Sunday, July 22, 2012

April's review of 'Serpent's Kiss' by Melissa de la Cruz

Serpent's Kiss (The Beauchamp Family #2) by Melissa de la Cruz
Publication Date: June 12, 2012
Publisher: Hyperion
Number of Pages: 321
Format: Hardback
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Description:  The intriguing Beauchamp family, introduced in the New York Times bestselling Witches of East End, returns in Serpent's Kiss, with dizzying plot twists and spellbinding magic.
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. That is, until everything gets turned upside down--from Joanna's organized kitchen to Ingrid's previously nonexistent love life to Freya's once unshakeable faith in her sexy soul mate, Killian Gardiner.
When Freya's twin brother, Freddie, suddenly returns, escaped from Limbo and professing innocence on a long-ago crime, Freya should be ecstatic. The golden boy can do no wrong. Or can he? Freddie blames no other than her fiance Killian for his downfall, and enlists Freya's help to prove it. Now Freya doesn't know who to believe or trust.
And for the first time in--well, forever, really--Ingrid is also busy in love. Matt Noble, the handsome and charming police detective, has won her heart. But can romance work between a virgin witch and a mortal who doesn't believe in magic? Things get even more complicated when it appears Ingrid is harboring the prime suspects in Matt's police investigation.
To add to the chaos, a dead spirit is attempting to make contact with Joanna--but does it mean to bring harm or help? Joanna asks her sort-of ex-husband Norman to help figure it out, only to accidentally invite him to a Thanksgiving dinner with a dapper gentleman she's recently begun dating.
As the witches pull together to discover the serpent within their midst and the culprit behind Freddie's imprisonment, everything is thrown into peril. Will the discovery come too late to save those they love most?
Melissa de la Cruz weaves all this and more in a blockbuster sequel that is not to be missed by her fans, and one that is sure to enchant new readers of the series.
Praise for the Witches of East End series
"Move over, zombies, vampires, and werewolves, and make way for witches a juicy new franchise."--Entertainment Weekly "A bubbling cauldron of mystery and romance."--People "A magical and romantic page-turner."--Washington Post " De la Cruz] lets her repressed sorceresses rip."--New York Times "This tale of powerful women mixes mystery, a battle of good versus evil and a dash of Norse mythology into a page-turning parable of inner strength."--Self " I]ntrigue, mystery, and plenty of romance." "Casts a spell."--Los Angeles Times

The Beauchamp women are back, and while they think that everything is finally going perfect they couldn't of been more wrong. Freya is torn between her soul mate and her twin brother. Ingrid has discovered that dating a mortal, especially one that doesn't believe in magic, is more complicated than ever. And after years of being perfectly content, Joanna suddenly have two men in her life. 

I'm sad that we didn't get to see much interaction with Tyler. it was one of my favorite things from the first book. And I was kind of disappointed in Freddie, Freya's twin. He seemed more like a self center, selfish, prince.  

I really did fall in love with Ingrid and Matt and there was times when I wanted to slap both of them on how they both were acting. In the end I'm glad they had worked things out. While Freya is keeping her brother a secret, she's trying to prove the love of her life is innocent. But of course what kind of book would it be without casting doubt? There were plenty of times when I thought he was guilty, or even that Freddie was trying to set Killian up. When things get resolved everything kind of goes back to the first book. 

At the end, not only do they have a big problem to figure out how to deal with, but Freya has been yank back into time. And not just any time period, but probably the most dangerous time period for her to be in. I can not wait for the final book in this trilogy.

Rating: 4/5 

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