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For centuries, witches have maintained the climate, their power from the sun peaking in the season of their birth. But now their control is faltering as the atmosphere becomes more erratic. All hope lies with Clara, an Everwitch whose rare magic is tied to every season. In Autumn, Clara wants nothing to do with her power. It's wild and volatile, and the price of her magic―l For centuries, witches have maintained the climate, their power from the sun peaking in the season of their birth. But now their control is faltering as the atmosphere becomes more erratic. All hope lies with Clara, an Everwitch whose rare magic is tied to every season. In Autumn, Clara wants nothing to do with her power. It's wild and volatile, and the price of her magic―losing the ones she loves―is too high, despite the need to control the increasingly dangerous weather. In Winter, the world is on the precipice of disaster. Fires burn, storms rage, and Clara accepts that she's the only one who can make a difference. In Spring, she falls for Sang, the witch training her. As her magic grows, so do her feelings, until she's terrified Sang will be the next one she loses. In Summer, Clara must choose between her power and her happiness, her duty and the people she loves... before she loses Sang, her magic, and thrusts the world into chaos. Practical Magic meets Twister in this debut contemporary fantasy standalone about heartbreaking power, the terror of our collapsing atmosphere, and the ways we unknowingly change our fate.


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For centuries, witches have maintained the climate, their power from the sun peaking in the season of their birth. But now their control is faltering as the atmosphere becomes more erratic. All hope lies with Clara, an Everwitch whose rare magic is tied to every season. In Autumn, Clara wants nothing to do with her power. It's wild and volatile, and the price of her magic―l For centuries, witches have maintained the climate, their power from the sun peaking in the season of their birth. But now their control is faltering as the atmosphere becomes more erratic. All hope lies with Clara, an Everwitch whose rare magic is tied to every season. In Autumn, Clara wants nothing to do with her power. It's wild and volatile, and the price of her magic―losing the ones she loves―is too high, despite the need to control the increasingly dangerous weather. In Winter, the world is on the precipice of disaster. Fires burn, storms rage, and Clara accepts that she's the only one who can make a difference. In Spring, she falls for Sang, the witch training her. As her magic grows, so do her feelings, until she's terrified Sang will be the next one she loses. In Summer, Clara must choose between her power and her happiness, her duty and the people she loves... before she loses Sang, her magic, and thrusts the world into chaos. Practical Magic meets Twister in this debut contemporary fantasy standalone about heartbreaking power, the terror of our collapsing atmosphere, and the ways we unknowingly change our fate.

30 review for The Nature of Witches

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    I LOVED IT! I loved the unique mechanism of Magic’s working around the witches! I loved the air pollution, climate change messages of the story! I loved the Hogwarts school of magic for witches premise meets Practical Magic books with sweet, romantic vibes and resemblances of Jan De Bont’s terrifying Twister movie scenes ! I loved Clara even though I found her too stubborn and I pissed off the way of her never stopping self pitying! I loved badass, loyal friend Paige! But I mostly loved the charmin I LOVED IT! I loved the unique mechanism of Magic’s working around the witches! I loved the air pollution, climate change messages of the story! I loved the Hogwarts school of magic for witches premise meets Practical Magic books with sweet, romantic vibes and resemblances of Jan De Bont’s terrifying Twister movie scenes ! I loved Clara even though I found her too stubborn and I pissed off the way of her never stopping self pitying! I loved badass, loyal friend Paige! But I mostly loved the charming, sweetest botanist who melt our hearts with his genuineness! Yes, Sang was amazing. At some parts I thought Clara didn’t deserve him! Didn’t she act so paranoid around him when only thing he did was treating her so kindly! Anyway this Korean, romantic botanist who can whisper to the flowers stole my heart!!! After seeing mesmerizing cover, I knew I would truly fall hard for this book! I can hear you may ask me what this is about if you are too lazy to read the blurb. Don’t worry, I’d love to talk more about the story line. Here we go: An ecological, thought provoking, unconventional fantasy with witches who have their unique abilities based on each season’s strengths and weaknesses and an Ever Witch who holds the powers of entire seasons who needs to learn controlling them without hurting her loved ones, not making the same mistakes again! 17 years old Clara is the Everwitch whose magic tied at every season. When the autumn’s equinox comes, she forgets her feelings about someone she truly cared before. She’s evolving, changing. And her past traumas which lasted the death of her family and her close friend Nikki forces her to put barriers between her and other people. She’s still suffering with guilt feelings, pain to lose loved ones. She’s afraid of channeling her real power even though she is forced by her instructors, she keeps holding herself back! But as an ecological disaster starts to raise and the witches’ population at the risk of extinction, she’s the last one who can solve the problem and brings the balance nature needs for healing! She’s paired with botanist Sang who is spring witch, can soothe her fiery nature down and help her fulfill her potential. But as they practice more, Clara not only learns to put her guard down, using her magic with its full potential, she also lowers down her emotional barriers and not only their powers merge, but their hearts crush and fall for each other! Now Clara faces her most excruciating dilemma: she can strip down her powers at eclipse to chase her HEA with Sang or she can leave him not to put his life in danger and resumes her plan to save the lives of witches! But there must be other way! She can save lives and she can be with her love of her life. But how!? What if she kills Sang as like she’d done to her parents, her friend Nikki. Overall: a quick, gripping, lovely fantasy with amazing hero and tolerable heroine and unique depictions which remind us of real power and beauty of each season earned my five equinox, witchy, conjuring, eclipse stars! Special thanks to NetGalley and SOURCEBOOKS Fire for sharing this digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest opinions. instagram facebook twitter

