My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
From the author of the highly addictive and bestselling Blue Bloods series, with almost 3 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 page-turning, deliciously fun, magical summer read fraught with love affairs, witchcraft, and an unforgettable battle between good and evil.
Beware spoilers ahead!
Last year I read Triple Moon. And I was surprised that I enjoyed it! So I decided to read the previous series that featured some of the side characters. I am very happy to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book!
The book begins with a prologue. Bill and Maura Thatcher are walking along a beach. During their nightly walk they run into their neighbor Joanna Beauchamp. They say hello. But she merely replies coldly that there’s nothing to see. Bill finds this very odd. But then again Joanna is odd. The prologue ends mentioning that there are immortals amongst them.
You are then taken to the first chapter. In which it is Freya’s engagement party. Freya while happy about her engagement to Bran Gardiner is very nervous. Her sister Ingrid checks on her and Freya pretends to be fine. Apparently it is Killian Gardiner (Bran’s brother) who is making her uncomfortable. He keeps on looking at her from across the room. Almost as if he excepts something. Against her own will Freya makes her way over to him. She tries to talk to him. But then the two enter the bathroom together.
I’m just going to stop right there. Just because I know what you all must be thinking. Why would Freya who is engaged to Bran start an affair with Killian? And why would you read a book about that? Well I already knew of the love triangle because I read Triple Moon and it was mentioned. And knowing how the love triangle ends it really doesn’t bother me. I really wanted to read this series because I wanted to know more about Freya and Ingrid and their past.
The book is narrated in third person. It switches between Freya, Ingrid, and Joanna’s point of view. It is also divided into parts and there are chapter titles. I find this surprisingly because most books don’t use chapter titles anymore.
Like I mentioned in my review for Triple Moon I like how Norse mythology is infused in this series! I found that it was better than in this book then Triple Moon. Joanna, Ingrid, and Freya are all Norse Goddesses. They have been living on Earth for centuries. During the Salem Witch trials the counsel decreed that the Norse are allowed to live on Earth, so long as they don’t use their magic.
Avoiding using their powers hasn’t been working with them lately. While working Freya looked at an ex-married couple and saw signs of violence. Freya couldn’t really make out what she saw. She couldn’t tell who it was that got hurt or who inflicted the pain. Terrified Freya created a love potion and got the couple back together. Ingrid’s friend Tabetha has been trying to get pregnant for months now. Ingrid feeling bad for her friend decides to help her get pregnant. Her magic specializes in that. Once she does that many women of the town come to Ingrid for help. While babysitting their house cleaners son Joanna, accidentally burnt the pie they were supposed to have. To make Tyler happy Joanna fixed the pie and they ate it.
I really liked the relationship between Ingrid and Freya! It was nice to read about how close they were compared to Molly and Mardi. I like how this book put a very large focus on the women of the family. For most of the book you don’t know what’s become of their father and what happened between their family. I loved reading about all the characters! Especially Tyler! He was so adorable!
The book was quite slow. But there is a plot. It sort of sneaks up on you. And it was well done! I was really surprised when it was revealed who was behind all the weird stuff in their town.
I only had a few problems with this. Ingrid and Matt’s romance was pretty odd. For the majority of the book Ingrid is annoyed by Matt. But only when he starts dating her co-worker does she start to like him. Their romance felt rushed. The ending felt very rushed. And the one possible fight scene was pretty lame. I found that there were some plot holes here-and-there. And that ending line of the book was really cheesy and overdone. But I still enjoyed this!
Overall this was a great book! Much better than Triple Moon. I recommend to anyone looking for some light mythology, fans of the author, anyone who would like some background knowledge on Triple Moon, and fantasy fans. I’m so excited to read the sequel!