thriller · Young adult

Charisma – Jeanne Ryan. ✶✶✶

A chance at the ultimate makeover means deadly consequences in this Sarah Dessen-meets-Robin Cook thriller

Aislyn suffers from crippling shyness—that is, until she’s offered a dose of Charisma, an underground gene therapy drug guaranteed to make her shine. The effects are instant. She’s charming, vivacious, and popular. But strangely, so are some other kids she knows. The media goes into a frenzy when the disease turns contagious, and then deadly, and the doctor who gave it to them disappears. Aislyn must find a way to stop it, before it’s too late.

My Review: 
I must start off by explaining that I struggled what to award this book between a four star and three star, that is because my assumption of what would happen in this book turned out to be correct and that spoilt it for me as I already knew! Secondly, I had high expectations after reading and loving Nerve by this author but personally this was no where near as good as Nerve and I felt let down. Lastly, it took me a while to get into this book and I found from chapter 11 on wards it did pick up but dragged until it got going good!

HOWEVER, aside from all that it is a good story! One the author has obviously had to research a lot into. Charisma is written well, contains short chapters and is the ideal young adult book. It is meant to be classed as a thriller but personally it did not feel like a thriller to me. I wanted to enjoy this book more than I did but this is MY honest review of the book and others may love it!

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