Book Reviews

The Good Luck Girls | Charlotte Nicole Davis

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Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Young Adult

Date Published: 1 Oct 2019

Format: ARC

Page count: –

Date Started: 2 Aug 2019

Date Finished: 17 Aug 2019

Goodreads rating: 4.22/5

My rating: 3.75/5

Source: Pansing Distribution/ Definitely Books

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Disclaimer: I received this ARC from Pansing Distribution, in return for my honest review.

Content Warning: Sex Slavery, Oppression, Torture, Psychological Warfare, PTSD, Addiction

My Thoughts

A very good debut. It felt pretty dragged out at the beginning. This could have been because I had no idea what was going on.

Although this is her debut, Davis’ power lies in her world-building, and I liked the gritty power of the Scab, the horse chases, and the delicate hints of dark magic.

There were a few characters whose names I could not remember, it was all very shady to me. Though, after a couple of chapters, I began to enjoy the story as it became more exciting. The scene where Clementine accidentally murders someone is the main catalyst to the storyline picking up its pace.

I hope we will get to see more of Tansy, Mallow and Clementine developed in the sequel as the focus in this book was mostly on Aster and Violet.

What I Liked

Sisterhood, found family, heists, homicide, a delightful budding romance, monsters (both human and inhuman), subtle debates about inequalities and distinctions in privileges between males and females, strong women in every context of the word, and a desperate struggle for liberty, all with a sprinkling of dark magic was weaved into the storyline seamlessly that made the book such a good read.

Somehow, this book pulled me in from chapter one, and despite being a little dull in places, it still continued to draw me in more and more, and the reality that I now have to wait until who knows when for book three, The thought itself is agonising.

Each character has a unique personality of its own. The book is written from the island perspective of Aster, the primary protagonist. She’s such a powerful young lady who’s spent a ton of time in her life. Her life story is a heart-wrenching one. I also love how she cares and enjoys her younger sister. She always takes all her strength to shield Clementine from all sorts of risks.

Disliked

I wish the author had explained more about the magical building of the world and how it collides with the human world.

There were also parts of the book that seemed unrealistic and impossible.

Overall, I highly recommend this book, and I can’t wait for the sequel to be released. As there are a lot more issues that Aster would like to solve, and I’m so excited about it!

Synopsis

Westworld meets The Handmaid’s Tale in this stunning fantasy adventure from debut author Charlotte Nicole Davis.

Aster, the protector
Violet, the favourite
Tansy, the medic
Mallow, the fighter
Clementine, the catalyst

THE GOOD LUCK GIRLS

The country of Arketta calls them Good Luck Girls–they know their luck is anything but. Sold to a “welcome house” as children and branded with cursed markings. Trapped in a life they would never have chosen.

When Clementine accidentally murders a man, the girls risk a dangerous escape and harrowing journey to find freedom, justice, and revenge in a country that wants them to have none of those things.

Pursued by Arketta’s most vicious and powerful forces, both human and inhuman, their only hope lies in a bedtime story passed from one Good Luck Girl to another, a story that only the youngest or most desperate would ever believe.

It’s going to take more than luck for them all to survive.

 

P.S. The Good Luck Girls will be available in all good bookstores in October 2019

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