  2. 5 out of 5

    jessica

    im definitely going to be in the minority of readers with my opinions on this book. so if you are anticipating this, you may want to ignore this review. but for what its worth, i did try to enjoy this. magical witches connected to a season and weather is a really interesting concept. but urban fantasy is not my genre, so i cant help but feel that this story could have improved had it been true fantasy. setting this in modern day america threw me off and gave the story a vibe i thought was odd. i im definitely going to be in the minority of readers with my opinions on this book. so if you are anticipating this, you may want to ignore this review. but for what its worth, i did try to enjoy this. magical witches connected to a season and weather is a really interesting concept. but urban fantasy is not my genre, so i cant help but feel that this story could have improved had it been true fantasy. setting this in modern day america threw me off and gave the story a vibe i thought was odd. i understand that this serves as a message regarding climate change, which is applicable to today, but i think that message could have been just as effective without it being urban fantasy. also, the MC really started to get on my nerves. there are a couple of characters who call her out on her bratty behaviour, so i appreciated that, but man. i wanted to strangle her throughout most of the book and homicidal thoughts are never a good sign. so maybe i just wasnt invested in this from the beginning. i think the idea and message is actually really cool, but i unfortunately just didnt quite like the execution of it. thanks sourcebooks fire for the ARC - sorry i didnt enjoy it more. :/ ↠ 2.5 stars

  3. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    "When the only thing left is your magic when that's all you have to rely on, you'll learn to respect it." Clara is a unique witch. Most witches’ powers are tied to one season, and they use their powers to maintain the climate. But Clara is an Everwitch whose rare magic is tied to every season. With every season, Clara changes.... Read to find out how (or read the blurb!) There are many things addressed in this book which make it so much more enjoyable. I loved the unique take on witches and their "When the only thing left is your magic when that's all you have to rely on, you'll learn to respect it." Clara is a unique witch. Most witches’ powers are tied to one season, and they use their powers to maintain the climate. But Clara is an Everwitch whose rare magic is tied to every season. With every season, Clara changes.... Read to find out how (or read the blurb!) There are many things addressed in this book which make it so much more enjoyable. I loved the unique take on witches and their abilities. I also loved how Clara, struggles with her power, with harnessing it, with using it, and the fearing the consequences of it. she has lost those who matter to her, and she worries about what will happen if she loses control. She is attending a school in Pennsylvania with other witches learning about their power, their magic and themselves. She has support, but she also has doubt. I am not a big fan of fantasy but this one won me over. I enjoy books on witches, and this was a fresh and unique take on magic. This book also looks at climate change, friendship, romance, and acceptance. This is a magical and unique YA read! Plus, that cover! Thank you to SOURCEBOOKS Fire and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own. Read more of my reviews at www.openbookposts.com

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kristin Hackett (Merrily Kristin)

    4.5 but rounding up to 5 stars. I think this might make my favorites of the year list!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sara L.

