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June 4, 2013

Blog Tour: Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn – Review and Giveaway

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Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn

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When you’ve been kept caged in the dark, it’s impossible to see the forest for the trees. It’s impossible to see anything, really. Not without bars . . . 

Andrew Winston Winters is at war with himself.

He’s part Win, the lonely teenager exiled to a remote Vermont boarding school in the wake of a family tragedy. The guy who shuts all his classmates out, no matter the cost.

He’s part Drew, the angry young boy with violent impulses that control him. The boy who spent a fateful, long-ago summer with his brother and teenage cousins, only to endure a secret so monstrous it led three children to do the unthinkable.

Over the course of one night, while stuck at a party deep in the New England woods, Andrew battles both the pain of his past and the isolation of his present.

Before the sun rises, he’ll either surrender his sanity to the wild darkness inside his mind or make peace with the most elemental of truths—that choosing to live can mean so much more than not dying.

add to goodreadsCharm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn
Publication Date:  June 11, 2013
Publisher:  St. Martin’s Griffin

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Gabby NewThe first review I read of author Stephanie Kuehn’s Charm & Strange novel had me interested. I was promised psychological drama, mind-blowingness and mystery. This (and the cover that gave it an eerie feel) made me want to get reading right away. After reading the opening sentence I knew that this would be a read that I would love. The novel lives up to the title: It is a very strange read.

Charm & Strange is the story of main character Andrew Winston Winters (and you take a good look at his first and middle name when I say this next part) who lives his life as Drew and Win. Drew is an angry teenage boy who lives off of his own rage and violent thoughts. He remembers spending a summer with the people closest to him only for something dark to happen that has lead Drew to be the way that he is today. Win is a teenage loner who keeps the world away from him, he shuts his classmates and family out because of a tragedy that took place in his family.  Despite both boys being ‘individual’ Andrew is half Drew and half Win and this takes a toll on his mind when he’s stuck in the middle of the woods at a party. It’s there that Andrew must come to terms with who he is and fight for his sanity.

At first while reading Charm & Strange I went into the novel unaware of who the characters were. I knew about the plot being a thriller and dramatic but I had no idea who the main character was until I re-read the novel’s description. Originally, I thought I was reading the story of two different characters until I noticed that that was impossible and saw that nope it was all the same guy just living as different people. I really enjoyed the difference between characters however and it did make the novel feel genuine and realistic.

One big thing that I noticed while reading Charm & Strange was the foreshadowing. I really enjoyed it because right from the start of the novel there’s a lot of hinting that something big happened to Win/Drew/Andrew and that not everything is right with him. As the novel progressed there way the novel is written made my head begin to spin as I searched for the answer as to what is wrong with Andrew/Win/Drew’s life. What doesn’t make sense? What is reality and what is all made up in his head? That mystery just made the novel all the more awesome. It reminded me a lot of Fight Club n that aspect.

By the time you do finish reading Charm & Strange you get hit with this giant revelation that makes you re-read the revelation and leaves you going “Whaaaaat?” Never have I read a novel with such a crazy plot twist and I have to admit that I never saw it coming. It definitely made the novel all the better and at the same time the ending also ties up any loose ends. Do I think that there will be a sequel? No, but I still really adored the novel while I read it. Plus the chapters that involved the wolf? That was some crazy stuff man. Cray-Zee.

The only thing that some people might want to know about is that there is a lot of coarse language which could offend some readers, other than that I don’t think anybody would have anything to worry about while reading Charm & Strange. I’d recommend this read to fans of psychological thrillers, readers who are looking for a novel that will keep them guessing and readers who just want to get caught up in a nice, quick read.

 

About the Author:

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Stephanie Kuehn is a YA writer who grew up in Berkeley, California, which is a quirky sort of a place with a ton of wonderful bookstores. Her very first job was working in one of those bookstores, and she’s been a freakishly avid reader for as long as she can remember.
Stephanie’s other passions include mental health advocacy, social justice, and sports of all kinds. She’s currently living in Northern California with her family and their wild menagerie of pets.
Connect with the Author:  Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads
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25 Comments

  1. Vannah Batista
    6/4/2013

    Great Giveaway, Thanks! This book sounds GREAT I have been wanting to read this book for a while now! I can’t wait!

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    Chapter by Chapter Reply:

    Thank you for stopping by! When you get your hands on this read you’re gonna be addicted right from the first page :)

    – Gabby

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  2. I have been dying to get my hands on Charm and Strange! It was featured on one of my Waiting on Wednesdays (http://ladybugliterature.blogspot.com/2013/05/waiting-on-wednesday-2.html). Thank you for the giveaway and the review.
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    Chapter by Chapter Reply:

    When you do get to reading you’re gonna have such a fun time! It’ll be worth the wait :)

    – Gabby

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  3. Alexia
    6/4/2013

    This one has been on my TBR list for several weeks. Plus my best friend cannot stop raving about it.
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    Chapter by Chapter Reply:

    Your best friend has been raving about it for a good reason! It’s such a fun read, you’re gonna enjoy every moment of reading it :)

    – Gabby

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  4. Christine
    6/4/2013

    I’ve heard great things about this book, and it has such an intriguing and mysterious premise–definitely want to read! :D

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    Chapter by Chapter Reply:

    It honestly keeps you guessing until the very end. It’s a good read that you won’t want to put down :)

    – Gabby
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  5. Vivien
    6/4/2013

    Ahhh, I love how simple the cover is :D Can’t wait to read it!

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    Chapter by Chapter Reply:

    You’re gonna love it! Thanks for stopping by :)

    – Gabby
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  6. Ange/Libby Blog
    6/4/2013

    This sounds SO interesting!!! WOW!!! Fantastic!
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    Chapter by Chapter Reply:

    It’s an amazing read, I honestly haven’t read a novel that has blown my mind this much in such a long time. You’ve gotta check this book out! :)

    – Gabby
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  7. samantha s
    6/4/2013

    I heard about this book through a friend and I’m so interested in getting my hands on it. Cross my fingers that I win this.

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    Chapter by Chapter Reply:

    It’s so intense! Fingers crossed!

    – Gabby
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  8. annaadams333
    6/5/2013

    Cool giveaway! This book sounds awesome! Thanks for reviewing it :-)

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    Chapter by Chapter Reply:

    Thanks for stopping by and checking out the review :)

    – Gabby

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  9. Wow I just finished writing my review for this book and your review nails it. Great comparison to Fight Club as well. :)

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    Chapter by Chapter Reply:

    Wasn’t it a totally mind-blowing read? Thanks for reading :)

    – Gabby

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  10. Mary G Loki
    6/5/2013

    Def checking this out! Thank you! :D

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    Chapter by Chapter Reply:

    Thanks for reading and stopping by :)

    – Gabby

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  11. Kayla C
    6/6/2013

    This book looks great! Can’t wait to read it! Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  12. Sarah Lieurance
    6/6/2013

    sounds like an awesome book to read and bonus I like the cover. Sadly, I am a cover girl…LOL

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  13. Denise Z
    6/9/2013

    Sometimes when you sit down you want a heart-wrenching story to let you cry for the character(s) and it clears the head like a good rain clears the air. This sounds like it might fit the bill and I am looking forward to reading and am definitely intrigued by Charmed and Strange wanting to see how it plays out :)

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  14. Jaime Lester
    6/10/2013

    Talk about opposite ends of the spectrum! The reviews for Charm & Strange are ALL OVER THE PLACE! Doesn’t deter me at all from wanting to read it! I like a good mind bender and it sounds like this one is just that!

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