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If you live long enough... love (and danger) will find you.Seventeen-year-old Charity regularly changes her town and her name, with hopes to begin a new life. But it's impossible to fly under the radar in tiny Telluride, Colorado. When fellow newcomer Link enters her life, her plan to start over with a clean slate unravels. Charity soon realizes that you can never truly leIf you live long enough... love (and danger) will find you.Seventeen-year-old Charity regularly changes her town and her name, with hopes to begin a new life. But it's impossible to fly under the radar in tiny Telluride, Colorado. When fellow newcomer Link enters her life, her plan to start over with a clean slate unravels. Charity soon realizes that you can never truly leave your past behind, while Link discovers that mortals are not the only beings to walk this earth.The Immortal Ones - Winner of the 2012 Paranormal Romance Guild Reviewer's Choice Award for BEST YA SERIES....

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a chance for charity Reviews

  • Randi Lovett
    2019-03-22 02:01

    I picked this book out because it was free on Amazon. The writing is really sub-par, which is too bad because the story has potential. the dialogue is far too focused on exposition and not at all on realistic speech patterns. Some of the plot twists come out of nowhere and seemed more like the author was just writing what popped in her mind at any given moment rather than putting any effort into an outline or plan for the story.The characters were! Everyone had the same voice, and they were so WORDY. Since it's first person, there's no reason for the protagonist not to share some thoughts like (view spoiler)[ the fact that even though she tells him she's not a witch or a vampire once she finds out she's an Immortal, it's not until the end of the book that she mentions that they do exist. (hide spoiler)]I would say that this was a good second or third draft for a creative writing course and could really stand some major editing and a bit more planning to get it to the next level.

  • Diane Daniels
    2019-04-15 23:37

    Okay, I've got to stop reading these $.99 specials on my kindle. I can't believe I read the whole thing! It wasn't terrible. It was clean. That being said, the romance was overly sweet and corny. The dialogue was stiff. The plot was barely there. The villains were unbelievable. Why would these men dedicate their lives to seeking and destroying "immortals" just because they could heal themselves? The book is like a trite and overused recipe for paranormal romance stirred in immortals, witches, a pinch of shape shifters, and in the final chapter add a vampire.

  • Runningrabbit
    2019-04-15 04:39

    This first book is FREE on Amazon, however, the following book is $4.99 and it's not good enough for me to continue when I have so many others on my to-read list.

  • Janell
    2019-03-29 02:02

    Woe is me, I really wanted to enjoy this book. The plot had some major potential, and I'm disappointed that it didn't end up in my 'holy gods I love it' pile. The writing was wooden. The emotion was phoned in, and because the story wasn't explained to us until about 20% in, completely out of left field at moments. Here's a 20 year old woman posing as a 17 year old senior living with her "Aunt" and "Uncle", when in reality she's 90 years old, immortal, and has lived through the death of a fiancee.. why is she CONSTANTLY seeking affirmation and begging forgiveness from her adoptive family? She's so unsure of herself that she truly sounds like a teenager, instead of a woman with 90 years experience under her belt. Now, maybe this is me with unrealistic expectations from a fictional character (guilty!) but when I was 20, I was unstoppably confident in everything I did. I was an ADULT and nobody could tell me otherwise. I was also married, with no kids, and a decent job, and literally no bills; so I was bored and had money to remedy that with -- but even so, I was confident! If I had been immortal and had 90 years more experience under my belt? I definitely wouldn't be miss demure "Oh, I slept in my clothing and this is the first boy I've kissed and/or dated in the last 70 years". I can't at all relate to her, because she's such a sap. I'm sorry. It's true. She's a sap. On top of that little annoyance of mine (and really, it is minor), he asks her Aunt & Uncle formally if he can "court" her (who says that? really? court?), seemingly completely OK with the fact that at one time this gal was engaged to his grandpa's older brother, and she's suddenly talking about how they're going to spend the rest of their lives together.Let's review: No boyfriends or attractions in 70 years and now suddenly this is it? After a month or two of knowing him and ONE kiss, suddenly they're together forever and ever amen?! She's not *really* 17, so I can't even forgive this little infatuation as her being a dumb teenager (I remember being in love many times as a dumb teenager, personally). So... yeah. The rest of the book just didn't outweigh the first half, and I just sped through the rest of it. I had hopes. They were dashed. Oh well.

