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The Nature of Witches
The Nature of Witches | Rachel Griffin
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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. 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.
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MegCaldwell
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I loved the romance in this book especially the romance the main character Clara had to find for herself. It was overall a very sweet book.

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MoonWitch94
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🎃The Nature of Witches, Go Hunt Me, Horseman, & Fear Street were all 3.5 ⭐️
🎃Autumn of the Grimoire 4⭐️
🎃One Night in Salem & Northanger Abbey were rereads.

Pretty solid month for me, considering the craziness.

#October #OctoberReads #WrapUp

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I almost made myself late this morning opening all of my wonderful gifts! I wish I had taken a before picture bc everything was so carefully wrapped!
🧡Thank you, Lee, for your thoughtfulness. I love the books, & the crystals are beautiful! I can‘t wait to use the washi in my Halloween scrapbook. I thought we are so cute for both including a bit of home. I can‘t find koala candy here!
🖤Thank you @LeeRHarry and @sprainedbrain !
#BasicWitchSwap

LeeRHarry You‘re very welcome! Enjoy! 😊 4w
sprainedbrain Love! ❤️ 4w
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julieclair
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I really enjoyed this witchy coming-of-age YA novel. Clara is an Everwitch, whose power is at maximum strength year round, unlike other witches who only have maximum power in their birth season. The downside of having this power is that her magic is difficult to control, and seeks to harm those whom she loves best. I enjoyed watching her try to learn how to master this power, while also dealing with self doubt and fear. ⬇️

julieclair The descriptions of how the witches used their magic, particularly in relation to the natural world, were enchanting. Great pick for October's #SundayBuddyRead , @TheBookHippie ! #Scarathlon #TeamSlaughter @Clwojick #Pointsathon @GHABI4ROSES @DieAReader #31by31 @catsandbooks 1mo
TheBookHippie It was so much more than I thought it would be! Thoroughly enjoyed it. Cannot wait to share it with teens! 1mo
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TheSpineView Sounds gpod! 4w
DieAReader 🎉🎉🎉 4w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4w
Catsandbooks 🙌🏼🔮🖤 4w
julieclair @TheBookHippie Teens will really enjoy it. Especially as a buddy/class read. 4w
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DebinHawaii
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Read for #SundayBuddyRead 🧙🏻‍♀️🪄✨Witchy YA book that addresses climate change in a unique way. Clara is a rare “Ever”-a witch who gets her power from all the seasons & that great power has caused her devastating loss, making her want to deplete herself of them. There‘s romance & angst& global weather issues & it‘s a good October read. Kindle tells me there were 799 #ScarathonWordSearch words so an extra 7990 points for #TeamMonsterMash + ⬇️

DebinHawaii …various other points. Read all or in part for the readathons below:
#Pointsathon
#Spookoweenthon
#AutumnAtoZ
#31By31
#October20in4
#Witchathon
#BodyCountBingo
#OctoberBookBingo
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Catsandbooks 🙌🏼🔮🧡 1mo
Texreader Sounds good!! 1mo
TheSpineView Awesome 1mo
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peanutnine
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I enjoyed this magical world where witches draw their powers from the seasons. Clara is a rare Ever in that she connects to all seasons but can't control her powers and struggles under the pressure to help the witches stave off the effects of climate change #sundaybuddyread
#Scarathlon2022 #TeamMonsterMash @StayCurious #31by31 @Catsandbooks #Spookoween2022 @TheSpineView #Pointsathon @DieAReader @GHABI4ROSES

DieAReader 🎉🎉🎉 1mo
TheSpineView Great job 1mo
TheBookHippie ♥️♥️♥️ 1mo
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Sargar114
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DanaManiac
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4 ⭐️ This was a nice YA novel with a unique take on the issue of climate change, with some romance and a witchy spin. I liked that the reader discovers things alongside Clara, but also there are background stories that are revealed to the reader as well.
~ N for #AutumnAtoZ
~ Theme Read and Guilt Prompt for #Scarathlon #TeamSlaughter

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#SUNDAYBUDDYREAD

😅😅😅😅 @DanaManiac reminded me to ask which witch are you???????

I‘m winter I think❄️🥶😱

I say Autumn if I‘m saying so.

If I ask others they tell me winter 😂😂😱❄️🥶🧣🧦🧤

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mcctrish I think I‘m a summer ( I‘m a July baby) I love the heat and the long days of sunlight, I love being in and by the water 1mo
Cazxxx I‘m definitely an Autumn witch. I hate the heat and love cool breezy weather. Love Halloween and the dark evenings to light candles, drink hot chocolate and read 🍂 1mo
AmyG Autumn! My birthday is in the fall and I love the changing of the leaves, the cooler weather. 1mo
CBee Autumn for sure!! 1mo
DanaManiac 💜 I‘m definitely a summer. Love the heat and I‘m very much an excitable person 😂 1mo
AllDebooks Defo Autumn, my fave season. Then hibernate over winter 🤗 1mo
TheBookHippie @DanaManiac Ha -I‘m polar opposite ♥️ 1mo
MoonWitch94 I am absolutely an Autumn Witch ✨ 1mo
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii I assume you‘ll catch this but just in case♥️ 1mo
TheBookHippie @Cazxxx I loathe the heat as well! 1mo
5feet.of.fury Summer. I love Autumn, but I know what‘s next and Winter starts too early in New England. ☀️🍉🕶 1mo
DebinHawaii @TheBookHippie I feel like I am a Spring living in the land of summer! 🌱🪷🌿 1mo
BookwormAHN I'm definitely autumn 🍂 1mo
kspenmoll Sorry to miss the chat- was helping a neighbor today. Will add my thoughts as much as i can. I am definitely a Spring- my favorite season of rebirth, renewal, nature pushing up flowers- totally me. @MoonWitch94 @BookwormAHN @DebinHawaii @5feet.of.fury @Cazxxx @DanaManiac @CBee @AmyG @mcctrish @Sargar114 1mo
Sargar114 I‘d say I‘m a spring as well. I have that more calm sensibility like Sang. It‘s funny cause it‘s my least favorite season…but given the characteristics of this story…it seems to fit the best 1mo
peanutnine I think I would be an Autumn. I thought maybe Spring at first but I don't have enough calm for that 😅 1mo
TheBookHippie @kspenmoll ♥️♥️♥️♥️ no worries lately the chatter has gone on all week ! 1mo
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii I‘m winter living in the land of hell so …. 😂😂😂✊🏼✊🏼✊🏼 1mo
julieclair Based on the descriptions in the book, I'm definitely a Spring. Even though I was born in the Summer and Autumn is my favorite season! 🤪 1mo
mollyrotondo I‘m definitely a summer. Need the sun to stay out longer and I need the warmth outside so I don‘t have to wear a coat 😂 definitely have more energy in the summer. 4w
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I thank you so much for reading with me. Sundays are just the best in this little corner of the internet. ♥️

#SUNDAYBUDDYREAD

mcctrish They are the best!!! Thank you as always for making Sundays awesome 1mo
DebinHawaii Yes! Thank you! 🤗 It‘s my favorite thing to wake up to on Sundays! 1mo
julieclair It's so fun to read together! Thanks so much for making this such a great experience every month! 1mo
mollyrotondo Thank you!! Wonderful as always! 4w
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Your thoughts?
I‘m glad we read this, it‘s far better than I anticipated and I can see it helping teens, so it‘s a win, however for me it was just a nice October read. 🎃

What stood out to you?

