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A lone witch has powers. A coven has a multitude more. New girl and secret witchl Iris just wants to get through her first day of school without a panic attack. The last thing she expects is to be taken in by a coven of three witches-soft-spoken Greta, thoughtful and musical Ridley, and fiery and spirited Binx. They may be the first witches Iris has met IRL, but their coven A lone witch has powers. A coven has a multitude more. New girl and secret witchl Iris just wants to get through her first day of school without a panic attack. The last thing she expects is to be taken in by a coven of three witches-soft-spoken Greta, thoughtful and musical Ridley, and fiery and spirited Binx. They may be the first witches Iris has met IRL, but their coven is not alone in their small northwestern town. The Triad is the other coven at their school. When the Triad's not using spells to punish their exes or break up happy couples for fun, they practice dark magic. The two covens have a rivalry stretching all the way back to junior high. When tragedy strikes and one of their own is murdered, the rival covens must band together to find out who is responsible before it's too late. Someone's anti-witch ideology has turned deadly . . . and one of them is next. With an inclusive cast of teen witches who leap off the page with style, attitude, and charm, B*Witch is a singable read perfect for fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Mean Girls alike.


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A lone witch has powers. A coven has a multitude more. New girl and secret witchl Iris just wants to get through her first day of school without a panic attack. The last thing she expects is to be taken in by a coven of three witches-soft-spoken Greta, thoughtful and musical Ridley, and fiery and spirited Binx. They may be the first witches Iris has met IRL, but their coven A lone witch has powers. A coven has a multitude more. New girl and secret witchl Iris just wants to get through her first day of school without a panic attack. The last thing she expects is to be taken in by a coven of three witches-soft-spoken Greta, thoughtful and musical Ridley, and fiery and spirited Binx. They may be the first witches Iris has met IRL, but their coven is not alone in their small northwestern town. The Triad is the other coven at their school. When the Triad's not using spells to punish their exes or break up happy couples for fun, they practice dark magic. The two covens have a rivalry stretching all the way back to junior high. When tragedy strikes and one of their own is murdered, the rival covens must band together to find out who is responsible before it's too late. Someone's anti-witch ideology has turned deadly . . . and one of them is next. With an inclusive cast of teen witches who leap off the page with style, attitude, and charm, B*Witch is a singable read perfect for fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Mean Girls alike.

30 review for B*WITCH

  1. 4 out of 5

    Stacy Fetters

    "Death is the beginning of all transformations." This was supposed to be Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Mean Girls and maybe throw in a little bit of The Craft for a super binge-worthy read. They’re all things that I love, so I was ecstatic about reading this but it was a disaster. B*Witch had some great things going for it. It had diversity, a little bit of a mystery, and of course witches but it was poorly executed and extremely predictable. The mystery didn’t even really begin until I was a hu "Death is the beginning of all transformations." This was supposed to be Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Mean Girls and maybe throw in a little bit of The Craft for a super binge-worthy read. They’re all things that I love, so I was ecstatic about reading this but it was a disaster. B*Witch had some great things going for it. It had diversity, a little bit of a mystery, and of course witches but it was poorly executed and extremely predictable. The mystery didn’t even really begin until I was a hundred plus pages in and they killed off a very insignificant character. They didn’t have much of a backstory and didn’t create that much of a connection with the reader, so I felt nothing when it actually happened. I know that Witches are making a comeback in books and movies but I need more excitement and I want the words on the page to grab me by the throat. B*Witch has a great title but not much else going on. It took me quite awhile to get into this even a little bit and that should have been my clue to stop. I don’t think it was worth my time, maybe I’m just too old for something like this. *Also, someone mentioned that the character with the red hair reminds them of Merida from Brave..... and that’s all I could think about while reading!*

  2. 5 out of 5

    Krysti

    Witchy, feminist fun! B*WITCH is a spooky, can’t miss YA novel about two covens of teen witches that have to come together to solve the mystery of the murder of a local witch, otherwise one of them just might be next. Brimming with messages about acceptance and inclusion, this book will pull at your heart strings while giving you all the fun, Halloweeny vibes! Out 07/07!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dax

    Gahhhh! No where does this say it's a part of a series! Curse cliffhangers! I am intrigued to see where they go from here and hope for more unity and less internal drama.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Taylor Sue Atkinson

