Hi, everyone! I am very excited to be a part of the Wicked Charm blog tour hosted by Chapter by Chapter. My review, along with some sweet information about Wicked Charm, will be in this post.
Wicked Charm by Amber Hart
Publication Date: January 30, 2018
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Nothing good comes from living in the Devil’s swamp.
Willow Bell thinks moving to the Okefenokee area isn’t half bad, but nothing prepares her for what awaits in the shadows of the bog.
Girls are showing up dead in the swamp. And she could be next.
Everyone warns Willow to stay away from Beau Cadwell—the bad boy at the top of their suspect list as the serial killer tormenting the small town.
But beneath his wicked, depthless eyes, there’s something else that draws Willow to him.
When yet another girl he knew dies, though, Willow questions whether she can trust her instincts…or if they’re leading to her own death.
Wicked Charm was a refreshing read, one that was not too heavy on the romance or the suspense. There was just enough of both to make the book a satisfying and memorable read. The setting of the book was also a wonderful aspect of the story. It was an unusual and very descriptive setting, and it was perfect for the suspense of the book. I’ve read many books before but never one that takes place near a Georgia swamp. I also really enjoyed the characters; not just the main characters, but I found Gran to be an enjoyable side character. She added a light humor to the story, one that made me laugh multiple times while I was on the train.
What I liked about Wicked Charm:
The mystery: I’m a sucker for mystery reads, so I was delighted to get my hands on an early copy of Wicked Charm. I really enjoyed the suspense and seeing the main characters go through suspect after suspect while trying to find the killer and while also dealing with their own personal problems. The mystery slowly came together and gave just enough for the reader to be left shocked. And then there was that heart-pounding chapter…you’ll know what I mean when you read the book.
The chemistry: the romance between Willow and Beau is addicting; I could feel their feelings for one another as if they were jumping off the page. Their attraction toward one another was instant, along with the romantic tension. It was refreshing to be able to read from both of their views, to be able to see the struggles of both characters and how those struggles brought them together.
The writing style: Amber Hart’s writing style is light and beautiful and so easy to follow. She has a way of enthralling readers from page one. Amber Hart also wrote well-drawn and well-developed characters that the readers see change throughout the story.
Overall, I was very pleased with Wicked Charm. The characters, the setting, and the suspense came together to create a beautiful masterpiece. Amber Hart outdid herself with Wicked Charm!
If you’re looking for a young adult mystery filled with an irresistible romance, then Wicked Charm is a book you need to read!
About the Author:
Amber Hart resides on the Florida coastline with family and a plethora of animals she affectionately refers to as her urban farm. When unable to find a book, she can be found writing, daydreaming, or with her toes in the sand. She’s the author of several novels for teens and adults, including Wicked Charm, the Before & After series, and the Untamed series. Rep’d by Stacey Donaghy of Donaghy Literary Group.
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Ahh another ginger zee book that was on tap for me. When was able to get this arc I was jumping and down like crazy reason being is when I’m not reading one of my other passions is weather and have had that passion since a young age. So when you see this book you think tornado and weather plus in the title is helicity which means to spin. Which it def is. And this book is about 13 year old helicity who is about to thru a major change. Where at start of the book helicity is frustrated with her family since helicity in high school wants to get into honors classes but her parents don’t so she gets frustrated and takes her horse for a ride. Along the ride she starts to see a storm go up and watches it till suddenly see’s the storm getting violent. As she rushes home a tornado forms and thru her eyes watches as her town gets destroyed. Rest of the book picks where her town is leveled and suffering slightly what most victims go thru with ptsd and see’s how her life’s changed. All this was amazingly displayed and loved it as weather nerd and storm chasers. After this though book goes down hill. I’m going go do *spoilers now* I usually don’t but I need to get it out their and just preying its the arc and just not finished. But after town is destroyed. Her dad is blaming helicity for her star studded football player getting hurt. But after the hospital he is home complaining of pain takes meds doctor gave. Then it seems not a week later or 2 he is out of pills and dad gets more and sayes that the brother gets guilty look when helicity looks at him or thoughts but doesn’t think much more. I get it’s middle grade and saw the hints what brother was doing but doesn’t go into details. Another thing that happens is later bring a crush for helicity. He is 17 year old guy has the excitement for weather and young and immature like a lot of young storm chasers but way he acts it has sooo many vibes of some famous chaser or chasers, one I know ginger zee dated. Aka reed timmer. Who was on the show storm chasers on discovery channel. The guy in this book still seems cool but then later wants the photo so bad that helicity took of the tornado and he later sells it and gives most of money to helicity. She is mad that he did it with no thought to ask. And ginger trying to show that helicity doing stuff just for love of weather and not sell and the guy gets absolutely no repercussion from it at all. Forgot to add with the brother is at one point helicity hanging with brother and goes pick something up and is with brother and sayes gets up again and brother is looking odd. Later on the trip she is missing some money from her purse. Again this hints at things but then just left open ended. Last very last part of the book she is able to go on a storm chase with a meterlogist/ storm chaser and her guy crush. And it’s been raining hard in city their in for days. The guy and helicity find a time where with out asking takes the car to chase a storm and the kid is driving aggressive and fast and just being dangerous with helicity wanting to get out. Well he puts it through a flood. He gets hurt but she doesn’t. But as she is being rescued by emergency and stuff. Out comes to rescue as well is her chaser friend the meterlogist. Well let’s say one survives while other doesn’t “technically she does but in coma” but it’s left next page after that like I’m helicity I made bad decisions but I’m a survivor. 1 as a middle grade book I feel that might discourage people to not like weather or want to read books. And 2 I felt would of flowed better for storm chase she had actually gotten her tornado in a field that’s it and show she over came tornado fear while still taking the beauty of Mother Nature…. sorry I’m just so annoyed at all the things left open that are touched on then not.