Also I‘m not satisfied with the not really answers on her parents death… you?!

AmyG I am not a big YA fan so I am happy this is finished. I was grateful it was a quick read. It wasn‘t terrible. 1mo
Sargar114 I enjoyed it more than I expected. I love the theme and overall message. Some of the story got quite angsty which might resonate better with the target audience. Overall a good read. I could see it being a cheesy movie or show. 1mo
Cazxxx I enjoyed it. I love anything with magic and witches lol. I liked the elemental magic but I did find it a little too YA in parts. Overall it was a nice witchy read and good as an audiobook! 1mo
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TheBookHippie @Cazxxx it was a nice October read for sure! 1mo
mcctrish I love @AmyG “it wasn‘t terrible” 🤣😘 I kept wanting it to be more ( and yes, what happened to her parents?) but I did enjoy it for a number of things, witches, magic, the climate connection. I‘m not a horror fan so this is my October read jam. I did really love the cover 1mo
DanaManiac I wish there was more info on her parents. It was a good book overall. Also, I‘m definitely a summer. What about everyone else?? 1mo
TheBookHippie @DanaManiac oh gosh I forgot to post that!!! Just a sec! 1mo
DebinHawaii I liked it angst, 🧀 & all. I dabble in YA at times. so that doesn‘t bother me. It was a great October pick & got me some big WordSearch points for #Scarathon2022 too.🤗 I agree about more info on the parents & I also wanted more about Alice‘s life & what happened to her. 1mo
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii I agree on the word search!! Jumped my points way up! 1mo
BookwormAHN I definitely wanted more details on that. 1mo
kspenmoll I enjoyed this book as I read it not from my point of view necessarily but what the how the teens work would embrace it 1mo
kspenmoll Christine, as always your photos & graphics are gorgeous! 😘 1mo
peanutnine I really enjoyed this. I read a lot of YA so the angst didn't bother me. Definitely wanted more backstory about the parents and Alice though 1mo
TheBookHippie @kspenmoll ♥️🎃♥️ 1mo
julieclair I enjoyed this book! Like @mcctrish , I'm not a horror fan, so something witchy works great for me as an October read. 1mo
TheBookHippie @julieclair I so agree with that!!!! 1mo
mollyrotondo I really liked this one. It was different from other witch stories I‘ve read. I thought the issues on climate change and witch powers were woven together very very well. I was very satisfied with this pick 😆 4w
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Our Earth is tired let her rest.

I do like the climate change theme it‘s a little much at times but in my experience this is the top thing YA aged readers are concerned about if they‘re in activism.

Thoughts?

AmyG I think young people who are active ARE concerned about climate change. And also Roe vs Wade being overturned. (edited) 1mo
TheBookHippie @AmyG agreed!! 1mo
Sargar114 It‘s a great theme for YA since this mostly affects them. (Not that it doesn‘t have current effects; but this is the world we‘re leaving) 1mo
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AllDebooks I don't usually read YA lit but this was good. The theme was contemporary and would hopefully reach more kids. The nature descriptions were exemplary. I enjoyed these the most. 1mo
TheBookHippie @AllDebooks it will be such a joy in the English classroom -it‘s a great find, I liked the nature as well. 1mo
mcctrish I think this is a great find in the YA genre! My therapist says her younger clients are seriously sick over the environment and really if I have days when I feel like I can‘t handle my lack of control over public education in Ontario god help them stressing over that GIANT problem 😢😢😢 1mo
DanaManiac I think this was a great way to cover topics of interest in a way that many young people may find relatable without being “preachy” 1mo
DebinHawaii The climate change problem was a good aspect of the book. @AllDebooks Yes, the nature descriptions & the quotes were all gorgeous writing & my favorite parts! 🍃🍂 (edited) 1mo
DebinHawaii @TheBookHippie Gorgeous graphic too. You have been spot-on as usual for this book! 💜 1mo
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii I love to do it, it‘s a lot of fun -I probably stress over it more than necessary ..😂. 1mo
BookwormAHN I think part of the problem is that more young people are concerned than anyone else. 1mo
TheBookHippie @BookwormAHN 💯💯💯💯 1mo
kspenmoll Climate change is something teens worry about- 1mo
julieclair Teens would definitely relate to the climate change theme. I think this theme gives the book an extra boost of relevance to their lives. 1mo
mollyrotondo I loved the climate change story because it fit so perfectly with witches. Witches are connected to nature so why wouldn‘t they be of help to the climate change problem? And it is a good topic to hook kids as well. 4w
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A season for everything is Clara‘s book
😵‍💫😂🤷🏻‍♀️♥️

Well shucks we were all wrong 😂😵‍💫🙃😅😱🤯🤷🏻‍♀️

AmyG Ha, I think the author wanted us to be wrong. 1mo
Sargar114 I liked that little twist! It does make sense given how great each quote worked for whatever chapter it was. (But still would have liked some passages from the other book) (edited) 1mo
TheBookHippie @Sargar114 it was my favorite part. 1mo
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AllDebooks Nicely done 1mo
mcctrish I don‘t get that until now 🤣🤣🤣 1mo
DanaManiac I liked that twist! 1mo
DebinHawaii It was very tricksy of her! 😉 I liked the twist but still want to know more about Alice & her life. 1mo
BookwormAHN I loved finding out that it as from her. 1mo
kspenmoll I loved finding out it was hers too. 1mo
julieclair Loved it! 1mo
mcctrish @DebinHawaii me too! The book and her parents - more more more 4w
mollyrotondo I was sort of disappointed it was Clara‘s book lol I really wanted full blown passages from Alice‘s book. I wanted more history 😂 4w
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Was the magic possessive before or out of control? Is there a message love yourself you‘re all the magic you need?

Magic Dream Elixir she used it before she went to the eclipse.
Sang.
Nice love story? Too smultzy or just right for YA?

AmyG Sort of a coming-of-age witch story, I guess. Clara grew up, learned much about herself. Again, not a book for me. 1mo
Sargar114 It was a nice YA romance. It‘d be nice to have her realize that without having a love interest…but since that was a big part of the story, it‘s fine. I don‘t think it takes away from the message of loving yourself. 1mo
mcctrish @Sargar114 I agree, I was a bit ( I know I‘m repeating myself 🤣🤣) the boyfriend doesn‘t fix all the loss Clara has endured but I did like his character. Magical coming of age story is right @AmyG 1mo
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DanaManiac @Sargar114 Yes, I agree. The story would have been great if she had friends or even herself a the source and inspiration. I wish the love part was more of a footnote. 1mo
DebinHawaii Yes, a good YA romance/coming of age with overall good messages. The magic in the end reminded me slightly of a big undisciplined puppy with Labrador energy—it wanted to be close to people without recognizing its size & strength. The “reset” & Clara learning to control it was like getting it some obedience training. 🐶😆 1mo
BookwormAHN It was a nice ya romance but if it hadn't been ya I think I would have liked it better. 1mo
kspenmoll @DebinHawaii Your analogy made me laugh😂. YA coming of age & romancy. 1mo
julieclair @DebinHawaii Perfect analogy! 😂 I think the romance was necessary, because Clara needed to learn that it was possible for her to have love in her life without her magic destroying it. 1mo
mollyrotondo @DebinHawaii that was perfect! I thought about it similarly but definitely didn‘t know how to articulate it as well. I think Clara had loved and lost so many times at such a young age that a love story that actually worked was an important step for her. If she never loved and lost and needed Sang to help her love herself then it would have been problematic. 4w
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This is your life you have to chose how you want to live it.
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Best advice ever.
Clara‘s decision to stop yet another climate disaster?