    2.5 stars. B*witch had an interesting concept, and I appreciated the themes of diversity and sisterhood. I especially enjoyed Iris' journey with her anxiety disorder. *However*, there is a lot that fell short with me. First, the number of characters and POVs were a little too much. I couldn't tell whose story we were truly following. A lot of the beginning was repetitive in each POV. There wasn't a clear enough direction to really drive the plot in the beginning, imo. The main inciting incident is 2.5 stars. B*witch had an interesting concept, and I appreciated the themes of diversity and sisterhood. I especially enjoyed Iris' journey with her anxiety disorder. *However*, there is a lot that fell short with me. First, the number of characters and POVs were a little too much. I couldn't tell whose story we were truly following. A lot of the beginning was repetitive in each POV. There wasn't a clear enough direction to really drive the plot in the beginning, imo. The main inciting incident isn't really clear? Was it the death of the minor character that no one cared about? Because if so, it happened almost midway through the book. Additionally, I actually was enjoying the ending before the anticlimactic plot twist happened and made everything feel lackluster. I think the authors had good intentions with their twists, but they failed to keep the excitement up in the last few pages of the book. Overall, this was a quick read, but it could definitely use some work. I think it would do better with a more solid direction in order to have a clearer narrative. Thanks to NOVL for sending me this ARC after Couchfest!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Elysian

    2 stars? Not so sure? Honestly, I skimmed the majority of this book and probably would have dnfed it. This was one of those weird books that were not that bad that I would like to continue reading it in order to analyse it for a rant review and at the same time not good or interesting enough for me to go on. Characters Personally, it was very difficult for me to differentiate between the characters, because there were so many to remember and hardly one of them was properly introduced to me so I ha 2 stars? Not so sure? Honestly, I skimmed the majority of this book and probably would have dnfed it. This was one of those weird books that were not that bad that I would like to continue reading it in order to analyse it for a rant review and at the same time not good or interesting enough for me to go on. Characters Personally, it was very difficult for me to differentiate between the characters, because there were so many to remember and hardly one of them was properly introduced to me so I had a hard time with that. I only remember a POC character being a transgirl and one of the witches having an anxiety disorder and I remember a feisty girl named Binks. That's it. Personally, I am very not good with remembering names especially when they are suddenly thrown at me at the same time. Plot I remember it also very vague as well, because my interest just lacked. A lot. All I remember is that there are two covens at the school and one is good and one is bad and that there is an activist group that wants witchcraft to be illegal and banned. The plot did not captivate me at all and every time the activists against witchcraft were mentioned I cringed a little inside, because in real life people frankly not care enough whether you mess around with herbs and crystals or not. There are bigger deals like homophobia, racism and climate change. I do not know, but I really could not got with this book and its story and I am not really sure if it is just me or the book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Li

    This book is truly amazing. I loved it. It covered alot of stuff like anxiety, spd, transgender, gas and much more. The storyline I also really enjoyed i have adhd and I never wanted to put this book down it held my attention alot more. There was no boring bits. When I put the book down I could easily pick back up and remeber what had happened before. I even tabbed this book. The ending omg 😲 I won't put anything about what happened as I don't like to give spoilers but omg I want more. I really do This book is truly amazing. I loved it. It covered alot of stuff like anxiety, spd, transgender, gas and much more. The storyline I also really enjoyed i have adhd and I never wanted to put this book down it held my attention alot more. There was no boring bits. When I put the book down I could easily pick back up and remeber what had happened before. I even tabbed this book. The ending omg 😲 I won't put anything about what happened as I don't like to give spoilers but omg I want more. I really do hope there will be a sequel as I can see more things that could happen. This is definatley a 5 star for me i just wish I could give it a 10/10 here. Please read this book if live loves ya books about witches. Im so glad I did. Please make a book 2 ....

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sally Moon

    Perfect mystery read for fall! I thoroughly enjoyed my time reading this book. This book has so many cute, quirky elements entangled with a more complex plot. It took a while for the “darkness” of the plot to form, however once it did I was hooked! I think it’s important that the readers keep in mind that this book is a YA novel. The writing can seem a bit...young (for lack of a better term) with the use of slang and replacing curse words with ‘hex’. For me, it wasn’t distracting but rather enjo Perfect mystery read for fall! I thoroughly enjoyed my time reading this book. This book has so many cute, quirky elements entangled with a more complex plot. It took a while for the “darkness” of the plot to form, however once it did I was hooked! I think it’s important that the readers keep in mind that this book is a YA novel. The writing can seem a bit...young (for lack of a better term) with the use of slang and replacing curse words with ‘hex’. For me, it wasn’t distracting but rather enjoyable making me chuckle a few times. Shout out for this being a great queer novel!! There are different sexual orientations discussed in this book that almost makes it normalized, which is something I’d love to see more of in the series. Overall, if you are looking for a good book that quickly gets you into the Halloween spirit I recommend this! I can’t wait for the second book to come out because...man...what a cliffhanger!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ari (Books. Libraries. Also, cats.)

