Author: Krystal Wade
Release date: October 6th 2014
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Genre: Young Adult/Horror/Contemporary Romance
Rating: 5 stars
*Thank you to Curiosity Quills Press for providing me with an eARC in exchange for a honest review.
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.
One word. Marvellous.
This is one of the rare times, or should I say, the first time, I have read a YA contemporary novel to be so dark and emotional. Charming is truly a novel that will have her readers gripping on to the edge of their seats as they read through the life of Haley Tremaine, the protagonist.
I have read so many books of protagonists with similar background. The only difference between them would be the age and of course, the genre of the books. When I first read the synopsis, I thought ‘Ahh, another typical protagonist with an abusive parent and another one dead, a sibling that doesn’t like her – a broken family.’
Basically, I thought Haley Tremaine would be just another protagonist that would have you going ‘poor child’.
Turns out I was right…and not so at times.
To clear up the confusion, yes, Haley would have you doing both which I just mentioned above and no, she is not just another typical protagonist. At first, I really hated the father for abusing Haley, and then I hated her.
I couldn’t understand why Haley wouldn’t just fight back or at least find the police. Though, that hatred only lasted for a few pages after I realised what she was trying to do – to protect the sister who don’t seem to like her very much.
Christine, Haley’s best friend, the second person I love the most besides Haley. She may behave like a person who just smokes to escape her troubles, not that she isn’t, but she is the kind of best friend anyone would wish they have. Honestly, I would much rather prefer Haley’s family consisted of her only instead of that good-for-nothing father and that bitter sister she has.
Haley is just so strong, she’s the kind of person that you would want to go into her world and bring her out of her pain because honestly? She suffered too much. Normally, I don’t particularly like any rich male protagonists to be served as the love interest of someone like Haley, but I thank the stars that Haley has one – Chris freaking Charming.
Of course, everyone thinks rich guys are arrogant and cocky and definitely not going to like someone like Haley but no, Chris is a different person. Really, he is. I can already hear the sounds of people groaning ‘not this again, guy-meets-girl-and-changes-his-attitude’. Seriously peeps, have a little faith and trust me.
Though I must warn you, if you think this book is going to be all about a girl and guy finding love each in each other and everything will turn out fine, her father would be sorry for what he had done, her sister would love her, YOU. ARE. WRONG.
THERE IS A GREATER FORCE OF EVIL AT WORK HERE.
Actually not all would be wrong, just some. That, my dear peeps, are for you guys to buy/borrow and read the book to find out!
Highly recommended for readers who are into dark YA novels and would love to get your feels into a tangled mess.
(Stay strong peeps, you might not survive the wonderful-dark-and-gritty-emotional writing of Miss Wade!)