The eclipse…
She was always going to end up there?
It reset her magic. Her eyes golden not bright blue?
Her actions made everyone stronger.
Lesson or trite?

Regarding activism -I always say all our pieces make a moving mosaic beautiful all together - same thing. ♥️

AmyG Climate change will only work if we all work together. (edited) 1mo
Sargar114 What @AmyG said. Also a good lesson for life in general. 1mo
Sargar114 It‘s interesting how instead of running away from her problems in this instance she ran towards them head on and when push came to shove (as we all kind of expected) she didn‘t really want to lose her magic or abilities as that was part of who she was and ultimately made her stronger. I think that was the bigger message versus the reset of her powers (which was a little stilly but meh YA) 1mo
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TheBookHippie @Sargar114 Be who you are. And yes we all knew she was going to do it. The silly doesn‘t bother me in YA too much, but we know what happens in adult fiction … I throw the book 😂😱😵‍💫🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
Sargar114 @TheBookHippie that‘s true! Lol! Yeah a little extra drama in YA is to be expected and sometimes the way to connect to teens 1mo
mcctrish Great pic! It ended well and yes @Sargar114 it was a bit silly here‘s hoping the work together part resonates with the YA audience and not the hiding in the woods 1mo
DanaManiac I do like that the eclipse resetting her magic also made everyone stronger ONLY because they are facing a disaster. Otherwise, it did feel a bit too gushy. I don‘t want Mr. Burrows to benefit 😂😂 1mo
DebinHawaii @DanaManiac Hah! Same! I still have Burrows anger & issues. I‘d like Clara or someone to hit him in the nose again, just because he is still a giant asshat! 😆 1mo
TheBookHippie @DanaManiac @DebinHawaii oh he needs a good comeuppance. 😂 1mo
BookwormAHN @AmyG exactly 💯 1mo
kspenmoll @DebinHawaii Yup, punch him in the nose again. Be who you are & embrace it is hard for teens who@are so attuned to their peers. 1mo
julieclair Her actions making everyone stronger were good positive reinforcement for her that she had done the right thing. But yes, a bit on the trite side. Sigh... YA.... 1mo
julieclair I thought the eye color change was interesting. Symbolic of the new person she had become, at peace with her magic. 1mo
mollyrotondo We knew the eclipse was going to be a thing lol I‘m glad she walked into the mission instead of running away. And I‘m glad it was a reset for her because she needs this to show her how strong she is since she had so much doubt. I think it was a well done YA conclusion. 4w
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Mr Harts wife,the book, the time he used of his life for her so Mr Heart?
Too on the nose?
He seems to be the only one who was on her side?
Was the wife angry you think?
Was Clara his life?

AmyG I just saw him as a very kind soul who truly cared about Clara. 1mo
Sargar114 I don‘t think there‘s any way for Mrs Hart to know that Clara had a hand in his death so if she‘s angry it may be at the situation but not at her. She seems to be going through her own grieving process and probably came across these notes and rightfully thought they could be to good use and in a way honor her husband‘s memory. 1mo
mcctrish She just seems kind. Mr Hart‘s notes just lead back to things I was saying sections ago, Clara isn‘t 8. She‘s almost an adult and the adults involved in her education and training need to involve her in what they are doing aka what they want her to do. Debrief after each class- what worked, what didn‘t, where should we take this, what did Alice say ( that‘s if her book hadn‘t been hidden) the fact that Clara will start writing shows she‘s 🤔 1mo
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DebinHawaii I believe the wife was being kind; knowing how important Clara was to her husband & wanting her to have the notebook. 1mo
BookwormAHN I also think the wife was being kind. 1mo
kspenmoll I think the wife was being kind. 1mo
julieclair I think the wife was being kind, and Mr. Hart was a fabulous, dedicated educator. 1mo
mollyrotondo So I‘m on a Buffy the Vampire Slayer kick right now lol and Mr Hart reminds me of Giles. Sees Clara as a daughter and really wanted to find answers for her. I think his wife wanted to help too especially to honor her husband. 4w
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Would you love me if I wasn‘t a witch?
Isn‘t that do you love me for me?
Not all love lasts forever.
Is this teaching YA readers of YA age good lessons/examples?

The wildflower field they make together
Swoon or gag
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Use your creative gifts to express emotions ?

AmyG I am not much of a YA fan. I skimmed this. Yes, it was sweet and romantic but not my jam. 1mo
Sargar114 It doesn‘t seem like a terrible lesson. If being a witch were superficial things like looks, money, popularity etc then yeah it‘s important to care about a person for who not what they are. I liked the flower field, it was a unique spin on that part of the love story even if a little cheesy. 1mo
mcctrish I liked the flower field and what each flower stood for but considering what Clara was saying ( would you love me if I wasn‘t a witch) and an eclipse was coming up, that is a cry for help. Paige did know what was going on and I do love her lack of filter sometimes. It wasn‘t happening on her watch. 1mo
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TheBookHippie @mcctrish lack of filter is my middle name I think 😱🤦🏻‍♀️ so I agree …I loved her forthrightness! 1mo
DanaManiac I think it‘s a good lesson, especially at a time in life where many are altering themselves to fit in. I did enjoy the flower field. It was cheesy, but that‘s my jam! 😂 1mo
DebinHawaii I love the symbolism of flowers, so I liked the field & how they communicated(& sometimes I like a little 🧀) 😉 I believe we all want to be loved unconditionally by someone & for Clara with so many in her life wanting & *needing* her power when it was such a cause of so much pain & guilt & a burden to her, I can see why the question & need for being loved without it was so important to her. 1mo
BookwormAHN Some of it was a little cheesy as ya's can be. 1mo
kspenmoll Swoon loved the flower field & how they buried their feelings there & communicated their emotions thru plants. 1mo
julieclair Do you love me for me - such a common question for teens to ask. I think it's good for them to have a positive example - Sang would love her even if her powers were stripped. And the flower field... I absolutely loved it! I am a hopeless romantic. 🌷🌸🌹🌺🌻 1mo
TheBookHippie @julieclair ♥️♥️♥️♥️ 1mo
mollyrotondo 😂 so the flower field was cheesy but also very witchy so I‘ll accept it 😂 I mean I believe communication is very important and if this was their best way of communicating while they sorted out their feelings then fine lol 4w
mollyrotondo I definitely thought this was a good way to show “love me for me”. Young people and adults too can worry if they are loved for who they are or for what they provide others. There are plenty of users out there of all ages. I think it was important for Clara and teens to know they are loved unconditionally. 4w
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The pain of love is almost inverse to the joy of it.
Clara realising she cannot keep Sang safe from harm.
Isn‘t that all of us ?
Love hard because this all, it ends.
Difficult for everyone yes?

Was Sang what she needed or was it how he helped her be herself? Will readers see the difference ?