    Ahhhhh so excited to read this queer witchy YA book that is exactly my brand! And even more excited to be a part of the Blog Tour. Follow my blog so you don't miss my tour post in July! Ahhhhh so excited to read this queer witchy YA book that is exactly my brand! And even more excited to be a part of the Blog Tour. Follow my blog so you don't miss my tour post in July!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    For a group of teen girls living in a very anti-witch America (seriously, their President is passing a bill that takes away a witch's rights), they sure do use their magic in public a carelessly high amount. Also I was hoping this was a standalone book but it appears to be the start of a series.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ali (readbyali)

    DNF @ 35% CW: anxiety, panic attacks This book was difficult to get into. There was a lot of info-dumping and pop-culture references. It felt as if the author was trying to throw too much into the book. The characters were indistinguishable. The witches being discriminated against was a heavy-handed metaphor for discrimination in the US. All of these factors hindered any story that was left. The book tried to be quirky and representative and feminist, but it was not well done and left me dizzy try DNF @ 35% CW: anxiety, panic attacks This book was difficult to get into. There was a lot of info-dumping and pop-culture references. It felt as if the author was trying to throw too much into the book. The characters were indistinguishable. The witches being discriminated against was a heavy-handed metaphor for discrimination in the US. All of these factors hindered any story that was left. The book tried to be quirky and representative and feminist, but it was not well done and left me dizzy trying to find a character or plot to hold on to. Thoughts on anxiety rep: (view spoiler)[ As someone who has anxiety and panic attacks, I don't feel that the rep was done well at all. The bits where Iris mentions having "thought spirals" and doing breathing felt as if they were researched (at the surface level) just to include in the book, as there was no other indication of her anxiety (such as the thoughts that one would have in an a thought spiral...). Also, I didn't appreciate some of her comment on anxiety (i.e. she had a panic attack on the first day of school and referred to it as 'cliched'; the town is called Sorrow Point and she jokes that it could use some Zoloft; uses magic to calm herself, despite being on '100 Zoloft a day' and supposedly seeing a psychiatrist) (hide spoiler)] This was the first physical book I received from a publisher, so I was super excited to read it, but unfortunately it was disappointing. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lila

    I was given this ARC in exchange for an honest review. The pacing of this one was so odd. It was rolling, rolling, rolling and then BOOM! Everything went off at once. And then it just...fizzled out? Kind of bizarre. Kind of drabble-like. I assume there will be a second book? I enjoyed almost all of the characters, and I appreciated the diversity in race, gender identity, and sexuality. It felt a little diverse-just-to-be-diverse at times, and I wished they had integrated the girls' personalities I was given this ARC in exchange for an honest review. The pacing of this one was so odd. It was rolling, rolling, rolling and then BOOM! Everything went off at once. And then it just...fizzled out? Kind of bizarre. Kind of drabble-like. I assume there will be a second book? I enjoyed almost all of the characters, and I appreciated the diversity in race, gender identity, and sexuality. It felt a little diverse-just-to-be-diverse at times, and I wished they had integrated the girls' personalities better with the story itself instead of awkwardly developing them at key moments in the plot. The plot... It was a little hard to get invested in. There was too much mystery and not enough pay-off, so it felt like loose ends were smacking me in the face all over the place. I think this is a great book for the age-group it's designed for, but a little too young for older high-schoolers or other young adults in the older age range.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Alexa Blart, Library Cop

