Book Review: Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz

Remember when I said that I was going to start posting book reviews? Well, ladies and gents…here we go!

Witches of East End
by Melissa de la Cruz
272 pages
Available for purchase here
Witches Of East End by Melissa de la Cruz is the first book in a slated series. The novel has a few noteworthy themes: magic, romance (sexy-time!) and mystery. Pretty standard themes for a good story.

The novel follows the lives of two sisters, Ingrid and Freya Beauchamp, and their mother Joanna. The Beauchamp’s are not just regular Long Islanders (yes, my stomping ground) — they are witches, each with their own particular set of powers.  They are banned from using their skills (by the ominous “counsel”), but slowly each woman begins using magic on their own, despite the potential consequences.

Not going to lie, while the book moved quickly and was amusing, I couldn’t help but feel like it fell on the cheesy side. I felt like de la Cruz rushed through the storyline, and you never really got to “know” the characters. More than halfway through the book she began weaving in characters from a previous series of hers (Blue Bloods), while introducing other supernatural forces and tying it with a bizarre Norse Mythology-bow, right at the end. Needless to say, the book teased a lot, but didn’t flesh out much of anything.

The next book in The Beauchamp Family series is slated to come out in June 2012. While this book was certainly not the best thing I have ever read, it was entertaining and a really easy, quick read. Perfect for a summer beach day when you don’t want to concentrate that hard.

My rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars