Intro and First Review – Witches of East End

Hello!  This is my review blog, it’s also my first blog; period, unless you count my old Myspace profile entries.  I hope any who come to read my reviews enjoy them and find them helpful.  I am definitely a huge bookworm and this blog is for others and myself, sometimes people need help picking a book, and I love to write what I think about books I read, so it’s a win-win situation!  I hope my blog is enjoyable and check back for more reviews!  🙂


Witches of East End

Melissa De La Cruz

288 pages

ISBN 9781401323905

Read 6-4-11

Format: Paperback

Source: LibraryThing

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.

This is the first entry of my book review blog, so I am very excited to have this started.  My opening review is going to be Melissa De La Cruz’s Witches of East End, which I won as an advanced reader copy (ARC) from Librarything.  I chose this one first since it was released yesterday.  This novel is about a family of witches (a mother and her two daughters) that live in a small town and are restricted from using their powers so they live like regular people.  Strange things start happening in the town, and the witches are determined to find out what it is, even if it means getting into trouble for disobeying the restriction.

This is the author’s first adult novel; she is know for her Blue Bloods series in young adult.  Unfortunately, I have not read this series yet, so I will not be able to compare between her young adult and adult styles, though I do intend on reading them.  Though this novel is not action packed or fast-paced, I still read through it pretty quickly.

There is a lot of depth to the main characters of this story, which I like since you really get to know them.  Most of the novel was very secretive and mysterious and it kept you pulled in wanting to know what was next.  I’m a huge fan of twist endings and this one did have one that made me say “uh-oh,” and I can’t wait to see how the next dilemma is going to be solved.

Magic is not in shortage with this story, and most of it is not outrageous magic, mostly it is things such as small spells and potions, giving it a good balance between realistic and fantasy witchery.  For me, a lot of the story was predictable, but I can be pretty good at guessing what is going to happen, so it may not be the same for others, plus two twists at the end did catch me off guard.

All in all, I did enjoy this book even though it was not one of my normal fast-paced reads.  I felt like I really got to know the characters and I also enjoyed the Norse mythology that the author wove into the story.  I would recommend it to people who don’t mind an enjoyable laid back read.

In a nutshell : leisurely reading, twist ending, complex, and enjoyable.  3.5 stars


Filed under 3.5 Stars, Adult, Fantasy, Fiction, Review

3 responses to “Intro and First Review – Witches of East End

  1. Glad to find a new WP book blogger! Looking forward to following your reviews.

    This book is very different from the Blue Bloods series, which is OK with me. I think the author’s first foray into the adult world is a success.

    Your description of realistic and fantasy witchery is spot on. I also enjoyed that we get to see the characters at their jobs. And that cliffhanger ending was a killer!

  2. I agree about the characters and their jobs, it makes them more real to see them in that kind of environment. I love cliffhangers and I thought this one was brilliant!

  3. Aaron

    As a reader, who isnt aware of this author, i get a notion that this is a intriguing mystery. I am normally drawn to fast paced action novels, but yet your review makes me curious about this story. I do enjoy a fantasy story with some realistic credibility. I will definitly have to check it out.

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