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Westworld meets The Handmaid's Tale in this stunning fantasy adventure from debut author Charlotte Nicole Davis. 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 Westworld meets The Handmaid's Tale in this stunning fantasy adventure from debut author Charlotte Nicole Davis. 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. It's going to take more than luck for them all to survive.


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Westworld meets The Handmaid's Tale in this stunning fantasy adventure from debut author Charlotte Nicole Davis. 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 Westworld meets The Handmaid's Tale in this stunning fantasy adventure from debut author Charlotte Nicole Davis. 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. It's going to take more than luck for them all to survive.

30 review for The Good Luck Girls

  1. 4 out of 5

    Miriam Smith

    I don’t normally read fantasy adventure stories but now and again I do like to push my genre boundaries and try something a little different. The premise of “The Good Luck Girls” by new author Charlotte Nicole Davis really intrigued me and I was keen to read this Wild West style YA fantasy story. When Clementine comes of age at sixteen to become a sundown girl in a ‘welcome house’ in Green Creek, she has to entertain a ‘brag’ (male customer) for the night as part of her ‘Lucky Night’ ceremony. I don’t normally read fantasy adventure stories but now and again I do like to push my genre boundaries and try something a little different. The premise of “The Good Luck Girls” by new author Charlotte Nicole Davis really intrigued me and I was keen to read this Wild West style YA fantasy story. When Clementine comes of age at sixteen to become a sundown girl in a ‘welcome house’ in Green Creek, she has to entertain a ‘brag’ (male customer) for the night as part of her ‘Lucky Night’ ceremony. Unfortunately she accidentally kills her brag and knowing she will be punished fatally for the incident by ‘raveners’, bewitching and mind altering men, she goes on the run with her sister Aster and other ‘good luck girls’ - Violet, Tallow and Mansy. They meet up with Zee - a ‘rangeman’, who can assist them with their escape due to his knowledge of the woods but can he help them avoid capture and locate the Lady Ghost? She is the only person, myth has it, who can rid them of their cursed ‘favours’, tattoo like branding that will always give them away as good luck girls. They embark on a journey that is both fantastical and thrilling seeking freedom, justice and revenge. Sold as children they were trapped in an unsuspecting life they never would have chosen and its’s quite saddening to read how they are used as ‘sex slaves’ at such a young age. There’s lots of excitement and action in the story though to keep you thoroughly entertained and although primarily aimed at a YA audience there’s plenty to keep adults addicted to the book too. With tension and some emotional and sensitive content I wouldn’t recommend very young readers to read this but I can see this story being very popular with a female teen audience who enjoy fantasy fiction with a strong message at its core. The characters are well developed and exceedingly likeable, though I would have liked to have read a little more on the relationship between Tallow and Mansy directly as it developed. The author has based the story not on racism per se but about a black girl and her sister finding freedom and coming together to stand up against the rich and powerful. The author has produced a story that addresses darker themes in a subversive way that has you both questioning the system within the story and making you think about the world we live in at the same time. This would make a cracking movie as it has all the hallmarks of a action packed fantasy thriller and I would love to see a sequel to the story to follow Clementine and Aster further on their fight for freedom. 4 stars

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lola

    3.5 stars. This story will intrigue many people and there’s a reason for that. It’s a mash-up of different genres and themes: historical fiction, dystopia, western, adventure, action, sisterhood, romance, fantasy. You’d think the result would be a mess or a really complex plotline that one cannot make heads and tails of but actually the author manages to explain everything well and ease us into the world-building without dumping every information on us in the first chapter. This is as much an 3.5 stars. This story will intrigue many people and there’s a reason for that. It’s a mash-up of different genres and themes: historical fiction, dystopia, western, adventure, action, sisterhood, romance, fantasy. You’d think the result would be a mess or a really complex plotline that one cannot make heads and tails of but actually the author manages to explain everything well and ease us into the world-building without dumping every information on us in the first chapter. This is as much an adventure-driven story as a character-driven one. The characters’ determination, especially Aster’s, push the storyline going despite the many challenges the girls (and one boy) face. Their goal is to find Lady Ghost, who is the only one capable of removing their Good Luck Girls mark but there are many obstacles along the way and many people who want them dead. Aster, Violet and Clementine are wonderful heroines with distinct personalities. I especially enjoyed watching Violet open up and grow. Tansy and Mallow are rarely apart and, frankly, while I did find distinctions between them I also think their voices and roles in the story are too similar for either of them to stand out. I would put more emphasis on them in the sequel if I was the author because they do have potential to become memorable. I loved the feminist message. How the girls stayed together and fought together and helped each other at every turn not out of obligation but out of genuine care for one another and respect for each other. I would not like to ever live in a world such as Aster’s but if these girls are there to welcome me and accept me in their group I think I would be just fine. Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’

  3. 5 out of 5

    Elise (TheBookishActress)

    “The Handmaid’s Tale meets Thelma and Louise in an alternate Wild West setting.” AND ALL BY MY FAVORITE TOR TEEN. HO BOY.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Hollis

