Title: Charm & Strange Author: Stephanie Kuehn Genre: YA, Mystery, Fantasy First published: January 11th 2013 Finished reading: February 20th 2016 Pages: 224
“From what I can tell, morality is a word. Nothing more. There’re the things people do when others are watching and the things we do when they aren’t.”
Charm & Strange has been floating around on my kindle for a while now, and I finally picked it up the other day because I needed something short and entertaining to get me to read again. Let me tell you: it worked like a charm. Like the title says, this book is without doubt strange, mysterious and very intriguing. What I thought was going to be another fantasy story full of werewolves and romance turned out to be something completely different… And I must say Stephanie Kuehn left me speechless and guessing what was really going on even long after I finished the last page. Win/Drew is a very interesting character with a touch of unreliable narrator, which makes the story into something messy and unique. Reading Charm & Strange was not quite what I was expecting, but in this case in a positive way. The story has a fast pace, reads easily even though you might not know exactly what is going on and I liked the character development. Recommendable!
Andrew Winston Winters is at war with himself. Part of him is Win, a lonely teenager who is forced to attend a remote Vermont boarding school after a family tragedy. He doesn’t want to connect to his classmates and prefers to be alone with his secrets… And then there is Drew, an angry young boy that seems to be under the control of violent impulses. His family seems to have a secret, and when he spends one summer with his brothers and teenage cousins something unthinkable happens. Something that will lead to the family tragedy Win is now suffering from… Andrew will have to battle both the ghosts and pain of the past and the loneliness of the present. And what does the moon and do his wild and dark memories have to do with it?
This novel by Stephanie Kuehn has truly surprised me. I don’t know what I was expecting, but Charm & Strange turned out to be a truly unique and intriguing story. I’m not sure I actually like all the main characters, but the whole mystery around Win/Drew really makes this into a great read. If you are looking for a fast, interesting and unique read, make sure to give Charm & Strange a go!
Today is Sunday, which means it’s time for another installment of my Sunday Post where I will share a summary of my blogging week and other random facts… Here we go!
# CURRENTLY READING
I have been wanting to read The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton for ages, so I’m really excited to be finally diving into this historical fiction novel. It belongs to one of my favorite genres and the Amsterdam setting surely will bring back a lot of flashbacks… I’m not that far into the story yet, but so far it’s good!
# LATEST ADDITION TO MY SHELVES
Haruki Murakami has been recommended to me at least a million times, but somehow I haven’t read any of his work yet. Norwegian Wood is not the first novel by this author on my TBR pile, but it is definitely one that has been mentioned most in combination with his name.
# OTHER (BOOK) NEWS
I don’t really have a lot of book news other than that I finally have a copy of Glass Sword so I will do a Red Queen reading marathon next month! 😀 The same thing will probably happen with the Red Rising trilogy if I like the first book (which I probably will since everybody seems to love that series).
Talking about something different, I’ve made a promise to myself this year to really focus on my running. With bad knees and ankles I’ve never actually actively focused on running before (although I do a lot of ‘speedwalking’ and love spinning), but this year I want to try and participate in a 5km running event. In February I’ve increased my ‘record’ from 2000m to 2300m… I know it’s only 300m, but I take it considering my good running shoes decided to die on me and the temporary old running shoes I have been using are basically a blister paradise (and my personal nightmare haha). Next month means new shoes and more running, so hopefully I will see more improvement in the future! 😀