Winds of Salem is the third book in the Witches of East End series by Melissa de la Cruz and it is just as fun and sexy as the previous two novels. Freya has mysteriously been swept back in time to 1692 and finds herself caught up in the Salem witch trials – for a second time. Only she doesn’t realize that she is living this life again since her memory has been erased. As she attempts to be a good Puritan woman, her sister and mother are desperately trying to find a way to bring her back to the twenty – first century. Although, the world of magic seems to be dwindling and the two are finding it hard to go back in time to rescue Freya.
I found the beginning to be a little slow as we are introduced to Salem Village and all of the girls involved in the witch hunt. However, things are always crazy in the twenty-first century with Ingrid and Joanna. I really liked how much Freddie was involved in this novel. His life seems a bit chaotic, and lets face it, we want to know what happened to his trident and the bridge, so it was fun to see him more of a main character this time. I think my favorite part about this series is that it follows one family. They are all a little quirky (after all they are goddess and gods trapped on earth) but they are all so warm and entertaining. The family members don’t interact that much but they are willing to do anything for their family and friends. If you are looking for a new paranormal romance series to start, this would be a excellent choice.
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl is an intoxicating tale about love and learning how to become the person you are meant to be. Ethan is counting the days until he can escape his hometown of Gatlin and finally start living his life. Gatlin is your typical small town in the south where nothing interesting happens and yet so many of the founding families continue to live there generation after generation. Things would be pretty dull for Ethan too, but he keeps having these vivid dreams about a mysterious girl that seems to need his help-and then he meets her in school. Lena has just moved to town and is living with her uncle, the town shut-in, making her instantly scorned at school. It also doesn’t help her reputation when strange things occur around her, like glass breaking and odd weather changes. Even knowing that Lena spells trouble for him, Ethan finds that he can’t stop thinking about her and eventually finds a way to run into her-thankfully not literally, although he tried. Thus begins the tale of star-crossed lovers and Lena’s fight to resist her family’s curse.
What a great witch, or should I say caster, tale. Garcia and Stohl create such a great atmosphere in their book. Everything seems just dark and ominous with secrets lurking under the surface. The town feels spooky and the plantation house is even scarier with it’s dilapidated exterior and ever changing interior. The town’s people are as eccentric as you would expect in this small town and everyone seems to have secrets. Lena and Ethan’s relationship is so genuine and endearing. You can’t help but root for them to have their love conquer all. I also find the family curse to be so fascinating. I really like how Garcia and Stohl added the flashbacks into the story to really give you the depth of the family saga. I am excited to read Beautiful Darknessto find out more about their doomed relationship and of course to learn if Lena can fend off her claiming any longer.