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Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz

Author: Melissa De La Cruz
Pages: 288
Genre: Fiction
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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. [via GoodReads]
I was excited to hear that Melissa de la Cruz was coming out with a paranormal adult series. So needless to say, I was the first one in line searching for an ARC, which I gladly received through Amazon.  But before I can even start my review, I must confess that I have not read Ms. de la Cruz's Blue Bloods series so I can't say how or if the stories are related. 

With that said, I found the Witches of East End to be a unique story of three witches - a mother and her two daughters.  Told through alternating points-of-view, you get to learn more of Joanna, Ingrid and Freya, their very long lives and why they're bound by rules that won't  allow them to use their magic.

While I can't say that I loved this book, I did find the story intriguing at times.  There were times were I found myself sludging to get through some chapters, while at other times I was flying through the pages.  I'm not sure if I was confused for most of the story with trying to truly understand and getting to know (and like) the main characters.  Which I never truly succeeded at - since I did like Joanna and Ingrid but I definitely had my issues with Freya.  Aside from my mild dislike of the main characters, I felt that the story just didn't move along fast enough to keep me entertained.  It almost felt disjointed at times.  When the main plot points were finally revealed I think I was just over the whole thing. 

I did enjoy reading about the haven they found in North Hampton - and I enjoyed meeting the town residents, the love interests, and the mystery of it all.  I also loved the way the Salem Witch Trials and Nordic mythology were weaved into the storyline... yet it wasn't enough for me to fall in love with it.... sadly.

While the synopsis does mention that this is the perfect read for cross-over fans of Ms. de la Cruz'a YA series - I would like to mention that there are numerous "explicit" sex scenes.  And while I'm sure the more mature teens will be okay with this, I found myself a tad uncomfortable with some of these scenes...  like maybe I didn't  need that many of them... I'm just saying.

All in all, Witches of East End fell flat for me.  Yet I see plenty of mixed reviews out there - so my final verdict would be, enter at your own risk.

My Rating:

22 comments:

ParaJunkee said...

I completely agree with all your points. I had the exact same feeling about this book. I think you gave it more credit than me though. Probably because you stuck around for the big reveal in the end.

I don't think I've disliked a character more than I did with Freya. I just couldn't stand her - and the author was trying to get people to like her. It was just odd. I hope fans of her YA series aren't going to flock to this one.

A Musing Mother said...

Thanks for an honest review.

Jess - A Book Hoarder said...

I just started this and I saw your rating and decided not to read your review until I am finished because I don't want it to affect the way I read it. So, I will be back to read it later.

We will see if I agree with what you say. I'm hoping not but with what I have read so far I have don't have to must confidence.

Felicia the Geeky Blogger said...

I agree with all your points! I thought it was a little all over the place too but in the end I gave it a 3.5 because I liked the last half of the book. That being said though, it took some sitting down and getting through to get to that point.

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Lily Child said...

Great honest review. I know what you mean by the mixed reviews. The premise does sound rather interesting. I really appreciate your thoughts.

Jennifer said...

I doubt I'll be picking this one up any time soon. I have seen mostly blah reviews for this one. The cover intrigued me a bit but the story just doesn't really sound like what I'm looking for right now. Thanks for an honest review. Sorry that this book fell flat for you.

Kailana said...

I am not sure about the book, but I have to say it has an intriguing cover...

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

I had a similar reaction when I read this book... I thought it was going to be so fantastic - and really it had the potential to be... but after so many scattered and undeveloped story lines and then the crazy ending... gah.

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Liz @ Cleverly Inked said...

I loved the Blue Blood series, I think I will give it a shot anyhoo. Warning heeded!

Bookish Brunette said...

I haven't heard great things about this one... *sad face* because I was totally looking forward to reading it!

New follower from Felicia... because she said I MUST come meet you IMMEDIATELY! *waves excitedly*

Alison's Book Marks said...

I liked this book much more than you did. I thought it was a fun read, enjoyable characters, with a fast-paced plot. Everyone tells me I have to read Blue Bloods, because if I liked Witches, I'll LOVE Blue Bloods. Sorry this one was flat for you!

(Miss you...hope you're enjoying your summer!)

Alyssa from Hunger Games Summary said...

Truth being told, I've read this one and can't really understand people complaining about it. On the other hand, I'm well known for my weird book taste... :)

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Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

You ok doll? Miss you!

Cozy in Texas said...

Thanks for the review.
Ann

best selling books said...

This story sounds very different and i must say the author has choosen a really good topic for this book. Thanks for sharing the post.

Cozy in Texas said...

The creepy cover would put me off.
Ann

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