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Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz


Cover art: Witches of East End Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: Witches of East End - 1st in the Beauchamp Family Book series
Author: Melissa de la Cruz
Publisher: Hyperion
ISBN-13: 978-1-4013-2390-5
Release Date: June 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Paranormal Fiction
Year/Setting: Present Day/North Hampton, NY
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual/Sexual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None/Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate/Intense (Fantastical)
Melissa's Website: www.melissa-delacruz.com

Dear Reader:

I have been waiting patiently for Ms. De La Cruz to introduce yet another fantastic series…and here it is! This is the writer who created the highly addictive Blue Bloods series, and has now decided to give the world a glimpse at the beguiling, imaginative, ultra-cool, Beauchamp family.

Living in North Hampton - a small community near Long Island that doesn’t appear on any map - are a family of witches. Joanna is Mom, and she is a fantastically fun woman who is sixty (in looks only), loves to paint, and has a pet Raven that she spends a great deal of time with. Joanna is a true matriarch of magic, and holds within her the power to resurrect the dead and heal serious injuries.

Her daughter, Ingrid, is the meticulous one. Working as a librarian, Ingrid spends her days making sure that everything is right in her detail-oriented world. Her clothes are impeccable, her posture is calm and model perfect, and she is trying her best to forget about the true magic she holds inside her soul.

Her sister’s name is Freya. Freya is the extraordinarily beautiful, nervous wild child, who is about to marry a very wealthy man named Brian Gardner. The Gardner family is the richest in North Hampton (and most of the land). People don’t know much about them because they’ve always kept to themselves and have stayed away from North Hampton for a while now. But one night, a light begins to glow in the abandoned Gardner mansion, and soon the Gardner family is back in North Hampton and ‘hooking up’ with the Beauchamp family.

Freya loves Brian…but she is so nervous about walking down the aisle - especially since Brian doesn’t know about her special, magical gifts. Freya spends her days working as a bartender and worrying constantly about what is to come.

The Beauchamp back story includes the fact that they were a part of the Salem Witch Trials, where they were handed down a judgment by their own kind; they were to never, under any circumstances, use their powers again or they would be taken out.

Of course, time has rolled by and nothing and no one has even spoken about the ‘old ways’ and the magic they possess. And, little by little, small powers begin to be used in small ways. Such as: Freya begins to mix some pretty powerful drinks at her bar that make people fall in love and repair their relationships. Ingrid begins to have little meetings with library members and looks into their future, gives them advice, and even helps with pregnancy. Mom, Joanna, shows a young boy named Tyler a little bit of her magic - offering him a fantastical world where he can play and have fun.

But, something wicked this way comes. People begin getting sick in North Hampton because of a poison that seems to have been released under the ocean, and the Beauchamp’s lives begin to change.

Add in Brian’s mysterious brother, Killian, who seems to be the biggest playboy on earth who’s after Freya; a twin brother who has literally come back from the dead for help; and, a few dead bodies popping up on the island - and this book becomes one of the best books that have been written this year.

Although Blue Bloods was a fantastic series, I am even MORE interested in seeing how the Beauchamp family faces their future.

Grade A!

Until next time,

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