Book Review: The Witches of East End by: Melissa de la Cruz

Witches of East End (The Beauchamp Family)Publisher: Hyperion
Publish Date: 21 June 2011
Origins: Purchased
Format: Trade Paperback


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.

I wanted to love this book but it was just another one of those alright ones. I wasn't so enthralled that I had to keep reading but I wasn't so bored that I didn't finish it. It had a few twists that I did not like though but I can't go into crazy details without spoilers. I did not like the part where we find out what is really happening with the women and what thier magic is connected to (you know what I am talking about) when I think of witches I don't think of the whole thing that the author chose to get into here. It annoyed me. On the other hand it was a unique way to go so I am sure some loved it, just not me.

I love how the characters represented the pagan tenants of Maiden, Mother, and Crone. It made me very happy to see some true to form old religion mixed into the story. I also enjoyed reading and learned about each women's life, it was exciting sometimes. The author had the perfect mix of sensuality in the book as well. I enjoyed that. If this will be a series (most likely) I will probably read the next book.

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1 comment:

  1. I felt the same way about this book, not great but an ok read.


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