Wednesday, July 6, 2011
BOOK REVIEW: Witches of the East
Author: Melissa de la Cruz
Release Date: July 2011
Sex and the City meets Witches of Eastwick in this spellbinding new series from Melissa de la Cruz.
Freya, Ingrid and Joanna Beauchamp love their sleepy life in the East Hamptons. A new engagement, promotion at work, a happy home - its all going perfectly. And, to top it off, no one's come close to discovering the secret of what they can really do in hundreds of years.
But throw a few accidental love potions in the mix the Beauchamp girls are going to need more than a broomstick to clean up this mess. . .
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Melissa de la Cruz is the author of many best-selling novels, including the Blue Bloods series; the Au Pairs series; the Ashleys series; and Angels on Sunset Boulevard. She is also a frequent contributor to Glamour, Marie Claire, Teen Vogue, and Cosmopolitan. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter, and is hard at work on the next book in the Blue Bloods saga. While Melissa is not a Blue Blood, she knows people who are...
Witches of the East, Misguided Angel, Keys to the Repository, Revelations, The Van Alen Legacy, Masquerade
Witches of East End is the story of the Beauchamps, a family of witches: mother Joanna and daughters Freya and Ingrid. Several centuries ago, they were banned from using their magical powers. Now they lead a normal, unmagical life in a small town on Long Island called North Hampton. The town isn't quite normal though, since it's not located on any maps and outsiders can rarely find it. One summer, strange things seem to be happening in the town, and the sisters get a bit restless and start experimenting with magic again. Freya works as a bartender and she begins brewing elaborate drinks that work as love potions. Ingrid helps an infertile friend get pregnant, and soon the women of the town are flocking to her for help with their problems. After seeing her daughters using their powers, Joanna begins experimenting as well, but her powers are a bit scarier, as she can bring the dead back to life.
All three witches are fascinating women. Their characters are well written and well rounded. Each has her own unique personality that I came to appreciate very early on in the story. As each struggles with their own part of the strange occurrences around town, we see a glimpse of just how powerful they could be if they really tried.
I really enjoyed this book and it ended with an opening for a sequel that I hope arrives quickly. For those of you familiar with de la Cruz's other series, there is an interesting twist that was worked into the story very nicely.