By a Charm and a Curse by Jaime Questell

By a Charm and a Curse

Le Grand’s Carnival Fantastic isn’t like other traveling circuses. It’s bound by a charm, held together by a centuries-old curse, that protects its members from ever growing older or getting hurt. Emmaline King is drawn to the circus like a moth to a flame…and unwittingly recruited into its folds by a mysterious teen boy whose kiss is as cold as ice.Forced to travel through Texas as the new Girl in the Box, Emmaline is completely trapped....

Details By a Charm and a Curse

TitleBy a Charm and a Curse
Release DateFeb 6th, 2018
PublisherEntangled: Teen
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Romance, Fiction, Young Adult Fantasy, Contemporary, Magic

Reviews By a Charm and a Curse

  • Carrie
    To the casual observer Le Grand’s Carnival Fantastic seems just like any other traveling circus with it's flashing lights, death defying shows and plenty of rides and games to entertain all who visit. But this traveling circus has existed for centuries benefiting from a curse upon one of it's own while the others enjoy a charm that protects them. All those who perform and work for the circus stop aging at adulthood and accidents never happen to...
  • Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk
    Story ⭐⭐⭐⭐So, i really had different expectations from this book. I thought it was something like Caraval or the Night Circus (even though i haven’t read the last one yet). It had less magic in it, so it wasn’t a book full of magic. Just a bit to sparkle things up. In the story after a really exciting night Emma gets magically trapped inside of a circus. There she meets a lot of interesting people working in the circus and Ben who’s...
  • Sepani
    3.5 stars I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.The main reason that I requested the book was because of the attractive cover. But, I didn’t enjoy it as I have expected it to be. The story is being told by the two main characters point of view, so it’s not difficult to understand the story. I quite enjoyed the relationship between Emma and Benjamin. The writer was able to convey their lives in a very interes...
  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    *I received a free ARC copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*Rating 2-2.5? This book is a somewhat hard to rate for me. Did I enjoy it? Sure, I guess. But I enjoyed it the same way I might enjoy a Wendy's cheeseburger. It is generic, standard and I know exactly what to expect. Let me try summarize it for you guys, avoid this section if you hate any sort of spoilers, but I will do my best to be generic and vague. 1. Girl is in the ...
  • Alyssa
    ***Review to come***Confused by all of the low ratings. Y'all over here complaining about "love" being thrown around so quickly, when in fact that word was not thrown around until the 75% ish mark... like TWO MONTHS into the story. Fam. Two months is definitely enough time to fall for someone. Or did y'all not realize that two months passed? Didn't pay attention? *headdesk* This book was pretty good. It has a lot of potential and could have used ...
  • Inge
    I always love it when a book has a circus setting - there's such a specific atmosphere around it, that hint of whimsy that leaves you filled with a sense of amazement and wonder. The circus in By A Charm and a Curse has real magic, the kind that comes with (you guessed it) a charm and a curse. The charm: none of the circus performers ever get hurt. The curse: the circus has to have a Boy or Girl in the Box as its anchor, one person doomed to live...
  • mith
    This book had potential! With an interesting backdrop and an intriguing curse, there was a lot that could have been done with By a Charm and a Curse. But things moved waaaaay too fast. It didn't feel fast paced and full of high stakes; it felt rushed, and that's partly the reason the execution failed. Considering that this is a pretty short book, there's not nearly enough time to fully immerse yourself with the characters and the world. Had this ...
  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    “Things that are linked cannot be unbound. Things set in motion cannot be stopped…” I have some mixed feeling about this - I loved the humor that the story started out with, and the carnival setting, but the humor almost immediately disappeared and the characters fell flat. By a Charm and a Curse follows Emma King as she’s captipulted into Le Grand’s Carnival Fantastic, trapped as the holder of a charm that helps the Carnival thrive. B...
  • Danielle
    Down you go little Emma into the rabbit hole. Que Cheshire Cat grin.Roll up, roll up, come and visit the Le Grand's carnival. Daredevil stunts, performing dog, Ferris wheel, fortune tellers and all the cotton candy you can eat.The carnival is full of mystery and magical experiences, but the Le Grand carnival has more to offer than most. Emma's time has just begun. She has just returned to town and is struggling to fit back in where she left off. ...
  • Sabrina
    Checkout my full review on my blog! http://omgbooksandmorebooks.blogspot....This book was very unique and unexpected. The idea is totally original. However, there are some parts of the book that are thrown around and it becomes too fast. I really wanted a build up. By a Charm and a Curse is like Alice in Wonderland meets Pinocchio, but darker. I have a feeling this book is going to be compared to The Night Circus and Caraval because of the carniv...
  • Aimee Ferguson
    Digital ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This review can also be found here, on my blog! AAhh this review is going to be harder to write than I thought. I think I say this about reviews quite often. I was so excited for this book. It had the circus vibes that I've been craving for in spades. I mean, it felt a little more Mr Galliano's Circus than Caraval or The Night Circus, but that wasn't necessarily a downfall (just ...
  • Xiomara Canizales
    Nope. Sorry. No!The story is about Emmaline (Emma, Em) who catches a curse and has to get it out to get her life back.Emma's life is SO DEPRESSING... her mom left her with her dad because she went to another county and now Emma has 'no home' she feels that she doesn't fit anywhere. So, there she is in this carnival with her friend, trying to be social. In the first place I don't understand what is she doing there, I got the sense that she didn't ...