AmyG Like life itself, one can‘t dwell on what ifs. Same with love. I thought Sang heped Clara grow into herself. I think he was a turning point for her. 1mo
Sargar114 Sang was a great balance for her. His calmness to her intensity. A good relationship isn‘t about what your similarities are, but about how your differences make each other better. Clara definitely had that with Sang. Love and life is hard and can hurt you, but Clara in her immaturity couldn‘t handle that and tried to run away not even letting the other person (Sang or Paige) have a say. (edited) 1mo
TheBookHippie @Sargar114 😂 most people to Mr BookHippie and me, “We can‘t believe your married to each other and that you‘re married at all, you don‘t believe in it..” we‘re polar opposites in a lot of things and two different belief systems 🙃 so I agree with you. We‘re also together longer than the lives of people questioning us, so there is that. 🙃🙃🙃 (edited) 1mo
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TheBookHippie @AmyG He definitely spurned her growth, his calm to her out of control. 1mo
AllDebooks Sang really was a turning point @AmyG he really did bring balande to her life 1mo
AllDebooks @TheBookHippie congratulations on your longevity beating the naysayers. Don't listen. I never understand the need to judge, instead of letting people be. X 1mo
mcctrish Clara had a family, lost it, had a best friend, lost her, had a girlfriend, walked away from her, had a teacher and lost him. I think this is a level of loss and grief that is insurmountable individually. Since this is YA why is the message not getting help/support? Sang does care and his role is great, supportive, not judgemental, demonstrating risk taking but still …. 1mo
TheBookHippie @mcctrish I imagine realistically the author must know kids don‘t seek it or agree to it, they don‘t trust it overall .. at least in the decades I‘ve experienced here. They prefer groups of same situation/experience which is of course help -but one on one is a hard sell. Sadly. 1mo
TheBookHippie @mcctrish it was A LOT. Which is what I liked and appreciated. I know so many teens that will feel seen reading this. 1mo
DanaManiac I think that Sang helped her grow into herself. I‘m glad that she had the space to come to the realization of her love for him. 1mo
mcctrish That is very good news @TheBookHippie about being seen 🙏🏻 1mo
DebinHawaii I think as a Spring, Sang‘s powers were nurturing & helping this grow & blossom & that translated into his relationship with Clara. Although she ultimately took a risk & found her own way through, his support & balance to her intensity helped her get there. Yin & yang. ☯️ 1mo
kspenmoll Sang helped Clara so much. He clearly reached her with his belief in her & his Spring powers of nurturing. 1mo
julieclair Clara is feeling all the teenage feels of the joy AND the pain of love. And unlike other teens, doing it with a power that can kill those she loves. What unbelievable pressure. She needed Sang's calming influence, which allowed her to settle enough to finally begin growing into her real self. 1mo
mollyrotondo I see what you did there @TheBookHippie Will people read it as her needing a man to help her find herself? 😂 I think Sang and Paige near the end made her finally feel like she was more than just her power. They really didn‘t try to use her and they were the only ones alive in this story that saw her and not just her power. I think Sang was more the influence because Clara thought Paige blamed her for their friend‘s death. 4w
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There‘s enough light for everyone.
Never let anyone feel about what you can do.

Good for adults as well as teens to remember?

Ring of fire
(I‘m old enough to sing Johnny Cash )🙃

What was Paige up to?
Or was it just fun?
What caused the lightening to go awry?
What do you think of Paige now?

AmyG I think Paige was mad and hurt by Clara. They‘re all teens. I get it. 1mo
Sargar114 It just seemed like a dumb teenage game but with dangerous consequences. I don‘t think there was any ill intent by Clara or even Sang, they just wanted her to have fun. I was actually kind of angry at Clara for not trusting her instinct to participate…but I do get it finally getting to be involved can be real tough. 1mo
mcctrish The game was a recipe for disaster, of course, because Clara felt she had control of her magic. But she still didn‘t respect it. 1mo
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DanaManiac I think it was just supposed to be fun, especially since it seems like Clara was more fearful of hurting people she loved than they were fearful of being hurt by her. 1mo
DebinHawaii I think it was meant to be fun with no I‘ll intent on Paige‘s part. It seemed like a silly thing teens would do, not thinking about the consequences which is pretty normal. I am good with Paige. I can understand her hurt & she ultimately helped Clara & pushed her to grow. 1mo
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii I think it‘s a good way to show don‘t judge, you don‘t know what that person is thinking/feeling or gone through. It‘s a fun character. Teen angst is hard. 1mo
BookwormAHN I wonder if Paige was trying to cause trouble for Clara and Sang or if she was just that irresponsible. 1mo
kspenmoll I think it was fun; paige etc. did not expect ring to get out of control- as @DebinHawaii said, teens are impulsive, don‘t think@of consequences, their brains are developed enough. I think Paige‘s hurt ran deep but she also helped Clara by showing her belief in her. (edited) 1mo
julieclair I think the ring of fire was a bit of typical teenage fun. Playing a potentially dangerous game without believing any harm would really come of it. Teens mostly believe they are invincible. 🦸‍♀️I don't think Paige had any ill intent. I did like the way Paige supported Clara in the end. Paige matured quite a bit from the beginning to the end of the book. 1mo
mcctrish @julieclair she really did 4w
mollyrotondo For as much as I liked this book, having another moment for Clara to doubt herself was a bit frustrating lol but I like Paige and I don‘t think she was up to anything by suggesting they play. 4w
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Good mornin! I was apparently tired I slept hours later than usual! 🙃😅

You are allowed to love yourself.
Think Clara hated who or what she was or that she was 🙃?
Is that one of the themes -as this is YA ? Love yourself.

AmyG I think she didn‘t want to be an Ever-with all the responsibility and power that came with it. She didn‘t choose this and fought it. 1mo
Sargar114 I do think she struggled with “how she was born” and something she had no control of. Being a YA I can see how a teenager might relate to this message; don‘t necessarily love how it was ultimately resolved. But I did like the support she had on her journey to help her through and I think that would be important for a young person to see and make a point to look for in their own lives. 1mo
AllDebooks I think it would be a difficult responsibility for anyone to deal with. She fought against it initially but acceptance brought her greater control and respect for her powers. Lots of positive messages for YA re acceptance of self, support networks and communication 1mo
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mcctrish I don‘t think she thought she was worthy of love and everyone around her not knowing what to do with her and her powers just compounded that. Part of me wondered why she didn‘t have a friend in each season that she bonded with, thus creating a tribe 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
DanaManiac I do think she hated her power. I think that would be a normal feeling, given what happened to the people that she loved. 1mo
DebinHawaii I agree with what has been said; she didn‘t love herself & feared & didn‘t want her power . Once she began to understand & accept it, she could finally begin to feel her self worth, begin to love herself & open herself up to others. 1mo
BookwormAHN I think this was definitely a ya trope and one that has gotten a little old. 1mo
kspenmoll Agree with @BookwormAHN this is a YA trope. That being said, she hated herself because her power killed those she loved. So she hated her power too. 1mo
julieclair I think she resented her power, and was afraid of it, because of all the harm it had done. I liked the way her true friends kept emphasizing to her that it was the power that had done harm, and not she herself. 1mo
mollyrotondo I think fear was controlling Clara. Her power killed her parents when she was so young that of course she would be afraid. But I feel like the adults in her life did not help in anyway. No one really knew what her power could do they instead just used her and made her feel like she had to be at everyone‘s service. But I think she finally learns to not be afraid and embrace her ability. 4w
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Overall I enjoyed this audiobook although it was a little YA at times. The elemental magic was really cool and I liked the journey of the young mc as she navigates her world and figures things out

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#OminousOctober
Finishing this up tonight for tomorrows #SundayBuddyRead discussion and came across this #dusk quote.

