Monday, March 25, 2013

Blog Tour Review and Giveaway: The Kings of Charleston by Kat H. Clayton


Special thanks to Kat Clayton and Xpresso Book Tours for letting me be a part of this tour!

Be sure to enter the giveaway after my review!  You’ll definitely want to read this one!

The Kings of Charleston (The Kings of Charleston #1)
Title: The Kings of Charleston
Author: Kat H Clayton
Paperback: 356 pages
Publisher: Kat H Clayton (July 10, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0985744200
ISBN-13: 978-0985744205

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.

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. [Goodreads]

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Being as huge a fan as I am of Southern books, I was instantly drawn to this book.  I liked the premise of the story, that it was YA, and that it seemed so very fun.

I couldn’t always relate to Casper.  She seemed to be too much of a rebel without a cause.  She was also too willing and eager to do whatever Cal said, just like a lost little puppy.  Which she wasn’t.  Remember, she was trying to be a rebel?  What I could relate to was the her desire to know about Kythera (a secret society), why she was in Charleston surrounded by them, and what they wanted with her.  I did not like Cal for nearly 99% of the book.  He was too dark, too brooding, too malleable.  His motives didn’t seem to have any clear direction or moral compass.  He was too flexible for my tasted.    The insta-love between them felt old and tired.  Does anyone else feel that way?  That it’s time to move beyond insta-attraction?

But I digress…

The story was interesting with a few twists and turns to keep you on your toes.  A few things broke the mold, a few things fit right into the mold.  Clayton has a very descriptive, lyrical writing style that I enjoyed reading.  She made the minutest of details interesting.  The way the words moved across the page was like a smoothly flowing river.  They moved the story forward at a nice pace, providing just enough lulls in the story to allow mental rests when needed.

And then the ending!  What a cliffhanger!  I hate cliffhangers, but really, it was pretty great!  And now I want to read the next book and see what happens with Casper, Cal, and Kythera!

So, if you’re a fan of YA, Southern books, secret-societies, and a little mystery, pick this book up, and read it!

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About the Author

Kat has been a writer her entire life, but never pursued a writing career until the characters from a short story she wrote in high school refused to go away. Finally, she sat down and wrote their story which would became The Kings of Charleston series.

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.

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  1. Thank you Richard for taking the time to read and review my book. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

    1. I enjoyed it so much I signed up for the tour for All the King's Men!!

  2. Replies
    1. Alisa, there's more than just a cool cover, there's a pretty cool story inside, too! And the cover for the next book is just as awesome!

  3. Cool cover and cool sounding story! I love a lot of YA and this one sounds up my alley! Thanks for such a nice giveaway!

    1. Bessamy, Thanks for stopping by and thanks for entering!


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