by Charlotte Abel
Series: Channie (#1)
Publisher: Charlotte Abel
Source: e-book courtesy of Charlotte Abel in exchange for a fair and honest review
Available as of June 23, 2011
Sixteen year old Channie Kerns leads an idyllic life of seclusion and magic deep in the Ozark Mountains... until her family is forced to flee for their lives.
They leave everything and everyone behind to start over in Louisville, Colorado. Magic is forbidden while they are in hiding, but Channie can't resist the temptation to enchant a group of local boys. When her overbearing parents catch her flirting with these "sex-crazed, non-magical delinquents" they slap a chastity spell on her to protect her virtue.
The spell is triggered by lust,so just navigating the halls at her new school is an ordeal. She can't even touch a boy she's attracted to without blasting him with a jolt of magical energy that feels like a taser.
When Channie falls in love with Josh Abrim, a BMX racer with dangerous secrets of his own, she rebels against her parents and turns to dark and forbidden magic to break the chastity spell ... with disastrous results.
Charlotte Abel blew me away with this well-written, enticing, and very descriptive story. Unlike most books I read, I had no clue how it would end.
Channie Kerns is a sixteen year old mage who is forced to leave the only home she has ever known. Her father has blood on his hands and is running away to save everyone they know. They end up in Louisville, Colorado where Channie draws a group of "empties" attention. Her father catches her and decides to change her name. Then she meets Josh and it all goes downhill from there.
I really enjoyed reading this book. Channie is very strong-headed and doesn't accept change well. Her parents felt she needed a new name to protect her when in reality the name change would not only hurt her, but themselves as well. She begins to resent them and does what she wants, when she wants. Especially when it comes to Josh, an empty. He is level-headed and protective of Channie, but can't help his lustful feelings towards her. Their relationship starts out with a zap but turns into so much more. Then one night she tries to break free of her new name, her curse.
What I really liked about this book was the description. I was laughing throughout most of the book with a few hiccups of disappointment and dread for what was to come, but was overall excited for how the book ended when I finally got there. There was only one thing I really didn't care for and that was the use of foul language. However, after the first few chapters the language was no longer a problem.
Overall, I found this book to be a good read and I look forward to picking up book two, Taken.
FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.