Monday, April 22, 2013

Book Tour & Giveaway: All the King's Men (The Kings of Charleston)

Welcome to my stop on the Xpresso Book Tour for the Kings of Charleston series!  Keep reading for my reviews of books one and two, and for a giveaway!

The Kings of Charleston
by Kat H. Clayton

Series: The Kings of Charleston Series #1
Publication: July 10th 2012
Genre: YA Romantic Suspense

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.



All the King's Men
by Kat H. Clayton

Series: The Kings of Charleston Series #2
Publication: March 28th, 2013
Genre: YA Romantic Suspense

After a certain point, money is meaningless. It ceases to be the goal. The game is what counts.~Aristotle Onassis

There's a mystery floating in Charleston, South Carolina and it revolves around one word...Kythera. To anyone outside the city limits it means nothing, but to those who live there it's a word whispered in awe and respect or jealousy and hate.
Welcome to a world where money isn't the only name of the game.
All the King’s Men is the sequel to The Kings of Charleston and continues the adventures of Casper and Cal as they try to escape Kythera and the mysterious group looking to destroy the “K”. Will they leave behind everything they've known or will their association with Kythera destroy them before they can escape?

The Kings of Charleston asked, are you in? All the King's Men asks, will you survive?

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Kat's Review

I had the rare opportunity to read the first two books in a series one right after the other, and I enjoyed them both. 

Book number one sets up the mystery.  Casper is a teen girl who lives her life surrounded by horses.  Her parents own race horses, including one that won the Kentucky Derby, making her family very high profile in the world of horse racing and beyond.  Despite her parents' love of parties and other fancy events, Casper often feels like an outcast, finding it difficult to connect with people.  She prefers to spend time with her horses, finding comfort in their company.  When her father is offered a business opportunity in Charleston, Casper is forced to move away from her beloved horses.  When she's introduced to Cal Roman, the son of her father's business associate and friend, she's thrust into a world of money, privilege, and mystery.  Casper learns quickly that Cal and his friends hold much privilege in Charleston, but doesn't understand why until she finds her life in danger. 

I found the first book jumped around a little, and the relationship between Casper and Cal develops quite quickly, which are probably my biggest complaints.  A lot happens in a short period, and I wasn't always sure that there was enough set up to make perfect sense.  However, the mystery was intriguing and the story had enough twists and turns to keep me reading to the end and wanting more.  The idea of a secret society like Kythera, and the power it brings, is fascinating to me.  Casper was forced to grow up and take control of her life, proving herself to be stronger than she could have ever imagined. 

The sequel, All the King's Men, was even better.  The mystery deepens and the stakes are raised.  A power foe rears its head, and there are several shocking deaths that occur while Casper tries to solve the mystery of who is targeting Kythera.  Putting her life at risk to earn her freedom and safe the people she cares about, Casper infiltrates the enemy organization.  I liked the pace of this book better than the first, and enjoyed the twists and turns as the story progressed.  I'm looking forward to reading the final book.


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