Published by Disney Press, Hyperion
Read in: January 29th, 2015
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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.
I have read Melissa De La Cruz’s Blood Bloods Series and The Au Pair Series but I hadn’t really looked into her other books. I had seen tweets about the show a while back and then a month or two ago I noticed it was on Netflix. I knew it was a book before diving into the television series but decided I would just watch it first and decide to read it later. Not my usual routine but I can’t always wait to watch things until I read them or I might never see them.
Anyways, I fell in love with the first season. I watched it with my cousin and we devoured season one then moped a bit that season 2 was not available yet. We may have shed a little tear and pouted when we looked up that there would not be a season three 🙁 if you know anything different please let me know!
Sorry, I know you are not here to listen to me tell you about the show but it is what it is. It is hard not to compare the two but other than say they were quite different (as shows typically are) I will review the book based on the book alone. I haven’t read too many books where witches were the focal point of the series. A lot of books include them but it is cool to have them as the main characters.
I liked how different each Beauchamp was and how their powers differed. Their powers really matched their personalities. Joanna is a caring women with a soft spot for children. Her magically abilities matched her healing nature. Ingrid is the logical one. She is wound tight but is the best at helping fix other people. Freya is passionate and has little inhibitions. She loves life and can bring out all that passion in others. These three are not supposed to be using magic but after a couple tries with no repercussions why not continue? Only after the town falls in love with these out of the ordinary things they can do it doesn’t take too long for them to turn on them
All of a sudden evil is seeping into the town and bad things are happening. What the cause of all these incidents are is unknown but people want answers and it is all too easy to point fingers. The Beauchamps have full lives with their own problems but have to take on the troubles of the town in order to save themselves and the people they care about. Relationships are created and others are broken. The magic is great of course but I could have used without the broomsticks.