Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Serpent's Kiss (The Beauchamp Family #2)” as Want to Read:
Serpent's Kiss (The Beauchamp Family #2)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Serpent's Kiss

(The Beauchamp Family #2)

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  6,582 ratings  ·  592 reviews
Alternate cover edition can be found here.

Just as things have settled down in the off-the-map Long Island town of North Hampton for the magical Beauchamp family, everything gets turned upside down once more when Freya's twin brother Fryr, or "Freddie" as he's called now, returns from Limbo with shocking news - that it was none other than Freya's fiancé, Killian Gardiner, who s
Paperback, UK Edition, 384 pages
Published June 12th 2012 by Sphere
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Serpent's Kiss, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Serpent's Kiss

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.60  · 
Rating details
 ·  6,582 ratings  ·  592 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Aug 20, 2012 rated it did not like it
Holy cow! When I gave the first book a scathing review, I really had no intention of continuing further in the series. But then I poke my head into the new releases room at the library...see it sitting there...and because I'm a freak who can't seem to let things go when it comes to books, I think "Hey, it's free! Maybe this one will be better." Well, all I can say is, fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. Unbelievably, this book was even more insipid and boring than the last. I ...more
Jenny Demonic
Mar 12, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
First, let me say that it is indeed a strange occurrence for a screen adaptation to be better than the novel. I cannot WAIT for the television series to return and put some sense back into the world of East End.
de la Cruz is a SAD student of Norse mythology. Valkyries as sorority girls? Really? Pixies mixed with "witches" that are gods? I can't even bear to go on with my list of "WTF".
This was a Spring Break read, cover to cover, just to see if anything would finally make sense. Soph
Oct 22, 2012 rated it liked it
This is one of those books you read, and while you are reading it, you enjoy it, but then when its over you don't think about it that much. It was light and fluffy, a welcome break from any stress.

The book started off poorly in my mind - it was all about sex, and the characters sexual relationships. I found myself thinking back to the first book and trying to remember if it was as borderline raunchy. Around the middle of the book, the actual plot began to pick up - but at first I did
Taryn Pierson
I didn't quite enjoy this one as much as the first in the series. Oddly enough, I think I am more interested in the romance between the sisters and their men than I am the magical/fantastical elements. There's tons of mythology and witchy stuff, but there was just not enough Ingrid/Matt action going on for my taste!
Nasty Lady MJ
Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: face-palm, witches
To See full review which includes pictures, Youtube clips, and casting click here:

I feel like I just found out that Santa Claus isn't real and that the Easter Bunny got ran over by a semi.

Yep, that should tell you how disappointed I was with this book. Melissa de la Cruz has published some great books. The Blue Bloods series, for example, just awesome. Grant it, I do understand why people have grown annoyed with them recently, but I do think the last installment was a defin
Sep 07, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I just don't care. At all
Aug 08, 2012 rated it did not like it
This book is stupid .. Why am I reading it? Update: That was a month of my life I can't get back. The writing is bad, the story is stupid, the characters are flat. There is just about nothing right with this book. I love witches, YA and other assorted smut. But this was just poorly done avengers fan fiction.
Jun 10, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
After finding "Witches of East End" completely charming and enjoyable, "The Serpent's Kiss" was a complete let down. Highly predictable, filled with filler nonsense that only hinders the book, and under-developed characters just fall into them moments. Greatly disappointing.
Feb 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Lynda Tatad
Aug 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: series-r-us
The 2nd book in the Witches of East End series took me a little longer to read than normal (compared to my usual pace), and it was primarily because I had a harder time getting into this story like I did the first. I had a lot of distractions that made it easy to put the book down. I did enjoy it once things got going in the story and things finally started moving along and I was able to finish the book!

If you read the first book: Witches of East End, then you know what happened befo
Nov 25, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The prose was extremely simplistic, especially for adult fiction. The narrator was odd and clunky. The POV changed from character to character each chapter, but the tone did not really alter. Additionally, the narration was often just obnoxious. It sought to tell rather than show, but then what it told was actually undermined by the action. For instance, I did not believe Freddie had power over much of anything.

