Friday, June 10, 2011
[ARC Review] - Witches of East End
Author: Melissa De La Cruz
Series: The Beauchamp Family
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: June 21, 2011
I received this book for review from Hyperion & Library Thing Early Reviewers.
Summary: 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.
Thoughts: This book tells the story of Joanna, Ingrid and Freya Beauchamp. Witches, living in the secluded town of North Hampton. For centuries they have had to suppress their magic abilities. Each day that goes by it gets harder for them not to bust out and be who they where meant to be.
Terrific read. Beautiful setting, It actually made me wish I lived in New England. I was mesmerized by the town and charmed by the Beauchamp women. Going into this book I was already a fan of Ms. De La Cruz's, so I had a strong feeling I was gonna enjoy it. What the author has done is expanded on the world she started with the Blue Bloods. I love what she has done with her witches. Intertwining Salem witch history with her characters, along with Norse mythology. Witches of East End ended up being a lot more than I thought it would be and I loved it. An engaging story and I can't wait to read more.
I think Blue Blood fans will enjoy this new series. If you haven't read Bloody Valentine, I definitely recommend it. One of the stories in the book is where we meet Freya Beauchamp for the first time.
Score: 5 Stars
Author Website: http://melissa-delacruz.com/
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