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The Witches of New York
The Witches of New York | Ami McKay
The beloved, bestselling author of The Birth House and The Virgin Cure is back with her most beguiling novel yet, luring us deep inside the lives of a trio of remarkable young women navigating the glitz and grotesqueries of Gilded-Age New York by any means possible, including witchcraft... The year is 1880. Two hundred years after the trials in Salem, Adelaide Thom (Moth from The Virgin Cure) has left her life in the sideshow to open a tea shop with another young woman who feels it's finally safe enough to describe herself as a witch: a former medical student and gardien de sorts (keeper of spells), Eleanor St. Clair. Together they cater to Manhattan's high society ladies, specializing in cures, palmistry and potions--and in guarding the secrets of their clients. All is well until one bright September afternoon, when an enchanting young woman named Beatrice Dunn arrives at their door seeking employment. Beatrice soon becomes indispensable as Eleanor's apprentice, but her new life with the witches is marred by strange occurrences. She sees things no one else can see. She hears voices no one else can hear. Objects appear out of thin air, as if gifts from the dead. Has she been touched by magic or is she simply losing her mind? Eleanor wants to tread lightly and respect the magic manifest in the girl, but Adelaide sees a business opportunity. Working with Dr. Quinn Brody, a talented alienist, she submits Beatrice to a series of tests to see if she truly can talk to spirits. Amidst the witches' tug-of-war over what's best for her, Beatrice disappears, leaving them to wonder whether it was by choice or by force. As Adelaide and Eleanor begin the desperate search for Beatrice, they're confronted by accusations and spectres from their own pasts. In a time when women were corseted, confined and committed for merely speaking their minds, were any of them safe?
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lahousewyfe
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An intrepid group of witches quietly work their magic through a tea shop in New York in 1880. Their adventure drew me in and entertained from the first page to the last. My writer soul was inspired by the skill of the author as well. #adventrecommends @emilyrose_x

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kzwoz
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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...

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Eggbeater
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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.

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Dcueto
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Ready to listen to this one!!!

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KatieDid927
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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 !

#BasicWitchSwap #BWS

Meaw_catlady Ooh so many great treasures!please post a pic of your costume! 🖤 1mo
4thhouseontheleft I'm glad you like it! Happy Halloween! 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🖤🖤🖤 1mo
lele1432 Those Tazo teas sound amazing! 1mo
sprainedbrain Wonderful gifts! Happy Halloween! 🎃 1mo
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Deborah42
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A blend of fantasy and historical fiction about a group of witches fighting the patriarchy in Victorian New York.

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Well-ReadNeck
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MidnightBookGirl
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My current audiobook- loving it! #TeamSlaughter #scarathalon @Clwojick

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shaynarae
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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.

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LadyCait84
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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.

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LadyCait84
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Starting my first thematic read of the spooky season and I‘m just so glad it‘s finally September...

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Ladygodiva7
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Good read so far! 116 pages in. 👍🏻

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instalovewithbooks
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I wanted to read the book. Jasper said no. I guess I am not reading the book. 💁

rretzler 😻 Welcome to Litsy! 📖 5mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 💖📖💖 5mo
SW-T Welcome to Litsy 😊 5mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 👏🏻🎈 5mo
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Mitch
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Mehso-so

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.

Crazeedi I was very disappointed with this book too, I had read another of hers that I liked. This one was meh 7mo
Mitch @Crazeedi meh - sums it up ! 🤣 7mo
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Mitch
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Flying home today - drawing out the day with an early breakfast wiling time to slow down.

AlaMich 😍 that bookmark!! 8mo
DGRachel Have a safe flight! 8mo
Mitch @DGRachel thank you 🙏 8mo
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AmyG Safe travels home. 8mo
julesG Safe travels! 8mo
erzascarletbookgasm Safe flight ✈️ 8mo
wanderinglynn Safe travels! 🙏🏻❤️ 8mo
Sarah83 Safe travels 😍 8mo
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Mitch
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Settling in for the next 8 hours...

julesG Have a good trip! 8mo
Mitch @julesG thank you 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 8mo
Cathythoughts Enjoy 8mo
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Libby1 Ooh! Where are you going? Have a great trip. Thank you for the email. 😊 8mo
squirrelbrain Have a fab time! Love that your book matches your trip! ❤️ 8mo
Soubhiville Have a wonderful time! I hope you find some treasures in the NY book crawl! 8mo
DGRachel Have a great trip!! 8mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Have an amazing trip! 8mo
Mitch @Libby1 off to New York for a very very early birthday trip! 8mo
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LaurenReads
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Kind of creepy, but really good. Cool history, great ghostly interactions and some feminism too. Good stuff :)

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Well-ReadNeck
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Mehso-so

An entertaining audiobook. Would make a good Halloween read. #MountTBR

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TheBogwitch
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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.

