Monday, June 13, 2011

BBReview: "Witches 101: A Witched of East End Primer" By Melissa De La Cruz

Genre: Young Adult -Paranormal/Fantasy
Publishing Date: June 8th, 2011
Page Count: 37
Source: Bought from Amazon
Format: E-Book

Description from Amazon:
Almost three million copies of The Blue Bloods series in print, Melissa de la Cruz has now written her first paranormal romance for adults, on sale June 21st. The first in the Beauchamp Series, the book features a brand-new cast of characters, a fascinating and fresh world to discover, and a few surprise appearances from some of the Blue Blood fan favorites. It’ s a page-turning, heart-stopping, magical summer read, fraught with love affairs, witchcraft, and an unforgettable battle between good and evil.

But before you read the book, meet the Witches! In this primer, you’ ll meet the three Beauchamp women – Joanna, Ingrid, and Freya – learn a little bit about their special powers, and even get some tips so you can cast a few spells of your own.

When i first heard that Melissa De La Cruz was going to write a new series about witches i was very excited, because I have never read a series based only on witches. Then, i found out it was an adult series and i was bummed. I know that since im technically an adult (im only 19) that i shoud be reading adult series instead of young adults, but come on. Everybody loves YA and majority of the bloggers i find are adults, not teenagers. But, i was bummed because i just cant get into adult series. I have tried multiple times to read a novel or series targeted towards adults and they always bore me. I even tried the host by Stephenie Meyer and i couldnt get past page 5. So yes i wasnt looking into buying this newest series, because i knew i was just going to get let down.

Well recently Melissa De La Cruz tweeted about a prequel that was out that was free for the kindle and so i decided to just get it and see if i end up liking it. And guess what... I DID!! You can tell that this series is more for aduls than young adults, but its not boring. At least the first three chapters arent. Right away i recognized De La Cruz's writing style and could see the same writing personality that is in my favorite YA series, Blue Bloods. I am very, very pleased. I can now say with out a doubt that i am going to go ahead and buy Witches of East End. I know that it may let me down later in the book, but i have a strange feeling that it might not.

Witches 101 is just a prequel. It only has 3 chapters, one for each of the Beauchamp ladies and then at the end some "spells" you can try at home. It is just enough to give you a taste, but then again not really. Each Beauchamp has a chapter that tells all about them and insight to where they are in the novel so far. Its like a meet and greet. You get to know the character while it still being a story. It isnt a bunch of facts about them, its a little preview into each of their own stories. Yes, it is really good and it makes me want to buy the novel now, and i have made little, different bonds with each of the ladies, but it is only intro's to the three main characters. It isnt like a normal prequel where you get a peek of the story as a whole, so there could still be dissappointments later.

I think this was a really nice prequel. I think it was a good idea to introduce each of the characters with their own chapter and to not just list off facts, but to make it part of the story. It does make me want to buy the novel and now i really love the characters and cant wait to read more, but it was only about the characters and didnt really give away any information about what the rest of the novel was going to be about. I liked it, but it wasnt amazing. If you are unsure if you will like this newest series of hers then read the prequel and fall in love with the characters =]

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 4/5