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Witches of East End (Witches of East End Series #1)

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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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  • Posted July 31, 2011

    Don't Bother

    This author needs to stick with young teen writing. This was very immature and she seems to have added some graphic sex to make it more adult when actually it made it seem pretty rediculous. I love books about witches and magic - Alice Hoffman is one of my favorite authors. So needless to say, I was very disappointed in this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 1, 2011

    Don't waste your money

    This is one of the most inane books I have ever read. I don't know how it ever got published. No plot, insipid characters and just plain boring.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2012

    meh

    This book was... ok. The "twist" was predictable and I saw it coming a mile away. Although, I must admit that the ending has me wondering how the next book will unravel. Will I continue on with the series? Maybe, if I find nothing better to read, but let's just say that I'm not counting down the days until the next book in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2012

    Just ok

    I had a really hard time getting in to this book. Normally once I start reading a book I finish in a day or two but this book took weeks to get through. I could not relate to the characters and I didnt really like them either. The main character comes across as shalow and self centered. Thisbook is clearly going to have a sequal and I have no desire to read it when it comes out.

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  • Posted April 9, 2012

    Good Start

    The first two-thirds of the story really held my interest and made me excited this was a series, but eventually dropping in the link to the Norse Gods made it confusing and less real. The explanation of characters were lacking and unless you had a great background knowledge of Loki and the other bad guys in mythology it left you mixed up and wanting more.

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  • Posted October 29, 2011

    Quick read but didn't leave me wanting more

    It all wrapped up so clean and neat in the end it does not make we want to read the next one. It wasn't bad. But it just wrapped up so quickly, seemed cheesy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2011

    De4we8

    Bits of this and that borrowed from other books; so so

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  • Posted August 27, 2011

    Disappointing

    I was really excited to read this book but now I am sorry I wasted time reading it from beginning to end. The concept was good but the characters were flat. I couldn't make myself like them or care what happened to them. The minor characters were even worse. I found the dialog to be quite cheesy in a lot of places. The plot was also thin and consisted of a series of convenient occurences and revelations. The epilogue launches into a weird cliffhanger that is probably supposed to make you want to read the next book in the series. It just annoyed me. I will not read the next book. Two stars for concept...minus three stars for bad plot, poorly drawn characters, and lackluster world building.

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