Review: The Charm by Jojo Debrazza
Published: March 24, 2015
Genre: Teen, Sci-fi
Review: ebook provided by author
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk
Extraordinary powers come with a price
Fifteen year old Luca has the charm, a gift he inherited from his mum. Charmers can control minds, but they abide by a code—to only use the power for good, and only with the person’s permission. Luca knows breaking the code is wrong, and his mum would kill him if he tried!
But when a rogue charmer uses the power for criminal means, the Restorative government jumps in. Luca’s mum is imprisoned and the Register for Charmers is announced. The media creates a frenzy of fear and suspicion against charmers.
Believing the family is in peril, and wishing to keep Luca’s gift a secret, Luca’s dad takes them to stay with a friend in the country. Here, Luca meets Fee, a computer genius who can hack into anything. Fee introduces Luca to an underground rebellion group of internet hackers who have their own issues with the Restoratives and their own way of protesting. Fearful of how the Restoratives are treating his mum in prison and concerned about their motives for creating the Register of Charmers, Luca must make an impossible choice—break the rules and use his gift or stand by and watch as the power is abused.
I received this book to give an honest review.
This book is good for the teens. There is no graphic violence or language.
Now the only reason I gave this book 4 stars is because I wanted more background on why the Restorative government was becoming to strict with its citizens and how Brain Lord came about. I felt that we as the readers were thrown into this story of Luca practicing with his charm and then all of a sudden his mom was thrown into prison to "help" the government. But why did they just get Luca's mom and not someone else?
Then we are introduced to Fee who is the daughter of his father's friend whom they stay with while his mom is in jail. We learn that she is a hacker and is a part of the rebels that do not like what the Restorative government is doing.
We are left with wondering what is going to happen now when the person the government is looking for just falls into their lap.
As far as characters go I felt they were well written and I am glad Luca didn't go head on into Fee's plan. He thought it out which most fifteen year old's would not have done.
Plot it was good but I do felt it was rushed as I mentioned earlier we don't get much background on the government, or if it is just Charmers that live among humans or are there other people who have powers. Though overall a good book one that I would let my 10 year old read if he wanted to. It was just the right amount of action that was not overly done.
This is a good introduction to maybe a good series.
Jojo Debrazza is a writer of young adult and children’s fiction.
Jojo has a vivid imagination and likes to make up stories. Her friends call it lying but she calls it writing. She lives mainly in a dream world with her partner and a house full of small furry animals. It’s a carefree happy place where everything is bright and fluffy.
Jojo’s other passion is football (soccer). As well as playing and helping to run a club she works as a football development officer in Cambridgeshire, England.