The Beauchamp Family #1: Witches of East End – Melissa de la Cruz

Witches of East End

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Author: Mellisa de la Cruz

Length: 272 pages

“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.”


★ ★ 1/2 stars

Spoilers

Pros
– The magic
– The main characters
– The buildup
– Tyler

Cons
– Romantifying cheating
– The Norse mythology which came out of nowhere (?!) 
– The ending
– Any character that was not either one of the three main witches and Tyler 

This book was quite alright, it was ok, but to be quite frank, it wasn’t anything beyond that either. I felt as though the writing was quite average, in my opinion and for some darn reason, I just could not remember the character names. Maybe it was because the characters were generally quite unremarkable (besides the main ones) or whether I get super tripped up as soon as surnames get added into the mix, but for whatever reason, it made reading this book quite difficult. 

I also think that this book took a bit of an unexpected and not so great turn in the end, when it suddenly switched from being about witches to being all about Norse mythology and its gods. Now to be fair, I do know that the Wiccan religion and culture does center a lot around religions and “gods” in general, but it just didn’t really fit the tone of the book and was quite anticlimactic. Not to mention the fact that I just did not understand what was really going on. 

And also, while I absolutely hate Bran, and while I do understand the whole “universal pull” between Freya and Killian, I do not and will never be happy with main characters cheating on someone. So, a big yes to Freya/Killian but a big no-no to how it all came about. 

I’m on the fence about whether I want to continue on with this series. The epilogue did kind of pique my interest, but not quite enough that I don’t mind putting it off for another later time. 

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