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

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

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by Melissa de la Cruz

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"Move over, zombies, vampires, and werewolves, and make way for witches. Melissa de la Cruz, author of the best-selling Blue Bloods series, ably sets the stage for a juicy new franchise."
-Entertainment Weekly

The three Beauchamp women-Joanna and her daughters, Freya and Ingrid-live ordinary lives in mist-shrouded North Hampton, out on the tip of Long


"Move over, zombies, vampires, and werewolves, and make way for witches. Melissa de la Cruz, author of the best-selling Blue Bloods series, ably sets the stage for a juicy new franchise."
-Entertainment Weekly

The three Beauchamp women-Joanna and her daughters, Freya and Ingrid-live ordinary lives in mist-shrouded North Hampton, out on the tip of Long Island. All three are harboring a centuries-old secret: They are powerful witches forbidden to practice magic. But right before Freya's planned wedding to wealthy Bran Gardiner, a mysterious and attractive man arrives in town and makes Freya question everything. When a young woman turns up dead, it soon becomes clear to all three that it's time to dust off their wands and fight the dark forces 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 page-turning, deliciously fun, magical read fraught with love affairs, witchcraft, mythology, and an unforgettable battle between good and evil.

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

"In her first novel for adults, the author . . . lets her repressed sorceresses rip." -The New York Times

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"A bubbling cauldron of mystery and romance."—People
The New York Times
In her first novel for adults, the author . . . lets her repressed sorceresses rip.
A bubbling cauldron of mystery and romance.
Brunonia Barry
Fans of her young-adult "Blue Bloods" books will love this new series and be thrilled by the appearance of two familiar characters. But Witches of East End is certain to attract new adult readers as well. The pacing is masterful, and while the witchcraft is entertaining, it's ultimately a love triangle that makes the story compelling. De la Cruz has created a family of empathetic women who are both magically gifted and humanly flawed.
—The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly
De la Cruz leaves Manhattan and her popular YA Blue Bloods series to start fresh on Long Island. Freya Beauchamp, a 19-year-old bartender engaged to a Hamptons society beau but in love with his brother; her sister, Ingrid, a single librarian; and their mother, Joanna Beauchamp, are all witches living together in relative harmony, as they have for several centuries. They have significant powers—raising the dead, flying—all of which they have been forbidden to use by the White Council after a debacle in 17th-century Massachusetts. As compensation they have gained immortality, but as the story opens, the restrictions placed on them have begun to fray, and they are all "leaking" magic, prompting them to rebel and live true to their natures. The citizens of East End find themselves cured of writer's block, infertility, and skin infections, and generally profiting from the benevolent attentions of the Beauchamps. Then small disturbances become large ones, otherworldly creatures show up, and humans disappear. De la Cruz is a formidable storyteller with a narrative voice strong enough to handle the fruits of her imagination. Even readers who generally avoid witches and whatnot stand to be won over by the time the cliffhanger-with-a-twist-ending hits. (June)
Entertainment Weekly
"Move over, zombies, vampires, and werewolves, and make way for witches. Melissa de la Cruz, author of the best-selling Blue Bloods series, ably sets the stage for a juicy new franchise with Witches of East End…De la Cruz balances the supernatural high- jinksery with unpredictable twists and a conclusion that nicely sets up book 2. B+"
New York Times
"For anyone who was frustrated watching Samantha suppress her magic on 'Bewitched,' Ms. de la Cruz brings some satisfaction. In her first novel for adults, the author…lets her repressed sorceresses rip."
Washington Post
"A magical and romantic page-turner…. Witches of East End is certain to attract new adult readers…The pacing is masterful, and while the witchcraft is entertaining, it's ultimately a love triangle that makes the story compelling. De la Cruz has created a family of empathetic women who are both magically gifted and humanly flawed."
Los Angeles Times
"De la Cruz has, with Witches, once again managed to enliven and embellish upon history and mythology with a clever interweaving of past and present, both real and imagined…[it] casts a spell."
People Magazine
"Centuries after the practice of magic was forbidden, Freya, Ingrid and their mom struggle to restrain their witchy ways as chaos builds in their Long Island town. A bubbling cauldron of mystery and romance, the novel shares the fanciful plotting of Blue Bloods, the author's teen vampire series. Through Witches loses its tongue-in- cheek charm when it goes full-on fantasy, it's still breezy fun."
Kelley Armstrong
"A sexy, magical romp, sure to bring de la Cruz a legion of new fans."
SELF Magazine
"What happens when a family of Long Island witches is forbidden to practice magic? This tale of powerful women, from the author of the addictive Blue Bloods series, mixes mystery, a battle of good versus evil and a dash of Norse mythology into a page- turning parable of inner strength."
"Witches of East End has all the ingredients you'd expect from one of Melissa's best-selling YA novels—intrigue, mystery and plenty of romance. But with the novel falling under the "adult" categorization, Melissa's able to make her love scenes even more...magical."
Kirkus Reviews

