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Double Eclipse (Summer on East End) Hardcover – November 8, 2016
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Praise for Double Eclipse:
“Nudge the Summer on East End series toward Percy Jackson readers who wish it had a little of Cecily von Ziegesar’s Gossip Girl mixed in.”—Booklist
“A very entertaining read.”—VOYA
Praise for Triple Moon:
“A stormy beach read.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Witches of East End series fans will be thrilled with this new offering featuring the next generation.”—Booklist
“Wealthy New York teens, supernatural powers, a pair of sexy guys and a sweltering summer on the beaches of Long Island.”—The New York Daily News
“A magical story featuring two opposite twin witches and their incredible journey through love, betrayal, wickedness, and trust.”—VOYA
“Reads like a cross between Gossip Girl and The Vampire Diaries.”—School Library Journal
Praise for Melissa de la Cruz’s Witches of East End series:
“A bubbling cauldron of mystery and romance.”—People
“A magical and romantic page-turner.”—The Washington Post
“For anyone who was frustrated watching Samantha suppress her magic on Bewitched, Ms. de la Cruz brings some satisfaction. . . . [T]he author . . . lets her repressed sorceresses rip.”—The New York Times
“Witches of East End has all the ingredients you’d expect from one of Melissa’s bestselling YA novels—intrigue, mystery and plenty of romance.”—MTV.com
About the Author
Melissa de la Cruz is the #1 New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and Publishers Weekly internationally bestselling author of many critically acclaimed novels, including The Isle of the Lost: A Descendants Novel and Triple Moon: Summer on East End. Her Blue Bloods series has sold over three million copies, and her Witches of East End series became an hour-long television drama on the Lifetime network.
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I really love this world that Melissa de la Cruz has created! Double Eclipse is the 5th book written for this particular world and the 2nd with the teenage twins as the focus characters. I have read all of them but the third book in the Witches of East End series (the adult series) and that is mostly just because I am usually absolutely horrible with finishing series up. I don't like the stories to end, so they can't if I never finish!
So in Double Eclipse we have our twins Molly and Mardi, the twin Norse goddesses of Strength and Rage and daughters of the beloved and play boy Thor (or Troy if you want to go by his "mortal" name). And while they learned their lesson in the first book and haven't gotten into much trouble in the past year, they are again spending their summer in East End with the cast of characters that we came to love in the Witches of East End series. Yes, that is right, once again we get to see Freya and Ingrid and a few other familiar faces. Sadly though, they are very much just back ground characters, but we still get to see them again and that is always nice.
In this book the girls discover who their mother is and from there things get all topsy turvy. Molly keeps having a strange dream. There are boys. There are prophecies. There are strange things happening.
Pretty much it is exactly what we have come to expect from Melissa de la Cruz when it comes to this world and all the crazy goings on that happen in East End. And the twins have to figure out how to navigate it all.
So before I get into what I really liked about this book, I really need to get into the one thing that really really bothered me when reading this. And I have no idea how it didn't bother me so much in the first one, as I know it was in that book as well....but there is just so much name dropping of rich super pricey items in this book. It really started to get annoying. I mean great...pricey cars, super expensive clothes, crazy expensive alcohol for underage teens (I know they are goddesses, but this is only their first incarnation! Can we get a responsible parent please?)...it was just sooooo much. And it was all over the place. I really could have done with a lot less of it. I understand that they are rich girls and that they come from A LOT of money, but it doesn't need to be pointed out in such a way and over and over again.
Other than that though, I liked it. As I said earlier I really like this world. So much goes on in East End and the cast of characters is just awesome. I love the whole concept behind East End and the Norse mythology that is built into the story - even if sometimes I find the mythology and stuff a bit hard to follow with how it is written. There is just SO much!
And the characters. While I like both Molly and Mardi, I definitely have a favorite twin. I think it is probably hard not to. While they are similar, they are still very different. And this allows us, the readers, to be able to identify more with one or the other of them. If you are curious, my favorite twin happens to be Mardi (my favorite sister from the Witches of East End was Ingrid if you are curious).
And the story was very interesting. It kept me wondering. I couldn't quite figure it out even though I thought I should be able to. It was like it was right there in my face the whole time. Of course I had some suspicions, but nothing I really wanted to call out. I just couldn't be sure.
A great addition to this world, I cannot wait for the next!
This review is based on an ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Review sequels is so difficult…especially when trying to talk about the book without giving away any spoilers, which as you know, I like to make sure doesn’t happen in any of my book reviews. Anyway, if you enjoyed the first book in this series (or are looking to get into this series after reading the Witches of East End books), this is definitely another great book to add to your Melissa de la Cruz shelf.
I haven’t read anything else by Melissa de la Cruz, including the series I mentioned. Since this series is supposedly a spin-off type series, I worried that I probably should read those first, which is what took me so long to read Triple Moon (the first book in this series). Well, needless to say, I still haven’t read those other books, and I have been getting along with these books just fine, so it isn’t really all that necessary. I would, however, highly recommend reading Triple Moon first!
This book picks up where Triple Moon left off -about a year – and the continuing storylines of our two main characters, Molly and Mardi Overbrook keep going in this book, returning us to our favorite teenage twin witches. This summer, they’re back for even more mischief and fun at North Hampton, but they plan on avoiding any kind of trouble this time around – focusing only on relaxation and the upcoming year.
However, an old secret surfaces, causing the two of them to dive deeper into the mystery, trying to discover what’s going on, questioning pretty much everything they thought they knew. Add in a hot dude, and the two of them are back to causing trouble and being incredibly mischievous, despite their prior plans to be good.
I loved Molly and Mardi’s characters in the first book, and I’m happy that the two of them are back in this novel and they’re as awesome as ever. Melissa de la Cruz obviously put a lot of work into their characters, as well as their situations, family secrets, and the whole background for this book. If you haven’t read the first book when you pick this one up, you’re probably going to be a little confused, so I would definitely make sure to pick that one up first!
If you want to add a little bit of magic to your bookshelf, definitely fall in love with this series – this awesome second book is better than the first!
Note: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.