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Witches of East End is a novel by author Melissa de la Cruz and the first entry in her Beauchamp Family series. It was published on June 21, Witches of East End book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. From the author of the highly addictive and bestselling Blue. Diary of the White Witch (The Beauchamp Family, #), Witches of East End ( The Book Diary of the White Witch. by Melissa de la Cruz. · 1,
Synopsis[ edit ] Joanna Beauchamp has lived off the coast of Long Island for many centuries. She and her daughters Freya and Ingrid are immortal witches, cursed to spend the rest of their days without the use of their substantial powers due to the family's involvement in the Salem Witch Trials. Joanna has the power to heal and bring the dead back to life. Ingrid can tell the future and weave magical knotwork , while Freya can craft potions and charms. They've spent years hiding their true nature from others, something that provides no small amount of frustration due to how much they want to help others. It's only after Freya becomes engaged to the mysterious Bran Branford Gardiner this character was renamed Dash in the TV series , and somehow becomes unwillingly infatuated with his brother Killian, that the Beauchamps seem to start breaking their curse, and slowly begin to cast magic once again.
The premise is a good one, and overall, the twisty way it plays out is the best thing about this novel. The Beauchamp family witches mother Joanna; sisters Ingrid and Freya have been hiding in the tiny coastal village of North Hampton for centuries, unable to practice magic by order of the Council.
Eventually, they fall off the wagon, giving in to the temptation to improve the lives of their friends and neighbors with their magic. This goes poorly for them when North Hampton is beset by a multitude of problems: Naturally, some of the townspeople blame the Beauchamps, causing the women to agonize about their Salem Witch Trial days, but they realize that the Evil-with-a-capital-E is actually connected to the Gardiner brothers, Bran and Killian, and their ancestral manor on nearby Gardiner Island.
Basically, this book is a set-up for the rest of the series, and all the important stuff happens at the end. Sometimes, I felt like I was reading a middle book in a series without having read the others, like I was expected to know all the important pieces of backstory already.
Ingrid, the older daughter, is a buttoned-up librarian who wears a bun and harangues her patrons over late fees. She has a stereotypical gay best friend who is dilettantish and loves reality television, fashion, gossiping, and speaks in a pseudo-elevated Britishy manner.
Freya, the youngest daughter, is the wild one who is marrying Bran but having an affair with his brother Killian. Her potions are all about saving or creating romantic relationships, and as far as I remember, only women ask for them, because apparently only women care about this kind of stuff.
Does this kid even know who his real mother is? As for Bran and Killian, for most of the book they seem to exist only to give Freya a love triangle: There is a cool twist to the brothers that is foreshadowed nicely in retrospect, and a cool moment for Freya at the end, which leads me to hope that the next book will have more for them all to do than have sex. View all 10 comments. I had to write a review for this book based primarily on the fact that there are so many bad reviews out there on it and it almost dissuaded me from reading it.
This book is great please give it a try dont be dissusaded by the bad reviews because they are completely unfounded.
If you enjoy this type of genre witches,magic, paranormal then you will love this book. As all new series are it takes a little time to get the background story but once you get into it you wont want to stop. My personal I had to write a review for this book based primarily on the fact that there are so many bad reviews out there on it and it almost dissuaded me from reading it.
My personal favorite was Freya becuase I love the romance and love triangle type aspects that are a part of so many books these days.
Its my guilty pleasure and the chapters from Freyas point of few are full of all of that and more. Each chapter alternates from the three different perspectives of the three Beauchamp witches. The whole time you are reading it there are references to a big event that happened in which they are very vague and it keeps you wondering what happend. Keep going though they reveal it all in the end and once they do believe me you will be begging for the next book. Melissa de la Cruz has successfully created another world of paranormal that is so different from all the other books that are out there right now.
She has a way of taking a popular genre and putting her own unique twist to it which makes her books captivating and keeps her readers begging for more. I love all the Beauchamp women but I got to say Freya was my favorite.
