Review: The Nature of Witches by Rachel Griffin

⭐⭐⭐⭐💫 4.5 stars | Often times when book comps are made, I find myself disagreeing or wishing the comparison hadn't been made, but in this case: Practical Magic meets Twister was just perfect. Granted it's not about two sisters or even a family, but what it does have in common is this idea of trying to make peace with your own abilities and how magic is deeply tied to an individual's emotions. Our heroine Clara struggles with both. 

This is a contemporary fantasy novel so it takes place in current times, except everyone actually knows about witches and works with them because through their powers, which they get from the different seasons, have maintained the climate and balance of the world. But now their control over the atmosphere is wavering and it's up to Clara, a rare Everwitch whose magic is tied to every season, to stop the world from being overrun with natural and climate-related disasters. 

It's just such an interesting way to looking at magic and how witches could live in the modern world. I love the idea of abilities being tied to the different seasons and how each set of powers differs between Autumn, Winter, Spring, and Summer. But most of all, the book is very introspective and character-driven and luckily, I felt extremely invested in Clara. More than anything it's about her coming to terms with her past, the way magic has affected her life, and making a decision about how she wants to live every day forward. There's magic but also themes of friendship and romance. I really didn't know what to expect going into this book (I was mostly suckered in by the cover!) but I'm so glad I decided to give it a chance. 

Do I recommend? Yes! If you love reading about witches or enjoy paranormal YA, I highly recommend this. 

pub 6/1/21 by Sourcebooks Fire
Young Adult - Paranormal 
Received e-ARC from pub for review

1 comment

  1. I can't wait to read this one- I'm so glad I picked it up when we went to B&N last weekend!


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