Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Review: Serpent's Kiss by Melissa de la Cruz

Title: Serpent's Kiss
Author: Melissa de la Cruz
Author Info: Website|Diary|Twitter
Genre: Paranormal
Source: Publisher
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: 12th June 2012

Tell Me About It
Everything ought to be perfect in the magical Long Island town of North Hampton now that Freya Beauchamp's twin brother, Freddie, is back. But their mother, Joanna, has always favoured son Freddie, and his assertion — that Freya's fiancĂ© Killian Gardiner (Baldur) was the one who set up his downfall — threatens to fracture the delicate family dynamics as the Beauchamps are forced to take sides against each other.

Freddie spends his days either on the couch sleeping, or sleeping around. When their father Norman helps him find a job on a fishing vessel, Freddie's uncontrollable magic causes mayhem aboard the ship and lands him in even more hot water.

Level-headed sister Ingrid attempts to maintain the peace between the warring twins, but she has problems of her own: her human boyfriend, detective Matt Noble, becomes entangled in a complicated investigation, and when the magical creatures at the heart of it come to Ingrid for help, she has to choose between helping her kind and staying loyal to her love.

Freya and Killian plan their wedding only to discover an ancient rivalry that could keep them apart for ever. Things come to a head when the culprit behind Freddie's imprisonment is finally revealed, but it may be too late to staunch the poison that's been released in the family and the town.

My Thoughts
I absolutely love Melissa's blue bloods series and this series and I love how they cross over slightly.  I have been eagerly awaiting the release of Serpent's Kiss and couldn't wait to dive in when it arrived.  Before Serpent's Kiss begins there is a brief overview of what transpired in Witches of East End which was perfect as I had read Witches last year.  The chapters of Serpent's Kiss alternate between Freya, Ingrid, Joanna and Freddie, and follows each person as they try to solve their own little mystery in the pages.

Although there is a lot going on in the book, with Freya doubting Killian and keeping her brother a secret from her family, Joanna is trying to solve the mystery of the runes; and Ingrid's relationship with Matt is moving forward while she is also trying to protect the visitors in their attic, not once did it become too much or get distracting from the plot.  There is enough going on in Serpent's Kiss to keep you fully engrossed in the story and I was never once able to pin point what would happen next.  The twists and turns kept me on my toes and guessing right up to the last chapters over what was going on and who really stole the trident.

The mix of characters Melissa has created work amazingly well in the book, and especially for Ingrid, any interaction with Hudson never fails to lighten the mood, with his perky and upbeat attitude I looked forward to his turn in the story and reading what would come out of his mouth.
I really enjoyed getting to see more of Freddie in Serpent's Kiss after reading about him in Witches of East End.  I felt sorry for him in how he was misled and tricked, but part of me also want's to tell him he should read the details, but after spending so long away from humans it's understandable why he doesn't.

It is so easy to just open the pages and fall into the world of any book Melissa has written, and Serpent's Kiss is no exception.  It is a must read and I really can't wait to see what happens on the next instalment, the count down has begun....11 months to go.

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