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In this gripping, romantic sequel to These Witches Don't Burn, Hannah must work alongside her new girlfriend to take down the Hunters desperate to steal her magic. 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 murd In this gripping, romantic sequel to These Witches Don't Burn, Hannah must work alongside her new girlfriend to take down the Hunters desperate to steal her magic. 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?


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In this gripping, romantic sequel to These Witches Don't Burn, Hannah must work alongside her new girlfriend to take down the Hunters desperate to steal her magic. 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 murd In this gripping, romantic sequel to These Witches Don't Burn, Hannah must work alongside her new girlfriend to take down the Hunters desperate to steal her magic. 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?

30 review for This Coven Won't Break

  1. 4 out of 5

    Charlie Todd

    I need this book more than I need air in my lungs, I hope Cal gets a more central role in this book though #transmenrepresent

  2. 5 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    Recently finished the first book, These Witches Don't Burn, and am totally stressing that I can't get my hands on this next book until May!!! Recently finished the first book, These Witches Don't Burn, and am totally stressing that I can't get my hands on this next book until May!!!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dill Werner

    I was lucky to have been a sensitivity reader on this book. Wow. Just, wow. It's amazing! Never before has work not felt like "work." I'm thrilled to say Sterling's second book will leave readers in tears, feeling sorrow, happiness, angst, and frustration as they take an arduous journey toward self-realization. It's an emotional book and yet a happy one queer people can get behind. Sterling gets "it."

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jules ✨

    If you liked these witches don't burn, you will enjoy this one even more. I liked the first book but it lacked for me and everything that didn't work in that book definitely worked in this one so I'm really happy I liked this great conclusion to a funny, witchy and really gay duology. I adored the development between Morgan and Hannah, it was really organic and real, and seeing them actually communicating, being honest and admit when they needed each other was so heartwarming and adorable. I admi If you liked these witches don't burn, you will enjoy this one even more. I liked the first book but it lacked for me and everything that didn't work in that book definitely worked in this one so I'm really happy I liked this great conclusion to a funny, witchy and really gay duology. I adored the development between Morgan and Hannah, it was really organic and real, and seeing them actually communicating, being honest and admit when they needed each other was so heartwarming and adorable. I admit the plot twist was really predictable, but I didn't mind it that much, it still made sense and it was done in a really good way. I also appreciated that the author didn't villanize Veronica or made an unnecessary love triangle, but instead we saw them trying to find their friendship again and being supportive of each other. Gemma is the best side character, she made me laugh out loud many times. Definitely a solid duology.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard

    Rtc

  6. 4 out of 5

    Farith

    i had forgotten that this, one of my most anticipated releases of the year, is coming out this week. i had forgotten that this, one of my most anticipated releases of the year, is coming out this week.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Taschima

    I AM SO IN AND GIDDY I AM JUMPING UP AND DOWN WITH JOY! That cover is GORGEOUS! Love this cover, and the excerpt released has me SO EXCITED! I AM SO IN AND GIDDY I AM JUMPING UP AND DOWN WITH JOY! That cover is GORGEOUS! Love this cover, and the excerpt released has me SO EXCITED!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Star

    500 BILLION STARS I will be back with a full review. Thank goodness for digital books because there's no way that this book was getting to me even close to its release date (thanks covid19, and also being in australia). I'm such a mess right now. *sobs into her entire tissue box*

  9. 5 out of 5

    Read by Coco ✨

    I am ready spaghetti for this sequel about lesbian coven witches. I am ready spaghetti for this sequel about lesbian coven witches.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Caidyn (BW Reviews; he/him/his)

