Witches of East End

Witches of East EndTitle: Witches of East End
Author: Melissa de la Cruz
Series: The Beauchamp Family #1
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Date: June 21, 2011
Pages: 272
Format: ARC
Source: For Review
2 Stars

SYNOPSIS

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.


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I love Melissa de la Cruz’s Blue Blood series, so I had high expectations for Witches of East End. Unfortunately, it was slow paced and did not have much of a plot. Additionally, there were a lot of things in the novel that were not explained very well.

De la Cruz incorporated a few of the characters from the Blue Bloods series, but she did not explain who they were to the reader. Therefore, unless you have read the Blue Bloods series, you would have been very confused. The characters from the Blue Bloods series are fallen angels whose punishment is to exist on earth as vampires. De la Cruz never explains this to the reader, however, and refers to the characters as both the Fallen and vampires. Had I not previously been familiar with the characters, I would have had no idea what she was talking about. I also did not feel that it was necessary to incorporate the characters into the story at all, as they were completely irrelevant to the plot.

The Blue Bloods characters were not the only characters that were insufficiently introduced; we do not find out crucial aspects about any of the witches until the very end of the novel. It turns out that all of the witches are actually Norse goddesses.  There is absolutely no way to know this about the characters either, unless you know that Freya is the name of the Norse goddess. Had these details been revealed up front, the story would have been much more enjoyable.  All of the action seemed to take place in the last 50 pages, and ended with a bit of a cliffhanger. Was the ending good enough for me to continue reading this series? I’m not sure yet. I think the answer to that will really depend on the book description when it is available.