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Witches of East End (The Beauchamp Family #1)

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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-shroude
ebook, 242 pages
Published June 21st 2011 by Hyperion
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Wise Cat I think the book is just as good as the series!! I LOVED that show, and stupid Lifetime cancelled it after just 2 seasons!! The shows sticks pretty…moreI think the book is just as good as the series!! I LOVED that show, and stupid Lifetime cancelled it after just 2 seasons!! The shows sticks pretty close to the book, except for some minor name/appearance changes for some characters.

When I read the book, I pictured the cast of the show, which was right on in my opinion! The book does end on a different kind of cliffhanger, but at least there's more books I can read. For the show, they just yanked it from us. PISSES me off!

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Note: If I could give 2 1/2 stars, I would; but, only because I liked the beginning.

There are few things more disappointing to avid readers than when we discover the book we invested time in, suddenly loses its appeal at the closing of the story. Although I was intrigued with the characters and the plot for nearly three quarters of the book, the spell of the “Witches of East End” wore out, getting bogged down with last minute explanations that felt more misleading than clarifying.

Yes, the magi
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Last year I read Triple Moon. And I was surprised that I enjoyed it! So I decided to read the previous series that featured some of the side characters. I am very happy to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book!

The book begins with a prologue. Bill and Maura Thatcher are walking along a beach. During their nightly walk they run into their neighbor Joanna Beauchamp. They say hello. But she merely replies coldly that there's nothing to s
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Actual rating: 3.5

Witches of East End is a cliched witch story. It has the same formulation with other witch novels out there wherein the sexy witches are banned to use magic and forced to live with people as mundane as possible (yet didn't happen at all, as usual).

But, the thing is, it has a good storyline and well-written pace. It has the kind of enticing mystery and compelling vibe that will definitely urge you to turn the pages and read more. And those are enough to compromise to the cliche
May 16, 2011 Jessica marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
Apparently this is my day for cranky reviews. DNF, no rating.

It starts off with an overwritten, precious description of the mythical town of North Hampton, Long Island, then proceeds to describe one of the heroines, Freya, who has the cheekbones of a model without being gauche enough to be model-thin all over, as is demonstrated by her ample bosom. Shortly after that lovely introduction, we see Freya go into the closet for a quickie with her fiance's brother at their engagement party.

I'm sure th
Jun 04, 2012 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joanna lives in North Hampton with her two daughters, Ingrid and Freya. Everything is good except that Joanna and her daughters are witches. Freya is engaged to Bran Gardiner. Ingrid has no man but she does have her eyes on the sexy, detective, Matt Noble.

The women have been banned from using their powers. Of course, there is only so long that a witch can go without using her powers. Slowly the three women start using their powers. Strange things start happening around town. When all signs poin
Actual rating: 2.5 stars

Let me start off by admitting that I’ve never read anything else by Melissa de la Cruz, except her short story in The Eternal Kiss anthology, which I remember being decent enough. I expected to like this adult debut more than I did, especially when I see the good reviews it’s getting elsewhere. I wonder, was I just really cranky when I read this? Why was I hyper-aware of every time de la Cruz used the phrase “for lack of a better word”, or dismissive of the entire paragra
Jun 02, 2011 Parajunkee rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Another disappointment. WITCHES OF EAST END cinched that I am officially in a book slump. Packed full of aloof and unrealistic characters along with a hazy and murky plot attempt, I trudged through WITCHES OF EAST END, nearly forcing myself to turn each page. The author’s tone was snooty and the characters behavior was childlike and paired with the young adult writing style it made the “adult” actions of the characters almost indecent, even though in a well-written adult novel it would be normal ...more
Jul 11, 2011 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had to write a review for this book based primarily on the fact that there are so many bad reviews out there on it and it almost dissuaded me from reading it. This book is great please give it a try dont be dissusaded by the bad reviews because they are completely unfounded. If you enjoy this type of genre (witches,magic, paranormal) then you will love this book. As all new series are it takes a little time to get the background story but once you get into it you wont want to stop. My personal ...more
Lois Duncan
I was fascinated by this book until about half way through it when there were so many references to mythical characters and events that took place before this story started that I found myself totally lost. I loved the three main characters. But I felt as if I'd wandered into the middle of a series that everyone else had been reading from the beginning, instead of reading the first book in an up-coming series.
Mar 01, 2012 Lily rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Got your attention didn't I? But don't worry, I am not trapping you into reading this review with some random sexy picture. It is actually relevant... the pic and the word Succulent.... More on that later.

Witches of East End... oh how you had such promise when I started reading you. And then you fell flat.

