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 s ...more
https://curi…moreHi, Max! So I hope I'm not too late on a response, but my publisher does have the hardcover and paperback pre-order up on their site now.
5 out of 5 Stars
Charming is very original, well written, great characters, with only slight nods to Cinderella. I would definitely recommend this book especially if you are looking for a youthful romantic horror retelling of Cinderella!
So what happens if you cross Cinderella with Saw? You get a bloody brilliant book that will draw you in and not let go, not even to make your children's tea! I'll be honest, reading the synopsis and seeing that it fell in the horror genre, I wasn't sure if I'd like it. I mean, come on, who wants to read about an alcoholic dad, a dead mum, an indifferent sister and physical abuse, especially when you're a wuss as I am? It turns out I d ...more
There really is no other way to describe this but as a retelling of a Cinderally if she took some hallucinogens and ended up in Saw franchise.
No seriously. Although the story is told of our "Cinderella" as a HS sophomore there is a lot of adult content such has dealing with abuse. If anythingn this story reflects much of the original Brothers Grimm story of Cinderella in the gore and messing with your head factor. In the original story there is actual cutting/trimming of feet to get into tha ...more
Haley Tremaine lost it all. Her mother died in a car crash that was supposed to take Haley away from her abusive father and now she’s stuck with him. She’s stuck with him and she has to protect her sister from the truth about who her father is- an alcoholic abuser. Enter Chris Charming, a boy who used to attend school with Haley and now is runner up for her mother’s candle making company. He has a reputation as a trouble maker and he won’t leave Haley alone. There’...more
I loved this story, if was sad how poorly Haley is treated by her Father and Sister. I really liked the friendships and romantic aspects of this book along with suspense and mild horror. I thought when I started reading this book I would be able to figure everything out but I definitely couldn't. I really liked the fact that it was a mystery and hard to predict. I love that it isn't just your typical retelling of Cinderella done in horror retelling.
Charming is very original, well ...more
As disappointed as she was, she understood. But after a while I started to feel bad. Maybe I was being too stubborn. The beta readers were loving it, so I should gi ...more
Haley is a sixteen year old girl who has a horrible home life. She lost her mom and then had to handle abuse from her father. She protected her sister from her dad's abuse and never spoke out. Her life changed after the death of her mother. She went from a well to do family to barely surviving. From private schools to public schools. But the past always catches up with you.
But with that being said, even from the very first rough draft of this book, it was a very excellent read. It is a Young Adult book geared towards the female audience. Even though it was geared towards females, I think ANYONE who picked this book up to read would find it very enjoyable.
*Thank you to Curiosity Quills Press for providing me with an eARC in exchange for a honest review.
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 simila ...more
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 sist ...more
Haley is a teenager who has been dealt a crappy family life. She has lost her mother and her father is an abusive alcoholic. Her younger sister seems oblivious to everything going around her. Chris Charming has everythi ...more
I was lucky enough to snag myself an ARC to review. Score! *Did my little happy dance around the apartment*
They say what doesn’t’ kill you makes you stronger, and that’s great…as long as you don’t die.
What a tagline. It says it all right there I think.
Charming is about our 16 year old Haley who once had it all, the prestigious school, great family, tons of friends, a boyfriend, and a bright future until it all fell apart. Now with an alcoholic father, ...more
As you can guess from the cover, this book is bleak at times. Th ...more
I didn't know what to expect. I hadn't realized it was horror, I'd never read anything by Krystal before, and I never would have imagined such twisted little thoughts turned around in her lovely brain. (I should have known better.)
She kept me guessing on all the key points, only giving me enough information to figure out what was going on the moment before she revealed it,
If you like p ...more
This story put me though so many different emotions. I've never wanted to hug a fictional character so much. You'll keep guessing who the pyscvho is and wondering what Haley will finally do, and just when you think you have it all figured out, bam! YOU'RE WRONG.
And let's not forget our Prince Charming in this twisted Cinderella tale. He's everything you hope for, so much, I wanted to find a reason to hate him, ...more
The horrid commute gives me plenty of time to zone out and think about my characters in full, brilliant details (I’m a safe driver; don’t worry). Stories give ...more