Review: Charm by J. A. Armitage


About the book:

You thought you knew the story of Cinderella… You were wrong.

The kingdom needs an heir and Princess Charmaine is quite aware that the job rests solely upon her shoulders. When her elder sister dies, Charmaine must take her place at the ball designed to find her a husband. With the wedding itself already planned, a hundred men stand ready to be chosen as her husband.
Now all she has to do is pick.

As a servant in the castle kitchens, Cynder knows his place beneath the royals.
With the impending war between the people of magic and those of his masters, there is little he can do to stop it. On one hand, he’s a staunch supporter of equal rights for his own kind, but on the other, he has already given enough of his life to these people. The only thing truly holding him to the castle is the attraction he feels for the daughter of his King and Queen.

When the two meet, sparks fly… and not just the magical kind.

Review by Katy Haye:

The plotting of Charm was utterly glorious. This might be inspired by Cinderella, but it’s not the story you might be expecting! I was constantly delighted to be taken aback by events twisting and turning and matters not working out at all in the way I expected.

The relationship between Charmaine and Cynder was simply lovely and I’m rooting for them to get their happy ending.

The finale in particular was fast-paced and breathless and had me dashing through the pages. Charm is the first in a series, but it has a proper conclusion and makes for a satisfying read in itself. Highly recommended!

Katy Haye’s Princess Witch series is now complete and can be binge-read. Start Relle’s story with Dragon Thief. If you like magic, danger, deadly royals and a heroine who won’t accept her fate tamely, Dragon Thief is the book for you!

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