Thursday, June 30, 2011

Review: Witches of the East End

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Meet the Beauchamp women of North Hampton Long Island. Joanna, the mother has a talent for life. Ingrid, older daughter, with a talent for charms and talismans, kind of personifies the stereotypical librarian, hair in a tight bun, glasses, strict and straight, unbendable. Freya, younger daughter with a talent for potions and love magic, bohemian, rule breaker, believes in love and falls in it often.

Freya is due to marry Bran Gardiner and is caught in a love triangle. Ingrid is lonely, not having had a love in her life for centuries, and Joanna has fallen in love with the 4yr old son of her home’s caretakers, becoming his “grandmother” for lack of a better word.

Life in North Hampton goes along just fine until the events of Fourth of July weekend, where people suddenly disappear, there is an underground explosion in the Atlantic that releases a oil like substance that is spreading. Dark forces are definitely at work

I have enjoyed Melissa de la Cruz’s Blue Bloods series and was pleasantly surprised to see a cameo of the blue bloods show up in Witches. The characters were highly developed and the story moved along. There were a lot of references to the Salem Witch Trials, but she didn’t take us there and belabor the story. Melissa assumed we knew about it and just added what she needed to to drive the story.

I didn’t realize this was going to be a series until I read the epilogue. While this book was a veiled re-telling of Norse mythology, it set the stage. The epilogue was the springboard for de la Cruz to take the story and start running with it. We know what the major plot point for the next book will be and it should prove entertaining. Can’t wait to read it!!

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