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The Witches of New York (Ami McKay's Witches) (2014 original; edició 2016)

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Sèrie: The Witches of New York (book 1)

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Respectable Lady Seeks Dependable Shop Girl. Those averse to magic need not apply.

New York in the spring of 1880 is a place alive with wonder and curiosity. Determined to learn the truth about the world, its residents enthusiastically engage in both scientific experimentation and spiritualist pursuits. Séances are the entertainment of choice in exclusive social circles, and many enterprising women??some possessed of true intuitive powers, and some gifted with the art of performance??find work as mediums.
Enter Adelaide Thom and Eleanor St. Clair. At their humble teashop, Tea and Sympathy, they provide a place for whispered confessions, secret cures, and spiritual assignations for a select society of ladies, who speak the right words and ask the right questions. But the profile of Tea and Sympathy is about to change with the fortuitous arrival of Beatrice Dunn.
When seventeen-year-old Beatrice leaves the safety of her village to answer an ad that reads "Respectable Lady Seeks Dependable Shop Girl. Those averse to magic need not apply," she has little inclination of what the job will demand of her. Beatrice doesn't know it yet, but she is no ordinary small-town girl; she has great spiritual gifts??ones that will serve as her greatest asset and also place her in grave danger. Under the tutelage of Adelaide and Eleanor, Beatrice comes to harness many of her powers, but not even they can prepare her for the evils lurking in the darkest corners of the city or the courage it will take to face
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Títol:The Witches of New York (Ami McKay's Witches)
Autors:Ami McKay (Autor)
Informació:Knopf Canada (2016), Edition: 1st Edition, 528 pages
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The Witches of New York de Ami McKay (2014)

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As the song goes, I had high hopes for this book. I love when stories about witches are focused on the 'sisterhood' rather than the men of small appendage who labelled and punished women for being smarter than them, and I did like Eleanor, Adelaide and Beatrice. However, there were just too many irons in the fire - or spells in the grimoire - to create a compelling narrative, and the crazy priest felt out of place. Like yes, the menfolk are going to get antsy about three independent women, particularly one who is 'unnatural' enough to threaten their marriages as well as their authority, but the gritty historical element didn't blend well with the whimsical tribute to witches. The author's commentary is clear - 'man’s fears causing him to do things that lead to far greater sins' - but too heavy-handed. Without the crazy priest, however, nothing really happens and the multiple subplots involving ghosts, ex-girlfriends and Cleopatra's needle go nowhere and do nothing.

I really wanted to love the story, which reminded me why Practical Magic is one of my favourite films, but the meandering plot and patchwork genre made me quickly lose interest. Maybe saving the ghosts for a separate novel would have worked better, as I was drawn more to the community of spirits in the hotel and their interactions with Beatrice: 'just as a child learns reading, writing and arithmetic, the dead had to tackle their three Rs as well: revenge, regret and reconciliation.' ( )
  AdonisGuilfoyle | Apr 30, 2024 |
Disappointing! Reminded me very strongly of [b:The Once and Future Witches|49504061|The Once and Future Witches|Alix E. Harrow|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1582634494l/49504061._SY75_.jpg|74822550], which I was only so-so on and still started grittier and more interesting than this. I started reading the author note at the back (whoops, bad sign), McKay's related to Nathaniel Hawthorne and one of the nastiest Salem witch trials judges as well as a victim and this was the entire impetus for the book? I thought I'd give it until page 50 to get interesting, but on page 34 the nice good pure dream fairies are giving a main character a prophetic dream and....

"The entire balance of magic was at stake. The moon was full. The time was nigh. The prophecy had foretold it."

k, thx, bye!

(14 august 2023)
  caedocyon | Feb 23, 2024 |
Witches
  BooksInMirror | Feb 19, 2024 |
I really wanted to love this. Witches in a tea shop, it sounded so great. But I'm bored out of my skull. We're constantly changing perspective, including of people/ ghosts who have uncertain relevance to the story. I'm sure the ghosts will be helped by one of the witches at some point, but it's taking too long. And the witches themselves. I should love them. Three capable women, living together, running a tea shop together. Magic, herbs, tea. But I get no sense of community. They live in the same house, they talk to each other, they're supposedly friends, but they each do their own thing, and the two adults are mostly bickering.
The whole story lacks cohesion. I read about half, and I've had enough. Maybe it'll get fixed in the second half, but I don't want to put in the time anymore. ( )
  zjakkelien | Jan 2, 2024 |
Atmospheric and witchy. I was surprised at the fantasy elements since I thought it was going to be folk magic not, like, magic magic. ( )
  LynnMPK | Dec 14, 2023 |
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Fiction. Literature. Romance. Historical Fiction. HTML:

Respectable Lady Seeks Dependable Shop Girl. Those averse to magic need not apply.

New York in the spring of 1880 is a place alive with wonder and curiosity. Determined to learn the truth about the world, its residents enthusiastically engage in both scientific experimentation and spiritualist pursuits. Séances are the entertainment of choice in exclusive social circles, and many enterprising women??some possessed of true intuitive powers, and some gifted with the art of performance??find work as mediums.
Enter Adelaide Thom and Eleanor St. Clair. At their humble teashop, Tea and Sympathy, they provide a place for whispered confessions, secret cures, and spiritual assignations for a select society of ladies, who speak the right words and ask the right questions. But the profile of Tea and Sympathy is about to change with the fortuitous arrival of Beatrice Dunn.
When seventeen-year-old Beatrice leaves the safety of her village to answer an ad that reads "Respectable Lady Seeks Dependable Shop Girl. Those averse to magic need not apply," she has little inclination of what the job will demand of her. Beatrice doesn't know it yet, but she is no ordinary small-town girl; she has great spiritual gifts??ones that will serve as her greatest asset and also place her in grave danger. Under the tutelage of Adelaide and Eleanor, Beatrice comes to harness many of her powers, but not even they can prepare her for the evils lurking in the darkest corners of the city or the courage it will take to face

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