    CW: PTSD, grief/grieving, violence, betrayal, having something vital to your identity taken away, and general action scenes Wow. What a end to this series! I wish there was more than a duology, but I'm also glad that it wrapped up rather neatly. I can smell some short stories in the future and I'm definitely not opposed to it. This review will be brief because I don't want to spoil things for the first book. There's a lot that goes on there and, of course, it carries into this book. It picks up a CW: PTSD, grief/grieving, violence, betrayal, having something vital to your identity taken away, and general action scenes Wow. What a end to this series! I wish there was more than a duology, but I'm also glad that it wrapped up rather neatly. I can smell some short stories in the future and I'm definitely not opposed to it. This review will be brief because I don't want to spoil things for the first book. There's a lot that goes on there and, of course, it carries into this book. It picks up a little after the end of the first book and everyone's still reeling with all that happened. I loved Hannah's growth as a character between the books. I also really connected with her grief. I thought it was beautifully written and always in the undercurrent, even if it wasn't always stated. And the metaphor that was attached to it? Again, loved it. It was great. I also really enjoyed that Veronica wasn't as bad as before and that she did get some kind of redemption in there. In the first book, and short story, I did not like her at all. But in this one, I liked to see that she was working on herself to learn her faults so she doesn't continue them in the future. For me, the relationships that Hannah had made it. She has great friends, Cal and Gemma, rooting for her. A fantastic new girlfriend is by her side. Then she also has adults, her mother and Detective Archer, who genuinely root for her and allow her to be more of an adult, but still want her to stay a kid. The plot was a fun read and very quick. I enjoyed how twisty it was and I didn't expect the twist (much like I didn't expect the twist in the first book) coming. Already, I can't wait for a reread so I can experience it all again! Just a fantastic queer series and I'll be checking out Sterling's next books for sure.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    DNF'ed @ page 172 Damn. I LOVED the first one, and I was anxious to get to the 2nd one, but... dnf'ed. The story didn't caught me. They are going after the Witch Hunters, who want to use their drug to cure the witched, although killing them also work. We have Hannah kinda traumatised by what happened on the 1st book, but she wants to pretend everything's fine. She is together with Morgan, a Blood Witch, and still best friends with Gemma, who knows they are witches. But all the spark and power the DNF'ed @ page 172 Damn. I LOVED the first one, and I was anxious to get to the 2nd one, but... dnf'ed. The story didn't caught me. They are going after the Witch Hunters, who want to use their drug to cure the witched, although killing them also work. We have Hannah kinda traumatised by what happened on the 1st book, but she wants to pretend everything's fine. She is together with Morgan, a Blood Witch, and still best friends with Gemma, who knows they are witches. But all the spark and power the characters had on the first book seems to have vaporised. It seems like they are going thru the motions, but they can't convey feeling, or at least not to me. There was also missing from the story too. It seemed very black and white: witch hunters being evil just because, and they have to be stopped. And there are some Elders who decide how to, and make plans which doesn't seem much to me and I.don't know... maybe it's me as this is the 2nd book in a row which I dnf.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader

    This is a book two. I really loved this ending to the series.  I don't think there is anything else I could have wanted.  The pacing and writing were great.  There was romance, but it added to the story instead of distracting from the plot.  I love all the characters in both books.  Veronica moved away and Hannah is trying to deal with the death of her father.  Both lost their magic for awhile.  Hannah's is back, but she gets pains when she tries to use it.  She doesn't want to tell anyone about i This is a book two. I really loved this ending to the series.  I don't think there is anything else I could have wanted.  The pacing and writing were great.  There was romance, but it added to the story instead of distracting from the plot.  I love all the characters in both books.  Veronica moved away and Hannah is trying to deal with the death of her father.  Both lost their magic for awhile.  Hannah's is back, but she gets pains when she tries to use it.  She doesn't want to tell anyone about it.  She needs to be a part of the mission to destroy the Hunter's drug.  She's given orders from an Elder, so her mom cant' stop her.  She tried though.  So many times.  I really like her mom.  Hannah is working with Archer and Cal to recruit a couple witches that can help them.  Alice is a blood witch and David is a castor.  They're both needed for specific reasons, but neither would listen when the Elder spoke to them.  The first one Hannah has to visit is Alice.  She brings Morgan along for help.  For some reason, Hannah's magic works when Morgan is there.  The coven is still struggling to trust Morgan and her family, but they need them right now.  I don't want to talk about the trips too much, so I'll leave it with that. Gemma is still an amazing friend.  First to Hannah, and now to Morgan.  Hannah is always worried since Regs can't know about witches.  But Gemma is trustworthy and she loves that she doesn't have to hide herself anymore.  Hannah is also being prepped for Benton's trial.  She keeps seeing him everywhere, especially at school.  There is a lot of ptsd affecting Hannah.  Benton's parents are still out there with a drug that can remove magic.  There's a lot of pressure on Hannah, but she's strong and is getting through it all.  I should mention the romance for a minute.  Hannah and Morgan are such a great couple.  Morgan is supportive and caring.  Hannah still struggles with trust and intimacy because of Veronica, but Morgan is very different. I gave this book 5 stars. Warnings for PTSD, death of a parent, fire, and blood magic. 

