Saturday, March 30, 2013

Kings of Charleston Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway!

Welcome to my post for the Kings of Charleston blog tour! I have a review of this delightful books as well as a fantastic giveaway for a signed copy and a Kindle Paperwhite. But, let me first introduce the book:

The Kings of Charleston (The Kings of Charleston #1)
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.

My Rating: 4/5

A unique book in the world of YA. The Kings of Charleston was a lovely read that I really enjoyed.

I had two minor issues with the book, so I'm going to get those out of the way now.
First, I wish that there had been more development in the relationship between Casper and Cal. I didn't feel like their relationship was fully developed. I wanted to see more of them falling for each other before they started throwing out "I love you"s.
Second, I wanted to know more about what the Kythera was. It was explained, but I still didn't feel like I truly knew what they were all about and why they started. I still had so many questions about the elitist group.

But, despite those issues, I really liked the book.
I thought Casper was a strong heroine. She wasn't going to let anyone walk all over her. But she wasn't stupid about the risks she took like some other heroines. She was smart about getting answers. And, when it came down to it, she wasn't afraid to defy everyone else when she didn't agree with what was happening. She was a very likable character.

Cal was more difficult to figure out. It was clear from the beginning that he didn't like being in the Kythera. But, I didn't understand why he waited until Casper defied them to finally take a stand. It made me question his strength of character. But the fact that he stood up to everyone when Casper needed his support showed me that me was a strong character. He was sweet to Casper and I thought it was adorable that he knew he liked her from the beginning and was determined to win her over.

The plot was fast paced and I was kept interested the entire time. There were definitely some surprises in store. And the ending had me insanely curious to find out what happens next.

*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review

Up for grabs is a signed copy of The Kings of Charleston as well as a Kindle Paperwhite! Ends April 8.
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About the author:
Kat H. Clayton
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.
Check out the other tour stops for more fun! For the full schedule, go here.


  1. Sounds like an interesting book! Charleston, South Carolina is a fun city to visit and would make a good setting for this story.

  2. Thank you for taking the time to read and review my book! I'm happy you enjoyed it!

  3. The review has sparked my interest. I will add this to my list of wanna reads!