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The Orphan Witch

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  19 ratings  ·  12 reviews
A deeper magic. A stronger curse. A family lost...and found.

Persephone May has been alone her entire life. Abandoned as an infant and dragged through the foster care system, she wants nothing more than to belong somewhere. To someone. However, Persephone is as strange as she is lonely. Unexplainable things happen when she’s around—changes in weather, inanimate objects tak
Paperback, 352 pages
Expected publication: October 5th 2021 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Apr 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Alice Hoffman’s Practical magic series meet Midnight Library with claustrophobic island vibes!

This is another mind blowing combination of fantasy meets thriller fans should be prescribed to consume at least three times in a day.

Poor Persephone May is doomed! She’s outcast, loner, abandoned, orphan, forced to live in the shadows, changing locations, working at odd jobs to make ends meet, cannot form a true friendship or lust for anyone because as soon as she makes eye contact: the person she s
Jan 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Mystical, magical, and wildly original, THE ORPHAN WITCH is a great story from an exciting new voice in fantasy. Persephone May is a witch for the ages, a tough, uncompromising, powerful time walker with a wicked gaze and a heart of gold. Her journey to find her family and herself and the lost witches of Wile Ilse is both rollicking adventure and intimate exploration. If Alice Hoffman and Sara Addison Allen had a witchy love child, she would be Paige Crutcher. Do not miss this beautifully realiz ...more
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Apr 13, 2021 marked it as to-read
Shelves: witchy-books
I read "witch" and I immediately want to read it! ...more
Apr 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Orphan Witch by Paige Crutcher is an excellent fictional novel that is such a wonderful, magical, and fabulous coming of age story with sorcery, magic, suspense, a dash of romance, and action. I loved it!

I just have to say that I love Persephone May. She has been given a tough plot in her early life, but she is still a genuine, likable, smart, and worthy heroine. I found myself rooting for her from the very beginning. I loved Moira and Dorian as well. Excellent character cast.

Trying to find
Apr 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is an interesting book for fans of magical fiction. If you like Discovery of Witches or Alice Hoffman, this book is for you. The world building is quite intense and not entirely what I expected (and perhaps a bit confusing at times) but the book has excellent atmosphere, strong characters and leaves enough out to keep you thinking after the last page is read.
Thanks to NetGalley or an advance copy in return for a review.
Mar 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. This was such a mesmerizing, magical, wonderful read. My heart broke for Persephone May (great name) over and over and over again. This book is like Practical Magic meets The Night Circus, with a dash of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue and a sprinkling of Harry Potter and The House in the Cerulean Sea for good measure.

And I just wanna say FROM THE VERY BEGINNING I CLOCKED HYACINTH AND ARIEL AND ELLISON. I feel vindicated and would like a pat on the back because I basically never ca
The Starry Library
The Orphan Witch was a book that I did not enjoy reading. The witches were stereotypical and the magic a bit boring for me. This was compared to Alice Hoffman's 'Practical Magic' series and I'm not sure why? This was a more fantasy witchy type of story than magical realism which is why I could not connect to it. There was a lot of information dumping in the dialogue which killed the story and there were too many characters (for my liking) and random magical ideas that did not fit together as nea ...more
Book Charmed
Apr 19, 2021 rated it liked it
This was middle of the road for me. Although I liked the story and the main character, I wasn't able to connect with her. I usually love stories about witches and magic, but this one just seemed to miss the mark. I would still recommend this for others to read, because the story had some merit and some interesting surprises. ...more
Linda Prindle
Apr 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
I chose this book first because of the beautiful cover,second because I love books about orphans and witches. This was such a good coming of magical age, finding lost family and coming together to save the town. I finished it in 3 days because I had to work lol or It would have been one day. Lol I loved all three main characters. Moira is truly prickly like a catus!! The writing was OK in the beginning but once the story started to pickup the rioting was much better. Overall I give this a 4 out ...more
Apr 17, 2021 rated it liked it
I liked this book but I'm not sure I understood all of the magical aspects of the plot. I also got some Nora Roberts vibes (the whole "so mote it be" I think was from her trilogy of books about witches).

Kindly received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Apr 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
If you like A Discovery of Witches, you will like this book. Good main character and it had a lot of twists and turns. Great story telling.
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Paige Crutcher is the author of THE ORPHAN WITCH. Her work appears in multiple anthologies and online publications, and she is a former Southern Correspondent for Publishers Weekly. She is an artist and yogi, and when not writing, she prefers to spend her time trekking through the forest with her children, hunting for portals to new worlds.

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