I am back for another Theme Thursday and this month’s theme is: Witches! Witches are some of my favorite supernatural “creatures” and I love reading about them! So thank you Sophie for another great theme!
Theme Thursday is a monthly feature created by the wonderful and sweet Sophie @ Blame Chocolate where bloggers can share recs and newly found books featuring that month’s theme.
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Books I’ve Read
The Witches by Roald Dahl
Synopsis:This is not a fairy-tale. This is about real witches. Real witches don’t ride around on broomsticks. They don’t even wear black cloaks and hats. They are vile, cunning, detestable creatures who disguise themselves as nice, ordinary ladies. So how can you tell when you’re face to face with one? Well, if you don’t know yet you’d better find out quickly-because there’s nothing a witch loathes quite as much as children and she’ll wield all kinds of terrifying powers to get rid of them. (Goodreads)
Thoughts: I am a chicken so I actually have never read a “real” scary book but this one comes pretty close to being deliciously frightening. It used to be my favorite childhood book and I have read it a dozen times. I love it so much.
Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin
Synopsis: Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou’s, but a wicked stunt forces them into an impossible union—holy matrimony.The war between witches and Church is an ancient one, and Lou’s most dangerous enemies bring a fate worse than fire. Unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, a choice must be made.And love makes fools of us all. (Goodreads)
Thoughts: This was my most anticipated release of September and it did not disappoint! This book is now on ma all-time favourite books! I highly recommend it. I particularly like how magic works in that world; very clever!! (you can see my spoiler-free review here).
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (you can see my review here)
Synopsis: Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling. Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart (Goodreads).
Thoughts: I don’t know if the Grisha qualify as witches and wizards but they still wield and are gifted with powers, so let’s say that it counts! I really liked this book even more than I thought I would. It was a pleasurable and entertaining read; the Grishaverse is so interesting!
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Thoughts: How could I not feature our favorite wizards and witches? I love them all very very much! If you have never read Harry Potter, it is not too late! My favorite is Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban because Sirius Black is the love of my life. My favourite witches are Hermione Granger, Molly Weasley and I am intrigued by Belatrix Lestrange.
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Synopsis: Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them. (Goodreads)
Thoughts: This book had a good premise and I was really excited when I picked it up but it was very confusing and I can barely remember what it was about. I think I’ll have to read it again… It has even been adapted into a movie with a great cast but it was also confusing.
The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith
Synopsis: A Love Triangle of Unspeakable Horror…Elena: Searching for the ultimate thrill, she vowed to have Stefan. Stefan: Haunted by his tragic past, he struggled to resist her passion.Damon: Driven by revenge, he hunted the brother who betrayed him.The terrifying story of two vampire brothers and the beautiful girl torn between them. (Goodreads)
Thoughts: The series that started it all for me. It features all your favorite supernatural creatures: vampires, werewolves and of course witches!
Witch-Hat Atelier (Vol #1) by Kamome Shirahama
I read my first manga this year and it was “Witch-Hat Atelier”. A cute and fun manga about Coco’s adventures. It reminded me of Harry Potter as Coco is unfamiliar with her magical world. It’s nice discovering it through her eyes.
Books I Want To Read
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
I honestly intend to read it by the end of the year! My TBR has been growing and school has taken all my time but I will make time for it. I’m speaking it into existence. So I still don’t know who she is but I guess “Manon” is a witch? That’s what I picked up from everyone talking about the series
These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling
A book about witches with queer characters?! YES, PLEASE AND THANK YOU
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
I read an amazing review by Priyasha for this book and I actually ordered it online but there were no more copies available so it never came. I forgot to order it again but I really want to read it soon!
Bonus: TV Shows
How could I not feature those badass women? My sister is a huge fan of the show and I really need to rewatch this series!
The Originals (2013)
I loved this show when it came out! I love that universe so much an Klaus Mikaelson is my all time-favourite villain/ cutiepie; because let’s face it, he’s both.
Who are some of your favorite witches? Let me know in the comments! 🙂