Title: By a Charm and a Curse
Author: Jaime Questell
Date of Publication: February 6th, 2018
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.
I am extremely picky with Entangled Teen books. I think I have only liked Obsidian (Lux Series), The Book of Ivy, and Violet Grenade—I always seem to get let down. But I was like okay, this is about a carnival? I’ll have to try it.
The book starts with Emma getting duped into taking over a boy’s curse. She ends up sort of wooden and having to work inside a box to find some other poor sap to switch her spots, so she can have her life back. I loved this whole aspect. I felt most of the book was original and really cool. I even liked both of the main characters Emma and Benjamin, because usually in these types of books someone gets on my nerves. But they were cute together.
Now, the part of the romance I hated was “love talking” way too soon. That is my biggest pet peeve in books. You can have attraction from the get go because that is pretty much real life, but come on with the loveeeeeeeeee. I think it would have been better with more build up, more interactions, and more conversations between the two—then it would have been more believable. This however was minor for me because the story really was good.
I have to let it be known that my favorite character here was Sidney. Yes, he put Emma in the box to begin with, but he felt like the most developed character in the whole book. And I loved him!!!!!!!! You’ll have to read and see why. So, I’ll definitely be pre-ordering a copy of this book!
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