    "Just remember: the choices you make today will be felt by who you have yet to become." Plot Clara is a seventeen-year-old who is special. She is an Everwitch. Which means her magic is tied to all four seasons. She is the first Everwitch to appear in almost 200 years so it's a relief when she arrives. But being an Everwitch has its struggles. She has to go through each season while changing and becoming a different person. So she has a personality type for each season. She is forced to evolve "Just remember: the choices you make today will be felt by who you have yet to become." Plot Clara is a seventeen-year-old who is special. She is an Everwitch. Which means her magic is tied to all four seasons. She is the first Everwitch to appear in almost 200 years so it's a relief when she arrives. But being an Everwitch has its struggles. She has to go through each season while changing and becoming a different person. So she has a personality type for each season. She is forced to evolve and change and move forward but she still remembers her past traumas, with the death of her parents and her best friend Nicki, Clara can't afford to get close to anyone emotionally. So she is moved to a Cabin in the Woods where she can't hurt anyone. As an Ecological disaster starts to get out of hand, Clara is forced to get out of her comfort zone and use her powers, but she needs training if she's going to be able to save the world. So she is paired with botanist Sang who is a spring witch and can soothe her worries while training her. But Clara finds herself starting to get attached to Sang, and the last time she had done that - she had killed 3 people. While still grieving and suffering the loss of her loved ones, Clara can not let this Ecological disaster kill anymore witches so she trains with Sang and develops her magic to the fullest. She starts to let her guard down and trust Sang but getting emotionally attached with him will end bad + she has been planing on stripping herself of magic when the Eclipse arrives. So Clara is left with the ultimate decision. Will she forever live without magic and never have to hurt anyone again while letting other witches die? Or will she take up the duty that has caused her so much pain and loss while risking the people she loves to save the entire world from the ecological situation? Yeah... theirs a lot going on. Clara Surprisingly enough, not annoying. I thought she would be an annoying Character to follow but that honestly wasn't the case. Clara was so realistic. The way she tries to isolate herself so she wouldn't hurt anyone and the way she's so honest with herself. It's beautiful! What's also beautiful is seeing her struggle but still be herself. While changing through the seasons she was still true to herself. Sang Sang is a really warm and sweet Character that I adore and can't wait to see more of! (Will we?) I loved how protective he is of Clara! Also, the way he can be both careful and careless at the same time!!!! His love for Plants and Nature really brought out that environmentalist in me to protect what we have because we never realize how much we have until it's gone ;) Paige Yessss! This gurl is puuurfect. She's badass, loyal and SO FREAKING hot. I just love her. That's all I'm gonna say. The Seasons This book makes me appreciate each and every season even though I'm not a big fan of Summer. ☀️ This book brought out both the good and the bad in all the seasons and that was really nice to see. Also, I loved seeing how they were all connected and had a part to play in keeping the world sane and orderly. Writing The writing wasn't my favorite part of the book. In fact, it was the worst BUT the book did make up for that with the plot and great characters so... I'm not complaining. Confusing things...(bear with me cause these are quite a few) What is the connection between humans and witches? / What's up with the humans? So in this world witches rely on humans and humans rely on witches. But what is their CONNECTION. We get that they need each other but do they like each other? And since when do ALL the humans know about witches? Ok...I get that this is a fictional world and the author can do whatever but it at least has to be realistic. I don't understand how everyone could just be ok with the Witches...I don't mean to break the fun but humans are ✨ complicated ✨. There would be some dumb people who are against the witches even though they are literally saving their lives every day. If Clara's behavior is supposed to be changing every season, isn't it supposed to be more obvious? We're in Clara's head but it doesn't feel like she's changing and becoming a different person every season. Other people that know Clara point out that's she's so different from last season's Clara but I don't see any difference. I was also really confused with the little Epigraph we got at the beginning of each chapter because they were so beautiful and I kept searching "A Season for Everything" on Google and I didn't get where the author got the quotes!! But all those quotes tied up for a precious surprise at the end which is always lovely. Overall Overall this book made me CRY. It is a beautiful addition to my nature books and will always hold a place in my heart. "Women are discouraged from being direct and saying what we think. That's why I love winter: It taught me to stand up for myself when the rest of the world is happy to walk over me." Thank you Sourcebooksfire for an Advance Readers Copy in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Solomon

    I adored this contemporary fantasy with a unique magic system, stunning writing, and a sweet botanist boy love interest.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Montzalee Wittmann

    The Nature of Witches by Rachel Griffin SOURCEBOOKS Fire I first want to thank the publisher and NetGalley for letting me read this incredible story! Wow, I can picture this on the big screen! It would be amazing! This is a world where witches help control the weather and other disasters that the regular people (Shadows) have messed up. (Pollution, global warming, deforestation, etc.) The witches are each born on an equinox and that is their season they are strongest in. It's been over a hundred year The Nature of Witches by Rachel Griffin SOURCEBOOKS Fire I first want to thank the publisher and NetGalley for letting me read this incredible story! Wow, I can picture this on the big screen! It would be amazing! This is a world where witches help control the weather and other disasters that the regular people (Shadows) have messed up. (Pollution, global warming, deforestation, etc.) The witches are each born on an equinox and that is their season they are strongest in. It's been over a hundred years since there has been an Ever, one that has the super power of all four seasons. Clara is that Ever. But she also has to find a way to control it. She killed her parents when she was just five and her friend at school while practicing. Witches are dying at an incredible rate trying to do this massive job without an Ever. But she is scared she might kill someone if she lets her power go again. There are a lot of small but important side things going on and at times. But I want Clara to zap the heck out of one of the teachers! He is so mean! There is a romantic element too. Sang is a botany student who came to do advanced studies with the mean teacher. But he has to teach Clara instead. They develop a bond but it's complicated and sad and wonderful at the same time. It's a teen/young adult book but without a lot of the typical angst. Lots of great fantasy, magic, friendship development, learning to trust yourself and others, and that touch of sweet romance. I really enjoyed it and I don't normally like young adult or teen books. The only teen angst in here is a witch that doesn't want to kill anyone else. I'd say that's an okay angst to have! Love the characters, (except one teacher, lol), wonderful world building, realistic dialogue, and terrific ending! I want to see it on the big screen!!!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dannii Elle

    Witches, united with the changing seasons, control the Earth's climate. Over a century has passed since the last witch was born who could connect with all four seasons. However, Clara is one such witch. She has been born in a time when humans have overwhelmed and overpopulated the world and the witches are at the brink of their magical abilities in attempting to control the inclement weather that has risen in the wake of it. Clara could be the witch to unite all others and control it. Or she cou Witches, united with the changing seasons, control the Earth's climate. Over a century has passed since the last witch was born who could connect with all four seasons. However, Clara is one such witch. She has been born in a time when humans have overwhelmed and overpopulated the world and the witches are at the brink of their magical abilities in attempting to control the inclement weather that has risen in the wake of it. Clara could be the witch to unite all others and control it. Or she could be the cause of everyone's destruction. Her powers have already resulted in the death of those she loves, and the distance of all others she could grow to love,so unless she can harness the storm inside of her it will very likely be the latter. Fantasy stories in a contemporary setting rarely interest me but I absolutely adored this unique concept and was eager to give this one a go. I was very impressed by both the introduction and execution of it. Just how the witches harnessed the weather was endlessly interesting to read about and I appreciated the focus on the natural world that also featured as a result of this. The book followed all four seasons and the distinct aesthetic of each was aptly recorded. I felt winter's chill just as keenly as the sweltering summer heat and this author's ability to record our ever-altering world was felt more than it was read. An aspect I appreciated far less however was the romantic focus that just as frequently dogged the pages. I felt little chemistry between Clara and her intended and so little inclination to read about their burgeoning attraction for one another. Despite this, I remained engaged and intrigued throughout. Clara was a strong protagonist and witnessing her growth, in both person and abilities, was a true joy. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the author, Rachel Griffin, and the publisher, Sourcebooks Fire, for this opportunity.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Adalyn Grace

