The three Beauchamp women–Joanna and her daughters Freya and Ingrid–live in North Hampton, out on the tip of Long Island. Their beautiful, mist-shrouded town seems almost stuck in time, and all three women lead seemingly quiet, uneventful existences. But they are harboring a mighty secret–they are powerful witches banned from using their magic. Joanna can resurrect people from the dead and heal the most serious of injuries. Ingrid, her bookish daughter, has the ability to predict the future and weave knots that can solve anything from infertility to infidelity. And finally, there’s Freya, the wild child, who has a charm or a potion that can cure most any heartache.
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. They unearth their wands from the attic, dust off their broomsticks, and begin casting spells on the townspeople. It all seems like a bit of good-natured, innocent magic, but then mysterious, violent attacks begin to plague the town. When a young girl disappears over the Fourth of July weekend, they realize it’s time to uncover who and what dark forces are working against them.
Do you realise how hard it was for me to find a copy of this book? (Yes I must take the time to have a little book lovers crying moment when I can’t find the books I want…don’t deny you don’t shed a little tear as well in such instances) So no library had it, I would of had to order it from stores in town (which is expensive cause of Australian prices) and then the book depository had sold out of it. Until I came across a copy of it for $5 at bookcloseouts.com. Well it actually cost me $12 because of shipping. Why I wanted it? The TV show, which is probably why it sold out in most places. Did it disappoint, NO! Thank Odin.
What started out as a book about these witches who’s powers had been restricted due to something in their past, and now for the last 5 thousand years they had been trying to navigate a normal life, turned out to be a book with the BIGGEST MOST AWESOMENESS TWIST IN THE HISTORY OF TWISTS! I’m just saying.
Told in the third person the story jumps between Joanna, Freya and Ingrid’s lives. Time passes rather quickly in this book so you miss out on certain conversations that get recapped later on in one persons focus chapter. It isn’t a problem, it was just something that you had to get used to. I loved all of the characters and they were written with such unique identities that matched their powers, it was pretty cool. And then of course mystery ensues as they begin to practice magic again and weird things start happening which all end up being related.
For only 270 pages de la Cruz weaves an interesting tail of romance, destiny and magic. I loved it! And am glad I order the second one at the same time. Just keep in mind that this is not a YA novel, not by far.
~Spoilers will be made below, don’t read unless you like to know the ending before reading the book….Maddison ~
All these weird things were happening. People were getting sick, dead birds were showing up, and Ingrid kept on seeing this silver mass in peoples bodies when she was healing them. I didn’t think they were related because although Joanna had some worry about it, she didn’t really seem that concerned. BUT THEY WERE! AND IT BLEW.MY.FREAKING.MIND. But i’ll get to that later.
Even though these women had been alive for so long they didn’t seem to have the wisdom you’d assume immortal life would bring, and I really enjoyed this because it made them relatable. With Ingrid for instance who has never been in love, even though she had been alive for thousands of years. And how she frets over the fact that she isn’t as adventurous as Freya, but finds solitude with her books. She is careful and I liked this contrast with her sister. I’m glad that she will start to have a budding romance with Matt, because their romance story was so freaking cute!
So throughout the book I knew that something else was going on. Joanna kept on mentioning her son that was locked away in prison, there was mention of Ingrid’s real name, and then the bit about how if the girls die then Joanna becomes pregnant again. This bit wasn’t really explained, but I just put it down to the fact that they were immortal, so couldn’t really die and maybe Joanna was cursed for some reason. But this point isn’t dwelled upon, rather there is an emphasis placed on these blueprints that Ingrid is collecting for the fundraiser to help save the Library. Which ends up being a lot more important then the fact that Joanna keeps on giving birth to her daughters again and again throughout history.
But let me back track to Freya, Bran and Killian. I loved Freya and truly wished I was more like her. She just throws herself into things because she knows what she wants and trusts her heart. Like with Bran, who she is engaged to after only a month. But then she sleeps with his brother, Killian, at their engagement party in the first chapter because she is drawn to him. I think if I hadn’t been watching the TV show I would have felt a bit of ‘whaaattt’. But have you seen the guy that plays Killian..gooossssshhhhh! I’ll put a photo in so we can all gawk.
But it turns out that this confusion she feels around the brothers is so much more, and it really plays into the whole mystery. Which was just freaking great, because I so didn’t want it to be a love triangle with just a ‘which one will she choose’ scenario. And it wasn’t like that at all. Wait for it….so it turns out that Fair Haven (where Bran lives) is actually hiding this portal between the nine universes. What legend might you ask is this related to? Odin? Loki? Do these names ring any bells?
They are Gods! I honestly was like, NO! But then a creeping YES! Because I love the Thor movies and just saw the last one, which was really great…ok I am side tracking. Anyway so Loki after being pissed off that his dad threw him out of Asgard after he was a bad boy, decided to destroy Midgard (Earth) and so had unleashed this toxin into the environment. But it of course was more than this because Loki was also pissed off that he couldn’t have Freya, and that she fell in love with his brother who had been searching for her for thousands of years. And then it turns out that Freya’s brother in prison helped Loki break the bridge that connected Asgard to Midgard so he has actually been trapped in the equivalent of Hell, until he escapes at the very end of the book.
Does that not just blow.your.mind! Throughout the book you get to also see glimpses of the witches lives across the years, like in Salem and in France which adds a whole other layer to the stories depth. I haven’t read de la Cruz’s Blue Bloods series, but a character called Mimi comes into it if that rings a bell for anyone? And then there are zombies and demons of course.
I just thought it was incredibly interesting that these witches actually were Gods, and although I am still not 100% sure why restriction was placed on their magic (maybe so that no one found out they were witches/Gods) it was still a great and quick read.
I loved it! And I can’t help but now wonder what the twist with the brothers is in the TV show, because i’m not sure if the book twist will transpose as well.