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Fall into a World of Romance and Magic

Welcome to the world of Joanna, Ingrid and Freya, the Witches of East End. Three intriguing woman with long histories (hint: They are more than just witches, but I wont give away the surprises). Ingrid is a librarian, Freys a bartender, and Joana the mother. Each of...
Welcome to the world of Joanna, Ingrid and Freya, the Witches of East End. Three intriguing woman with long histories (hint: They are more than just witches, but I wont give away the surprises). Ingrid is a librarian, Freys a bartender, and Joana the mother. Each of their power if bound in the profession. Freya makes potions and Ingird ties tight knots like the ones a librarian ties in her hair. The book is clever and well thought out, tightly paced and always enjoyable. (Review based on Advanced Copy)

posted by emmarocksit on June 21, 2011

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6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

In Between Adult and YA. AdultLite.

Something Wicked this way comes in Del La Cruz's more grown up version of YA fiction. Witches of East End is like her Blue Bloods series just with more graphic sexual content. I know I was a bit surprised not knowing before I read this that it wasn't YA. If you like the...
Something Wicked this way comes in Del La Cruz's more grown up version of YA fiction. Witches of East End is like her Blue Bloods series just with more graphic sexual content. I know I was a bit surprised not knowing before I read this that it wasn't YA. If you like the world where vampires are fallen angels then you'll love witches who were Norse gods.

The Beauchamp's are modern day witches who survived the Salem witch trials just to have their family ripped apart and sentenced to a half life, since they were shut out of the other world and forced to live as humans do, without the use of magic. Strange things start happening in their normally sleepy town, people are sick, animals are dying, as are a few of the locals. Joanna, Freya, and Ingrid are going to have to come out of hiding and break a few rules to solve a few mysteries and possible save the world.

I was a kind of disappointed with this book. I am a fan of the Blue Bloods series and the tone of the book is much the same. But at the same time it was confusing since it read like her usual YA but with more maturely natured scenes. I found the contrast didn't work well. To me this felt like Del La Cruz wanted to write a young adult book but had to age up the characters for the mythology she was using. I wish she would have gone all out and pick a genre instead of bridging two. It was also a little strange that there were tie ins to the Blue Bloods novels. To me this would appeal to the built in aging audience, but also be cause for the younger fans to pick up a copy before the next installment Lost in Time. What bothers me most is that I found this book in the YA section of a bookstore.

The storylines were also simpler than I would have expected. Blue Bloods reads like a spanish soap opera where as Witches of E.E. seemed to take forever to come together and can be predictable. While I like the concepts that Del La Cruz puts in her stories about Vampires being the fallen and the witches are taken from Norse gods, like the evolution of the paranormal races. But sometimes the explanations get thin and I wish a vampire was just a vamp and a witch simply a witch.

Witches of East End straddles the line between Adult and Young Adult. Not mature enough to be Adult. Too racy to be YA. More like AdultLite. The author and publishers seem to want to appeal to an older audience or grow with the earlier one but still attract the teens who read her other books. I think if your going to write for an older audience you should go all the way. More complex storylines, hot romances, engaging prose, and characters to match. Hopefully the follow up will pick an age group and stick with it.

posted by Unwasted_Words on September 23, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2012

    Dumb. All over the place

    How did this book get published? I hate giving a bad review, but this book was so bad I have to. First, this book was all over the place with random events and off the wall, crazy facts of the story. The author barely explained the crazy background of the characters (what was explained was weird and vague). Vampires appeared for no real reason all of a sudden. Why was one of the brothers hanging out with the vampires? The author never explained who took the women's power and why? I stopped reading it several times but kept hoping everything would be revealed in the end. Sadly, that definitely did not happen.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2012

    I hate writing bad reviews but while this book is an easy read,

    I hate writing bad reviews but while this book is an easy read, there is nothing to it. The characters are unremarkable and the plot is messy and weak. Perhaps if the intimate scenes were taken from the book it would make an acceptable "teen fiction" book but otherwise I don't recommend it.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 8, 2011

    A retold story

    I really got into this book until she threw in a curveball of German folklore. If anyone has seen Wagner's ring cycle operas or read the stories the cycle is based on you would know it is the same story with the same characters. She even references the operas in the book to give away what she is doing. The problem is that when I think of witches I don't associate them with German folklore or Wagner, and I never cared for the operas anyway so I wish she would have left that part out of it and come up with her own ending that related more to witches. Other than that it would have been a great story.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 23, 2011

    Scattered

    Very disjointed. Loosely connected events. Hard to follow.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2011

    Cheeeeeeeezeeeeeeeee

    Utterly trite, waste of time, money and paper

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2013

    Don't read me

    Its straight all over....bye?

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2013

    Dumb, cliche and disjointed

    Just awful

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2011

    A bitter disappointment.

    For immortals, these three women learned little. The book dragged throughout the first half and the last few chapters threw so much at you it was hard to reconcile it with the three rather stupid witches of the first half.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2014

    It's not often that I think tv or movies handle a story better t

    It's not often that I think tv or movies handle a story better than the book but I think Lifetime took the best parts of this story and reworked the rest. It sadly makes for a more compelling story than this book. Kudos for her vocabulary though as it is the only thing that continues to pleasantly surprise me. The writing itself is a tad bit juvenile, which is unacceptable even from a former YA writer. It makes me glad I avoided Blue Bloods in high school. I only started reading it because I thought the characters were interesting but Freya, by far the most intriguing, seems like nothing more than a ditzy blonde most of the time. The show isn't much better but it at least keeps me interested and thinking about the plot.

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