  • Mandy
    **Thanks so much to Entangled Teen for sending me over a copy of this!! You're the best, and it didn't affect my review in any way!**Well, that was intriguing. It's definitely going to be one of the most interesting books that I read all year, and it so going to be up there for most fascinating premises in 2018. This book was an interesting ride, and I think the only issue it had is it didn't fully live up to its potential...although it definitel...
  • Elley Murray
    I just watched The Greatest Showman in theatres and was so amazed that I was desperate for more circus/carnival action. By A Charm and a Curse is everything I was hoping Caraval would be and was disappointed in (sorry, Stephanie Garber!!) The world building is great. I love the way the charm and the curse are intertwined, and there's just enough magic present in the form of Emma's transformations because of the curse to make things extra filled w...
  • Meigan
    There’s been a recent influx of books centering around carnivals and the circus, and while I haven’t read all of them, I’ve read a good many in the last year alone. With such a theme, authors need to be incredibly creative and wholly unique in order to set their story apart from the many others hitting the shelves, and I can definitely say that Jaime Questell did just that with By a Charm and a Curse. Sure, charms and curses aren’t anythi...
  • Michelle - Firstbooklove
    I received a eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.“You’ll sacrifice bits of your soul all under the umbrella of the curse.”Title: By a charm and a curseAuthor: Jamie QuestellFormat: ebook (eARC)Genre: YA, Fantasy, RomanceRating: 4/5 stars[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads) Le Grand’s Carnival Fantastic isn’t like other traveling circuses. It’s bound by a charm, held together by a centuries-old curse, that protects its m...
  • Flor
    I had no idea of what this book was about, and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. Things started to happen really fast to come with the main plot, so few pages in and I was already invested in the story. It felt like a fairytale and that’s both a good and bad thing for me.It’s good because I love fairytales, the magic was simple and yet interesting, there was a strong sense of doing the right things and love played a very importan...
  • Lia
    The story is set at a magical carnival, has romance and curses and overall seems not very original from The Night Circus, but from the first page on, I knew it would be completely different (and not in a bad way). It's about two characters, one resident of the carnival and then there's Emma, who comes to visit the carnival with her friend. Emma becomes the victim of a curse and has to be "the Girl in the Box" and therefore has to leave her home, ...
  • Kirsti
    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. SO when I saw this little beauty pop up on Netgalley, I could have requested it from cover alone, but I still read the synopsis. Magic? Circuses? Yep, I'm in. I can handle a circus when they aren't all about creepy clowns. I worry though with YA romance; is it going to be t...
  • Lena (The Printed Girl)
    Actual rating: 4.5 stars A kiss is never just a kiss.This book seriously deserves a big hype!It was really really really good! I loved it from the first page until the last! It was enchanting and a very smooth read. I love books were magic has a very steep prize and every magical thing has major consequences. In this story, one person is cursed and all other people who travel with the carnival get the benefits from it (it really sounds like ther...
  • Lilly
    REVIEW IN ENGLISH + RESEÑA EN ESPAÑOLThank you Entangled Publishing for the e-galley <3This novel narrates the story of Emmaline King, a young girl who has just returned to Claremore (Oklahoma) to live some time with her father while her mother is investigating abroad. Emma feels a bit lost, she is trying to adapt to the new situation; thus, when she is told that Le Grand's Carnival Fantastic is in town she decides to go there with her old frie...
  • Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
    You can find this review and others on my blog shades of paper “You won’t age, but you won’t live, either. Every day you’ll need to be in that booth, waiting to trap the next sucker. And the longer it takes for you to charm some boy or girl into taking your place, the more stunted and dark your heart becomes.” First of all let me start by saying I was beyond excited to read this book, because when I read it was going to take place in...
  • Caitlin Christensen
    "The carnival is a sad and desolate place on a weekday morning. No matter how brightly painted the stalls and booths are, no matter how loud the's still an empty carnival. It's veins without blood. It's lungs with no air." Ever since I finished The Night Circus a few years ago I have been hunting for more books with that same magical carnival atmosphere. I'll admit that it's been mostly duds with a few good ones here and there. So when...
  • Kayla Brunson
    I haven’t read anything about a carnival before and after reading the blurb I was interested. Once I got approved I dove into this book.Emma has moved back to a small town in Oklahoma with her father while her mother is working overseas. Emma doesn’t want to be there but is trying to make the most of it. She has friends that she knew from when they lived there before so she’s trying to make the best of it by trying to rekindle those relatio...
  • Jessica
    Come one, come all, and prepare to be amazed!In Jamie Questell’s stunning debut, a traveling carnival is affected ‘By a Charm and a Curse.’ There is something unearthly about Le Grand’s Carnival Fantastic; how its performers never fall or injure themselves no matter how daring the stunts. How its members don’t seem to age like people outside the carnival. How it has existed, and thrived, for decades without financial difficulties.The he...