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YA author de la Cruz pitches captivating tale in adult debut 'Witches
of East End'
Review by Michelle Simon
HYPERION; 288 PAGES; HARDCOVER; $23.00
Melissa de la Cruz, best
for her addictive Blue Blood series of novels geared to young adults,
has switched to writing for an adult audience. Her first book in this
mid-career transition is "Witches of East End" (Hyperion Books), a
captivating novel about three witches living in North Hampton, Long
and her two daughters, Ingrid and Freya, were forbidden years ago to
use their magic. For centuries the three have lived as mortals and gone
about their boring daily lives moving to different places. The youngest
daughter, Freya, is engaged to marry the richest and most eligible
bachelor on the island, Bran Gardiner.
The novel starts off at Freya and Bran's engagement party at the
Gardiner mansion, Fair Haven. There's drama at the engagement party
when Freya finds herself drawn to Bran's younger brother Killian for a
romp in the powder room. Suddenly mysterious things start to happen on
the island that no one can explain.
Soon the Beauchamp family starts practicing magic again in the open
despite a counsel’s ban on doing so and the disturbing history of the
Salem witch trials. Ingrid, who works at the library as an archiver,
finds that there is something unique about the design plans of Fair
The prose in Witches of East End is unremarkable but I really liked de
la Cruz’s storytelling. She draws the reader into the Beauchamp
family’s conflicts -- against a backdrop of good versus evil -- and
tells a vigorously entertaining story.
One thing I was disturbed by is the fact that the author is Filipino
American but all the characters in the book are white. Why? It would
have better if the characters were people of color.
5 stars: Incredible!... 4 stars: Excellent... 3 stars: Good... 2 stars:
Mediocre... 1 star: Lame!
Rating: 4 stars
To find out more information about Melissa de la Cruz visit her website
or follow her on Twitter.
to check out the Hyperion Books website, and here
to get Witches of East End at Amazon.
Michelle Simon, a graduate of
Holy Names University, is an assistant director at a San Francisco Bay
Area university and a political activist. She's known for railing
WORDNBASS.com Editor BPM Smith
at the World Series of Poker and fitting into her
Catholic high school uniform.
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