My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
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 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–from Joanna’s organized kitchen to Ingrid’s previously nonexistent love life to Freya’s once unshakeable faith in her sexy soul mate, Killian Gardiner.
When Freya’s twin brother, Freddie, suddenly returns, escaped from Limbo and professing innocence on a long-ago crime, Freya should be ecstatic. The golden boy can do no wrong. Or can he? Freddie blames no other than her fiance Killian for his downfall, and enlists Freya’s help to prove it. Now Freya doesn’t know who to believe or trust.
And for the first time in–well, forever, really–Ingrid is also busy in love. Matt Noble, the handsome and charming police detective, has won her heart. But can romance work between a virgin witch and a mortal who doesn’t believe in magic? Things get even more complicated when it appears Ingrid is harboring the prime suspects in Matt’s police investigation.
To add to the chaos, a dead spirit is attempting to make contact with Joanna–but does it mean to bring harm or help? Joanna asks her sort-of ex-husband Norman to help figure it out, only to accidentally invite him to a Thanksgiving dinner with a dapper gentleman she’s recently begun dating. As the witches pull together to discover the serpent within their midst and the culprit behind Freddie’s imprisonment, everything is thrown into peril. Will the discovery come too late to save those they love most? Melissa de la Cruz weaves all this and more in a blockbuster sequel that is not to be missed by her fans, and one that is sure to enchant new readers of the series.
Beware spoilers ahead!
After I finished Witches of East End I was eager to start the sequel! That ending was truly cruel. I am happy to report that I enjoyed this book as well!
The book begins with a recap summarizing the events of the last book. We are then taken to the first chapter in which Freya is working with Killian at the bar. It’s been a month since the events of Witches of East End and Freddie has returned from Limbo. Freya has convinced her brother to give her some time in looking into Killian. So far she hasn’t noticed anything out of the ordinary and she’s starting to wonder whether Limbo has deluded her brother.
The two of them continue to working together until the bar is empty. They leave and Frey accidentally falls. In the nick of time Killian catches her but not before Freya notices something in Killian’s expression. Freya then begins to wonder whether there is some truth to what Freddie is saying.
This book was so good! Unto the characters and their story lines!
Freya spends the majority of the book trying to see whether or not Freddie is right that Killian framed him for the destruction of Bofrir bridge. Once Freya starts digging into the case she finds out that there’s more to the story then what Freddie remembers. She begins to lose trust in Killian and Freddie, fearing Bran has returned and disguised himself as both of them.
Ingrid and Matt have finally started dating. But the relationship isn’t really working out. Matt doesn’t believe in magic and Ingrid doesn’t know how to prove to him that she’s a witch. And when a few pixies ask Ingrid for help, Ingrid keeps this a secret from Matt and her family which is proving to be difficult. Her mother despises pixies and people have been getting robbed by the pixies. Matt knows that Ingrid knows who the robbers are but doesn’t tell him. This is a pretty big dent in their relationship.
Joanna notices that all the objects in her house have been getting moved around. And some of the furniture has been getting rearranged. One day Joanna is trying to garden but the flowers die in her hands. She then realizes that a spirit is trying to contact her. While looking into the spirit Joanna, she has been seeing Harold a nice widow and her kind of husband Norman has been trying to win her back.
Freddie gets his own point of view. So far he has just been adjusting and hoping that Freya can clear his name. He can’t risk leaving because if the Valkyries find him they’ll take him back to Limbo. To kill time he plays video games and dates some girls through dating websites. He is very interested in Hilly (short for Hilary). In fact he believes that he’s in love with her. Somehow his fear of the Valkyries finding him is diminished as he continues to win Hilly’s father’s approval.
As usual the family relationship was well done in this book! Matt and Ingrid’s romance was sweet to read about. And how she kept on going to Hudson for advice on her relationship. Freddie was interesting to read about. I really didn’t like how he didn’t even think about seeing the rest of his family but was fine was seeing Hilly. Freya was put in a very tough situation trying to keep Freddie’s arrival a secret and making her look into Killian. Norman was nice to read about as well.
There are some new characters introduced in this book. Hilly and her family. Harold who is Joanna’s boyfriend. And Jean-Baptiste who is the god of memory. And the Beauchamp’s god father.
I was honestly surprised that Freya actually started looking into Killian. I thought that she would just continuously try and convince Freddie that Killian was innocent. She loves her brother as much as she loves Killian so she worked really hard trying to find clues. The Salem witch trails is pretty important in this book. Joanna assumed that the spirit contacting her was in the Salem witch trails. It was pretty interesting to read about.
Along with the recap there was a family tree attached at the end of the book. It definitely proved useful as I kept on looking at it for spoilers.
I only had two problems with this book. While I was reading it I felt that it was slower then the first book. While yes things are being revealed light and right I felt no suspense. But I was engaged and intrigued. And like the last book the ending felt rushed and there was a cliffhanger. Nonetheless I enjoyed this book!
Overall this was a great book! I recommend it to those looking for some light fantasy. I am looking forward to finishing the series.