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Wild Is the Witch

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This is a refreshing young adult tale about witches. Witches live among us, but they are rarely the scary creatures of nightmare stories. They work with nature and in the case of our protagonist, Iris, she works with animals and can connect with them. The description of magic and how she uses it is magical in its own sense and quite poetic in the story. You can feel it sweeping around you. Iris works with a man she can't get along with and they constantly snipe at each other. Then, a recalcitrant owl (yup, an owl) forces them to work together and discover the truth about each other. This story is magical in more ways than one.
Thanks to NetGalley for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.
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While Wild is the Witch wasn't a bad read per se, it definitely fell into the category of utterly forgettable books for me. There wasn't anything about the book that really stood out to me, neither in a positive nor in a negative way.

The characters were alright. I didn't particularly like Pike (also, what kind of name is Pike?!) since he seemed unnecessarily rude in the first part of the book, but at some point he got better.

I liked that Iris and Pike talked with each other quite a lot. It was nice to actually see characters change their opinions of each other throughout conversations instead of just getting told that they spent time with each other and now they get along. They didn't really have chemistry though.

The writing was okay. Nothing extraordinary I guess. Same with the plot.

In the end I don't have any strong feelings about this book, but if you enjoyed the author's previous book (which I didn't), you will probably like this one as well.
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Many thanks to Netgalley and Sourcebooks Fire for the early copy of Wild is the Witch by Rachel Griffin in exchange for an honest review. 
I didn’t quite know how to rate this book so I rounded up from 3.5 stars to 4.  This was a good easy read set in a world where magic is freely accepted and Witches are carefully governed to ensure any magic use is safe. I really liked this idea.  I also really liked all the area descriptions of the Pacific Northwest where this book is set.  I really want to visit more now than ever before.  It was very atmospheric, and I enjoyed that too.  
I loved the characters, including the animals, but what brings my score down a bit is that it was a little bit predictable with the relationship between the main characters. 
This is a nice book, definitely worth a read if it sounds like something you might enjoy, and it’s out in August 2022!
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Brilliant new YA book! Witches, curses, love and loss, what’s not to love?
Wild is the Witch is fast paced and incredibly hard to put down once you’ve started. 
The world building was rich and comforting, very immersive thanks to Rachel’s incredible writing. 
Beautifully written story which fantasy and romance readers will enjoy.
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I thought this was overall such a refreshing read. I very much enjoyed the forced proximity trope. The pacing was quick and the characters were both relatable!
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Thank you to NetGalley for this eARC!
I thought this book was very beautiful and romantic! Iris is a wonderfully written character that is just full of passion and spark. The author really draws you in and makes you care for the characters, especially Iris. The romance is wonderful and has one of everyone's favorite tropes.
What really makes this book feel so amazing is the magic in the world-building is so detailed and thought out. The story flows really well and everything is very cohesive. I would definitely recommend this if you want an engaging and well-written story.
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If you loved the nature of witches you might love this book. 🌲🦉🐺✨❤️
It is set in the woods, has magic, animals, romance and adventure. It definitely gave some of the feeling i have been missing since reading The Nature Of Witches.
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Loved this!
I love books sets in the Pacific Northwest - all that gray skies, fog and moody atmosphere. This was a brilliantly written story. I loved Rachel Griffins idea of how a witch uses magic. That connection to the earth, animals and almost the atoms of the air to draw in to help heal, sooth, and engage. Iris and Pikes relationship starts brittle and cranky and ends sarcastic and teasing. What happens in between is something you will have to read to find out!
Thanks Netgalley for the ARC. Now I’m off to find this authors other titles!
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My new favorite book! Rachel’s writing is just perfection. I love her world building, the angst, and I really just love that owl! This is definitely in my top 10 books of the year!
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This book was good, but The ending is what really made it. It wasn’t quite what I had expected, but it was exactly what the story needed (duh, that’s why the author wrote it that way). I felt Amy was a huge part of the book, but we never really got any closure there. Maybe this is a series and we just don’t see it until the next book. But overall, this was a good book with great characters and an interesting spin on magic and witches.
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This was my first book by Rachel Griffin and it certainly won’t be my last.  I really loved this book! 
It was a beautifully written YA story.  I loved that it was a unique witch story.  It’s about witches working with nature, much like how I interpret witches to truly use their magic.  The story was organic and beautiful and so atmospheric. 
Iris is a Lunar witch, she can communicate with animals.  Her mother owns and operates an animal sanctuary.  Pike is a summer intern, studying birds.  He hates all things magic and especially witches, he and Iris have an obvious strained relationship.  Using an old ritual from her grandmother, Iris accidentally cures Pike, they must work together or her curse could destroy everything. 
Set is the Pacific Northwest
enemies to lovers
funny banter
Rambunctious owl 
only one tent
Just a beautiful, rich, earthy story.  I loved it.  
Thank you netgalley and Sourcebooks Fire for the opportunity to read this book!
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𝐖𝐢𝐥𝐝 𝐈𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐖𝐢𝐭𝐜𝐡
Release Date: August 22, 2022
Publisher: SOURCEBOOKS fire


