There were so many supporting characters, which were huge hits for me. They helped build a strong story structure, and added to the true heart of the plotline and to Caleb and Olivia roles, even the psychotic vampire, an obsessed ex, and a crazed person who wanted to control it all, aided in the brilliance Christine Wenrick created. Now comes the part where I need to ask if there will be more, or a spin-off to this trilogy because really those Brethren men really do need a good woman.
Poor sweet Maya needs an HEA ending. Tissue moment. The only complaint I have Ms. In closing Brava!
The Charmed: Book One of a Trilogy. Queen of Darkness. April 1, I'm not sure why, but they seem to make it work. I recommend this series to all that love a good paranormal romance with a twist. The first written and published of the Valdemar novels, these center on the character Talia, who from the moment of being Chosen by her Companion Rolan becomes the special and hard-working Queen's Own Herald.
To Christine Wenrick for giving me as well as you I Hope the delightful chance to discover a new author with the amazing talents to write such a stellar trilogy that I will be revisiting again and again. Now that you read my ramblings how about a contest, Christine Wenricks giving away an awesome prize just click on the Rafflecopter link!
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Squeee…I love twist on vampire books. Great reviews! I was irritated every time I was forced to put it down because all I wanted to do was keep on reading. I can tell you, with 7 out of the 8 reviews currently on Amazon being rated at 5 stars, I was curious to see if this one would be able to hold its ground against me… Story Line Christine Wenrick really has a great story line on her hands here.
There is a few places where you may get lost for a second, but it quickly resolves itself. Heroine Likability Olivia is interesting. There are moments that I really don't want to like her because she is throwing a tantrum or is intentionally withholding information for no good reason, but overall she is a good soul and a bit lost in life after everything she has gone through and I was really happy to see her character growth towards the end.
Hero Likability From the beginning Caleb is an obvious kind soul despite his situation and you find yourself rooting for his inner demons to resolve themselves. I was really pleased that although the story is told in the first person that you could really feel his character and it's emotions. They are not lost in Olivia's head. If your a romance lover, but not a huge fan of the graphic erotica then this is perfect for you. There is just enough detail to get your pulse racing but not too much to make you feel uncomfortable.
They are very moving. You can really feel Olivia and Caleb's pull to one another and their raw passion. Writing Style I have positives and negatives here. I really liked Christine's ability to give away just enough information at the right times. She leaves you enticed but not annoyed, and never gives you too much that you figure how where everything is heading before it gets there.
Now my downside, there are a few areas where there short sentences that break things up awkwardly. Usually they are 4 or 5 word sentences that end with an '! Particularly, there is a few places in a fight scene towards the end where I feel it might as well been written comic book style with 'POW!
The Roller Coaster Man, this one really keeps you on your toes. So many things going on. They are all easy to keep track of as they progress but in a way that you do not feel too overwhelmed at once. I'm very eager to read book 2 and see where it takes Olivia and Caleb Perhaps a love triangle with her guardian? Sep 25, Adria Musings and Reviews rated it really liked it Shelves: read-and-reviewed. Originally posted on Breath of Life Reviews Barely eight pages into The Charmed on a windy night and my heart was pumping and I was jumping every time something hit the windows!
It's an addictive paranormal romance that doesn't skimp on the paranormal aspect or tone it down in order to bring the romance into the forefront. Both parts of the book are equally strong and equally entertaining. The Charmed has a strong start and Christine Wenrick is quite talented at making a reader feel like they're a Originally posted on Breath of Life Reviews Barely eight pages into The Charmed on a windy night and my heart was pumping and I was jumping every time something hit the windows! The Charmed has a strong start and Christine Wenrick is quite talented at making a reader feel like they're a part of the grisly scenes unfolding in the first few chapters.
