Sunday, October 7, 2012

Review: Witches of East End ( The Beauchamp Family #1) by Melissa de la Cruz

Witches of East End ( The Beauchamp Family #1) by Melissa de la Cruz
Publication date: June 21st, 2011
Publisher: Little Brown
Number of pages: 288
Format: Paperback
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Description: 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.
From the bestselling author, Melissa de la Cruz comes a brand new series, but instead of vampires, we have a family of witches. 
We're introduced to the Beauchamp Family. Joanna, and her two daughters, Freya and Ingrid. Each woman has their own share of powers, and problems that come with it.
After Freya gets engaged to Bran and then meets his dashing, sexy brother, Killan, she forms a striking connection with him she can't seem to shake.
Her sister, Ingrid seems to have her own share of love problems when it comes to local cop, Matt Noble, his interest in her is obvious to everyone but Ingrid and she just might push him away before she even realize her own feelings for him.

Amongst all the love problems going on with the girls love lives, Joanna discovers there is a dark and evil presence lurking in their town and she is the only one who will be able to stop it.
After being tired of being restricted in not being able to use their powers, the girls get to the point where they don''t care what happens to them, using their abilities is who they are and they will not be stopped in doing something that feels natural.

Mystery, love and magic makes this book a great story that will make you believe anything is possible. 

I really loved Freya, Ingrid and Killian. The villian in the story I didn't expect, but almost felt like a relief in some way. Things from the beginning made sense as you got to the end and the puzzle begun to piece back together.
Joanna is also a good mother to the girls. She has lost her husband and son to unknown situations, so she feels she has to protect the ones she has left.
And of course a cliffhanger to die for and makes you itching for book 2.

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