#BookReview: Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz

11604445Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz
Series: Witches of East End #1
Genre: Adult / Paranormal / Witches / Mythology
Pages: 242
Published: June 21st 2011 by Hyperion

Rating: 3 HEARTS


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.

My Thoughts

I really enjoy this book but it wasn’t the big thing. I’ve read wonderful things about Melissa de La Cruz and her books and I even have the first 3 books of her Blue Blood series, which I tried to read once but couldn’t pass through the first chapter of the first book. I think that it was an original story but the fact that I was already tired of vampires makes it look less than appealing to me. 

I got interesting for The Witch of East End when I saw the promo for the TV show. I know that it started (and was canceled) long time ago in the USA but here in Latino America started its broadcasting since last year. I always have been attracted to witches’ story, I think they’re intriguing and plenty of them got lot of action which I love; so I was very excited to watch it.

What I like about this book was the story, and the mystery that surround the Beauchamp, what they are and where they’re from. It was interesting how the intriguing around the Gardiner’s Brothers and how they could act into the future of Freya. But my favorite character was Ingrid, maybe because I can relate to her the most. I’m very much like her, a bookworm, kind of shy and follower of rules.

However, there is some aspect about this book that I don’t like. For instance I don’t like the childish of the narration. It suppose that this series was made keeping in mind the Blue Blood’s readers when they grow up but I think that (even when I haven’t read Blue Blood) it hasn’t improve very much, I think that it still keeps minded to be for young readers even when it shouldn’t be because the story it’s very mature. That’s kind of frustrating for me, not because I believe that I couldn’t read books for young people or kids (I mean I love HP and Percy Jackson) but because I felt that the story wasn’t unfolding like it should be, like there was holding back and for the sake of what? I really don’t know. I think the book could have give so much more with the plot that was presented but it lacks of something to make an outstanding impression for me. 

Other thing I don’t like is the way the character could put away some serious things so easily, which I felt was so unrealistic. Real people can’t forget important things that easy, almost all of us want to get to the bottom of the matter and resolve it, but the girls were just so selfish. When (and this could be a little spoiler) a girl was missing and you could be loosely guilty of that, maybe you should investigate it and try to find her before something really bad happen to her; but the girls didn’t thought about it until the police was on their neck.

I liked Ingrid as I say before, and even Freya with her crazy love life at the end of the book, but I felt that they were so selfish with the people on town and how they manage things, they just put things out of their minds if those didn’t affect too close to home. Though, Johanna was a matter for her own, I couldn’t stand her lack of maternity sense, she loves her girls I know, but she only thought about her missing boy and how much she loves him above her other children, even that she needed to got a substitute to calm her heartaches.

I like, however, that it wasn’t all about sex and that stuff (well, except for Freya and even wasn’t that much), because when books rating as NA, plenty of them base in just sex and nothing of true romance. But this actually presents a romance development and it also focused on the action and the magic problems. 

In conclusion, this was an OK book, which presents an interesting plot and different twist that keep the reader the enough time to stick to the story. But sadly, I don’t give it more rating because the writing style it didn’t feel appealing enough for me and because the characters selfishness that was so frustrating.

About the TV series and the book:

I have to say that it feel like meeting two different story altogether, the TV show changed so much from the books that they don’t have anything in common besides the name of the characters and their magical abilities. But even with everything that I’ve said above I prefer the books the most, I think that they present a more consistent plot and development. However, I like the characters portray on the TV show. Now that I read the three books (#2 Serpent’s Kiss and #3 Winds of Salem) and watched the whole two season of the show, I think it would be really difficult for the author to accomplish that desire to continuo the story after the cliffhangers of the TV show if the producers agree to it, because it doesn’t have anything in common of how the books ended. 

But I really want to know what would happen, and I want to read the new spin-off series, Summer on East End, with #1 Triple Moon, releasing November, 10 of this year. There we will follow the story of the twin daughters of Thor that visit Ingrid in Fairhaven to learn to control their powers. I hope it goes well.

About the Author

Melissa de la Cruz
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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