  • Imogen Rose
    2019-03-22 23:54

    Faced with the daunting prospect of yet another high school, seventeen-year-old Emily Johnston is fully prepared to cope as she always does–by keeping a low profile. She, however, quickly finds herself surrounded by a group of friendly students, and strangely drawn to Link, the new mysterious stranger in town.S.L. Baum quickly draws us into the intriguing life of Emily and her family. Why do they keep moving every few years? The story unfolds at a pace that allows the characters to be fully developed. The intense relationship between Emily and Link unfolds to divulge ... I won’t tell! S.L. Baum’s style is elegant and easy to follow. I enjoyed reading this book, as did my ten-year-old daughter. We are looking forward to the sequel!

  • Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
    2019-04-11 06:35

    The world building was interesting and the best part of this book.This read like Twilight fanfic, but I'm not sure if it is. I will look into this.I found it hard to believe that an 80 year old Immortal would act/think like a 17 year old girl. The idea of Immortals was interesting, but the execution seemed flawed. Again, I am not the audience for this book, but I would have preferred if Charity/Emily actually thought/acted like an adult woman, when not masquerading as 17 year old girl.

  • Iris
    2019-04-08 01:43

    Deze recensie is als eerste geplaatst op Carpe LibraA Chance for Charity was een aardig boek om te lezen. Je zat zo in het verhaal en het las makkelijk weg. Er gebeurde echter niet echt veel noemenswaardig en het riep ook geen sterke gevoelens bij me op. Het bleef allemaal een beetje vaag. Dit soort verhalen vind ik eigenlijk het moeilijkst om een recensie over te schrijven. Want waar moet je het over hebben als niets eruit springt?Wat wel het opmerken waard is, is dat dit boek me aan Twilight deed denken. Niet in de zin van dat dit verhaal overeen komt. Nee, A Chance for Charity is een totaal ander verhaal. Echter op de een of andere manier stelde ik me voor dat dit het het verhaal zou zijn als je het vanuit Edwards perspectief had gelezen. Dat dit zijn emoties waren toen hij Bella leerde kennen en voor haar viel. Ook al zijn er in geen velden of wegen glitterende vampiers te bekennen en is de hoofdpersoon overduidelijk vrouwelijk, dit was waar mijn verstand mee op de proppen kwam en die wilde dit idee niet laten varen ;)Iets anders wat ik toch wel leuk vond, is de connectie tussen Charity's verleden en Link (achteraf gezien zeer goed gekozen naam :D ). Het raakte toch wel een gevoelige snaar, want op deze manier is de cirkel weer rond, wordt het verleden niet vergeten en bewijst het dat sommige dingen are meant to be. Ik was ook blij toen bleek dat er in dit boek geen sprake is van insta love, maar dat dit rustig en geleidelijk aan gebeurd. Genoeg van de eerste variant gelezen de laatste tijd en dit boek was dan ook een welkome verrassing :)Het enige waar ik toch wel een beetje mee zat, is de manier waarop gedaanteverwissellaars in dit boek geportretteerd worden. Totaal anders dan de boeken die ik tot nu toe gelezen heb. Hoewel ik geen probleem heb met een andere, nieuwe manier om over mijn favoriete wezens te denken, vond ik deze niet echt leuk. Het druiste teveel in met alles wat ik geweldig aan ze vind. Conclusie A Chance for Charity is een aardig verhaal over een apart soort "vampier." Het was een aangename verandering om deze keer te lezen door de ogen van het paranormale wezen in plaats van de "gewone" sterfelijke. Met een schattige en leuke romance, waar toch meer achter zit dan je in eerste instantie denkt. Als ze nou de gedaanteverwissellaars op een andere manier weer hadden gegeven, dan was ik helemaal happy geweest. Een ideaal boek voor als je een paar uur niets te doen hebt.