    WHY DOES THE RED-HAIRED GIRL ON THE COVER LOOK EXACTLY LIKE MERIDA FROM BRAVE??? IT'S BEEN BUGGING ME FOR DAYS

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rosa

    Now, the topic of this book is not my usual fare. The only story about witches that has appealed to me on a deep level is the film "The Craft," but apart from that, stories about witches have always left me kind of cold, and I'll explain why a little bit farther down in this review. So, why did I read a book when it's not my usual premise? Well, for one, I'm always willing to have my mind changed. For another, I had read Paige McKenzie's previous series "The Haunting of Sunshine Girl," and really Now, the topic of this book is not my usual fare. The only story about witches that has appealed to me on a deep level is the film "The Craft," but apart from that, stories about witches have always left me kind of cold, and I'll explain why a little bit farther down in this review. So, why did I read a book when it's not my usual premise? Well, for one, I'm always willing to have my mind changed. For another, I had read Paige McKenzie's previous series "The Haunting of Sunshine Girl," and really enjoyed it. I also have watched all of her YouTube projects and gotten hours of enjoyment from them, and she requested on one of her Random Video Mondays for people to read her new book and review it, even though it was vastly different from her previous major projects. And since I owe hours of my life's entertainment to her hard work, I figured I could put aside a few hours and read this new story of hers and Nancy Ohlin's (which was the collaborative team in the final book of the Haunting series: The Sacrifice of Sunshine Girl.) In terms of what I like: the characters are diverse and fun, and it is wonderful to see LGBTQIA representation in a mass produced young adult book. Not only that, but it's one of the main characters. In fact, there are several characters that are openly part of those communities. Another plus is that this universe is a lot like ours, and the geography is the same, but there is a changed history. There was a Great Purge at some point in the US's history, and a lot of witches were burned at the stake, and since then, witchcraft has been outlawed in the United States. This makes for interesting correlations to modern world politics that cannot (and should not) be ignored. However, this also led to one of my bigger problems with the novel. It could not seem to figure out exactly what it wanted to be or how witchcraft should work. It is stated from the beginning of the novel that being a witch is hereditary, though it often skips generations. However, every time witches get together to do a major spell and combine their powers, they have to pray to a higher authority. To me, this indicates that part of being a witch has to do with a belief system and is NOT so much a hereditary thing. And in that scene, all the women are praying to different things, including angels (which I didn't really understand. Angels are soldiers for a higher power, but they only operate at the behest of said higher power; they cannot grant prayers.) While I have no problem with witchcraft being a belief system, I think if I was a practitioner of Wicca, I would be offended at people harnessing the gifts of Mother Earth by worshipping gods other than the Goddess (to say nothing of one of them summoning powers through Pokemon.) Also, the concept of magic as depicted in this universe is too simple. The supposed bad guys of Antima are laughable in the face of what these witches can do. How am I to believe that humans who are constantly made to forget what they have seen are reason for these witches to fret? (In fact, in one scene, Div is attacked and left for dead -- her lips even turn blue -- but then the rest of the two covens save her, but no one thinks to wonder about who may have attacked her? Seriously, this is never brought up after they save her, and I was very confused.) And the end of the book felt so rushed. I mean, it sets up for the next book quite nicely, but it felt a bit...contrived. Everyone looks around at each other confused and then just shrugs their shoulders, like, "Eh. No big deal." These kids are terrified of powerless teenage boys, but don't freak out at all when they find themselves in the middle of a recently burned down house with no memory of what they were even talking about before that. That's a huge change of tone and attitude from the previous 300 pages. I'll check out the rest of the series, as some of these issues will doubtless be addressed in the future books. And maybe when I reach the end, my rating will change, but for now, the most I can say is that the series has potential, though there are some issues.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Balsamo

    A big thanks to the publisher for providing a digital copy thru NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. Such a witchy, queer read! B*witch follows a story of two covens of teens witches who come together to solve the mysterious murder of another local witch before one of them is next. I really enjoy reading books about witches, that’s why I didn’t hesitate to request to have an early access to B*WITCH. I actually thought this would be just your normal teenage high scho A big thanks to the publisher for providing a digital copy thru NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. Such a witchy, queer read! B*witch follows a story of two covens of teens witches who come together to solve the mysterious murder of another local witch before one of them is next. I really enjoy reading books about witches, that’s why I didn’t hesitate to request to have an early access to B*WITCH. I actually thought this would be just your normal teenage high school drama plus witchy stuff. That’s why I was actually surprised that it included themes like diversity, a little bit of racism and homophobia, and sisterhood. The premise was really interesting, and there are a lot of things that I like, as well as things that I wasn’t so fond of. In this novel, witches were discriminated, so witches like Iris had to keep it a secret for her own safety. On her first day of school, she met three witches for the first time, Greta, Ridley, and Binx. Ultimately, she was taken in by Greta’s coven. What she didn’t know was there was another coven who used dark magic. When one local witch was murdered, the two covens worked together. While investigating, they would stumbled on something more sinister than the anti-witch ideology. Something that would put their lives in danger. The story was told by numerous POVs. I had to get used to it first, since it was quit challenging to follow. The pacing was okay, not too slow and not too fast. I also like the whodunit plot. It kept me thinking and guessing while reading the book. However, there was not enough pay-off, and it felt a little bit unsatisfying. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the ending. I was a little confused about the twist that happened, so I think I just had to read the sequel to make those things clearer. I really like all the characters, and I commend the author for adding the diversity in race, gender and sexual identity. The characters were amusing and charming, but I wished there were more fleshed-out. Overall, B*witch has an intriguing premise and charming characters. It was definitely a quick read, and I recommend it to readers who look for a book with Halloween vibes. 3.5 stars!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Denise Andre

