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Wild Is the Witch

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I love Rachel Griffin... that is all. Just kidding, but actually she is an author that I always turn to when I want just a really good reach read. There is something about the owl in the book that makes me want to use it as a football and also keep is as a pet which are very interesting and clearly conflicting feelings. I love the angsty, the overall emotions and characters themselves and the love story is also just *chefs kiss* Overall I adored this book.

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This is the second novel by this author and this was another fun, enjoyable read.
It is a fast paced, well written story that has a lovely combination of magic, nature and a little bit of romance as
well.
This is a book to curl up with and devour in a day.

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Rachel Griffin is the queen of witchy stories that focus on climate change and global warming. That’s just it though, I feel like I just read a reworking of The Nature of Witches. I wanted more, I wanted a unique and new story and this just didn’t fulfill that need.

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Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

Rachel Griffin has done it again! I absolutely loved Nature of Witches so I knew as soon as this book was announced that I would love it too and I was right! The atmosphere she creates with her writing is truly magical. I love that she set this world in our world but just added magic; specifically the magic of nature. As someone who loves the PNW (Pacific Northwest), I truly enjoy and love the world Rachel Griffin creates and how she describes the beauty of the PNW. Also, I can’t finish this review without mentioning how much I loved the romance in this book; the enemies to lovers trope, the safety and closeness they develop throughout the book was just amazing to read.

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I liked this book but wanted more. It was a quick read and face paced. Great characters and hauntingly magical.

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I was given this book in return for an honest review.

I didn't think it was possible but I liked this more than The Nature of Witches. The only thing that would've made it better is a change in the outcome of the plot device (if you've read it, you know). I would've also liked to see more magic like we did in her first novel. I loved that we got a whole new set of witches in this world. With different powers and a better understanding of the "world" in this book.

I'll be honest, the banter between Pike and Grey was on point. I laughed out loud in quite a few places. I honestly hope she does a sequel. Or maybe a combination of both worlds?

The book is really fast paced and keeps you wanting more. I finished it in 4 days so the speed digested speaks for itself. Also do yourself a favor and grab a hardcover copy because what's hiding underneath that dust jacket, chefs kiss.

4.75 ⭐ highly recommend

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I like to jump genres so I can recommend books to students. This is a YA about a witch which is on trend. I would have loved this in high school. Paranormal and fantasy stories about magic are fantastic but phenomenal when they also touch real problems. I feel Iris will really connect with young adults. The story is fast paced and keeps your attention. Beautiful writing style.

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This was an interesting YA novel! The writing was really good. Overall, I would definitely recommend trying this book!

I received an e-ARC from the publisher.

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Wild Is the Witch was such a beautiful read. I'm a summer for books that incorporate nature into the story, and the author did h a fantastic job of doing this. Initially, the book's cover is what caught my attention. I think it perfectly conveys this concept of nature and freedom. When you read the story and move beyond the characters' complicated pasts and interactions, there's a thoughtful and somewhat emotional story of healing. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to others.

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Thank you Netgalley and Sourcebooks Fire for the E-arc of “Wild Is The Witch” by Rachel Griffin in exchange for an honest review.
This was one of my most anticipated reads of 2022 and it did not disappoint.
Iris is a witch who keeps finding herself in trouble. With a recent move to the pacific north west Iris is carful not to upset the Witch’s council any more than se already has, worried that if she causes trouble again that her powers may be stripped of her.
To vent her frustrations she writes curses then dispels them before they can be enacted. But before she can dispel the curse she wrote for Pike Alder, the witch hating aspiring Ornithologist, a bird swoops in and steals it. If the bird should die, the curse will not only is enacted onto Pike but to everyone within that region, turning them all into witches; A very dangerous thing considering that new witches don’t know how to control their powers.
Pike and Iris now must hike through the Pacific North West in search for this bird before any harm comes to it or else mass discretion shall ensue.

This book was everything I wanted it to be. I love the idea of witches being monitored by a higher authority and what that looks like in their daily lives.
While reading I felt like I was walking alongside Iris and felt what she felt. Rachel Griffin did a wonderful job in her description of Washington and the PNW (A place I hold dear in my heart) I felt like I was home amounts the wild trees and the creatures they inhabit.

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I really wanted to love this book. Really I did, but it was just so fast paced. I feel like I was in a race to finish it, when there was no actual race to speak of! The book felt far too short and fast-paced for me, so I think it would really benefit from a sequel or a novella or something. I need MORE. I wish there had been more witchy things to happen, but I enjoyed the little bits I was given. I think the plot is a good idea, but may need a little more flushing out. That being said, I also think that a sequel could just be set in the same world as this book with all new characters.
It was a really fun, good read, it was just too fast for me.

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I really really wish Rachel Griffin had been writing YA novels when I was in high school.
Give me all the pacific northwest witchy vibes, a fast paced story, romance, and (of course) a curse. I cannot wait to see what's next from Rachel Griffin

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Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This was so good. I love this author, I love how she paints her world. I wish I could read this for the first time all over again

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This was a DNF for me. It just didn't hold my attention. Maybe, it was too young for me. The cover is lovely though.