  • Chandra
    2019-04-04 00:57

    AUTHOR: S. L. Baum writes young adult, romance fiction. This author has written (4) books. I found the book to posses a lot of chit/chatter dialogue with very little action. Hug, kiss, hug, kiss, etc. What are we reading? Twilight? HmmmmmGENRE: Paranormal romanceSETTING: Modern day ColoradoCENTRAL FEMALE CHARACTERS: She is immortal repeating high school (Twilight);CENTRAL MALE CHARACTER: He is immediately drawn to her (Twilight). He has no relatives but loves her family.SYNOPSIS: Emily (changed her name when they moved to Telluride Colorado). She lives with her doctor Uncle and her designing Aunt, who are not really her uncle and aunt (Twilight). She has basically 4 friends in high school (Twilight). She and her family are being hunted because of what they are. The book is written in first person, "I" (Twilight). Lincoln discovers what her family really is (Twilight). Other paranormal friends show up to help in the fight (Twilight)....etcSEXUAL EXPLICITNESS: Measured from Inspirational romance (not explicit) to Erotica (hot, steamy and sizzling). This book keeps it clean.WHAT I LIKED: Not much as I have read the Twilight series too many times to count.WHAT I DID NOT LIKE: A repeat of guess what. Yup! Twilight. The book was written with characters talking a whole bunch (chitter chatter) but the action was minimal.I give this book (2) stars because I was being nice. Was this book written before or after Twilight?

  • Ivette
    2019-04-11 02:39

    I loved the book yet the fact that she didn't have an actual spine but liked to pretend she did, and again there was that other matter of... SPOILER AHEAD [falling for the (grand-)nephew of her dead boyfriend or the fact that the girl had been suicidal when her boyfriend died was kind of pathetic]. The story had a good premise and it kept me intrigued until the end, but there were moments I was rolling my eyes I mean how un-mature can you get. I mean the woman kept saying she was older then the boy over and over *sight* yet she was always acting like a teenage girl. Look I'm just going to let it drop at that because if I don't, I'l get a little pissed. Overall if you take Charity out of the picture and put a hero whit a steel spine the book had been a 5 star one at the very least a 4 one.

  • Summer
    2019-03-27 23:34

    Glad I got this one free; if I had paid for it I would have been even MORE disappointed. I started skimming about half way through, bored and uninterested in the lives of these people and their unrealistic dialogue. If I had another book lined up I would have stopped completely and left it unfinished, something I have never done before with a book, never EVER. This story is sooooo sloowwww and boring; no action, no conflict, nothing that makes me go ‘ooo, what’s going to happen next?’ It just continues on and on and on, dragging you through day after day of a nothing story. I’ll give it one star for getting edited correctly.