    I received an electric advance reader through Edelwiss For my honest review. So apparently Page Mckenzie is a YouTuber and she is now the second YouTuber who wrote a book that I have read and they both were disappointing. Now, I’ve read other books from Page that I loved (Haunting of Sunshine Girl) and I loved it so I was really excited to get my hands on this copy. I can’t believe Amount of let down I felt when reading this book. Let’s start with the positive things that I enjoyed. First, I love I received an electric advance reader through Edelwiss For my honest review. So apparently Page Mckenzie is a YouTuber and she is now the second YouTuber who wrote a book that I have read and they both were disappointing. Now, I’ve read other books from Page that I loved (Haunting of Sunshine Girl) and I loved it so I was really excited to get my hands on this copy. I can’t believe Amount of let down I felt when reading this book. Let’s start with the positive things that I enjoyed. First, I love how the author introduced the book with a letter from Callixta Crowe’s descendant as an insight to the books plot. I adore the cover of the book and can’t wait to see it in person. Now for the unfortunate negatives, Let’s start with the use of brackets ( ). In the Prologue, which is 4 pages long, the author used ( ) at least 4 times unnecessarily. B*witch is obviously about witches and the fact that it lacked any sort of in-depth magical history was baffling, it mostly spoke about the witch hunter and that’s it. I found the character build up was subpar to say the least. Also, 265 pages is a short amount of pages, but 253 pages are part of the actual story, so it needs to be fast paced without ignoring the important details. Transitioning between the different point of views were inconsistent and found that at times I was left confused or with lots of questions. I do not believe I’ll be recommending B*Witch to my customers, family or friends, but I will give the author another chance since I did enjoy her other series.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Pei

    Actual rating: 2.5 Enjoyment: 2.5/5 Execution: 2.5/5 In a world where magic is forbidden, high school witches from rival covens band together to solve a mystery. I loved the concept of this book but the execution fell a bit short for me. All the characters individually were quite interesting, and I loved the queer and anxiety rep, but the writing and the multiple POVs didn't do it for me. The plot was intriguing but the pacing would wax and wane, with several mundane scenes stretching out over a few Actual rating: 2.5 Enjoyment: 2.5/5 Execution: 2.5/5 In a world where magic is forbidden, high school witches from rival covens band together to solve a mystery. I loved the concept of this book but the execution fell a bit short for me. All the characters individually were quite interesting, and I loved the queer and anxiety rep, but the writing and the multiple POVs didn't do it for me. The plot was intriguing but the pacing would wax and wane, with several mundane scenes stretching out over a few pages while seemingly more important scenes would only be given a paragraph or two. I am typically a fan of the dual or more POV format (example: Marie Lu's Young Elites trilogy, which focuses on one character but occasionally jumps to another's), but there were just too many recurring POVs in this case (five) in addition to multiple MCs, making it difficult to distinguish whose thoughts were whose. In turn, this lead to each character being developed rather shallowly, whereas focusing on just a few characters would have been much more effective. While I appreciated the diversity, I would like in the future to also see more Own Voices stories, because I would've liked if their characters had really explored their identities! It is all in all a quick read with an interesting premise, and the authors have mentioned working on a sequel. I'd recommend this to a younger YA audience looking for a casual book. Thanks to Netgalley, the publisher, and the authors for an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Stéphanie Louis

    In B*Witch we are following teen witches that are separated into two covens. Both covens received threats from an anti-witches group that want to see them gone. After the murder of a witch, the teen girls have to find out who the culprits are. Otherwise, they might pay with their own lives. If you want to find out more then I invite you to read B*Witch yourself. If you are following me since day one you’re probably already guessing with what I’m going to start. The writing style. I loved it! It w In B*Witch we are following teen witches that are separated into two covens. Both covens received threats from an anti-witches group that want to see them gone. After the murder of a witch, the teen girls have to find out who the culprits are. Otherwise, they might pay with their own lives. If you want to find out more then I invite you to read B*Witch yourself. If you are following me since day one you’re probably already guessing with what I’m going to start. The writing style. I loved it! It was easy to read, the characters were greatly portrayed and the descriptions were amazing as well. Especially the spells. I liked the sound of them. I can’t complain about the world-building either. I haven’t read many books about teen witches and their problems with the non-magical folks. So I found it refreshing to read about teenagers especially with queer characters. When it comes to the witchy books I’ve read the characters are usually a bit older and it’s never in the real world. It was something new and reminded me of one of my favourite books about young witches. I would have wished to see a creation of own social media sites, instead of reading about Instagram and company but it didn’t quite disturb me as much as I thought it would. Overall, B*Witch is a refreshing and diverse story about witches. If you are a fan or even a beginner in contemporary magic books than this is probably a great story for you! It’s also a fast-paced novel and there is a witch killer to catch. So you don’t even have the time to put the book down. Sounds promising, doesn’t it?

