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Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz

June 9th, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Received for review

Publication date: Jun3 21, 2011

Publisher: HarperCollins

I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars

Summary from From the author of the highly addictive and bestselling Blue Bloods series, with almost 3 million copies sold, comes a new novel, Melissa de la Cruz’s first for adults, featuring a family of formidable and beguiling witches.

The three Beauchamp women–Joanna and her daughters Freya and Ingrid–live in North Hampton, out on the tip of Long Island. Their beautiful, mist-shrouded town seems almost stuck in time, and all three women lead seemingly quiet, uneventful existences. But they are harboring a mighty secret–they are powerful witches banned from using their magic. Joanna can resurrect people from the dead and heal the most serious of injuries. Ingrid, her bookish daughter, has the ability to predict the future and weave knots that can solve anything from infertility to infidelity. And finally, there’s Freya, the wild child, who has a charm or a potion that can cure most any heartache.

For centuries, all three women have been forced to suppress their abilities. But then Freya, who is about to get married to the wealthy and mysterious Bran Gardiner, finds that her increasingly complicated romantic life makes it more difficult than ever to hide her secret. Soon Ingrid and Joanna confront similar dilemmas, and the Beauchamp women realize they can no longer conceal their true selves. They unearth their wands from the attic, dust off their broomsticks, and begin casting spells on the townspeople. It all seems like a bit of good-natured, innocent magic, but then mysterious, violent attacks begin to plague the town. When a young girl disappears over the Fourth of July weekend, they realize it’s time to uncover who and what dark forces are working against them.

With a brand-new cast of characters, a fascinating and fresh world to discover, and a few surprise appearances from some of the Blue Blood fan favorites, this is a page-turning, deliciously fun, magical summer read fraught with love affairs, witchcraft, and an unforgettable battle between good and evil.

I am a huge fan of Melissa de la Cruz’s Blue Bloods series and I loved the short story in Bloody Valentine that included Freya so I was ecstatic when I was able to get a copy to review.  Sadly I was a little let down but I would still say this book is worth the read.

The story takes awhile to get going.  I suppose it’s not unexpected since it’s the start of a new series, introducing various characters, setting up some background, etc so the pace was a little slow.  Things picked up for me a little over half way through and then things really started getting interesting.  Just when you think you know how the book is going to end, bam!, total twist and then you are left shrieking where is the next book.

The characters are very diverse and I loved Freya’s combined wildness and vulnerability.  I wanted to dislike her for what she does to her fiance, Bran, just because her actions are pretty despicable but then things get turned upside down and then you can’t help but feel bad for her.  I really can’t say more without spoiling some surprises.  Ingrid and Joanna did not grab me as much but they still served as interesting pieces of the story.  My favorite part of the story was that this family isn’t made up of ordinary witches.  Instead it weaves in some Norse mythology which I really wasn’t expecting and I found that fascinating.  I cannot wait to see what and who turns up in the next book.

For those who are Blue Bloods fans like me we also get a brief glimpse of Mimi and Oliver and a clue into what she plans to do to rescue Kingsley.  So for that alone it makes it worthwhile to pick up this book.  All in all a little slow out of the gate but I will definitely be picking up book 2.

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3 Responses

  1. Pam (@iwriteinbooks)

    It sounds like it has a lot of interesting parts even if there are some blah moments. I haven’t read Blue Bloods but I’ve heard good things.

  2. kay

    I have only read the author’s contemporary fiction novels, a while ago, but I’m looking forward to giving the Blue Bloods and this one a try. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it, Freya sounds like a complex character, and I am really intrigued by the Norse mythology aspect.

  3. Michelle

    I just finished this one on audio! I was pretty hooked after the first few chapters. I think perhaps having it on audio made it seem much more speedy. But, I agree that it got really fast paced towards the end when things started to come to light and loads of thigs started to fall into place.

    The end definitely has me interested in book two, there are two scenarios that could be playing out that come to mind.

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