Witches of the East End by Melissa De La Cruz

From the author of the highly addictive and bestselling Blue Bloods series, with almost 3 million copies sold, comes a new novel, Melissa de la Cruz’s first for adults, featuring a family of formidable and beguiling witches. — 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.  (From Paperbackswap.com)

As the books starts it rotates from the three main characters, Joanna, Freya, and Ingrid.  They live in the small town of North Hampton and live very normal lives . . . even though they aren’t exactly normal.  They are witches but are forbidden to use magic since the Salem witch trials.  Slowly they decide to start using their powers again to help the local town folk cure illnesses, heal broken hearts, even bring loved one back from the dead.  As they start to use their magic more frequently without concern for the backlash strange things start happening with the local children, animal start dying without reason, people start disappearing, and all eyes turn to the Beauchamp women. . .

I found as one chapter ended on one character and moved on to the other I wanted to know what was going on in the last one!  I didn’t want to stop any of the story lines for each of the woman.  For those that read the Blue Bloods series you will love this one!  Not only do they bring back Freya, Mimi Force also makes a quick stop.  (Though I do have to say, she is my least favorite of the Blue Bloods.)  I loved the story and once I started reading it was difficult to stop.  I really like how they live in the same world as the Blue Bloods and that they included where the last BB book left off as to why Mimi is there.

As always I’m also a sucker for anything mythology related.  I kind of felt there could have been a bit more explanation on this side, but that could be because I was trying to read so fast I had to re-read several paragraphs because I had started skimming.  🙂  It was also nice to have a bit more romance since I’ve been reading so much YA lately.

There was only problem with this story.  Not enough Killian!!! Whew!  I can’t wait for the next book in the series.  🙂

GO READ THIS BOOK NOW!!!!!!

Pecans: 4/5

*note from Dixie:  LOVE the cover!

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