First in de la Cruz's debut adult series about the adventures of a family of Long Island witches.

The author, known for her Blue Bloods YA series featuring undead Manhattan debutantes, again does not have to stretch for likely settings—the Hamptons are the ideal home base for the Beauchamps, a mother and two daughters, longtime residents. Quite a longtime in fact—ever since Salem witch hunters hanged the two daughters, Ingrid and Freya, who were later reborn to their mother, Joanna. After Salem, witchly higher-ups restricted the open deployment of magical powers. The Beauchamps are so deep undercover that the community they inhabit, "North Hampton," does not appear on any map. This Hampton is refreshingly devoid of rich people until two brothers, Bran and Killian, arrive to restore Fair Haven, their ancestral mansion. Freya, a bartender, recognizes an ancient soul mate in Bran, and they announce their engagement at a lavish Fair Haven party. Nevertheless, she can't resist shagging preternaturally handsome Killian in the bathroom during the party. Public librarian Ingrid is chafing at the magic ban—with a simple incantation, she could easily cure a distraught co-worker's infertility. Soon Ingrid is exchanging salutary spells for contributions to the library fund. When she's not torn between two lovers, Freya lapses back into her own peculiar brand of magic—her aphrodisiac cocktails perform as advertised. Most daringly of all, Joanna raises a local artist from the dead. But once unleashed, the white magic provokes dark retribution: An undersea miasma is killing off fish and wild life, children are contracting a deadly influenza, vampires (vacationing Blue Bloods?) are infiltrating and the police are "liking" the witches for homicide. But this is secular 21st-century New York, not puritan colonial Massachusetts. Things have changed—haven't they? 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.

Fantasy for well-read adults.

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Witches of East End Series , #1
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5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 - 12 Years

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witches of east end

By melissa de la cruz


Copyright © 2011 Melissa de la Cruz
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4013-2390-5


The Town at the Edge of Nowhere

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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 outsiders, 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. Like Brigadoon, it was shrouded in fog and rarely came into view. Perpetually damp, even during its brilliant summers, its denizens were a tight-knit, clubby group of families who had been there for generations. In North Hampton, unlike the rest of Long Island, there were still potato farmers and deep-sea fishermen who made a living from their harvests.

Salty sea breezes blew sweetly over the rippling blue waters, the shoals were heavy with clam and scallop, and the rickety restaurants served up the local specialties of porgies, blowfish, and clam chowder made with tomatoes, never milk. The modern age had made almost no impression on the pleasant surroundings; there were no ugly strip malls or any indication of twenty-first-century corporate enterprise to ruin the picturesque landscape.

Across from the township was Gardiners Island, now abandoned and left to ruin. Longer than anyone could remember, the manor house, Fair Haven, had been empty and unoccupied, a relic in the gloaming. Owned by the same family for hundreds of years, no one had seen hide or hair of the Gardiners for de cades. Rumors circulated that the once-illustrious clan could no longer afford its upkeep or that the line had withered and died with its last and final heir. Yet Fair Haven and its land remained untouched and had never been sold.

It was the house that time forgot, the eaves below its peaked roof filled with leaves, the paint chipped and the columns cracked as it sunk slowly toward dilapidation. The island's boat docks rotted and sagged. Ospreys made their homes on the unadulterated beaches. The forests around the house grew thick and dense.

Then one night in the early winter, there was a sickening crunch, a terrible noise, as if the world were ripping open; the wind howled and the ocean raged. Bill and Maura Thatcher, married caretakers from a neighboring estate, were walking their dogs along the North Hampton shore when they heard an awful sound from across the water.

"What was that?" Bill asked, trying to calm the dogs.

"It sounded like it came from there," Maura said, pointing to Gardiners Island. They stared at Fair Haven, where a light had appeared in the manor's northernmost window.

