This Coven Won’t Break Review

*Spoilers Below*

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.

Hannah kind of got on my nerves for the majority of this book. I just feel like she didn’t learn from any of her mistakes from the previous book in this duology. Letting her emotions get the better of her and making rash decisions that end up not helping her in any of the situations she gets herself into. Also the fact that she is so dismissive of her mother after just loosing her dad and focusing so much on getting revenge for his murder rather than trying to deal with the emotions she is obviously trying to smother down resulting in her magic being temperamental.

I liked the fact that we actually get an explanation about what happened in New York with those casters and the blood witch which caused Hannah and Veronica to break up. Also the fact that this was the scenario that set off the chain of events was a nice surprise and tied everything together which was gratifying. It’s just the fact that Hannah always thinks that she is the cause for everything, if she didn’t follow Veronica that day in New York none of this would of happened and just takes all the guilt and blame for it when I feel like it just wasn’t the case at all. I enjoyed how Veronica called her out on not trying to heal the emotional trauma that they went through and just continued to throw herself into danger unnecessarily.

I feel like the plot does evolve and the stakes definitely got higher in this instalment. It was fast paced and it just felt like we were always on the move with Hannah. But again I just wish we would of got to see more of an insight into the coven and the lessons Hannah gets with her grandmother. I liked that we see how the difference between the clans and how their magic works and the way they merge with each other when they all work together.

I originally gave this book a three but upon reflection I wasn’t all that impressed or surprised throughout this book. Hannah just felt a little too juvenile and even though I was interested in what was happening I just felt like this story could of made so much more of an impact on me if the build up was a little more slower. It felt a little rushed in the end and is kind of forgettable.

⭐️2/5 stars Just ok, didn’t love it.

Recent Additions to my Kindle

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is the most recent additions to your collection. I haven’t been buying a lot of physical books in the last year or so because my shelves are pretty much at capacity at the moment and I don’t have the space to expand upon my collection right now (also books are expensive lol). But I have been accumulating a lot of eBooks and reading more and more on my kindle lately so I have amassed quite a bit of a TBR on there.

These are the last 10 eBooks I’ve added to my kindle:

Jade City by Fonda Lee

We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Berry

The Storm of Echoes by Christelle Dabos

In My Dreams I Hold a Knife by Ashley Winstead

The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

Our Violent Ends by Chloe Gong

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

The Camelot Betrayal by Kiersten White

This Coven Won’t Break by Isabel Sterling

These Witches Don’t Burn Review

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. 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.

Hannah’s character was definitely interesting to read from. She’s still very much coming to terms with her break up with Veronica and I feel like her feelings and reactions to her were very realistic and in line with her age. She definitely goes through a lot emotionally throughout the course of the storyline and that definitely made me feel more sympathetic and connected to her. But overall I didn’t find her to be particularly likeable.

Veronica I didn’t like at all. I thought she was just playing with Hannah’s emotions all throughout the story and just kept dismissing her feelings and trying to force her to take her back. Maybe if this was a dual perspective and we see things from Veronica’s point of view I might have developed more of a connection to her but I was just mostly indifferent to her.

I would of loved if we delved more into the training in regards to Hannah’s abilities. She said various times in the plot that they have weekly training sessions with their high priestess which we don’t get to see that I would of loved to read and see. In general we don’t get to see quite as much magic as what I would of liked. I was just expecting it to be more focused on the witchcraft and not so much on the mystery behind the blood witch.

Overall I was definitely surprised with the direction the story went. I appreciated how we see Hannah just be a normal teenager even though there is so much going on in her life that she has to keep secret from everyone else in her life other than Veronica. I didn’t see any of the twists coming and there was an underlying feeling of urgency woven throughout the plot that kept me wanting to read more. The pacing was just very fast and it was just one thing after another that was happening which in the end I enjoyed however I would of liked to be shown more about the witches and their abilities rather than told.

⭐️3/5 stars A solid witchy, entertaining story!

☀️ Summer TBR ☀️

So this week’s Top 10 Tuesday is once again our seasonal TBR’s. So for this summer, I am not really buying many new books I am going to try and finish off the books from last years Summer TBR as well as a few books I have been putting off for one reason or another:

Heart of Flames by Nicki Pau Preto

Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

Shorefall by Robert Jackson Bennett

The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter

These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling

Queen of Volts by Amanda Foody

The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie

The Last Graduate by Naomi Novik

A Psalm of Storms and Silence by Roseanne A. Brown

Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo

Backlist Books I Wish I Read in 2021

These are five backlist books that I had every intention of reading this year but somehow time got away from me and unfortunately it didn’t happen… I will definitely be prioritising these books for 2022 though!!

Jade City by Fonda Lee

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

Blood & Honey by Shelby Mahurin

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow

These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling