Tuesday, February 6, 2018

By a Charm and a Curse by Jaime Questell

Hardcover300 pages
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Entangled: Teen
ISBN:  1633759008 

Le Grand’s Carnival Fantastic isn’t like other traveling circuses. It’s bound by a charm, held together by a centuries-old curse, that protects its members from ever growing older or getting hurt. Emmaline King is drawn to the circus like a moth to a flame…and unwittingly recruited into its folds by a mysterious teen boy whose kiss is as cold as ice.

Forced to travel through Texas as the new Girl in the Box, Emmaline is completely trapped. Breaking the curse seems like her only chance at freedom, but with no curse, there’s no charm, either—dooming everyone who calls the Carnival Fantastic home. Including the boy she’s afraid she’s falling for.

Everything—including his life—could end with just one kiss.

By a Charm and a Curse was an entertaining and unique book! This was a quick read that definitely can be done in one sitting!

The beginning of By a Charm and a Curse was a bit chaotic and too fast paced for me. I actually had a hard time keeping up with everything that was happening and truly understanding what was going on. I liked that the author kept me on my toes, but I just wish the pace would have been toned down a little bit in the beginning. However, after the first couple chapters, the book found a great pace and stayed consistent throughout the story. 

The setting of this book was interesting a truly magical. The glamour and the allure of the circus was beautifully showcased in this story. I loved getting a behind the scenes look of this circus and the curse that was holding everything together. The setting alone made this book addicting!

One of the things the author pulled off really well was making a memorable cast of characters! There were so many side characters that made such an impact on the story and stood out! The side characters all had unique personalities, which added so much depth to this story. The main male character, Ben, was an adorable cinnamon roll. He was a character that I constantly wanted to hug BECAUSE HE WAS SO STINKING CUTE. The main female character, Emma, was a passionate and kind girl. I do think she made some dumb decisions throughout the story, but I enjoyed her overall! The romance between Ben and Emma was cute and full of swoony moments! I did think the romance developed a little too quickly for my tastes, but I thought they made a good couple. 

Overall, By a Charm and a Curse was a magical and exciting book! I would recommend this to readers who are intrigued by the idea of reading about a cursed circus!

3 / 5 Fangs

*This ebook was given to me in exchange for an honest review. * 

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