Book Reviews, YA book reviews

By a Charm and a Curse by Jaime Questell


My Rating ~ Five stars


Date published: 6 February 2018

Publisher: Entangled: Teen

Format: Hardcover


Le Grand’s Carnival Fantastic isn’t like other traveling circuses. It’s bound by a charm, held together by a centuries-old curse, that protects its members from ever growing older or getting hurt. Emmaline King is drawn to the circus like a moth to a flame…and unwittingly recruited into its folds by a mysterious teen boy whose kiss is as cold as ice.

Forced to travel through Texas as the new Girl in the Box, Emmaline is completely trapped. Breaking the curse seems like her only chance at freedom, but with no curse, there’s no charm, either—dooming everyone who calls the Carnival Fantastic home. Including the boy she’s afraid she’s falling for.

Everything—including his life—could end with just one kiss.




Circus/carnival type books are right up there with my favourite settings ever, so I had high hopes for this book, and it delivered!

Firstly Emma and Ben’s relationship was just so great. It was portrayed as intense, but in that teenage intense way that suited their age.

I loved the way most of the circus workers were so conflicted about passing on the Curse. The angst you could feel coming through from them on the moral dilemma of doing what was right for the circus, but not at all feeling callous towards the cursed person in the box was so real.

The description of the Curse taking over Emma and the sheer hopelessness of her situation was terrifying and heart stopping to me.

I honestly loved this whole book!

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