Title: Witches of East End
Author: Melissa de la Cruz
Publication Year: 2011
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult
Source: E-book version borrowed from the public library
From the cover:
The three Beauchamp women — Joanna and her daughters, Freya and Ingrid — live ordinary lives in mist-shrouded North Hampton, out on the tip of Long Island. All three are harboring a centuries-old secret: They are powerful witches forbidden to practice magic. But right before Freya’s planned wedding to wealthy Bran Gardiner, a mysterious and attractive man arrives in town and makes Freya question everything. When a young woman turns up dead, it soon becomes clear to all three that it’s time to dust off their wands and fight the dark forces working against them.
After reading the prequel novella, I have to confess that I wasn’t all that excited to go on to read the series. It just didn’t seem to have a lot going on. It wasn’t exciting. And so, I was a bit afraid that Witches of East End would have the same problem.
Thankfully, though, that wasn’t the case. Right from the very beginning, I loved the character of Ingrid, and through her, I began to feel the same about her sister and mother. I actually rather liked the subdued way that they had to go about practicing their magic in order to keep it hidden from regular society (as well as to make sure they didn’t get in trouble for flaunting it when they had been sentenced to being unable to use witchcraft any longer). It was kind of a mix of fantasy and a regular family story, in the beginning.
I will admit that there were definitely moments where I wanted to yell at the characters through the pages to tell them to stop what they were doing. But I suppose that’s part of what makes something a good story – not having the characters do everything the way a normal person would do them.
Skip the prequel if you want, but give Witches of East End a shot. It’s a different kind of book altogether, and highly enjoyable.