  • Sarah Gonzalez
    2019-03-20 00:45

    A Chance for Charity was a beautifully crafted, well developed paranormal story. While the story falls under the young adult category, the characters themselves do not behave like naive teenagers – because they are nothing of the sort. Although Charity (who currently goes by Emily) appears to be a seventeen-year-old, in reality she is in her nineties. She, and her companions, Catherine and James, are “immortal ones”. They never age and can heal themselves, but they can be murdered. Baum does a fantastic job with the characters, especially Charity. I found her to be extremely endearing and easy to sympathize with. For the past seventy odd years she has kept the world at a distance, after she lost her first love during the attack on Pearl Harbor. She looks to Catherine and James for companionship, but it is obvious that she is missing something. The book begins when Charity, Catherine and James move to the small town of Telluride, Colorado. Because they do not age, they are forced to start over every few years to avoid discovery. The trio is constantly looking over their shoulders for the Lords family – a family who has made it their legacy to hunt down the immortal ones. When they arrive in Telluride, they change their names as a precaution, here Charity is known as Emily Johnston. James and Catherine pose as Charity’s Aunt and Uncle, since they appear older then Charity.Like the character of Charity, I was also impressed with James and Catherine. As the book progresses both characters are fleshed out and we are given their back stories. I don’t want to give too much about the characters away, but the way they met was very creative. Both Catherine and James care immensely for Charity and act in the parental roles, even though in reality she is over ninety years old.Soon after the makeshift family arrives in Telluride, Charity meets Link. She instantly feels comfortable with him and cannot seem to stay away. She knows that by allowing a relationship (of any kind) to progress she is putting her family in danger, but she cannot get him off her mind. She feels that she knows him from somewhere and Link feels the same pull towards her.The only problem I had with this book can be found with Charity and Link’s relationship. Let me start by saying that I loved the two of them together. Link brings out another side to Charity; a side that she has kept hidden away for decades. He too has kept his distance from others and they sort of heal each others wounds. That being said, I thought their relationship progressed way too fast. They go from acquaintances to friends at a reasonable pace, but there descent from friends to soul mates was like lightning. I could kind of see it from Charity’s perspective; I mean she has been waiting to fall in love for a while. But Link is only twenty-two. How many twenty-two year old guys are ready to make a declaration of love after something like two months? Please don’t miss understand me, I was thrilled with their relationship, I just wish they would have slowed down at bit.On another note, the plotline and writing were phenomenal. You get to meet a few different supernatural creatures as the book progresses – some vampires, witches and even a few shifters. However, I really appreciated that the supernatural elements were not over done. This was obviously a book about supernaturals, but that was not front and center. Often times with these sort of books, the characters themselves suffer because the author was so focused on their supernatural qualities and traits. All of the characters in A Chance for Charity were beautifully developed and the plot lines were well thought out. There is also plenty of excitement packed within the pages; things really start to heat up when the Lord brothers come to town. Catherine, James and Charity have to decide whether to runaway once again or to stay and put up a fight. Like I said before, although they are immortal, they can be killed. They are terrified of losing one another, because they are all they have. I cannot imagine how lonely it would be, living on forever as you watch those around you die. The three of them keep each other sane; I don’t think they could stand it if they lost one another.On a final note, the setting is also to-die-for. The images of the quaint ski town of Telluride that Baum paints are gorgeous. I could easily picture every different setting; Catherine’s store, Charity’s mansion, the ski slopes – every lovely detail was described. Yet, the writing never seemed to drag. The pacing was always just right. While we get a lot of information about each character, it comes in short segments so it is never overwhelming. There is nothing I hate more than when a writer goes off on a side note for pages and pages and pages. Thankfully, this is avoided and everything flows smoothly.I thoroughly enjoyed reading A Chance for Charity and look forward to reading the sequel, which is going to be published sometime this year. Besides the minor problem with the pace of Charity and Link’s romance, the book was flawless. I connected with all of the characters, loved the storyline and cannot wait to see what happens to Charity and the gang next.

  • Ash
    2019-04-19 03:43

    *WARNING: Review may contain minor spoilers.* A Chance for Charity by S.L. Baum has been on and off my Amazon Wish List more times than I can count. One moment I was positive that I wanted it than the next not so sure. Ultimately I decided that I would borrow now and buy later which means that this review is based off of the Kindle version of the novel lent to me by a member of a lending site.I'll admit that I was concerned with the "skills" that the summary noted as in my experience authors either do something really amazing with said skills or make them completely unrealistic or over powerful and I lose interest. This was the primary reason I was hesitant to purchase my own copy of this book and instead opted to borrow it.My initial thoughts are that it's a fun, quick read. I really enjoyed learning about the histories of the different character, Rachel and Jason in particular though Emily/Charity was interesting as well. The romance was sweet between all of the couples especially Emily/Charity and Link. They're that couple so in tune with one another and adorable that you would claim to hate them and secretly hope that you would have the same thing someday. One thing that bothered me about this book, and this could just be me, was that it was mentioned that not only witches but vampires also existed. And don't forget the Shape-Shifters! This knowledge jarred me out of the story itself for a few moments. Logically I know that if such a thing as Immortals could exist than it isn't too unlikely that there could be other races such as witches and vampires. However at the time I was so invested into the world of the Immortals to find out that these other races existed, and might have descended from the Immortals threw me off. Again it could just be me but they felt superfluous. Another minor thing was when they were texting they used actual text speech. Which is just a pet peeve of mine so it shouldn't bother anyone else, just thought I'd mention it in the interest of full disclosure.Overall I liked the story and I'm giving A Chance for Charity by S.L. Baum three out of five stars. It was good read, fun to pass some time with but ultimately there was something missing for me. At only ninety-nine cents for the Kindle edition I think it's worth it but I wouldn't pay ten dollars for a paperback copy. Keep in mind that even if you don't have a Kindle you can download it to your computer/laptop/tablet/smart-phone and read it there. :)

