Sunday, September 8, 2013

Review: Winds of Salem (The Beauchamp Family #3) by Melissa de la Cruz

Winds of Salem (The Beauchamp Family #3)
 
Modern-day witch Freya Beauchamp is cast back in time to 1692 amongst the Salem Witch Trials by an enemy spell, as her present-day family attempts to reopen the passages of time to bring her home.
 
Freya Beauchamp is trapped in 1692, in Salem of all places, with no recollection of her past. A powerful enemy spell has sent her spiraling away so that she is separated by centuries from her mother, Joanna, and sister, Ingrid. This is not good news for a twenty-first-century witch. Not to mention the immediate threat she faces from the wealthy and influential Putnam family. When little Annie Putnam is one of the first to make accusations of witchcraft, her landowner father jumps at the opportunity to consolidate his power and expand his holdings in Puritan Salem Town. If Freya is caught using magic, she will be forced to relive the witch trials, and this time, even her immortality is in question.

Meanwhile, twenty-first-century North Hampton has its own snares. Joanna and Norm consult the Oracle for advice, and Freddie and his pixie allies search for a missing totem that could reopen the passages of time and help bring his sister home. When Ingrid bumps into an old flame, she finds that her new love for Detective Matt Noble is in doubt.

Moving between past and present, Winds of Salem's dizzying plot twists and page-turning suspense is sure to bewitch fans old and new.
Publisher: Hyperion
Publication Date: August 13, 2013
 
 
Kat's Review
 
If you haven't read any of the other books in this series, it's okay. There is a lot to grasp at first, but the backstory is weaved into the book along the way. The story weaves back and forth between past and present, integrating some real historical events (the witch trials) with the trials and tribulations of a fictional family of witches. There is a lot of mythology here, as well as several mythological characters, but it's so well written and enjoyable that it seems to blend seamlessly with the plot of the story.
 
I loved the way the author managed to weave together so many different myths into a story that in so many ways is grounded very much in reality. I found myself trying to figure out who to trust and who not to, and I was completely invested in the outcome. There's some romance, some mythology, witches, time travel, immortality, and drama, and somehow it all works.
 
Kat's Rating: A Good Read
 
I really enjoyed this book. It's not a book you can give half your attention to though, it requires all of it to understand the back history and the various myths at work, but it's worth it. I found myself completely immersed in this world while I was reading.
 
I was provided a complimentary copy of this title from NetGalley & the publisher in return for an honest review.

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