I really wanted her to end up with Killian Gardiner! I bought this book way before the TV series aired, but I decided to start reading it now. Because I keep wondering what happened with uptight Ingrid, with caty Wendy, with the bittersweet life of Joanna. I read the novella first and now I'll dive in with the story! Let's see how it goes! May 23, Parajunkee rated it did not like it.
Another disappointment. Melissa de la Cruz should have stuck to young adult since it seemed almost painful to drop the young adult tone. The women live in a town call North Hampton, which is some how hidden from the world, yet a vacation spot. The women tend to keep to themselves but something has changed recently.
They are witches, but have been forbidden to use their powers. Yet, those constraints seem to have become too much lately. Their spells and innocent magic might cause more harm then good though, especially when some odd occurrences and attacks begin happening around town and all of it seems to be magic related.
I just think this is the way she writes and has gotten used to it in her young adult series. This, combined with the oddity that was the Beauchamp women just sealed the dislike for me. The timing of this book just wore on me and any kind of intensity was lost in the mind-numbing descriptors and abstract scene establishing.
I will not be reading further in the series. This is an adult novel and there are descriptive sex scenes. View all 6 comments. Sep 01, Lois Duncan rated it liked it. I was fascinated by this book until about half way through it when there were so many references to mythical characters and events that took place before this story started that I found myself totally lost. I loved the three main characters.
But I felt as if I'd wandered into the middle of a series that everyone else had been reading from the beginning, instead of reading the first book in an up-coming series.
Feb 24, Lily at Bookluvrs Haven rated it it was ok. Got your attention didn't I? But don't worry, I am not trapping you into reading this review with some random sexy picture.
It is actually relevant More on that later. Witches of East End And then you fell flat. It was definitely an interesting story. The writer gets you interested right from the start. And the array of drama keeps you wanting to read. In fact, there are so many story lines happening Got your attention didn't I?
In fact, there are so many story lines happening in this book surrounding its main characters, it's pretty hard to keep it all straight. They are packed in there like sardines in a can. But you hope, as a reader, that it's all wrapped up nicely in the end. It wasn't. It lost all credibility once view spoiler [ these three female characters, Joanna, and her daughters Freya and Ingrid get called into the police station to be questioned.
Oh sure, if a coma victim wakes up and points a finger at you for being the person that bashed your beloved's head in and landed you in a hospital bed, I would definitely expect a police detective to question you.
However, once they sat down the daughters and accused them of being potential accessories to murder because they a featured some frilly drinks aka love potions at a bar, and b you made a little knot trinket to be put under some sleaze ball's pillow so he would stop cheating on his wife.. No way, in modern day would the police in any town hold any credence to a few "magic" trinkets as reasons for anyone to die or disappear.
To make it even more credible for me, one of the 'victims' was a suicide Don't quite get it. Then some random vampire girl appears in and out of the book in a flicker of a page And two sisters follow a lead to another place, by walking into a closet, that is actually a doorway to get from point A to very far away point B..
The three females are witches. But once again the book takes a spin, and there are Norse gods and goddesses in play. That being the same characters. Gosh, I'm confused. Can we throw in some more? Please pretty please? The end of this book definitely requires you to pick up Book In a very quick, wrap it quick and with bow, sort of way. Succulent Yes, breasts can be very succulent. And Freya's breasts are.
They are indeed so succulent, about half a page is devoted solely to tell you just how succulent they are. The texture, the smell, the feel. Not sure how many male readers would love to pick up this book, but I encourage it, just for this page. You may want to stay on this page, and this page only Not yet sure how relevant it is to the story, but rest assured And Succulent. View all 12 comments. Aug 01, Kristen rated it really liked it Shelves: I enjoyed this story overall.
I liked it better at the end than I thought I was going to at the beginning. This is one of those stories that you really need to finish to fully appreciate how well-crafted the plot actually was. Ingrid works at the library, and Freya is a bartender at the local inn, while Joanna redecorates their house and bakes.
