By a Charm and a Curse

By a Charm and a Curse

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 throug...

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  • Carrie

    To the casual observer Le Grand’s Carnival Fantastic seems just like any other traveling circus with it's flashing lights, death defying shows and plenty of rides and games to entertain all who visit. But this traveling circus has existed for centuries benefiting from a curse upon one of it's own while the others enjoy a charm that protects them. All those who perform and work for the circus stop aging at adulthood and accidents never happen to their group as long as the cursed one stays in the

    To the casual observer Le Grand’s Carnival Fantastic seems just like any other traveling circus with it's flashing lights, death defying shows and plenty of rides and games to entertain all who visit. But this traveling circus has existed for centuries benefiting from a curse upon one of it's own while the others enjoy a charm that protects them. All those who perform and work for the circus stop aging at adulthood and accidents never happen to their group as long as the cursed one stays in the box with the circus until the curse can be passed on to another.

    Emmaline King has moved back to the small town of Claremore, OK to live with her father while her mother is away overseas working on a grant. Emma has had a bit of trouble adjusting to her mother leaving and trying to reform the friendships she'd once had in this small town but with the circus visiting she's determined to have a good time with her old friend. Things take a turn for Emma though when she's left behind only to meet the boy in the fortune telling box.

    By a Charm and a Curse by Jaime Questell is a romantic young adult fantasy read. Once I picked this one up I simply couldn't put it down until finished with it's fast pace and unique story. The idea behind this traveling circus being charmed with the exception of one poor soul was a rather intriguing concept that I couldn't wait to find out more about.

    The story is told by alternating the point of view between the two main characters of the story, Ben and Emma, both of which I came to like quite a bit during the read. One major positive here too is that Ben and Emma are not the victims of the old young adult insta-love trope, their relationship within the pages builds slowly as the action keeps a fast pace in the story around them. The author did a wonderful job giving the reader just enough at all the right times to keep the story moving and the pages turning Definitely would recommend checking this one out for those looking for something a bit unique in a young adult fantasy.

    I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

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  • Jasmine from How Useful It Is

    About: By a Charm and a Curse is a young adult fantasy written by Jaime Questell. It was recently published on 2/6/18 by Entangled Teen, an imprint of Entangled Publishing and distributed by Macmillan, hardcover, 291 pages. The genres are fantasy, young adult, romance, magic, and fiction. This book is intended for readers ages 14 and up. This book is the author’s debut.

    My Experience: I started reading By a Charm and a Curse on 2/7/18 and finished

    About: By a Charm and a Curse is a young adult fantasy written by Jaime Questell. It was recently published on 2/6/18 by Entangled Teen, an imprint of Entangled Publishing and distributed by Macmillan, hardcover, 291 pages. The genres are fantasy, young adult, romance, magic, and fiction. This book is intended for readers ages 14 and up. This book is the author’s debut.

    My Experience: I started reading By a Charm and a Curse on 2/7/18 and finished it on 2/11/18. This book is an excellent read! Another circus book yes, but much different than The Night Circus and Caraval. For one, it’s modern. They travel from Oklahoma to Texas to Louisiana by trucks and trailers and make stops for gas. Dogs doing circus tricks and performers balancing on horsebacks. I like all of the characters’ personalities and their humor. I like their individual backgrounds that lead them to Le Grand’s. This book mostly reads like a YA contemporary and the only fantasy part is the curse.

    This book is told in the first person point of view following Emmaline (Emma, Em) King and Benjamin (Ben) Singer. Emmaline and her friend Juliet (Jules) are browsing around Le Grand’s Carnival Fantastic exploring the sights and the foods. Benjamin works behind the scenes on the carnival grounds and has been trying to save up enough cash to leave the carnival’s life for good. He wanted somewhere to call home and when he found it, it was where he least expected to be. Emma has a love at first sight for Sidney, the Boy in the Box when she first set eyes on him. She throw herself at him and ended the night with a kiss. The kiss is no ordinary and the curse is then passed onto Emma. She is now the charm and the curse that act as the center point to hold the carnival together, keeping everyone in it young and safe. This curse left her as the new Girl in a Box, without taste, feel, or smell and cold to the touch, among others. Being condemned to this curse is worse, but when accidents started to occur where it had never occurred before and everyone at the carnival started to blame her, Emma has to find a way to fix it before her life ends in far worse than a curse.