The action seemed contrived for convenience, not necessarily plot connection. The pi
Amanda Lee
May 27, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a good read. I really enjoyed the take on mythology. It's light and fluffy and interesting enough for me to finish but not enough to stick with me.
Lara (Bookishsolace)
I said already said it on my review for “Witches of East End”, but I am saying it here again: These books are completely cheesy, but I totally love them for it. I usually avoid trashy books, but there’s something about them that made me fall in love (also with the series). However, I have to say that I liked the first book more than this, something was just lacking; I wasn’t enthralled by it.

Freddie has escaped imprisonment and with his escapement comes doubts on Freya’s love and soul mate Kill
Rebecca Gordon
Jun 27, 2012 rated it liked it
A true witch will never give up and the Beauchamp women prove that in Serpent’s Kiss by Melissa De La Cruz. Joanna and her daughters Freya and Ingrid are enjoying the peace in North Hampton. But peace never lasts long in their world especially when Freddie Frey’s twin brother returns in secret.However Freya’s joy is overshadowed by who Freddie accuses of a serious crime. Freddie says that Killian Freya’s sexy boyfriend is the one who destroyed the bridge. Freya is forced to investigate Killian t ...more
Aug 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Fryr or Freddie, Freya's twin brother is back. He was locked up in Limbo by the Valkyries because they thought he was responsible for the destruction of the Bofrir bridge but it isn't Freddie who destroyed the bridge. He believes Killian did it and he wants Freya to help him get his revenge. Problem is, Killian is Freya's fiancé. She loves her twin brother as much as she loves Killian. Who will she choose? Brother or lover?

Serpent's Kiss is the second book to the Witches of East End
Sep 28, 2011 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I hate how the UK version is the primary version. I'm not going to read the UK one! Most people aren't -_-'
I have a series of problems with this book, best enumerated in list form:
1. The structure of the plot seems to encourage telling rather than showing. De la Cruz continually has major events happen off-page, seemingly for the sole purpose of telling us about them in paragraphs of exposition a few chapters later. I had to go back and re-read the first few chapters to figure out where the damn pixies came from. Turns out, at the end of one of the first chapters, when Ingrid sees a strange fig
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, read-in-2018

I really enjoyed the second installment of The Beauchamp Family Series by Melissa de la Cruz. We got to see more of Freya, Ingrid, and Joanna, as they are now able to practice magic, and are now embracing their love lives as well.

In Serpent’s Kiss, we get to see Freddie, Freya’s twin brother return after being gone forever, and the mystery that surrounds him, as well as get to see more mythological creatures, and get more backstory of the whole family. I started this book la
Corrie aka Fae's Finds
It was a decent read. I was really into it when I was reading it, but not necessarily something I would gravitate to in wanting to read at that moment.

I know people have griped about the inconsistencies of Norse Mythology, and I agree, several liberties were taken, they work with the world that Melissa has crafted for *this* specific story arc of hers.

I saw a few of the twists from a mile away, and was taken aback by a couple others. It will be interesting to see how this story ends.

Overall r
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Similar to the first one in the series, this is one of those books that get better toward the end. I also really appreciate the Norse mythology. There are some annoying/shallow aspects of the book but if you gloss over those parts, it’s pretty good.
Jun 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Honestly, it took a long time for this book to get to the action and in the end it resolved nothing so now I am forced to read the next one. I loved the characters of the sisters and the brother and their significant others but I felt no collection to the mother's. Honestly Joana should be a supporting role and not have taken so much of our time. I love Melissa de la Cruz she is one of my favorite writes, I didn't hate the book but its not my favorite either. Just know that if you are investing ...more
MORE? MORE! @ P.S. I love that book!

EXPECTATIONS: Here we go again with the second book in the witchy series. I am still to watch the TV Show, I like the books but the cast of the TV Show...well ain't exactly my thing.

THE WORLD: We are back to the small town where our main characters have been living for a really long time. Why? Because they are witches and witches are sorta immortal, not in the never day way but in always reborn way. And yeah the fact that they are witches
Lindsay Heller
Jun 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, chick-lit
I don't know what exactly it is about Melissa de la Cruz that I love so much, but I suppose it goes hand in hand with my love of creative YA books. I read her Au Pairs series a while ago followed by 'Angels on Sunset Boulevard' (which I thought was very inventive and wish she would have explored a little more) and like them well enough but it wasn't until last summer that I randomly picked up the 'Blue Bloods' series and became obsessed. Okay, so yes, I'm way to old for this stuff but with her p ...more
Sep 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Copy received from Sphere through Book Geeks

