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Witches of East End (The Beauchamp Family,…
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Witches of East End (The Beauchamp Family, #1) (Original 2011; 2011. Auflage)

von Melissa De la Cruz

Reihen: Beauchamp Girls (1)

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Joanna and her daughters Freya and Ingrid live in North Hampton, out on the tip of Long Island. All three women lead seemingly quiet, uneventful existences. But they are harboring a mighty secret-- they are powerful witches banned from using their magic. When mysterious, violent attacks begin to plague the town and a young girl disappears over the Fourth of July weekend, they realize it's time to uncover who and what dark forces are working against them.… (mehr)
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Titel:Witches of East End (The Beauchamp Family, #1)
Autoren:Melissa De la Cruz
Info:Disney-Hyperion, Paperback, 272 pages
Sammlungen:Deine Bibliothek
Bewertung:****
Tags:2012-read

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A few years ago I caught the series based on this novel on TV. It was not a cinematic masterpiece but it was a nice summer series. Unfortunately, as often happens, it got cancelled after the second season with all kinds of plot lines still dangling so I figured I will check the novel and see if its own sequels solve some of them.

Well... they might but they won't be the same. A major character exists only in the series and most of the action required her to be there. So... so much about that.

What about the novel? It is the first adult novel of an author known for YA and it shows - it is pushing into the adult zone but not because of the maturity of the characters and their actions - it is mostly because of the topics and the ages of everyone. Which is not how you write an adult novel...

The premise is interesting enough - a family of immortal witches (which happen to be some well known characters from Norse mythology) is sentenced to spend their lives without their powers and had settled in a small town on the coast of Long Island. When the novel opens, they are starting to slowly push against that ruling, testing the waters and then things start going horribly wrong. I may have enjoyed the novel a lot more if I had found it before the series; with the series in my head, it feels like a draft that needs a lot of revision and color.

I am not sure if I am going to read the rest of the series - these Beauchamps are shadows of the ones in the TV adaptation (which is somewhat hard to do - I tend to like books more than I like their adaptations). I am not sorry that I read it but I wish it was a lot stronger as a novel... ( )
  AnnieMod | Mar 1, 2021 |
I picked this book up thinking it would be similar to the Blue Blood series. My first clue was the blatant hook of sexuality in the first 10 pages. I wouldn't recommend this as a YA book for anyone younger than 16, that's for sure. I know sex is everywhere, but if I want to read about heaving bosoms, panting and spreading of legs, I'd just pick up a trashy romance.

That said, once she got the sex out of her system, this book was enjoyable. Mimi Force and Oliver make an appearance, which I quite enjoy. Overlapping series help paint a broader picture. I find her take on the other worlds pretty fascinating - how she ties vampires and witches together, steeped in history. I'd give it 4, but the sex in the first chapter REALLY threw me off. I had to force myself to keep reading and change my expectations of the book. ( )
  amandanan | Jun 6, 2020 |
I've been trying to find more books about witches, and was really excited when I found this one. Luckily, I only borrowed it from my library and can give it back today. It started off really well, though it sounded more and more like a soap opera.

I didn't make it very far into the book, though I tried. I honestly stopped reading when Freya cheats on her fiance with his brother at their engagement party. I stared at the book, and said "That's it. I'm done."

I don't expect characters to be perfect, or to always make the right choices, but the cheating combined with the soap opera feel was too much. I was starting to make fun of the book before I'd even made it a fourth of the way through. ( )
  book_lady15 | Apr 3, 2020 |
This is written in a relatively light, entertaining style that makes it an unchallenging read but one that is a pleasure to sit down with. A well constructed, interesting story populated with great characters. ( )
  AngelaJMaher | Jan 6, 2020 |
The Beauchamp family of Joanna and daughters Ingrid and Freya are actually Norse goddesses, trapped on earth (‘Midgard’) after being expelled from their homeland (‘Asgard’) and forced to live as humans who can practice magic. Currently they live in the tiny coastal village of North Hampton. Ingrid and Freya were found guilty of being witches and hung during the Salem witch trials in Massachusetts in 1693, and as they are immortal, were born again to Joanna who, each time something happens to them, has to go through another pregnancy. After Salem, the ‘council’ decided that magical people of the world were no longer allowed to use their magic. This has worked okay up until now, but after several hundred years the witches are finding the confinement of their talents frustrating and so start using it in small ways by helping out their neighbours. Freya is engaged to Bran Gardiner (actually Loki), but is infatuated with his brother Killen (actually Balder) who she is having an affair with. People in the town start getting sick, one disappears, another is murdered, and a mysterious silver substance is appearing in the water around the world. Little do they know that Loki is encouraging the destruction of the gates between the worlds and must be stopped. A promising storyline, but one that just doesn't come together and is not done justice in this book which was disappointing. ( )
  DebbieMcCauley | Nov 15, 2019 |
A decidedly weird mishmash of mythologies, a serpentine plot and a thicket of back stories intertwine as de la Cruz sets up the continuing saga, but it all gels magnificently.
hinzugefügt von Shortride | bearbeitenKirkus Reviews (May 1, 2011)
 

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In thunder, lighting or in rain?
When the burlyburly's done,
When the battle's lost and won..." - Shakespeare's Macbeth

"Must be the season of the witch." - Luna

"It is possible that some Waelcyrgean chose to abandon
Valhalla and settle in various parts of the country, where
they began a new existence as witches." - from Encyclopedia of Things That Never Were by Michael Page and Robert Ingpen
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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 outsides, who were known to wander in by chance only to find it impossible to return; so that the place, with its remarkably empty silver-sand beaches, rolling green fields, and imposing, rambling farmhouses, became more of a half-remembered dream than a memory.
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Joanna and her daughters Freya and Ingrid live in North Hampton, out on the tip of Long Island. All three women lead seemingly quiet, uneventful existences. But they are harboring a mighty secret-- they are powerful witches banned from using their magic. When mysterious, violent attacks begin to plague the town and a young girl disappears over the Fourth of July weekend, they realize it's time to uncover who and what dark forces are working against them.

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