I could not only see what was happening but hear every sound, smell every scent and feel every emotion. It was not always pleasant BUT in my opinion that's what made this book such a strong one. If a story can take me places, I'm happy. If it could make me experience everything, I'm sold. I have noticed and feel free to let me know if I'm wrong that almost every time someone writes a vampire romance in first person there are automatically comparisons to that OTHER vampire series that became a multi-million dollar movie franchise my guilty pleasure so sue me , and yes, there are a few similarities between Twilight and The Charmed but aside from that, The Charmed is without a doubt, an ADULT book.
Trust me, this is an 18 and over read. Olivia is not a naive teenager with confidence issues. She's a mature woman who has suddenly and violently been thrown into a world she thought only existed in books. Though she finds herself in the middle of a nightmare, she's not completely defenseless. She's as tough as she can be, smart and once she knows what she wants, she doesn't stop until she gets it. Caleb is unbelievable sexy, and not because of how Olivia describes him, but of what he says to her, how he takes care of her without completely treating her like a helpless female.
He's a skilled fighter, who is willing to do whatever it takes to protect Olivia and find out what exactly it is about her that draws not only his interest but that of rival vampires. The attraction between Caleb and Olivia is pretty intense, which makes the book that much more enjoyable, which was surprising to me because I'm not normally fond of books told in first person. The Charmed is actually the first adult romance novel I've ever read that was told in first person and thankfully, it works.
It's dangerous, sexy, and full of surprises. Fans of paranormal romance won't be disappointed with The Charmed, there's enough sexual tension, chemistry and emotional angst that there will be no doubt about to which genre this book belongs to. Secondary characters are interesting but not too much so that they steal the spotlight from Caleb and Olivia.
At times the story was a bit predictable and cliched but almost all romance novels are at some point, it doesn't take away from how enjoyable The Charmed is. The Charmed by Christine Wenrick is thankfully the first book in a series and according the Christine's website, book two is right around the corner.
I cannot wait to revisit this world and its characters again. Oct 01, Shelly rated it it was amazing Shelves: read , highly-recommend. The Charmed tells the story of Olivia Ann Greyson, a musically gifted graduate student and Caleb Wolfe, young vampire. Caleb and the Walker Coven save and rescue Olivia after her train has been ambushed by a mad pack of vampires. During the skirmish, Olivia and her best friend Sarah suffer severe bodily damage.
After Caleb rescue, things start happening really fast for Olivia primarily about the existence of vampires. Despite the odds, during their time together, they begin to fall in love. When she gets home, she meets her new protectors — The Brethren. Holy cripes these dudes, especially that Alec, are hardcore.
Me Like! I really liked Olivia. She was full of insecurities, as would any girl her age raised in a sheltered environment.
I thought the way her story was told was well done and I really connected with her and felt her highs and lows. Caleb on the other hand is a dimpled hottie, and has that strong silent-type, wholesome, thing going on. Jax and Gemma are the other members of the Walker Coven and bring more than enough drama of their own. Jax, you gentle giant, are you gonna man-up and bust a move on that girl?
Well done Wenrick! Happy Reading Folks! This is also Posted at www. Oct 10, Sarah rated it really liked it Shelves: r2r-complete , read , tbr-challenge Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Christine Wenrick. 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 sh Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Can Olivia live with who she finds out she really is though? And do they have any hope of a future together? 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. 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! 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.
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. Dec 16, Bex 'n' Books rated it it was amazing Shelves: justine-s-reviews , em-s-reviews. We have two reviews from Bex 'n' Books reviewers. Both really positive - a lovely 4. In the time of twenty-five chapters, I found myself more th We have two reviews from Bex 'n' Books reviewers.
In the time of twenty-five chapters, I found myself more than once crying tears of heart break, throwing fists of fury, and laughing out loud to the point my dog looked at me as though I was disturbed. So what does that leave us with? Yes the ending, which only left me scrambling for the second book to this trilogy.
This thank goodness it came out last month! The book was full of intrigue, the characters developed gradually and fully. I became captivated by Olivia and her flowering relationship with Caleb. When they had both admitted their feelings and Olivia had managed to seduce Caleb, well the sex scenes are well written and produce a powerful image in the readers mind.
