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Friday, October 11, 2013

Winds of Salem by Melissa de la Cruz

Creature Feature Friday! Today I'm featuring Witches, specifically from Melissa de la Cruz's Witches of East End series. I've reviews the first two books, Witches of East End, and Serpent's Kiss here on FCB so feel free to check those out.
Here's the summary from Goodreads: 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.

What I Liked: 1) Troy. I loved the introduction of Troy Overbrook into the story. I guess you could call him an old flame of Ingrid's, though she doesn't really have much experience. For me, I saw Ingrid in a different light, giving her more dimension and making her a lot more interesting (in my opinion). Also Troy is Thor. Troy. Is. Thor. Uh....yeah. I love Thor. And I just kept picturing Chris Hemsworth. Some of the characters started getting a little stale at the end of Serpent's Kiss, so it was nice that there was something new breathing life into them again. 2) The 1600s. I absolutely loved how much time we got to spend in 1692 with Freya and Mercy. I don't know how historically accurate it was (not that it gave me any reason to doubt), but I thought as a setting it was written very well and gave the reader plenty to both visualize and imagine. It also added a different arc to the story, which...could have become confusing, but it just made me more interested in finding out what was going to happen. 3) As this series has progressed, the main characters have shifted and their stories have become more separate and distinct. In this book, Joanna is less a main character than a supporting character, but Freddie is much more prominent. This is a kind of evolution that I don't see often in series. Companion pieces, yes. But not in a series. It was another aspect that gave the story new life just as it was getting slow. 4) The ending. I enjoyed the way this ended. It gave enough away that it can be a solid ending if this is is the series ending. I was satisfied with the way each character's story concluded, but at the same time I can see where there is a little wiggle room if there is going to be another book.

What I Didn't Like: Well...I would have liked more of an emotional connection from the characters to each other, to help me feel more emotionally connected to them.

Overall Thoughts: Winds of Salem is definitely a great addition to the Beauchamp Family series. The more we learn about Ingrid and Freya's history the more interested I become. I'll be sad if this one is the last story, simply because I'm not ready for it to be over. But at the same time I can be satisfied with the way it wrapped up. I have thoroughly enjoyed the entire series, and am adding more Melissa de la Cruz's books to my to-read list.

On another note: Did y'all know that this was made into a tv show? I watched the first episode of Witches of East End on Lifetime last weekend and thought it was great! Although it bugs me when they change characters names for no good reason. Like, why are they calling Bran Dash? Irritation. It's one of those inconsequential things that I think they change just to bug people like me. Anyway, if you haven't checked it out, it comes on at...9pm (central) Sundays on Lifetime. I'm pretty sure it's 9pm. Ever since DVR I really have no idea what time anything comes on anymore.

My Rating: 4 candy corns

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