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This book delivered on everything that I wanted from a witchy read! The atmospheric and mesmerizing magic the author manages to inject into the concept of witches tied to nature and the wilderness is…bewitching. Everyone can write about witches but very few witch related books make me feel like I am truly reading about magic that makes me want to feel and touch in wonder.

The characters started off fairly standard as there is an enemies to lovers (or more love to hate) romantic subplot between a boy who hates magic and our protagonist who is a witch herself. In the beginning I thought there was no way the author could possibly convince me Pike isn’t a prejudiced asshole and make his romance with Iris believable. But the amount of nuance and humanity the author managed to inject to Pike bit by bit made him grow on me like mold. And by the end I was screaming and crying at our trash boy and Iris, because their relationship is so special and precious and beautiful. Just like this whole book was.

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Rachel Griffin has done it again. I absolutely love the way that this author can transport her readers with her atmospheric descriptions of nature and a connection with the Earth. This book is perfect for any young reader that loves the outdoors, animals, and magic. I will definitely recommend both of this author's witchy titles to those YA readers.

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In a world where witches aren't very welcome, Iris Gray deals with her frustration by writing curses she doesn't cast. When an owl swoops in and steals the curse Iris was about to dispel, Iris risks turning everyone in the region into a witch if the owl dies. If that happens, the Witches' Council would strip Iris of her magic...

Wild is the Witch by Rachel Griffin is an easy 5 star read for me. The story was both character driven and fast paced, which is a combination that's hard to execute well. I don't know how, but somehow Rachel managed to do it. I was up reading until about 3 am, with is something I never do. I read 60% of the book in one sitting and even though I already possess the e-book, I'm planning on getting a hardback because I enjoyed this book so much.

The book has an enemies-to-lovers trope that is incredibly well executed. I never knew what was going to happen next and I love how the interactions between Iris and Pike felt very natural.

In short, Wild is the Witch is the perfect autumn read that makes you want to go adventuring after you've finished it.

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I was confused at first because I thought this book was a sequel to the first book but it didn't seem that way. Perhaps they are set in the same universe but you don't need to read the first book to understand this one.

Once I got over that confusion and immersed myself in the book I was really into it. It was a beautifully written story with so much personality and thoughtfulness. It read very literarily to me, almost similar to how the Practical Magic series is written.

Iris is a hardened witch; she's been burned before and is terrified to do anything that might expose her secret. She strongly dislikes Pike and as soon as you are introduced to his character you can see why. He's smug and cocky and he hates witches. Iris is taken aback by his revelation and it only strengthens her hatred of him. That's also when you realize they are probably going to fall for each other.

While this is a book about secrets, personal growth, and life lessons it also reeks of romance and I loved that. It wasn't the main plot point but having that romantic development between Pike and Iris in the background was really great and added so much to the story.

As the pair try to find the owl that is holding the curse, they grow closer and secrets are revealed. However, will they be able to survive the revelations that are in front of them? What happens when everything explodes in their faces?

There are a few twists in the story that I didn't see coming. I thought I knew how the book was going to turn out, especially after the major twist.

I thought there was so much great character development and growth throughout the story and it added so much depth to the plot. Iris was a great protagonist and I loved being inside her head. I especially loved seeing how she saw magic... it made me wish witches and magic were real.

If you like the Practical Magic series I think you will really love Wild is the Witch!

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I loved the first book, and even though this one took me a bit to finish, I very much enjoyed it! I love how the magic and nature are so tied together! I love the way Rachel Griffin writes, I absolutely felt like I was in the book while I was reading it! I think this is a very cozy book because of that! I love Iris and Pike together, it was fun to see more of them!

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I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Wild is the Witch was so much fun to dive into. From the very beginning, I was pretty intrigued by Iris. She's a witch and knows that most people wouldn't be very accepting over that little fact. Heck, her own father left her because he just wanted to live a normal life without magic. Which, he's a losing so much because of that in my eyes.

In this new place, she has to be very careful when it comes to her own magic. Which is hard for her to do when it comes to Pike. Oh, he pushes her buttons and one day she snaps (sort of). I mean, sure, she created a "curse" for him but didn't mean for an owl to catch it and play a never-ending game of hide and go seek. Also, this "curse" sounded amazing because it would make him a mage. The only thing is he could potentially die from it but details!

Thrown into a forest adventure, her and Pike set off to find the Owl and bring it back. Along the way, they start to see each other in a different light. Emotions and romance start to flicker between them, and things start to take off. They were pretty adorable throughout the entire book, and it just made me smile.

In the end, it was all bittersweet. Things made me sad and happy, and I'm just really overjoyed that I got the opportunity to dive into this. I can't wait for the next amazing book Rachel writes!

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