Charming by Krystal Wade
Date of Publishing: October 6th 2014
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult
My Rating: ★★★★
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.
I didn’t realize I was reading a slightly twisted, sick version a fairy tale until I had finished reading Charming. And then I was in complete awe of how big an idiot I was for literally not realizing this until the very end
Charming isn’t charming. It’s real and gruesome. And in all honesty, it’s one of the few books that are actually as promising inside as they are on the outside.
Haley Tremaine’s life isn’t easy. She’s got an abusive father to deal with every night and a bitter, younger sister to protect—one who’s oblivious to Haley’s predicament and who idolizes their father. And if this wasn’t more trouble than she can handle already, her best friend won’t stop smoking pot and Chris Charming won’t leave her alone.
The matter of physical abuse and the terror it brings is pretty much the undercurrent theme of this book. Not once did Haley feel safe and secure at her own house—a feeling most of us take for granted. She feared her father and didn’t know when he would lash out at her. Her only aim was to protect her sister, Joselyn and it was heart wrenching to see the amount of cruelty she went through to achieve just that. Throughout the book, Haley was almost resigned to the fact that she would spend the rest of her life tending to her father and without any hope of a future outside of t.
Chris Charming, as you may have read in the synopsis, is the personification of a rich, spoilt boy. But in reality, he’s everything but. Well, except the rich part. He is pretty rich.
But there was just something about this persuasive hero who just won’t give up—even after being rejected 254901 times. He’s everything Haley needs in her life and honestly? He’s pretty perfect.
But if I were to pick my favorite character from the book, it would be Christine. Haley’s best friend is one of the people you want in your life. She’s funny and loyal and smart. She makes mistakes and sticks by Haley and she’s all types of amazing. She also smokes pot—a lot—and she’s high for almost 80% of the book. But she’s brave and I’d go so far to say that she’s one of the best supporting casts I’ve read this year 😀
The “sick” portions of this book are really fucking creepy. There’s abuse, kidnapping, broken (literally) fingers and murder. I had an inkling of the twist in the book and who exactly the twist was, but that didn’t really hinder me from enjoying the book and of course, looking over my shoulder ALL THE FUCKING TIME.
If you’re into YA with a twist of thrill and would like to read the love child of Saw and Cinderella, this is THE book for you.
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About the Author
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 www.slug-lines.com 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?).
*I was provided a free ecopy of this book in exchange of an honest review. This did not in any way, however, influence the content of this review.*