Title: By a Charm and a Curse
Author: Jaime Questell
Genre: Fiction / Fantasy / Young Adult
First published: 6 February 2018 by Entangled Publishing LLC
Edition: ARC e-book, courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher
I had no expectations going into this young adult novel. I thought the blurp sounded interesting and that was enough for me. I have to say it exceeded my expectations. The circus part reminded me of The Night Circus (Erin Morgenstern), which is a book I loved, but the story is simpler, the characters less complicated. However, that does not mean it is any less charming.
I felt for Emma as she is lured into a kiss on a Ferris wheel with dire consequences. I liked the idea of the curse that also acts as a charm. The story pulled me in pretty quickly and I connected with Emma quite easily. There were a few times where I questioned Emma’s thoughts, considering what she was going though, but overall I thoroughly enjoyed both Emma and Benjamin’s POVs.
I would thoroughly recommend Jaime Questell’s novel to any YA reader. It is a little gem.
6 out of 7 stars