Book: Serpent’s Kiss

"Serpent's Kiss"

Joanna and her daughters, bookish Ingrid and wild-child Freya, are just settling into the newfound peace that has been cast over their small, off-the-map coastal town of North Hampton. With the centuries-old restriction against practicing magic lifted, casting spells, mixing potions, and curing troubled souls has never felt so good for the three witches. That is, until everything gets turned upside down.

It all begins when Freya’s twin, Freddie, suddenly returns, professing innocence on a long-ago crime and blaming Freya’s fiance. Torn between brother and lover, Freya doesn’t know whom to trust. And, for the first time, Ingrid is in love–with a charming detective. But can romance work between a virgin witch and a mortal who doesn’t believe in magic? To add ot the chaos, a dead spirit is attempting to make contact with Joanna–but does it mean to bring harm or help?

As the witches pull together to discover the culprit behind Freddie’s imprisonment, everything is thrown into peril. Will the discovery come too late to save those they love most?

Why am I reading the second book when I wasn’t a big fan of the first book? Simple: I was intrigued with how the first book ended. The book hooked me. And although this sequel is just as bad as the first book, the ending will definitely make you want to pick up the next book still.

And that’s Melissa dela Cruz’s magic, I think. She makes you want to know what happens next. I just wish I would enjoy the process. Because, honestly, the books are very frustrating to read.

How frustrating?

Just like the first book, Serpent’s Kiss employs multiple perspectives. We rotate through the Beauchamp women (and man) per chapter, getting glimpses of the lives they lead up to a cliffhanger…before moving on to the next character. By the time we return to the cliffhanger, time has already passed. We’ve been cheated as readers. We never see the pay off of from the cliffhangers.

And that’s my main problem with the two Melissa dela Cruz books I’ve read so far. She cheats us by never showing us how the characters were supposed to care for escape the perils that befall them. Which is why their eventual resolutions feel cheap. We don’t see them work for their happy endings. Which is why, when it does end, we feel empty. We don’t feel happiness, we don’t feel heartbreak, we don’t feel anything.

And then there’s Melissa dela Cruz’s penchant of keeping her characters apart and keeping secrets from each other. Why? Really, I want to know. None of the small stories moved for the first half of the book, because no one would talk to each other. Granted, had they done so from the very beginning, Serpent’s Kiss would’ve been shorter than it is. But there are ways to unravel a story without making your characters look stupid.

Alas, we don’t always get what we want. And the worst part is, I will still get that last book as soon as the paperback version comes out. Because I’m starting to love Norse Mythology, and I do want to see how Melissa dela Cruz wraps all this up.

4 thoughts on “Book: Serpent’s Kiss

  1. I always really didn’t like De Cruz’s Witches of East End, I found the whole plot shoddy and her mixing of the Norse and Christian mythology terrible, you can’t just throw two completely different religions/cultures and not explain how they can both exist. The worse part of all of this is that now The Witches of East End have a T.V. show! I don’t know what this world is coming to.

      • It’s not awesome, and it’s not groundbreaking, but the pacing of the story is better, the characters are more relatable (although Freya’s love story is still cringe-worthy), and the problems introduced in the books get more structure and reason in the series. It’s still not perfect. It’s a long ways away. But the series does manage to be more entertaining than the book.

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