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New Release Review! WICKED CHARM by Amber Hart

Wicked Charm
by Amber Hart
Publication Date:  January 30, 2018
Publisher:  Entangled Teen


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.

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Wicked Charm is a slow-moving, creepy and atmospheric read. Since much of it takes place in a swamp, in one respect this is pretty appropriate. As a reader, though, it gets a bit frustrating at times as you start to feel that like Willow and Beau, you’re spending just a bit too much of the book floating along in the alligator-infested waters…except the alligators feel like a pesky nuisance instead of an actual danger. Even the murders seem far off in the distance–there really isn’t much of a sense of urgency about anything until the last 20% of the book or so.

That said, there were things I really enjoyed about the book–the voice here was enjoyable; most of my highlights throughout are things Willow said or thought. There were a lot of red herrings thrown in as the story went along; whodunit wasn’t at all obvious and it was nice to be kept guessing (though the dual first-person POVs let you know early on who it definitely isn’t, though). Overall, it definitely kept me reading to see what was going to happen in the end; however I probably won’t be first in line to move to Okefenokee swamp anytime soon 😉

Rating: 3 1/2 stars / C+

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

About the author:

Amber Hart resides on the Florida coastline with family and a plethora of animals she affectionately refers to as her urban farm. When unable to find a book, she can be found writing, daydreaming, or with her toes in the sand. She’s the author of several novels for teens and adults, including Wicked Charm, the Before & After series, and the Untamed series. Rep’d by Stacey Donaghy of Donaghy Literary Group.


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