𝐐𝐮𝐢𝐜𝐤 𝐈𝐧𝐟𝐨:
🌱 First-person pov
🌱YA adult fantasy with romance
🌱 enemies to lovers 

𝐐𝐮𝐢𝐜𝐤 𝐒𝐮𝐦𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐲:
Two years later, after experiencing a traumatic event involving magic, Iris and her mom live in Washing, working at a wildlife refuge. Since that traumatic night, Iris Gray vows never to let another person know she’s a witch. She instead hides who she really is and writes her frustrations down as spells she never intends to cast. She runs the wildlife refuge with her mother and Pike Alder, the witch-hating intern. After hearing Pike make a harmful comment about witches, Iris vents her anger by creating a curse she knows he would hate. As she is about to destroy it, an owl swoops down and takes the curse. The owl just so happens to be a powerful amplifier. If the owl dies, the whole town will be inflicted with the curse. Without Pike knowing the truth, they must work together and trek through the wilderness to find the owl before something happens to it. 

I love love love the way Rachel Griffin writes magic. I fell absolutely in love with her writing in her book The Nature of Witches, and she didn’t disappoint in this book. Her magic system in this book is that, basically, magic co-exists with the universe. It has always existed. Energy from the universe is just reordered to create certain outcomes. I also loved the characters in the book. Iris is a very likable character, and I love how she develops throughout the story. The same goes for Pike. He’s a nerdy likable character for the most part. His character development was one of my favorites throughout the story. 

Overall, the book was a very beautiful and easy-to-read story. The magic system isn’t confusing or difficult to understand at all. If you are looking for something that is fantasy but not too intricate that it takes a while to understand, then I definitely recommend this story. I think this is definitely one of my favorite books that I’ve read this year! 

Thank you to Netgalley, SOURCEBOOKS fire, and Rachel Griffin for the eArc in exchange for an honest review.
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Wild is the Witch weaves a powerful and alluring tale. Iris Gray is a witch with a traumatizing and harsh backstory. One night changed everything. When Iris’s best friend Amy accidentally burned her lover to death while attempting to turn him into a witch, Iris is wrapped in the middle of it. Even though she didn't know of Amy’s plans, she was crucified. Her town never saw her the same. She lost her best friend, her father abandoned ship, and Iris along with her mother were forced out of town. From that day, she swore to never give too much. No one could know she was a witch. The fallout would be too much for her to bear. 

Enter Pike Alder; a sarcastic coworker who just so happens to have a deep hatred for witches. Iris cannot stand Pike and writes a curse that she will never cast; one that would turn him into the very thing he hates most. However, a northern spotted owl takes off with the spell, activating it. To save Pike and everyone in the region from a perilous fate, Iris goes on a journey to track the bird and put an end to her greatest mistake. But is anything ever that simple? Will Iris be able to stop what’s on the horizon? Or will lives be irreversibly changed?

Griffin’s writing is enchanting! The connection she has with animals and nature is unprecedented. You can feel the magic flowing out of each page, drawing you into its understanding of the world. The sensory detail and imagery of Wild is the Witch is an escape. One where readers can find comfort in, even as Iris’s life seems hopeless. In fact, it’s Iris’s story that is the most spellbinding of all. To watch her come into her own, accept, trust, and believe in herself is nothing short of a miracle. 

Pike has his own backstory; equally, if not more, devastating than Iris’s. The pain, loss, and suffering Pike attempts to drown out on a daily basis nearly overwhelms him. Like many, he uses humor and sarcasm to cover up his deepest wounds and to soldier on.
Pike goes on a journey himself in Wild is the Witch. Throughout his travel tracking down a northern spotted owl with Iris, he learns acceptance, forgiveness, and how to cope.

Overall Wild is the Witch is a tale that one instantly finds themselves heavily infatuated with. The themes of loss, love, heart-break, acceptance, and the willingness to forgive detail events that leave one raw and open. Wild is the Witch is a beautiful novel that will shine light into the darkest parts of your heart. This is the type of book that hurts, but is necessary nonetheless. Overcoming any obstacle does not come without difficulty. Griffin expertly delivers a tale that some might not even realize they need until they take a chance on it. I highly recommend you pick up a copy!
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Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire, the author, and NetGalley for providing this eARC in exchange for an honest review. This book will release August 2, 2022.

Iris Gray and her mother are witches, living and working at a wildlife refuge in the Pacific Northwest, keeping their magic under wraps after an incident in their previous hometown that resulted in the death of a boy and in Iris’s best friend being stripped of her magic. This secrecy is complicated by Pike, an intern at the refuge, who is decidedly vocal in his dislike of witches, and, seemingly, of Iris. Trying to let go of her anxiety about Pike discovering her family’s secret and therefore running them out of their home once again, Iris crafts a curse that will turn Pike into a witch, intending to dispose of it immediately through a ritual learned from her grandmother. But then a northern spotted owl that’s been following Iris around the refuge steals the curse and flies into the wilderness, and Iris and Pike must track it down before the bird dies and the curse is unleashed.

