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Peek Inside By a Charm and a Curse

Breaking the curse seems like their only chance at happiness—but no curse means no charm, either, dooming every circus worker they’ve grown to care about in the process.

By a Charm and a Curse

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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. Breaking the curse seems like her only chance at freedom, but with no curse, there’s no charm, either—dooming everyone who calls the Carnival Fantastic home. Including the boy she’s afraid she’s falling for.

Everything—including his life—could end with just one kiss.


Starred Review: "A dark idea for a YA story, executed deftly and with feeling." —Kirkus Reviews

"A real page-turner! I was so charmed by this book filled with mystery and magical mayhem that I wasn't able to put it down until the end." Brenda Drake, New York Times bestselling author

"What a ride! From the very first page, By a Charm and a Curse took me on a roller coaster of emotionsand I never wanted to get off!" Pintip Dunn, New York Times bestselling author

5 stars: "Once I picked this one up I simply couldn't put it down until finished with it's fast pace and unique story."Carrie, Carrie’s Book Reviews

5 stars: "It's Pinocchio meets Alice in Wonderland only darker." Danielle, Chapters Through Life

5 stars: "If you can't tell, I really enjoyed this one. It's not out for a few months, but it's definitely worth a look." Kirsti, Goodreads Reviewer

5 stars: "Author Jaime Questell’s writing is flawless. This is a nail-biting page turner worthy of the sleep you’ll miss while seeing it through to the end." Jessica, Dreamer J’s Book Reviews

5 stars: "I found the book enchanting from the very beginning and immediately fell in love with the characters of Benjamin and Emmaline[.]" Sandra, Jeanz Book Read n Review

5 stars: "[I]t is unique tale and stands apart from the others with a distinct and fresh storyline. I would highly recommend this novel for anyone who loves magical stories with a touch of romance." Erica, Goodreads Reviewer

5 stars: "I have to say it exceeded my expectations. The circus part reminded me of The Night Circus (Erin Morgenstern), which is a book I loved, but the story is simpler, the characters less complicated. However, that does not mean it is any less charming." Lola, Lola et La Vie

5 stars: "With each chapter from a different character perspective, it kept the story flowing and you didn't miss a thing! Would read this book over and over!" Cynthia, Goodreads Reviewer

5 stars: "I loved everything about this book-the writing style, the characters and of course the setting. I thought it was an extremely well written, original and enchanting story. It had its hooks on me from the 1st paragraph." Sharon, Netgalley Reviewer

5 stars: "I would highly recommend this to fans of carnival books. This one was done in such a unique way, it won’t feel like you’ve been to this carnival before." Kristi, Boston Book Reader

5 stars: "Somewhere between Pinocchio, Snow White, The Night Circus, and A Court of Thorns and Roses, Questell’s novel exudes mystique and splendor, her writing sharp, gripping, and captivating." Megan Parker, The Passed Note

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633759015
Release Date: Feb 6, 2018
Page Count: 300
Imprint: teen
Genre: fantasy, paranormal, urban fantasy, young adult
Tropes: overcoming odds

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By Carrie November 15, 2017

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... ...more

By Jasmine February 15, 2018

By a Charm and a Curse – Review & Blog Tour

About: By a Charm and a Curse is a young adult fantasy written by Jaime Questell. It was recently published on 2/6/18 by Entangled Teen, an imprint of Entangled Publishing and distributed by Macmillan, hardcover, 291 pages. The genres are fantasy, y... ...more

By Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk November 29, 2017

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 exc... ...more

By Alyssa February 04, 2018

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 reali... ...more

By Sepani January 24, 2018

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 no...

By Chelsea February 13, 2018

Sorry, but if you don't like stories about carnivals or the traveling circus, we can't be friends. Just kidding, but I do have an affinity for all things weird, strange, and entertaining. In 2016/2017 I highly enjoyed both Caraval and Daughter Of The Burning City, and this book felt like a nice blend of the two while doing it...both 

By C.G. February 03, 2018

I totally love magical circus settings so this just scored AAAAALL the points for me right there! Plus this centres around a kiss and a curse and magic. Oh yes please and thank you.

I also have no idea why I like circus books so much considering (a) I've never been to one, and (b) my mother told me a story o...

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Jaime Questell

About the author

Jaime Questell

JAIME QUESTELL grew up in Houston, Texas, where she escaped the heat and humidity by diving into stacks of Baby Sitter’s Club and Sweet Valley High books. She has been a book seller (fair warning: book lovers who become book sellers will give half their paychecks right back to their employers), a professional knitter, a semi-professional baker, and now works as a graphic designer in addition to writing.

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