The plot to the story is very strong, although I did find a couple of the chapters towards the end in the forest to be a little rushed and would have liked to have them developed more. Sep 23, Kristin rated it really liked it Shelves: paranormal-romance , The Charmed is a great romance story.
There were a couple of plot twists that I didn't see coming that really added to the story. I liked that Christine added in a few fight scenes throughout the story as well. Olivia was definitely a character that I had a slight issue with. She went from fearing Caleb to falling head over heels in love with him in a couple of days. But no matter how strongly he acted towards her, she still doubted his feelings for her. I'm okay with a little insecurities in my The Charmed is a great romance story. I'm okay with a little insecurities in my characters because after all, it makes them human.
However, her continual doubt in Caleb made me want to smack her upside the head.
I liked the secondary characters with both the vampire hunters and Jax and Gemma. I must say that Alec, Olivia's vampire hunter partner, was rather fetching. He was cocky in his abilities, he was sarcastic, protective over Olivia and when he was in over his head, he wasn't too full of himself to ask for help. There's also Jax who is the vampire who took Caleb in shortly after he was turned and Gemma the Dhampire who lives in the house as well. All of these characters really made the story for me.
There was quite a bit of blood and gore in this story as well. Which I must say I rather enjoyed. Too often romance novels, skip the gore and instead play up the romance which is okay if it's a contemporary romance but I liked that these vampires got bloody. There's fighting, killing, bags of blood for nourishment.
At no point did you forget that you were reading a book about vampires. I personally cannot wait to see what happens in the next book since we are left off wondering what will become of Olivia and Caleb. After all she's a vampire charmer who will always have crazed vampires coming after her. Will she learn how to protect herself and return to the comfort of the tree house with Caleb, Jax and Gemma? Or will she join the vampire hunters and help rid the world of their evil? Favorite quote And for that I'll always be sorry.
But I could never have let Isaac take you, Olivia. For me, there never was a choice. May 21, Deb rated it really liked it. This is book one in the Charmed Trilogy; I was totally blown away at the enchanting cast and the amazing plot line. Caleb is a new born vampire, who was drawn to a horrendous train crash, only to find a diamond in the ruff, named Olivia. What shocked Caleb more was how he was drawn to her in that instant. I love…Love this hero! Wenrick has her readers connecting with Caleb and his inner turmoil.
Olivia has just found herself in the middle of a battle, and she is the prize to the one who can convince her to join their cause. Olivia was a challenge for me up until I hit chapter two, after that I felt better about this heroine. I think for me she became stronger toward the end of the book, her role being deeper, my understanding of her character, much better. I cannot wait to see what Caleb and Olivia have to offer us in book 2. They endure so much in this first book it is going to be interesting to see how they cope.
Secondary characters truly helped add a zest to both the hero and heroine as well as to the plot line. You have the Daywalkers, The Brethren, and a wacked out vampire that thinks he is the king of all. You cannot get any better than that. There was a connection between Alec and Gemma that had me a bit curious since Jax is half in love with her. I hope I get more of these three, in the next book. If you enjoy a different spin on your Vampire stories then pick up The Charmed book 1 in the Charmed Trilogy by Christine Wenrick her amazing talents will draw you in, and leave you craving for more.
Rated 4 Stilettos by Deb! May 22, Laurie Treacy rated it liked it Shelves: read-in Rating: 3. Olivia, a college student majoring in music is traveling with her best friend, Sophia on a train. She sees something horrible outside and scares some of the passengers. They think she has a few looses screws but when the train collides with another and cars derail, the terror has just begun.
Weird monsters begin attacking the wounded, Olivia and Sophia included. Can the two friends survive the horror they're trapped in?
I'm not t Rating: 3. I'm not telling much more about this gripping and intense book, but I will say I think fans of vampire stories will enjoy The Charmed. I liked main character Olivia, even if she made me raise an eyebrow or two at her occasional immature way of doing things. For a year old woman, she can be naive. The new world she finds herself in is strange and yet she is able to begin adjusting to being around vampires, especially Caleb. Yes, there is an insta-love connection between them and Caleb certainly has his brood on, but they begin to work as a couple in my eyes especially after Olivia realizes something is changing inside her.