"Look at that, Mo," Bill said. "I didn't know the house had been rented."

"New owners, maybe?" Maura asked. Fair Haven looked the same as it always did: its windows like half-lidded eyes, its shabby doorway sagging like a frowning old man.

Maura took the dogs by the grass but Bill continued to stare, scratching his beard. Then quick as a blink, the light went out and the house was dark again. But now there was someone in the fog, and they were no longer alone. The dogs barked sharply at the steadily approaching figure, and the old groundskeeper realized his heart was pounding in his chest, while his wife looked terrified.

A woman appeared out of the mist. She was tall and intimidating, wearing a bright red bandanna over her hair and a tan raincoat belted tightly around her waist. Her eyes were gray as the dusk.

"Miss Joanna!" Bill said. "We didn't see you there."

Maura nodded. "Sorry to disturb you, ma'am."

"Best you run along now, both of you, there's nothing to see here," she said, her voice as cold as the deep waters of the Atlantic.

Bill felt a chill up his spine and Maura shivered. They had agreed there was something different about their neighbors, something otherworldly and hard to pin down, but until this evening they had never been afraid of the Beauchamps. They were afraid now. Bill whistled for the dogs and reached for Maura's hand, and they walked quickly in the opposite direction.

Across the shore, one by one, more lights were turned on in succession until Fair Haven was ablaze. It shone like a beacon, a signal in the darkness. Bill turned to look back one more time, but Joanna Beauchamp had already disappeared, leaving no sign of footprints in the sand or any indication that she had ever been there.


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Melissa de la Cruz is the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Young Adult series Blue Bloods. Witches of East End is her first novel for adult audiences.