  13. 5 out of 5

    Hunter

    So, I enjoyed this book, but it wasn't my favorite. I could see some of the twists and turns that came, and I couldn't see why the villian was the villian. I just didn't understand. Overall, I thought it was okay, but I did love the relationship developments.

  14. 5 out of 5

    noah 🖤 #blacklivesmatter

    my heart is bursting with joy!!! this is such a comfort read! everything about this book makes me feel so safe and happy. yeah things get intense with the witch hunters, but the writing is so good, and the characters are so amazing that it all just lights up my soul. i love the development of hannah and morgan's relationship. they're so good for each other! they respect each other's boundaries and communicate openly. i love healthy relationship representation in young adult fiction. detective arch my heart is bursting with joy!!! this is such a comfort read! everything about this book makes me feel so safe and happy. yeah things get intense with the witch hunters, but the writing is so good, and the characters are so amazing that it all just lights up my soul. i love the development of hannah and morgan's relationship. they're so good for each other! they respect each other's boundaries and communicate openly. i love healthy relationship representation in young adult fiction. detective archer and gemma are also some of the best characters in the book. they're so loyal and strong-willed. i love them so much! the plot was also really exciting. you can't go wrong with queer witches, but add working together despite inter-clan drama to overcome an outside threat, and you've got something really special!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Belcher

    This was such a great conclusion to the storylines introduced in These Witches Don't Burn. I loved watching Morgan and Hannah's relationship grow and getting to see the different clans of witches working together to save each other and the future of magic. This book was much heavier as the characters deal with the trauma from book 1 and as things get increasingly dangerous for the witches, and I was constantly anxious for them. I really enjoyed seeing some of the threads that were introduced in This was such a great conclusion to the storylines introduced in These Witches Don't Burn. I loved watching Morgan and Hannah's relationship grow and getting to see the different clans of witches working together to save each other and the future of magic. This book was much heavier as the characters deal with the trauma from book 1 and as things get increasingly dangerous for the witches, and I was constantly anxious for them. I really enjoyed seeing some of the threads that were introduced in the first book (such as the New York witches) come back around and impact the story in a really significant way. I did guess who betrayed the coven, but I doubted myself (and felt really smart when I realized I was right), and I think the way that was handled worked really well with the ethos of the clans. I'm a little sad that this is only a duology so we won't get to read about these badass witches any more but I'm really satisfied with how the story was tied together. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Penguin Publishing Group through Edelweiss. Opinion expressed in this review are completely my own*

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jamie (TheRebelliousReader)

    3 stars. This is definitely on the higher end of three stars. It was so much better than book one. I think the author improved on everything that made the first book a drag to get through, the main issue being that Veronica was hardly mentioned. Bless. Hannah really shines and comes into her own here and I was so proud of her. She got on my nerves in the first book but I thought she had potential to be great if she would just let go of her toxic ex and I was correct. She definitely has grown so 3 stars. This is definitely on the higher end of three stars. It was so much better than book one. I think the author improved on everything that made the first book a drag to get through, the main issue being that Veronica was hardly mentioned. Bless. Hannah really shines and comes into her own here and I was so proud of her. She got on my nerves in the first book but I thought she had potential to be great if she would just let go of her toxic ex and I was correct. She definitely has grown so much and I think her character development was really well done. She goes through a lot and it changes her in a lot of different ways. Her and Morgan are the cutest things and I love their relationship and getting to watch it flourish be healthy and loving. Morgan was also still great here as well. The action in this one was really good and it has a lot of fun moments and character interactions. Though I will say the ending felt lackluster which sucks since this is the final book in the duology. I just wanted more and I think it could’ve ended a little stronger. It was still a very entertaining read and while not a favorite series of mine by a long shot it was an interesting ride. {Challenges completed:✔The Challenge Factory: The Scooby-Doo Mysteries Challenge✔For Love of a Book: Camping Team Challenge✔For Love of a Book: Baking Challenge✔For Love of a Book: Greatest Love Stories Challenge}

  17. 4 out of 5

    lola :D

    i usually don’t give five stars to books like this but it was so much fun and so much better than the first one it really had me on the edge of my seat multiple times and not gonna lie seeing hannah spiral into a more dark and powerful version of herself didn’t hurt either it just really felt like the classic ya fantasy series i used to read in 2014 in the BEST POSSIBLE WAY and i would love spin-off books about most of these characters tbh like imagine a series about CAL? hello?

