Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Wiches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz

Title: Witches of East End
Author: Melissa de la Cruz
Publisher: Hyperion
Acquired: Received free for an honest review
Age Group: Young Adult
Grade: 88% or B+

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.

My Thoughts::
I've never read a book by this author before. Of course I've heard of them, and they sounded interesting, but not enough for me to go out and buy them right away. So I went into this book with a clear head and few expectations.

This book obviously took place in the same world in which the Blue Bloods books take place. Which, actually makes me want to read them. The town sounded to beautiful, and everything was described to nicely, without it being overwhelming.

The characters were pretty amazing. Usually when a book tries to focus on more than two narrators things feel rushed and transparent, but not here. Three narrators worked perfectly. At first I was worried about the mom being one of the narrators, thinking that she would be the most boring, or that I wouldn't be able to identify with her as easily, but I was so wrong. All three of our main characters were fantastic. They were all so different, but were also struggling with the same things. I always find it interesting to read books that focus on different members of a family, and see what their dynamic is. Each one of these women were so interesting and compelling. I can not wait to read the next book.

The plot was very good. It didn't put us right in the middle of something big. It just stuck us randomly in this family's life as they are trying to live it. Things definitely happen, so don't think it's boring. But it happens in a way that seems natural, not coincidental or convenient. The story is fleshed out wonderfully and went by way too fast. Once again, I want to read the next book as soon as possible!

The ending was truly amazing. It's a perfect lead up to the next book and keeps your brain thinking about the book. Overall I thought Witches of East End was a fascinating read with great characters. I would recommend this book to anyone with any interest in books with witches.

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