Wild is the Witch by Rachel Griffin _ Book Review

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When eighteen-year-old witch Iris Gray accidentally enacts a curse that could have dire consequences, she must team up with a boy who hates witches to make sure her magic isn’t unleashed on the world.

Iris Gray knows witches aren’t welcome in most towns. When she was forced to leave her last home, she left behind a father who was no longer willing to start over. And while the Witches’ Council was lenient in their punishment, Iris knows they’re keeping tabs on her. Now settled in Washington, Iris never lets anyone see who she really is; instead, she vents her frustrations by writing curses she never intends to cast. Otherwise, she spends her days at the wildlife refuge which would be the perfect job if not for Pike Alder, the witch-hating aspiring ornithologist who interns with them.

Iris concocts the perfect curse for Pike: one that will turn him into a witch. But just as she’s about to dispel it, a bird swoops down and steals the curse before flying away. If the bird dies, the curse will be unleashed―and the bird is a powerful amplifier, and unleashing the curse would turn not just Pike, but everyone in the region, into a witch.

New witches have no idea how to control their magic and the consequences would be dire. And the Witches’ Council does not look kindly on multiple offenses; if they found out, Iris could be stripped of her magic for good. Iris begs Pike to help her track the bird, and they set out on a trek through the Pacific Northwest looking for a single bird that could destroy everything. 

[I received a digital arc for an honest review]

Wild is the Witch
 is my first time reading Rachel Griffin. While the synopsis sounded fantastic , I wasn’t expecting to completely fall in love with the writing, the characters, and the story. This is a wonderful paranormal YA fantasy with witches, nature, magic, and an innocent slow burn romance.

I am the cosmos and energy and the matter of the universe held perfectly together with skin and bones.

An incident caused Iris and her mother to relocate and resulted in her losing her friends and even her father, who couldn’t handle living with witchcraft. They now run a nonprofit animal sanctuary and use their magic to soothe and health animals in need. Poke is her coworker and thorn in her side. When she finds out he hates witches, it makes her afraid of what might happen if he found out. In her fear and anger, she creates a curse that would turn him into the witches he hates and accidentally sets it out into the world. Now with the help of Pike himself, she has to find the owl caring the curse and stop it before the curse is activated, and it destroys more than just Pike’s life. Can she be successful without Pike finding out the truth, and when he does, will it destroy the friendship they have managed to build along the way.

I listen to Pike’s breaths against the sounds of the forest, and for just a moment, pretend I’m on a hike with a boy I like instead of a boy that I cursed.

I enjoyed every moment of this book. The story line is steady, with enough exciting moments and relationship growth between the MCs along the way to keep in engaging and well-balanced. I loved the magic system and the way it was an extension of the energy that exists in the world. I loved Iris and her close relationship with her mother and her bond with animals. Pike was annoying at first, but when we find out the reasons behind his behavior, it made me wish we had some chapters for his POV. He turns out to be really sweet and caring under all his jokes.At the start they barely tolerate each other but the forced proximity of traversing the wilderness together brings them closer together. I loved watching them let down their walls and respect each other. I was also here for every single lingering glance and brush of fingers that built the chemistry between them wonderfully.

“You looked…free, “he finally says. “Wild.” He pauses and his gaze falls to the ground. “Beautiful.” My breath catches in my throat, and I’m speechless.

Wild is the Witch 
by Rachel Griffin is an incredible YA fantasy filled with magic, nature, animals, curses, s’mores, just one tent, KIND bars and a satisfying happily ever after.

—Written by Amanda—

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