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4.05  ·  Rating details ·  80 ratings  ·  37 reviews
When the King of the Texas Empire kidnaps Warren's brother, Warren embarks into a still Wild West to save him. On his journey, he makes a discovery that changes his life forever—he and his brother are long-lost members of the Texas royal family and the King wants them both dead.

He gets help from an activist Texan named Lena, who's itching to take on the King and happens
Published March 2nd 2013 by Curiosity Quills Press
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Katherine Paschal
I absolutely loved this book! I will admit that the first thing that appealed to me was the cover. Yes, I know not to judge a book by its cover, but I was lured in by the blue storm clouds and the sign for entering the Texas Empire. Once I started reading I was hooked and could not put it down. Going to work was near impossible, and sleep is overrated anyway. The story tells an alternate history of the United States, where one small change caused an entire shift in what we know about history. Te ...more
Jessa Russo
Jan 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
WOW! I LOVED this book! Absolutely loved it!! I was instantly drawn in, and curious about the alternate reality Sharon Bayliss created.

And what an alternate reality it was! Imagining our country divided like it was in THE CHARGE, was a very strange concept to consider. My mind was constantly running through the scenes and picturing what it would be like to live in a place like the Texas Empire. When I read stories like this one, I always find myself wishing my imagination worked the way some of
Connie Michael
Mar 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was lucky enough to recieve an advanced copy of The Charge and am excited to give it four stars.
The Charge takes the reader into a future where Texas is no longer a part of the USA and the leaders of the territory have altered their DNA so they have advanced intellegence, strength, and a variety of other traits that make them stronger than the regular citizen. In addition they give off an electrical charge when you are near them. Warren is the Main character in this story which starts off very
James Wymore
Mar 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
How would America be different if the Alamo had ended with Texas declaring itself a separate nation under a new king? Tracing the lineage of Texas Royalty, imbued with bio-electric power, The Charge taps into the alternate history and develops an awesome contemporary sci-fi.

It is so refreshing to see an NA (New Adult, for ages 18-22) book not be a romance. Sharon Bayliss puts together a wild and fast ride as young adults get pulled into the political games of the highest political powers in the
Mar 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this. The story was easy to get into. The characters were easy to distinguish. It had a nice twist here and a turn there. I read it for a few hours at a time, that's how good it was. I wish it was a little longer at the end. I'd have liked a little closure...or a sequel? ...more
Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, netgalley
Warren King thought it was just another visit home to make sure his Mom was okay. She's known to try odd things like cook bacon in the toaster and end up with a kitchen fire. Instead of a pit stop at home before going back to campus, Warren finds out his brother is missing, a dry bloodstain on the carpet, and a vague threat about others coming to take him away.

Who has Isaac?
Why is Mom so afraid?
Does this have anything to do with their father?
Who could possibly want to harm his family?

Mar 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The full review -

An alternate history of the U.S. and Texas with a few characters that have paranormal elements because of their blood. In this book, Texas and the U.S. don't like each other. The U.S. bombed Texas to kill off its ruthless King and all others that share his blood...but after almost 2 decades, a new King materializes and rumors of war begin to escalate. Will another ruthless dictator take over Texas, or will the Wild West finally take ste
May 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on my book review blog, The Overstuffed Bookcase.

Another First...

I know I've reviewed some physical ARCs lately, but I just had to share that The Charge was actually the first physical book I ever received for review. Sure, I had won some ARCs or finished copies through giveaways, and I had received eARCs from publishers and through NetGalley, and I've received some physical ARCs and finished copies for review recently, but The Charge was my first physical b
Jun 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Finished The Charge by Sharon Bayliss today! I was surprised at how I got totally sucked into this book. I felt very emotionally invested in the characters, which is rare for me when a book's written in third person perspective and especially with alternating narrators. But The Charge did exactly that.