  • Amelia
    2019-04-09 06:48

    I hate to be harsh about a freebie but... wow this was bad. It was written in first person but despite this, we only heard Charity's thoughts maybe half a dozen times. Whether this was because the author is not terribly skillful or because Charity is brain dead is hard to say. Baum's writing is incredibly clunky - there is virtually no description - this is literally a hundred-and-whatever pages of speech. And not even realistic speech. No one talks like the characters in this book, believe me. But equally it could be because Charity is brain dead. I complain a lot about teenage characters that are written like they're 40-somethings but that's not what we have here. Charity sounds very much like an insecure teenage girl which is great... except she's actually 90-ish and shouldn't really still be desperately seeking approval from parental figures. She doesn't even use her admittedly limited powers for anything interesting. Well, not unless you count staying up late watching action movies and still being able to get up in the morning as interesting.You'd think that at some point in the past few decades she might've had a fling or two but Charity is purer than pure and so shocked when she comes across a man she goes all OMG A MAN! WITH EYES! NICE EYES! *swoons*. And then... nothing happens. But suddenly she and Link are madly in love ((view spoiler)[does anyone else think it's creepy that she gets with her first love's great-nephew? No? (hide spoiler)]). Even though nothing happened. At least in Twilight, which a lot of this story has basically been lifted from, there are some scenes where Edward and Bella fall in love. Because A Chance is basically bits and pieces from the Twilight saga mashed up and told from Edward's perspective (if, you know, Edward were a neurotic immortal teenage girl, rather than a cloyingly sweet immortal teenage boy) but if anything, it's actually worse.

  • Morgan Duplechin
    2019-04-19 00:46

    I am sooooooo mad at this book. It started out great giving you the idea that they, maybe this will be pretty good. No sirree. It almost seemed as if the author took the main ideas from all of the popular series at the time and combined them to make this book. All of the characters were very cheesy and unrealistic. They always used the cheesiest (is cheesiest even a word???) lines and everything just seemed like it was perfect. The things that weren't perfect were wayyyyy overdramatized and unbelievable. I mean seriously? Why would this guy suddenly just get this crazy need to start killing all the immortals? And this family thing just got passed on from son to son for about a hundred years and nobody thought "hey, why are we even chasing these people anyway? I mean, what's the point in chasing these things for our whole lives?" But nope in this world it's completely natural for everyone to just obsess over killing immortals for no reason. I guess you can tell I didn't like this book (there's a shocker), but if you have a soft heart for romance and you want something that's all lovey dovey then you should pick up this book. Happy reading!

  • Ban
    2019-03-25 02:55

    I read the sample on my Kindle and enjoyed the writer's style and the feel but the book got 'meh' about half way through. It seemed disjointed and the relationship between the MCs wasn't realistic to me. Charity knew NOTHING about ... I don't even remember his name now but it doesn't matter. I understand lust at first sight and can work with that; trust and/or Love at first sight ... nope. The paranormal element was a bit muddled as well. Not bad but I feel it would have benefited from a little more explanation (?)Again, the writer's style/voice was good, which I find very rare lately but the story did not hold my interest - I did not continue with the series. If this picky review benefits someone else great, if not - you have my apologies but this was never meant to be shared with others. I am writing these reviews for my own benefit, so I can look back years from now and remember what I thought of the books I've read.

  • Al
    2019-04-19 05:45

    Aren’t there already enough paranormal books aimed at the YA audience? Although not my thing, either demographic or genre, I’d heard enough good buzz about this book to give it a try. I’m glad I did. The characters are well developed and likeable. There’s mystery, romance, and enough conflict to keep an adult engaged, yet nothing that should concern the parent of a teen. An added bonus is the setting, the ski town of Telluride in beautiful South Western Colorado.

  • Linda
    2019-04-10 00:47

    This is a great YA novel! I loved everything about this story. I can't wait for more to come! What a wonderful new author.

  • Louise
    2019-04-11 05:44

    Brilliant book!We get introduced to some beautifully created characters with interesting and intriguing stories it mixes well into the paranormal story that unfolds.Original and creative, I found the background stories to the creation of the creatures is just brilliant refreshing.Perfectly executed each new character as the were introduced was not rushed nor was it boring,I find myself wanting more as I kept reading.I'm definitely excited to read the next installment!Assassins Reading Reviewing Group ~

  • Lesley Eggert
    2019-04-12 01:33

    Couldn't put it downThis book was full of everything humanly possible with the immortals, mortals, witches, shape shifters, and even vampires. What was happening to Charity and her family made the love between her and Linc that more powerful.