    Add this to your TBR stat. Full review TC!

  10. 5 out of 5

    ♥Milica♥

    DNF @ 30% I don't dnf books. I push through no matter what, but for this one I don't have the patience (or the time) to waste on something I dislike so much. The cover is beautiful and the blurb interesting so I was excited to read it. And there was something "eh" right from the start. It's partially the worldbuilding, partially the storyline and partially the characters. The writing style isn't helping much either. It's set in Pennsylvania, but the way it was done didn't really work for me. It's DNF @ 30% I don't dnf books. I push through no matter what, but for this one I don't have the patience (or the time) to waste on something I dislike so much. The cover is beautiful and the blurb interesting so I was excited to read it. And there was something "eh" right from the start. It's partially the worldbuilding, partially the storyline and partially the characters. The writing style isn't helping much either. It's set in Pennsylvania, but the way it was done didn't really work for me. It's a magical academy and I didn't get any magical vibes from it. There's a chosen one trope and said chosen one is annoying. Clara's best friend was killed by her haywire magic which we learn immediately at the beginning and it keeps getting repeated over and over again. I tried to like her and the other characters, but the only one worth anything is Nox aka the cat. The writing style is very monotone. Big storm? Might as well have been a summer breeze for all I felt (or rather didn't feel) while reading. It failed to keep me interested in the story. There is one good thing though, and that's the lore and the magic. It's different from things seen before. For example witches are born on the Solstice or the Equinox, but Clara is an Everwitch (despite her autumn birth) and she's affected by all four season changes. I may not like the changes, but they bring something new to the witch book table. And there's also lgbt rep, Clara is bisexual I believe? We see her liking both genders and she's been in a relationship with a girl before. So those two reasons mentioned above, plus the fact that I didn't finish the book (for all I know it might get better in the second or final third) is why I gave it two stars instead of one.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Shauni

    Thank you to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review. This was such a unique book. It has a different take on the theme of witches that I found refreshing. The plot is centered on the changing seasons, with each witch's magic being tied to one of the four seasons. But once every hundred or so years, a witch is born with magic tied to all four seasons. Clara is one of those. More powerful than other witches, yet she hates her magic and wants nothing Thank you to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review. This was such a unique book. It has a different take on the theme of witches that I found refreshing. The plot is centered on the changing seasons, with each witch's magic being tied to one of the four seasons. But once every hundred or so years, a witch is born with magic tied to all four seasons. Clara is one of those. More powerful than other witches, yet she hates her magic and wants nothing to do with learning more about it. When disaster strikes, Clara is faced with embracing her magic or losing everything she loves. This book's message of accepting and learning to love who you are is beautiful and needed. I really enjoyed the nature and floral theme throughout the story. Sang was such a sweetie and Paige had the fire that Clara needed in her moments of self-doubt. I did feel that there were parts that could have flowed smoother, specifically the passage of time as the book progressed. While the changing seasons are the main focus of the story, I often thought that the transition from one season to another was a little disjointed and confusing. Regardless, I still thoroughly enjoyed the book. With a unique magic system, a sweet love story and a beautiful message, it was a delightful reading experience

  12. 5 out of 5

    Brittany (whatbritreads)

    *Thank you so much to the publisher for sending me a copy of this for review!* I found this book so engaging, I literally flew through it so quickly. It was so easy to read and pretty addicting, the pacing was on point and there was never a boring or slow moment. Being a fantasy, fast pacing can sometimes feel really intimidating but this book was so gentle and easy to understand. There was no info-dumping, and it had a slow build up to ease you in. It made perfect sense. I really enjoyed the mag *Thank you so much to the publisher for sending me a copy of this for review!* I found this book so engaging, I literally flew through it so quickly. It was so easy to read and pretty addicting, the pacing was on point and there was never a boring or slow moment. Being a fantasy, fast pacing can sometimes feel really intimidating but this book was so gentle and easy to understand. There was no info-dumping, and it had a slow build up to ease you in. It made perfect sense. I really enjoyed the magic system here and how it was elemental. It’s something I’ve never really read about before, but I really liked it and thought it was really cool. Not only is the book physically stunning, but the writing was pretty and overall it was just brilliantly executed. Though I liked the romance (it was ridiculously cute and made perfect sense) it did feel rushed to me. Don’t get me wrong, I completed ADORED our love interest, he was the sweetest boy who just wanted two things: his little flower garden, and Clara. It was ridiculous wholesome and made me smile multiple times. Also, a surprise bi protagonist? Say no more, I love her. I just wish this element was dragged out a bit more, one thing that really doesn’t work for me in books is hearing ‘I love you’ super quickly into their relationship, it just dampens it a bit for me. I still love them though, they were very cute. Also, having said this, I feel like because it took more of a romance approach, the friendships in the book were neglected and there was amazing opportunity for an arc there. While it was superficially explored, there were barely any scenes between Clara and her old best friend and I didn’t feel any sort of closure or satisfaction from the exploration of their relationship which was a shame. I really liked the climate element of this book – I just really wish it was more than just surface level. While there was some discussion about climate change and how humans are destroying the earth through our actions, it felt very weak considering it’s a massive selling point of the book. Don’t get me wrong, I think the inclusion of it anyway was very seamless and added more dimension to the narrative, but there was an opportunity for more here and I felt like it was wasted. If you like witches and flowers and bi girls who can do very powerful magic, this is such a fun and quick read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lea (drumsofautumn)