    This book is well written and developed. It’s a great love story and the meanest form of punishment for cheating. I enjoy the plot and the characters. I like Ben being projected as attractive even with his glasses on. I don’t remember reading about any heroine wearing glasses so this detail is a plus! I like the curse and the charm concept and how it was originally created. I like Whiskey and Gin’s nicknames. I feel such an adrenaline rush when I know something will happen and just waiting for it to happen is nerve racking. Even though knowing what will happen, the ending still gives me a happy feeling and I highly recommend everyone to read it!

    Pro: fast paced, page turner, easy to read, humor, dual POV, adrenaline rush, cover

    Con: none

    I rate it 5 stars!

    ***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Entangled Publishing for the opportunity to read, review, and host a blog tour! Please be assured that my opinions are honest.

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  • C.G. Drews

    Plus this centres around a kiss and a curse and

    . Oh yes please and thank you.

    I also have no idea why I like circus books so much considering (a) I've never been to one, and (b) my mother told me a story of when she was a little girl going to one and someone fell and nearly died, soooooooo. Cait, why fore art thou so interested. But it is what it is. Here I am. I will wear a festively fabulous

    Plus this centres around a kiss and a curse and

    . Oh yes please and thank you.

    I also have no idea why I like circus books so much considering (a) I've never been to one, and (b) my mother told me a story of when she was a little girl going to one and someone fell and nearly died, soooooooo. Cait, why fore art thou so interested. But it is what it is. Here I am. I will wear a festively fabulous hat and a pocket watch and show up for all the magical circus books.

    I love how we really got to sEE the circus and the acts in action too and it had a big variety of things going on. It's set in a modern world, so to visitors it's just a death-defying circus with lots of glamour and fantastic impossible acts. BUT. Behind-the-scenes we know a curse is keeping everyone protected, at the cost of one person suffering for it.

    So beauty. Much aesthetic.

    Only problem is I literally stared off into space for 9 minutes trying to remember both their names because they're so bland. But excuse me. So I loved this because Ben gives us an "insider view" while Emma is the "newbie trapped in this whirlwind of magic and curses". Also Ben is a total hufflepuff and builds and paints and jUST FEELS THINGS. And Emma isn't very dynamic, but neither is a waffle and we still enjoy those. I mostly just wish she'd fought a bit more at her "capture" but she was a little too chill about it. (Could be something to do with the curse on her but MINOR DETAIL.)

    I loved them so so much and they were all so different and really stood off the page! Sidney was an ass, but somehow endearing. And the psychic twins, Pia and Duncan were hilariously wonderful (I do think Duncan was an extremely stereotyped gay rep and I'm disappointed that he was the ONLY queer in this whole circus). Whisky and Gin were hilarious and loving and yelling sisters. AND YEAH!

    Mostly. But I love how they hated having to kidnap someone for the curse buuuuut they still did it. Trot out the morally grey.

    They include:

    • the time they tooootally screwed up dealing with a wound

    • the villainous tumbler brothers...who were villainous for no good reason except to be bullies in the background making waves. I just...it was so flat and bland compared to the rest of the intoxicatingly gorgeous book!?

    • The fact that the romance was...so...fast. Not instalove! But they still went from 3 to 900 really fast, my man, my man, how tho you are so young.

    • I did like it a LOT (i mean, duh, read this review) but I also don't feel like it'll stay with me forever, if that makes sense? Good but not life-changingly memorable.

    I DID NOT COME IN EXPECTING TO CARE ABOUT IT SO MUCH AND I GOT HURT. HOW DARE.

    There are human puppets and dangerous accidents and deep sadness and broken cars. I'm SUCH a fan of the detail of the circus and the complicated backstory twists. I think the moral of the story is probably don't trust anyone and the first food you crave whilst cursed is almost alway cereal. These are so relatable.

  • 🦊 Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk

    Story ⭐⭐⭐⭐

    So, i really had different expectations from this book. I thought it was something like Caraval or the Night Circus (even though i haven’t read the last one yet). It had less magic in it, so it wasn’t a book full of magic. Just a bit to sparkle things up.

    In the story after a really exciting night Emma gets magically trapped inside of a circus. There she meets a lot of interesting people working in the circus and Ben who’s trying to help her get out of there.

