Serpent's Kiss (Beauchamp Family Series #2) [NOOK Book]

Overview

The basis for the hit Lifetime TV series, Witches of East End!

The intriguing Beauchamp family, introduced in the New York Times bestselling Witches of East End, returns in Serpent's Kiss, with dizzying plot twists and spellbinding magic.

Joanna and her daughters, bookish Ingrid and wild-child Freya, are just settling into the newfound peace that has been cast over their ...
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Serpent's Kiss (Beauchamp Family Series #2)

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Overview

The basis for the hit Lifetime TV series, Witches of East End!

The intriguing Beauchamp family, introduced in the New York Times bestselling Witches of East End, returns in Serpent's Kiss, with dizzying plot twists and spellbinding magic.

Joanna and her daughters, bookish Ingrid and wild-child Freya, are just settling into the newfound peace that has been cast over their small, off-the-map coastal town of North Hampton. With the centuries-old restriction against practicing magic lifted, casting spells, mixing potions, and curing troubled souls has never felt so good for the three witches. That is, until everything gets turned upside down.

It all begins when Freya's twin, Freddie, suddenly returns, professing innocence on a long-ago crime and blaming Freya's fiancÉ. Torn between brother and lover, Freya doesn't know who to trust. And, for the first time, Ingrid is in love with a charming detective. But can romance work between a virgin witch and a mortal who doesn't believe in magic? To add to the chaos, a dead spirit is attempting to make contact with Joanna--but does it mean to bring harm or help?

As the witches pull together to discover the culprit behind Freddie's imprisonment, everything is thrown into peril. Will the discovery come too late to save those they love most?

Keep reading--check out WINDS OF SALEM: Book 3 - Witches of East End.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This minimally engaging sequel suffers from middle-child syndrome. The cast and all their problems carry on from the bestselling first installment, Witches of East End. At the center are two sisters and Joanna, their mother—three witches who live in the charmed town of North Hampton at the end of Long Island. All three are romantically beset: Joanna is torn between her ex-husband and a new beau; librarian Ingrid, the older, is nervous about her first real relationship; and wild child Freya is forced to doubt the man she madly loves. It doesn’t help that an errant band of pixies and a trouble-prone brother with a missing trident are stirring up more supernatural strife. Dependent for its tension on the first installment, this chapter merely drifts along on leftover steam. The characters are stylized but lively, and moments like a trip in time to the witch-hunting 17th century are tantalizing. Not helping matters is the fact that these characters are immortal Norse gods, an original conceit that lends an air of unimportance to the proceedings; to an immortal, what’s a 50-year marriage, or even a 5,000-year stint in limbo, in the grand scheme of things? Agent: Richard Abate, 3 Arts Entertainment. (June)
From the Publisher
Praise for the Witches of East End series:

"Move over, zombies, vampires, and werewolves, and make way for witches a juicy new franchise."—Entertainment Weekly

Praise for the Witches of East End series:

"A bubbling cauldron of mystery and romance."—People

Praise for the Witches of East End series:

"A magical and romantic page-turner."—Washington Post

Praise for the Witches of East End series:

"[De la Cruz] lets her repressed sorceresses rip."—New York Times

Praise for the Witches of East End series:

"This tale of powerful women mixes mystery, a battle of good versus evil and a dash of Norse mythology into a page-turning parable of inner strength."—Self

Praise for the Witches of East End series:

"[I]ntrigue, mystery, and plenty of romance."—MTV.com

Praise for the Witches of East End series:

"Casts a spell."—Los Angeles Times

Praise for the Witches of East End series:

"Fans of the New York Times bestselling YA author (Blue Bloods series) will be delighted with the next entry in her new adult series (after Witches of East End). A compelling tale of powerful magic, romance, betrayal, and suspense."—Jennifer Anderson, Texas A&M University Library

Entertainment Weekly
Praise for the Witches of East End series:

"Move over, zombies, vampires, and werewolves, and make way for witches a juicy new franchise."

People
Praise for the Witches of East End series:

"A bubbling cauldron of mystery and romance."

Washington Post
Praise for the Witches of East End series:

"A magical and romantic page-turner."

New York Times
Praise for the Witches of East End series:

"[De la Cruz] lets her repressed sorceresses rip."

