- Title: Charity Moon
- Author: DeAnna Kinney
- Series: Charity #1
- Next Book: Charity Rising
- Source: Personal Purchase
Description from Goodreads:
Charity Bell is eighteen, beautiful, and has an unyielding chip on her shoulder. The loss of her father and betrayal of her stepfather have left her angry and confident that no man will ever win her trust, or possess her heart. She wears that declaration proudly–on her countenance, as well as her sharp tongue.
That’s all tested when the enchanting Levi Drake transfers from her rival school across town. In a town divided by intense rivalry this should mean trouble, and yet the school is quickly won over by his alluring charm. When a strange encounter with the mysterious young man leaves Charity bewildered, she’s convinced he’s hiding something and sets out on a dangerous plot to discover his secret. What she uncovers, however, will leave her both grasping for reality and hanging onto the tattered shreds of what’s left of her declaration. As she faces the demons of her past, and present, she must decide if she can live, or die, with his.
I was a little nervous about starting this book. The description sounded really good, but I noticed that most of the Goodreads reviews seemed to be pretty polarizing. People either loved it or hated it, very few in between, and I was afraid of which category I would fall into.
From the very beginning, I found Charity, the main character and first-person narrator, to be an interesting girl. She’s tough and closed-off to members of the opposite sex. When she first meets the new transfer student, Levi, she thinks he’s heart-stoppingly gorgeous but immediately distrusts him and tries to push him away.
We very quickly see why Charity is the way she is when she gets home from school. She has a very tumultuous home life with her stepfather, and she is immediately rescued from an uncomfortable situation by some mysterious circumstances.
I thought the first third of the book was the best. There was quite a bit of mystery, and I couldn’t wait to find out what the deal is with Levi. There’s something a bit strange about him, and I was actually surprised at how quickly we found out what it was. There were some aspects of the story that were very reminiscent of Twilight. However, I found that some other things were handled differently enough that it was okay.
However, at about 37% (I obviously read this on my Kindle), the book got a little weird. This is about where the big reveal comes out, along with some other things that just had me cocking an eyebrow. I mean, WHAT? I was a little skeptical about some things and really hoping that they wouldn’t come back to be a major plot line later in the story.
There were a couple things that really bothered me in the story. First, there’s a scene were Charity’s measurements were taken, and I thought that they were a little too perfect, and they made me feel bad about myself. Maybe that’s just me, but I didn’t think that the inclusion of measurements that are next to impossible to obtain was necessary, especially in a book geared toward young women. As if we don’t have enough reasons to feel self-conscious about our bodies in our society. Secondly, while I don’t necessarily have a problem with Christian elements in a book, I tend to like to know they’re there before starting the book. At first, it isn’t even mentioned, but suddenly Charity’s religious beliefs become a big deal within the story, and sometimes they felt a bit out of place. Also, they led to a big WTF moment at about 77%.
At times, the book felt a little rushed. It felt like one thing after another just kept happening to Charity, like this girl just couldn’t catch a break. However, it definitely made it more entertaining.
I was left with a few questions at the end, so I will probably end up reading the sequel at some point.
I’m having a really hard time coming up with a rating for this book. I liked it and definitely was reading it very fervently, I also had quite a few moments where I was confused, irritated, or rolling my eyes. I don’t know how strongly I’d recommend this book, but I definitely enjoyed reading it. I guess for that reason, I’d give it 3.5 stars.