Can’t Wait Wednesday – WILD IS THE WITCH by Rachel Griffin


“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about.  It is a meme that I have  loved participating in since I first started blogging, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is WILD IS THE WITCH by Rachel Griffin.  I loved Griffin’s debut novel, The Nature of Witches, so I was thrilled to see she has another witchy read coming out this year.  This one sounds really good too. I’m intrigued by the idea of a witch teaming up with a witch hater, which is definitely something you don’t see very often, if at all.


WILD IS THE WITCH by Rachel Griffin

Publication Date:  August 2, 2022 by Sourcebooks Fire

From Goodreads:

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Nature of Witches, comes another high-stakes contemporary fantasy. 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.


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I’d love to hear what upcoming book releases you’re waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by and check out your CWW selection for this week. 🙂

28 replies
  1. sjhigbee
    sjhigbee says:

    Oh this one sounds like a packet of fun! Thank you for sharing, Suzanne. I love the premise and hope you enjoy this sequel. I’ll be looking out for the first book in this series:).

  2. Sam@WLABB
    Sam@WLABB says:

    I loved the first book by Griffiths, so I know I will read this one at some point. Saw some good early reviews too. I hope to learn more about this world because I found the magic system interesting.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I’m glad to hear you’re already seeing good reviews for this one. I always felt like the first book should have gotten more love than it did.

  3. Verushka
    Verushka says:

    What an interesting premise — it makes me very curious about the worldbuilding in this as magic seems to be out in the open, and has its fair share of haters it seems like. Great pick!

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      There have been some good ones this past year. I enjoyed Griffin’s debut and then I’m also loving the witchy rom coms, which seems to be a new trend. 🙂

  4. Kourt
    Kourt says:

    Omg! I read the Nature of Witches and immediately fell in love with the book – so much so that I transformed my entire bedroom into a botanical/witch themed room lol. So I can’t wait to read this! Isn’t she coming out with a Nature of Witches 2? I hope so because I feel like the first book ended just when things were getting really good!

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