  • Jerome Schlicker
    2019-03-26 23:51

    Love 💘This is a wonderful story of love 💘 and how Charity falls in love with a man she is immoral and he is not also there is a second plot involving a vampire and other unique characters

  • Sherrie Messier
    2019-04-16 06:54

    Mysterious and funA great mysterious and fun read. You learn new things around every corner. Great characters that are easy to laugh and fall in love with. Charity deserves a happy ending and I can't wait to see what else is in store.

  • Wendy
    2019-03-26 01:52

    I enjoyed this book and all the diffrent super natural beings in it. I am not sure if I will continue the series. Maybe I will pick it up next month. Was a bit like Twilight to me, but with all kind of diffrent paranormal peeps.

  • Lady Entropy
    2019-03-19 04:49


  • Khanique McDaniel
    2019-03-29 23:00

    So, I'm not much of a paranormal reader, but a girl needs to change it up once a while, so I did with Charity and Link.I have to say there are numerous awkward moments within this novel, that embarrassed even myself, and there are a few ... stretches, if I may call them that. I understand this being a paranormal novel where anything can happen, but c'mon ... -_-Regardless, I liked this story. I always believe that if a story isn't gonna blow you out of the water, it should at least be comfortable. This story was comfortable. I love new premises, and this was true for S.L. Baum's version of the 'Immortal Ones'. After all, it is her story and she can do with it whatever she please. While I am uncertain as to what they really are, I like them, as well as, the new elements they create in the world of the supernatural.I can truly say I wasn't annoyed with the characters and I love the addition of Oz, Marcus and Eve. The perfect use of names was not lost on me also. I always loved medieval settings and characters. Even though this story is set in the modern age, I do love their old world charm. Their banters and light moments had me giggling throughout. It was nice to get playful fun within all the heavy emotional turmoils and changes throughout this novel.Charity is .... let's say different. I can't get a proper handle on her as yet. I don't hate her or any of the other characters, but I don't fully understand them or the dynamics either. Link is also a work in progress, as I don't feel as much for him as I normally do with a male interest in a novel. Honestly, I don't hate them as a couple either, I just haven't really connected with them on either levels. With each chapter or situation, some one new shows up. It's like their past is just popping up and settling in Telluride. Surprisingly though, I don't mind. There is a calm that washes over you when you are reading this story. I might not connect with it like I would like to, but I am not bored or annoyed with it either. I enjoy ever page, but at a minimum. I am not bursting at the seams with excitement! I am just content.I have to say that I love what the author does with being Immortal. It's new, at least for me, and I like figuring out what will happen next as their bonds, skills and powers grow. Nothing is set in stone or what it seems. As I said before, someone new shows up all the time and with them comes a new supernatural happening.I believe there is immense potential within this novel and I can't wait to unlock it all and watch as the characters and their magic grow throughout this series. Leaving the sex out of the crazy is debatable at this time, because who doesn't like the forbidden? It is safe to however say that it didn't impede this novel in any way. It was still a well written YA paranormal and I can't wait to get more.

