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Nikki over at Fiction Freak has stopped by today to share her review of Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn. I just received this book recently, and I”M SO excited to read it! Take a look!
When you’ve been kept caged in the dark, it’s impossible to see the forest for the trees. It’s impossible to see anything, really. Not without bars . . .
Andrew Winston Winters is at war with himself.
He’s part Win, the lonely teenager exiled to a remote Vermont boarding school in the wake of a family tragedy. The guy who shuts all his classmates out, no matter the cost.
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from Charm and Strange. It honestly didn’t sound like my kind of book, but I was curious despite that. But this book ended up being a lot more Strange than Charming.
And, yet, I couldn’t get into this book. I would start it, then set it aside, start it again, and set it aside once more. It was just a little…dull. I really couldn’t get into it. Not to mention that once I did really start reading it, I couldn’t really understand what the hell was happening.
And you guys. SORT OF SPOILER: This isn’t really a werewolf book. I honestly don’t see why people are labeling it that. THERE ARE NO WEREWOLVES. Although that may be confusing once you start reading. And actually, I was confused a lot. Maybe it had something to do with the writing. Which, by the way, was absolutely gorgeous. It really was! Beautiful prose and vivid imagery–but instead of becoming alluring (okay, it was a bit alluring), it was just…sort of awkward for me, although that may only be me.
Charm and Strange definitely had a gritty feel to it that I enjoyed, but I felt like a lot of it could’ve been cut out and it wouldn’t have mattered to the story. In fact, I didn’t really understand the role of Jordan, one of the secondary characters. She didn’t really add anything to the story besides standing by and sort of supporting him? But honestly, Lex, our other secondary character, could’ve done that on his own.
The resolution was brilliant though and the revelation, though sort of obvious, still somehow shocked me. This really wasn’t a book to me, but it seems I’m one of the odd ones out! I’d still definitely give it a go if you think it sounds your style!
Publication Date: June 11, 2013
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Rating: [rating: 3]