Wednesday, 3 August 2011

TEEN: The Beauchamp Family 1: Witches of the East End - Melissa De La Cruz

Release Date: 04/08/11


It's September in the fictional Hamptons town of East End, a self-contained community that seems to be stuck in time. A fantasy world, East End is torn apart by a rivalry between the resident warlocks and witches. Witches of East End follows the Beauchamp girls - Joanna, Freya and Ingrid - after their arrival in East End. Everything seems to be going smoothly until a young girl turns up dead. One by one, the town's residents being disappearing and everyone seems to have the same suspects in mind: the Beauchamp girls...


This is a bit of an unusual title for us as its partly a teen title and yet in other forms a very adult story, the cast however is definitely intriguing and as their foibles as well as characters are drip fed to the reader, you start to understand the world in which they inhabit as well as the events that have shaped their lives alongside their characters.

Its engaging, it’s definitely interesting but to be honest this title feels more like an introduction to the series rather than a batten down the hatches for a real hell storm that’s about to be unleashed. It has some nice touches, Melissa has learned well from her young adult titles and all in the overall arc will keep the reader interesting right up to the fairly rushed ending. The only thing that I can hope is that with a lot of the scene setting as well as character background done here perhaps we can get more to the nitty-gritty and meat of the tale in the next outing.

Definitely one to watch however although you may wish to hang fire until the second title is almost here so that you can get a double spell of trouble in one deft swoop as well as getting something, we hope is going to spellbind the reader for future releases.

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