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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'
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Kindle Edition, 529 pages
Published October 27th 2016 by Orion (first published October 8th 2016)
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Diane S ☔
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Victorian age, late 1800's, a time when many were very attuned to their dead. They took photographs of them, fashioned jewelry from their hair, and tried to contact them in the great beyond. Many were there to take advantage of them, in any way and means possible. Charlatans abounded, but were there actually some who had the magic the power to see and communicate with the deceased?

In a little tea shop, three women know they can, all have powers to a different degree. One in fact Adelaide, wa
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Brina
On a windy, autumn day, Ami McKay's Witches of New York turned out to be the perfect seasonal read. Last year I was captivated by Rules of Magic, so there is something about witches and New York City that is just, for lack of a better term, magical. McKay takes readers back in time to 1880 New York where witches were no longer burnt at the stake but were still persecuted for being different, powerful women. This is the scenario that McKay has created for her protagonists as well as the secondary ...more
Vikki VanSickle
As a lover of all things witchy, this book is totally up my alley. I loved how McKay looks at women's histories in The Birth House and The Virgin Cure but I think this is my fave of her books. Adelaide, Eleanor and Beatrice are three independent women in a time and place (1880s NYC) when it wasn't exactly easy to be an independent women. They are brave, vulnerable, prickly, resourceful, stubborn, and utterly charming. I desperately wanted to visit their tea shop, have my leaves and maybe my pal ...more
Brittany
This could have been awesome... but it was too preachy for me. Preachy about everything in it from the "religion" side to the "clairvoyants" to the "feminists" and "he-man woman-haters." Is there truth in this? Appallingly so, however, the presentation could not have berated the reader in the way that it did. Instead of letting a reader get immersed in the story, I felt as though I was constantly being poked to try to rouse me into a state of anger, shock, and frothing of the mouth.

Were there g
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❀⊱RoryReads⊰❀
3.5 stars. I enjoyed this one; the characters are well developed and the plot is interesting. The book is beautifully formatted, with lots of drawings throughout and pictures of old newspaper clippings inserted between the chapters.

This is a pro-witchcraft, feminist tale about two witches, Eleanor St. Clair and Adelaide Thom, helping a new witch, Beatrice Dunn, find her place in the world. Beatrice comes to New York in September 1880 to make a new life for herself, little knowing she has acquire
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Jillian
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book . It welcomed back the main character of The Virgin Cure Moth, as an adult. I read The Virgin Cure and I loved it , and this book is just as good if not better, it is the story of 3 women witches in 1880s New York as they work in their shop Tea and Sympathy. As the city welcomes Cleopatras needle. A overly zealous preacher has got his beady little eyes on The Witches . There’s a side romance or 2, some ghosts, some dream fairies called brightlies and a pet raven and dog as well ...more
ⓐⓥⓡⓔⓔ ☞ The Bookish Blonde
Unfortunately, I Cannot Recommend

I wanted to love this book so bad, but instead...

I wanted to give up numerous times—the only reason I followed through upon completion of this book is it was a birthday gift from my, very observant, husband who knows I enjoy all things Gilded Age New York. I wanted to quit but because the tome was so akin to the kinds of places and times that I liked to be whisked off to I was desperate to salvage what aspects I did enjoy.

As for its vices—let’s just say “it’s no
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Kathleen
I enjoyed reading THE WITCHES OF NEW YORK by Ami McKay and found it interesting, engaging, informative and well written. I liked the historical references, and was intrigued by the three main characters and Perdu, who looks like a raven, but is not a bird.
Adelaide Thom, claiming to be a mind reader, and Eleanor St. Clair, a keeper of spells, have a tea shop specializing in cures, potions, and palmistry and cater to Manhattan's high society ladies. When Beatrice Dunn, a girl of sixteen and inter
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Erin
Aug 18, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 magical stars

The story
New York City 1880. Highly enjoyable. Three witches that become the target for a fantatical member of the clergy and demons all around.

Readers are once again introduced to Moth(from The Virgin Cure) going by the name of Adelaide Thom. Adelaide has opened a shop with another witch by the name of Eleanor St. Clair. Both are relieved to have the help of Beatrice Dunn, a young witch just learning her powers.