“The sun gives up her place in the sky, and dusk settles over the vast field with a heathered shade of blue that makes everything feel peaceful. “

Not particularly ominous but beautiful and evocative.

#TeamMonsterMash 🧙🏻‍♀️🪄✨

Eggs Beautiful image and quote 1mo
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I really enjoyed this book. At times it could be a little too ya. The magic system was cool. Each witch has a designated season which they are strongest in controlling except Clara, she is an Everwitch & has power through all four seasons but she can't control it. I'm really looking forward to the #SundayBuddyRead discussion @TheBookHippie
#TeamMonsterMash @StayCurious #ScarathlonDailyPrompts Day 13 #Witch #ScarathlonWordSearch #Spookoween

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So enjoyed this YA novel that combines the forces of nature & the power of magic. Witches are trying to get the attention of shaders(non witch humans)in hopes of making them see the dire consequences of climate change. Shaders need to change their ways & work with the witches to,if possible, reverse some of climate change‘s present & future effects. Our group discusses this tomorrow. #sundaybuddyread #outstandingoctober #20in4 #litsylovereads

mcctrish I‘m looking forward to the chat ❤️ 1mo
Andrew65 Doing great 👏👏👏 (edited) 1mo
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Clara, the MC in this witchy YA novel, carries a lot of #guilt for the deaths of people she cares about that have resulted from her magical powers.

Looking forward to finishing this #SundayBuddyRead up this weekend. It‘s a good pick for #TeamMonsterMash points too. 🧙🏻‍♀️🪄✨🐈‍⬛👻🎃

KristiAhlers Oh I loved that story. She just had a new title come out that was really good too. 1mo
MoonWitch94 Ohhh good choice! 1mo
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#wondrouswednesday

🎥 The Blair Witch. In college, I got dragged to a midnight showing the first week it was out. I didn‘t sleep for the next 3 days & kept all the lights on in my apartment.

📚 so many! But the tagged was a recent-ish witch read that I enjoyed

🌈 emerald or wine/burgundy

Leftcoastzen Ohhhh Blair witch! 😬 1mo
Eggs Thanks for playing 😱🎃🧡 1mo
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See you SUNDAY 🤐🤫

Last discussion of this book! Anyone welcome that‘s read the book! Shhhhhh NO SPOILERS PLEASE!!!

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A unique look at YA fantasy. Witches are sorted by the seasons and the type of power they have. Clara is a once in a generation witch called an Ever, someone who encompasses the powers of all the seasons. She is working to control this strong but dangerous power that has already affected her loved ones to try and help the world fight climate change. It gets quite angsty, but if you can put up with that, it‘s a worthwhile read. #sundaybuddyread

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Sleeping 💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤

In anxiety she can rub her bottom tooooo much causing issues 😝
Thankfully she is fine and the 💩 is out and she looks like nothing happened.

I appreciate your waiting for questions!

AmyG Awwwwwww 1mo
DanaManiac Aww glad she‘s okay! I woke up, saw there were no questions yet and fell right back to sleep 🤣 1mo
TheBookHippie @DanaManiac 💤♥️😂 1mo
TheBookHippie @AmyG poor thing ♥️🤦🏻‍♀️💩😝😵‍💫 1mo
CBee @TheBookHippie aw Winnie ♥️ Poopy issues are NO FUN!!! 1mo
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Finale discussion for this book next Sunday!

I thank you as always for reading along with me! I never know when I pick the books a year in advanced what will happen, but the discussions are ALWAYS just the best! ♥️

AmyG Thank YOU, always. 1mo
DebinHawaii Thank you! Yes, the discussions make even the not-as-great books better! 🤗 1mo
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii I so agree and it makes the book more! I always learn something. 1mo
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We get to finish!!!!!

What do you think now?

Next week we will say which witch we think we‘d be…

AmyG I think I am happy to just finish this book. 🤣 1mo
TheBookHippie @AmyG 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 I‘m very excited for Novembers read! 1mo
DanaManiac I‘m excited to see how it ends! I have a feeling we will end in Autumn so that she can see if her and Sang will make it! 🥰 1mo
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Sargar114 Yay! I‘m with @AmyG It started strong but kinda started going downhill quickly. I love the concept of the weather control, but got real angsty. 1mo
mcctrish I feel like it flips between being a compelling story and reverting back to standard YA. I think Sang is more than a run of the mill love interest. He isn‘t a school peer, he is older and has his passion. I think he will still be ‘it‘ for Clara 1mo
TheBookHippie @mcctrish I agree with that synopsis ! 1mo
DebinHawaii I am looking forward to hopefully having some of my unanswered questions about the parents & Alice answered. I think it‘s a good book for the season, but yes, I‘m excited for November‘s pick! 1mo
mollyrotondo I have very much enjoyed this one. It did something different with witches that isn‘t focused on enough in stories. Everything was written very tightly. I do hope we learn more about Alice. But this was definitely a win for me lol 1mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I'm curious enough to finish, but I find this book just OK. The magic is very one dimensional and the weather theme seems a bit preachy. I either need a bit more about Alice and her magic or another sub-plot, maybe. I just feel like there's something missing. 1mo
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Trusting people is hard -trusting no one is harder….
What do you think of Clara‘s NEW magic? She needs others for it. Thoughts?

AmyG Hes, she needs to learn to trust….and all that comes with that. Learning who to trust, when not to trust someone etc. 1mo
Sargar114 I like it. It‘s exactly the opposite of what she thought and seemingly exactly what she needs. A little help from our friends. 1mo
DanaManiac I loved that quote! I think it‘s great because if she does need other people to use it, she must get past her fear of hurting those that she loves and can no longer live in isolation. 1mo
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mcctrish I‘m curious because it would appear that she is the opposite of Alice? She is what the world needs, helping out of season witches do their work without depletion. Or Alice was the same and lived alone because she had to travel to help all the time ? 1mo
DebinHawaii It is a great quote. I am still wanting to understand Alice & what ultimately happened to her. Was it said in the beginning & I missed it or like the parents, still mysterious? 1mo
mollyrotondo I like this. She had traumatic things happen to her which has closed her up and she couldn‘t trust herself mostly. But learning how her power really works will help her trust herself and feel more comfortable making connections with others. 1mo
TheBookHippie @mollyrotondo I like it as we I am hoping it all ends well, especially since it is YA. 🙃 1mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I liked that they drove home the point that you aren't always going to work with people you trust but she's a better person than I am. I may have purposely chosen to work with someone I deemed expendable to try gaining better control. Let's hope this all ends well. I would like to find out a little more about Alice and for another Ever to be revealed. Control or not, being an Ever - The Chosen One - is a lot on one person's shoulders. 1mo
TheBookHippie @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick HA!!! I had thoughts of making the teacher pay for being an asshat with her power 😂😂😱😅 1mo
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Paige
What do you think of her now?

