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  • Series: The Beauchamp Family
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion; First Edition edition (June 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781401323905
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401323905
  • ASIN: 1401323901
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (318 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A sexy, magical romp, sure to bring de la Cruz a legion of new fans."—Kelley Armstrong, New York Times bestselling author of The Otherworld series

About the Author

Melissa de la Cruz is the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Young Adult series Blue Bloods. Witches of East End is her first novel for adult audiences.

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Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens including The Au Pairs series, the Blue Bloods series, the Ashleys series, Angels on Sunset Boulevard, Girl Stays in the Picture, and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat.

Her books for adults include the novel Cat's Meow, the anthology Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys and the tongue-in-chic handbooks How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less and The Fashionista Files: Adventures in Four-inch heels and Faux-Pas, and the Witches of East End series.

She has worked as a fashion and beauty editor and has written for many publications including The New York Times, Marie Claire, Harper's Bazaar, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Allure, The San Francisco Chronicle, McSweeney's, Teen Vogue, CosmoGirl! and Seventeen. She has also appeared as an expert on fashion, trends and fame for CNN, E! and FoxNews.

Melissa grew up in Manila and moved to San Francisco with her family, where she graduated high school salutatorian from The Convent of the Sacred Heart. She majored in art history and English at Columbia University (and minored in nightclubs and shopping!).

She lives in Los Angeles and Palm Springs with her husband and daughter.

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46 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Sicurella VINE VOICE on April 28, 2011
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I had a good feeling about Witches of East End when reading the synopsis and while I had high hopes for this book, it was so much more amazing than I could have possibly expected. The characters, the magic, the mythology, everything clicked perfectly. The pages flew by as I read, utterly entranced by the easy tone of the novel.

The Witches of East End, Joanna, Ingrid and Freya, were wonderful characters. I love a good witch novel, but even without powers, I would have fallen in love with these women. Freya's fun nature, Ingrid's love of knowledge and Joanna's loving kindness all shone well beyond their magical abilities. Not to discount the magic, though, as there was much of that as the novel moved forward.

Not everything is as it seems in Witches of East End and readers with a love of mythology will be particularly delighted. My knowledge of Norse mythology is rusty and I found myself only recognizing a name here and there. Nonetheless, even those who've even learned anything about Norse mythology will love the the way the myths are woven into the story.

Witches of East End blew me away. It's a paranormal mystery of sorts that includes just the right amount of romance - enough to make the reader root for certain couples, but not too much as to distract from the overall plot. Melissa de la Cruz has crossed over to writing for adults beautifully here and I am on the edge of my seat waiting to see what's next for the Beauchamps and the rest of the East End residents.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By LAS Reviewer on July 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
You can't use your gift...but we can't really stop you either.

Sound interesting? It was to me. I couldn't wait to sink my teeth into Witches of East End. The story is written with fluidity and moves at a quick pace. The blurb snagged me immediately and, once opened, I couldn't put it down. Ms. de la Cruz has characters that are intriguing. I wanted to know what would happen next. Ms. de la Cruz puts a new spin on mythology and witches. I really enjoyed the telling.

The characters are what hampered the story for me. Joanna has a lot of potential. As the matriarch, she's got power and standing. I liked her subplot. Man, I want to see her get her man. At the same time, she fell into grandma mode more than once and I wanted to see her have more spunk. She has a gift that's out of this world. I hope she gets a story down the line.

Then there's Freya. Honestly, I had some serious reservations with her. Granted, the epilogue totally kicks the end of the story, including her, onto it's rump, but there were too many moments I wanted to smack her on the head. She makes decisions that I had a hard time dealing with and was really hard pressed to find reasons to cheer for her.

Last but not least, there's Ingrid. She was my favorite character because, above all else, she's out to help people. No agendas, no secrets, just helping. But like her mother and sister, she's got moments when she's a little less spunky and a little more meek. There's so much potential for her, but sometimes she just doesn't use it.

Still, there's a lot going on in this book. The mythology really spins along, keeping the reader firmly in his or her seat. This book is certainly one paranormal fans won't want to miss. There's suspense, mystery, romance, and a neat little HEA that you won't want to pass up. Grab a copy of Witches of East End. It's a good read.

Originally posted at Long and Short of It Romance Reviews
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf on October 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I really wanted to love this one! It was my first Melissa de la Cruz read and I devour anything with Witches, but it just fell a little flat to me. The book was very well written but the pacing felt a bit slow and the plot a bit weak in my opinion. Despite the fact that the POV shifts between the three women, I had trouble making a connection to any of the characters. I especially found Freya's actions hard to justify and that made her a pretty unlikable character for me. They honestly seemed more like caricatures of witches rather than "real" witches. Their powers seemed arbitrary and a bit too easy to be real. Perhaps if the tone of the novel had been a bit more tongue in cheek, I could have bought the fact that they literally flew on broomsticks etc.... Overall I enjoyed it enough to keep reading (all the while hoping that it would improve) but simply wasn't thrilled with how it developed or how it was semi-resolved at the conclusion. I don't think I will pick up book 2 when it comes out.

NOTE: Book is from my own personal library (purchased at a source other than Amazon)
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Parajunkee VINE VOICE on June 7, 2011
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Another disappointment. WITCHES OF EAST END cinched that I am officially in a book slump. Packed full of aloof and unrealistic characters along with a hazy and murky plot attempt, I trudged through WITCHES OF EAST END, nearly forcing myself to turn each page. The author's tone was snooty and the characters behavior was childlike and paired with the young adult writing style it made the "adult" actions of the characters almost indecent, even though in a well-written adult novel it would be normal. Melissa de la Cruz should have stuck to young adult since it seemed almost painful to drop the young adult tone.
WITCHES OF EAST END is the tale of the Beauchamp women, the mother Joanna and her daughters Freya and Ingrid. The women live in a town call North Hampton, which is some how hidden from the world, yet a vacation spot. The women tend to keep to themselves but something has changed recently. They are witches, but have been forbidden to use their powers. Yet, those constraints seem to have become too much lately. All three women begin using their magic in different "harmless" ways until eventually they give up all pretenses of hiding out and "come out of the closet" with their powers.
Their spells and innocent magic might cause more harm then good though, especially when some odd occurrences and attacks begin happening around town and all of it seems to be magic related.
I think this novel might have been interesting if de la Cruz's tone wouldn't have thrown me through loops. I just got this very snooty and young adult tone through the entirety - and to have the tone describe Freya's sexual encounters just seemed lewd. I also don't blame it on the fact that I'm used to her tone in the BLUE BLOOD books because I've only read one of them and that was nearly two years ago.
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