Book Review: Wicked Charm, Amber Hart

31498683Nothing 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.

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“A heart is a heart. A few words won’t change that.”

This book was a YA thriller based in the swamps of Georgia. Willow moves in with her grandmother while her parents are studying birds in the area. She meets the neighbor young man, Beau, and it’s an instant attraction. Although the attraction may be there, it isn’t enough to guarantee smooth sailing. Beau’s family is most definitely hated by Willow’s Gran, and there’s a lot of talk circling around Beau. Especially when girls begin showing up dead in the swamp and it seems the only connection between them is … Beau.

This story was definitely interesting and different from what I’ve been reading lately. I liked the romance element mixed in with a mystery/thriller. I also enjoyed the setting for the story! The swamp, and the culture surrounding that area, is really interesting to read about. I’m not from the south, so being immersed in their culture was something I enjoyed.

There were a few awkward things for me. First, the insta-love was an issue for me. This type of romance is okay, but what got me was that it seemed to change Beau so quickly. I always feel that change is possible for characters, but it takes time and usually occurs after some motivation has pushed the character to do so. Another issue, which may not be an issue if you’re truly a YA reading this book, was that the characters often seemed to express all the things they’re thinking. My problem with that was that sometimes the dialogue and interactions didn’t quite feel genuine, but that didn’t take much away from the book.

Overall I think this is a good YA story. It was an inventive idea and well thought out. Perhaps not as exciting of a read if you’re an adult who loves YA books, but definitely suitable for the YA crowd.

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