Saturday, 12 January 2013

The Charmed (The Charmed Trilogy, #1) by Christine Wenrick Review/Interview/Giveaway!

The Charmed (The Charmed Trilogy, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
In The Charmed—Book One of The Charmed Trilogy—Olivia Ann Greyson sees only one future for herself—to compose and perform the music she has loved since she was a child. But that future changes in an instant when a commuter train taking her to the city crashes and is attacked by, unbelievably, a coven of vampires! As the rabid creatures feed their thirst on the surviving passengers, Olivia is spared from an unthinkable fate because of the intervention of another vampire—Caleb Wolfe, a figure from her past who, for reasons he doesn’t understand himself, would do anything to protect her.
After one familiar touch, Olivia recognizes the man behind the vampire. Soon love, and a powerful supernatural connection, begins to grow between them. But with that connection Olivia starts to notice starling changes happening within herself, and violent events make it clear that the vampire coven which wanted her the night of the train crash won’t stop until they have her.
Time is running out for Olivia and Caleb to discover why all this is happening. And the answers they find may painfully tear their new love apart.

The Charmed by Christine Wenrick

My rating: 8.25 out of 10 stars

The Charmed (The Charmed Trilogy, #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Christine Wenrick.)
26-year-old Olivia is studying music and about to receive her masters, when she’s in a horrific train crash, and then worse – attacked by vampires!

There are many more surprises in store for Olivia though, and a love for a man (Caden) she could never even have dreamed of, as well as information that changes her view of who she herself really is.
Can Olivia live with who she finds out she really is though? Is Caden’s love for her real? And do they have any hope of a future together?

I really enjoyed this book, and even though it had vampires in it, it wasn’t your typical vampire/paranormal romance, which was a nice change! (None of the ‘Mine’ business either!)

Olivia was a strong and sometimes stubborn lead, and she had no problems pushing to try to get what she wanted, although I expected her to get angrier that Caleb was constantly picking her up and underestimating her. She had had a difficult year surviving both a car crash and a train wreck, and losing all the people that meant something to her. I totally got why she didn’t want to be hurt by Caleb, but how she wanted someone to love her just the same.

The romance between Olivia and Caleb was hot, and Caleb was seriously sexy! Even though there were vampires in this book, the romance element was strong, and I fell for Caleb just the same as Olivia did! There was both suspense and anticipation leading up to the ‘love’ scenes, which made this part of the book very satisfying, and when the scenes eventually came, it felt right!

This book was about vampires. There are a lot of books about vampires around at the moment, and I know a lot of people get a bit sick of it, but I felt that it was really well done in this book. The vampire element didn’t feel overdone, some old ideas were used, but new ideas were used also, and the vampire storyline fitted in well with the rest of the book. We didn’t get any soul-mate business or insta-love either, which was refreshing!

The one thing I didn’t appreciate was the way that Olivia refused to tell Caleb what she was. She felt bad because she thought that she was causing him to feel the way he did, and that he didn’t really feel that way about her, but then didn’t tell him exactly what was going on either. (Gosh that sounds complicated but I’m trying to avoid spoilers!)
This kind of lack of communication most commonly leads to problems in the long run, and I really wished that Olivia could have been honest and told Caleb the truth. (This is more a pet peeve of mine rather than an actual problem with the book though.)

I have to say that this book was very well written and flowed beautifully, I loved the characters and the storyline, and this was a very enjoyable read. I was also very happy with the ending – no cliff-hangers, but plenty to make me want to read the next one!
I would recommend this to anyone who likes paranormal romance! It is a fab read with an explosive finale, and is beautifully written.
8.25 out of 10.

Interview with the Author-

Christine Wenrick

Hi Christine! Welcome to the blog!

When did you start writing?
Writing seriously . . . about four years ago. Until then I just dabbled because it was something I enjoyed doing on the side from my commercial design business.

What was your inspiration for ‘The Charmed’?
Strangely enough, the building that I live in. That may seem odd for a Paranormal Romance, I know, but I had a crystal clear image of the final scene of the book from one of the areas here at my building. I thought it was such a beautiful ending for a story that I went out the next day and bought my laptop and started writing the final scene to The Charmed that night.

The rest of it was inspired by my summer backpacking trips with my father. His love of nature and appreciation of the outdoors that he shared with me growing up became the basis for Caleb’s character.  

What three words would you use to best describe ‘The Charmed’?
Emotional, Hopeful & Redemptive

What are your favorite things about the character Olivia Ann Greyson?
There is a resiliency to Olivia (some might call it stubbornness) that I’m rather fond of. Despite the fact that she has been lied to by those closest to her and dropped without warning into the middle of a violent paranormal world, she keeps moving forward, even though a lot of the things she faces in these three books would paralyze most of us. There is also an inner beauty to her that is symbolized in her love of music.

Can you tell us when the next installment will be available?
The Charmed Souls, book two in the trilogy, is already available, released Thanksgiving Day. And Book III, The Charmed Fates will be released March 1st, 2013.

