ISBN #: 978-1401323967
Page Count: 316
Copyright: June 12, 2012
(Taken from book jacket)
The beguiling Beauchamp family, introduced in the New York Times bestselling Witches of East End, returns in Serpent's Kiss, with dizzying plot twists and spellbinding magic.
Joanna and her daughters, bookish Ingrid and wild-child Freya, are just settling into the newfound peace that has been cast over their small, Long Island town of North Hampton. With the centuries-old restriction against practicing magic lifted, casting spells, mixing potions, and curing troubled souls has never felt so good. That is, until everything gets turned upside down - from Joanna's organized kitchen to Ingrid's love life to Freya's unshakeable faith in her sexy soul mate, Killian Gardiner.
When Freya's twin brother, Freddie, suddenly reappears, professing innocence for a long-ago crime, Freya should be ecstatic. The golden boy can do no wrong. Or can he? Freddie blames none other than Freya's fiance, Killian, for his downfall, and enlists Freya's help to prove it, leaving Freya confused about whom to trust.
And for the first time in, well, forever, Ingrid is also busy in love. Matt Noble, the handsome and charming police detective, has won her heart. But can romance work between a virgin witch and a mortal who doesn't believe in magic?
To add to the chaos, a dead spirit is attempting to make contact with Joanna - but does it mean to bring harm or help? As the witches pull together to discover the serpent within their midst and the culprit behind Freddie's imprisonment, everything sacred is thrown into peril. Will the discovery come too late to save those they love most?
I know some reviews start off rehashing what the book summary states plus a little extra. I'm not going to do that this time. The book summary perfectly explains what takes place between the covers of this book. What is doesn't express is the hold the story has on you while you're reading it. It's almost as if Melissa herself has placed an enchantment spell on the words she's written.
Oh yeah ... The one thing the book summary didn't mention, that I adored in this book, were the pixies. They are a group of good-hearted robbers who have forgotten where they're from and why they've been banished from their home. Despite her budding romantic love-live, Ingrid has agreed to help them figure out how to get them home.
I love the world Melissa has created in North Hampton with the Beauchamp family. With the perfect mix of reality and magical creativity, the reader is transported into the lives of the Beauchamps. They are a tightly knit family who are there for each other despite the consequences of that loyalty.
Another interesting fact about Melissa's writing: She has a talent for gently weaving in events, people and places that will progress the story into the next book. Not many authors I've read can do that so seamlessly. Quite a few just try to rush everything in at the end. Not Melissa and that is one of the things I enjoy most about reading her work.
If you've not started Melissa de la Cruz's Witches of East End series and you enjoy fiction with a twist of magic, then I highly recommend you pick up both Witches of East End and Serpent's Kiss. I guarantee you'll be hooked.
FYI - The third novel in this series, The Winds of Salem, will be out June 2013!!!
*A hardcopy of this novel was provided by Goldberg McDuffie Communications in exchange for an honest review.