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megzlynn
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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.

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TheBogwitch Glad to hear it! I‘ll be sure to persevere through the slower bits. (I‘ve been known to skim those!) 10mo
Linsy Loved this book! 10mo
Redy2trvl Totally spot on! I felt the same way. 10mo
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TheBogwitch
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Started this one today. Fingers crossed!

megzlynn I‘m reading it currently. I‘ve enjoyed it so far. 10mo
TheBogwitch @megzlynn good to know! I‘m only a few pages in and I already know I won‘t bail on it. 😊 10mo
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megzlynn
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Dishes are cleaned. Lunch for tomorrow is packed. It‘s time to enjoy a nice mocha and chocolates to end my evening. Thanks to our hosts. This has been a blast #LitsyPartyofOne

MrBook 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 10mo
Linsy Loved this book! 10mo
Jess_Franzino This book is one of my faves! 10mo
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megzlynn
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I have my book and my tea. I‘m about to go make some wings and ranch potatoes. #litsypartyofone

MrBook MMMMMmmmm! 😋 10mo
Freespirit Love your coffee mug 10mo
megzlynn @Freespirit Thank you! 🥰 10mo
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megzlynn
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“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.”

MrBook Look, @BookBabe ! 10mo
Princess-Kingofkings Oooh, love this teapot clock ~ I've been collecting tin signs of coffee and tea design to hang in our kitchen after it is painted. This gives me an additional idea. 10mo
BookBabe 😊👌🏻 10mo
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megzlynn
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“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.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful ❤️❤️ 10mo
Gina Awwwww man, that gave me goosebumps! Picture is perfect as well 10mo
TheBookKeepers Love all of this! 10mo
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Suet624 What @gina said. 10mo
megzlynn @Gina @Suet624 Thanks! I‘m only 100 pages in and I‘ve had to stop several times to write down quotes. Which I usually don‘t do. The author‘s writing is impeccable. 10mo
megzlynn @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you! 🥰 10mo
megzlynn @TheBookKeepers Thanks! ❤️❤️ 10mo
Rissa1 Stunning picture! 😍 10mo
Gina @megzlynn I take pictures with my phone of quotes so I can write them down later and then it isn't as disruptive to my reading flow 😃😎🙄 10mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Great picture! I actually climbed Stone Mountain on a band trip there back in 1995. It was rough and hot. 10mo
Ray3 Georgia is a beautiful state and my birthplace. Such a magnificent picture 10mo
megzlynn @Ray3 Thanks! I‘m from Alabama but I live about 20 minutes from the Georgia/Alabama line. I love living in such a beautiful area. 10mo
Ray3 Lol yea still mad at my dogs over that and the Texas game lol 10mo
megzlynn @Ray3 I‘m an Auburn fan so I don‘t wanna talk about it. 😂😂😂😂 10mo
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ItsAngel
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When you should be doing homework but you‘re involved with a good book...you read. 🤷🏼‍♀️😎💁🏼‍♀️

Chili @ItsAngel Sorry, not. 🤣 10mo
ItsAngel @Chili this is ALL YOUR FAULT!! 😂😂 10mo
kylienoele Your nails are awesome!! 10mo
ItsAngel @kylienoele thanks!! 10mo
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megzlynn
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Starting this book on a cold morning. I‘m huddled up to the hearth trying to absorb as much warmth as I can before I head off to work. 🥶🥶

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ItsAngel
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I have cool friends that send me book mail because they are cool friends. 👌🏼
@Chili

Chili 😎 11mo
Tanisha_A 😎 11mo
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IndyHannaJones
Pickpick

Well. This might just be a new favorite of mine. It is a wee bit slow in the middle. Witch, please, it is a great read despite that. And she set it up for a sequel witch (haha) I can certainly get behind.

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IndyHannaJones
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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.