I felt that Warren was very relatable as a main character: a well-executed, typical but loveable anti-hero. The other characters as well, were well-rounded and realistic, even the ones we once see
Mar 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I would first like to say that I am partial to any story that is layered with politics, especially one that pits democracy against monarchy (I majored in Political Science and love fictional politics – real stuff not so much). So after reading the blurb I was excited to read Sharon’s book. Not only does she know how to write a compelling blurb (ha ha ha – what a great figure of speech!), she writes a damn fine book! Great job, Sharon!

The characters were well developed; I really rooted for Warre
Jan 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Charge, just like the lightening on the front cover, this book runs its course with a unrelenting fury until it reaches the final destination. I���ve been excited to read this book for a while, and I couldn���t believe it when it came to me for a proofreading assignment.

When Warren���s brother mysteriously disappears, Warren embarks on a journey to the wild and reportedly dangerous Texas Empire to find him. Along the way, he begins experiencing strange symptoms: rapid pulse, tingling sensati
Yolanda Renee
May 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
“When King of the Texas Empire kidnaps Warren's brother, Warren embarks into a still Wild West to save him. On his journey, he makes a discovery that changes his life forever-he and his brother are long-lost members of the Texas royal family and the King wants them both dead.”
All Warren wants to do is fit in, disappear into the crowd, graduate from college, and have a normal life. While fitting in or disappearing into the crowd is a bit difficult for someone over six foot, with black hair so dar
Jul 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Charge was an interesting read for me. It wasn't at all what I expected. It jumped very quickly into the action of story with one thing happening quickly behind the next. For several pages I was left wondering if I'd missed something, a prequel or prologue chapter maybe? It's obvious that the author meant to grab the reader as quickly as possible and drag them into this story. And she succeeded. Even feeling a little disoriented, I had to keep reading to figure out what exactly was going on. ...more
Feb 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, paranormal
I received an ARC to read of this book. It is an alternate history of the U.S. and Texas with a few characters that have paranormal elements because of their blood. The main characters are Will (the son of the President of the United States), Warren King (who is out to save his kidnapped little brother at any cost), and Lena (a Texan democratic activist who happens to be dating Will). This book is fast paced, with lots of mystery and suspense, and sizzling energy like the Energizer bunny. I foun ...more
Emma Adams
This is certainly a unique book! Sharon Bayliss’s brilliant new adult alternative history imagines a world where Texas established its own empire separately from the U.S. – ruled by a family rumoured to have supernatural powers. When Warren King’s brother is kidnapped, he learns that he’s a descendent of the Texan royal family, and that puts his life in danger.

Meanwhile, Will Cole, son of the President of the U.S., is experiencing strange symptoms linked to the charge. His girlfriend, Lena, a su
Jul 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Get ready for a different take on the U.S. The Charge, by Sharon Bayliss, is an alternative history story with paranormal elements. It is set in the the United States, but the evil Texas Empire is making a comeback.
This was my first alternative history book and I really enjoyed it. This author did a great job of building a different world for her readers. I could easily imagine a poor, war torn region trying to recover from previous attacks. The characters were also well written and readers will
Kelley Lynn
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Read this book in two days. It is an impressive tale of a Texas Empire against the United States. I was worried I would find it difficult to envision a fracture US, but Bayliss does a fantastic job laying out the situation and building the tension between the two.

Every character has a flaw or two, and many make you wonder what side they're on: The King's, the Texas Empire's, or the United State's.

With a well developed cast, a large talent for the written word, and a great flair of speculative f
Jul 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
What a page turner! It’s a fresh new plot. The Charge is about two different territories one being the United States and Texas Empire. Texas has its own royal family that has a paranormal twist. The United States features a President. The characters find out who they thought they were, was not always who they really are.
It all starts when Warren’s brother is kidnapped and he starts the journey that will change his life. I thought it was a fast thrilling read. It is Sci-fi done right! This book
Feb 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received a free advance copy of this book from the author in exchange for a review.