AmyG Ah, youth. Paige is young, and dealing with anger. 1mo
Sargar114 I don‘t hate Paige. Like @AmyG said, young and angry. But she seems a decent friend to Clara even if she‘s rough around the edges and not effective at how she pushes Clara 1mo
DanaManiac I feel badly for Paige. She lost a friend and then lost a friend & girlfriend immediately after. Now seeing that person move on after they said it was too dangerous to be with anyone… I think a lot of that rough exterior is just pain and confusion and unspoken things between her and Clara. 1mo
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Deblovestoread I was grateful that Paige told Clara she doesn‘t blame her for their friends death. She lost a lot and had to work out her grief alone as well. 1mo
TheBookHippie @DanaManiac I do too, teen years and love are so difficult. 1mo
mcctrish Communication people 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 I‘m glad they finally talked some things out. Paige being pushy forced this and I‘m happy she did 1mo
DebinHawaii Yes, I feel for Paige. I am happy she pushed the conversation & they have a better understanding. 1mo
mollyrotondo @mcctrish definitely agree. Communication! Very glad Paige told her she doesn‘t blame her. I do like Paige and glad they are moving on from the teen drama lol 1mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I didn't dislike her, but I was curious if she was feeling hurt or just being vindictive. I am happy to see that their friendship seems to be salvaged, at least a bit, so they can work together. She has a strong personality and that's not always appreciated. 1mo
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The parents she burned them?
Did I read that correctly???
I wish they would say more..

AmyG I think we will find out more. Clara has much guilt which she needs to come to terms with. 1mo
Sargar114 I feel like I remember that way as well. In the last question, I was wondering if her power was more trying to engage with her loved ones. Now that she is learning how it works maybe she can help prevent further accidents/deaths. 1mo
DanaManiac Yeah, it sounds like they were burned up in a split second. Poor Clara. 1mo
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Deblovestoread And she was so young! How do you ever recover from that? 1mo
TheBookHippie @Deblovestoread I hope we get some sort of clear picture on the whole story. She needs closure. 1mo
mcctrish It still feels obscure. I need more details 1mo
DebinHawaii Yes, in the last question I mentioned I was still confused by their deaths & the power as I sounded to me like they didn‘t have powers or much of them anyway. I agree, we need more details. I am hoping it wasn‘t her power that did it (accident or not that‘s such a overwhelming guilt to have) but maybe an outsider who knew about her gifts & was looking to get her away from them & into the school where they could hone & use her tremendous power. 1mo
mollyrotondo So sad! I wonder if she was trying to warm up the house in the winter or something. Definitely wish we had more details in her backstory. 1mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick If her parents' deaths really were from her magic gone wrong, I hope she finds a way to forgive herself. However, with how extreme Mr AssHat is, I almost worry that someone else caused it, knowing Clara is an Ever, to have her at the school full time with other witches and not distracted by her Muggle family. Please don't let this hunch be right. Forgiving herself for inexperience might be better than knowing they were murdered. 1mo
TheBookHippie @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick right?! Ugh I hope they tell us. I‘m finishing today I‘m 😵‍💫 1mo
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There is nothing more powerful than being understood.
Amen. ?
A mess is something to clean up you‘re not a mess.
Is Clara waking up to a new self?
Is she seemingly taking back her power?
If she does will the danger leave?

AmyG I think she is growing as a person and a witch. In large part to Sang. She sort of reminds me of a prince….born into royal family, not by choice, but who now has to live and learn to be a future king whether he likes it or not. Sort of a burden and a huge responsibility. The world relies on Clara. 1mo
Sargar114 Knowing how her abilities work now, I am beginning to wonder if her power “attacked” the ones she loves because maybe it‘s actually trying to engage with their power. 1mo
DanaManiac I absolutely think she is growing and taking ownership of her power by working with it and discovering what it does instead of trying to hide it away. @AmyG I agree- she is a sort of witchy royalty! @Sargar114 - that‘s a really great point- I bet that‘s what it was, but because she didn‘t know and couldn‘t control it, the results were fatal 😔 1mo
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AmyG @Sargar114 Ah, good point. I don‘t think Clara is directly responsible for their deaths. I think she will come to learn that. 1mo
Deblovestoread Great point @Sargar114 her fear is understandable but she is growing in confidence as she learns to harness her power and keep it under control. 1mo
mcctrish @Sargar114 I think you are right! Her power is meant to meet with others and people don‘t like how it feels so they fight it. Now that she understands it and can explain it, people won‘t get hurt unless they are dumb ( not her fault ) 1mo
DebinHawaii I am liking seeing her grow & come into herself & her power. A good point @Sargar114 I‘m still confused about her parents though—it sounded like they didn‘t have powers? But maybe they just didn‘t have a lot of power. 🤔 1mo
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii I sure hope we find out!! 1mo
TheBookHippie @Sargar114 🏆🏆🏆🏆 I like that line of thinking! 1mo
mollyrotondo @Sargar114 definitely agree with this but also wonder about her parents lol @DebinHawaii because I didn‘t think they had powers. But maybe her power was seeking power in them because they were nearby and since they had none it was more fatal to them. 1mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick @Sargar114 I like that train of thought! Clara is definitely learning more about her powers and I think having more control gives her confidence that she really can be helpful. With the difficulties she's had, no other Evers around, and then isolating, she just wasn't going to see her powers as a gift. Now I think she is coming around to it. I hate to say that asshat teacher might've been onto something even if his methods were rash. 1mo
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Sang
FYI every time I type or think of Sang I‘m thinking SAGE …. OY VEY

Anyhow

I like how he is making Clara see things in a different light.
What do you think of their relationship ?

AmyG I like Sang alot. He compliments her, calms her. It‘s a sweet relationship. 1mo
Sargar114 They‘re relationship has all the YA angsty feels. I feel like he‘s very good for her and am enjoying their relationship. 1mo
DanaManiac I like Sang a lot. I wasn‘t happy with Clara pushing him away, but she had good reason and I‘m glad he kind of saw through that. 1mo
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Deblovestoread I like him and more importantly I trust him to support Clara. 1mo
mcctrish I ship Sang + Clara 1mo
DebinHawaii Yes, i line them together & happy that she seems to be finally letting him in. It seems like her most healthy relationship so far, but I am worried a bit about the future & her thoughts about when autumn comes. 1mo
mollyrotondo I love Sang and I hope Clara finally realizes that it‘s okay to let people in instead of pushing people away or thinking she needs to destroy who she is in order to have relationships with people. 1mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I like him. I think he's good for Clara and I hope that they don't fizzle out. He pushes her & gets her to open up but in a healthy way. He seems to know what she needs. (I used to work with a guy named Sung so I picture Sang to be Korean like he was, but younger.) 1mo
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Good morning!!

She punched the teacher! Ha!!
Thoughts ?? Should he have been fired?
Was he right? Do you loathe him as I do? I find him manipulative, abusive and the gaslighting is abhorrent. I worry about a young person reading this. Your thoughts?
Or is it just me 😝
Is he jealous that SHE IS the Ever?