Self
Praise for the Witches of East End series:

"This tale of powerful women mixes mystery, a battle of good versus evil and a dash of Norse mythology into a page-turning parable of inner strength."

MTV.com
Praise for the Witches of East End series:

"[I]ntrigue, mystery, and plenty of romance."

Los Angeles Times
Praise for the Witches of East End series:

"Casts a spell."

Jennifer Anderson
Praise for the Witches of East End series:

"Fans of the New York Times bestselling YA author (Blue Bloods series) will be delighted with the next entry in her new adult series (after Witches of East End). A compelling tale of powerful magic, romance, betrayal, and suspense."

Library Journal
An ancient restriction has been lifted and Joanna, Freya, and Ingrid are free to practice magic in the sleepy town of North Hampton. Freya transforms the local tavern with pop-up drinks and special effects, while her sister Ingrid offers special "counseling services" on her lunch hour at the public library. Joanna, like most mothers, worries after her daughters and spends her spare time baking—and decoding cryptic messages from the dead. Freya's twin brother Fryr has escaped Limbo and is hiding in a local hotel. He's now claiming to be innocent of a long-ago crime. Freya will keep his location secret, but his accusations make her doubt the man closest to her heart. Ingrid wrestles with her feelings for police detective Matt Noble, and Joanna juggles a new romantic interest even as her affection for her estranged husband is rekindled. As the romance heats up, so does the mystery—and the danger. VERDICT Fans of the New York Times best-selling YA author ("Blue Bloods" series) will be delighted with the next entry in her new adult series (after Witches of East End). A compelling tale of powerful magic, romance, betrayal, and suspense.—Jennifer Anderson, Texas A&M Univ. Lib., Corpus Christi
Kirkus Reviews
Second in de la Cruz's increasingly convoluted mélange of witchcraft and Norse mythology, set in fictional North Hampton, Long Island. When we last saw Joanna Beauchamp and her witchly brood, the sacred bridge, Bofrir, had been destroyed, and the sun god, Fryr, aka Joanna's son Freddie, was blamed, because his signature trident (now missing) was found at the scene. Although it was clear then that the trickster god, Loki, was the real culprit (isn't he always?), the Valkyries consigned Freddie to Limbo, from which he has recently escaped. He's now holed up in North Hampton's no-tell motel (dubbed the Ucky Star for its missing neon letter). His twin sister, Freya, love goddess and mixologist extraordinaire at the local watering hole, is bringing Freddie food and trying to clear his name. Her boyfriend, Killian (the god Balder who is Loki's nemesis from way back), bears a trident-shaped mark--could he have framed Freddie? Joanna's oldest, Ingrid, aka hearth-deity Erda, has her own challenges: Her nascent romance with aptly named policeman Matt Noble is about to founder on her intractable virginity. Not only that, thieving pixies have invaded North Hampton, and Ingrid is hiding them in her mother's attic until she can discern how to cure their amnesia and return them to their home in another dimension. In a forest near the Beauchamp house, Joanna happens upon a burial mound and some runes. Could this be the final resting spot of a kindred spirit, hanged during the colonial witch hunts, and if so, why hasn't she been reborn, like Freya and Ingrid, who died in Salem? Only a trip back in time can solve these enigmas. In contrast to the first installment, there is very little entertaining interaction between the immortal Beauchamps and their human neighbors, and the Norse arcana is about as exciting as a romp through Tolkien's Silmarillion. Readers can, nevertheless, look forward to Book III, which promises to place the Beauchamps back in the 17th century where all their troubles began.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401304317
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 6/12/2012
  • Series: Beauchamp Family Series , #2
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 8,060
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Melissa de la Cruz
Melissa de la Cruz is the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling series Blue Bloods, which has three million copies in print. She is a former journalist who has contributed to many publications, including Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Harper's Bazaar, Allure and Marie Claire. She spent many summers on Shelter Island, which served as the inspiration for the fictional town of North Hampton. She lives in Los Angeles and Palm Springs with her family.
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  • Posted June 27, 2012

