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.
The first time I heard of Witches of East End, it was when I saw the trailer on TV. I was so excited that another witch TV series was gonna be on, and I fell instantly in love with the show. I went out and bought the first book in the series. I wanted to know all the differences, and I thought that it was going to be a super cool paranormal book. Instead, it was really flat and boring. Not that much actually happens in it. I actually ended up getting so bored that I just set it down around halfway through it.
My biggest complaint with Witches of East End is that there were too many perspectives and too short of chapters. Focusing on all of the characters works in the movie, but I don’t wall all three women’s perspectives in the book. That’s just too much for my personal taste. Also, the chapters were about 2-3 pages long. That made it really choppy and didn’t give me enough time to really focus and latch on to any of the characters.
Another complaint I had with Witches of East End was that it was just really boring. I made it halfway through it and there were no action scenes or any fun magic stuff happening. The characters had old lady like qualities to them and were very bland. It seemed more like reading words than really getting invested in the story and seeing the visuals in my head. It’s very old style writing that I think my grandmother would enjoy. It’s not something that I would recommend to any young readers.
One intriguing aspect of Witches of East End was that it was really fascinating to see all the differences between the TV show and the book. The TV show does stay true to some parts of the book, but they are two different things entirely. I don’t want to go into all the details in case any of you read the book, but that in itself was really interested for me.
Witches of East End is the second Melissa de la Cruz book that I have read and haven’t liked. I read the first book in the Blue Bloods series several years ago and never finished out the series. I’m starting to wonder if maybe I’m just not a fan. I’m not finding the writing very interesting or engaging. I’ve pretty much been bored in both of the books that I have read. So, I think that I might just be done with this particular author. I own Frozen…so maybe I’ll try to give that one a shot before I make that decision.
Overall, I would not recommend Witches of East End. I thought that it was very boring and just flat. I don’t know why Goodreads has it listed as YA because it’s not. This is something that I think will appeal to an older age group.
Publication Date: June 21st, 2011
Publisher: Disney Hyperion