    wait.. is this a witch-y book.. about.. CLIMATE CHANGE???? Instagram | Blog | Booktube Channel | Twitter wait.. is this a witch-y book.. about.. CLIMATE CHANGE???? Instagram | Blog | Booktube Channel | Twitter

  14. 5 out of 5

    MissBecka Gee

    This was fantastic! I love me a witchy read, and this was certainly that. Highly recommend it to anyone who loves witchy stories, or just needs to get lost for a while. Much love to NetGalley & Sourcebooks Fire for my DRC.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Darshayita Thakur

    This is a brilliant story about climate change and witches who channel their powers through the four different seasons. So you have four different groups of witches- The Summers, Winters, Autumns, and Springs. The author herself was born on a Vernal Equinox and is a proud Spring Witch. We follow Clara Densmore, but she is no ordinary witch. Clara is an everwitch, the first of her kind to be born in over two hundred years. This means that she can draw her power through all four seasons. Is a witch This is a brilliant story about climate change and witches who channel their powers through the four different seasons. So you have four different groups of witches- The Summers, Winters, Autumns, and Springs. The author herself was born on a Vernal Equinox and is a proud Spring Witch. We follow Clara Densmore, but she is no ordinary witch. Clara is an everwitch, the first of her kind to be born in over two hundred years. This means that she can draw her power through all four seasons. Is a witch even a witch if they do not have a cat? Definitely not. Clara's beautiful cat has an equally pretty name: Equinox. The setting is a school in Pennsylvania with different dorms for the four groups, and immense scenic beauty and space for practice. So there are the witches who take care of the Earth and then there are Shaders, with no magical powers, who exploit the Earth for their own selfish reasons. They rely on the witches to restore the balance, but years of extensive usage of the planet's resources have tipped the scales of the balance, and the witches bear the burnt of it. Clara, with her powers is a solution, but she constantly doubts herself. She's torn between reigning in her power so that she doesn't hurt her loved ones ( as has happened a certain number of times in the past ) and letting it free for the sake of the Earth and the crisis at hand which is rapidly deteriorating. The witches need her help, the Earth needs her; more than that, she needs her self back. It's a story about discovery; discovery of the self. The author has successfully created an atmospheric and heart warming read.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kelsea

    I had the chance to read this wonderful debut earlier in the year — and absolutely loved it! 😍 It’s such a beautiful, emotional, and magical story. I teared up quite a few times while reading. 😭 Clara was a wonderful, sympathetic main character — I adored her and the entire cast. And I love love LOVE the way Rachel incorporated climate change into the narrative. It’s key to the backstory and conflict, but it also isn’t magically solved, and it isn’t the story’s main focus. The balance was perfect I had the chance to read this wonderful debut earlier in the year — and absolutely loved it! 😍 It’s such a beautiful, emotional, and magical story. I teared up quite a few times while reading. 😭 Clara was a wonderful, sympathetic main character — I adored her and the entire cast. And I love love LOVE the way Rachel incorporated climate change into the narrative. It’s key to the backstory and conflict, but it also isn’t magically solved, and it isn’t the story’s main focus. The balance was perfect. The Nature of Witches is out June 1 from Source Books Fire! If you’re looking for an emotionally resonant and witchy YA fantasy, I highly recommend pre-ordering. Huge thank you to the author for a free advanced galley of the book. 😍😍😍

  17. 5 out of 5

    ✨navier Empress✨

    I am really proud of myself! I managed to read this in less than a day! 🎉 Regarding the book, it kind of dragged a bit, and the main character was very melodramatic.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Joleen (starlightbooktales)

