Motif By Tanya

Book Review: The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis

Tor Teen
TBP: October 1st 2019
352 Pages

Aster, the protector
Violet, the favorite
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.- Goodreads

There is a lot of hype for this read and it is well warranted. I loved the cowboy aspect of this book because all I thought of was that movie Gang of Rose with Monica Calhoun. This may have been an unintentional reference but it was all my mind was on and I freaking loved it.

Beyond this image I had, there is something about the writing that kept me sucked in even when I wasn’t really feeling some of the characters. I was not necessarily on the edge of my seat but I was invested in the book and refused to read anything else until this was done.

I had a love hate relationship with the characters. Not just one but all of them. Nothing in me felt that they were fully written. What I mean by this is that it felt as if the author had a thought but didn’t complete it; Aster especially. She was just pure rage, indecisiveness and I would say reckless. Yes, there were decisions that had to be made on the fly but she allowed her emotions to take a lot out of her, throughout the entire book and as the book is told through her point of view that is all you see and here.

I felt that her sister, Clementine was a brat and that was purely Aster’s fault for continuously babying her. I also believe that Clementine was not as remorseful as she should have been. I would have like the author to have explored their relationship a bit more as it would have added depth to the story.

I really enjoyed the flow of the story but felt that the characters were not developed enough, there wasn’t enough history or richness in the environment and the conflict didn’t bring the girls together or develop them as a group.

The ending wasn’t what I was expecting and that isn’t necessarily a good thing. It ended too easily and although there is a book two, it left me wondering what book two is about.

Overall, I did enjoy this book because it gave me a nostalgic feel and it was written pretty well. There is a lot of potential for this to develop into an amazing series.

3 Pickles

9 comments

  1. Ah, the synopsis sounds so good but I’m a mainly a character-focused reader so I don’t knoooow. Great review, Tanya!
    I’m glad you enjoyed it still and oh, I love when a book reminds me of something else and I like it all the more because of that.
    I think I’ll wait for the reviews of books 2 to see if the character development is better in that one.

  2. Ooh I recently saw this in a bookstore and was intrigued. Great review! I’ve not read many cowboy/’wild west’ sort of stories so might check this out. Hopefully the characters flesh out more in the sequels, but to be honest I feel like “it’s a series” shouldn’t be a valid excuse for shallow character work! The first books should have characters that feel real already.

  3. It’s amazing how a detail or character reminds your of something/someone you adore and you instantly form a liking for the book! 😍😍
    Still, I am so sorry that you weren’t able to enjoy the book because of poorly developed characters! ITS THE WORST, isn’t it? Ugh!

    I REALLY LOVED YOUR HONEST REVIEW, Tanya! ❤️❤️😍😍😍👻👻

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