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Witches of East End

(The Beauchamp Family #1)

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  20,303 ratings  ·  2,424 reviews
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
Paperback, 272 pages
Published June 21st 2011 by Disney-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 cl…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!

Dash and Killian are brothers in the book, but they are different. Supernatural stuff is involved, but saying more would be a spoiler.(less)
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Jul 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
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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
Jennie Damron
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I adore witches and supernatural stories. This book did not disappoint. I enjoyed the plot and pace of the story and I enjoyed the characters immensely. Freya is smart but rules with her heart and emotion which can cause her to not see things clearly. Ingrid is intelligent and hard working and sometimes allows her heart to be closed off. She is my favorite character. I loved watching her grow and progress. Joanne feels deeply and loves fiercely but she let's her emotions make decisions that can ...more
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Nov 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Review posted on Fafa's Book Corner !

Beware spoilers ahead!

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
May 16, 2011 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
Jun 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Dana Al-Basha |  دانة الباشا
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
May 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Well, my expectations were not very high for this book but it was thoroughly enjoyable! This is the first book on the Beauchamp family and focuses on two witch sisters, Ingrid and Freya and their witch mother, Joannna. I consider it a nice light read and a nice change from dystopian YA fiction. If your up on your Norse mythology, it will also come in handy in the last section of the book. So glad that I also purchased the second book because we are left with quite the cliff hanger in the epilogu ...more
Neil (or bleed)
Aug 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 11, 2011 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
Sep 01, 2012 rated it liked it
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. ...more
May 23, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Allison ☾
Jul 13, 2016 rated it liked it
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


I was all in for most of this. It was mysterious, it was sexy, it had cool witchy stuff happening. There were references to her Blue Bloods series, which I haven't read, but that's fine, I could keep up. And it wasn't very far into the book before I was like, Yeah, they're the Norns! That's great! Mother, Maiden, Crone . . . unusual choice for the Crone to be the stereotypical librarian, bur whatever, sure. And the Maiden to be a nymphomaniac. Unusual, yes, very. But stil
Aug 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Anastasia シ
Nov 05, 2014 marked it as to-read
I had no idea this was a book until I saw Mellissa de la Cuz's name in the credits of the TV show ;-; ...more
Jessica Buwalda
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: listened-to, 2017
You had me at Norse mythology.
Feb 24, 2012 rated it it was ok

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 20, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Jul 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Oct 23, 2016 rated it did not like it
I wanted to read something witchy for Halloween and since I enjoyed the TV series I decided to try the books.

This is not good. All tell and no show, it reads like it was written by committee. I can't help wondering of de la Cruz is a pen name for several writers, one of them a man obsessed with breasts who's job it was to write ridiculous sex scenes. There are so many small mistakes in narrative, description of the environment and time flow that it doesn't seem possible for there to have been an
Jul 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Very pleasantly surprised with this one!
I was nervous at first, because it started off a little slow. I don't like slow. The story seemed to meander around any and all useful information, and sort of seemed to focus on chick-lit stuff...like feelings. None of it seemed very important, and I was starting to get kind of antsy 'cause I was hoping for a cool story about witches.

However, what I first thought was going to be a plain old vanilla story about some witches trying to lead a normal life sta
May 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
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, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bipoc-author, audio
Maybe I am just in the mood for fantasy stories starring awesome ladies. This one is about three ladies living in the Hamptons who are witches but are banned from using their powers. No surprise--they can’t resist the temptation for long and end up casting spells all over the dang place, with mixed (but decidedly juicy!) results.

Freya is a sexy redheaded bartender who makes love potions for her patrons. Her sister Ingrid is a tightly wound, buttoned-up spinster librarian who specializes in old b
Nov 21, 2016 rated it liked it
I'm still not over how the bloody show got cancelled ??


Sep 02, 2017 marked it as to-read
Not in the mood for this and I really just don't have the time for it right now. I'd love to say that I'll try this again at a later time, but who knows. ...more
May 20, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Joanna Beauchamp and her daughters, Freya and Ingrid, have been banned from using magic for centuries. They have settled in the small town North Hampton, NY and enjoy the jobs they have. When Freya meets her soon to be brother-in-law she starts having feelings for him and wonders if she is making a mistake. To keep her mind business she starts making love potions at the bar she works at. Meanwhile, Ingrid starts making talismans for the towns’ people. When dark forces threaten the town, the 3 wi ...more
Sarah Louise
Oct 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Turns out my feelings towards this book haven't changed the second time around.

Witches of East End is one of my favourite television shows, maybe even the favourite. It was unfortunately cancelled after season two, and I'm on a mission to receive answers after the enormous cliffhanger it left. Witches of East End, the book, follows somewhat of the same story arc, but the characters and context were a little flimsy.

Joanna and her daughters, Freya and Ingrid, are centuries old witches forced to l
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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

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