Wicked Charm by Amber Hart
Published by Entangled Teen
Published on January 30th 2018
Genres: Romance, Thriller, Young Adult
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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, depth-less 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.
First, I must announce: I have found my Beau. It came to me on release day, just hit me like a wave. If Hart of Dixie had been with teenagers and was a thriller, you would have half my dream cast and almost the perfect setting, if you swap out Alabama for Georgia. So I bet you can imagine a teenager version of Wade Kinsella….. With that wicked grin he gets, like he knows all your secrets… yes.
LOOK. Look at that wicked smile^^^^^!!!!!! Why didn’t I think of this while I was reading? That would have been enjoyable. Owell. Hindsight and all that. But anyway, I need to get on with this review, which can’t completely consist of images Wade Kinsella…. right?
There are two things that I really love about this book. The first is the setting. The southern heat and swampy environment was described in such a lush, beautiful way. I could see it so clearly. It made me want to go live in a old cabin on the edges of a swamp, down an old dirt road, away from the bright city lights. I loved it. I wanted to crawl inside the books warm descriptions and live there.
Secondly, I loved how suspicious I became of everyone. For quite sometime, there is no indicator of who the bad guy really is. With some books, you just figure it out immediately, but fortunately this wasn’t immediate. It took sometime for me to decide on who I expected the person to be. Even though I ended up right, it still took me a long time to get there. I also couldn’t figure out exactly what connected the events on my own, my reason was different than the way it played out. I really appreciate that as well.
Speaking of immediate things… one of the things I didn’t super enjoy was the insta-love. While this is common in YA, I guess I never really get used to it. Willow attempted to drag him along for a bit, but all the while still swooning over him. It’s definitely not as bad as other books, and it didn’t stop me from enjoying the story, so don’t think too much on it if you are interested in reading. One other thing that bothered me a tad bit was that it’s really more a romance than thriller, in my opinion. That’s just how it felt while reading. I was so excited about the thriller aspect, because they are some of my favorite types of books. (Side note: this would have been an AWESOME new adult novel!)
The writing is beautiful, story is engaging, and I definitely recommend this book to YA readers – it is very mild on the level that the romance goes. Check it out, and enjoy!!