Title: Witches of East End
Author: Melissa De La Cruz
Published: June 21st 2011 by Hyperion
Summary: "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."
Thoughts:Parents, beware! This is definitely not a Young Adult novel so before you let your kids read it, be sure to check it out yourself. With that said, Witches of East End is everything an adult novel should be. It's fun, witty, wicked, and soooo sexy! For older fans of Blue Bloods, this really is a treat.
Witches of East End is told through each of the three witches' point of view. While they have their own story (past and present) to share, there is still an overall story to tell. Due to their past, the three witches are not allowed to practice their magic openly. In this world, however, whenever the witches die, they are reborn. Joanna is Freya and Ingrid's mother and when her daughters die, she becomes pregnant and has to raise them again. Their overall age is determined by their personality. Since Freya is the most youthful, she appears to be the youngest.
Now, what kind of story would this be if there wasn't any conflict? So begins the troubled path that all witches seem to follow. One by one, each of the three girls begins to perform their magic. And soon, each girl must pay for the consequences of their crime.
I have to say that out of the three girls, Ingrid was my favorite. Freya jokes, calling Ingrid frigid, which isn't necessarily wrong. The thing is, when Ingrid loves, she really LOVES. Besides, who doesn't love a brilliant girl?
And you know how Melissa likes to add bits and pieces of history into her books? Well, this one is no different. Instead of the colonial time set, she actually uses Nordic mythology. This aspect of the story, in my opinion, is what made the novel so interesting. What can I say? I'm a girl who loves all sorts of mythology!
In all fairness, I have to admit that the first half of the novel moves fairly slowly. It's a lot of world building, character development and background information. The book is actually broken down into three separate stories. The first two were good but not great. The last one, though, wow. That one made the book worthwhile. Oh, and there is a cameo from a couple Blue Blooders I'm sure fans will in enjoy.
Overall, I found Witches of East End to be a great addition to the fantastic world Melissa has already built. Would I have liked it as much as I did had I not been a Blue Bloods fan? I don't know. The one thing I know is this: It's making me not only crave the next book in this series (The Serpent's Kiss), but also the next book in the Blue Bloods series. Luckily, I don't have to wait that long for Lost in Time. Unluckily, I'll be waiting over a year (ACK!) for The Serpent's Kiss.