15 October 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Serpent’s Kiss: A Witches of East End Novel by Melissa de la Cruz

Let me start out with the bad about this book… it left too much unanswered at the end. I don’t mind a cliff-hanger here or there, but this one didn’t have any type of real true ending and I hope the author spins out another soon or I could lose interest in this storyline quickly, which is, of course, the problem with series in general… keeping my interest.

I was sent a hardback review copy of this book earlier this year, had emergency surgery which threw things off, lost the book, but thought about it months later and realized that I did care enough about the story so I bought it for my Kindle and finished it pretty quickly. It doesn’t hurt that I share last names with the main character’s family, makes it memorable.

It’s a well-written book with an interesting storyline. I never feel like the author is losing me or find myself thinking about what I should be doing instead of reading. Keeping my attention is difficult these days, so that says something! *laughing* Having said that, she seems to take a detour here and there. While it doesn’t pull away from the story or lose my interest, it also doesn’t do much to move the story forward.

Recommended for those that really enjoyed Witches of East End and are willing to wait for book 3.

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 fiancÉ 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?

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Book count for 2012: 21

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