Trial by Charm by Jolene Buchheit is live and ready for your reading eyes to enjoy!
Seventeen-year-old Julia Wright doesn’t understand her friends’ obsession with boys. She’s never even had a crush, and proudly maintains her composure no matter who is in her presence. In fact, the hotter a guy is to her friends, the more annoying he seems to Julia. When she is blackmailed into being the manager of the men’s swim team, she finds herself face to face with the worst of them all.
Team Captain Vander Thelxinoe is the typical self-assured jock, with a not-so-typical ability to change people’s minds at will. It’s a talent he uses often to get what he wants–only his charms don’t work on Julia. Now he’s anxious to figure out why, and the closer he tries to get, the more desperate she is to stay away–especially when he somehow awakens a side of her she never knew existed.
Their unexpected friendship puts Julia in the middle of a quest she doesn’t quite understand. As her familiar world begins to unravel around her, Julia must partner with the one person who knows how to push her buttons–and, in doing so, discovers the unbelievable truth about who she really is.
Can Julia and Vander survive the trial set before them, or will they succumb to a more terrifying fate?
I totally fell for this brand new series by Jolene Bucheit, a fellow Jlander who made me laugh out loud and geek the heck out over the references! The way she handled the story could have been boring and stereotypical, but instead it came across as mysterious and intriguing. I was really happy to find the MC wasn’t a whiny spoiled girl, but someone layered with issues, both the usual and some… not-so-usual. There was a feeling that something greater was at play, and although we don’t have much in the way of answers by the end of this book, I can tell that we will find out more in future installments. Another facet I appreciated was the fact that Bucheit didn’t overwhelm us with seventeen characters we had to keep track of, rather choosing to focus the story on a few important characters and how they all seem to be part of the bigger picture, or just support the ones who play said part. Anytime you throw in some established mythology with a twist, I’m going to be down, but this was definitely a unique version of a commonly used myth. I hope that we get some more charming books real soon *hint hint* and recommend this for 15 and up, depending on your stance on a few choice words.
About Jolene Buchheit
As a substitute teacher, Jolene spends her days in high school classrooms harvesting material for her Young Adult novels. She also uses it as an outlet for fangirling by showing upcoming book-to-movie trailers at the end of class, or discussing vital issues like whether Katniss should have picked Gale or Peeta.
She is committed to helping Special Education teenagers become independent adults and helping them find a way to focus on the positive especially when life gets hard. At home, Jolene loves to cuddle with her husband, two kids, and three cats—sometimes all at once—while reading Young Adult books or repeatedly watching movies based on them.
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