Monday, March 29, 2021

JASMINE's THOUGHTS on The Nature of Witches by Rachel Griffin

Young Adult
Contemporary Paranormal/Fantasy
Urban Fantasy
Publish Date:
June 1,2021

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.



**About the Author**
Rachel Griffin is the author of the upcoming The Nature of Witches, releasing from Sourcebooks Fire in 2021, with a second standalone novel to follow in 2022. When she isn’t writing, you can find her wandering the Pacific Northwest, reading by the fire, or drinking copious amounts of coffee and tea. She lives in the Seattle area with her husband, dog, and growing collection of houseplants.

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***My Thoughts***

Note: This Review contains NO spoilers

An intriguing synopsis. A beautiful cover. These are the two that caught my attention. Thank you to Netgalley for the advance reader copy (ARC). A captivating story of magic and nature which also intertwined the real issue of climate change. I also enjoyed the subtle romance that developed throughout the story. I also liked the thorough and descriptive writing of the main character, Clara, from her magic to her struggle/journey to accepting who she is and what she becomes in the end.

I was fascinated by the way the author divided up the book by seasons which made for an eloquent story. The flow of the book was... eh, it felt slow. Every so many chapters, I would lose interest, but the appeal of magic and nature kept me interested. I also felt that Clara's drama and insecurities was a bit... much. I pretty much kept "rolling my eyes" every time Clara kept being so over-dramatic about herself.

All in all, I found The Nature of Witches a captivating and dramatic story of growth and acceptance of oneself with nature and magic woven in. Moreover, I think that readers that enjoy this genre should read it.

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