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Ashby

    Good witchy fun! I'm always drawn to books with witches but so many of them end up disappointing because the witches don't really have their powers yet and can't do anything interesting. These witches, however, have some neat abilities in general as well as some specialization for each of them such as being a technomancer. And I love the concept of the trans character using magic to switch between her real self and her assigned sex to keep her family unaware. As well as the possibility that she Good witchy fun! I'm always drawn to books with witches but so many of them end up disappointing because the witches don't really have their powers yet and can't do anything interesting. These witches, however, have some neat abilities in general as well as some specialization for each of them such as being a technomancer. And I love the concept of the trans character using magic to switch between her real self and her assigned sex to keep her family unaware. As well as the possibility that she could eventually work a charm that would allow her to present as a boy to whomever needs to see her as such while she's actually living her life as a girl (even though she would be more herself if she comes out to her family which is what I suspect will eventually happen given the other themes of coming out as witches). There are too many teen characters for me to keep them all separated in my brain each time one of them arrived on the scene. I've got a clear vision of Div, Greta and Iris (and Ridley, by the very end) but the other four were generic underlings to me until one of them said something to remind me who she was and what powers she had. Since this is obviously the first in a series I assume they will continue to take shape as the story continues. And very neat twist at the end although it left me a little infuriated that a witch could bring about such a change so easily. Seems like their should be some protections in place against that but I guess that's the danger of witches.

  19. 5 out of 5

    aro

    3.5 stars? the book started off very promising. at first, it was kinda hard to remember all of the characters, but as i got a bit further into the book, i could differentiate between them. what was my problem with this book? i honestly can’t tell you. i kinda had problems with the sudden genre change, where a dark mystery was introduced, since it was so abruptly. i feel like i also had to suspend my disbelief, since a bunch of weird cult like stuff started to happen. my biggest problems with this bo 3.5 stars? the book started off very promising. at first, it was kinda hard to remember all of the characters, but as i got a bit further into the book, i could differentiate between them. what was my problem with this book? i honestly can’t tell you. i kinda had problems with the sudden genre change, where a dark mystery was introduced, since it was so abruptly. i feel like i also had to suspend my disbelief, since a bunch of weird cult like stuff started to happen. my biggest problems with this book was in the last 2 hours of the audiobook. but that was probably mostly on me. i hadn’t listened to this book for a long time, because i mostly listened to it at night when i couldn’t sleep. this also allowed the book to become a sort of safe space for me. but as i had not listened to it in a while, my mental health is also not doing the best. i feel kinda distanced all of the time atm, so i was also distanced from the book. the characters? very promising and i like them a lot. with the ending the book had, i’m guessing it’s a series. hopefully i’ll be in a better place when the next book comes out (if there will be a next book) and i will definitely read it. to sum up, my problems was that i thought it was a chill witchy read, but suddenly i’m thrown into this gigantic world of ??? i don’t even know. is it a bad thing? maybe, maybe not.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa

    This was a pretty cute little mystery, about teen witches who receive mysterious anti-witch threats in a world where witch discrimination is a (sliiightly heavy-handed) allegory for racism & homophobia. It's definitely written for a younger YA age group and it's self-aware in its silliness, but I think the upbeat narration and fun characters will be really charming to the right audience. Though it's a bit rough-going at times. With 5 POVs and 7 main characters, it feels like information needs to This was a pretty cute little mystery, about teen witches who receive mysterious anti-witch threats in a world where witch discrimination is a (sliiightly heavy-handed) allegory for racism & homophobia. It's definitely written for a younger YA age group and it's self-aware in its silliness, but I think the upbeat narration and fun characters will be really charming to the right audience. Though it's a bit rough-going at times. With 5 POVs and 7 main characters, it feels like information needs to be repeated a thousand times before the mystery-solving can take another step. As well, it's definitely a weird set up for a sequel, which left it feeling like it didn't have any payoff. (view spoiler)[Also if it gets good traction, I expect it to get political criticism from both sides of the aisle. (hide spoiler)] Regardless, fun premise, fun characters, hovering next to middle grade, and near impossible to put down.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jaynie

