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Monday, 6 October 2014

BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY - Charming by Krystal Wade

Book & Author details:

Charming by Krystal Wade
Published by: Curiosity Quills Press
Publication date: October 6th 2014
Genres: 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.


***** out of 5 (loved it)

So what happens if you cross Cinderella with Saw? You get a bloody brilliant book that will draw you in and not let go, not even to make your children's tea! I'll be honest, reading the synopsis and seeing that it fell in the horror genre, I wasn't sure if I'd like it. I mean, come on, who wants to read about an alcoholic dad, a dead mum, an indifferent sister and physical abuse, especially when you're a wuss as I am? It turns out I do, when it is written in this way!

The moment I realised that my stomach was clenching on behalf of Haley as she stood before her home, trying to find the strength to go through the door, I knew I was hooked. Trust me, Haley has everything to whinge and whine about but surprisingly does neither. She is destructing, but slowly and underneath everyone's radar or so she thinks. A couple of people reach out to her - her English teacher, the caretaker at the cemetery where she visits with her mum and surprisingly, Chris Charming. The son of the man who now runs her mother's company. The boy who has what she had. The story between Haley and Chris runs through the book but doesn't overwhelm it.

The other part of the story, the mystery/horror of the book, I won't talk about much as I don't want to spoil it for anyone else. Suffice it to say that I was twisted in knots trying to figure out who it was - was it this person or that one? It turns out I was right but Krystal Wade had me doubting everything I thought I knew. Excellent! The horror part wasn't too bad, yes there were parts to it that weren't nice to read - violence, abuse, kidnap to name just three - but there was nothing there that didn't contribute to the story; that didn't help to set the scene or deepen your feelings for that particular character whether they are good or bad.

The plot, storyline and pace were all fantastic - I honestly can't think of anything that let this book down. I can 100%, wholeheartedly recommend this to all fans of YA, Romance, Horror (never thought I'd recommend a horror book!) and of Krystal Wade herself. Another hit for Miss Wade!

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Krystal Wade is happily married to the love of her life (don’t gag) and raising three beautiful children in the gorgeous state of Virginia. They live just outside Washington, D.C., and every day she wakes up to find herself stuck in traffic trying to get there.
The horrid commute gives Krystal plenty of time to zone out and think about her characters in full, brilliant details (she’s a safe driver; don’t worry). Stories give her a way to forget about the sometimes smelly strangers sitting next to her on the fifty mile trek into town (she picks up hitchhikers every day. True story. Check out if you don’t believe us).

Krystal has been a part of organized hitchhiking for nearly fifteen years, but that’s just one small aspect of her oh-so-large life. When she’s not working, commuting, or chasing after her three children (four if you count the man), you can usually find Krystal outside talking to her chickens like they’re the cutest things in the world (they are), or training her amazing dogs how to herd said chickens (which they love), or curled up on the sofa with a good book (why can’t that be 100% of the time?).


Author links: 

October 6th
-Archaeolibrarian – I dig good books!
-A British Bookworm’s Blog
-Orchard book club
-Love In Every Page
-Cindy’s Love of Books 
-New Adult Addiction
-Read It Woman

October 7th
-My Book Filled Life
-Author Amber Garr
-YA Story Teller
-Mom in Love with Fiction
-A is For Alpha B is For Books 
-Seeing Double In Neverland
-book boyfriend junkies

October 8th
-Sated Faery
-Amazeballs Book Addicts
-Back Porchervations
-Shayna Varadeaux Books & Reviews
-Author Heather McCorkle
-Journey with Books
-Met In Eleven

October 9th
-The Mad Reviewer 
-Once Upon a YA Book
-Bottles & Books Reviews 
-Kayla’s Reads and Reviews
-The Phantom Paragrapher 

October 10th
-All in One Place
-Read Write All The Time
-Sweet Southern Home
-Rhea’s Neon Journal
-Movies, Shows & Books
-I Feel the Need, the Need to Read
-Kris & Vik Book Therapy Cafe
-Escape Reality with Books

October 11th
-The Word at My Fingertips
-CBY Book Club
-Worth Reading It?
-books are love
-A_TiffyFit’s Reading Corner


  1. The mystery and horror aspect of this book is what intrigues me the most. But it sounds like it's a great blend along with the more gritty stuff, too! Glad you liked it it sounds like quite the wild ride!!

  2. I believe your review is still one of my absolute favorites! I'm so, so happy you loved CHARMING!