It all sounds rather dull. Except, the thre I enjoyed this story overall. Except, the three women turn out to be immortal witches. Witches who were caught up in the Salem madness, and censured by their overseeing Council banned from ever using their powers again and not drawing any attention to themselves.
And everything stays quiet. Until bad things suddenly start happening to the good people of North Hampton. Both Freya and Ingrid are coaxed into using their powers to help our their friends and neighbours with small spells that couldn't do any harm - or could they. As the odd occurrences pile up, and things the sisters have done that seemed harmless come back to haunt them, it becomes clear that something much more sinister is going on, and that the Beauchamp women will need to band together and fight to save their town and maybe even their own lives!
In fact, at first I was considering not sticking with it because I really found both Freya and Ingrid irritating and unpleasant. But the hints of the story to come was interesting and I was curious where the author was going with it.
At the end, I was very glad I stuck with the story, because clearly the author had a very detailed and well-thought-out plot that the early part of the story absolutely lived up to. I liked the world she created, and I enjoyed the Norse flavour she gave the witches, which is a unique and unusual twist that most paranormal fiction doesn't use.
I also liked that there are multiple hints in the rest of the story that tie everything together quite cleverly in terms of the ending, even though there is a set-up for a next book, if you pay attention and look back over the entire book once you've finished.
It's a thing with me that authors finish each book, even if it is a series. I don't mind a continuing storyline, but I dislike authors who leave a reader hanging on the edge of a cliff and making them wait a year or more to find out what happens, so I like it when the author gives a proper ending to the current story and THEN sets up the sequel.
To me that's the mark of a really good writer and this book delivered that. I enjoyed this, and will definitely read the next book in the series to see what happens to the Beauchamps next.
View 2 comments. I had no idea this was a book until I saw Mellissa de la Cuz's name in the credits of the TV show ;-;. You had me at Norse mythology. May 28, Stacy rated it it was ok. Man, I hate to be mean, but this book was severely lame I'm being really generous with the 2 stars. It started out decently enough; the first hundred pages were fairly intriguing. But then it started to go downhill, fast, until I pretty much had to force myself to finish the last 50 pages. She couldn't keep a consistent timeline.
Or, maybe in her head it's consistent, but she's referring to random events that we just don't know about which is just as bad. She varies between saying the women h Man, I hate to be mean, but this book was severely lame I'm being really generous with the 2 stars. There are enough references early on to imply that the women are Norse goddesses trapped here on earth, which again, is explicitly confirmed in the last few chapters.
I'm not flagging that as a spoiler because it was pretty obvious that's where she was going from the first couple of chapters. But they miss flying around on broomsticks??? She attempted a two sentence rationale behind the broomstick ridiculousness, but I just don't download any self-respecting goddess shooting around on a Nimbus And this is supposed to be an "adult" novel, but it reads like a YA novel and not a good one, at that. Yes, the characters have sex, but it's written about in such a juvenile fashion that I wish she'd taken the Stephenie Meyer route and just vaguely alluded to the act without making any attempt at detail.
No one else needed to go? In all that time, no one heard strange sounds coming out and wondered where the bride-to-be and her fiancee's brother were?? I haven't read de la Cruz's Blue Bloods series and after this, I won't be in any hurry , but we appear to have been "treated" to a Blue Bloods cameo. I can only assume it was there to inspire fan-girl squeals, because it certainly did nothing for this book.
I don't really approve of cross-pollination between a YA series and an adult series, but for all I know, there could be plenty of lame sex scenes in the Blue Bloods books as well. Aug 20, Crystal rated it it was ok Shelves: Having liked this authors previous series I thought for sure I would love this new adult one, but unfortunately not.
The story centers around Joanna and her two daughters Freya and Ingrid. These women are witches and not only have they lived for hundreds of years but they were there in Salem during the witch trials.
The witch trials ended up being their downfall, as they were convicted and hung.