  18. 4 out of 5

    tammy

    9 november 2019 oh i like the cover, but the synopsis sounds a lot like some fanfiction *sigh* might continue this series, might not????? but it’ll stay shelved for now

  19. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    Now I'm worried the first book was this bad. full review currently being edited

  20. 4 out of 5

    Dany Stark

    This Coven Won’t Break was an edge of your seat thrill ride that had me anxious for the majority of the book as to the fate of various characters, but I had faith Isabel Sterling wouldn’t kill any of the queer characters I’d fallen in love with and wasn’t disappointed. Although many terrible things happen in this book that are heartbreaking for characters, the ending is satisfying and left me happy while wanting more. I am eager to see what more is in store for these characters and loved the exc This Coven Won’t Break was an edge of your seat thrill ride that had me anxious for the majority of the book as to the fate of various characters, but I had faith Isabel Sterling wouldn’t kill any of the queer characters I’d fallen in love with and wasn’t disappointed. Although many terrible things happen in this book that are heartbreaking for characters, the ending is satisfying and left me happy while wanting more. I am eager to see what more is in store for these characters and loved the excellent queer representation found in this series! *ARC provided by Edelweiss+*

  21. 4 out of 5

    everbookish

    A wonderful follow-up to the first book. I can't wait for this to come out.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mae Tyler

    the cover!!!!!!!!!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Kelley

    I LOVE WITCHY BOOKS! This series follows our main character, Hannah, who lives in Salem, MA (how fitting). Hannah is an Elemental, which is a type of Witch. There are three different witches, or clans, as they are called. The types of witches are Elementals, Blood Witches and Casters. Those without magic are called regs (hello Muggles). The Elementals get their magic from the Earth's elements (water, air, ground and fire) and can manipulate those. Blood Witches are considered healers by using, yo I LOVE WITCHY BOOKS! This series follows our main character, Hannah, who lives in Salem, MA (how fitting). Hannah is an Elemental, which is a type of Witch. There are three different witches, or clans, as they are called. The types of witches are Elementals, Blood Witches and Casters. Those without magic are called regs (hello Muggles). The Elementals get their magic from the Earth's elements (water, air, ground and fire) and can manipulate those. Blood Witches are considered healers by using, you guessed it, their actual blood. The Casters are advanced potion-makers. We meet Hannah, who just broke up with her girlfriend Veronica (hello LGBTQ rep) who is also an Elemental. We then meet Gemma, Hannah's best friend who is a Reg and the new girl, Morgan, who Hannah has a crush on. We follow Hannah and Veronica as they try to solve their town's mystery and find out who is hunting them and their covens. The first book was ADDICTIVE, action-packed, and very interesting. I had high expectations for this one, and this sequel did not disappoint. It was still action-packed, picked up right where the first one ended, and tied together the ending of the duology very well in my opinion. In this story, we follow Hannah as she tries to take down the Witch Hunters, who are working to take away all the clans magic and "cure" them. Minor spoiler: throughout this story we see the three clans work together to stop the hunters. I loved the plot. While you can tell this book is generated towards more of the younger audience in the YA genre, I still enjoyed it thoroughly at the ripe age of 25. Sterling does an excellent job picking right up where she left off, hinting at events from the first book to remind readers since SO much happened. This one is equally as fast-paced and easy to follow, with a twist at the end that leaves you asking yourself: "how did I miss that?" I loved how each of the different types of witches were explored and how their unique abilities were explained. It was nice to be able to fully understand more of the Blood Witches and the Casters aside from the basic facts of "oh he makes potions" and "she heals things with her blood." I LOVE reading about witches and magic, and this one was SO fun. It definitely wasn't as dark as the debut novel, but that didn't make the plot weak. This book was super enjoyable! I had my mouth hanging open at various points, while smiling at others. The characters steal your heart immediately, and are easy to relate to and understand. The plot has many different points playing into it, but Sterling does an excellent job showcasing how it all ties together in a way that makes sense and leaves the reader satisfied instead of craving more. While I am sad to see that this is the last book in the series, I feel that the way that it ended was perfect. There were no unanswered questions and it was all tied together with a pretty bow.

