This "spell" from The Witches of New York, by Ami McKay is supposed to get you what you wish. I wish for my night shift to be over so I can go home to bed. It's not working...
I appreciated the feminist rallying cry of the author's note at the end of the book and her reasons for writing it. The personalities of the witches themselves made this book. The plot was a little predictable, but the knowledge of the time period, the feminist flavor, and the detailed magic made it a much worthy read. The narrator does an excellent French accent.
Thank you @4thhouseontheleft !! I love everything! I‘m dressed as Sally for Halloween this year! I may post a pic on here, not sure yet haha. The books were perfect choices too and the plaque is so cute and so me. You‘re awesome. And thanks for organizing such a fun swap @sprainedbrain & @Meaw_catlady !
A good audiobook choice for the season.
It took me a minute to get into this one, but once I did, it was an absolute delight! McKay creates a beautiful world where witches and magic swirl around science & technology and the suffragette movement in late 19th century New York. I didn‘t find this book to be particular plot-driven, and what plot there was didn‘t wrap up so well for me. But the characters and atmosphere were so delicious, that‘s where the book shines.
This book ended up delivering exactly what I was hoping for from my first witchy read of the spooky season...something atmospheric, and fun, and easy to lose myself in for a while. Not a literary masterpiece, just an enjoyable story of strong women, sisterly bonds, and magic.
I could never quite allow myself to be transported to McKay's New York . It had the perfect ingredients for an enjoyable book - an atmospheric historical setting with women issues front & centre, a range of main & side characters that were interesting. But I found the plot too sprawling & at times boring, the characters too one dimensional & the landscape missing the range of voices that were vocal at the time.
Flying home today - drawing out the day with an early breakfast wiling time to slow down.
Settling in for the next 8 hours...
Great, fun read. Perfect for Halloween, or the Halloweenie In you. Witches, demons, ghosts, and fae folk galore. But it‘s more—the plight of women throughout history, the molds forced upon them, the brave being persecuted for stepping out of that mold. Though a little predictable at times, and leaving stray bits and pieces for a sequel, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
The Witches of New York started off beautifully. I paused several times to write down quotes. The writing and descriptions are impeccable and it really draws you into the story. That being said, I did find that about halfway through I found myself getting a bit bored. The plot building was incredibly long with most of the climax taking place near the end. However, the atmospheric writing kept me interested.
“Madame St. Clair had always put great faith in the happenstances that occurred while making, serving, and drinking tea: two spoons placed in the same saucer means a wedding will soon follow; two women pouring from the same pot means one will soon carry a child; tea spilled from the spout of a carried pot means a secret will soon be revealed; tea stirred while in the pot will surely stir up a quarrel.”
“A shepherdess sees to the care and feeding of her flock, a seamstress sees to the cut of a lady‘s dress. Witches see to the things best sorted by magic: sorrows of the heart, troubles of the mind, regrets of the flesh. This is what we do. This is who you are.”
Picture taken in Stone Mountain, Georgia.
I have to go back to work tomorrow after being off for two weeks and the thought of leaving this one alone for hours and hours tomorrow has me in literal tears. She's a terrible reading buddy because she's a literary snob and we've spent the past two weeks reading, barking, playing, and drinking tea.
Oh what a lovely spring day to wear Crystals and drink tea.
Wait a tick. It's January.
Not sure what this sun thing is, but us pasty Hoosiers have skulked out of our barns and storm cellars and other winter hiding holes to gawk at it in disbelief. A few people hissed and clawed at the yellow bulb to show it dominance, but mostly we've bowed down and shown it worship by taking down outdoor Christmas lights...
Ella Fuzz, Lady of Darkness and faithful familiar (when she isn't too busy barking at squirrels and birds), wants to know your recommendations for good witchy books. Although it is (a strangely warm) January, I want to keep Halloween in my heart all year long.
I wanted to love this book so much- and I did, at first. Then I convinced myself that I did. By the last third I just had to come to terms that this was not the book I wanted it to be. The plot was disjointed, too many trite side stories, the character development on the 3 main characters was lacking and the author so obviously had an agenda she intended to push.
Ugh, so much potential down the drain 😫
60 seems to be my lucky goal so I think I‘ll stick with it again this year. Really enjoying my first selection for 2019- a nyc tea shop run by witches in the late 1800s- just my cup of tea ☕️☺️
I loved the setting and descriptions throughout the city of New York in the Gilded Age. As much as I loved Ami McKay's other works (The Birth House, and The Virgin Cure), this story was just average and I struggled at times to get through it. The beginning had a nice hook, and there were some others dispersed throughout the story which ended up propelling me to finish.
@Moray_Reads #bookschangelivesgiveaway Though a recent read, “The Witches of New York” by Ami McKay. I recently started getting more into my study of witchcraft, & I related to the women in this book on such a level, that it encouraged me to seek out the witches here in Brooklyn! As a result I‘ve met an amazing group of people, have become more in tune with myself & my beliefs, & even randomly was asked to do a witch themed photo shoot 😃
@monalyisha Trying out the High Priestess tea! I decided not to use a filter with it so I could get the full flavor. Still waiting for it to cool, but I‘ve never seen such a beautiful tea in my life! It‘s hard not to feel magic when sipping something like this 💖
@Linsy what an amazing box of goodies. You really outdid yourself and you found a skull mug I don‘t have 💃🏻and the Poe Journal- his words make up the lines of the journal- AMAZING! The books look wonderful and I will take your rec and get right to Witches of New York! Thank you so very much for the early Birthday Box - you are truly generous and Amazing- the best kind of witch!🧙♀️
3.5 stars. I always appreciate Ami McKay's books. She includes newspaper clippings, letters, book passages, etc. It was great to read about Moth from The Virgin Cure again! I felt this a little too long and felt like we only got surface stuff about the three witches.