Being immortal though they were reborn unto their mother and the council decided that because of Sale Having liked this authors previous series I thought for sure I would love this new adult one, but unfortunately not.
Being immortal though they were reborn unto their mother and the council decided that because of Salem these women and the other magical people of the world were no longer allowed to use their magic.
Well you can guess that after several hundred years the witches were itching to use their magic and so this story begins with what happens after they start using it and the consequences of their actions. Again the plot sounds good but the author took way too long to get to anything important in the story. The prologue was even great but we don't get to revisit the problem created until the very end.
Even the whole will the council strike us down problem ended rather abruptly with very little action. Like her previous Blood Blue series the author focused more on trivial materialistic descriptions instead of expanding her main plot. I know her Blue Blood series is full fashion and Gossip Girl scenarios but I can take it for what it is worth it being Young Adult and all, but I really had high hopes for this series.
I still think she has a unique idea and I am hopeful that maybe the next in the series will be more climatic especially with the way this one ended and the introduction of a new character. Two of her Blue Blood characters make a cameo but it really wasn't a big deal which I am glad for as the story had enough characters without throwing in anymore from previous books.
I would say that if you like her Blue Blood series you might like this one, but don't expect it to be any deeper than her Young Adult series. Jul 06, Michelle rated it did not like it Shelves: They seem to be regular family, but they are actually a family of witches who cannot use their powers. Ingrid, the youngest daughter, is getting married to the wealthy Bran Gardiner, but things do not go as they should at their engagement party. The Beauchamp women all end up using their powers to help the people around them, but their helping hands seem to have negative consequences.
As with her Blue Bloods series, she writes about two different types of mythologies together. However, if you are looking for a book with actual characters besides names from Norse mythology this is not it. The characters are flat and rather irritating and do not act as adults, but rather a group of adolescents. It is as if she just looked up the various gods and goddesses from the Norse mythology pantheon and wrote aspects of their characters from some list.
There are even characters from the Blue Bloods series that pop in for no reason whatsoever which detracts from the narrative what there is of narrative.
This is nothing more than another Blue Bloods novel with more explicit sex scenes in it. Definitely a novel to skip and no need to continue reading the series. View all 3 comments. Not in the mood for this and I really just don't have the time for it right now. I'd love to say that I'll try this again at a later time, but who knows. Oh boy, it's been a while since I've had a one star read.
And this honestly baffled and enraged me. Maybe I'm biased because I've watched the show, and they did a good job although it had its cheesy cliched moments, it was still better than what I read for various reasons.
Three spanning storylines, featuring through the sisters Ingrid and Freya and their mother Joanna --eventually got me confused. All began to blur together and I found myself waiting for it to end.
And other characters just blended together. Painful sex scenes and everything in writing just felt rather juvenile. And flat. There was no emotional connection for me to grab onto, or anything to make me care about the main cast.
And there being so many names thrown around and nothing to separate them from each other. Nearly no descriptions, or at least much of one to help.
Or if there was I didn't even register it. Then oh my goodness, when they suddenly reveal the climax of explaination that had me staring blankly in attempting to register what had happened the book had ended. And that epilogue Talk about moving along with the story only to remember there had to be an explaination for everything and it is thrown at you, causing a whiplash of epic headaches. I'm still trying to register what happened. The tv series is entirely different but at least it gave better context then the book did.
And less headaches too. I think I'll go back to wishing for a 3rd season to wrap up all the loose ends of the tv series then continue this series. Sorry, I tried. Jul 06, Jessica rated it it was ok. At pages into this, I was trying to figure out why I was wasting my time. It seemed like a cross between light fiction and light porn. The writing seemed cliched and fast; the characters are one-dimensional; and the only thing that distinguished it from a young adult novel was how graphic some of the sex scenes are.
The last sixty pages held some substance however, and I've half a mind to read the next one. I kind of get the feeling the author wrote the end of the story first, or maybe she c At pages into this, I was trying to figure out why I was wasting my time. I kind of get the feeling the author wrote the end of the story first, or maybe she combined two separate stories.