It was definitely an interesting story. The writer gets you interested right from the start. And the array of drama keeps you wanting to read. In fact, there are so many story lines happening
Aug 01, 2012 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this story overall. I liked it better at the end than I thought I was going to at the beginning. This is one of those stories that you really need to finish to fully appreciate how well-crafted the plot actually was.

Mother Joanna, and her two grown daughters Freya and Ingrid live quiet lives in sleepy North Hampton, New York. Ingrid works at the library, and Freya is a bartender at the local inn, while Joanna redecorates their house and bakes. It all sounds rather dull.

Except, the thre
Jul 06, 2013 Michelle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The Beauchamp woman, Mother Joanna and daughters Freya and Ingrid, live on the tip of Long Island, New York. They seem to be regular family, but they are actually a family of witches who cannot use their powers. Ingrid, the youngest daughter, is getting married to the wealthy Bran Gardiner, but things do not go as they should at their engagement party. The Beauchamp women all end up using their powers to help the people around them, but their helping hands seem to have negative consequences.

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May 04, 2011 Crystal rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
Having liked this authors previous series I thought for sure I would love this new adult one, but unfortunately not. The story centers around Joanna and her two daughters Freya and Ingrid. These women are witches and not only have they lived for hundreds of years but they were there in Salem during the witch trials. The witch trials ended up being their downfall, as they were convicted and hung. Being immortal though they were reborn unto their mother and the council decided that because of Sale ...more
May 29, 2012 Stacy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Man, I hate to be mean, but this book was severely lame (I'm being really generous with the 2 stars.) It started out decently enough; the first hundred pages were fairly intriguing. But then it started to go downhill, fast, until I pretty much had to force myself to finish the last 50 pages.

She couldn't keep a consistent timeline. Or, maybe in her head it's consistent, but she's referring to random events that we just don't know about (which is just as bad.) She varies between saying the women h
Oct 04, 2016 Allison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was almost discouraged from reading this book because of negative reviews. However, I was a fan of the show until its cancellation after 2 seasons so I wanted to give this a chance.

I actually really love this book. I think the reason people are confused about this series is because Melissa de la Cruz never flat out states in the beginning of the story that these women are NOT your small-town human witches, they are not even "witches" in the classical sense. The women of this series are Norse g
Mairéad (is roaming the Undying Lands)
[January 22nd, 2016] RAGE REVIEW

1 star.

Oh boy, it's been a while since I've had a one star read. And this honestly baffled and enraged me. Maybe I'm biased because I've watched the show, and they did a good job although it had its cheesy cliched moments, it was still better than what I read for various reasons.

Three spanning storylines, featuring through the sisters Ingrid and Freya and their mother Joanna --eventually got me confused. All began to blur together and I found myself waiting for it
Jul 06, 2011 Jessica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
At 200 pages into this, I was trying to figure out why I was wasting my time. It seemed like a cross between light fiction and light porn. The writing seemed cliched and fast; the characters are one-dimensional; and the only thing that distinguished it from a young adult novel was how graphic some of the sex scenes are.

The last sixty pages held some substance however, and I've half a mind to read the next one. I kind of get the feeling the author wrote the end of the story first, or maybe she c
Jan 18, 2014 Sophia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was AWEFULL!!!!!!!!
1) The storyline sucked... Nothing happened until almost the very end of this book... And it was just so boring, and incomplete. Also we do not get any real buck story from any of the characters, just some memories, but they didn't add much to the story.... Ingrid "love story" was boring and Freya’s was a little predictable...
(If Freya and Ingrid were supposed to be reborn every time they died how come they have their memories from their past lives?????)
2) witches (
Feb 06, 2012 Jennifer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Witches, vampires, and magic are still very prominent in our culture and many people jumped on the vampire bandwagon, myself included. Seeing as how vampires have over populated the science fiction/fantasy world, I thought I would give the topic of witches a try. When I think of novels about witches, I think primarily of The Witching Hour by Anne Rice which to me, is hard to beat. I’m certainly not comparing Melissa de la Cruz to Anne Rice at all, but I think going into reading Witches of East E ...more
I can't finish this. Mostly because the writing is not my style. And plus, the story doesn't appeal to me. I like heroines who know better than to cheat on their fiances on the day of their engagement party. I have to share the first sentence though. Maybe it'll explain my trouble with the writing style.