My thoughts
I love Ami McKay's storytelling and the way she inf
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LeAnne: GeezerMom
DNF at only 16 minutes in. A first! Screeching 1880s preacher complaining about women acting unseemly, a demon in the congregation whispering a spell that starts the witch hunts, and a couple of cutesy witchy women who sell charms from their tea shop. No offense, but NOT my cup of tea. Chick lit, magical realism, and at least one cartoonish character.

What was I thinking?? Somebody put the mojo on me :/
Kirstin
The Witches of New York was too fluffy for me to love. I adore this kind of witchcraft and was charmed by the herb lore and spells but there is no grit to this book. I'm pretty sure New York City c.1880 had some grit. 2.5 stars rounded up.
Lauren Davis
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book! It's magical, alluring, beautifully plotted and full of fabulous characters, both human, and not-so-human (Oh, Perdue, you lovely raven you!). Plus, let's not forget that Victorian setting. Think of the child Edith Wharton might have had with Charles Dickens. In fact, McKay has used many of the Victorian Penny Dreadful tropes to splendid effect.

Three women -- witches all -- in their shop, "Tea and Sympathy", a marvelous confection of place, as full of fairies (Dearies) as her
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Gina
There is so very much to love about this book. Magic, witchcraft, mayhem, hope, mystery, and it all takes place in 1880 New York. That's the recipe for a great read, and this one delivers on all counts.

Historically, it truly is a time that people became quite curious in the unexplained, the paranormal, and seances were big entertainment at that time. Some people working as mediums were the genuine article, and some, of course, were charlatans in it for the money. The trick was figuring out who w
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Susanna - Censored by GoodReads
Story is taking forever to get anywhere, and I may not bother to get this back out of the library.
♥ Sandi ❣
3.5 stars

An atmospheric read about 3 witches in the 1880's in New York City. Having opened a small tea shop, Adelaide and Eleanor had their own style of witchery. Then Beatrice enters the picture as an apprentice and all hell breaks loose.

I enjoyed parts of this novel. The descriptions of New York in the 1880's, the explanation of a womans life during that era, the account of the gritty city during those years, all made for a great read. The development of the three main characters was very goo
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Wendy
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Set in New York City in the 1800's this novel focuses on the lives of three witches.
Eleanor, descended from a long line of witches, Moth (now Adelaide) a see-er, and 17 year old Beatrice who is just beginning to realize her powers.
Although flawed, the witches are enchanting and heroic. They cater to Manhattan's high society ladies, specializing in cures, palmistry and potions. They support one another and their secret potions to support women's health concerns.
With many threads to follow this is
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MaryannC. Book Freak
A charming winsome tale of witches with a clever, talking, somewhat opinionated raven named Perdu who was my favorite.
Ola
It was a very mediocre read for me. I didn't love it nor did I hate it. It was jus all right, and I'll probably forget about this book soon. It had it enjoyable moments, and at the beginning of the story I was hooked, the writing and the scenery were marvelous and I just wanted to read and read about those three witches of New York - Eleanor St. Clair, Adelaide Thom, and Beatrice Dunn. Eleanor and Adelaide run a tea shop in NYC, and Adelaide secretly posted a job announcement in a paper to look ...more
Jennifer
Oct 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, 2016-books, canadian
i really like and respect ami mckay! i love how she digs deep into history, then spins it for fictional purposes. she's great at creating evocative places and times, and interesting characters. her previous novels - The Birth House and The Virgin Cure - were books i deeply enjoyed. The Witches of New York has us revisiting main character, moth (now 'adelaide'), from the virgin cure. so... all of this to say i was, of course, hugely and keenly anticipating the new novel. i tried very hard to keep ...more
Nancy
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-books
I thoroughly enjoyed reading about time in New York during 1880. This story involves three ladies who are discovered to be witches who run a tea shop and the problems they encounter with those wanting to rid the world of witches. Besides the three witches in the tea shop there are also the Dearlies who are in charge of dreams, a raven named Perdu who can talk and says he is not a bird and of course a ghost or two! The story is very cleverly written and it kept me engaged throughout the whole boo ...more
S.P. Aruna
Young adult, paranormal, historical fiction, what a magic combination (no pun intended, I meant in terms of sales potential)
Well written.
Jessica
Originally posted at eternal escapist.

Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

3.75 Stars

First off, if you're looking for a book with a strong plot and a fast pace, then The Witches of New York is not going to be the book for you. However, if you're in the mood for something more atmospheric, then you're going to love this one.

The Witches of New York followed the tale of three witches: Eleanor St. Clair, who came from a long line of witches; Ad
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Jessica {Litnoob}
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I went into this pretty blind and I’m so damn happy I did. The entire mystic of turn of the century NYC, of seeing a new age for women all centered around magic was kinda stunning.

Adding to that the very real system of oppression set up for them and it really gives you this compelling look at both women empowerment and everything already in place to destroy that.

I would suggest this being a binge book. There’s so many POV that it can feel a little disjointed if you only read a chapter at a time
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Amanda - Go Book Yourself
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"What is the weight of a soul? Where does it go when we die? Are there such things as ghosts? Can they speak to the living? What of spirits, demons, fairies and angels? Can dreams hold portents, visions, foretellings? Are witches real? Does magic exist?"

I've never liked it when witches are portrayed as ugly old evil hags. After all the accused were real women who burned at the stake. I believe the reality deserves respect.

When
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Thebooktrail
Booktrail the locations -Come to Witchery New York
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This was a feast for the eyes, ears and everything in between. If I wasn’t fully immersed in the gritty, dirty streets of New York, the buzz of the city and its gothic looking architecture, I was mesmerized from the very beginning by the world of witchery and witchery goings on. I don’t think it would be too much of a cliche to say I was spellbound would it? Well, I make no bones about it – I was. So much so I spent far too much tim
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Maud
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stand-alone
I got an arc from the publisher in exchange for my honest review, all opinions are my own.

This book was so much more fun than I expected it to be!

The reason why I did not give it 5 stars is because apparently some of the characters are from another book by this author. This doesn't seem to be a series but I did feel like I would have enjoyed the novel more if I had read the other book first (The Virgin Cure). I don't know how well I would have gotten to know the characters if I had but it did f
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Wanda
I read this book to fill the Spellbound square of my 2019 Halloween Bingo Card.

I first became aware of Ami McKay last Christmas, when I read the novella Half Spent Was the Night: A Witches' Yuletide. That little taste of this world convinced me to choose this book for Halloween Bingo. I am pleased that I was able to include it.

I really love the atmosphere of this book and the novella. The magic is so much an accepted part of this world that you don’t even question whether it exists or not. It do
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Makenzie
Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The charm of The Witches of New York lies in its blend of reality, magic realism, and fantasy. As a fan of anything related to witches, this seemed like the perfect book to read around Halloween, and although it took me a lot longer to read than expected, I was so delighted by this book. The obvious feminist undertones, both the dark and the hopeful, were what the sold the book for me:
the help they gave to women in need at a time when contraceptives were illegal, the nods to the treatment of wo
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Mary
How do I describe this book? Magical, dreamy, and enchanting. I adore Sarah Addison Allen's books and McKay's story had a similar vibe. Perhaps The Witches of New York has a darker feel and more of a paranormal twist to accompany the magical spells, but I loved it just the same. The characters are lovely, especially the Dearlies, Twitch and Bright. Who doesn't love mischievous faeries? The Dearlies were an unexpected surprise. There's also a clever raven named Perdu, who stole my heart and is an ...more
Jennifer Eagle
Nov 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I waited a long time for this book to come out as I am an Ami McKay fan, however it simply did not capture me. I found the book very broken up by all the ads and historical material, whether fictional or not, interspersed with the story. It made, for me, a very choppy read. I also felt the author was attempting to write a book about how intellectual, sexually independent, strong, women were mistaken as witches- but we also got into the supernatural. I would have liked her to stick to one storyli ...more
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AMI McKAY is the author of three bestselling novels–The Birth House, The Virgin Cure, and The Witches of New York—as well as the novella, Half Spent Was the Night. Her memoir, Daughter of Family G was named a CBC Best Book of 2019. McKay is also a playwright, composer, and essayist. Born and raised in the Midwest, she now lives in Nova Scotia.

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"All the more reason to speak your mind.”
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