I haven't read the Blue Bloods novels. Perhaps if I had it would seem like the Norse mythology was more central to the overall storyline. As it was, that was the only part that interested me, and as alluded to in the previous paragraph, it didn't really appear heavily until the last 60 pages.
For light reading, it is okay. I'd never categorize it as fantasy--although they probably are not marketing it as such--and I would never recommend it to a teen. For a work of comparable lightness with a hint of magic, I would instead recommend the works of Sarah Addison Allen.
Jul 05, Taryn Pierson rated it really liked it Shelves: Maybe I am just in the mood for fantasy stories starring awesome ladies. This one is about three ladies living in the Hamptons who are witches but are banned from using their powers.
Freya is a sexy redheaded bartender who makes love potions for her patrons. Her sister Ingrid is a tightly wound, buttoned-up spinster librarian who specializes in old b Maybe I am just in the mood for fantasy stories starring awesome ladies.
Her sister Ingrid is a tightly wound, buttoned-up spinster librarian who specializes in old blueprints and can work magic by tying knots. If it's good enough for Lifetime, it's good enough for me! More book recommendations by me at www. I'm still not over how the bloody show got cancelled?? Jul 07, Anne rated it really liked it Shelves: Very pleasantly surprised with this one!
I was nervous at first, because it started off a little slow. I don't like slow. The story seemed to meander around any and all useful information, and sort of seemed to focus on chick-lit stuff None of it seemed very important, and I was starting to get kind of antsy 'cause I was hoping for a cool story about witches.
However, what I first thought was going to be a plain old vanilla story about some witches trying to lead a normal life sta Very pleasantly surprised with this one!
However, what I first thought was going to be a plain old vanilla story about some witches trying to lead a normal life started to turn into something Since my knowledge of Norse myths are confined to Thor comics and I'm relatively new to those , I didn't recognize any of the clues that were probably thrown out. It was fun to see Loki play such a big role in this, though!
Yeesh, what an asshole! Yes, there's a pretty big one in this book. I have to give Cruz credit, though. She added a nice twist in there that I didn't see coming, and since the love triangle actually plays a part in the mystery, it doesn't seem as hokey and contrived as they usually do. If you're a fan of her Blue Bloods series, you'll be happy to know that one of them shows up for a small cameo I'm sure it will mean more to you than it did to me. It didn't have much of an impact on the plot, so even if you have never read the series it won't matter.
I read the first book a few years ago, but never continued with rest. Although, after reading this, I may give it another shot. At the end in the epilogue , you do get hit with a cliffhanger, but, like the love triangle, it's more interesting than annoying.
The only thing that kept this from moving into the 5 star category for me, was that the mystery was a little too all over the place for my taste. If I remember correctly, that was one of the reasons I dropped the series after reading Blue Bloods. Still, since this is the first book in a new series, I'm willing give her a free pass on that.
I think some of it was due to the world building, and hopefully by the next book everything will have a more streamlined feel to it. Feb 06, Jennifer rated it did not like it. Witches, vampires, and magic are still very prominent in our culture and many people jumped on the vampire bandwagon, myself included. The three witches that the story revolves around are completely predictable along with the men in their lives.
Freya is a sexy witch who falls in love with an equally sexy man. Ingrid is her plain Jane sister who has yet to fall in love with a man while Joanna, their mother, takes care of them all.
Each witch has a special ability and so on. These witches, who have been forced to keep their powers a secret, desperately try to figure out the mysterious things that have been happening in their town of North Hampton without drawing attention to what they are.
Because I found this novel to be entirely too predictable, it was very slow moving. I really had to push myself to finish this one. If the dialogue was at least believable it would have been a lot more tolerable, it was just too distracting and even laughable at times.
Overall this book was just not a good read. I may pick up another one of her titles and give it a go and see how things compare. Oct 10, Sarah Louise rated it liked it Shelves: Turns out my feelings towards this book haven't changed the second time around. Witches of East End is one of my favourite television shows, maybe even the favourite. It was unfortunately cancelled after season two, and I'm on a mission to receive answers after the enormous cliffhanger it left.