There are obstacles to face, action, a touch of romance, and other types of vamps and politics to deal with. The distinct vampire society author Christine Wenrick paints in this first part of the series intrigued me. I liked her own spin on the dhampir and the classifications of vampires she created which helped give this tale a uniqueness which is needed to stand out in today's crowded paranormal genre.
I thought her writing was smooth, expressive and Olivia's first-person narration convincing. Even the author's secondary characters in particular Gemma and Jax were well-constructed. As a long-time vampire book aficionado, I recommend other fans pick up a copy of The Charmed. Oct 03, Charlotte Lynn rated it it was amazing. Olivia and Sarah are best friends taking a commuter train back to the city where they attend college.
A coven of vampires attach the train causing it to crash. Everyone on the train dies as a result of the accident or feeding vampires, except Olivia. Olivia recognizes Caleb with a single touch. Soon they are in love and unusually in tune with each other. As the Olivia and Sarah are best friends taking a commuter train back to the city where they attend college. As the feelings get stronger and they spend more time together Olivia starts to notice startling changes in herself. When she finds out the reason behind these changes she worries she will have to give Caleb up. As the first book in a trilogy and the first book I have read from Christine Wenrick I was unsure what to expect.
Was this going to be a mushy girl and vampire fall in love or a gross blood sucking everyone dies story? I am happy to say it had a little bit of everything and I loved it. Calebs coven, which included Jax and Gemma, is a coven of daywalkers who really just want to blend in and fit with regular people when they have to. They are not wanting to live in the real work and just take what they want, when they want it. The love they share is unreal.
So deep and true. The notes, a. I hope there is more to both stories to be told in Book 2 and Book 3 of this series. The Charmed is a great story with amazing characters that entertain me from beginning to end. Dec 10, mica rated it it was ok. I really wanted to like this book much more than I actually did. The Charmed is about Olivia, a 26 year old woman that suffers a train crash where everyone dies, not only from the crash itself but also because of tad-ah!
I'm not the kind of people that judge books or movies about vampires because of Twilight, I really am not I love The Vampire Diaries HELLO so I was not as freaked as everyone was judging from the reviews when I realized this was about vampires. I got really excited I really wanted to like this book much more than I actually did. I got really excited when I read that Olivia was 26, that was really refreshing and new to be honest, one gets tired of teenagers eventually. As I said, I was excited until she opened her damn mouth.
Yeah, she's 26, she just finished college but for god's sake she acts like a 17 year old brat. She was the youngest of the five children, also the only girl, of a marriage with Irish ancestors. Her family were avid readers, so books were always important in her life. She attended a Catholic school and credits the nuns with instilling in her a sense of discipline. During her sophomore year in high school, she transferred to a local public school, where she met Ronald Aufdem-Brinke, her future first husband. In August 17, , as soon as she had graduated from High School, Eleanor married, against her parents' wishes.
The marriage settled in Keedysville, Maryland. Her husband worked at his father's sheet-metal business before joining her parents in their lighting company. While, she worked briefly as a legal secretary. After their sons, Dan and Jason, were born she stayed home. Calling this her "Earth Mother" years, she spent much of her time doing crafts, including ceramics and sewing her children's clothes. The marriage ended separating, and they obtained the divorce in January In February , a blizzard in forced her hand to try another creative outlet.
She was snowed in with a three and six year old with no kindergarten respite in sight and a dwindling supply of chocolate. During the now famous blizzard, she pulled out a pencil and notebook and began to write down one of those stories. It was there that a career was born. Several manuscripts and rejections later, her first book, Irish Thoroughbred, was published by Silhouette in as Nora Roberts, a shortened form of her birth name Eleanor Marie Robertson, because she assumed that all authors had pen names.