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Witches of East End 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 338 reviews.
Ozzy12 More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. I was finished in a couple of hours. can't wait to read more
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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)
readingroks More than 1 year ago
The witches of east end is the first great para-romance summer fantastic read of the season! For everyone who loves a clever story, a group of lovable heroines and a little romance, I highly recommend.
Lauren817 More than 1 year ago
Prior to Witches of East End, I had read and enjoyed several books by Melissa de la Cruz (including her Au Pairs series, which are perfect summer reads, and Angels on a Sunset Boulevard) so it was no surprise that I liked Witches of East. What was surprising, though, was just how much I liked it, or more accurately loved it. Full of witches, spells, and fantastic world building and writing, Witches of East End truly is one of the best new paranormal reads out there! Witches of East End brought several amazing things to the table, one of them being complex and memorable characters. There's always a small chance that I'll enjoy a book told with separate perspectives, much less one using third person to do this, but with Witches of East End this technique worked perfectly. I loved the switching of narrators between Ingrid, Joanna, and Freya, and without I feel the book would simply not be the same. Because not only did it allow for the reader to get a taste of each of the three main characters, but it also caused for suspense and drama with every switch. My favorite character out of the mix would have to be Ingrid, because we share a love of bookish things. However, I still adored Freya and her wild child ways, even though her life love was always in too many shambles for my taste, and Joanna was a great addition as well- I especially liked her scenes with Tyler, the little boy she helped take care of. Another high point of this novel was the plot. I never truly knew exactly where it was going, which was a surprising yet highly enjoyable aspect of the novel. I loved the focus on witches, especially, because not was an entertaining part of the plot, but it is also one thing you do not see much of in books these days. I also loved the way in which Melissa de la Cruz told the Beauchamp's history and past troubles. Slowly told yet in a way that kept intrigue and mystic, when everything was finally spilled, it still managed to surprise me. Cruz's writing was also fabulous. She did a great job of bringing the town of North Hampton to life with her vivid descriptions, and her characters and plot events where nothing but complex and memorable. Moreover, the ending? Such a cliffhanger, though it has made even more excited about the sequel! Fascinating, alluring, and memorable, Witches of East End is sure to bring out a new fantastic series for her old fans to follow as well as introduce new fans to the amazingness that is Melissa de La Cruz! Grade: A+
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a fan of the witch genre I've been waiting for an exciting new take on Witches and I think I've found it. I was drawn by those beautiful eyes on the cover and loved every page. I received an ARC of the book and have had some time to think about my review. The book has really grown on me and I have actually re-read several sections. Please enjoy!
1000-Plus-Books-to-Read More than 1 year ago
Meet the Beauchamp ladies: Joanna, the mother and healer. Ingrid, the oldest daughter and charmer. Freya, the youngest daughter and the lover. The Beauchamp women are powerful Witches who have been banned by the Council from using their Magic. After many long years of blending into society they one by one begin to dabble again. Joanna heals sickness, Ingrid makes charms to help the woman of North Hampton get pregnant and Freya mixes cocktails of love. As they put their magic to use helping the towns people of North Hampton a string of murders happen and all signs point to the magical Beauchamps. Will their magic save them or will the Council take away their magic, this time for good? There is more than meets the eye in this magical tale of love, murder and mystery. Lets Talk About It: I loved this book! I couldn't put it down. I've read a lot of paranormal books most of which have been vampire related so I was really excited to get into something a little bit different and this book provided it and then some. I enjoyed the dynamics of each of the characters and how the book devoted time to build each character separately and together. It's the first book in a series so much of the book was laying the foundation for the future but even then there was enough substance through out for a great story that pulled you into their world. The only part of the book that I didn't like, or rather was disappointed in, was the ending. There was so much that went on in the end, so much that was revealed that I wish it was a bit longer to give more information to those parts. Overall I really enjoyed the book and have a feeling it will be one of a few series that I will be on the look out for and rush to read as soon as it comes out. Melissa Reviewer for 1000 + Books to Read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and found each character intregueing. So my only question is....where is the next book in the series coming out?
Unwasted_Words More than 1 year ago
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.
allajeffery More than 1 year ago
I read and review paranormal and romance novels. Naturally I love a book that has a bit of both. The debut adult novel from de la cruz (you may know her from the blue bloods books - think vamps and angels) delivers a heavy dose of love and intrigue. A witches brew of romantic fun and good old fashioned story telling.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Utterly trite, waste of time, money and paper
terilhack More than 1 year ago
Melissa de la Cruz creates a reality that is hidden within ours, the world and works of the Witches. The Witches of East End follows the tale of a family of witches who reside in a protected part of the North Hamptons, and these three ladies have lived through a lot. After having been stripped and denied their lineage of witchcraft from prior transgressions this family just wants to continue on living like normal people, until the itch to practice magic turns to each of the women and a whole host of effects run rampant through the town. Witches of East End is a magnificent tale of family and survival. It portrays these three strong women, and their struggle to keep themselves and their family together after so much that has happened to them over the years. Some old characters make it into the story from the Blue Bloods series while really bringing us into their whole new world that Cruz has created for us. This first book in a series was amazing to read, and it has me looking forward for more. Lovers of the Blue Bloods will find a whole new set of amazing characters to grow into a series with.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first fell in love with the show witches of east and and now the books. Just starting the second one it is amazing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't even finish the sample because I just knew this book was for me. BTW, I counted all the bad reviews and out of the 107 I read (not counting this one of course), there were only 18!!! Also, this was only the second book about witches I remember liking. The first one was "Witches" by Roald Dahl. I have nver even heard about this author until now! I guess this is what happens when you browse the shop on your NOOK... Which is a good thing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read one other book by this author, and found it similarly lacking. The plot is interesting, the characters adequate, but the writing style is frequently horrendous. Also, overall, the climax, resolution, and "twists" leave much to be desired. Best saved for your morning commute and little else.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wouldn't pay $10 for this book but it was a decent read for $3. I won't be buying the rest of the series, it just wasn't enough of a page turner for me to be interested.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Joanna, Ingrid, and Freya are witches in a small town. As trouble starts to grow, the women are forced to examine things from an otherworldly perspective. I throughly enjoyed the book. I like reading about witches and their history. It does have a few detailed love scenes, but nothing I would say it too graphic. But this def isnt a book for the young or easily offended.
Heather Butler More than 1 year ago
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.
Dixiecup More than 1 year ago
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.
anonymousSM More than 1 year ago
Very disjointed. Loosely connected events. Hard to follow.
Anonymous 22 days ago
Best,read in a long time.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Weak character development and disjointed plot made for a somewhat confusing and tedious read. Still, there is hope for improvement so I plan to give it another chance and read book 2. Stephanie Clanahan
rokinrev More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. Witches? Check. Mythology? Even better. Mythology I know very little about? That's even better. I had watched the first of the series when it was on, but gave up because it seemed so convoluted. Now it makes much more sense