"North Hampton did not exist on any map, which made locating the small, insular community on the very edge of the Atlantic coast something of a conundrum to outsiders, who were known to wander in
Samantha Pedroza
Sep 08, 2015 Samantha Pedroza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-books
Loved it!! And what a cliffhanger! I'm glad I picked it up I look forward to the rest of the series although I did like the show little bit more I think it's just because the characters have a little more depth on the show the book characters were a little bit dry and somewhat selfish my favorite was Ingrid but I really did appreciate Joanna and freyas characters. I can't wait to see what happens next I will miss the show though I hope the author gets to tie up loose ends from the show with her ...more
Lara (Bookishsolace)
I watched the series on Lifetime and even though it was incredibly cheesy, etc.. I really loved it and I was incredibly sad when they cancelled it. And as I heard that the book is really good, I had to give it a try and I was pleasantly surprised by it. The book is so so much better than the series. However if you’re hoping to read the story how it is depicted in the series, you’re bit wrong here because the book and the show are like day and night. The best thing about the book is that it featu ...more
Jun 01, 2014 Felicity rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Yeah, no. A weird mishmash of half understood Norse mythology and standard issue romance except it's not, um, romantic. I finished it - but I kind of wish I hadn't bothered. It starts off with promise but that quickly dwindles, nothing really makes sense, motivations are murky at best and the heroines are so dense that the screamingly obvious villain has to TELL them he's the villain, which is painful for everyone concerned, particularly the reader.
Anna (Yoda Is My Spirit Animal)
I was never initially interested in reading this series when it first came out, especially since I quit Melissa's Blue Bloods series by book #4. Her writing in the past had never impressed me and I didn't even care to try. Then I checked out Season One of the Lifetime TV show, based on these books, from my library. I got addicted to the show within just one episode (and took my younger brother right along with me :p) and decided that I should stop being ass-backwards and just give the book a sho ...more
Jul 06, 2014 Penny rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
One-and-a-half stars.

Usually I enjoy books much more than their televised/movie-fied versions. There is usually so much more detail in a book. More nuance. A better ability to tease out characters and the plot. Unfortunately I enjoyed the television show more than the book itself in this case. Needless to say, I was rather disappointed.

I must admit that I picked up this book because I had seen Witches of East End on TV. Perhaps my expectations got in the way of viewing the book on its own merit
Dec 20, 2011 Sonia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Melissa De La Cruz decide di raccontarci la storia della famiglia Beauchamp.
Ci farà conoscere Joanna, la madre, Ingrid, la figlia maggiore che fa la libraia nella biblioteca della città, e Freya, la figlia minore che fa la barista ed è fidanzata con Bran, un uomo bellissimo, buono, intelligente. Sembrerebbe una famiglia normale, e così è agli occhi di tutti i cittadini di North Hampton, che conoscono le tre donne e le apprezzano per il loro contributo alla città.
Non è lo stesso per noi lettori,
Jun 08, 2011 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Witches of East End tells the respective stories of three witches, a mother and her two daughters, living in the modern day world, bound by rules to never use their magic. Joanna, Ingrid, and Freya have been alive longer than anyone around them can imagine.

When I first got it, I figured I would love it because hey, it’s Melissa de la Cruz. I knew it was her first venture into adult fiction, and I was eager to see what was different between her adult writing style as opposed to her young adult. U
Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
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Witches of East End is Melissa de la Cruz’s first foray into the adult paranormal romance genre and it is a fabulous start!

This book follows the three Beauchamp witches in a world parallel to the Blue Blood’s, who many centuries ago use to be Goddesses until the bridge between the worlds was destroyed and they were trapped on this side. After the Salem Witch Trials, which they were involved in, all witches were punished by the council to live as normal, altho
Aug 17, 2012 Winny rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Despite the fact that this book is an easy read I have to give it just 2 stars.

(SPOILER) The book is about 3 witches, a mother and her two daughters who are immortal and also are goddesses. The daughters have been reborn a few times, which I found a bit strange. What if the mother died? But the Norse mythology, that was introduced at the end of the book, killed the book for me. I normally like mythology but in this case I found it very confusing. Especially the beginning of chapter 42, I had to
Dana Al-Basha
Oct 16, 2016 Dana Al-Basha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, favorite
Melissa de la Cruz knows how to write a good series especially for TV; I LOVED Witches of East End series and I was pretty upset when they cancelled the series. I love all the Beauchamp women but I got to say Freya was my favorite. I really wanted her to end up with Killian Gardiner!

I bought this book way before the TV series aired, but I decided to start reading it now. Because I keep wondering what happened with uptight Ingrid, with caty Wendy, with the bittersweet life of Joanna.

I read the no
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Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens including The Au Pairs series, the Blue Bloods series, the Ashleys series, the Angels on Sunset Boulevard series and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat.

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