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Witches of East End | [Melissa de la Cruz]

Witches of East End

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-shrouded town seems almost stuck in time, and all three women lead seemingly quiet, uneventful existences. But they are harboring a mighty secret—they are powerful witches banned from using their magic. Joanna can resurrect people from the dead and heal the most serious of injuries....
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Publisher's Summary

From the author of the highly addictive and best-selling Blue Bloods series, with almost three 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-shrouded town seems almost stuck in time, and all three women lead seemingly quiet, uneventful existences. But they are harboring a mighty secret—they are powerful witches banned from using their magic. Joanna can resurrect people from the dead and heal the most serious of injuries. Ingrid, her bookish daughter, has the ability to predict the future and weave knots that can solve anything from infertility to infidelity. And finally, there’s Freya, the wild child, who has a charm or a potion that can cure most any heartache.

For centuries, all three women have been forced to suppress their abilities. But then Freya, who is about to get married to the wealthy and mysterious Bran Gardiner, finds that her increasingly complicated romantic life makes it more difficult than ever to hide her secret. Soon Ingrid and Joanna confront similar dilemmas, and the Beauchamp women realize they can no longer conceal their true selves. They unearth their wands from the attic, dust off their broomsticks, and begin casting spells on the townspeople. It all seems like a bit of good-natured, innocent magic, but then mysterious, violent attacks begin to plague the town. When 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.

With a brand-new cast of characters, a fascinating and fresh world to discover, and a few surprise appearances from some of the Blue Blood fan favorites, this is a pause-resistant, deliciously fun, magical summer listen, fraught with love affairs, witchcraft, and an unforgettable battle between good and evil.

©2011 Melissa de la Cruz (P)2011 Hyperion

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    Teddy Bronx, NY, United States 03-15-12
    Teddy Bronx, NY, United States 03-15-12

    "A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one." - Jojen Reed. #ADanceWithDragons

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    "Actually a nice, light listen"

    I had this book in my library for a while now but had not listened to it. I had started to listen to it but then between school/work I just couldn't find the time to finish it. I finally finished though and I must confess it was pretty cool.

    Katie Schorr seemed made to narrate this genre of books and is able to voice all three characters quite well. She does somewhat slow down the pace of the book a bit too much at times but that could be blamed on the story itself really rather than the narrator I believe. It wasn't a 'brilliant' performance but it wasn't a bad or simply adequate performance either.

    This is my first Melissa de la Cruz and I was pleasantly surprised. I am not too much of a romance novel kinda guy but it had a strong enough storyline for me to forgive the romanticism that I saw involved. The story was fun to listen to especially when everything started to tie in together. It was slow at times however. I do think the characters could be developed better but seeing that these are all grown characters there wasn't much character development to be done (I blame the fact that I have come accustomed to really long and detailed titles rather than this relatively short title). There are some pretty nice twists in the book as well, I was surprised how the book tied everything together in the end.

    Overall not a stellar title, but a pretty good one. I found it kinda light but also fun and cool to listen to. I would hope that there is another book because the book ends with an epilogue that left me with a whole bunch of questions.

    21 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Becky OH, United States 07-23-11
    Becky OH, United States 07-23-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Wanted more supernatural elements"

    The story was interesting and unique - even unpredictable. Although I enjoyed it, I found myself wanting (expecting) more supernatural elements in the story.

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    Stacy CHARLESTON, WV, United States 02-05-14
    Stacy CHARLESTON, WV, United States 02-05-14 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Loved it!"
    What did you love best about Witches of East End?

    I loved the magic captured in the book. Some characters were detestable and others captivating. Excellent book for those interested in the supernatural, fantasy, or just witches.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel BIRMINGHAM, MI, United States 12-27-13
    Rachel BIRMINGHAM, MI, United States 12-27-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Disappointed!"
    Any additional comments?

    I wanted to love these books - I really did...but I watched the t.v. show first. I am normally steadfast in my belief that a movie (or t.v. show) cannot live up to the book, but this series changed my mind. First, the narration is terrible - it was very disjointed and just didn't flow. People don't talk like that! Granted, she does better in the second book, but since I couldn't get through it, I can't speak for the third. The story was just boring to me. I kept waiting for something interesting to happen and it just didn't. Maybe it was because I watched the show on Lifetime first, I don't know. Overall, the first book and half of the second were very disappointing. I'll stick to the t.v. show. The writers changed so much and I'm glad they did - it's so much better than the book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cristina Somerville, MA, United States 06-29-11
    Cristina Somerville, MA, United States 06-29-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Save your credit"

    The reader is pretty good, which lures you into thinking there might be something actually here. The writing, though, is extremely poor. (I kept editing sentences in my head, which is bad.) You never really care about the characters. And the plot!!! What can I say? She gives it a twist at the end which was totally unjustified by anything that came before -- I guess in a desperate attempt to make ti seem like there had been a plot to begin with. (When I realized, with ten minutes to go, that this was "it," I had to make myself listen to the end simply because it felt silly to not finish it when I had gone that far. In the last two minutes, there IS a new twist -- out of nowhere again, just to set the scene for the sequel. No thank you!!!) I am surprised this wasn't produced by Brilliance Audio.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Helene Fanny Faraj 06-14-14 Member Since 2014
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    "The voice acting was distracting"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It is an okay book. Entertaining, but the storyline is probably best for teens if you look away from the fact that it has some quite sexual content.


    What didn’t you like about Katie Schorr’s performance?

    The lady has a great voice and reads really well. I just didn't like that the voices of different characters were being acted, especially the way she acted the male characters, it distracted me from the story every time.


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    J. Connelly Nevada 03-06-14
    J. Connelly Nevada 03-06-14 Member Since 2013
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    "learned to like the narration"
    Would you listen to Witches of East End again? Why?

    no, but i'm not inclined to read any book twice...


    What does Katie Schorr bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    my long commute is why I do audible books, but any narrator is a risk to the senses. Her diction is perfect, but perhaps not wide ranged enough to do male voice, and emotional and situational arrays.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    loved the syfy aspect... will definitely buy book 2 and wait for 3


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    Julie Fremont, CA, United States 11-17-11
    Julie Fremont, CA, United States 11-17-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Good not what was hyped"

    this was a good book, but my expectations were high based on the reviews!! I would still recommend it to all.

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    "Pretty good!"

    I enjoyed this - it felt "long" at times, but it was a pretty good story.

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    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 06-29-11
    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 06-29-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Save your credit"

    The reader is pretty good, which lures you into thinking there might be something actually here. The writing, though, is extremely poor. (I kept editing sentences in my head, which is bad.) You never really care about the characters. And the plot!!! What can I say? She gives it a twist at the end which was totally unjustified by anything that came before -- I guess in a desperate attempt to make ti seem like there had been a plot to begin with. (When I realized, with ten minutes to go, that this was "it," I had to make myself listen to the end simply because it felt silly to not finish it when I had gone that far. In the last two minutes, there IS a new twist -- out of nowhere again, just to set the scene for the sequel. No thank you!!!) I am surprised this wasn't produced by Brilliance Audio.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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