Book Review: Charming by Elliott James

September 24, 2013 Uncategorized 0

Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
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About the book:

  • CharmingCharming
  • by Elliott James
  • Series: Pax Arcana #1
  • Category: Fantasy / Paranormal
  • Pages: 400
  • Expected Publication: September 24, 2013
  • Received From: Orbit for an honest review
  • Rating: 4/5
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First Sentence: There’s a reason that we refer to being in love as being enchanted.


John Charming isn’t your average Prince…

He comes from a line of Charmings — an illustrious family of dragon slayers, witch-finders and killers dating back to before the fall of Rome. Trained by a modern day version of the Knights Templar, monster hunters who have updated their methods from chainmail and crossbows to kevlar and shotguns, he was one of the best. That is — until he became the abomination the Knights were sworn to hunt.

That was a lifetime ago. Now, he tends bar under an assumed name in rural Virginia and leads a peaceful, quiet life. One that shouldn’t change just because a vampire and a blonde walked into his bar… Right?



My Thoughts:

I was enchanted from word ONE! I just love the feeling of this book, the feeling that the main character, John, gives off. He IS a prince charming, but then again, he’s so not!

I wore non-reflective Kevlar instead of shining armor and carried a sawed-off shotgun as well as a sword; I didn’t light a candle against the dark, I wielded a flamethrower… right up until the day I discovered that I had been infected by one of the monsters I used to hunt. My name is Charming by the way, John Charming. And I am not living happily ever after.

THAT little ditty was in the prelude, and I immediately fell in love with his voice. I knew from that small chapter that I was going to love this book! The way Elliott James gets into your mind is amazing. I love that I didn’t want to put this book down. And although it is a bit longer than the average book that I read I flew through this.

The only thing I didn’t like was that there was a lot of info and it felt like it was being thrown at me. In those moments I felt distracted by the information instead of it really adding to the story. However, the characters were brilliant, the dialogue was so much fun! Totally loved this and I can not wait to read more of Elliottt’s work. Plus it’s nice to see that MALE pov!! YAY! Oh and this ending! Ohhh… this definitely ended on a cliff hanger! Can’t wait for book two.




About Elliott James:

An army brat and gypsy scholar, ELLIOTT JAMES is currently living in the blueridge mountains of southwest Virginia. An avid reader since the age of three (or that’s what his family swears anyhow), he has an abiding interest in mythology, martial arts, live music, hiking, and used bookstores. Irrationally convinced that cellphone technology was inserted into human culture by aliens who want to turn us into easily tracked herd beasts, Elliott has one anyhow but keeps it in a locked tinfoil covered box which he will sometimes sit and stare at mistrustfully for hours. Okay, that was a lie. Elliott lies a lot; in fact, he decided to become a writer so that he could get paid for it

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