Review: Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz

August 23, 2013 3 stars, Book Review 21 ★★★

Witches of East End

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.

Witches of East End was a quick mostly enjoyable read. I bet my use of the word mostly throws you right? This was because it was a tad heavier on the romantic entanglements than I usually prefer.

Freya and Ingrid are sisters and immortals in the sense that every time they die their mother gives birth to them again, so they get to grow up again knowing about all of their past lives.

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They were not only sisters and occasional rivals but the best of friends. – pg 8
There is some very interesting history as to why they are not supposed to use their powers and have been living under this restriction for hundreds of years. But what fun would that be if they went the whole book not using their gifts? So of course they start to break the rules. But they don’t just break them, they throw all freaking caution to the wind.

I find that I connected with Ingrid way more because hey, she’s a librarian and into books where as Freya is a wild girl who seems very self indulgent. Ingrid is caring if a bit closed off, but I love seeing how she slowly melts. Plus she has WAY better taste in men then Freya does. Suffice to say I had some serious issues with this chick Freya, I don’t even care about some namby pamby justifications that anyone might make, she’s just wrong.

Romantic mystery readers are likely to enjoy this one. As it has plenty of relationship tension and drama. It does have a mystery running through the central vein of the story that helps tie things together well. While I didn’t love it, I liked it and will definitely read the next book.

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21 Responses to “Review: Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz”

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      It came out in 2011. A copy of Winds of Salem recently arrived…and Frozen and I thought “It MUST be a sign that I should read a book by Melissa de la Cruz” since I hadn’t yet. As I had this one and it was so short I thought it would be pretty easy.

      Admittedly, I do not like Freya – she made it hard for me to enjoy the book. But I really liked Ingrid, so she was the saving grace for me. I think Freya is more of the lead character in this book and I’m REALLY hoping that Freya gets more attention in the next one.

      If you didn’t finish the first one I think you would have been surprised by the ending. It made me hate Freya less for her bad behavior but only just a little. I’ll be reviewing the second one soon – so I will let you know!

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Yeah, I hear that from quite a few people. I’m wondering if I liked it more since I didn’t have any expectations about the author. I hadn’t read any of her other books. I would have really liked it if it were all about Ingrid. She was the saving grace for me. I really can’t stand Freya. If the second book again revolves mostly around her I don’t know if I’ll continue further.

  1. Lizzy

    I haven’t actually read anything by Melissa De La Cruz. I did pick up her Blue Bloods book a week ago, since it was on sale. I’ve heard people rave about her, so it is surprising that this title by her wasn’t as good as it could have been.

    I think I’ll stick with my copy of Blue Bloods by her for now. Thanks for the review.
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  2. BookLady

    Even though I enjoyed her Blue Bloods series, I don’t think I’ll be putting the Witches of East End on my TBR list. Thanks for the informative review.

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Probably for the best, while I thought it was ok, it was not impressive. I couldn’t stand the main character Freya, and only kept reading because I liked her sister

  3. Diamond

    I didnt realize it had some mystery elements in it. I’m glad it’s a quick read..I heard a lot about the author and people preferring her blue bloods series, even tho that’s YA. I have yet to read anything by her but I have this and blue bloods already so I hope to read them soon– though I’m not sure which I should start with! Ha
    Good review
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    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Maybe I should have tried BlueBloods first but eh – I don’t think that one ever caught my eye. We’ll see how this one progresses. I think they are sending me the second book – since I was confused and thought book 3 was actually book 2 lol.

  4. Fatma Shahin

    kinda reminds me of paper towns! IT seems so intriguing. Will definitely try reading this – melissa de cruz is really good at what she does and i know i can trust her to write a fantastic book 😀

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      I don’t know – I did not think it was fantastic. I’ve heard her Blue Bloods books are good and I’ve heard nothing but “meh” to “totally didn’t like” about this one. I’m right there in the “meh it was ok”.

  5. Alex U.

    I enjoyed Blue Bloods and I really like witches. I’ll definitely give this one a chance, thanks for the review!

  6. sarah c.

    I have been dying to read this book!!! I have read the prequel and it peaked my interest.. Great review on it!!

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Yeah there is a prequel? Sometimes I wonder if I hate prequels/ebook short specials, etc – cause then I don’t know if I’m really missing something or not. I wish they were all free or a part of a bigger anthology to make it worth paying that price!