQ witches never gets old

This book is so good and so much fun! Lately, I’ve been struggling with enjoying YA fantasy because I’ve ran across a spate of immature ones but this is just as enjoyable for adults as it is teens. I can’t wait to add this to my physical library as well as my “books to buy for Xmas gifts” list for teenaged & adult paranormal fantasy lovers. The representation in this book is so good and I just can’t get enough of it! Can’t wait for the next in this series!

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Gay witches. How could I not love it?

This was so good!!!

I've never been an audiobook fan. Every time I tried to listen to one of those things, my mind couldn't concentrate on the story and I always ended up quiting because I got tired of repeating the same 30 seconds without understanding the story they were talking about. On the other hand, I love podcasts. So when Kristen DiMercurio was a guest on a podcast that I really like and talked about this story that was her first audiobook recording, I decided to try again. THANK GOD I DID.

Gay witches, Harry Potter references, plot twists (LOTS OF THEM), realistic parents, family drama, witch hunters AND a cliffhanger... It was impossible not to love it.

I started reading this wonderful thing without actually knowing a lot about what it was about, and it was darker than what I imagined. Our main character is gay, yes, but she already came out, has a supportive family and even though girls around her cause some trouble, the main plot is about something more complicated than those girls. I really enjoyed how naturally the gay thing was handled because it made me realize how nice it is when people accept our sexuality as a part of our life and not as something that separates us from other individuals.

I would've liked to learn more about this world Hannah belongs to. They DO explain a lot, and I liked what I learned so now I'll sit here waiting until the sequel is released and I can fill my brain with all the new information it will probably contain.

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