04 November 2013 ~ 2 Comments

Winds of Salem: A Witches of East End Novel by by Melissa de la Cruz

I think this book, like the others in this series, is bad luck for me. It seems like they come into my mailbox for review and I end up having major surgery. Perhaps the Beauchamp witches really are putting a curse on a fellow Beauchamp family member? Hmm… anyway… this review is entirely too overdue due to back surgery this time. Yay! (or not).

So, yeah… the book…

First, I absolutely love the location and imagery that the author uses. She really does pull you into the story, the location and the lives of the characters. This is one of the things that I’ve always enjoyed in de la Cruz’s novels. She makes the location and characters really pop. They become alive and you care not only about the people in the story, but you become attached to the locations.

Unfortunately, the weak point in this book is the same as the previous two – the ending. It felt rushed and tied up too quickly. It’s almost like she reached her predetermined word count and had to get it done in one-half of a chapter or less.

Overall, I adore these characters, the author really does excel at character development. That is why I keep reading this series and will continue to look for books by this author. The plot is also intriguing. Yes, paranormal is big right now, but she’s able to back it up with some really nice writing chops and beautifully developed locations.

Recommended for those who like paranormal with a little romance and fun.

Modern-day witch Freya Beauchamp is cast back in time to 1692 amongst the Salem Witch Trials by an enemy spell, as her present-day family attempts to reopen the passages of time to bring her home. SOON TO BE A LIFETIME TELEVISION SERIES!

Freya Beauchamp is trapped in 1692, in Salem of all places, with no recollection of her past. A powerful enemy spell has sent her spiraling away so that she is separated by centuries from her mother, Joanna, and sister, Ingrid. This is not good news for a twenty-first-century witch. Not to mention the immediate threat she faces from the wealthy and influential Putnam family. When little Annie Putnam is one of the first to make accusations of witchcraft, her landowner father jumps at the opportunity to consolidate his power and expand his holdings in Puritan Salem Town. If Freya is caught using magic, she will be forced to relive the witch trials, and this time, even her immortality is in question.

Meanwhile, twenty-first-century North Hampton has its own snares. Joanna and Norm consult the Oracle for advice, and Freddie and his pixie allies search for a missing totem that could reopen the passages of time and help bring his sister home. When Ingrid bumps into an old flame, she finds that her new love for Detective Matt Noble is in doubt.

Moving between past and present, Winds of Salem’s dizzying plot twists and page-turning suspense is sure to bewitch fans old and new.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Book count for 2013: 38
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2 Responses to “Winds of Salem: A Witches of East End Novel by by Melissa de la Cruz”

  1. Beth 11 November 2013 at 10:12 pm Permalink

    I like how you noted that the imagery is really vivid in this book. That’s something that I think a lot of writers tend to lose focus on. Great review!
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