Publisher: Self Published
Source: Blog Tour
Release Date: July 10th 2012
Series: Kings of Charleston #1
After Casper’s life is threatened, someone is forced to tell the truth about her parents, the Romans and Kythera’s motives for her being in Charleston. Once the truth is revealed, she must decide whether to protect her family and Kythera’s secrets or walk away from everything she has ever known.Casper Whitley is forced to move to Charleston, South Carolina where she’ll be the new kid her senior year of high school. Casper’s upset about the move until she meets the Roman family’s gorgeous son, Cal, but there’s a problem. A mystery surrounds him which can be summed up in one word…Kythera. Never heard of it? Neither has Casper until she finds the word tattooed on cars, paintings and all her new friends.
I found my thoughts really hard to organize after reading this novel so I have sorted them into a convenient Pros and Cons list.
Casper is forced to move into a new world, away from things she holds dear, to a town that seems to be surrounded by a word. Kythera. Casper finds it on a painting in her house, then on her neighbors‘ cars, and even on their bodies. The town seems to be a afraid of the name and symbol, serving the people who have it anything and everything.
The mystery keeps the plot interesting because the reader is just as desperate to reveal the mystery around the word and people who wield it. In this aspect, the mystery is unpredictable and done in a way that takes almost the entire novel to uncover but still keeps you interested.
Extremely well written, the words flow easily and the descriptions are vivid. It is very easy to imagine people and settings. Spelling and grammar weren’t an issue, I think I spotted maybe one or two grammatical errors.
At first I was really confused, there was a definite climax and resolution but… the story continued. It seemed like a entirely new plot started and I found myself getting really bored until it picked back up again at the very end. I wish it would have ended in a different section, but the cliffhanger was a strong ending in and of itself.
Unfortunately, the story was heavily brought down by lack of character development and connection to the reader, and a generic mold all the characters seemed to fit in, with one differing from another just by hair color. Some of their behaviorisms really made me puzzled, Casper seemed like she had two personalities at times.
Keeping with the characters, the relationship between Casper and Cal was really hard to take seriously. There was instant attraction, and from that point on, Casper was stuck on Cal and their relationship progressed way too fast. At one minute, Casper was angry at his sudden advances and cheesy compliments, and the next she was flirting and encouraging him. It was hard to get a read on her.
Overall, KINGS OF CHARLESTON is a book for those who like a mystery surrounding a certain group of people or word, and writing that your eyes can easily glide over and enjoy.
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Kat has been an avid reader her entire life. She enjoys all genres, but particularly Mystery and Young Adult. Mary Higgins Clark is one of her favorite authors who inspired her love of mysteries.
When she isn’t writing, Kat loves to travel, try out new recipes and hang out with her husband. She is originally from Kentucky, but currently resides in South Georgia with her husband, a cat named Frank and a dog named Lil.