Title: Serpent’s Kiss
Author: Melissa de la Cruz
Publication Year: 2012
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy
Source: E-book version purchased from Kobo
From the cover:
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 coastal 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. That is, until everything gets turned upside down.
It all begins when Freya’s twin, Freddie, suddenly returns, professing innocence on a long-ago crime and blaming Freya’s fiancé. Torn between brother and lover, Freya doesn’t know who to trust. And, for the first time, Ingrid is in love with a charming detective. But can romance work between a virgin witch and a mortal who doesn’t believe in magic? To add to the chaos, a dead spirit is attempting to make contact with Joanna — but does it mean to bring harm or help?
As the witches pull together to discover the culprit behind Freddie’s imprisonment, everything is thrown into peril. Will the discovery come too late to save those they love most?
I wasn’t sure how I felt about Freddie returning to play a role in this book. He’d been offscreen for the whole of Witches of East End, and it seemed like adding him into the family dynamic would change things too much.
It kind of worked, though. Maybe it’s because his character’s personality is so similar to his twin’s, but Freddie turned out to be a good addition to Serpent’s Kiss. He mixed things up a bit, just enough to make everyone sort of doubt each other and try to figure things out without the others knowing. It messes with things, but not too little or too much.
Actually, the character that I ended up disliking most of the time was Ingrid. It felt like every time she had an interaction with Matt, I was cringing. How could she possibly be that old and yet be so completely oblivious? Not just the virgin thing, but how she acts around men in general. I just felt like it was unrealistic and it bothered me.
Serpent’s Kiss was an interesting book that went deeper into the backstory of the characters than the first book in the series, and included a lot more magic. Looking back after reading Winds of Salem, I think it was a good bridge book between the first and last stories in the trilogy.