    It’s a really short book a

    Story ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    So, i really had different expectations from this book. I thought it was something like Caraval or the Night Circus (even though i haven’t read the last one yet). It had less magic in it, so it wasn’t a book full of magic. Just a bit to sparkle things up.

    In the story after a really exciting night Emma gets magically trapped inside of a circus. There she meets a lot of interesting people working in the circus and Ben who’s trying to help her get out of there.

    It’s a really short book and some parts were a little bit slow, but in general it was a nice pace.

    It wasn’t perfect, but good.

    Definitely readable.

    Characters ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    I need to say, I liked nearly all the characters. They were so different and funny and I loved that to me they felt so human, so real.

    They weren’t perfectly written characters, but i still liked them, they were good.

    I didn’t connect to any of them, but I still wanted to know what happened to them.

    So, as you can see, I’m a little bit uncertain.

    Relationships ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    Ben and Emma’s relationship was just so so cute. They had a really slowly growing love, so it wasn’t something like love at first sight.

    It wasn’t too much ♥️, even though the drama was big at the end.

    Writing style ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    It was a nice writing with some jokes in it.

    I really enjoyed it.

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    Sorry, but if you don't like stories about carnivals or the traveling circus, we can't be friends. Just kidding, but I do have an affinity for all things weird, strange, and entertaining. In 2016/2017 I highly enjoyed both 

     and 

    , and this book felt like a nice blend of the two while doing it's own thing. I can dig that. I enjoyed this one so much that I finished it in a span of 36 hours; it was that type of compulsive read that begins as a slow burn (as most fa

    Sorry, but if you don't like stories about carnivals or the traveling circus, we can't be friends. Just kidding, but I do have an affinity for all things weird, strange, and entertaining. In 2016/2017 I highly enjoyed both 

     and 

    , and this book felt like a nice blend of the two while doing it's own thing. I can dig that. I enjoyed this one so much that I finished it in a span of 36 hours; it was that type of compulsive read that begins as a slow burn (as most fantasy novels do), but then ramps up the pacing after the initial "world building" is set. By world building, I'm really referring to the carnival, as 

     takes place in a contemporary setting, but the carnival contains a world of it's own. Once we see how everything works and what the rules are, it's game on.

    Ah, yes. I know the writing won't be for everyone, but this book gets me. As I flipped along I felt a growing, kindred spirit in Questell; we have a similar sense of humor and I like that she didn't depend on a bunch of cheap sex scenes to sell this book. It's very much upper YA level in my opinion, as there's language and thematic elements that may be disturbing for younger readers, but she kept the romance very tender and soft. There was more of a focus on the longevity of what love expects of us rather than the physical, "busty and lusty" stage of a young crush. That's not to say I'm hating on the hot and steamies, simply that for

    book and the flow of

    story, I think the author made the right choice in how to portray that portion of the plot.

    I don't want to say much more, because obviously I want you to pick up the book instead of just reading all about it in my review, but I'd like to include that this novel is just as lyrical and dramatic on the inside as it is on that beautiful cover. Even though it was only around 300 pages long,

    gave the feel of a sweeping drama that took place over multiple decades. I thoroughly enjoyed getting lost in the atmosphere and love that the author blended a feel of historical and contemporary, or as I like to call it "histemporary". If you enjoy this feel of a novel in a young adult setting, please consider giving 

     a try. I can't wait to hear if anyone else was holding their breath on the edge of their seat in the final chapters as I was.

  • Alyssa

    Confused by all of the low ratings. Y'all over here complaining about "love" being thrown around so quickly, when in fact that word was not thrown around until the 75% ish mark... like TWO MONTHS into the story. Fam. Two months is definitely enough time to fall for someone. Or did y'all not realize that two months passed? Didn't pay attention? *headdesk* This book was pretty good. It has a lot of potential and could have used some improvement in some areas, but definitely not two-star bad. And i

    Confused by all of the low ratings. Y'all over here complaining about "love" being thrown around so quickly, when in fact that word was not thrown around until the 75% ish mark... like TWO MONTHS into the story. Fam. Two months is definitely enough time to fall for someone. Or did y'all not realize that two months passed? Didn't pay attention? *headdesk* This book was pretty good. It has a lot of potential and could have used some improvement in some areas, but definitely not two-star bad. And if your main complaint was the romance? SMH. It's so slow-burn, and they don't even kiss until the 90-something percent mark... I swear some people just don't read.

