Friday, September 9, 2011

BBReview: "Witches of East End" By Melissa De La Cruz and Question of the Moment 40

*Question of the Moment is at the bottom*

Genre: Adult -Paranormal/Fantasy
Publishing Date: June 21st, 2011
Page Count: 272
Source: Borrowed from local library
Format: Hardcover

Description from Amazon:
From the author of the highly addictive and bestselling Blue Bloods series, with almost 3 million copies sold, comes a new novel, Melissa de la Cruz's first for adults, featuring a family of formidable and beguiling witches.
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.
With 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, this is a page-turning, deliciously fun, magical summer read fraught with love affairs, witchcraft, and an unforgettable battle between good and evil.

Wow, just like all of the Blue Bloods novels, Melissa De La Cruz has outdone herself and made an amazing novel. I have always thought that Adult novels were not for me, because they are boring and lack excitement, but clearly it is all about the author. There are definite reasons why this novel is in the Adult section and not YA, but her writing style stays true to all her YA novels, which i really appreciated.

The story line is amazing and i love that there isn't one main character, but three. I think it was a genius idea to make each chapter be only about one of the Beauchamp ladies at a time, instead of intermingling the three different sides into one chapter, but separate them by page breaks. I also really liked that each of the Beauchamp women are very unique and different so that everyone can kind of match their personality with one of them. I think that each of their stories was well thought through and very imaginative. I love this novel and i cannot wait to read more from Melissa De La Cruz's brand new, AMAZING, adult series.

Melissa De La Cruz out did herself once again with her brand new adult fantasy series. I was so happy when i saw that her writing style was the same as her YA novels and even more ecstatic when i realized that adult novels are boring if the author isn't boring, and Melissa De La Cruz is anything but a boring author. The characters were amazingly thought through and the overall story kept you reading and wanting to know what was going to happen with the Beauchamp ladies.

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 5/5


Question of the Moment 40

If you were a witch and was told by the council that you had to stop practicing magic, do you think you would be able to?

I think i would do the same thing that the ladies of Witches of East End do. They have stopped practicing for years, but then they eventually start doing small spells. I would definitely stop when told, because no matter how much i think i am, i am not a rebel and would just listen to them, but then after so long i would want to try a small spell and then i would and if nothing happened i would probably do some more small things, but wouldn't do anything big.

Would you be able to stop? Let me know in the comments below =]