Fan girls, Greek gods, and speedos. Oh my!
If any, or all, of the above things are of interest to you then I have a book for you. Trial by Charm, by Jolene Buchheit is like your favorite teenage drama meets Percy Jackson with a heaping spoonful of swoon, worthy hunks.
I loved Ms. Buchheit’s style of writing. She has a unique (a polite way of saying quirky, which I know because my brain works like this too) take on things, she knows how to make the reader think while keeping them amused. With her great use of sarcasm, snarkiness, and comebacks to remember its obvious she understands teenage wit. This was especially true between the heroine and her two best friends. They were audacious, they were shameless, and they were totally unpredictable; I literally had no idea what they would say or do next! You know an author has a good understanding of comic relief when you laugh out loud and make a mental note to use that comeback yourself.
As much as I enjoyed Trial by Charm there were a few speed bumps in my journey through this story. One of the things I found confusing was the inconsistency with the character’s emotions. Some of the interactions between characters flowed naturally, taking a timing that felt believable. But, sadly, other scenes felt forced; one minute the leads claims she cannot stand the love interest but the next she is in la la land singing with the angels about him. It gave me whiplash. I mean, truly, even stories like Pride and Prejudice, where the main couple’s relationship takes a 180 from true hate too true love, was more believable.
I was also confused by the murky foreshadowing. For example, in their literature class they learn about specific characters in Greek mythology, and then suddenly the main character has on obsession with them? This is even before she really starts interacting with her love interest and realizes who he is. Maybe it’s not a problem for other readers but it made the story seem choppy to me. I can’t help but notice inconsistencies, which there are a few, in a story or with characters, even if they are small.
Trail by Charm isn’t perfect, but the memorable comedy and borderline psychotic characters made it worth the read.