    4 Stars The Nature of Witches has such a unique concept. Witches + climate change = one fantastic debut novel. This was one of those novels that the more I heard about it, the more excited I got. I love the entire concept of witches being tied to the seasons. But even more, I love that it is set in modern times. Clara, an ever witch a witch tied to all four seasons) was hard to like at first. She struggles with controlling her magic due to past events that left her traumatized. But over time, and 4 Stars The Nature of Witches has such a unique concept. Witches + climate change = one fantastic debut novel. This was one of those novels that the more I heard about it, the more excited I got. I love the entire concept of witches being tied to the seasons. But even more, I love that it is set in modern times. Clara, an ever witch a witch tied to all four seasons) was hard to like at first. She struggles with controlling her magic due to past events that left her traumatized. But over time, and thanks to a new mentor, she comes into her own. Sang, the mentor of everyone's dream, is one of my favorites from this book. He was so kindhearted and encouraging to Clara. Their chemistry was *chefs kisses,* I was rooting for them so hard. . I would have loved for Paige to have gotten more page time. Her part felt like it could have been bigger. The only character I disliked was a certain professor who has questionable teaching methods. Climate change plays a big part in this book. Shaders, non-magic people are destroying the atmosphere, and it's causing some pretty drastic weather changes. Sound familiar? I don't feel like this book was preachy about the topic, but it sheds some much-needed light on it. If you enjoy beautiful writing, connections with the earth, and some swoon-worthy romance, then pick up this book. I would preorder it as it has the most beautiful design under the dust jacket. Thank you to the Sourcebooks for sending me a copy to review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa (ve_xo)

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Thank you so much to Source Fire Books for sending this my way! Witchy reads are some of my favorite titles to dive into. I am so excited to add this one to my favorite witchy reads. The author brings us a story about a powerful witch that has put her powers on "lock" due to events she had to endure. I loved the atmosphere of the story, I am such a sucker for nature and to have every season incorporated into a book along with magic was spectacular. The descriptions were easy to follow, the build Thank you so much to Source Fire Books for sending this my way! Witchy reads are some of my favorite titles to dive into. I am so excited to add this one to my favorite witchy reads. The author brings us a story about a powerful witch that has put her powers on "lock" due to events she had to endure. I loved the atmosphere of the story, I am such a sucker for nature and to have every season incorporated into a book along with magic was spectacular. The descriptions were easy to follow, the build of the world was pretty darn great! It was beautifully described. The plot of the story had a great flow where everything fell into place for the most part. As I started to learn the different seasons there were parts were I had to give a quick re-read but nothing major, that's just on my part.. I like to be super thorough with how the magical system works. One of my favorite things about this story is the inclusion of mental health, Clara has gone through so much, we see how her character strives to better herself along with the support of the main characters. I look forward to reading so much more by Rachel Griffin!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    Not for me. This is written from the viewpoint of a bratty teenager and is angst ridden. Magic takes a backseat to self esteem and **feelings**.oh well- at least it was a quick read.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Pei

    Execution: 2/5 Enjoyment: 1/5 Final rating: 1.5/5 (rounded up) I'm sorry but this was probably one of the most boring books I've ever read. Even the moments of conflict were dull. This was partly due to the pacing; the book opens up with a conflict and then nothing happens for the next 40% of the book. In the meantime, you get lots of mundane descriptions and Clara's wordy and extensive inner musings. The writing style is dry and very wordy. While the magic system and overall premise of the story i Execution: 2/5 Enjoyment: 1/5 Final rating: 1.5/5 (rounded up) I'm sorry but this was probably one of the most boring books I've ever read. Even the moments of conflict were dull. This was partly due to the pacing; the book opens up with a conflict and then nothing happens for the next 40% of the book. In the meantime, you get lots of mundane descriptions and Clara's wordy and extensive inner musings. The writing style is dry and very wordy. While the magic system and overall premise of the story is really interesting (seasonal magic and climate change! I was so excited to pick up this book!), the worldbuilding really falls flat. More time is spent on descriptions and explanations than on intertwining the concepts with the story. The overarching issue of climate change is skimmed over in favor of Clara's internal struggles. Unfortunately, this is a character driven story with an incredibly unlikable and annoying protagonist. Clara is frustratingly stubborn and antagonistic, and while her reluctance is understandable, much of the book is dedicated to it and it prevents the story from moving along. If the first 40% of the book had been condensed into a few short chapters, perhaps this would've made the entire experience more enjoyable but I just found myself rolling my eyes and desperately wanting to DNF instead. Every time Clara takes a step forward in her training, something happens immediately after that causes her to take another step back, and we end up moving at a snail's pace until the final resolution at the ~85% mark which is passed over in half a chapter. Nothing there is ever explained. Suddenly, everything is ok, and the book wraps up with a cheesy finale that feels like the end of a Hallmark movie. Additionally, Clara's relationship with the other characters is very shallow. I was the most intrigued by her relationship with Paige, which is muddy and messy, but the main romance between Clara and Sang felt very cheesy and there was no chemistry between the two of them other than forced proximity. Overall, interesting concept and description but slow pacing and unlikable characters make it a hard pass for me. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Alaina

    I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The Nature of Witches was such a fun book to dive into. After first meeting Clara, I had a feeling that I was going to fall in love with her pretty quickly. Well, that sort of happened because at first she was kind of annoying. Mostly because she just kept pushing people away and looking for acceptance and approval from people.. when she should've been doing the complete opposite. The reason why I saw this is because she is I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The Nature of Witches was such a fun book to dive into. After first meeting Clara, I had a feeling that I was going to fall in love with her pretty quickly. Well, that sort of happened because at first she was kind of annoying. Mostly because she just kept pushing people away and looking for acceptance and approval from people.. when she should've been doing the complete opposite. The reason why I saw this is because she is a powerful ass witch. So even though she is at this place to practice and grow with her magic.. she shouldn't act like someone who was weak. At least in my eyes. Then again, she does have some inner demons and insecurities.. that she just had to deal with herself head on. Eventually she got a lot better once Sang entered the picture. Now these two were really cute and I liked their chemistry a whole bunch. Plus the magic was just really cool and I just wanted to know what made Clara special. Throughout the book, you go through seasons and see everyone adapt to new threats and such. Some of them were pretty interesting and put people in danger. Yet, the outcome was Clara becoming a better witch and one with her own magic. In the end, the little drama was cute and so was the ending. I just kind of wish one thing was a bit more.. not sure what though. More dramatic? More action? Something. It was still a really good book and I definitely enjoyed getting the chance to dive into it.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Dianne

