I did my best to find books about sororicide, but that turned out to be much harder than I thought. So instead, I’m recommending books about witches and sisterhood, that may or may not be murderous, for our most recent YA book club pick Three Dark Crowns. In this one three sisters all have to fight for the crown by trying to kill each other with their magical abilities. Opinions were divided on this one, but many did say that they were curious to see how the story goes on and would read book 2 of the series. If you can’t wait that long and you need some more witches in your life then I’d recommend you try these books. We also included some discussion questions at the end in case you’re reading this book with your own book club and you can use the inspiration!

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The Graces
Laure Eve

Everyone loves the Graces.

Fenrin Grace is larger than life, almost mythical. He’s the school Pan, seducing girls without really meaning to. He’s biding his time until someone special comes along. Someone different, who will make him wonder how he got along all this time without her. Someone like me.

Fenrin’s twin, Thalia, is a willowy beauty with rippling, honey-colored hair. Wherever she goes, Thalia leaves behind a band of followers who want to emulate her. She casts spells over everyone she encounters, just like Fenrin—even if they both deny it.

Then there’s Summer. She’s the youngest Grace, and the only one who admits she’s really a witch. Summer is dark on the outside—with jet-black hair and kohl-rimmed eyes—and on the inside. It was inevitable that she’d find me, the new girl—a loner with secrets lurking under the surface.

I am River. I am not a Grace. But I’ll do anything to become one.

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Practical Magic
Alice Hoffman

When the beautiful and precocious sisters Sally and Gillian Owens are orphaned at a young age, they are taken to a small Massachusetts town to be raised by their eccentric aunts, who happen to dwell in the darkest, eeriest house in town. As they become more aware of their aunts’ mysterious and sometimes frightening powers — and as their own powers begin to surface — the sisters grow determined to escape their strange upbringing by blending into “normal” society.

But both find that they cannot elude their magic-filled past. And when trouble strikes — in the form of a menacing backyard ghost — the sisters must not only reunite three generations of Owens women but embrace their magic as a gift — and their key to a future of love and passion. Funny, haunting, and shamelessly romantic, Practical Magic is bewitching entertainment — Alice Hoffman at her spectacular best.

Discussion Questions

  • Jules seems more powerful than most of the sisters meant to be queen. Why do you think this is?
  • Why is ‘low magic’ considered to be a bad thing?
  • Why does no one stand up against the ‘tradition’ of killing two out of three queens?
  • What are your theories for the next two books?

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