Archive | December 11, 2014

THE CHARLOTTE CHRONICLES Jen Frederick

THE CHARLOTTE CHRONICLES Jen Frederick
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre:  Romance.
I adored Jen’s Kerr Chronicles and was hoping this was in the same style. Its not though and just didn’t work for me. that happens, not all books suit all readers. It’s a well written book, but the storyline just didn’t grab me.
I’d not read the stories about their parents, and maybe that would have made a difference, but I don’t think so. The first half covers Nathan and Charlotte’s teen years and the huge trauma they go through. I’m not really into teen romances, and could have coped with a 20-25% being that early stage but not the 50% it actually was.
After all that angst they have a huge separation – nine years!! I wanted to know why, what had happened in the intervening years, and how on earth Nathan could go from adoring Charlotte to ignoring her for so long. We do eventually get some reasons but they didn’t ring true for me, and I’d have thought even if he did feel that way that Charlotte would have made more effort at least when he  came home to visit the family.
Then there’s the final drama, and that was just overkill for me. TBH it’s possible that it’s just too close to home for me, having gone through something very similar that makes me overly critical about books where it happens, when characters have a different experience to mine. That’s my problem and not the book of course, but does influence how I enjoyed the story. Sometimes I find it works, its handled well and everything seems genuine, and others it’s as if the scene has been set to extract maximum sympathy without any research being done. This wasn’t like that, it was well written but it was rushed, and on top of the earlier issues I just felt it wasn’t necessary, that concentrating on getting through their long break up etc would have been more than enough story to work with.
Still, as ever that’s just my view – if you want to know more from the characters in the earlier stories you’ll probably love this, but if you’re expecting characters with the strength of character and sexuality of Tiny and Ian from the Kerr chronicles you won’t find it here.
Stars: Two, there were a few parts I liked but not enough for a three star rating. It cetainly won’t put me off reading more from Jen, but I’ll be looking for those more like The K.C.
ARC supplied by  publishers

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