Thursday, June 28, 2012

100 Books in 2012: Book 54 "Witches of East End"

Y'all know I'm a sucker for modern mythic re-tellings, but when I picked up this book by Melissa de la Cruz, I didn't know what to expect.  Turns out I'd found a perfect summer read with my favorite things: witches, gods, and red herrings!

Freya (yes, she is exactly who she sounds like) has been bored ever since Salem.  When The Council stripped her family of their powers and consigned them to the mortal world, she and her sister and her mother had to learn to blend in.  But Freya doesn't blend, and after a few hundred years, she decides to make a love potion.  Because, really, what harm could it do?  Her sister, Ingrid, and their mother, Joanna, soon fall off the magical wagon as well, but possible repercussions from the council pale in comparison to the nasty grey sludge that is infecting their town.  Is it possible that after all this time, Loki has escaped and is pulling the threads that will bring about the end of the world?  And if he has, will Freya recognize him in time, or will the trickster jeopardize everything in his gamble for power?

Witches of East End is a great mix of passion, mistakes, and mythology.  The setting is fresh and the twisted myths are delightful.  Pick this one up if you like stories with a lot of power boiling just beneath the surface.

What other modern mythic re-tellings have you read?  What was your first introduction to global mythology?

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