Winds of Salem (Review)

November 24, 2014

Book cover for "Winds of Salem" by Melissa de la Cruz.Title: Winds of Salem

Author: Melissa de la Cruz

Publication Year: 2013

Pages: 320

Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy

Source: E-book version purchased from Kobo

From the cover:

Freya Beauchamp is trapped in 1692, 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, her immortality will be 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.

(This is the third and final book in the Beauchamp Family series, after Diary of the White Witch (novella), Witches of East End, and Serpent’s Kiss.)

Maybe it was the historical fiction aspect of the final book in this series, but I really loved Winds of Salem. The rest of the series sort of teased at a past where the Beauchamp family had been present during the Salem witch trials – Ingrid and Freya were executed – but this was the first time we really got to see what that would have been like for them. It was interesting.

I didn’t really love the pixies, but I didn’t dislike them, either. I just wasn’t really clear on why they had been chosen specifically. But I liked the way that there was sort of a dual narrative going on, with the characters sort of separated into the two different time periods, fighting towards the same goals.

Overall, I really enjoyed both Winds of Salem and the whole series. I kinda wish there were more books to read about the Beauchamp family, and isn’t that what a good book is supposed to make you feel?

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