Expected publication: November 10th 2015 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (first published July 14th 2015)
Format read: ARC via publisher
Twin witches Mardi and Molly prove that magic and mischief go hand-in-hand at any age, and they're more than welcome additions to the Beauchamp world.
After they cause a terrible accident at their old high school, twin witches Mardi and Molly Overbrook are sent to live with their “Aunt” Ingrid Beauchamp in North Hampton, on Long Island’s mist-shrouded East End. Unable to control their powers, their father begs Ingrid to tame them over the summer, before the White Council exiles the girls to Limbo.
Trouble continues to bubble and boil when the girls meet the younger Gardiner boys, who are just as handsome and sexy as their older kin. But all is not as it seems. As Ingrid helps the girls learn to control their magical impulses, Mardi and Molly have just this summer to figure out how to grow up, how to love, and how to be a family.
Cruz brings us back to East End, vis-a-vis Mardi and Molly Overbrook. They're the twin daughters of hte gord Thor - who is now a real estate developer in New York City - and they've been sent to live with Ingrid Beauchamp for the summer, in the hopes of rectifying their history of causing havoc and misusing magic.
But as both twins settle in for what they think will be an uneventful summer, they quickly learn that it's going to be anything but...
If you're a fan of the first three East End books, you'll quickly recognize (and appreciate!) the plot set-up of Triple Moon. There's the requisite fish-out-of-water scenarios, as the rebellious Mardi and the fashion-obsessed Molly settle into life in Ingrid Beauchamp's household. Much like Ingrid and Freya in the earlier books, Mardi and Molly are also frequently at loggerheads over boys, magic and even their love for each other.
But like the previous two books, Cruz also manages to nicely balance a steady sense of fun and frivolity as the twins adjust to moving to a small town where every exploit can't be instantly recapped on social media, while also exploring their sibling relationship and the darker side of their magical heritage.
The twins quickly begin to learn that their magic isn't something that is passed back and forth between them, or used to cater to their every emotional whim. There's a price to be paid for Mardi and Molly's actions, especially as Ingrid and Freya help the twins come to terms with lost memories from a mysterious party in the months before.
Cruz is especially adept at showing how Mardi and Molly's magical-inspired hijinks are really emotional cruches for past emotional trauma, and their gradual recognition of this fact - coupled with their willingness to work through it - helps them conquer magical foes, and also help restore their relationship to each other. Add in the cute boys and the undeniable sensual dreaminess of the town, and this is book sure to be appreciated by YA and older readers alike.
Twins Mardi and Molly Overbook are welcome additions to the powerful females of the Beauchamp family, and have proven that female empowerment comes in many different forms. I can't wait to see whether they return to the East End, and look forward to (hopefully) more adventures with them.
This book is ridiculously fun, and you'd be silly to miss out on reading it. Highly recommend, especially as we're counting down to Halloween!
About the author:
Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and Publisher’s Weekly internationally bestselling author of many critically acclaimed novels. Her Blue Bloods series has sold over three million copies and the Witches of East End series became an hour-long television drama on the Lifetime network.