Witches of East End (The Beauchamp Family, #1)
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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-shrou...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published June 21st 2011 by Disney-Hyperion
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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...more
Jessica
May 16, 2011 Jessica marked it as did-not-finish
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...more
Cheryl
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...more
Crystal
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
Parajunkee
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
Jessica
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...more
Jennifer
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
Kristen
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...more
Crowinator
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...more
Michelle
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.

de l...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.
Sophia
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 (...more
Ashley
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...more
Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
Courtesy of Book-It-Forward ARC Tours

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...more
Stacy
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...more
Winny
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...more
Ellis
Oct 07, 2013 Ellis marked it as not-for-me
I just watched the pilot and I know I shouldn't judge the book based on that, but I've been assured it's just as bad.

We have.

A love triangle (with brothers!).

Angry ex-boyfriends.

Unknowing heroines.

Sketchy villains.

Ridiculous backstory.

I'M NOT DOING THIS.

Seriously. Stop fucking up stories about witches. They are awesome.
Pam Vlieg
A bit early for a real review (@melissadelacruz) but what I can say is that I love the Witches, their town, the Norse lore and I adore the tie ins and nods to the Blue Bloods series. This book is hot with a capitol H and is one that you cannot miss!
Wendy Hines
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.


Set in a small town, North Hampton, Joanna and her two daughters Freya and Ingrid, are witches but are forbidden by the council to practice their magic. They have abstained for centuries, but recent developments in their lives have them itching for their wands. A slip here a...more
Tina
This started off rocky, picked up a little, then went back to rocky.

Yeahs::

* The witchcraft was interesting. It wasn't hookie and their charms/chants were short and to the point.

* Blue Blood Cameos- Oliver, Mimi and Trinity. This was the biggest treat, seeing a mixing of the Blue Blood's storyline and the Beauchamp's storyline.


Nays::

* The story is about 3 woman repressed and dying to use their magic again. They've been banned for centuries and are deathly frightened to use magic again. One morni...more
Between the Covers
Reviewed by Christin for Between the Covers

I haven't read Melissa's Blue Bloods series, but after reading Witches of East End, I'll definitely be moving that series up on my to-read list. In Melissa's first venture into adult fiction, she's created a story that encompasses magic, mythology, and a dash (okay, a lot) of romance.

Joanna, Ingrid, and Freya Beauchamp are just normal women; at least, that's what they pretend every day. Banned from using magic by the Council, they have tried to blend in...more
Nicole
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
Sonia
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,...more
Elizabeth
The first half of the book was enjoyable. I liked the fresh take on the witches and how each Beauchamp family member had a different specialty. However, after some point things started to go off in random directions. The cameo of Mimi Force was awkward and (in the end, it turns out, utterly useless) and the insertion of the witches' Norse origins seemed forced.

Sometimes when you mix two worlds together you can come up with something great--it didn't happen in this case. There was a sudden outpo...more
Lily


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...more
readinghearts (Lyn M)
Sep 08, 2011 readinghearts (Lyn M) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Wendy C, Novel Ladies, GR101
I finished this one on Tuesday. First, I have to say books about witches and magic in modern times really suck me in. I love them. This one was no different. The prologue intrigued me and got me interested right away. After the first 50 pages or so, though, I was afraid this was going to be more a paranormal romance book than urban fantasy, so I was a little apprehensive. I shouldn't have worried, though. The book was neither paranormal romance, nor your typical urban fantasy.

As for the charact...more
Michele
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Gabby
Originally Posted @ The YA Bookworm

This book is another book from Melissa dela Cruz this time it's about Adult Fantasy. So this time she wrote a book about 3 witches, The Beauchamp girls who posses different kinds of powers but they are forbidden to use their magic cause the witches council thinks that their magic causes harm to humans.

so any-who! this is another book from one of my favorite authors. i love the blue bloods series and i was also expecting this one to be as intriguing as the blu...more
Felicia
Received for Review
Overall Rating: 3.50
Character Rating: 3.75
Story Rating: 3.25

Note: I have a feeling this is going to be one of those books that get as many 1 to 2 star ratings as 4 to 5 star ratings. It is written in 3 POV's, it reads like a Women's Fiction novel (the plot is not clear until halfway through but it is a strong character story), and the leads are not always likable. These things worked for me but I don't feel they will work for everyone.

What I Loved: (This usually doesn't appeal...more
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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.

Her books for adults include the novel Cat’s Meow, the anthology Girls Who Like Boys Who Like...more
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