    Imagine being the reluctant possessor of the most powerful magics. Now imagine not being able to control that magic and harming others, being an outcast, not feeling in control. That is how Clara feels as the rare witch who has strong powers during every season, powers she cannot control while those around her expect more than she feels able to give. Rachel Griffin’s THE NATURE OF WITCHES starts out with a wonderful premise that is both current and creative as she weaves her tale with threads of Imagine being the reluctant possessor of the most powerful magics. Now imagine not being able to control that magic and harming others, being an outcast, not feeling in control. That is how Clara feels as the rare witch who has strong powers during every season, powers she cannot control while those around her expect more than she feels able to give. Rachel Griffin’s THE NATURE OF WITCHES starts out with a wonderful premise that is both current and creative as she weaves her tale with threads of climate change and the power of the seasons for witches. I love the beauty of the cover. I just didn’t love this story. I tried to connect with at least one character, but no one jumped out at me. Clara was just not a strong heroine and her treatment by others was a bit much. Even her love life (or lives) didn’t ring authentic for me. What I did love were the rich descriptions of the settings, from the plants to the weather, all well done! In the end, I could definitely tell anyone asking to read it, because, just maybe it was me, perhaps I was expecting too much or should read it again? I received a complimentary ARC edition from Sourcebooks Fire! This is my honest and voluntary review. Publisher : Sourcebooks Fire (June 1, 2021) Publication date : June 1, 2021 Genre: YA Fantasy Print length : 352 pages Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble For Reviews, Giveaways, Fabulous Book News, follow: http://tometender.blogspot.com

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    Witches, elemental magic and the changing of the seasons did a whole lot of nothing for me. “The Nature of Witches” follows Clara, the lone witch tied to each season, as she struggles to own her power and use it to combat the unpredictable weather following the death of her friend. When it all becomes too much her teachers give her a tutor and hope she can end the year better than it began. I had never been so bored in my entire life while reading a book! I love any sort of witch book and the co Witches, elemental magic and the changing of the seasons did a whole lot of nothing for me. “The Nature of Witches” follows Clara, the lone witch tied to each season, as she struggles to own her power and use it to combat the unpredictable weather following the death of her friend. When it all becomes too much her teachers give her a tutor and hope she can end the year better than it began. I had never been so bored in my entire life while reading a book! I love any sort of witch book and the concept of the seasons being split amongst the students with them being in control of as well as embodying personality traits of their season seemed like room for a lot of fun unfortunately our main character Clara was so dull I couldn’t keep my eyes open. She’s dealing with the death of her friend as a result of her misfiring gifts, a death that repeated to us over and over on the off chance we have forgotten, and since then she has too much fear to fully embrace her talents which is fine. That being said she does nothing really to try and change anything? She talks a lot about putting herself into these situations to improve and then quits halfway through which was so frustrating to read over and over again. I don’t know I feel like had we reworked Clara a bit or even spent less time on her and more on the world building itself I might have been able to squeeze out a three star but I spent more time checking my progress than actually caring about how her story ended. **special thanks to the publishers and netgalley for providing an arc in exchange for a fair and honest review**

  25. 4 out of 5

    rachel ☾

    For centuries, witches have maintained the climate, their power from the sun peaking in the season of their birth. But now their control is faltering as the atmosphere becomes more erratic. All hope lies with Clara, an Everwitch whose rare magic is tied to every season. i kind of... hate the cover 😔 Blog • Trigger Warning Database • Twitter • Instagram For centuries, witches have maintained the climate, their power from the sun peaking in the season of their birth. But now their control is faltering as the atmosphere becomes more erratic. All hope lies with Clara, an Everwitch whose rare magic is tied to every season. i kind of... hate the cover 😔 Blog • Trigger Warning Database • Twitter • Instagram

