Review of Charming by Krystal Wade

CharmingCharming by Krystal Wade
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This novel is set around Sixteen-year-old Haley Tremaine (the Cinderella of the tale). She once had it all: went to the best school, had a 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 she has left. Then she meets the enigmatic Chris Charming, someone who has little in common with her new life. Can she trust him? With a murderer on the loose who seems determined to hurt those around Haley, she may have no choice.
The concept of this book was great and I thought it was a great read. A surprising and gripping take on the modern world of a Cinderella heroine. I like Wade’s writing style, it is quick paced and adapts well to each characters side of the story. This probably leans a little more into YA territory for me than other reviewers have suggested but that didn’t deteriorate from the plot, just the use of teenage woes and slang that are aimed at a slightly younger reader.
The contemporary settings and characters are a really nice touch, Haley works in a candle shop that was once owned by her mother. I thought this was a great little descriptive detail. The abusive father at home was also very well described and really make you care for Haley and what happens to her.
This story had a great concept, I loved the modern twists and a great ending. A good read.

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