3/5 stars this book could of been higher and loved it but so many flaws.
~~~~JUSTIN 3/5 stars
Sometimes even all the love in the world is not enough to save someone.
Willow Thorpe knows friction… The friction between her parents, Rosie and Rex. The friction inside herself as she tries to navigate two worlds since their divorce.
But life has not always been like this.
When Rosie and Rex first met, theirs was an attraction of opposites. Rosie lived life for those heightened moments when love reveals its true secrets. Rex lived life safely, by the rules. Common sense would say theirs was a union not meant to last, but it was genuine love.
Now Willow just wants to be with Rosie, to bask in her mother’s outsize glow and, she thinks, protection. Because Rosie is the only person who can make Willow feel totally alive and completely loved.
But as Willow and Rosie and Rex try harder and harder to stay connected as a family, Rosie’s manic tornado of love continues to sweep up everyone in sight, ultimately to heartbreaking results.
“Because Rex Thorpe finally knew what love was. And she tasted like Pixy Stix and wore polka-dot underwear.”
This warmed and broke my heart at the same time. From the start, I knew that these characters were going to break me and I wasn’t wrong.
A truly heartwarming read that left me breathless. No words can help me express my true feelings for this book. But I do say these words with tears in my eyes and goosebumps on my arms.
This magnificent tale of family, love, and heartbreak will explore all kinds of love even if it’s tragic. I loved every page of this and I wish everyone would give this a chance. Please judge this book by its beautiful cover!
I’m forever grateful to the publisher and Goodreads for having a giveaway for this book. They helped me discover a book that will be my favorite of the year and the year just started. I’m ready to ride this emotional roller coaster again and maybe live my life a little bit like Rosie. 💋
Happy Tuesday, everyone! It’s been a great week so far and I have an awesome post coming tomorrow, so keep a look out for that!
Anywho, this is my first time participating in the Top Ten Tuesday. Has anyone else participated? I’m super excited! Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. That Artsy Reader Girl has currently listed some of the upcoming themes for Top Ten Tuesday. I highly recommend checking them out!
The topic for Tuesday, January 23, is: Books I Really Liked but Can’t Remember Anything/Much About. I have so many books I have read (and haven’t read) so I had to go through my library and look at some of the books I remember liking, but had trouble remembering the events that happened.
Here are the top ten books on my list. I hope to one day re-read them, but we’ll see if that actually does happen (not a big fan of re-reading books, but you never know!).
What are some books you absolutely loved but can’t remember much of the events that took place?
Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”
Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.
“When Alice was born, her eyes were black from end to end, and the midwife didn’t stay long enough to wash her.”
Don’t let this beautiful, dark, and shimmery cover fool you. I was almost fooled into preordering this book and I’m glad I wasn’t persuaded.
We all know my infatuation with Alice in Wonderland. I even have it tattooed on my body, but I wish authors would leave Alice in Wonderland alone! 🙄🙄
With the hints of Alice and her crazy adventures in Wonderland, it reminded me a little bit of Furthermore. And we all know how much I enjoyed that book. (Heavy sarcasm) (Maybe an eye roll) It left me with a lot of questions of why!?
Deep into the story, we come to find out about a deeply horrorish fairytale that may hold the clues to Alice’s life or one she never knew about. But I wish that maybe this book was just that disturbing fairytale. The more quotes from the fairytale shared between the characters, the more you would rather read that instead of this.
The main character, Alice was a bit ostentatious. She was flawed from the beginning and didn’t grow as other characters would have. At times you just wanted to slap some sense into her for being so vapid. She was too trusting of others at times where she should have been the most terrified.
What irritated me the most was the big name/company drops. The author seemed to love to drop names of things that were already highly adored. Like other books, songs, and stores. And the most gagging of all was her mentions of Alice in Wonderland. No thanks, name dropper! Just stop trying to be something you’re not!!!
My favorite part of this book was the cover. With its shimmery captivating creepiness. Those tricky bastards!
Do you dare enter The Hazel Wood?
Hi, everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday! I enjoyed spending the time with my family and reading in front of the fire place…when I had time to myself. I have family still in town so I won’t be posting much this week, or reading for that matter. But I did have enough time to squeeze in the three WWW’s: What I am currently reading, what I recently finished, and what I plan on reading next. I changed the name so our awesome readers do not get confused with the other Waiting on Wednesday posts created by Jill at Breaking the Spine.
This book is so. Freaking. Good. I’m a little over half way through (I’d hoped to be done reading The Cruel Prince by now but not everything goes as planned), and I am just loving the characters and faerie aspect. Holly Black sure knows how to weave a wonderful tale!
I recently started By a Charm and a Curse. I’m not too far into the story but I know I will be by the end of today. This book pulls you into a unique carnival setting, and I can’t wait to see what happens to the characters.
Everless comes out next month, and this is a must-read. If this book is not on your TBR list, it needs to be! Everless was such an excellent read, with a unique build-up and setting. Sara Holland did a fantastic job with building suspense, and I am eagerly awaiting the sequel!
The Hazel Wood has been on my TBR list since June, so I am excited to enter this fantastical world and see what Melissa Albert has in store for her readers. Plus, the cover is just GORGEOUS! I am all about fairy tales and myths, so this book is definitely right up my alley.
I hope you all have a great week and Happy New Year!