Can you tell us about your other books? (If you have any)
The Charmed is my first novel and the trilogy my first series.

Can you tell us what you’re working on at the moment? (If you are)
Right now I am currently working on the third book for the 5-book series that will follow The Charmed Trilogy.  Hint hint.  As you read The Charmed books, keep track of the characters you meet. It’s quite possible they will show up again.

(I'm so excited to hear that!)

Other than your own, what are your favorite books?
It’s funny . . . I love writing Paranormal, but I love reading Regency Romance with humor, so some of my favorite authors are Lisa Kleypas and Julia Quinn. Their Hathaway and Bridgerton series are some of my all time favorite books!

Random Questions

- What’s your favorite treat?
Ice cream, without a doubt. My favorite would probably be between Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Breyers Mint Chocolate Chip. Yummy! I can’t have it very often because it is just too addictive, but when I do I savor every bite.

- What’s your Favorite place to read/write?
I have my favorite recliner that I bought as a splurge purchase at Restoration Hardware about ten years ago. Once I kick back with a blanket, some iced green tea (often a few animal crackers) and my laptop, I’m good to go for hours.

- If you won the lottery what would you most look forward to spending money on?
That’s easy . . . build a tree house. A very specific tree house!

(You'll know what this is about if you read the book, but wow! That would be amazing!)

- If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Right where I live—Seattle. I have adored visiting many other places around the world, including a wonderful extended stay in England, but my home is here in this gray, rain-drenched and often cold to the bone city. When you do get one of those precious sunny days, the city, mountains and lakes are more scenic and beautiful than just about any other place I’ve been. Its home and it’s what I have tried to show my appreciation for in the books.

Plus, I really hate poisonous, crawly things. We really don’t have too many of those here.

About the Author:

Christine is a graduate of Washington State University where she received a BA in Interior Design. And true to form of using mostly her ‘right brain’, she splits her time between her commercial design career and her imaginary world of writing. She lives in the scenic Pacific Northwest where she enjoys hiking, camping and photographing many of the wonderful places that served as inspiration for her Charmed Trilogy. Her biggest reward in life is any given day when one of her books connects with a reader because she herself is such a lover of reading. Some of her favorite authors include Lisa Kleypas, Julia Quinn, and Kimberly Derting.

You can find Christine here:

Thanks so much to Christine for stopping by the blog, 

for writing her amazing book, 

and for making this giveaway possible!

1 lucky winner will win their choice of 'The Charmed' or 'The Charmed Souls' in ebook format
(So if you can't wait to read it - don't worry, you can win the sequel☺)

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  1. Yes, I admit I a burned out on vampires but always willing to try a good one and hey she is a fellow Pacific NWesterner so that is good. A tree house? Well I could build a nice one in my backyard here in Oregon! Oh and yeah for no cliffhanger!

  2. I do not think I will get tired of a good vampy read :) I love strong characters and characters that I can like, sounds like Charmed meets the bill. Thank you for sharing with us. I really enjoyed the interview and oh yes Seattle - cold drizzly day with a steaming hot cup of coffee oh yeah.

    1. I'm not done with vampires yet either. Just have to read something non-paranormal inbetween sometimes ☺

  3. If Sarah likes it then it must be good ;)
    Thanks Christine and Sarah!

  4. I knew it. When I saw you were reading this and what it was about I just knew it was going to be awesome. so happy you ended up loving it. I think it sounds perfect for me. I want to Win so bad.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  5. This sounds fun -- thanks for the review and giveaway!

  6. This definitely sounds really interesting! I'm one of those people that thinks vampires have been overdone, although I am always looking forward to seeing them done in a new way. It's really interesting that the author managed to intertwine old and new ideas, which is always great to see. Not only that, but the romance sounds fantastic! It definitely doesn't seem like insta-love, which is awesome. =)

    Fabulous review and interview! Thanks for sharing! <3

  7. Yay, non-emo vampires! I love that this is limited to a trilogy (and the last book is in March so I'm not waiting for a year).

    I just re-read Kleypas' The Hathaways series! I adore Poppy and Harry's story so much, I could re-read that one alone over and over. I should have had it with mint chocolate chip ice cream...darn you for starting up my cravings. :)

    1. Haven't heard of that one! Will look it up!

  8. I realy enjoyed this review and interview.Look forward to reading this trilogy definately one I will be picking up.Thank you for sharing with us and for giving us the chance to win.Have a great week.

  9. Thanks for the giveaway! Can't wait to read it!
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  10. Thanks for the giveaway. This sounds like a very interesting series.

  11. I haven't heard of this book before, but it sounds like a fun read! Great review!

  12. Hi Christine. The trilogy looks fabulous.

  13. Thank you. And, I love the cover.

  14. Haven't started this series yet but I really want to now!


  15. All the chatter and a great interview.. I might just have to swim that pond for a loan.

  16. Thanks, Christine! It looks great! =)