    Anyway, my review will be posted on January 29th, on my blog. Spoiler free!

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    By a Charm & a Curse by Jaime Questell

    Publisher: Entangled Teen

    Publication Date: February 6, 2018

    Rating: 4 stars

    Source: eARC from NetGalley

    Summary (from Goodreads):

    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.

    What I Liked:

    Someone needs to help me out here. Before I began reading this book, I went on Goodreads to pull link information to set up my review post, and I saw a slew of two- and three-star reviews, as well as DNF reviews. I respect the reviewers and their opinions, but a lot of the things they were complaining about were... wrong? Several reviewers were mad about "love" being thrown around too quickly; that's hilarious because that word is "thrown around" at the 3/4 mark of the book - nearly two months into the story. Anyway, I'm confused as to why reviews are so negative because I did not have the same experience. The first 5% or so was a little tough to get through, but I was hooked once Emmaline's entrapment began. This debut novel deserves a little more credit because it really was not a bad story at all.

    The story begins with Emmaline and her friend Juliet attending the carnival in Claremore, Oklahoma. Emmaline has just moved there with her brothers, to live with their dad, since their mom is doing research in Guatemala. The carnival is magical and enticing, and it's not long before Emmaline gets swept up into the atmosphere. She agrees to hang out with a boy in a jack-in-the-box tent, during his break, and everything falls apart. Suddenly she is now in possession of the carnival's curse, which forces her to stay there and take the boy's place. She is cursed with no sense of touch, and she can only get rid of the curse by transferring it to someone else, just as the boy did to her. Emmaline is forced to travel with the carnival and leave her family behind. It's not just the curse she holds, but the carnival's charm as well. But what if she could break the curse? Will she risk it and doom the carnival - including the carpenter boy she has fallen for?

    The first 5% or so was a little slow, and my interest kept fluctuating. It wasn't until Sidney transferring the curse to Emmaline that I really started to get interested in the story. Emmaline is trapped and completely helpless, and no matter how badly she wants to go home, she can't. The rest of the story shows her adjustment (or lack thereof), and how the charm starts to deteriorate for some strange reason... you'll have to read the book to find out why and how.

    In the beginning of the story, Emmaline is tentative and a little shy, with low self-esteem and little confidence in herself. It was easy for Sidney to selfishly pass the curse to her, because she was so taken by someone paying attention to her. She is helpless and lost when she realizes her situation, and angry too, but mostly lost. But as the story goes on, she starts to become more resolved to find a solution to her problems - like breaking the curse once and for all. It was nice to see Emmaline grow and strengthen herself, despite her situation. I felt so bad for her, being trapped as she was, but I also liked how selfless she was in never trying to pass the curse to someone else.

    This book is told in dual first-person POV, the other person being Benjamin, as narrator. Benjamin is a young carpenter and painter - not a performer in the carnival, but one that does odd jobs and maintenance to keep things flowing. He is kind and clever, and also very stubborn and determined. He wants to reach out to Emmaline from the start, to help her, and he befriends her despite his mother warning him away from Emmaline. Benjamin is a sweet boy with a good heart.

    The romance is suuuper slow-burn and really cute. Benjamin and Emmaline don't interact very much when she is first trapped, but Benjamin starts to approach her and is kind to her. He knows she needs a friend and he wants to help her fit in and feel less lonely. The romance goes at a slow pace, but the two develop strong feelings for each other. I personally didn't see insta-love here, ESPECIALLY since they don't really realize the depths of their feelings until about three-fourths of the way into the story - which was about two months since the beginning of the story. A lot of time passes, clearly. Their friendship becomes stronger and deeper, and though they dare not do anything about their feelings, the feelings are there. They don't kiss until the very end of the story. To me there was no insta-love or insta-lust - just a very sweet friendship-turned-romance. Also - no love triangle. It's all Benjamin and Emmaline.

    The story focuses on Emmaline's adjustment to becoming the Girl in the Box (who is the most important person to the carnival - she holds the curse, and therefore, the charm). But then things take a sinister turn, with more accidents occurring, and several deaths following. The theory is that the charm is weakening - but how? And why now? I won't spoil anything, but everything goes right down to the end of the book.

    The ending, in my opinion, was very good! There was a bit of sadness to it, in terms of some secondary characters, but things worked out in a way. I will say that there is a HEA for the primary characters, but you'll have to read the book to know exactly what kind of HEA it is. I liked it!

