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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Trail by Charm Blog Tour and Giveaway

Trial By Charm (The Charmed Trials Series Book 1)Trial By Charm by Jolene Buchheit
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I totally enjoyed this book from the beginning to the end.
I hate 'waiting' for the next book, but that's adventures for you!
What got me was the Excerpt, then I couldn't wait to start.
Julia came into view as a not-so-typical 17 teener who wasn't fangirling over guys as her two besties and the rest of the female population at her school.
As a good swimmer and good child, she didn't hold
much back but had much respect. She spoke her mind about how she felt about Vander but when she discovered there was more to the jerk than what he's leading on, sparks seem to take flight pretty high for Julia.
Falling for the jerk and finding out she's destined for him?! Really? Who talks like that anymore! Fangirling here!

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Title: Trial By Charm 
Author: Jolene Buchheit  
Genre: Young Adult GreekInspired Urban Fantasy  
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR 

Seventeen-year-old Julia Wright doesn’t understand her friends’ obsession  with boys. She proudly maintains her composure no matter who is in her  presence – though some annoying and rude boys still manage to grate her  last nerve. Then she is blackmailed into being the manager of the men’s  swim team, and finds herself face to face with the worst of them all. 

Team Captain Vander Thelxinoe is the typical selfassured jock. He has the  ability to change people’s minds at will, 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 face  the extreme consequences of failure?

Author Bio:  
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 booktomovie 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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I study his profile. His chiseled jaw and dark, floppy hair are like something out of a  magazine advertisement. His eyes, too—they aren’t dark to match his hair, like  mine—they are parts of green and blue, much like the painting of the sea in the other  room.   
“Who painted that piece above the couch in there?”  
He shrugs, not answering me in any concrete way. Then he shifts his weight from one foot to the other and his awkwardness makes it clear to me.  
“You did it, didn’t you? You’re a painter.”  
He shrugs again. I hop down from my stool to go take another look at the painting. The  artist must have signed it, and I will get my answer that way.  
I go down the hall, past the bathroom, the stairs, and the front door until I’m standing in  the parlor, looking at Vander, who is blocking the painting from my view. He must have  gone through the dining room next to the kitchen to end up in here before me. He’s  staring at me and chewing on his lip while flexing and balling his hands. He’s more  nervous than I have ever seen him—not before a swim meet, not in class when he  didn’t know an answer, not when he told me how he felt in the bathroom a little bit ago.  This is where his heart lies, in this painting of this island.   
I try to look around him, and he leans over.   
“Don’t.” He is stern, but gentle. He clears his throat. “Please don’t touch it. You will want  to, but don’t.”  
He’s right. I do want to touch it; I want to climb inside of it. I’m seeing it, and somehow  it’s seeing me, and it’s making me feel pulled apart. I want to dive into the waters, to  swim to that faroff land, and I also want to turn the boat around and sail as far and as  quickly as I can in the opposite direction. Meanwhile, the light from the sun is dimming,  laughing at me for thinking I can have any control here.   
I want in!  
Vander grabs both of my arms, which are currently outstretched toward the painting. My  knees are on the seat of the couch, and I don’t even remember moving forward. His  voice startles me. “You can’t.”  
I blink hard and turn to look him fully in the face. “I can’t what?”  
“You can’t go there, and you can’t go away from there. It’s just a painting.” Was I talking  out loud, or can he read my mind? How does he know what I was thinking? I let him  lead me through the dining room, back into the kitchen, where the timer is going off. I  shake my head to let loose the feelings that painting stirred in me.  
“It’s more than that, and you know it. How?” I don’t even have to finish the sentence. He  knows exactly what I’m asking. 

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