AmyG He is not a very likeable guy, that‘s for sure. He put people‘s lives at risk…..to what, make a point? Teach her a lesson? He shouldn‘t be a teacher. 1mo
Sargar114 Yeah, he is terrible. He absolutely deserved the punch in the face and then some! 1mo
DanaManiac I entered that scene expecting her to give him a good telling off. The punch caught me off guard! I was fine with it in this book. Ugh I don‘t know how I feel about him. I dislike him SO much but also, I think since he is planning her lessons with Sang and she‘s getting better, that he might be on to something. 1mo
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Deblovestoread I don‘t like him or his methods so I cheered at the punch. I keep waiting for his evil to come through but maybe he‘s the teacher you hate that you recognize later actually taught you something. Sorry it took me this long to get caught up. October has been crazy. 1mo
TheBookHippie @Deblovestoread I so understand I‘m so woefully behind! No worries several readers are behind just add when you want. ♥️♥️♥️ 1mo
mcctrish I LOVED the punch! It has occurred to me that if they are expecting Clara to be their saviour, they might include her in the planning sessions. “This is what is happening to the witches battling in their seasons, battling outside their seasons. It says this in Alice‘s book” oh wait, no one reads the book. No one knows an Ever. No one talks to the Ever. 1mo
DebinHawaii I ended the last section wanting her to “zap” him & the punch was pretty equally satisfying. I think he is a jerk. Are his “methods” working, maybe but the emotional manipulation is awful. And @mcctrish makes an excellent point about involving Clara in the lessons & plans-it does seem like it would help the process. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
mollyrotondo I hate this guy! I was so happy she punched him in the face. He needs to be put in his place. And yet he still manipulates her later with the second test because he wants to feel what it‘s like when she uses her full power. I wonder how his part in all this will conclude. 1mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick The first time I'm chiming in on this book and I'm calling someone a douchecanoe. That teacher is that and an asshat. 🤣 I get that she needed to be forced a bit but my guy went from zero to 100. I laughed at her punching him & that it's Paige's new favorite memory of Clara. 1mo
TheBookHippie @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick SERIOISLY WHAT AN ASSHAT. 1mo
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🐶 had a few 💩💨 issues 😵‍💫🙃😳🐶 all good now♥️

Going to sleep 💤
I will post questions when we awaken!!

LeahBergen Oh dear! 😬 1mo
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I really wanted to like this more. The weather magic system and witch community was so interesting. Unfortunately, the incredible angsty repetitive complaining of the main character was tedious. I had a hard time liking the MC and almost DNF‘d, but the magic system was so cool. I would recommend to a YA audience though. 3⭐️
#bookspinbingo - 2 bingos! #witchathon #31in31 #Spookaween #Scarathlon2022 #TeamMonsterMash

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Chapters 20- 30 for this weeks discussion 🧡

mcctrish Just coming to double check 🤣 1mo
TheBookHippie @mcctrish I do that and I steer the ship 😂 1mo
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I love orange! I‘m loving this book too 📙🧡

#scarathon2022 #teamslaughter

julieclair Yes and yes! 🧡🧡 1mo
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🎃Week 2 for #TeamMonsterMash🎃

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Me so in love with my #SUNDAYBUDDYREAD PEEPS and our Sundays. ♥️

I appreciate you all. I so love our time together. Thank you.

mcctrish I love Sunday mornings ❤️❤️❤️ thank you so much for all your work creating this community 1mo
DebinHawaii Yes, you make Sunday mornings fun! 💜 Thank you for all the work you put in! 🤗 1mo
DanaManiac Me too! That‘s me- cozy on the couch with tea and my phone, so excited to answer and see everyone else‘s thoughts! 💜💜 1mo
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It was so hard to stop! I am enjoying this so much!
What struck you?
Are you liking it?
On we read chapters 20-30🖤

Sargar114 I‘m annoying it as well. The “test” section did curb some of that for me. But otherwise it‘s a unique telling of a YA tale. 1mo
DanaManiac I am really enjoying this! I made a note to answer these first thing so that I can continue on to next week‘s chapters! 🖤 1mo
mcctrish Ending on the word “always” was perfectly okay for me 1mo
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AmyG Not my “cup of tea”. I‘m sorry. 1mo
TheBookHippie @AmyG The YA is 😵‍💫 but I always end up using these with students! AND connecting ♥️. I do like the story! It‘s very smart with climate change. 1mo
AmyG Agree that the climate change issue is a good plot line. 1mo
mcctrish I am thinking of donating to my school library when I‘m done. I think it‘s okay for the grade 7/8‘s 1mo
BookwormAHN I'm enjoying it but I think I would love it if it wasn't ya. 1mo
TheBookHippie @BookwormAHN I agree it‘d be 5 star I think. 1mo
DebinHawaii Enjoying it so far & liking having a witchy book for the season. Lots of questions for me that I am hoping we get answered. And, I made myself stop at the section, but I am so hoping that if Clara doesn‘t “zap” Burrows for what he did, the asshat gets some kind of comeuppance! 😡 1mo
julieclair I‘m enjoying it and found it hard to stop at the end of the week‘s reading. About the YA… why do you all think the author decided to write it as YA? I agree that adult fiction might have been a better vehicle. 1mo
TheBookHippie @julieclair I don‘t know- but I do agree!! 1mo
mollyrotondo I‘m really loving it still. I love the climate change storyline. And that “test” was super intense. I do agree if it wasn‘t YA she could have heightened the stakes but I still think this one is very good. 1mo
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Nikki was a summer ..
Does that matter?
Was is truly Clara?
Think we will hear about her parents?
If Clara steps into her role think she‘ll get clarity of who she is and what her past was? Could have all not been truly her, but them?

Sargar114 I think we will hear about what happened with her parents eventually. I‘m thinking that was an accident at a young age and guessing nothing she could do about it. Nikki being a summer makes sense, carefree and a little reckless…probably pushed Clara before she had control her power but only really wanting to help someone she cared about. 1mo
Sargar114 The magic “coming after” someone you have a strong connection to is also an intriguing point. Like it kinda turns on you and those around you when you don‘t use it with the proper respect or care. 1mo
Sargar114 I am looking forward to when Clara truly steps into her role and owns it. I think we‘re seeing the start of that. (Sorry so many different things to answer haha) 1mo
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TheBookHippie @Sargar114 I realise I should have broke this up but 😝 it is all related 🖤. It‘s very in depth and intriguing. Like people didn‘t believe or respect her fully for who she is and paid a high price ? Or is it she‘s so powerful love being a power can be dangerous?! My mind plays with this book a LOT. 1mo
DanaManiac I think we will hear the full story of what happened with her parents. I do believe that she will be freed from feeling like it was all her fault- whether it was a lack of mastery over her magic or carelessness on the side of those who were harmed because they simply did not know what she possessed. 1mo
mcctrish After seeing Paige be an idiot, I wonder if being an invincible teen has something to do with Nikki? We don‘t know what happened to the parents but maybe it was just not understanding an Ever? Why has the book been so hard to get ahold of? Everyone working with Clara should be reading it to understand; how to help her train, how to support her, how to keep people safe 1mo
AmyG I would like to hear more of her past and the incident with her parents. 1mo
BookwormAHN I'm curious about the incident with her parents and how many witches have witchy relatives. 1mo
DebinHawaii Yes, I am waiting to hear about her parents accident too. Is the magic turning on others only because she is so powerful? And I asked this in the last question I think, but do we know what happened to Alice? So many questions! 🤔 1mo
julieclair It never occurred to me that Nikki and/or her parents may have been partially responsible for their own deaths. It‘s an interesting premise. 1mo
TheBookHippie @julieclair Weelll. It reminds me of an abusive situation, and this is a child, teen, how can it be solely her fault? 1mo
julieclair @TheBookHippie So true. I hope we learn more about the circumstances of her parents‘ deaths. I so want her to be released from her guilt. 1mo
mollyrotondo That‘s an interesting thought. Is it not her causing her power to go haywire but something about the victims of her power? I didn‘t think of that. I also agree with @mcctrish that everyone should be reading this book in order to help their most valued witch. 1mo
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Clara is alone again for training ….OY.

