Winds of Salem

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.

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

Winds of Salem by Melissa de La Cruz (this is the 3rd book in the Witches of East End novels)

Love Potion Number 10 by Betsy Woodman (this is book 2 featuring Jana Bibi)

The Hollows Insider: New Fiction, Facts, Maps, Murders, and More in the World of Rachel Morgan  by Kim Harrison

The Shade of the Moon by Susan Beth Pfeffer (this is the 4th book in the Life as We Knew It series)

Where Beauty Lies by Elle & Blair Fowler (This is book 2 featuring Sophia and Ava London)


Serpent’s Kiss

Melissa de la Cruz’s second novel in the Witches of East End series, Serpent’s Kiss, is captivating continuation. Joanna and her daughters are finally able to use their magic again, and use it they will. Freya has started playing match maker at the bar with her potions. Ingrid is still helping everyone with their domestic troubles . And Joanna is continuing her games with Tyler. But things are starting to change. Freya’s twin has reappeared and is starting to cast doubt on the true nature of Freya’s fiance Killian. Ingrid is attempting to learn how to date. And Joanna is not only trying to decide how she feels about her estranged husband but is also attempting to help a spirit without invoking her sister’s wrath. Things never seem to stay quiet for long when the Beauchamp family is around.

I thought this was a great sequel to Witches of East End. You really get to know the characters in this book. In the first book the characters were a bit one dimensional but in the second book you start to see multiple aspects of their personalities. I also like the mystery and mythology of the destruction of the bridge. The girls daily lives and ordeals are fun to read, but the mystery really gave the book its drive. And naturally since I am a de la Cruz fan, I love that this book references the Blue Blood series and vice-versa. It is always fun to read the cross over and see how each group (vampire or witch) views the other. Needless to say, the plot thickens in this book and I can’t wait for the next book.Needless to say, the plot thickens is this book and I can’t wait for the next.