Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Review: Witches of East End

Title Witches of East End (The Beauchamp Family #1)
By Melissa de la cruz
Genre Adult Paranormal/Supernatural
Format Audiobook
Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️

The three Beauchamp women--Joanna and her daughters Freya and Ingrid--live in North Hampton, out on the tip of Long Island. For centuries, all three women have been forced to suppress their abilities. But then Freya, who is about to get married to the wealthy and mysterious Bran Gardiner, finds that her increasingly complicated romantic life makes it more difficult than ever to hide her secret. Soon Ingrid and Joanna confront similar dilemmas, and the Beauchamp women realize they can no longer conceal their true selves. (From Goodreads)

First Sentence
Freya Beauchamp swirled the champagne in her glass so that the bubbles at the top of the lip burst one by one until there were none left. 

This book has been sitting on my shelf forever! While looking for an audiobook to listen to while working, I decided to finally read it. 

It's so hard to review a book you give three stars to. Am I right? I feel like I'm saying I didn't like it and that's just not true. Three stars is a nice, solid, rating. No, I didn't LOVE the book and, no, it's not a new favorite but I liked it. It had a great story, fun, likable characters and was very readable. I enjoyed it and am eagerly looking forward to jump into the sequels. 

That said, I don't have much else to talk about. That's why I hate three star reviews. If you want me to point out why it's not four or five stars I can. Let's just go ahead and do that to take up a bit more space, shall we? 

It's not a five star because that's reserved for books I adore! Books that I'll definitely be reading again. It's not a four star read because there was nothing horribly memorable and I'm pretty sure it'll be one of those series I enjoy and then promptly forget about. I was also bothered a tiny bit by the writing. Notice that first sentence? It's just needlessly wordy. Right? 

And there you have it. my three star review of a fun new world and characters I want more of.   


  1. Yes! 3 star ratings are so hard to review. You liked it, but you didn't LOVE it.

  2. A lot of the books I've read this year have been 3-star reads, and you're right, they're hard to review because while I liked them, I can't really rave about them. You did a good job with this review! :)

  3. Yes, I'm with you on those 3-star reviews. They're simply an OK read to me and I find it hard at times to put my thoughts into words.

  4. I haven't read this even though I own a physical copy, lol. I ended up watching the TV series when it was released and it was my guilty pleasure for awhile. It was cancelled after a huge cliffhanger ending, so I'm always hoping they pick it back up again.

    I tend to review 3-star reads as mini reviews. I'll wait until I have a handful and then just do them all at once. There's really not a lot to say about books you enjoyed but didn't love.

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear?

    1. It’s hard. I wondered about the tv series. Sad that it ended.

  5. I did not know there was a book, I just knew there was a television series and I wanted to see that because Julia Ormond is in it. But somehow I never saw it.
    There is nothing wrong with a three-star review, sometimes it is just that! :-)

    Kind regards,

    1. I’m curious about the show too but if it got canceled I’ll probably never watch it.

  6. I felt similar after reading this book. It was enjoyable while reading, but after I put it down it was a bit forgettable :/

  7. I liked this book, but I read it a long time ago, probably when it came out? And I meant to continue with the series... but then I didn't. I also didn't watch the show that was based on it. Maybe someday though!

    1. Yeah. I’m having a hard time with the sequel. Maybe I’ll just call it good.