Tuesday, February 6, 2018

New Release+Review: By A Charm & A Curse by Jaime Questell

By a Charm and a Curse by [Questell, Jaime]

A kiss is never just a kiss.

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.

Emmaline gets tricked into a curse by a kiss. This just adds insult to injury because she is forced to stay with her father for a year while her mom is doing research. She feels like an outcast even though she’s with family and friends. So a night of fun at the local carnival turns into anything but fun……

Benjamin, I can see why he gravitated towards Emmaline. His mother, Audrey was so overbearing at times. I don’t know how he dealt with her all these years.

The cover caught my attention and I’m happy to report the story was just as good as the cover. I’m very picky when it comes to paranormal reads and YA as well. So, I’m happy this book was a winner. I loved the whole curse aspect, how to break the curse and the ramifications if the curse was broken.

This was my first time reading anything by this author and I enjoyed the story. The writing was solid, the pacing was good and the story held my attention. This was a very refreshing read and I enjoyed the whole premise. I hope we get a novella to see how the characters are doing.  I will be sure to check out more books by this author especially for this genre. It had the right blend of fantasy, paranormal and romance.

4 Book Corner Stars
*NetGalley Review*

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