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3.00034536349508 out of 53.00034536349508 out of 53.00034536349508 out of 53.00034536349508 out of 53.00034536349508 out of 5 3.00 (5,791 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Melissa de la Cruz Narrator: Katie Schorr Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Beauchamp Family Series Release Date: June 2011 ISBN: 9781401326067
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From the author of the highly addictive and bestselling Blue Bloods series, with almost three 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A sexy, magical romp, sure to bring de la Cruz a legion of new fans. Kelley Armstrong, New York Times bestselling author of The Otherworld series
  • “A sexy, magical romp, sure to bring de la Cruz a legion of new fans.”

    Kelley Armstrong, New York Times bestselling author of the Otherworld series

  • “A bubbling cauldron of mystery and romance…breezy fun.”

    People

  • “Move over, zombies, vampires, and werewolves, and make way for witches. Melissa de la Cruz, author of the bestselling Blue Bloods series, ably sets the stage for a juicy new franchise.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “What happens when a family of Long Island witches is forbidden to practice magic? This tale of powerful women, from the author of the addictive Blue Bloods series, mixes mystery, a battle of good versus evil and a dash of Norse mythology into a page- turning parable of inner strength.”

    Self magazine

  • “In her first novel for adults, the author…lets her repressed sorceresses rip.”

    New York Times

  • “De la Cruz has, with Witches, once again managed to enliven and embellish upon history and mythology with a clever interweaving of past and present, both real and imagined…[it] casts a spell.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Fans of her young-adult Blue Bloods books will love this new series and be thrilled by the appearance of two familiar characters. But Witches of East End is certain to attract new adult readers as well. The pacing is masterful, and while the witchcraft is entertaining, it’s ultimately a love triangle that makes the story compelling. De la Cruz has created a family of empathetic women who are both magically gifted and humanly flawed.”

    Washington Post

  • “De la Cruz is a formidable storyteller with a narrative voice strong enough to handle the fruits of her imagination. Even readers who generally avoid witches and whatnot stand to be won over by the time the cliffhanger-with-a-twist ending hits.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A decidedly weird mishmash of mythologies, a serpentine plot, and a thicket of back stories intertwine as de la Cruz sets up the continuing saga, but it all gels magnificently. Fantasy for well-read adults.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Katie Schorr lets their story unfold with calm patience, her straightforward, meticulous narration making the juxtaposition between the details of daily life and the Beauchamp family’s magic feel even more significant. She quietly but carefully enhances the suspense as newcomers stir up trouble in North Hampton, forcing each woman to make difficult, defining choices.”

    AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amanda Cunningham | 2/12/2014

    " It was like that movie "Practical Magic" but worse...but I couldn't stop reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Siona | 2/12/2014

    " Beginning was great but the end was so odd and felt clunky. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Renee | 2/6/2014

    " "Witches of East End" is a cute, light-hearted story of two immortal sisters and their mother. The novel reminds me of "Practical Magic," so any fans of that novel/movie will no doubt like this story. As all things seem to be these days, the novel is a first in a series. While I did enjoy the story, there seemed to be a steady vagueness that irked me as I read. It's as if the author didn't want to divulge too much of the lengthy past of these characters. Because of this, parts of the narrative seemed underdeveloped or lacking. The story took an unexpected turn to a folktale, which I felt was not referenced early enough in the story to articulate the apparent importance to the overall story. I was left feeling like, "Wait? THIS is where this series is going?" It was a bit confusing and anticlimactic. I'm sure at some point in time, I'll probably continue on with the series. The second book is out now, but it's not worth the $14 charge to continue on. I'm going to wait until this one goes down in price. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Priscilla | 2/3/2014

    " Witches of East End was interesting to say the least it tied in much more than I originally thought it would. I do recommend this book for other readers but, be aware it gets pretty out there at the end. I didn't have some issues with the writing style, it was like nothing, nothing, nothing, bam, the end. it seemed as if there was something in the middle. Or this might have just been me... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Troy Lindeman-Wyner | 1/30/2014

    " 2+ stars. Storyline is ok. The writing leaves a lot to be desired. This book reads like a bad young adult novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 1/27/2014