North Hampton is a town in New York state, but it is off the map, not completely part of the rest of the world, although by no means separate from it either. In North Hampton the three Beauchamp witches are trying to live their lives in a quiet way, using their magic to help those around them without interfering too much or being too open about it. But although life appears peaceful and good, stormy times are ahead for the witches. Joanne B
Caitlyn Ollmann
Nov 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Personal Response:
I loved this book. The Serpents Kiss was the kind of book that kept you turning pages. It was a mix of romance and action. The romance part was a big part of the book. There was the love story going on between Ingrid and Matt; Freya and Killian; Freddie and Hilly; and the love triangle with Joanna, Harold, and Norman. The action parts happened with all of the magic spells and the Valkyries coming to take Killian to Limbo. The very end of the book left you with a big cliff
Sep 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Strange things are still happening in North Hampton, Long Island and the Beauchamp family is right in the middle of it. Although the centuries-old restriction on practicing magic is gone, that doesn't mean everyone is comfortable with it or even believes in it. The Beauchamp family, made of goddesses/witches, is determined to use their magic to help those around them but fate always seems to interrupt their plans.

The family matriarch is Joanna, who can give life back when needed and
The Y.A. Bookworm Blogger
Jun 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Read FULL review at The Y.A. Bookworm Blogger

This book may have taken me a bit longer to read, but it wasn't due to the lack of interest (exams can be blamed for that one). From the very beginning, Melissa de la Cruz sucks you right back into the plot and then teases you so you'll be begging for more. The pace of the story was tasteful and kept you entertained without any moments of boredom while also hitting the climax at just the right time. I stayed up pretty late last night just so I coul
Kim Strattie
Oct 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
More magic!

I enjoyed SERPENT’S KISS so much I can hardly wait for the follow up to this one, WINDS OF SALEM, which is definitely at the top of my next summer’s reading list.

But as for this book - SERPENT’S KISS - it’s very exciting, really well paced and chock full of the fantasy, romance, rivalries and the paranormal and fascinating forays into (Norse) mythology we’ve come to expect from Melissa de la Cruz. I found myself reading it more than once and each time I read it
Jun 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Freya's twin brother, Freddie has returned from prison. Freddie believes that Freya's beau, Killian is the one that caused Freddie to be sent away. Freya wants so bad to ask Killian if he had anything to do with her brother's punishment but she can't. This in turn has caused Freya to withdraw from Killian.

Then there is Ingrid and Matt. They are finally going out on a date. It is about time. These two move like molasses. In addition, there is some strange happenings in the house. Tyler's mother
Jonathan Pongratz
Jun 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Just finished this book and I think overall that the author kept consistent with her style of writing, which I like. There were a lot of words I didn't quite now and I liked expanding my vocabulary as well as the play on words she had in the novel.

However, I think her characters fall flat in certain ways that really started to aggravate me.

Regardless of whatever happened in the first book, the girls are none the wiser and choose not to question things when something is obviously up.

The author
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Suspicion (The Witches of Santa Anna, #9)
  • The 5 Moons of Tiiana (The Chronicles of Rez Cantor, #1)
  • Shaman, Friend, Enemy (Olivia Lawson, Techno-Shaman, #2)
  • The White Glove War (Magnolia League, #2)
  • Ghostly Summons
  • Black Throne Conspiracy
  • King of Paine
  • The Jericho River
  • Capitol Magic (Jane Madison, #3.5)
  • Contract: Sicko (Sei Assassin Thriller, #2)
  • Chasing Vegas
  • Not From Around Here
  • Dark Mind (Emily Stone, #3)
  • A Girl Undone (A Girl Called Fearless, #2)
  • The Rainy Day Killer (Donaghue and Stainer Crime Novel #4)
  • Chill Run
  • The Ronin's Mistress (Sano Ichiro, #15)
  • Grave Phantoms (Roaring Twenties, #3)
See similar books…
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 B

Other books in the series

The Beauchamp Family (3 books)
  • Witches of East End (The Beauchamp Family, #1)
  • Winds of Salem (The Beauchamp Family, #3)
“When you meet the right person, it’s like nothing else—nobody else. No one in your past ever mattered.” 3 likes
“In other words, time was a kind of palimpsest, traces of the past peeking through the present, only to be written over in the future again.” 1 likes
More quotes…