This Coven Won’t Break
Author: Isabel Sterling
Series: These Witches Don’t Burn, #2
Page Count: 330
Original Publication Date: 2020
Genre(s): Young adult, Fantasy, LGBT
It’s Hannah’s senior year of high school, but instead of worrying about dances and homework and friends, she’s planning to take down the Hunters before they can take away her magic. It comes to light that the Hunters have discovered a way to take out entire covens all at once, and Hannah is desperate to help the Clans save everyone’s magic. But this is a dangerous task, especially now that Hannah can’t seem to tap into her magic anymore…not since Benton dosed her and tried to kill her. But determined to help, she keeps it to herself…which may wind up getting her killed.
Book 2 in this witchy YA series picks up shortly after book 1 ends and is again told in first-person POV from Hannah’s perspective. Hannah and Morgan struggle to maintain a normal life and relationship while simultaneously trying to avoid the Witch Hunters and their magic-erasing drug. It’s a lot easier now that their Reg friend Gemma knows about them, though. Now there’s nothing to hide—except that Hannah’s magic isn’t working anymore.
Though I liked the action in book 1, that’s pretty much all I enjoyed. I couldn’t really get into the characters, the plot was okay, and the writing just fine. I mostly just felt very “meh” reading the whole thing. I’m surprised I gave it 4 stars in the end, because I think the last few chapters were really the only parts of the book that I truly loved. Anyway, that’s basically how I felt reading This Coven Won’t Break: MEH. I was reading it at a quick enough pace, but not because I was intrigued or on the edge of my seat. Instead I just kind of wanted to get it over with.
I know, I know, that sounds so bad! But I don’t ever like to lie in my reviews. I didn’t hate the book in any way. I just didn’t love it, either. A very middle-of-the-road book for an okay series. I think it worked well as a sequel, and I’m sure fans of the first book will love to see how Hannah’s story plays out. This series just isn’t for me. I’m not sure if there are plans for a book 3, but if one comes out, I’m not quite sure I’ll read it.
So if you loved book 1, I say go ahead and dive into the sequel—you’re bound to like it. If you’re hesitant and on the edge, I’d say you’re not missing much. Again, not a bad book at all, just not for me/not what I was expecting. Great LGBT representation, though, in both books—so yay for that 🌈