Witches of the East by Melissa de la Cruz

Witches of the East

Witches of the East

The Beauchamp women, Joanna and her daughters, Freya and Ingrid, loosely represent the three faces of witches or wise-women through the ages – the the hag with warts kind, but the different realms of power – love, healing and motherhood. They have lived among us for centuries, hiding their gifts and slowly diminishing as our beliefs and practices strayed further from their origins.

After becoming engaged to one brother only to stray into the arms of the other, Freya begins to use her magic to assist the lovelorn of the small Hampshire town the family lives in, creating cocktails with an extra kick! When no harm seems to arise, Ingrid and finally Joanna begin to also use their magic with often amazing results… amid rumours of witchcraft, people go missing and bodies turn up, leading to threatened exposure and persecution…

I bought and read this book because I had so enjoyed Melissa de la Cruz’ earlier books in the Blue Bloods series. Although one of the characters from that series does make a brief appearance int his book, I did not enjoy the book as much as the others. More of an adult offering than the other books, I did not find the main characters as endearing and struggled to finish the book.

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Hex hall by Rachel Hawkins

Hex hall by Rachel Hawkins

I read this fairly recently ans was pleasantly surprised. The main character, Sophie Mercer is busted big time and sent off to  Hecate “Hex” Hall, a reform school  for witches, shapeshifters and faeries who are a danger to themselves and the people around them… especially in danger of revealing the existance of such things as witches, warlocks and vampires!

Predictably, the transition to boarding school for ‘monsters’ does not go smoothly. Once the fellow students find out who Sophie’s father is… and tell her, things get even worse!

The school itself is under a cloud as first one, then another student turns up dead or almost, with most of their blood drained! The work of the resident vampire – or is it? And of course a bit of unrequited love and jealousy doesn’t go astray!

I love the characters in this book. Sophie is no angel, but she is likable and feisty without being obnoxious. Her friendship with Jenna, the only vampire student is believable and entertaining, as well as central to several of the events and ideals behind the story.