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Witches of East End Hardcover – June 21, 2011
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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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The book is still worth reading. It is entertaining.
One major difference between the book and the show is that Freya and Ingrid do know they are witches and their powers are contained by the council. For many, many years they have been hiding in the shadows, trying to be normal, but just one little unpunished twinge of magic turns into a joyful reunion of the old ways. This turnaround surprised me. I thought they would try to be a little more discreet with their powers instead of putting it all out there for the town to see.
Freya, a bartender at the local bar, can whip you up a great love potion. She even creates her own menu of "drinks". Her main problem is her infatuation with her soon-to-be brother-in-law. She is pulled to him, and her fiance is gone a lot, apparently saving the world. Freya is a really fun character despite the angst she has during the book.
My favorite character was Ingrid. She has the perfect job. She is a librarian in a gorgeous old library. Wait, I think I'm thinking of the library in the show which is absolutely amazing. Ingrid's power brings many visitors to her library in hopes of having their problems solved.
It takes some special magic and knowledge for Joanna, Freya and Ingrid to put together the pieces of the oddities and violence that has taken over their town. Joanna, Freya and Ingrid do not appear to be particularly close throughout the book, but when it matters, they close ranks. Witches of East End did not pull too much of an emotional response or attachment from me on any of the characters, they were just sort of "there", and things just rolled along with a fairly low-key climax. I did enjoy the story, and it definitely made me want to read more witch stories, it just didn't pull me in or excite me the way I was hoping.
I fell in love with the Beauchamp women after first meeting Freya in the Blue Bloods series and she definitely made me want to read the series even more. After reading the prequel and meeting Ingrid, I knew I would be hooked, I wasn't wrong.
Just like De La Cruz put a twist on the myth of vampires in her Blue Blood series, De La Cruz doesn't disappoint with her twists on how witches came about. I adore mythology as much as I adore witches and to have to two combined was fabulous.
I have to say, I saw a bunch of mixed reviews on this series and I am not sure why because I really loved this first book. I loved getting to know the Beauchamp women and their men and I am excited to see where the series will go from here.