Sharon’s writing was very easy to read, and while I didn’t necessarily get lost in it like I do some other books, it was never hard to find a few minutes between tasks to read a little bit further.

Please read the full review available on my blog.
May 31, 2013 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the book. It was a little hard to get in to initially but once the story lines began to intertwine I could not put it down. I found the end lacking. I really hope their will be a follow up to take care of some lingering questions.
I really appreciated the cigarette comment. It had my house full of co-workers cracking up! Thanks so much for that Sharon; it is possibly my favorite line from a book ever!
Nov 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
The electrifying main characters were solid, strong, and perfectly flawed to make us root for them. I loved the idea of a Texas Empire! My only complaint is I was left wanting more - more background about the blue energy and how it came to be, a deeper connection between Lena and Warren, and more insight into the supporting characters. It worked, but I know there's more behind the scenes! Hoping to get more in the next one! ...more
Mar 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
A really great read with an interesting/original storyline and well-developed characters. Would definitely recommend it - and would have given it more stars if some of the concepts and history were more developed. So, it left me wanting more... prequels and sequels, please! Maybe that's a good thing! ...more
Millie Burns
Mar 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The action, the suspense, the mystery...The Charge! This book grabbed me from the get-go and drove me through page after page. The wild ride through an alternate universe caused my breath to catch in my throat time and again. The electrical energy of the quality of the writing caused all my synapses to fire...anxiously awaiting more Sharon!
May 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
I too was lucky and received an arc of The Charge. To me, the story was fresh and well written. The story moved along quickly with very engaging characters. Am I looking forward to more books by Ms. Bayliss? You bet!
Aug 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013-sci-fi
My, my! This is certainly very exciting and attention-grabbing from the very start. The Charge is a very colorful and often humorous alternate history beginning in the Civil War, with just a touch of the supernatural. Light but quite entertaining.
Elsie Elmore
Nov 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved The Charge.

Sharon Bayliss offers the perfect amount of tension, intrigue, and romance in this alternate history YA book that will keep you guessing.

Amy Bearce
If you know almost anything about Texas, but especially if you are a self-identified Texan, you'll get a kick out of this alternate history fantasy in which Texas is an empire and Texans are truly not to be messed with. The frequent and fascinating lines about Texas and the entire changed history of the United States was so clever that definitely earned 5 stars in my book. I had to read the ending carefully to catch everything going on with all the action. The paranormal/fantastical elements wer ...more
Katie Hamstead
Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Charge follows mostly Warren, who at the beginning goes looking for his kidnapped brother. Along the way we encounter Lena, who Warren is inexplicably drawn to, and Will, her boyfriend and the son of the United States President.
In typical Bayliss fashion, there's a wide range of characters, some with hidden motives, good and bad, and others like Warren who just want to live out their lives but are caught up in something bigger.
Unlike a lot of books, The Charge kept me guessing throughout. I
Heather Gawiser
Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
I found The Charge to be a page-turner. It was a great story, woven with intrigue, Texas history, fantasy, science fiction, and a little romance. Bayliss did a great job creating a story that weaved through these different genres of literature seamlessly. As a Native Texan, I enjoyed the historical fiction and the slant and inventive nature the author added to spice it up a bit! The characters were well-developed and even the "bad guys" were likeable. That being said, I also enjoyed not always b ...more
Karen Patterson
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
It sure sounded intriguing with an alternative U.S. being divided and Texas being its own nation. However, it was slow to start and I was quickly bogged down with numerous typographical errors that had me wanting to red line my Kindle, so much so that I lost track of the story doing my mental corrections. I continued on because I thought it was going to reveal something momentous with the Wilde’s “special” electrical powers, but I was disappointed after everything was said and done. There was on ...more
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Sharon Bayliss is the author of The December People Series and The Charge. When she’s not writing, she enjoys living happily-ever-after with her husband and two young sons. She can be found eating Tex-Mex on patios, wearing flip-flops, and playing in the mud (which she calls gardening). She only practices magic in emergencies.

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