Title: The Witches of New York
Author: Ami McKay
Pub Date: October 27th, 2016
My Rating: ★★☆☆☆
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 for help for an overworked Eleanor. This is when Beatrice joins their tea shop, a girl that appeared too late and after all the other girls that wanted the job were dismissed by Eleanor. But she’s different, she was let into the closed shop by a ghost of Adelaide’s mother, an event that truly scared Beatrice who is yet to discover that she can see communicate with ghosts.
The story seemed really interesting at the beginning, but then it all just lost it’s charm and ended up being quite boring. The blurb for the book spoils the event that is supposed to be the main plot point that fastens the pace of the story towards the end and brings some tension. But I know about it from the beginning and I was just confused till the third-fourth part of the book why does this didn’t happen yet?
The three main characters are likable and I enjoyed reading about them, but the plot was just weak and very predictable. There is a preacher that is excusing his horrible actions toward women who he believes to be witches because of his faith and believe that he is doing the God’s work. This man was the most infuriating character in the story, I got so angry every time he appeared. I must say that he is a very well written villain.
Overall, quite boring and predictable read. Ended with a lot of unanswered questions which brings the possibility of a sequel? If yes, I won’t be reading it. Although there are two things I’d like to know more about – what happened to Eleanor’s lover and whether she will have a romantic relationship with the journalist that helped her at one point in the story.
For people looking for diverse characters: this book contains f/f romance (it’s not the main story, but it’s nicely put together), and differently abled characters.