Sunday, July 3, 2011

Witches of the East End Review

272 pages
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.

Well this wasn't the best book I've ever read but it definitely wasn't the worst (ie. pretty little liars series). It seemed like this book took a long time to pick up and when it finally did the action was over in a matter of minutes. I felt like Melissa de la Cruz was trying too hard to direct this book towards adults and ended up with a writing style that just didn't seem to fit and wasn't as enjoyable as she usually is. I couldn't really connect with any of the characters especially because she kept switching it around. I was also a bit confused with who or what the characters were because they were called witches yet they were tied into something completely different by the end of the book. Hopefully the next book in the series moves at a better pace and is more interesting.


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