Monday, 5 February 2018

Blog Tour - Wicked Charm By Amber Hart {Review!}

Hello guys and welcome to the official blog tour for Wicked Charm by Amber Hart, hosted by Chapter by Chapter! Make sure to read my review on it and check out its Goodreads page!
Title: Wicked Charm

Author: Amber Hart

Publication Date: January 30th, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Thriller, Romance
Nothing good comes from living in the Devil's swamp.

Willow Bell thinks moving to the Okefenokee area isn't half bad, but nothing prepares her for what awaits in the shadows of the bog.

Girls are showing up dead in the swamp. And she could be next.

Everyone warns Willow to stay away from Beau Cadwell—the bad boy at the top of their suspect list as the serial killer tormenting the small town.

But beneath his wicked, depthless eyes, there's something else that draws Willow to him.

When yet another girl he knew dies, though, Willow questions whether she can trust her instincts…or if they're leading to her own death.

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The story begins when Willow moves to her Grandmother's house with her parents, which is located near a very creepy and eerie swamp, where actual alligators live and breathe. Isn't that pretty fascinating?  Another family lives next to them and Willow is immediately attracted to the mystery surrounding Beau, who is said to be very wicked and basically everyone warns her to stay away from. He's trouble and it's been proven many times. But, when bodies of girls connected to Beau start piling up around the swamp, he becomes the number one suspect and the community is in chaos after such tragic events. As the truth slowly comes to light, Willow and Beau come closer than ever and their chemistry is undeniable. Will it prove to be fatal?

The best thing about Wicked Charm is basically the atmosphere surrounding the story. The premise is very interesting and it intrigued me from the moment I read its synopsis. I've really been into Mystery these past couple of weeks and I'm always on the hunt for stories that I might be interested in reading! This was more Romance than Mystery though, which was kind of disappointing but, I wasn't put off by it and enjoyed the story nonetheless. The murders kind of took a backseat to Beau and Willow's relationship but, the suspense was still there and kept me at the edge of my seat. There was no clue to who the killer actually was and why the girls were killed, which made the story very unpredictable and the ending more than surprising!

I really enjoyed the characters' back and of forth and the intensity that surrounded them. It took me a while to connect with Willow and she wasn't the best main character but, I liked her more and more as the story progressed. Beau was a very interesting character and I could not, for the life of me, figure out why every single girl was attracted to him, while being aware of his reputation and what he was capable of. Maybe it's the dark mystery he exuded that drew them to him or his tainted reputation but, he was obviously a heartthrob that didn't care about their feelings. Willow seems to be the exception since as soon as they meet, there's a certain attraction that turns into insta-love. 

The story alternates between both their perspectives, which are very different in tone and context. They both talk about their feelings for each other and their attraction and there's a bit of Mystery thrown in. The Romance aspect definitely overshadowed everything else and the book ended up being more about Beau and Willow's building relationship and the intensity that surrounded their back and forth banter. So, if you're here solely for the Mystery part of it, be warned! 

The story itself started out great and I really enjoyed it, up to the point where I got a bit frustrated when I realized what I've already mentioned in the previous paragraphs of this review. It threw things off for a bit but, overall, it was pretty enjoyable. It also took me a while to get used to the writing style which is always the most important part of a book for me personally, as a reader. Once I did, things progressed smoothly and I was quite surprised when I reached the ending and the truth was revealed. The last couple of chapters were probably the best and most eventful, out of the whole book. Very unpredictable and exciting conclusion that kind of made up for the rest. 

Overall, Wicked Charm was an engaging read with an interesting premise that didn't reach up to its expectations but was very fun and enjoyable to read. I expected a story focused on the Mystery of the murders but got a Romance driven one instead, which wasn't bad but threw me off because I was expecting something completely different. If you're intrigued by the synopsis, I'd say go for it, just don't expect a Crime driven story.
Amber Hart resides on the Florida coastline with family and a plethora of animals she affectionately refers to as her urban farm. When unable to find a book, she can be found writing, daydreaming, or with her toes in the sand. She's the author of several novels for teens and adults, including Wicked Charm, the Before & After series, and the Untamed series. Rep'd by Stacey Donaghy of Donaghy Literary Group.


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2 comments:

  1. This book sounds so intriguing. Thanks for sharing your review. I will have to check this book out eventually.

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    1. It is very interesting! Thank you so much for stopping by!

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