Sunday, June 9, 2013

Charm & Strange Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway

Charm & Strange
Goodreads Description:
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.

He’s part Drew, the angry young boy with violent impulses that control him. The boy who spent a fateful, long-ago summer with his brother and teenage cousins, only to endure a secret so monstrous it led three children to do the unthinkable. 

Over the course of one night, while stuck at a party deep in the New England woods, Andrew battles both the pain of his past and the isolation of his present. 
Before the sun rises, he’ll either surrender his sanity to the wild darkness inside his mind or make peace with the most elemental of truths—that choosing to live can mean so much more than not dying. 

Release date: June 11th 2013
Publisher St. Martin's Griffin

Stephanie Kuehn
About the Author

Stephanie Kuehn is a YA writer who grew up in Berkeley, California, which is a quirky sort of a place with a ton of wonderful bookstores. Her very first job was working in one of those bookstores, and she's been a freakishly avid reader for as long as she can remember. 
Stephanie's other passions include mental health advocacy, social justice, and sports of all kinds. She's currently living in Northern California with her family and their wild menagerie of pets.

I find that Charm and Strange is a fitting name for this book. For this book is utterly and completely strange while at the same time charming. I spent much of the book lost and confused but surprisingly I didn't mind too much. 

I started this book then didn't get a chance to read for a few days. When I started it back up I was very confused. At first, I thought it was due to me forgetting what I had read previously but I soon realized that was not the case. The book was just a tad confusing. The more I read the more confused I was. I would come up with theories about what was happening then find reasons why that couldn't be the case. 

There were several times throughout the course of the novel that I was distrubed. Win is a very troubled teen with a dark past. Charm and Strange is told through his perspectative which is why the book is so confusing. We see the events as he sees them. And while this does make it difficult to understand what's going on, it also captures a realness that is rarely seen so clearly in YA novels. 

The blending of the past and present events was interesting. Most of the chapters are relatively short and always end with a minature cliffhanger. This tactic kept me interested in the story and propelled me forward. 

Charm and Strange is something completely different. I have honestly never read anything like it and probably never will. Anyone looking for a YA book unlike all other YA books should give this book a chance!

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  1. Really good review. Glad you liked it.

    Thanks for participating :)

  2. Great review! I can't wait to read this book!

    Toni @ My Book Addiction


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