Witches of the East End by Melissa de la Cruz
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 06/21/11
I must admit that when I first started reading Witches of East End I found myself missing the usual Blue Blood characters but it helped to know that someone would make an appearance. The first half of this book is about getting to know the Beauchamp witches who are completely different from the vampires we have come to know. You have JoAnne who is the mother and her two daughters Ingrid and Freya. Ingrid is a librarian who is very structured and has been called is frigid and wild child Freya who we met in Bloody Valentine. For those of you who don't know this is very much an adult book so if you're a parent and considering buying this for your teen or if you're a teen and a fan of the Blue Blood series I wouldn't recommend this series. Melissa isn't raunchy but there is a lot of sex in this book because it's not young adult but general fiction.
The Beauchamp are immortals who live in north Hampton but are prohibited from using magic since Frey and Ingrid were accused of witchcraft at Salem. Ingrid is the first to break the rules but the Joanne and Freya are not innocent themselves. Freya is engaged to be married to a wealthy and kind man but when his brother comes to town she is willing to throw it away. While Freya deals with her love life the town starts having mysterious episodes like women become barren, birds start washing up on the beach and a toxic substance appears in the oceans that nobody is able to explain.
The last third of the book had me anxious about what was going to happen next and who was responsible for all the strange things in North Hampton. There was a huge cliffhanger that left me wondering where will Melissa de la Cruz take the Beauchamps! I can easily see Witches of East End becoming another of my favorite series!
Witches of East End is Melissa de la Cruz's first adult fiction novel. Melissa is known for her popular YA vampire series Blue Bloods and her first series Au Pair has been optioned for film by Drew Berrymore's film company.
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