Sunday, January 13, 2013

The Witch's of East End by Melissa de la Cruz


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.

I am a fan of Melissa's other series, but there were some things with this book. It felt a tad random that all three women, who have not used their magic since the Salem witch trials, decide it's finally okay to cast a spell here and there. Is it coincidence that when they using their magic again evil starts to take it's toll. There are parts in the plot that are too stereotype to what myths about withces say. There was a climactic ending, and you feel a connection to the sisters. 

I am an avid fan of Cruz's other book series, Blue Bloods series of vampires in Mahatthan it's almost like Gossip Girl meets Vampires, but I am not too crazy about this first book in the series. Since I read her other series I could have sworn this is just another spin off book from her Blue Blood novels. I think this book series would have read better if Cruz had started writing the series with the concept of a brand new project instead of throwing in the characters from her other book series Blue Blood.Reading this made The writing felt familiar like to her other series