#BookReview: Serpent's Kiss by Melissa de la Cruz

15711780Serpent's Kiss by Melissa de la Cruz
Series: Beauchamp Family #2
Genre: Adult / Paranormal / Witches / Mythology
Pages: 312 (ebook)
Published: June 12th 2012 by Hyperion

Rating: 4 HEARTS


Joanna and her daughters, bookish Ingrid and wild-child Freya, are just settling into the newfound peace that has been cast over their small, off-the map town of North Hampton. With the centuries-old restriction against practicing magic lifted, casting spells, mixing potions, and curing troubled souls has never felt so good for the three witches. That is, until everything gets turned upside down—from Joanna’s organized kitchen to Ingrid’s previously nonexistent love life to Freya’s once unshakeable faith in her sexy soul mate, Killian Gardiner.

When Freya’s twin brother, Freddie, suddenly returns, escaped from Limbo and professing innocence on a long-ago crime, Freya should be ecstatic. The golden boy can do no wrong. Or can he? Freddie blames no other than her fiancé Killian for his downfall, and enlists Freya’s help to prove it. Now Freya doesn’t know who to believe or trust.

And for the first time in—well, forever, really—Ingrid is also busy in love. Matt Noble, the handsome and charming police detective, has won her heart. But can romance work between a virgin witch and a mortal who doesn’t believe in magic? Things get even more complicated when it appears Ingrid is harboring the prime suspects in Matt’s police investigation.

To add to the chaos, a dead spirit is attempting to make contact with Joanna—but does it mean to bring harm or help? Joanna asks her sort-of ex-husband Norman to help figure it out, only to accidentally invite him to a Thanksgiving dinner with a dapper gentleman she’s recently begun dating.

As the witches pull together to discover the serpent within their midst and the culprit behind Freddie’s imprisonment, everything is thrown into peril. Will the discovery come too late to save those they love most?

My Thoughts

This was the large book of the three from this series with 300 pages but its writing style didn’t advance from The Witches of East End. Though, I like it very much mostly because Freddie is in it and because the characters improve so much from the previous book which makes it so wonderful to read. Also, this book presents a new and wonderful mystery to be solved that brings lot of turns and twists. I really enjoy it very much.

The three Beauchamp siblings are together at last (well, they’re all in Midgard – Mortals land), and we clearly can see how had affected them the destruction of the bridge that connected Asgard and Midgard and the condemned of Freddie to spend the eternity in the Limbo in different ways. He is so amaze by the human things like video games and junky food and, of course, girls. As any God, who takes everything when he wants, Freddie falls hard for a girl via online from which we could see develop a new drama surround him with his new girlfriend’s family and what they think about him.

Ingrid also has a love drama in this book, trying to decide if she could have a life with her mortal friend, the same who doesn’t believe she is a witch. I quite felt that that last matter was kind of ridiculous, I mean I know that isn’t ideal to be with someone that doesn’t accept all the aspect of us, but I think that Ingrid could have manage it better. However, she also grew so much from her character on the previous book; we see her more sure of herself and her magic skills, or even slight as a mother, because she have to take care of some little creatures. I like how much she improves here.

But nobody win Freya and her love life. She improves so much as well, I like how she is focus on her relationship and not playing back and forth for a man to another. As we know from the previous book, Freddie is back to seek revenge against Killian for the set up of the destruction of the bridge but Freya is determinate to prove that the love of her life is innocent and she would do anything to save him, even jeopardize her own relationship. 

By other hand, I don’t like Johanna since the previous book, and she hasn’t change anything in this one. I wished to not find any chapter with her because everything else was so good and she kind damaged me experience with the story. I really don’t like her at all.

Overall, I like this book very much, mostly because Freddie, I love him so much in this story that I was yarning chapters by him. Plus, the plot with all its turns and the improve of Freya and Ingrid’s personality were wonderful. Sadly, the writing style didn’t change very much, though is a little bit more manageable, and it still has Johanna.

Melissa de la Cruz

About the Author

Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens including The Au Pairs series, the Blue Bloods series, the Ashleys series, the Angels on Sunset Boulevard series and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat. 



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