Release Date: June 21, 2011
Age Group: Adult
Received From: Library Thing Early Reviewers
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 love books about witches. They are probably my new favorite flavor of paranormal. When it comes to witches with fantastic and enchanting abilities Witches of East End did not disappoint. I have not read the Blue Bloods series. I know! What’s wrong with me, huh? But after reading this book I think I must fit them in sometime.
Having not read the Blue Bloods series, I think I missed a lot of history. Witches of East End is set in the same world and you are kind of thrown into it without a lot of explainable, but that’s really never a problem for me if the story grips me from the start, and it did.
The town of North Hampton is a little magical and a little mysterious. It was 100% enchanting. I loved the setting and the overall delightful feeling of it. Melissa de la Cruz did a great job with all the magical aspects of this book. The subtle and not so subtle powers of Freya, Ingrid, and Joanna were my absolute favorite part of the story! Each of them has different abilities, so it was fun getting to see them in action.
The story is told in alternating perspectives. Each character has their own drama going on. I really enjoyed all three characters. Ingrid might have been my favorite because she was strong and bookish. I really liked Freya too. Her conflicted feelings when it came to the men in her life was one of my favorite parts of the story also.
Overall, Witches of East End was a good read. I found myself much more interested in the small side stories and magical aspects than the big plot line and that was really my only problem with it. I definitely recommend it if you enjoy witchy reads!