    Ohlin, Nancy and Paige McKenzie. B*Witch. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2020. 978-1368028769. 336. $17.99. Grades 7-12. All Iris wants is to get through the first day of school without a panic attack and to keep her magical abilities hidden. After all, being a witch in contemporary society is not easy due to the President’s resolve to prosecute all witches and a new bigot gang, Antima, who search for witches all across the United States. Used to hiding her witch identity, Iris is thrill Ohlin, Nancy and Paige McKenzie. B*Witch. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2020. 978-1368028769. 336. $17.99. Grades 7-12. All Iris wants is to get through the first day of school without a panic attack and to keep her magical abilities hidden. After all, being a witch in contemporary society is not easy due to the President’s resolve to prosecute all witches and a new bigot gang, Antima, who search for witches all across the United States. Used to hiding her witch identity, Iris is thrilled when she is befriended by Greta who is a coven leader and a witch like her. When Greta’s coven is sent a mysterious magical shadow message, they, and rival coven The Triad, must work together to protect themselves and solve a murder. THOUGHTS: Lovers of fantasy will enjoy this mysterious novel about magic and friendship told in multiple perspectives. There are plenty of surprises and contemporary references which create excitement and leave the reader eager for a sequel.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tabassum Irin

    B*Witch is a book filled with magic, mystery and a fascinating crew of diverse characters. I have always been a fan of books about witches and wizards, so I was really looking forward to reading this book. While reading about wands and spells in the first few chapters, I got really nostalgic as it reminded me of Harry Potter. 😭 The characters were really enjoyable to read about. The multiple POVs made it tough for me to grasp the plot sometimes, but I got used to it eventually. I really liked ho B*Witch is a book filled with magic, mystery and a fascinating crew of diverse characters. I have always been a fan of books about witches and wizards, so I was really looking forward to reading this book. While reading about wands and spells in the first few chapters, I got really nostalgic as it reminded me of Harry Potter. 😭 The characters were really enjoyable to read about. The multiple POVs made it tough for me to grasp the plot sometimes, but I got used to it eventually. I really liked how the author represented anxiety disorders, LGTBQ, racism and discrimination through the storyline. The mystery aspect of the book was really interesting too, but I wanted a little more depth to it. The ending was quite satisfactory, and I didn't expect the twist at all. 3.5/5 🌟. Looking forward to the sequel!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Frank Chillura

    Listen! This book has EVERYTHING I look for in a book. There is a Diverse cast of characters, some of which are Queer, and it’s about Witches. When I read the synopsis, I got “The Craft” vibes... and The Craft it was not. From the info dump in the beginning to the crazy plot twist ending and really most of the in between, I was like... what am I reading? I had such high hopes for this book and I’m sure some very excited Tweens are going to pick it up and LIVE FOR IT! But then 20 years later, the Listen! This book has EVERYTHING I look for in a book. There is a Diverse cast of characters, some of which are Queer, and it’s about Witches. When I read the synopsis, I got “The Craft” vibes... and The Craft it was not. From the info dump in the beginning to the crazy plot twist ending and really most of the in between, I was like... what am I reading? I had such high hopes for this book and I’m sure some very excited Tweens are going to pick it up and LIVE FOR IT! But then 20 years later, they are going to reread it and realize that it just doesn’t hold up. I will say, I love the cover and I am intrigued to see how you can continue this into a series. Fingers crossed that the next book has worked out the kinks in the world.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    In a world where witchcraft is outlawed and antiwitch sentiment is growing stronger, Greta, Ridley, and Binx are a small coven of their own. When new girls and fellow witches Iris and Penelope arrive, a rival coven called The Triad wants to claim them for their own. Everything changes when one of the witches is murdered, and the two covens must come together to uncover what’s been going on in their town. Its always hard for me to adjust to multiple perspective books, but once I did, I really lik In a world where witchcraft is outlawed and antiwitch sentiment is growing stronger, Greta, Ridley, and Binx are a small coven of their own. When new girls and fellow witches Iris and Penelope arrive, a rival coven called The Triad wants to claim them for their own. Everything changes when one of the witches is murdered, and the two covens must come together to uncover what’s been going on in their town. Its always hard for me to adjust to multiple perspective books, but once I did, I really liked the characters. Similarly, the plot itself took a while to get into and the ending was very anticlimactic and a bit of a letdown.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sarah M