Witches of East End , the book, follows somewhat of the same story arc, but the characters and context were a little flimsy. Joanna and her daughters, Freya and Ingrid, are centuries old witches forced to l Turns out my feelings towards this book haven't changed the second time around. Joanna and her daughters, Freya and Ingrid, are centuries old witches forced to lived in the human realm, forbidden to use their magic. With experiencing plenty in their lifetime, there's a lot of stories to share, but these stories are so briefly mentioned throughout the book it seemed rather irrelevant to include some of them at all.
On the other hand, the seemingly important moments in their past didn't get a clear explanation. The flow of the story was a little off. Freya is a hard character to love. She's engaged to the town's most sought after bachelor, Bran, while also having an affair with his brother, Killian. In the television show, it's clear from the beginning there's more to the relationship between Freya and Killian, but here in the book, the chemistry fell flat.
Killian felt incredibly conniving. If I wasn't aware of the ending, their relationship would have completely missed the mark for me. I mean, it wasn't terrible. It was humorously good at times. I enjoyed the overall murder mystery and magic. I look forward to Serpent's Kiss! I was almost discouraged from reading this book because of negative reviews.
However, I was a fan of the show until its cancellation after 2 seasons so I wanted to give this a chance. I actually really love this book. I think the reason people are confused about this series is because Melissa de la Cruz never flat out states in the beginning of the story that these women are NOT your small-town human witches, they are not even "witches" in the classical sense.
The women of this series are Norse g I was almost discouraged from reading this book because of negative reviews. The women of this series are Norse goddesses, who are trapped on earth "Midgard" after being expelled from their homeland "Asgard" and forced to live as humans who can practice magic. Thor, the god of thunder—to let her crash with her boyfriend, Trent, who also happens to be Tyr, the god of war. Then a hot new guy comes to town and starts brewing even more trouble.
After an ancient prophecy comes to light, Molly and Mardi notice some mysterious changes, changes that will put their sisterhood to the ultimate test. In the mystical tale of discovery, Julia Ormond, Rachel Boston, and Jenna Dewan-Tatum star as the titular witches — but only the mother, Joanna Ormond , knows about the power her family possesses. Trouble continues to bubble and boil when the girls meet the younger Gardiner boys, who are just as handsome and sexy as their older kin.
But all is not as it seems. As Ingrid helps the girls learn to control their magical impulses, Mardi and Molly have just this summer to figure out how to grow up, how to love, and how to be a family. Modern-day witch Freya Beauchamp is cast back in time to amongst the Salem Witch Trials by an enemy spell, as her present-day family attempts to reopen the passages of time to bring her home. Freya Beauchamp is trapped in , in Salem of all places, with no recollection of her past.
A powerful enemy spell has sent her spiraling away so that she is separated by centuries from her mother, Joanna, and sister, Ingrid.
This is not good news for a twenty-first-century witch. Not to mention the immediate threat she faces from the wealthy and influential Putnam family. When little Annie Putnam is one of the first to make accusations of witchcraft, her landowner father jumps at the opportunity to consolidate his power and expand his holdings in Puritan Salem Town.
If Freya is caught using magic, she will be forced to relive the witch trials, and this time, even her immortality is in question.
Meanwhile, twenty-first-century North Hampton has its own snares. Joanna and Norm consult the Oracle for advice, and Freddie and his pixie allies search for a missing totem that could reopen the passages of time and help bring his sister home.
When Ingrid bumps into an old flame, she finds that her new love for Detective Matt Noble is in doubt. Joanna and her daughters, bookish Ingrid and wild-child Freya, are just settling into the newfound peace that has been cast over their small, off-the map town of North Hampton.
With the centuries-old restriction against practicing magic lifted, casting spells, mixing potions, and curing troubled souls has never felt so good for the three witches.