The Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Acquired: May 13, 2011
Book of Your Shelf? No
Why I have it: LibraryThing ERC
Series: The Beauchamp Family (1)
Release date: June 21, 2011 - HardCover and NOOK
The Beauchamp women, Joanna and her daughters Freya and Ingrid, have been around for ages ... literally. They are very powerful witches, each with their own special talents. Many, many years ago they were banned from using their powers and they have been struggling to live "normal" lives ever since. Soon their home town of North Hampton, Long Island becomes a bit of a cauldron for dark energy. Unexplainable accidents and strange disappearances lean the Beauchamps back to their old ways of magic. What seems to be a bit of innocent magical assistance soon turns into a full scale investigation by the tree into what is starting to foul their normally happy town.
All three witches are fascinating women. Their characters are well written and well rounded. Each has her own unique personality that I came to appreciate very early on in the story. As each struggles with their own part of the strange occurrences around town, we see a glimpse of just how powerful they could be if they really tried.
I really enjoyed this book and it ended with an opening for a sequel that I hope arrives quickly. For those of you familiar with de la Cruz's other series, there is an interesting twist that was worked into the story very nicely.