    This book is as addicting as the first one. Readers will get a g

    This book is as addicting as the first one. Readers will get a glimpse into the rest of the Beauchamp family, as well as gleaning a bit more info about the ins and outs of Norse mythology. The story is great fun and deals with some relevant issues, despite the witchy setting. Even though these women are centuries old, they still have things to learn about life, love, and family. Cruz uses her gift of the paranormal to charm readers and ignite their imagination. This is a series that any paranormal fan can adore.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 1, 2012

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    This novel, Serpent's Kiss, was a great example of a sequel that

    This novel, Serpent's Kiss, was a great example of a sequel that pays homage to it's predecessor by being an additional piece of great work. I enjoyed the expansion of De La Cruz's universe that this novel gave, and the host of new characters that were brought into the picture and meat of the story. I felt ready for the third installation of this series before I even hit the last page, and by the final word I was sorry to have to put it down and wait till next June when 'Winds of Salem' is released. It was an engaging read, being told in the spirit of the first, from several different perspectives, all in the third person. I did feel like this book needed another two to three hundred pages to really satisfy my curiosity, and love of detail. Some things felt too rushed, or too brief, but the novel itself was considerably longer than the original, so I can only hope that the third will progress in page numbers also. I very much enjoyed all aspects of this book, and can recommend it and it's predecessor to anyone eighteen and up. While not explicit enough to be categorized as 'erotica', there are moments in these particular novels that I would withhold from younger readers. This series should be read in order, and for more light reading with great imagination in the De la Cruz style, one should read the Blue Bloods series, whose characters sometimes bump into our three new favorite Witches.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 24, 2012

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    Melissa De La Cruz does it again !!!! This second book is as ama

    Melissa De La Cruz does it again !!!! This second book is as amazing as the first. With its mystery, magic and touch of romance and sex, you get sucked into this amazing story from the first page to the last page. There are so many twists and turns in this book and the Beauchamp's learn where there loyalty and love lie but finding the balance of staying true to theirselves and their hearts desires. This book is a must read and will keep any kind of reader interested. I absolutely cannot wait for the next book to come out !!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    Fun read

    Great sequel

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2012

    Great fun read

    I waited for this second novel to be published and it was worth the wait. It was a fascinating read with mythical overtones involving the ever ongoing battle between the supernatural forces of Good and Evil with Norse overtones. I cannot wait to read the third book! Good character and plot development

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 17, 2012

    What I Liked: 1) I still like the setting of this one. The tiny

    What I Liked: 1) I still like the setting of this one. The tiny hamlet of North Hampton makes me think of Stars Hollow (Gilmore Girls fans, anyone?) and I like the intimacy of it all. The small library where Ingrid works, and the local watering hole that Freya has made her own. It was comforting to go back to this setting. 2) Freddie was a neat addition to the mix. Because he's been in Limbo for a while he doesn't really know how to handle himself in their world anymore. There is a huge different between his maturity level and Freya's even though they are twins. But he brings some more chaos to their lives, and made the story interesting. 3) New humor. There was a lot of humor injected into this book with the addition of the pixies. They brought some much needed warmth to the rest of the story.

    What I Didn't Like: Unfortunately, this book fell into the Book 2 trappings that I've warned against before. It seemed like the whole book was just to get us from book one to book three, without much substance. I'm afraid had it not been for watching Freddie's character develop, and the pixies, there wouldn't have been much of anything. The other characters didn't really pull me in very much, and the plot was a little stagnated.

    Overall Thoughts: Serpent's Kiss struck me as more of a transition than anything. The plot was a little stale, and character development came to a near halt, other than the new character of Freddie. There was a lot of redeeming bits of humor though, and I absolutely love this setting, so I'm not giving up on this series. I'll be hoping for more from the next book, The Winds of Salem, set to release in June 2013.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 12, 2012

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    Not bad

    I enjoyed this book but not as much as the first one in the series. I just felt kind of bored with the story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 15, 2014

    Not recommended -- TV show is more interesting

    The first book in this series was fairly interesting. This book however, backtracks. For example, all the rekindled/blossoming relationships at the end of the last book go back to square one in this one and have to be rebuilt, so you're basically reading the same storylines over again. And as in the first one, there are obvious clues that immortal witches should be in tune to, and instead they are completely clueless like the mortals in the story. Not that a story about "magic" should be believable, but the actions of the characters do not comply with their supposed past lives, experiences and collective knowledge. I actually almost didn't even finish this book because it became so uninteresting and drawn-out. I came back to it a couple weeks later, and as expected, the book as a whole was still disappointing. I honestly wouldn't recommend reading any of this series. I have a degree in English, and for once, I would say that the TV show is actually better than the books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2014

    Not that great

    I really liked the first book in this series, this one not so much.....Not sure if I want to read the third one

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    Highly recommend!

