Apr 11, 2012

A Chance for Charity by S.L. Baum

Book Description:

If you live LONG enough... love (and danger) will find you.

A new family has just arrived in the isolated mountain town of Telluride, Colorado. Welcome the Johnstons - Jason (a doctor), Rachel (a designer), and their niece Emily (a current High School Senior).

Emily has lived the life of a quiet loner in the past, trying to go unnoticed. But with Telluride being such a small and welcoming town, she finds a group of friends at school almost immediately. When Emily meets Link (another new transplant in town) her world turns upside down. She doesn't understand why she feels a magnetic pull toward him, or why she unknowingly lets her guard down around him. Link is just as confused by his own need to be with her.

Emily knows she is playing with fire. She should be doing whatever she can to keep herself isolated, to keep Link from getting too close. Danger has a way of finding Emily's family - that is what keeps them on the move. They arrive in a new town every few years - it is safer that way.

Because... Emily isn't really Emily... her real name is Charity - and Charity has an even bigger secret. Charity and her family are not like other people, they have "skills" that mere mortals cannot begin to comprehend.

Before long, Charity is struggling with the reality that her two lives are coming closer to each other with each passing day. Soon Link will find himself wrapped in a supernatural world that he never knew existed - and discover that mortals are not the only beings that walk this earth
Christina's Book Review
Charity is used to having to move around every couple of years because of who she is. Now in the town of Telluride she is Emily. As you read on you will learn why Charity needs a change of town and identity so often (I won't spoil it). The difference about Telluride is Link, the handsome guy that scoops into Charity's life and is drawn to her. The harder Charity tries to be normal and not send out any "red flags" the harder it is to keep her secret from the guy that loves being around her. After a coincidence Link finally unearths the truth and is brought into Charity's "world".

I was really looking forward to reading this book because it sounded interesting. Although I enjoyed the plot the execution was not good at all. I wanted to love the book and wanted it to get good (as books usually do after the 1st half) but it never did. The characters were flat, the romance boring, and the sequences rushed and terrible. It was a series of sking, talk about the secret, chat with aunt/uncle and the whole thing started again.

It took me a long time to finish this book but I was hoping for things to turn around. And although the introduction of the new characters was a bit better I still found the story too flat. I would like to know how things will progress with Link but I don't think I will be reading the second book in the series at least anytime soon.

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