    " I am always thoroughly stunned by the fantasy that Melissa de la Cruz seems to obtain. The first time I picked up Blue Bloods and read about the Fallen Angels turned Vampires, I was completely awed. It was such a clever idea, and the depth of research that she did in creating this story was just stunning to me. I felt like I was handed a mythological story read straight from an ancient Roman text, which I absolutely loved. I felt similar to this when reading Witches. I admit, I was skeptical when I heard that she was writing a supposed "adult" book, because typically when authors say that, their books are no more adult than their YA novels, except that there is some mention of sex and a little more increased violence. I feel slightly similar to that on this one, but then I suppose I'm having difficulty correctly defining the difference between the two, and it might just be my discrimination after having read her YA books. But again, I was taken to a fantasy world rife with history that I could genuinely believe. A fun romp with a strong background. Though, my qualms... to me, Freya felt similar to Schuyler of her Blue Bloods series. She would like to commit to one man, but finds herself undeniably attracted and connected to another man. Due to the fact that I have grown greatly attached to Mimi (as far as I have currently read in that series, pending the paperback release of Lost In Time), I have difficulty with Schuyler. She commits, she breaks her commitments, etc... I had this issue when reading Freya's character. She was committed to Bran, loved him "completely", yet continually returned to Killian, but then would wake up riddled with guilt and refuse to be near him. I found that slightly over kill, but it wasn't enough to make me dislike this book in the least. I look forward to the next one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 1/18/2014

    " Love this, its obviously the 1st in a new series, very cool story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 1/16/2014

    " This was my first book by this author. I thought it was ok. I'll read the next in the series. It wasn't as bad as the reviews made me think it would be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheila | 1/13/2014

    " Good read for the summer. Fast and entertaining. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alison | 12/12/2013

    " This is a YA book masquerading as adult fiction. The characters are flat and two-dimensional, and the dialogue is stiff and awkward. It's a quick read, but it's the literary equivalent of cotton candy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaladin | 11/28/2013

    " Good story telling... But didn't conect With The charecter. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gretchen Conrad | 11/9/2013

    " Somehow, Melissa de la Cruz's combining of two different mythologies did not work for Witches of East End as it did for the Blue Bloods series. This book had too much going on and was not as fleshed out as I would have liked. Completely disappointing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy Citta-shearer | 11/5/2013

    " This was my first Melissa de la Cruz book, and I really enjoyed it! As a fan of the witch genre I found this book to be an interesting new take on Witches. I loved this book! I couldn't put it down, and it was a very fast read. I can't wait for more books in this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Coley Mckenna | 10/13/2013

    " Just a fun story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suzanne | 10/5/2013

    " I liked the first two-thirds of the book, but the last third was a little too far out there for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chrissy | 7/7/2013

    " I thought the beginning was well written, but the middle dragged a bit and the end just seem so abrupt? I am interested to see where she goes with this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa Prentice | 6/11/2013

    " Fun and smart fantasy/romance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 8/10/2012

    " I enjoyed it and I am looking forward to see where the series is going to go. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 8/6/2012

    " A fast read that has magic in it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zoe-anne Zoet | 6/26/2012

    " Awesome integration of character history. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lorrie | 4/2/2012

    " too much about sexy descriptions and not enough about substance and story plot. Really lost it at the end. I was hoping for so much more. won't waste my time reading any more if the series continues. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosemary | 2/22/2012

    " I liked the quirkiness of the characters and I liked the romance/sex storyline "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Courtney | 2/19/2012

    " Cute adult witch novel. I'll read the next in the series. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Leslie | 2/12/2012

    " Didn't finish. Just not captivating - characters are patchy & intrigue slow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mls3 | 2/2/2012

    " Fun for a summer read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy Bishop | 11/5/2011

    " Not bad. Good mystery. A little too much info dump, but that goes with a first book in a serious. Nice tie in with the Blue Bloods books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 6/22/2011

    " Good start to a new series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meagen (mamafox) | 6/20/2011

    " Very fun read! Interesting premise and great characters! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mechele | 6/20/2011

    " A wonderful myth and legend tale. This author hits the nail on the head with this one.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheri | 5/24/2011

    " Fun book about a family of witches in present-day. Review to come at Horror Fiction Reviews soon. "

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About the Author
Author Melissa de la Cruz

Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens, including the Au Pairs series, the Blue Bloods series, the Ashleys series, and the Angels on Sunset Boulevard series. Her Blue Bloods series has sold over three million copies, and the Witches of East End series became an hour-long television drama on the Lifetime network. A former fashion and beauty editor, she has written for publications such as the New York Times, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, and Seventeen.

About the Narrator

Katie Schorr is an actor and writer in New York. Her one-woman show, Take Me. Seriously, ran for six months at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, and she performs throughout New York in new works at the Ensemble Studio Theatre and Ars Nova, among other theaters. She has appeared on VH1’s Best Week Ever and costars in the web series Head in the Oven with Saturday Night Live actor Bill Hader. Her audiobook credits include narrating the novels in Alyson Noel’s bestselling Immortals series. Of her work on the series, AudioFile magazine has said, “Narrator Katie Schorr has a wonderfully raspy, youthful voice, which she puts to good effect on the cast of teenage characters.”