    I started reading this series because of the tv show, and I'm glad I did. It's completely different. I love that this book has its own rich history. I'm excited to read the next book!

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  • Posted October 20, 2013

    Great Book Series!

    Love this series! Bought the first one on clearance. Then had to have book 2, which really leaves you hungry for he next book. Had to have it now, couldn't wait for the paperback. I Collect my books. I like them all in one cover or the other, But just couldn't wait on this one. Highly recommend. Looking forward to the television series. I love Karen White novels and The Twilight series, The Outlander by Gil Adamson, The Watchers by Jon Steele Just to nam a few.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2013

    Sex anyone

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 19, 2013

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    3.5 stars

    Ok so this was a little better than the last book. Nothing too exciting but it was good. The family is growing a little on me. It’s taking longer for the characters to be in my liking circle, but they’re getting there.

    So the long lost brother comes back and they have to prove that he innocent along with Killian. I like that the “who” that caused all this is found out until the end. Great to keep me guessing.

    The whole relationship between Ingrid and Matt drove me crazy. So many ups and downs but it seemed like more downs than ups. She likes him, he likes her so stop with all the silliness and keep things happy between them. That would make me happy.

    So yes, I’m off to read the next book. Fingers crossed that’ll I’ll like it more than these two!

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  • Posted April 12, 2013

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    Recommend

    cant wait for the next book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2012

    Dragons

    Icecap creeped into his underground bed.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2012

    Great book

    Can't wait for the next...

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  • Posted September 4, 2012

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    Eerie Events In Long Island

    Strange things are still happening in North Hampton, Long Island and the Beauchamp family is right in the middle of it. Although the centuries-old restriction on practicing magic is gone, that doesn't mean everyone is comfortable with it or even believes in it. The Beauchamp family, made of goddesses/witches, is determined to use their magic to help those around them but fate always seems to interrupt their plans.

    The family matriarch is Joanna, who can give life back when needed and travel to Limbo. Ingrid is the town librarian and cool and reserved. Freya is the wild child, made for all things sensual and has found the perfect job as a bartender where she can throw in love potions. All they want is a calm life, but fate intervenes.

    First, Freddie, who is Freya's twin brother and is the sun god, has escaped from limbo where he has been languishing for five thousand years. The guardians of limbo are searching for him to serve the rest of his punishment for destroying the bridge that separates Earth from the other worlds. Freddie insists he is innocent, and worse, that Freya's lover, Killian, is the true culprit. Who will she believe?

    Ingrid has fallen in love for the first time with an unlikely man. Matt Noble and Ingrid met when he was investigating her family as he is a detective on the police force. Ingrid doesn't know anything about this love stuff, and can't seem to work it out.

    Joanna has her own issues. Her long-long husband whom she hasn't seen in centuries, has reappeared and seems interested in reestablishing their marriage. But, she has just started a relationship with an interesting local man. Then there is the spirit from the other world that insists she has a message Joanna needs to hear, but can't quite make the connection.

    Fans of De La Cruz's Witches of East End will be delighted to read this sequel and follow the further adventures of the Beauchamp family. Those who missed the first book in the series can pick up here with no problem. The characters are interesting and the problems intriguing. This book is recommended for readers of paranormal romance.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 25, 2012

    Love this author, love her books. very entertaining and easy to

    Love this author, love her books. very entertaining and easy to get
    lost in her stories, a world away. Keep them coming please. I am
    looking forward to book 3 of her new Beauchamp Family Series.

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  • Posted July 23, 2012

    Love this series!

    I love this series! This second installment doesn't disappoint and definitely leaves you wanting more at the end!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2012

    Awesome

    This writer really writes an excellant story. The characters evoke feelings from the reader, you get to know them like friends. Can't wait to read more, just wish i didn't have to wait until next june for the next in this series! That is my only complaint about this book theres nothing negative to say.

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