    *2.5 stars* Thank you to NOVL for sending me an ARC of this book for Couchfest 2020! This is my honest review: This book has the same energy as a poorly written CW teen show. It wasn’t terrible, it was a very fast read, it had a good concept and an interesting and diverse cast of characters, but the plot and the story fell completely short. While I appreciate the inclusivity of the main characters (Black trans representation and sensory processing disorder/general anxiety disorder representation), *2.5 stars* Thank you to NOVL for sending me an ARC of this book for Couchfest 2020! This is my honest review: This book has the same energy as a poorly written CW teen show. It wasn’t terrible, it was a very fast read, it had a good concept and an interesting and diverse cast of characters, but the plot and the story fell completely short. While I appreciate the inclusivity of the main characters (Black trans representation and sensory processing disorder/general anxiety disorder representation), Own Voice narratives are always going to be a better portrayal of underrepresented groups. Another thing was that this book felt very juvenile to me, almost like a middle grade book.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Carli

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5. In an alternate U.S. where magic has been banned by law, teen Iris is a secret witch. After her family moves, she makes friends who are their own coven. There is a rival coven who are awful to them (think Mean Girls); there is also an anti-witchcraft group threatening their existence. When another new girl, also a witch, is murdered, the rival covens team up to figure out who is behind it - and who is the best target. The end suggests a sequel. This is perfect for fans of murder myst ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5. In an alternate U.S. where magic has been banned by law, teen Iris is a secret witch. After her family moves, she makes friends who are their own coven. There is a rival coven who are awful to them (think Mean Girls); there is also an anti-witchcraft group threatening their existence. When another new girl, also a witch, is murdered, the rival covens team up to figure out who is behind it - and who is the best target. The end suggests a sequel. This is perfect for fans of murder mysteries, and the witchcraft adds a fun spin. Recommended for grades 7+. Thanks to Libro.fm’s Educator ALC program for the free audiobook!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Miykayah Risseeuw

    This book was hard to get into. The language used was also pretty cringy if it is set in the year 2020 or any year after 2013. The language used and meme mentions are very dated. It did get pretty interesting after page 100 and got better after page 200! I did finish it pretty quickly but was disappointed with the ending. I liked the characters and the diversity, but I wish there was more character description. I also want to know if Ridley ever came out to her family, what happened with the cru This book was hard to get into. The language used was also pretty cringy if it is set in the year 2020 or any year after 2013. The language used and meme mentions are very dated. It did get pretty interesting after page 100 and got better after page 200! I did finish it pretty quickly but was disappointed with the ending. I liked the characters and the diversity, but I wish there was more character description. I also want to know if Ridley ever came out to her family, what happened with the crushes, and if there is going to be a second book? Overall it's between a 2.5 and a 3. Wasn't the worst book but it wasn't great either. Liked the concept and general plot.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Megan W. (pnwbookworm)

    This book has some really great things going for it and a few that I didn't love. First it had a super diverse cast of characters who are all witches (love witches). Second it had a mystery to solve. Witches and a mystery? I'm in. I liked the writing style and I thought the characters were well developed. However I felt like the story had some pacing issues and a few too many POV's (that's a personal taste thing though). Overall it was a fun read that needed a bit more work. I do think that some This book has some really great things going for it and a few that I didn't love. First it had a super diverse cast of characters who are all witches (love witches). Second it had a mystery to solve. Witches and a mystery? I'm in. I liked the writing style and I thought the characters were well developed. However I felt like the story had some pacing issues and a few too many POV's (that's a personal taste thing though). Overall it was a fun read that needed a bit more work. I do think that some younger teen readers will really love it though!

  29. 5 out of 5

    allie a

    3.5 this book was ok. it wasn’t great but i liked parts. the characters good. but only a few. i feel like the execution was really off. it was switching between perspectives a lot, i think that’s what messes it up. you would feel like you were starting to understand a character and then it would switch. you would hear a lot from one character then so little from another. i feel like you never really met and understood characters. the whole book felt like it was lacking something. but there were p 3.5 this book was ok. it wasn’t great but i liked parts. the characters good. but only a few. i feel like the execution was really off. it was switching between perspectives a lot, i think that’s what messes it up. you would feel like you were starting to understand a character and then it would switch. you would hear a lot from one character then so little from another. i feel like you never really met and understood characters. the whole book felt like it was lacking something. but there were parts that i did like. the execution of the book was really off.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I really wanted to LOVE this book but ended up just liking it. The audiobook was good though sometimes it was hard to follow who was talking, the actress didn't alter her voice at all. And the story itself was occasionally confusing - there was a LOT going on - but that makes more sense since this is a series, indicated by a hella cliffhanger ending (I thought the audiobook had messed up somehow?). Solid for early middle grade readers interested in witchy things.

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