Some people think that witch season only lasts once a year. In my mind, witch season is always there, no matter what. Along with witch season comes a strong desire to read young adult books about witches.
Find below a wide range of great young adult books about witches. What I like about witch stories is that for people who don’t like scary books or books about the supernatural or the fantastic, witch books are usually grounded enough in reality that they can be read by people who don’t like either. A witch is usually a person, after all. Here are some young adult books with witches that are more realistic than fantasy, as well as some that are more on the fantasy side than the real one. Here, there’s something for every witchy reader.
YA Books About Witches
Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
Sunny Nwazue was born in New York City. She now lives in Nigeria, but she was born in New York City as well. Her features are from West Africa, but she’s white. In the sun, she can’t play soccer. She’s a great athlete, but can’t go outside. Nowhere does she fit in. She then learns that she is a “free agent” with hidden magical abilities. And she has a lot of work to do.
Soon, she’ll be part of a group of magic students who study both the visible and the invisible, and learn how to change the world. In the meantime, Sunny and her friends are asked by the magical authorities to help them find a long-time criminal who also knows magic, and they agree to do so. Will their training be enough to help them fight off a threat that has more power than they do?
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Lena Duchannes is the first person the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen. She is trying to hide her power and a curse that has been haunting her family for generations. However, even in the overgrown gardens and murky swamps of the forgotten South, there is a secret that can’t be kept hidden forever.
Dreams of a girl he hasn’t met keep Ethan Wate awake at night. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most notorious plantation, Ethan finds himself drawn to her and wants to find out why. In a town where there are no surprises, a single secret could change the world for the better.
Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton
It starts out very simple.
Draw a circle…
Place a dead leaf in the middle.
Sprinkle some salt on things
It would be fun to do some Latin.
Maybe that last part isn’t as simple as it looks. Silla Kennicott, on the other hand, thinks it’s right. And nothing in her life has felt right since her parents were killed in a terrible way. A mysterious book arrived on her doorstep. She’ll try a few spells from it, even if it means shedding a little blood to find out the truth about her family. The book isn’t the only new thing in Silla’s life. You might have seen Silla cast a spell. Nick Pardee, the new guy next door, might have seen it happen. She doesn’t know what he saw and is afraid to find out. This might not be Nick’s first time using Blood Magic. Silla and Nick were brought together by a mix of fate and chemistry, and they can’t help but be attracted to each other. It’s not safe to ignore the dark presence that’s lurking nearby. It’s waiting to reclaim the book and all of its power, though.
The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
It doesn’t matter what he says, I didn’t want to bring my brother back from the dead. As time has gone on and he’s died, I’ve learned a lot from him. I’ve learned that the dead hide truths as well as the living.
It turns out that Tea isn’t like the other witches in her family. When she accidentally brings her brother back from the dead, she learns that she isn’t like them at all. As a bone witch, she’s feared and shunned by the people who live there. Even though Tea was sad, she found a lot of help from an older and wiser bone witch. She took Tea and her brother to another land for training. She works hard to become an asha, or someone who can use elemental magic, in her new home. But dark forces are moving quickly, and Tea will have to fight through her problems and make a big decision in the face of danger.
Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
Everyone thinks that Cate Cahill and her sisters are weird, but they aren’t. Too beautiful, too shy, and too smart for their own good. When you find out that they’re witches, the truth is even worse. If the priests of the Brotherhood find out about their secret, it could lead to an asylum, a prison ship, or an early grave. Cate then finds her mother’s diary and learns a secret that could bring her family down. Cate is desperate to find a way out of her and her family’s fate, so she starts looking through banned books and talking to rebellious new friends. At the same time, she has tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with Finn Belastra. She wrote that the Cahill girls aren’t safe even from each other.
The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas
a broken potion and lightning were the start of it all. Iolanthe Seabourne is thought to be the best elemental mage of her time. The one who has been predicted for a long time to be the one who saves The Realm. In her life, she must face and defeat the Bane, the world’s most powerful and skilled tyrant and mage. A sixteen-year-old girl who isn’t willing to do this would be taking her own life, even if she didn’t know how to do it yet.As he prepares Iolanthe for their fight with the Bane, Prince Titus vows to protect her even as he thinks about what to do. He is guided by his mother’s visions and wants to avenge his family. His heart goes out to the girl who was supposed to be a way to get to the end. The servants of the tyrant are coming closer and closer. Now, Titus has to choose between his mission and the life of his wife.
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina by Robert Aguirre-Sacasa
It’s Sabrina Spellman’s sixteenth birthday on the eve of her sixteenth birthday. She has to choose between an earthly fate and her boyfriend, Harvey, who is a normal person. Then Madame Satan, a person from her family’s past, has come to Greendale, and she has her own deadly plan in mind for her new home. Archie Comics’ newest horror star starts here! For people who are at least 13 years old. The first six issues of the ongoing comic book series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina are all in this book.
Chime by Franny Billingsley
Before Briony’s stepmother died, she made sure that Briony was to blame for everything that happened in the family. For so long, Briony has worn her guilt like a second skin. She likes to go to the swamp, where she tells stories to the Old Ones, the ghosts who live in the swamps. But witches can only see the Old Ones, and in her village, witches are put to death. Briony lives in fear that her secret will be found out, even though she thinks she deserves the worst kind of punishment for what she did.
They all look at each other for a moment, then Eldric comes along with his golden eyes and tan hair. He’s as natural as the sun, but he treats her like she’s something out of this world. Everything starts to change now. It doesn’t matter how many secrets Briony has been keeping. There are secrets even she doesn’t know.
The Connelly Boys by Lily Velez
The Connelly boys are almost like kings at St. Andrew’s Prep. In Rosalyn Bay, a small town on Ireland’s west coast, the four brothers are well-known, rich, and stunningly beautiful. They have long charmed their classmates and the town. Is there anything I should know about them? They’re cursed. Is what people say true?
Scarlet Monroe, a 17-year-old newcomer, has never been one to believe in rumors. When she accidentally banishes a demon while trying to help the oldest brother, Jack Connelly, the most beautiful of the boys and the one to whom she is inexplicably drawn, she quickly learns that there may be more to the local superstitions and folklore than she thought. After a short time, the Connellys take her into a dark and mysterious world that is full of ancient magic, powerful spells, kidnapped souls, and dangerous people. None of it compares to finding out who she is and what she’ll have to become before she loses everyone she loves. If she can stay alive long enough in the world of the Connellys, that is.
The Graces by Laure Eve
It was said that the Graces were witches, but they were not
Moving through the hallways like sleek fish, they made waves in the air as they went by. Their backs and their hair were looked at by people. It was just a waste of time for them to have friends. Somebody else was on their way. Show them that person was me. River, like everyone else in her town, is infatuated with the Graces. She is drawn to their beauty and the way they seem to be able to make magic. But are they really like that?
So, are they more dangerous than they show off?
This well-written thriller will have you hooked from the start.