I have joined All the King's Men blog tour and am coming to you today with a review of the first book in the series, followed by an ebook giveaway. Enjoy!
The Kings of Charleston by Kat H. Clayton
Published by Kat H. Clayton, 2012
Casper Whitley is forced to move to Charleston, South Carolina where she’ll be the new kid her senior year of high school. Casper’s upset about the move until she meets the Roman family’s gorgeous son, Cal, but there’s a problem. A mystery surrounds him which can be summed up in one word…Kythera. Never heard of it? Neither has Casper until she finds the word tattooed on cars, paintings and all her new friends.
After Casper’s life is threatened, someone is forced to tell the truth about her parents, the Romans and Kythera’s motives for her being in Charleston. Once the truth is revealed, she must decide whether to protect her family and Kythera’s secrets or walk away from everything she has ever known.
The Kings of Charleston follows Casper Whitley, heir to a championship horse breeder/ racer. She is whisked away to Charleston, North Carolina with her family during her last year of school which we find out is because of some sort of business deal her father has. Their family has always been in the socialite circles and when she arrives in Charleston, she is not surprised to find her mother demanding she spend time with all the rich people there and their children. Only she discovers there is something sinister going on. Everyone has a tattoo with the word Kythera on them and the way people in town react to them makes her wonder what is going on.
What I really liked about this book is the fast paced writing style that Kat H. Clayton has been able to pull off. Since the story revolves around the mystery of Kythera, I found it extremely hard to put down. The words just flew off the pages and I found myself reading much quicker than I normally do. Then I also found Casper's inner voice a little charming. I thought all her references to Twilight were really cute, especially when she started incorporating them into her conversations with her new boyfriend Cal.
Speaking of Cal...I thought he was especially charming and although I wasn't too happy with the insta-love going on this book I could totally see why Casper would fall for him so fast. He knew just what to say to her and how to make her happy.
My only fault with the characters in The Kings of Charleston is that although I found myself unable to put it down I couldn't really connect to Casper in the way she reacts to Kythera. I know she hates what's going on but I felt her whole hatred of the social scene and the money situation needed a little more explaining. Since this is the way she grew up I had a hard time with her hatred for it. I know growing up that way doesn't have to mean you love it but since she has no problem benefitting from her status in society it made her come off a bit of a spoiled brat to me. But that is my personal opinion, and since I loved her the rest of the time I had an especially hard time with this aspect of her character.
I also felt that though this was a great start to a series - I was so enthralled with it - that it was really just the start and couldn't really stand on it's own. Luckily I have the next book and have already started reading so I can say that this really is just the start. A lot more interesting things are to come.
Disclaimer: I received a review copy from the tour company in exchange for my honest opinion.
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Kat has been a writer her entire life, but never pursued a writing career until the characters from a short story she wrote in high school refused to go away. Finally, she sat down and wrote their story which would became The Kings of Charleston series.
Kat has been an avid reader her entire life. She enjoys all genres, but particularly Mystery and Young Adult. Mary Higgins Clark is one of her favorite authors who inspired her love of mysteries.
When she isn't writing, Kat loves to travel, try out new recipes and hang out with her husband. She is originally from Kentucky, but currently resides in South Georgia with her husband, a cat named Frank and a dog named Lil.
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