  24. 4 out of 5

    sarah

    okay this book was literally miles and miles better than the last one, I’m so glad I kept with this series if only because I’m a sucker for queer witches. I would still love it if there was more racial diversity (making Zoe a more prominent character in the next one would be a great start) I’m glad that instead of leaving race to the imagination this time around (but then having a cover of all white girls) the author just came out and stated the races (and gender identities!) of the characters t okay this book was literally miles and miles better than the last one, I’m so glad I kept with this series if only because I’m a sucker for queer witches. I would still love it if there was more racial diversity (making Zoe a more prominent character in the next one would be a great start) I’m glad that instead of leaving race to the imagination this time around (but then having a cover of all white girls) the author just came out and stated the races (and gender identities!) of the characters this, and not in the creepy skin color=food type thing that white authors fall into often. I’m glad Veronica took a backseat (and got therapy 👀) I actually cared about Morgan and Hannah’s relationship. I’m glad Gemma was still as amazing as ever. The book was still a little uneven in plot occasionally but so much better than the previous and I’m extremely excited for the possibility of a third book!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mandy Mcdonald

    This was one of the reads I was most excited for this summer and I'm so glad I read it shortly after release. I will say this book is darker and deeper than book one. I would maybe even go to put out trigger warnings for self harm, death of a parent and the greiving process, and PTSD. But I will say that I loved all of the relationships in this book, some that were repaired and new ones as well. As it's predicesor, excellent queer rep which I loved! Overall I enjoyed this book and would be happy This was one of the reads I was most excited for this summer and I'm so glad I read it shortly after release. I will say this book is darker and deeper than book one. I would maybe even go to put out trigger warnings for self harm, death of a parent and the greiving process, and PTSD. But I will say that I loved all of the relationships in this book, some that were repaired and new ones as well. As it's predicesor, excellent queer rep which I loved! Overall I enjoyed this book and would be happy to read more by this author.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Miranda

    An absolutely amazing sequel/conclusion. I can't wait to see what the author writes next!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Narra

    I found out in a bookconline panel that the sequel is already out which made me go and reread the first book before finally reading the sequel. I liked the first book but the sequel is even better in my opinion. The stakes are higher and the way the whole story got resolved was absolutely to my liking. I hope the Salem witches in this book can now have a calm happy life in this newly formed witch world of theirs. Will write and upload a full review for this book soon

  28. 4 out of 5

    emily

    Maybe closer to 3.5 stars? All the important things were great but there were a few minor plot holes/weird writing moments that I noticed. Still very good though!!! Leeeeeeesbian witches!!!!!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Krystal Caracol

    This book was fantastic! I wish there would be more books with these characters and this magic, but I'm completely content with this duology (and novella). ❤❤❤

  30. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    "If you don't let yourself feel all the terrible, scary, awful pieces of grief, your magic may never be yours again." This Coven Won't Break is the sequel to These Witches Don't Burn, and it was an enjoyable read! I like that we get more of a look into how the witch and hunter communities work in this one. Similar to my experience with the first book, I was Salem was tapped into a little more since it's such a great environment for this story, but it still works well enough. The LGBTQ+ rep is go "If you don't let yourself feel all the terrible, scary, awful pieces of grief, your magic may never be yours again." This Coven Won't Break is the sequel to These Witches Don't Burn, and it was an enjoyable read! I like that we get more of a look into how the witch and hunter communities work in this one. Similar to my experience with the first book, I was Salem was tapped into a little more since it's such a great environment for this story, but it still works well enough. The LGBTQ+ rep is good, and I would love to see more with these characters. I enjoyed the first book a little more than I did this one, but I still had fun reading it. If there's another book in the series, I'll definitely pick it up. CW - past abusive relationship

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