02 June, 2017

REVIEW: WINDS OF SALEM by Melissa de la Cruz

Title: Winds of Salem
Author: Melissa de la Cruz
Series: The Beauchamp Family #3
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Witches
Publisher: Hyperion
Release: 2013
Source: Audiobook
Pages: 288

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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, her immortality will be 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, with dizzying plot twists and page-turning suspense, Winds of Salem is sure to bewitch fans old and new.

EXPECTATIONS: The final book to the witchy trilogy and yes I still haven't watched the show.

THE WORLD: Let me just tell you straight away that I find this book best of all three. First because besides beying in our ordinary world with an extra of witchcraft a huge part of the book additionally takes place in the past, back in Salem during witch trials. One of the sisters ends up time traveling and is now stuck in Salem without any memories. The sisters were already once hanged as witches but if they get killed again they won't reborn. Must say, I did not care much for ordinary today's world but the chapters in Salem...that was awesome! Plus this book has a very interesting theory as to how Salem trials started which actually sounded pretty convincing :D

CHARACTERS: Okay so remember how I kinda disliked both sisters Freya and Ingrid by the end of second book? Well that a little bit changes now. I do not love them but I kinda got used to their ways I guess. Freya is stuck in the past without any memories and frankly this kind of Freya is way nicer and more interesting that dump today's Freya. And as for Ingrid...she has to basically find a way to save her sister. There is still drama going on there especially with Matt but it is much better than in previous book. Also their brother is kinda hmm I am not sure I would not say graduated from using women for sex but more like got caught into a trap. Tho his wife is super weird...I just don't get it. I mean Melissa de la Cruz is famous for writing strange and not very logical characters but still, the whole family when you take as a bunch are kinda unrealistic? Just the feeling I got. And interesting thing, if you look at the characters from book one to three there is no actual development. But I guess it still works cuz I did enjoy this final book.

ROMANCE: Finally we are not discussing how 30 years old virgin googles porn to learn about sex. But there is still Freya's love life in the center so yeah...no thank you.

GOOD: Witchcraft and Salem witch trials. Pretty much best thing ever!
BAD: I am not sure if there really is something really bad but I think the side story of the brother is really not important and could be deleted.
OVERALL: In general I enjoyed the series, tho if I was not so much in the witches I don't know if I would have. But yeah, if you are a witch fan I would really recommend to give it a try!

What do you think about WINDS OF SALEM?