This is a lovely contemporary/low fantasy novel, and has some of the best integration of magic into the real world that I’ve ever read. I love any book where witches and/or magic are common knowledge, and the author’s explanation of how that came to be is pretty great, and so is a later description of the connection between the northern spotted owl, magic, and old growth forests. In general, Iris’s feelings for animals and the nature of magic really sustained me throughout reading this book, and were easily the strongest and my favorite parts. While I came around to liking Pike by the end (which I was surprised by, as early on I had no idea how the author would change my opinion of him or create any kind of believable connection between him and Iris), for me personally the burgeoning romance paled in comparison to Iris’s passion for the wilderness—though without its existence, we wouldn’t get such an incredibly heart-wrenching and tense climax—or even the final image, I suspect, which was so soothing to my soul.
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I received an ARC from netgalley, thank you so much for letting me read this in advance! First off WOW, I loved this book more than I though I would. Rachel Griffin's writing was stunning and atmospheric. The magic, animals, characters were all so lovely. This story was simple in a good way and beautiful. One of the best YA books I have read in awhile.
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5/5 ⭐️ 

Rachel Griffin once again delivers an original story. WILD IS THE WITCH takes place in Washington. Griffin weaves a beautiful story where you can smell the freshly fallen rain and see the giant evergreen trees. 

Follow Iris, Pike and a Northern Spotted Owl as they navigate past hurt and the future repercussions of decisions made today.

Thank you to NetGalley and publisher Sourcebooks Fire for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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This was an incredibly sweet ya story. The whole thing was simple yet just so heartwarming. I held my breath in so many moments hoping for a positive outcome. I have never rooted so much for an owl. There were so many emotional topics mentioned and they were dealt with so well. Loved this story!
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Thanks NetGalley for the ARC.

I love Rachel Griffin because she takes magic and witches and effortlessly weaves them into the modern-day world, tackling subjects like climate change and conservation. I love that her stories take place in my home part of the U.S.–the PNW.

Our heroine Iris is a witch who had to flee her home with her mom after her best friend turned a boy into a mage, killing him. She has a lot of trauma from this experience and lives with a lot of anxiety and fear. Her mom and her run an animal sanctuary and employ Pike, a college student studying birds. Pike is SO annoying, he is mean and snarky and literally just makes everything for Iris worse and harder. He is very aware that he makes things hard on her and he doesn't care. So she writes a curse, never intending to use it, and is ready to burn it when a rescued owl swoops in and takes it and flies away.

Thus starts Iris and Pike's journey to rescue the bird, undo the curse and return home. They have to camp and hike in the woods and spend a lot of time together. They slowly start to learn more about each other and their opinions about the other person chance. Honestly, this was done rather quickly to be believable. It is believable that Pike had a crush on Iris from the beginning and was mean to her because of it and he likes the attention. It is less believable that Iris would forgive him for his actions that quickly, especially because he's still an asshole to her on their trip. So not fully shipping them.

Pike hates witches so when he finds out Iris is a witch and she accidentally cursed him he freaks out and says a lot of mean things and runs away. Iris is trying to save the bird and take back the cruse but she doesn't know enough about the curse or have enough power to realistically do both. It was heartbreaking reading about the owl dying, I do wish the author had avoided this although I understand why she chose to do it. Pike agrees to let Iris bind the curse to him and turn him into a mage. He's almost overcome with power and flame but he pushes it to Iris, nearly killing her.

Of course help arrives and they are both saved. The Witches Council goes easy on her, recognizing that she tried her best to stop it from happening. Pike forgives her and she will help him use his magic. And then they return to the animal sanctuary and Iris realizes the ghost of the bird is back and bound to Pike.

Anyway, the way the animals and magic is described is beautiful. The obvious message about preserving and protecting our animal friends is respected and needed in today's world.
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This is my first time reading a book by Rachel Griffin and I absolutely LOVE her writing style! This story was so beautiful. Simple and uncomplicated in that it didn’t need a lot of distractions or plot twists to drive it forward. I couldn’t put this down because I was completely engrossed in the world and the characters and didn’t want to leave them for even a second. I’ve already preordered my copy and can’t wait to read it again!!
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Thank you to Netgalley for the ARK of Wild is the Witch in exchange for my honest review! 

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️/ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 

Wild is the Witch is the second novel I have read by this author the first being the Nature of Witches. Similar to her debate novel this YA fantasy is a well written delight that is perfect for fantasy lovers and includes an enemies to lovers aspect. Iris finds herself forced to work with her enemy and romantic rival Pike to save the world from herself. The book was well paced and overall I would highly recommend!!
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