  • Josheka
    2019-03-28 00:52

    More of my reviews @ Reading 24x7A Chance For Charity is basically about Charity, who's an immortal. She lives with her made-up uncle and aunt who're also immortals. Several years ago, Charity was in love with a guy named Roger who died in a war. The death of her beau left Charity heart-broken, so much so, that she even tried to commit suicide but failed again and again since she was immortal and any injury automatically healed supernaturally fast. That was when Charity got to know that she was supernatural, with the help of her then-neighbors James and Catherine. After that incident James and Catherine took Charity under their wings (since she was an orphan) and became Charity's uncle and aunt. Years pass by, and the little family keeps on moving from one town to another, changing their identities with each shift. Why, you ask? Well, everything isn't so easy in the paranormal world. There are hunters aka Lords, a family who thinks that the immortals are evil and need to be wiped off from the face of the earth. And so, the immortals need to be extra careful and in no way ever come across these hunters.So, like that the Johnstons family reaches Telluride, where for the first time in a very long time, Charity finds herself finally making some friends. She also meets gorgeous Lincoln aka Link there and instantly finds herself attracted to him. The story then goes on as Charity introduces her paranormal world to Link and how they, along with Charity's family protect themselves form the threat that always looms above them-The Lords/Hunters. Throughout the story, I couldn't decide whether I wanted to love this book or immediately delete it from my kindle. The starting was fabulous-I loved it. But as it got nearer to the end, somehow the story started losing its charm. Many dialogues were repeated and even though I'm pretty sure the author had done it purposefully, I still can't say I liked that part very much.Even though, I really, really liked Charity and Link's relationship, I couldn't help but roll my eyes when they so suddenly shifted from "magnetic pull/attraction like no other" to "God, I love you!". Aside from this, I liked almost everything else in this book, from the cover to the nicely thought of plot. The idea of immortals and the paranormal world in this book wasn't entirely new but still fun and good to read. I really liked Charity's character as she had strength along with awesome looks and pretty good wits. There was no forced love-triangle (yay!) and all the characters were interesting to read about. Overall, I enjoyed reading A Chance For Charity and maybe I'll continue the series. Or maybe not. :)

  • Dtsuneo
    2019-03-26 04:56

    Great story, rough writingThe story telling is great, but the lack of mastery of punctuation severely hindered my enjoyment. Examples of basic punctuation disorders include too many commas used as subject-predicate separators, missing commas before the name of a person being addressed ("Do you love?" instead of "Do you, love?" in the beginning of the sequel), commas instead of semicolons between clauses (creating innumerable run-on sentences, and the use of semicolons rather than colons. And that's not to mention paragraphs that ramble over more than a page.Otherwise, the story would have been more enjoyable. Telling stories is apparently not strongly linked with the writing of stories, hélas.

  • Grammy 1
    2019-03-31 04:41

    So, let’s get the hard stuff out of the way. What a great YA book for young teens. The storyline was so intricate and compelling, I almost forgot the rating!!! In doing reviews, I have read YA pieces and not many books have I loved. S.L. Baum, step right up and take a bow! Stephanie Meyers started the YA hysteria into the paranormal genre with Twilight. Ms Baum has written a wonderful first book for her Immortals with no sparkle but with lots of clout. Charity, AKA Emily, is an Immortal relocating to a small town with another Immortal couple as her “family”. During the unfold, we learn that Charity, nee Emily, is reliving her high school years, again, to keep a low profile for the ‘family’. They are not vampires, just Immortals who live long, have extra powers, and want to be left alone to live their lives. However, that’s not to be: they are being hunted by Levitcus and Ezekiel, brothers who have spent their lives hunting down immortals. We have Charity meeting her new High School classmates, humans/mortals, who she befriends. We meet Lincoln who arrives in town for the ski season to work at the local hardware store. Charity/Emily is 17, and Link is 22. Their attraction is immediate. I loved the writing, the storyline, the friendships, and the background of our characters. The story is believable, fun, and light hearted, but doesn’t deter from the underlying seriousness of the final showdown. Emily allows Link to know who and what she is, both past and present. There is an overall strength, love of life, and fun to the story that I had no trouble accepting. Link knew from the moment he saw Charity...his heart was taken. The twist for this novel was, Hello Mortal...and it is a HE for a change. Link has to prove himself to Emily’s immediate and not so immediate family, and that he will be there for her. And when that happens...hold on to your seats!!! I read some reviews prior to reading this book and Twilight was alluded to. Is every 17 teen book a twilight story??? NOT!! But not every 17 YA novel is this good. The second Immortal book might be just out or soon to be released...If it is, I would ask the author to send me a copy. There are some unanswered questions and parts of this story that have whetted my appetite for more. I, for one, would enjoy reading an addition to this journey and I just might be able to give it another 5 star review if it is as well written as this one!!! Thank you, S.L. Baum, for a good read. Review by Gloria LakritzReview Chair and Senior Reviewer for The Paranormal Romance Guild

