Book Review: Wicked Charm – Amber Hart
Title: Wicked Charm Author: Amber Hart Publisher: Entangled Teen Release date: January 30th 2018 Genre: Young Adult Romance
Nothing good comes from living in the Devil’s swamp.
Willow Bell thinks moving to the Okefenokee area isn’t half bad, but nothing prepares her for what awaits in the shadows of the bog.
Girls are showing up dead in the swamp. And she could be next.
Everyone warns Willow to stay away from Beau Cadwell—the bad boy at the top of their suspect list as the serial killer tormenting the small town.
But beneath his wicked, depthless eyes, there’s something else that draws Willow to him.
When yet another girl he knew dies, though, Willow questions whether she can trust her instincts…or if they’re leading to her own death.
Actual rating: 4.5 stars
First of all, don’t get confused by the summary because this is a romance! It tricked me, I thought this would be a mystery novel with some romance aspects but it was the completely other way around. 75% romance and 25% mystery. I don’t mind actually, I like this combination so much more! It was a good thing that someone else told me this before I started reading this book otherwise I would probably have been a lot more confused by the lack of mystery.
Because it’s more of a romance than a mystery, let’s start by discussing the love story. I was such a big fan of the relationship, it was a really complicated one. They both played really hard to get but that made it only a better story. Both characters had a few “issues” Beau a lot more than Willow and their love was also a tiny bit forbidden. For me it was kind of a perfect book romance. Things didn’t go to smooth and it wasn’t to sweet either. But it was sweet enough for me to complete ship these two!
This book was all about character development of which I am a very big fan. All the characters have a lot of flows on which they work hard during the entire book. Not only the two main characters but also a few side characters had quite a process. The sister was amazing, in the beginning I thought she was a bit too evil to be convincingly but after a while I started to get her a little bit more. (spoiler alert for the next part of this paragraph) The only characters I wanted to know more about are the two best friends of Beau. I thought they were so amazingly written that I’m almost sad that I didn’t get to know more about them or that they didn’t have a slightly bigger part in the story. Of course it’s not that important but I was really curious about their lives (blame it on the amazing character development).
The mystery aspect made it such an interesting book that it was impossible for me to put it down. If you expect this book to be a mystery this part might be a bit of a bummer for you. But if you go into the story with the right background information, the mystery really is a awesome side story. The mystery part only begins after 30% of the book and it gradually gains importance towards the end of the book and at the end it’s a big story. Although I figured a big part of the ending out for myself it was still very nerve racking.
I quickly fell in love with the locations. It’s set in a swamp and the love that many of the characters had for the swamp made it very easy for me to love it too. As someone from Europe I had never thought of ever wanting to visit the swamp but this book actually made me want to go there. The location was so absolutely perfect for this story. At times it was incredibly creepy and eerie but at other times it was really beautiful, intimate and romantic.
It had everything it needed to be a very good book. An amazing romance, fast paced suspense and great character development. I’m going to keep a close eye on this author because this book was simply amazing!