KINDLE GIVEAWAY and REIVEW: Charming by Krystal Wade
Published on October 6th 2014 Genres: Contemporary, Dark, Thriller, Young Adult
They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, and that’s great . . . as long as you don’t die.
Sixteen-year-old Haley Tremaine had it all: top-notch school, fantastic family, and a bright future, but all of that changed when an accident tore her family apart. Now, an alcoholic father, a bitter younger sister, and a cold headstone bearing her mother’s name are all she has left.
Chris Charming has it all: a powerful CEO for a father, a prestigious school, and a fortune at his fingertips, but none of that matters when he lands a reputation as a troublemaker. Struggling to follow in his father’s footsteps, he reaches out to the one person he believes truly sees him, the one person he wants: Haley.
Little do they know someone’s determined to bring the two together, even if it means murder.
REVIEW – CHARMING by Krystal Wade
I decided to ask to be part of the Charming tour because I was intrigued by the cover, which looked a little bit horror to me, and the fact that it was listed as a YA Thriller. I love thrillers but I have to admit, I have not really read too many that were young adult.
Haley Tremaine is a sixteen year old with big problems. She was once rich, now she’s poor. She was once part of a loving and happy family. Now she’s treated like the maid. Her mother is dead, her father is an alcoholic, and he abuses her.
Talk about having the deck stacked against you. But that’s OK. I like a heroine who can juggle lots of complicated problems.
Haley keeps quiet about the abuse for many reasons. She’s embarrassed. She feels guilty. But mostly, she keeps quiet because of her sister, Jocelyn. Jocelyn is faring much better with the transition—she’s Daddy’s favorite—and in fact, for about half the book, she a little witch to her big sister. Not helping out around the house, taking advantage of her favorite status, and sticking up for her dirt bag father.
There is a lot going on in this book. The mystery builds very slowly in the beginning, but then things start happening quickly and then they just happen boom, boom, boom. One after another all the way until the end.
I liked Chris Charming. In fact, he was almost too likable. I hate to say that since this is a YA book and that’s what I expect in a YA book. But Haley hated him at first. Talking up all his bad deeds. But we never saw Christ being this “bad” character. He was sweet and caring, in fact, for the entire book. There is one moment where he’s a bit of a dick, but honestly, it was warranted.
I found this to be the case in a few different places. Haley’s past pegged her as a rich kid who went to a private school. In fact, her mother was a CEO of a candle company. But I just couldn’t picture that at all. It was so different from the way Haley’s family life was described now, that I never accepted it. I think it would’ve been better to have had a few scenes or flashbacks or something to show the “before” life.
In YA books I hate when kids are at school. I don’t know why, it’s just boring to me. But in this case, I think Haley needed a little more school. There were almost no responsible adults in this story at all. Even Chris Charming’s parents, who are the fantasy family, didn’t take enough interest in Haley to help her before things got out of hand.
So I guess what I’m saying is that this story had some believability issues for me. But I’m an adult and this book was written for young adults. So I imagine they would not have this same problem.
Charming was exciting, well-written, and twisted. With an abundance of plot twists and shady characters in the lineup, you never really knew who was good and who was bad. Four stars for Charming by Krystal Wade.
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