Aster. Violet. Tansy. Mallow. Clementine.
Sold as children. Branded by cursed markings. Trapped in a life they never would have chosen.
When Aster’s sister 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 the land’s most vicious and powerful forces – both living and dead – their only hope lies in a bedtime story passed from one 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.
‘She hasn’t become a woman. She’d become a shade with bile for blood and a well of shame in her heart.
’From the very first page ‘The Good Luck Girls’ had me hooked with its wonderfully written, action packed beginning. This is a book that gets straight into the story and there’s pretty much always something going on. It’s a book with a mix of interesting characters and a setting that I ended up falling in love with. I honestly don’t know where to start with this review as there are so many elements to this book that I cherished.
Firstly though I guess I should mention the writing which I fell for pretty much immediately. There’s some truly stunning descriptions, comparisons and quotes within this book. Sometimes it was the message that the words painted that haunted me and sometimes simply the beauty of the writing itself. This is definitely an author’s whose future work I’d pick up based on the writing alone although that certainly wasn’t the only element of the story that I loved.
Another aspect of the book that I found wonderful was the world that Charlotte Nicole Davis created. I’m not sure exactly what I expected from this book in terms of setting but I was definitely delighted with what I received. There was a ‘wild west’ vibe to the surroundings and some of the antics within these pages but with glimmers of magic thrown in. There’s the ingenious cursed markings that brand all Good Luck Girls; the chilling Raveners who are beings that a person would be mad to cross and, what I possibly loved most of the three, various forms of the dead roaming the land. Even without these fantastical aspects I’m pretty sure I’d have devoured this book ravenously but they certainly added to the intrigue for me; I love exploring magical settings and loved how splendidly this book merged these aspects with its wild west setting.
The characters were ones that I felt drawn to, too. I loved each of the main characters of this novel and enjoyed getting to know them. Aster, as the point of view you receive, was the most developed but I felt that I got a sense of everyone’s character and learnt some fascinating history to everyone involved. My favourite character probably was Aster (I loved her fiery attitude) but I was fond of all the central characters regardless. I guess, looking back, that it would have been nice to have seen a little more of Mother Fleur, even if it was in the form of flashbacks. Still that’s simply due to my personal interest in learning more about villainous characters.
Altogether I certainly enjoyed this book and could quite happily pick it up again right now. I’m definitely eager for the second and can’t wait to see what happens next. There are questions that I have but not from lose ends as such; this story was tied up nicely, I’d just love to learn more. So overall I definitely recommend this book and am eagerly anticipating the next one.
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