Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Blog Tour & Review: Charm and Strange by Stephanie Kuehn

Today WinterHaven Books is participating in the blog tour for Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn hosted by Itching For Books.


Charm & StrangeCharm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn
Publisher: St. Martins Griffin
Release Date: June 11, 2014
Purchase: Amazon / Barnes and Noble
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.

My Thoughts:
Here are the things you should know about this book...
1. I am now in a ball crying my eyes out and I never cry when I read.  I make it a rule not to and only a few select books have made me forget that rule.  Charm & Strange just blew that rule right out the window.

2.My mind has officially been blown.  I know at one point I had to have read the synopsis for this book, but somewhere along the way I forgot what this was about.  So I went in with a preconceived notion of what to expect and boy was I wrong!  This was about something completely different and I have to think that my brain knew to forget what this was about because there is no way I could have handled it if I would have known before hand what I was getting myself into.  There are a lot of scenes that didn't make sense and I am glad now that they didn't.  I most definitely would have started crying from the very beginning instead of at the end. *grab another tissue*

3. Stephanie Kuehn is brilliant.  Her writing is like nothing I have ever read before and I just want more.  I have a list of authors that I will read no matter what the book is about and Ms.Kuehn is at the top of that list.  And I now know to always go into her books blindly because not doing so will surely leave me a tear streaked mess from the start. At least if I wait for the big reveal I can read her books in public for the most part.

4. Win and his friends will hold a place in your heart forever.  I will never forget this cast of characters and I can only hope that Win learned to fight his inner wolf.

Okay so that's all you need to know.  I cannot go any further into what this story is about because well it will ruin it and I can't do that to you.  This book needs to be read, just remember to have a box of tissues and your favorite blanket to hide under because I promise you will need them!
4.5 Snowflakes


About the Author
Stephanie Kuehn
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.
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