  • Kat
    2019-04-16 06:35

    Inexplicable and unavoidable attraction between the main characters - there is nothing I'd rather read. It's the reason I started this book and it's the reason I finished that book. But, I will have to admit that, in the first half of the book, there were several occasions I wondered whether I should continue. I will be honest. The writing style was strictly beginner, naive, clumsy. The narrating character was confusing beyond the split personality it had. Hints of the supernatural were less than subtle; it was always obvious that things happened for the reason of moving the book along. Several events were planted, even giving the feeling of being artificially forced into the plot. There were supposed to be archaic terms used by the "older" characters, which I didn't catch, but would have liked to see. There were a few plot holes which felt like there wasn't a plan before the writing began.However, the fact that the story seemed to have been written chapter after chapter made it so special, too. With every page, the writing style improved - and I am sure I don't say that because I got used to it -, the characters developed, the narrator got more confidence using words and creating a fictional world. It even got so far that I started being attached to my reading device for other reasons than the blossoming romance. I already mentioned that the love is what drew me to the story, but the overall idea has lots of potential, had it been fully edited. I liked the idea of the immortals, especially the fact that they are so human. They are very much alive except for the fact that they don't age, they eat, they get hurt, their memories get fuzzy, they cry and get desperate, they sleep, etc. Interesting as well is their ignorance of how they got to be that way. My best bet, so far, is genetic mutation, evolution's next step. And evolution would try several new species next to immortals, vampires, shape-shifters, witches. The world is full of the unknown. Their enemies. Good and evil. And all that is firmly planted into (American) history.3 stars

  • Genea
    2019-04-08 02:36

    It took me a while to warm up to this book. Emily's/Charity's voice wasn't the most exciting voice to hear from. Let's go with Charity, Charity was dull and uninteresting for the most part until Link appeared. Maybe that was the intention of the author but it wasn't Charity that made this book interesting, Link brought a lot of relief to this book, he made Charity seem more interesting, he was charming, a little humorous, and supposedly a looker. I wasn't sure how or when Link would show up in the story but I was pleasantly surprised that he was not a high school student like Charity. It made sense since Charity is actually older than seventeen. The setting for this story also added another depth to the story, a good one. Telluride is a small skiing town in Colorado, the next hideout for the Johnston family. In this book you can find almost every supernatural being you've come across in other paranormal novels. Vampires, witches, shapeshifters, you name it. As each being appeared in the book, the story takes a new direction and made it even more enjoyable.I would say that the book got more and more interesting as it progressed. The concept was interesting so I was not bored out of my wits and was able to keep reading. As new characters appear the story got better and Charity's voice became more alive. Charity did come across as a seventeen year old not as someone pretending to be seventeen. I didn't get maturity or an old soul from her at all except for her dialogue saying she is a lot older than she seems. With my expertise from reading Twilight (lol) I know that supernatural beings should be able to blend into society seamlessly and not have any screw ups, but Charity could not get the knack of being human down, she kept forgetting to blend in. Now I can laugh about that, I should have realized that it was pretty funny, her forgetting to not be superhuman or much less her name. Not a bad read at all.

  • Stacy Sabala
    2019-03-29 22:41

    Book Review- A Chance of Charity by S.L. BaumIn this first book of The Immortal Ones Series, Charity is now going by the name Emily and attending a new school. She is having trouble remembering to answer to her new name. She is also cautious about opening herself up to anyone in case she and her family have to leave again. Her thoughts change when she meets a mysterious boy who seems familiar.Lincoln Knight comes across her in the woods after she falls and hurts her ankle. He insists on helping her home. Her aunt Catherine and Uncle James are leery. They are keeping secrets that could get them killed. Link is drawn to Charity and she to him. He decides to teach her to ski and she ends up revealing her secrets.He is shocked to learn who she is and what her world consists of. Yet he refuses to leave her side. As old enemies circle the area looking for her and old friends join in to protect her, Link is thrown into her dangerous world. His life is forever changed.This book had an interesting storyline. I like the immortals part along with the witches and vampire characters. It fueled the story as it centered around hate of anything different. I liked how James and Catherine met. I also liked how Charity came to live with them. Her loss was heartbreaking.However I thought the fact of who Lincoln really was added a bit of creepy to the story. I didn’t like that connection to Charity’s past. Other than that I liked how the story progressed and the characters that the author introduced. I was pretty engrossed in the story and it went quickly. The ending was suspenseful as Charity came face to face with the enemy. It was a good read and continues with the second book. I give this story a 4 out of 5.