  26. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin Wickens

    !THIS BOOK WAS SENT TO ME BY THE PUBLISHER TO REVIEW! I absolutely adored this book! The commentary on climate change which is weaved into this book is something unlike anything else I have ever read. The message is extremely powerful and holds us accountable for the damage we are doing to our planet. The two protagonists of this story were both extremely likable and their relationship felt believable with all of its issues, love, and twists and turns. So much sympathy went towards Clara's charact !THIS BOOK WAS SENT TO ME BY THE PUBLISHER TO REVIEW! I absolutely adored this book! The commentary on climate change which is weaved into this book is something unlike anything else I have ever read. The message is extremely powerful and holds us accountable for the damage we are doing to our planet. The two protagonists of this story were both extremely likable and their relationship felt believable with all of its issues, love, and twists and turns. So much sympathy went towards Clara's character. Her refusal to love both herself and others was truly heartbreaking and I loved seeing her relationship with herself grow throughout the book. I do wish the author had further delved into Clara's bisexuality as it almost felt brushed over at times. But, other than that, I really enjoyed this book and look forward to seeing what other books Rachel Griffin has!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    Before diving into this book, I had previously read two reviews at opposites (one being five stars and the other one star) so I was curious to see how I would feel about this ARC. Turns out, it's a middle of the road kind of book for me. Not amazing but not horrible either. Overall, I enjoyed it and for some reason I flew through this book which helped but sometimes, I wished we had a bigger plot. It did feel like nothing much happened other than the FMC's training to be an Everwitch, meaning a w Before diving into this book, I had previously read two reviews at opposites (one being five stars and the other one star) so I was curious to see how I would feel about this ARC. Turns out, it's a middle of the road kind of book for me. Not amazing but not horrible either. Overall, I enjoyed it and for some reason I flew through this book which helped but sometimes, I wished we had a bigger plot. It did feel like nothing much happened other than the FMC's training to be an Everwitch, meaning a witch that can use all four types of magic : Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Also, every time a new season comes, she sorts of become a bit different in her personality but I didn't feel like that part of the story worked very well, I'm not sure how to explain it. The romance was nice but part of me wanted her to end up with her best friend (and ex-lover/ex-girlfriend) Paige but sadly, that didn't happen. I also appreciated what the author tried to do with the environment theme and how she said that humans without magic (I can't remember the term, sorry) needed to basically, get their sh*t together because magic wasn't a solution. (Thank you for letting me read and review an ARC via Netgalley)

  28. 5 out of 5

    Abbie | nerdyabbie

    A unique debut about the price of magic, and the effects it can wreak on our world. So, this one surprised me. It was a very different concept from other witchy books, which I was into, but the execution disappointed me a little bit. The writing style felt too staccato for me - there wasn’t a lot of flow. I just couldn’t vibe with it. Also, I couldn’t relate with the main heroine. The world-building was another let-down for me. I honestly just kinda flipped through it with disinterest. It wasn’t A unique debut about the price of magic, and the effects it can wreak on our world. So, this one surprised me. It was a very different concept from other witchy books, which I was into, but the execution disappointed me a little bit. The writing style felt too staccato for me - there wasn’t a lot of flow. I just couldn’t vibe with it. Also, I couldn’t relate with the main heroine. The world-building was another let-down for me. I honestly just kinda flipped through it with disinterest. It wasn’t rich and vibrant enough to hold my attention. Love the author, but didn’t love this book! Big thank you to SOURCEBOOKS Fire for sending me an ARC copy of this book! YA Fantasy Book Breakdown: Writing Quality: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ World Building: ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ Characterization: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ .75 Witty Banter: ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ Plot: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ Sub-Plot Romance: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ Enjoyment Level: ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ 「 Overall: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆」

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ashleigh

    *I received an e-arc from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review* Great debut from author, Rachel Griffin! This book was not only about witches, but it also had a sweet romance, and spoke about some environmental issues in this fictional world. Every witch in this book, no matter their gender, have their powers based in one season: Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. The main character, Clara is an Everwitch, meaning that she has the power of all four seasons and can use them throughout the year. *I received an e-arc from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review* Great debut from author, Rachel Griffin! This book was not only about witches, but it also had a sweet romance, and spoke about some environmental issues in this fictional world. Every witch in this book, no matter their gender, have their powers based in one season: Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. The main character, Clara is an Everwitch, meaning that she has the power of all four seasons and can use them throughout the year. As an Everwitch, Clara is very powerful but she is afraid to wield her power, as she feels that she can’t control it. She wants to help the world that’s been damaged by climate change, but she’s afraid she’ll hurt the ones that she loves. Losing her loved ones has been too high of a price to pay. In the Autumn she wants nothing to do with her magic. In the Winter, the world is on the precipice of disaster and Clara realizes she may be the only one who can help. In the Spring, she falls for Sang, the witch who is training her and helping her figure out her powers. As her magic grows, so do her feelings for Sang, and she’s terrified that she will lose him next. In the Summer, Clara must choose between her power and her happiness. Great for lovers of angsty romance and witchy reads! Be sure to check this one out.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    THIS WAS AWESOME. This book is about witches fighting climate change, but also so much more. It's about self-acceptance and the power of never apologize for who you are. Tha magic system is so unique and special. The author's take on a magic school setting coupled with a Chosen One character is so fresh and completely mind-altering. I haven't felt the magic in a book feel so MAGICAL in a very long time. I am immersed with the main character's journey in learning to control her magic. This is ama THIS WAS AWESOME. This book is about witches fighting climate change, but also so much more. It's about self-acceptance and the power of never apologize for who you are. Tha magic system is so unique and special. The author's take on a magic school setting coupled with a Chosen One character is so fresh and completely mind-altering. I haven't felt the magic in a book feel so MAGICAL in a very long time. I am immersed with the main character's journey in learning to control her magic. This is amazing. I don't know what else to say. Communicating by planting flowers of one's emotions??? AAAAAAAA SCREAM. Nothing more wholesome and romantic than this. Thanks Netgalley for this amazing arc.

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