From description:Westworld meets The Handmaid's Tale in this stunning fantasy adventure from debut author Charlotte Nicole Davis.
Aster, the protectorViolet, the favoriteTansy, the medicMallow, the fighterClementine, 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.
Clementine, however, on her sixteenth birthday kills the "brag" or client that won her auction. With the help of Clem's older sister Aster, several of the girls make a break for freedom. From that point on, the plot becomes an adventure story with Aster in the lead. Violet, the favorite who had delighted in getting girls in trouble, demands to go with them because she knows where to find Lady Ghost.
The girls must work together to survive and to find the almost mythical Lady Ghost, hoping that she will be able to remove the "favor," the magical tattoo that brands each of them as welcome girls. Because they are all dustbloods (with the exception of Violet)-- they are all part of a disenfranchised, oppressed element of society,but without the favor, they would not be recognizable as escaped "good luck girls."
Part dystopian, part adventure, part supernatural, part heist...and all about the inequity of a society that subjugates certain members. While there are flaws--some elements are not explored or explained, the length of the journey isn't mentioned until the end, and other than the madam of the Green Creek Welcome house, women are largely absent or mentioned only in passing--The Good Luck Girls nevertheless provides an interesting, adventure-filled plot that addresses a number of social issues.
I'm glad I kept reading, and I look forward to the next book which I hope will smooth out some of the problems in this intriguing debut novel.
YA/Fantasy. Oct. 1, 2019. Print length: 352 pages.
A Book of Bones by John Connolly is the latest in the Charlie Parker PI/supernatural/horror series.
I was a little disappointed in this one. It skips all over the place from Parker and his allies to the villains to new sets of characters to historical inserts. The writing is excellent as always, but the frequent breaks and historical insertions (while interesting) gives an uneven pace to a long book.
There is a great deal of violence in Connolly's good vs evil conflict. The sinister, macabre elements are so frequent that they actually become less effective. When a book is over 700 pages, maintaining suspense and dread is difficult. Gruesome can only go so far.
Problems: too little of Parker, Angel, and Louis (Bob does a little better), too many interruptions that fracture the pace.
spoiler: At any rate, this ends the Familists, Quayle, Pallida Mors narrative arc, but the Backers are still in play.
Now, where will Connolly go next? In spite of my disappointment in A Book of Bones, I wouldn't miss a Charlie Parker book and am eagerly anticipating the next one.
Horror. Oct. 15, 2019. Print length: 720 pages.