    What I Did Not Like:

    I don't think I have any specific complaints, besides the very beginning being slow! I could see some people DNFing the book after a few %, because of the slowness of the story in the beginning. But it's really not that bad. Just keep going!

    Would I Recommend It:

    If you like fiction centered around intriguing carnivals (who doesn't!), I definitely recommend this book! It's not as complex as The Night Circus, but I got some Caraval vibes, though it is VERY different from both The Night Circus and Caraval.

    Rating:

    4 stars. I am glad I decided to read this book, despite whatever the Goodreads reviews were saying! Sometimes I look at the reviews and think to myself, y'all didn't pay enough attention. But that happens. I'm glad this story worked for me. By a Charm & a Curse is a sweeping, captivating standalone tale that had me hooked and turning pages until the very end. I am definitely looking forward to more books by Jaime Questell!

  • Yusra  ✨

    This book has me extremely conflicted. I’ll give you a wrap up of the pros & cons.

    -carnival setting, world building

    -writing style (very descriptive and realistic)

    -ALL THE SECONDARY CHARACTERS. so much love for

    -main characters (Emma & Benjamin)

    -instalove

    -cringe ass romance

    -unbelievable (not in a good way)

    -THE DAMN INSTANT LOVE

    let’s elaborate, shall we?

    the story goes as so;

    -Emma’s sad because she’s in a new town

    -Emma is having a p

    This book has me extremely conflicted. I’ll give you a wrap up of the pros & cons.

    -carnival setting, world building

    -writing style (very descriptive and realistic)

    -ALL THE SECONDARY CHARACTERS. so much love for

    -main characters (Emma & Benjamin)

    -instalove

    -cringe ass romance

    -unbelievable (not in a good way)

    -THE DAMN INSTANT LOVE

    let’s elaborate, shall we?

    the story goes as so;

    -Emma’s sad because she’s in a new town

    -Emma is having a perfectly good time with her friend, Juliet (I thought she was 6 years old / Emma’s little sister for the longest)

    - all of a sudden

    - Emma gets sad again

    - Juliet leaves Emma to talk to another group of friends

    - Emma spies a boy

    - she gets a fortune that says “You will take a fall” or something… how is that charming?

    - she goes with this random boy on a Ferris wheel

    - starts drinking with him.

    - kisses him.

    - falls off the Ferris wheel ( or should I say, is pushed by the aforementioned cute and handsome boy )

    - now she is cursed!!

    - sees another cute boy

    - they start holding hands and cuddling

    - he falls in love w her and essentially becomes Emma in the situation ( kisses her! drinks wine! falls off Ferris wheel! )

    don’t hate on me if that last part isn’t accurate, it’s how it felt to me tbh .

    I think it can be agreed upon that characters are so crucial in making a book what it is - either a bestseller, or the type of book that you forget a week after reading. This one fell into the second category, bc I could not bring myself to give two fucks about Emma and Benjamin. They were so utterly generic and boring? They had no logic whatsoever in their brains? I found the characters so lacking.

    On the other hand, I loved every single one of the secondary characters. which is a real shame, bc it shows the potential the author had to make everyone as amazing ; I just don’t know where it fell short.

    - I swear, she was the only one who actually was

    . I didn’t understand Ben’s stupid need to get away from her, when all she did was care for his well being and try to protect him from A GIRL WHO COULD CURSE HIM. her way of thinking was completely understandable! she was being cautious! she had valid reasons not to trust the curse that ruined her life! goddamn! kinda was consistent in rooting for her.

    - my boyyyy Sidney ;) I actually really liked him, not really sure why… but all of his dialogues seemed so sincere and truthful in a way. he’s a bit of a mess, but I mean, who isn’t.

    - I decided to put these two together because their relationship was the only one that I was rooting for TBH … cause it made sense? they’ve grown together? it’s cute? if they were the narrators of this book, it’d be muuuch better for me. also. gin rides horses. that’s a plus.

    - a bit extra and not that realistic , but she’s still pretty wild and I love it

    - MY FAVS. Duncan was hilarious and Pia was so cute. also fortune tellers hold a special place in my bookish brain bc they’re so interesting, so I was hoping for more from them… but meh.