BookaholicNatty Awwww she is absolutely gorgeous!!!! ❤️ 11mo
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IndyHannaJones
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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...

mjdowens Thankful that Indy has been spared a lot this winter 11mo
IndyHannaJones @mjdowens indeed;however, I would love a few snowy days on the couch. Oh well. That is literally one of the most 'out of your control' things around 11mo
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IndyHannaJones
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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.

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TheFunkyBookworm
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Mehso-so

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 😫

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TheFunkyBookworm
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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 ☕️☺️
#anewchapter #2019readinggoals
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks This nook is on my list!! 11mo
vkois88 This has been on my TBR for forever. I'll get there some day!! Enjoy ❤ 11mo
TheFunkyBookworm @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88 move it up on the list- it‘s a good one! 11mo
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MadCatRamble
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I loved Witches of New York! So witchy! So fun! So joyfully feminist! Great book to end the year on 🥰

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TheFunkyBookworm
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Hmm I do believe I‘m feeling rather witchy this evening...
Hoping this will be the atmospheric type of read I‘m in the mood for!

BethM I just got this on audible! 12mo
TheFunkyBookworm @BethM here‘s to hoping it‘s a great one! 12mo
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Insightsintobooks
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I'm in love with this book, and I'm only on page 40. 😁

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Insightsintobooks
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RhiannonAdmidas
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Pickpick

🖤🌙🖤🔮🖤

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nadine_swartz
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Totally bailed on this audio book.

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Kryckett
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Done! This was really enjoyable ... excepting the limited but predictable violence against women. I do wish more of the story was dedicated to getting to know the three main characters better, but the ending certainly leaves things open for future stories.

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GirlWellRead
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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.

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nadine_swartz
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Half way thru, and still not convinced?

Reviewsbylola I bailed. 😖 13mo
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Kryckett
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Chilly outside. A sleepy reading companion inside. And a print book that (finally!) grabbed my attention after an embarrassingly long stretch of bailed-on titles.

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Jess_Franzino
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@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 😃

Moray_Reads That sounds fabulous! My own family is related to the Pendle Witches, one of the most notorious "covens" in England and persecuted during witch trials in 1612 ?‍♀️ Thanks for entering ❤️ 13mo
Jess_Franzino @Moray_Reads Oh wow! I‘ve heard of the Pendle Witches 🖤🔮Thanks for creating the giveaway! And congrats! (edited) 13mo
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Jess_Franzino
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@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 💖

monalyisha Whoa! So pretty! 💜☕️✨🔮 13mo
Jess_Franzino @monalyisha I legit only put in 1 teaspoon, and it took that color right away! It‘s tasty, too! 13mo
Jess_Franzino @monalyisha Update: THE. TEA. IS. PURPLE. Omg. It‘s beautiful. 13mo
monalyisha @Jess_Franzino 😂 Glad it‘s brought you joy! 13mo
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Booksnchill
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@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!🧙‍♀️

monalyisha Love this one! So many awesome-looking books & goodies! Is that a Scorpio coloring activity? 😍🖤 Happy #WitchPleaseSwap & happy holidays! 🔮 (edited) 13mo
Booksnchill @monalyisha it is Dia De Los Muertos coloring- that is my birthday so @linsy themed the box- such a great box of goodies! 13mo
monalyisha @Booksnchill Oh, sweet! Is the Scorpio thing the reverse side of a mug? 13mo
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Booksnchill @monalyisha no she sent 2 mugs! 13mo
monalyisha @Booksnchill Whaaat? Amazing! 💖 13mo
Linsy I‘m so glad you like it! ♥️ 13mo
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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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.

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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This is for our October/November book club. So far I've really been enjoying it! Moth is back - she was a great character in The Virgin Cure.

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monalyisha
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Ummm, sooo... good thing I didn‘t send this in your #WitchPleaseSwap package, @Jess_Franzino ! It seems to be missing something? Like, 50 pages! 😱

julesG 😨 14mo
monalyisha @julesG No kidding! Now I have to pick a different book to read. 😫 And this was already my backup because what I *really* want to be reading is The Haunting of Hill House. BOO! 14mo
Jess_Franzino @monalyisha Oh no! I already gave someone else the copy I was going to send you, otherwise I‘d send it along! Hopefully you can exchange it for a copy that ISN‘T missing the first few chapters x.x 14mo
monalyisha @Jess_Franzino I bet I can. 🤞🏻 It‘s so funny that it happened in the first place. This book is FRAUGHT with complications! Haha. 14mo
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