Are you thinking which witch you are or if you‘re an EVER? Shhhhh don‘t tell yet. It‘s interesting to ponder as we read!

mcctrish This is just straight up punishment for Paige being a dick 1mo
DanaManiac I have thought about it and think I have an idea, but I‘ll hold until the big reveal! 🤐 1mo
kspenmoll I have been thinking…. 1mo
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AmyG No clue. 1mo
BookwormAHN I have an idea of which one I'd be 😸 1mo
DebinHawaii I think I am a witch in the wrong place for my season! 😆 The humidity right now is “depleting” me! I want some fall. 🍂🍁🍂 1mo
mcctrish @DebinHawaii I will trade you, the idea of winter coming is depleting me 1mo
julieclair I think I know… 1mo
mollyrotondo I definitely know which witch I am lol but seriously all this back and forth, isolating and bringing her back, is too much. No wonder she can‘t gain control of her power 1mo
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Alice if people are going to die my magic must be worth it…I am hoping the book comes into play more and is helpful! You?

Sargar114 I‘m pretty sure the quotes at the beginning of each chapter are from the book. But I agree, I‘d so love to get more sections of the journal. 1mo
TheBookHippie @Sargar114 oh good grief! I shoulda thought of that 😂😵‍💫. AHA! 1mo
mcctrish I do want to see more connections to Alice and Clara with the book 1mo
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DanaManiac I did also assume “A Season for Everything” was Alice‘s book. I think there will be some really helpful insights and maybe even a solution in there for our Clara! 1mo
kspenmoll I assumed it as well once Clara starting reading Alice‘s book. I love the epigraphs with each chapter. @DanaManiac 1mo
AmyG Yes, I also thought the Season for Everything was from Alice. 1mo
BookwormAHN I also figured that and I find the quotes quite insightful. I hope Clara is paying attention to them. 1mo
TheBookHippie @BookwormAHN I love the quotes! 1mo
TheBookHippie @DanaManiac apparently covid has taken some of my brain power, the fog is no joke! 😂😵‍💫😝 I‘m coming out of it now thankfully! 1mo
DebinHawaii @TheBookHippie Hah! That you are even able to formulate intelligent discussion questions withCOVID brain is beyond me! The quotes are great—I have been highlighting them. 1mo
DebinHawaii Do we know what happened to Alice? I can‘t remember if it was ever said? 1mo
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii I have that on my list to go back and look because I don‘t know if I missed it or if it‘s just not there. 1mo
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii September 23 it started I‘m right sick of it that‘s for sure!!! I can‘t believe I‘ve been pulling it off 😂😵‍💫 1mo
julieclair I love the quotes. I wish A Season for Everything was a real book! 1mo
mollyrotondo I really want the book to become more of the focus too. I also was wondering if we were told how Alice died because I don‘t remember lol 1mo
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Witches losing power as they most work in off season climate change
I love the way this storyline is told
you?

Sargar114 I‘m really liking that aspect of the story. It totally makes sense that if you‘re having to use more of your power when you‘re at your least powerful that you‘d be less inclined to recognize how far you were going. The climate change storyline is so unique, I love it! 1mo
mcctrish I am totally liking the climate message. And as more witches are drained, more off season witches have to step up. What a horrible cycle. But is Clara strong enough to fix this by herself or are the witches just throwing her under the bus 1mo
DanaManiac I think this is a really unique way of presenting this challenge- that the problem is so far gone that it requires more attention and work than usual. I also think that the idea of depletion really fits in with this metaphor of the issue we face in real life. 1mo
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Read-y_Picker I can‘t help but think about how this is just the training of witches in areas where there are 4 seasons. What about more temperate climates? Or witches in the opposite hemisphere? Wouldn‘t there always be available talent for opposing seasons? What happens to an Aussie witch who is a summer if they come over to the US to control the heat wave in American winter? 1mo
AmyG I like the premise, witches as “mother nature”, controlling the seasons. I am not a fan of the YA stuff. Not for me. 1mo
BookwormAHN @AmyG I like the premise too but I wish it wasn't a ya book. 1mo
AmyG @BookwormAHN Yes….me, too. 1mo
DebinHawaii I‘m liking the climate premise and how it is being worked into the book. But @Read-y_Picker brings up a good point about witches around the world & witches in temperate or tropical climates. 🤔 1mo
mollyrotondo Loved this storyline! More witches need to help even when they are out of their season and how that is killing them. Shocking but helps the climate change point lol 1mo
peanutnine @Read-y_Picker great point! I was thinking something similar in areas without four seasons but the opposite hemisphere seems like a good solution... Unless the witches are only a North American phenomenon? 1mo
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Should Clara trust anyone?
Mr Burrows 😡
Abusive and so wrong..in my opinion! What did you think?

Who is protecting Clara?!

Then Sang comes for her?!
Gosh.

Sargar114 When he was driving them to the mountain I had a feeling the test scene was going to be something like that…but I had no idea other people would be involved. I had so much anxiety during that scene and hated it! Before that I was thinking he might actually be okay…but then just willfully putting people in danger infuriated me! 1mo
TheBookHippie @Sargar114 That was way more intense than I was planning on!! 1mo
Sargar114 I was so angry at him and the mom for putting her kids at risk like that. It was a book throwing moment for sure! @TheBookHippie (edited) 1mo
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DanaManiac I was totally in shock that Mr Burrows could be to unconscionable. Even in the middle of it, I was thinking maybe I had it wrong and that it could not have been her actual test. Ooh I hope he pays for this! 1mo
mcctrish Not a fan of Mr Burrows. Mrs Suntile needs to yell at him instead of Clara. And @Sargar114 I too thought it was just Clara being a teenager and not liking the adults but this adult sucks. 1mo
Read-y_Picker I caught that red flag as soon as he said it. Can‘t believe he‘d drag other people into it though. 1mo
kspenmoll He is reprehensible. 1mo
AmyG Not a fan of his. Yes, very irresponsible. I don‘t think this bodes well for him. (edited) 1mo
BookwormAHN That was a nasty test. I figured he was up to something with how far they went but it seems like putting shaders in danger could jeopardize all of them. 1mo
DebinHawaii As soon as he said there was a test & they were alone driving it was clear it was going to be bad. But the fact that he took so much risk with innocent children was horrible. And that he was at a nearby hotel & let it get so out of hand made me so angry.🤬I really want her to “zap” him when she gets back or him to suffer in some way for what he did but it doesn‘t seem like the other adults in her life will do anything. Hope I‘m wrong about that.😡 1mo
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii OMG yes ZAP HIS ASS 😂😵‍💫🔥 1mo
TheBookHippie @BookwormAHN just shady!!! Like the shaders !!! 1mo
mollyrotondo This was awful! I also figured he was going to dump her all alone but purposely putting innocent lives in danger took it to a psycho level. It was intense! Burrows is a real piece of work. 1mo
julieclair What goes around comes around. I‘m betting there‘s some major retribution coming for Burrows. He is despicable. 1mo
peanutnine This made me so angry. The fact that he didn't stay close by in case things got out of hand was ridiculous! Risking innocent people and piling on more guilt for Clara 🤬 1mo
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