    - loved her cold hard determination to do the best for her family business.

    aight, so now’s when you’re thinking “why is Yusra such a bitch all the time? she just mentioned so many things she liked and she’s STILL giving it 2stars?”

    I’ll tell you.

    You can’t expect me to love all the secondary characters and then be unfeeling towards Ben and Emma, the main characters, the narrators. They were both sooooo stupid and soooo cringe. what are you guys SAYING when you say that it wasn’t instalove? it sure as heck was! they literally knew nothing about each other (EMMA SAYS THIS HERSELF AT THE END OF THE BOOK, DON’T @ ME) and believe they have such true love (love that Sidney and Audrey couldn’t accomplish in the 100 years they’ve loved each other) to break the curse.

    I rolled my eyes way too many times and went to sleep with a headache, no joke. I wanted to skim through everything with them.

    another problematic issue was the way everything was… just laid out for everyone? like it just seemed like everything was happening coincidentally… but unbelievable in a way.

    but I am a sucker for anything based in carnivals and circuses , so that added a lot to the experience. as well, Questell’s writing style is really nice. easy to follow, and descriptive in a way that isn’t purple prose.

    tbh, I’m just glad this was a short book and I finished it so fast. I doubt I’ll ever reread it (and I’m glad I got it from the library, it’s 25$ CAD for a hardcover which is wayyy too expensive for such a short book). a not so bad debut, if you subtract the main characters and their instalove.

  • Rusty Grey

    I wasn't expecting this from me . My first dnf book . Which has received rave reviews from many of my fellow reviewers . But this is not my cup of tea . It is just sooooo boooooring .

    What is a charm and a curse after all . Aren't they just like pros and cons ? The only pro of

    is that it is a standalone novel (I couldn't even complete it) . And the cons . They are many .

    I mainly disliked this novel due to its protagonist

    . A fift

    I wasn't expecting this from me . My first dnf book . Which has received rave reviews from many of my fellow reviewers . But this is not my cup of tea . It is just sooooo boooooring .

    What is a charm and a curse after all . Aren't they just like pros and cons ? The only pro of

    is that it is a standalone novel (I couldn't even complete it) . And the cons . They are many .

    I mainly disliked this novel due to its protagonist

    . A fifteen - something girl , diagnosed with an infectious disease , which has spread like a wildfire since the post-twilight era , known as

    .

    Especially , angsty teenage girls get afflicted with it . And its symptoms are -

    .Those of you who are diagnosed with it . Sorry . There is no known remedy for this disease . Only that people who have this get into a lot of trouble('cause of boys) .

    This is no exception . When Emmaline goes to the circus with her friend

    , she gets frustrated by her . Reason - Juliette was trying to include Emma in her friends's group .

    I see no problem there . If anyone shows me that kind of kindness in a new place I will be grateful to him/her forever .

    Next . She meets some guy who spoke nicely to her . Therefore,she abandoned her friend and goes on a ferris wheel ride with the said guy . Alone! With a person she hasn't known for more than five minutes .

    The worst is still left . When that guy offers her booze to drink , she accepts the offer to impress him .

    Emmaline is epitome for naïvety . A perfect example . For all you know this guy can assault you (this is a very real and grave situation) . All this happened in the first three chapters .

    There was nothing special or extraordinary about this book to hold my attention . So rather than wasting my time on this book I should give chance to the other books . In the age of sassy , strong and fearless female protags , the character of Emmaline is old-fashioned .

  • Candace Robinson

    First, I thought the plot was pretty original and cool! Emma and Benjamin were both good characters, and I did like their relationship. I don’t mind when attraction comes fast either because that’s true to real life. My main problem is when the word love gets thrown around too fast and too soon. I feel like if there would have been more build up, interactions, and conversations when the word loved came up, it would have been great. Now, that being said, that was my only pet peeve of the book. Th

    First, I thought the plot was pretty original and cool! Emma and Benjamin were both good characters, and I did like their relationship. I don’t mind when attraction comes fast either because that’s true to real life. My main problem is when the word love gets thrown around too fast and too soon. I feel like if there would have been more build up, interactions, and conversations when the word loved came up, it would have been great. Now, that being said, that was my only pet peeve of the book. The carnival aspect was excellent, especially the whole being in the box thing. Even though Sidney was the one that trapped Emma in the box, he was my favorite character and was the most developed. I loved him! ❤️ So, I’m definitely going to order a physical copy of this one!

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