Bubbly & Racing: Serpent's Kiss - Melissa De La Cruz
Serpent's Kiss by Melissa De La Cruz
Date Released: June 12, 2012
Publisher: Hyperion Pages: 384 Pages
Source: For Review
Series: (The Beauchamp Family #2)
Goodreads Synopsis: The powerful Beauchamp family, introduced in the New York Times bestselling Witches of East End, returns in The Serpent's Kiss, with dizzying plot twists and the spell-binding magic that have made both Witches of East End and Melissa's Blue Bloods series such enormous successes. Just as things have settled down in the off-the-map Long Island town of North Hampton for the magical Beauchamp family, everything gets turned upside down once more when Freya's twin brother Fryr, or "Freddie" as he's called now, returns from Limbo with shocking news - that it was none other than Freya's fiancé, Killian Gardiner, who set up his downfall. He begs Freya to keep his presence a secret, even from their own family, but somehow the irascible Freddie is still able to conduct many affairs with the town's young lovelies from his self-imposed exile. Until he falls for the wrong girl.
While Freya tries to keep her brother from exacting revenge on the man she loves, Ingrid has her own problems. Her human boyfriend, Matt Noble, becomes entangled in a complicated investigation, and when the magical creatures at the center of it come to Ingrid for help, she has a difficult choice to make.
To top it off, a dead spirit is trying to make contact with Joanna - but does it mean to harm or warn the witches? All hell breaks loose at the family reunion over Thanksgiving, and much mayhem ensues, but when the culprit behind Freddie's imprisonment is finally revealed, it may already be too late to staunch the poison that's been released by the serpent's kiss. The spells cast by the bestselling Witches of East End continue in this bewitching follow-up that Melissa de la Cruz's many fans won't want to miss.
Serpent's Kiss was so much better than it's preceder, more action, a building suspense, and an ending that turns heads. I love how there was more focus on the characters personalities and it felt more well rounded than the first. So far, Serpent's Kiss has been my favorite in this series and I really loved it a lot. I love the depth and personalities that Mel gave Ingrid, Freya, and Joanna in her second book. They get more relatable and honest, and they really connected with me. There's also a lot going on the book, which is either a miss or a hit, and for me it hit pretty good. We see that Ingrid's brother, Freddie is in the North Hamptons, a dead spirit is connecting with Joanna but she doesn't know why, and Freya is busy with her human boyfriend, Matt Noble and whether he'll accept her. One of the best scenes I loved, was Thanksgiving! Mel really got her characters perfect in that scene and so much was going on I loved it! *claps* Even with some high points, there were some things I just felt didn't go well with Serpent's Kiss such as the deal with the fairies and the trident. The way the events lead up to finding out who stole it and why the fairies were here took forever, seriously. One chapter they think they know why, but no, they don't go and stop that person already. There was just too much delaying of the main plot itself, suspense wasn't as suspenseful as it was going to be. The ending definitely makes up for the slow plot and I was so excited for book 3! I think it was well written and balanced out well with the rest of the book. There was so much action and revelations revealed it was really climatic and I loved every second of it! The witches go through a lot and after reader Serpent's Kiss I'm definitely sad but happy for book 3! The characters really grow with the reader and the situations they go through :)