Wednesday, June 12, 2013

ARC Spotlight – Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn

Charm & Strange

When you’ve been kept caged in the dark, it’s impossible to see the forest for the trees. It’s impossible to see anything, really. Not without bars . . .

Andrew Winston Winters is at war with himself.

He’s part Win, the lonely teenager exiled to a remote Vermont boarding school in the wake of a family tragedy. The guy who shuts all his classmates out, no matter the cost.

He’s part Drew, the angry young boy with violent impulses that control him. The boy who spent a fateful, long-ago summer with his brother and teenage cousins, only to endure a secret so monstrous it led three children to do the unthinkable.

Over the course of one night, while stuck at a party deep in the New England woods, Andrew battles both the pain of his past and the isolation of his present.

Before the sun rises, he’ll either surrender his sanity to the wild darkness inside his mind or make peace with the most elemental of truths—that choosing to live can mean so much more than not dying.

Recommended for fans of: Dark YA Contemporary with a paranormal feel

It’s hard to review this book without giving away spoilers but I’ll give it my best. Kuehn writes such a dark and complex story, headed by a dark and complex MC. All the characters seem real, I love how Andrew/Win has a love/hate relationship with his “best” friend. This book is full of unexpected twists and painful revelations. It will haunt you long after you’ve finished the last page.

CHARM & STRANGE came out yesterday and is available now!


  1. Just added this to my wishlist, since I'm a fan of dark YA fiction! Also, it must be said: that cover is amazing. I absolutely love the design of it!

  2. I know! It's reminds me of a graphic novel cover, without being too comic book-y.

  3. Sounds good, and that is quite the striking cover!