Witches of East End (The Beauchamp Family #1) by Melissa de la Cruz has been sitting, unread, on my TBR shelf ever since I took up watching the series when it was airing back in 2013.
Due to the fact that I am trying to purge some of the older books on my unread shelf, I figured it would be a good time as any to pick up this ‘magical’ series.
Did Witches of East End (The Beauchamp Family #1) make me miss the television series? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.
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Witches of East End (The Beauchamp Family #1) by Melissa de la Cruz
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (June 21, 2011)
Print Length: 272 pages
Audiobook Length: 7hrs and 51 mins
Narrator: Katie Schorr
The three Beauchamp women–Joanna and her daughters Freya and Ingrid–live in North Hampton, out on the tip of Long Island. Their beautiful, mist-shrouded town seems almost stuck in time, and all three women lead seemingly quiet, uneventful existences. But they are harboring a mighty secret–they are powerful witches banned from using their magic. Joanna can resurrect people from the dead and heal the most serious of injuries. Ingrid, her bookish daughter, has the ability to predict the future and weave knots that can solve anything from infertility to infidelity. And finally, there’s Freya, the wild child, who has a charm or a potion that can cure most any heartache.
For centuries, all three women have been forced to suppress their abilities. But then Freya, who is about to get married to the wealthy and mysterious Bran Gardiner, finds that her increasingly complicated romantic life makes it more difficult than ever to hide her secret. Soon Ingrid and Joanna confront similar dilemmas, and the Beauchamp women realize they can no longer conceal their true selves. They unearth their wands from the attic, dust off their broomsticks, and begin casting spells on the townspeople. It all seems like a bit of good-natured, innocent magic, but then mysterious, violent attacks begin to plague the town. When a young girl disappears over the Fourth of July weekend, they realize it’s time to uncover who and what dark forces are working against them.
While I expected more from Witches of East End (The Beauchamp Family #1), it was still an impressive introduction to the world and characters that inhabit the magical history of the Beauchamp women.
Witches of East End (The Beauchamp Family #1) follows the fantastical tale of Joanna, and her daughters Ingrid and Freya as their idyllic, mundane life is changed forever when they decide to no longer keep the family secret of witchcraft from the town of North Hampton.
I’ll give it to de la Cruz, she really knows how to weave an addictive plot. I read this cover to cover in a single day because I needed to know how the Beauchamps were going to use their magic without breaking the restrictions, who on earth Freya was going to pick, and how Salem could be interwoven with Norse mythology. I will say, however, that if you are familiar with the television adaptation some of the twists in Witches of East End will be spoiled as the series was incredibly faithful to its source material.
While there was no Aunt Wendy, at least not in this novel, the Beauchamp women exhibited the qualities that made me fall in love with them in the television adaptation. While all three women shared certain mannerism that is expected in a household that is so close to one another, each also had idiosyncrasies that set them a part from one another. I personally felt the most connected with Ingrid, both in personality and in her chosen profession as an archivist and librarian. I’ve been toying with the idea of going back to school for this career stream so it was almost spooky to read of a person with many of the same ideals as me. Joanna was the expected matriarch, and if there was one thing I could suggest it is that someone makes a bakery to produce all the goods she makes through out the novel. And then, there is Freya. I was holy devoted to the love triangle, which is saying a lot as I typically lean away from the trope, but up until the final pages I didn’t know who she was going to pick, if anyone, and only hope that in sequels her narrative is less about romance, now that it is all but decided, and more about her as an individual.
Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.
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And those are my thoughts on Witches of East End (The Beauchamp Family #1) by Melissa de la Cruz. Have any witchy reads you think I should check out? Leave your recommendation below and help my TBR grow.