Witches of East End (Witches of East End (1)) Hardcover – June 21, 2011
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So I admit that I spent the first half of the book trying figure out how the events of the tv show would fit into the book. Once I just got over the fact that are completely different I started to enjoy the novel more. I'm not going to go into a list of how they are the same and different, just know that this is not a rehashing of the events of the tv show.
I will say that the character of Joanne's sister is missing and I really liked her.
This was not my only reason for being disappointed. The writing itself is very simplistic, the emotions of the characters are very shallow, and the characters themselves are cliches for the most part. The actors in the series did a much better job of giving the characters some depth than the author did in this first book.
If you loved the TV Series and hoped for more in the book, be prepared to be disappointed or prepared to shell out much more money to see if subsequent books manage to come up to the mark. As for me, I'll stay with the TV series, and sell this book at my next garage sale.
If you did watch the show when it aired, or like me, and binge watched it on a streaming service, the book follows along for the most part, but there are quite a few differences, and I can't tell if I like them more or less. I did like Joanna's character a lot more in the book then I did in the show. I found her more likeable and endearing, but a lot less nurturing towards her daughters. She definitely seems to have a hands off approach to the girls, and definitely doesn't stop them from doing things they probably shouldn't be doing, like starting to practice magic again, especially since they've been banned. I adored Freya's reckless and fun attitude towards life, and I felt her conflict between Bran and Killian, and how torn she was between them. She's definitely my favorite character in this book and I can't wait to read more of her in the next book. Then there's Ingrid who's the most logical out of the bunch, and I loved when she finally gave in and started practicing magic again as well.
These three witches are fun to watch, and I was drawn into this book from beginning to end. I forgot that I had known how some parts of this was going to play out, and was excited to see what was going to happen next. I had read and loved Melissa de la Cruz's Blue Blood Series, and was excited to see some cameo's by characters from those books as well in this book as well. This was an amazing story, and I can't wait to dive into the next book to see what's in store for this family next. It may be an older release, but I do suggest picking it up if you're a lover of paranormal romance. It was a book I couldn't put down!
It's still an interesting story, though heavy handed on the sexual content and at times a bit predictable. The characters are likable and their predicaments intriguing. The book is well paced and does a good job of providing character perspective.
Top international reviews
The book did not read as if this was an established author with many tales under her belt, whatever she was trying to achieve, she did not do herself or her book justice.
Don't bother unless you are really bored.
I wasn't disappointed...I loved this book!
There's slight variations between the book and the series, but by far, the book is much better. 👍