    This is a YA fantasy unlike almost anything I've read. This also feels both dystopian and historical and yet is set in a fantasy world, so is truly neither of those things. It's about strong women and daring stakes. It's about learning to trust when no one has ever given you reason to. It's about sacrificing your own chance at a happily every after for the benefit of others. It's a whole lot of things. It's also diverse, a little queer, and is all sorts of magical; though not in ways I expected. This is a YA fantasy unlike almost anything I've read. This also feels both dystopian and historical and yet is set in a fantasy world, so is truly neither of those things. It's about strong women and daring stakes. It's about learning to trust when no one has ever given you reason to. It's about sacrificing your own chance at a happily every after for the benefit of others. It's a whole lot of things. It's also diverse, a little queer, and is all sorts of magical; though not in ways I expected. Despite my obvious enjoyment, there is still something holding me back a bit on this one. And I don't even know really know why. This was unique and brutal with characters both tough as nails and hella vulnerable with plenty of issues mirrored in this unusual world that are also present in our own. It's a scary possible reality that makes you, as a reader, and a human, and, in my case a woman, want to fight back. And yet again, I don't know why I just didn't love it. I wasn't bored by anything, necessarily, though I did find sometimes that I would skim a passage or two. I didn't always love Aster, our main POV, and yet could also totally understand why she wasn't always likeable. And.. yeah, I don't know. This one is just a bit of a mystery for me, I think. But I would definitely recommend it if anyone was already interested in picking it up! ** I received an ARC from the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. ** --- This review can also be found at A Take From Two Cities.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tucker

    When Clementine accidently murders a man HOW DO YOU "ACCIDENTLY" MURDER SOMEONE?????

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dani ❤️ Perspective of a Writer

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... The Buzz I had no interest in The Good Luck Girls. It wasn't that it was an all POC cast... it was that it was about prostitution. It's a hard life and I just didn't want to read about their horrible circumstances. Then I read an excerpt... and was TOTALLY sucked in. The title references what they call the girls at the prostitution houses so its pretty spot on. However when I first saw the cover I sure didn't see the connection. She looks like a Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... The Buzz I had no interest in The Good Luck Girls. It wasn't that it was an all POC cast... it was that it was about prostitution. It's a hard life and I just didn't want to read about their horrible circumstances. Then I read an excerpt... and was TOTALLY sucked in. The title references what they call the girls at the prostitution houses so its pretty spot on. However when I first saw the cover I sure didn't see the connection. She looks like a fancy war pilot to me and not a forced prostitute on the run using horses as a getaway. And I could barely see the flower on her neck!! Which to me should have been the star of the design. But in person its a pretty cover and features a person of color which is pretty neat! The Premise Soooo yeah the premise did not wow me... A girl about to have sex with her first "brag" kills him when she "over" reacts to his "aggressive" techniques. Her sister uses the man's death to facilitate their escape along with two younger daytime girls who haven't transitioned to sundown girls yet and the madame's favorite girl who lords over the others. ... I'm not doing much to make you want to read The Good Luck Girls am I?! Well the opening prologue changed my mind (and I suspect it will yours too if you aren't feeling it yet)!! First I really felt for Clem as this was her "Lucky Night" and at only 16 years old. I felt like I was witnessing this rape and struggling right along with her. I couldn’t see her reacting any other way... Being drawn into the story so powerfully really captured me. I wanted Clem to get away with her murder even though it was seriously unlikely that she would. Then comes Aster, her sister who somehow makes it work!! I couldn't wait to see what other problems she would boldly get them out of with her quick thinking and love of her sister. I was prepared for some really crazy things happening because the world of The Good Luck Girls was so brutal and hard. They had a tough handicap starting out (the favors that mark them as Good Luck Girls) and a society that has no sympathy for their situation. The western feel to the story with guns, horses, mines and prostitution fit that brutality. And then we have the ghost mythology which added another layer of problems to their escape. And then we get into the meat of the story and I'm less wowed. It turns into a road trip which makes sense with the whole needing to escape. The girls decide a little robbery is just what the brags deserve. There are some run ins with the law and the raveners (super powered law for the houses). Both of which also make sense considering this is a western. We travel in mine tunnels and it totally fits the world. Only the plot wasn't quite capturing me like the opening scene did. I did come to appreciate Aster and how nuanced she felt about being a sundown girl, a sister, a friend, someone who forgives, and someone who gets high, not on drugs, but on power. She really embodied her role as protector and it added some powerful moments to the duller plot. The fact that she wasn't in a romantic relationship with man or woman made sense to me, she had way too many emotions about her experiences to think about love. For a Good Luck Girl she did mighty fine for herself and her posse! My Experience I was able to read an excerpt of the beginning, of The Good Luck Girls, a couple of months before I read the book. It's this reading that convinced me that I would be foolish to miss this POC fantasy western. At the time I didn't realize that Clem's chapter was a prologue and hinted at the fact that this opening chapter would be the ONLY time I read her POV. And as I waited to get my copy I started to think that this would be multiple POVs. Why did I assume this? Well we have 5 stellar girls each with an intriguing POV and it would be a waste to not to get a taste of those perspectives... right?! Here they are in the premise of The Good Luck Girls... Aster, the protector Violet, the favorite Tansy, the medic Mallow, the fighter Clementine, the catalyst They sound fabulous!! And it sounds like they will each contribute to the excellency of the story. But unfortunately since we stick with Aster alone we only get her nuances. Tansy and Mallow have their storyline and Clem has her storyline but they are rather stereotypical and didn't give us that much of a taste of who they were. They were basically the girls that Aster protected. Then we have Violet who was the major secondary character and played a bigger part... only I would have loved to see her guilt and morally grey perspective from inside the character. The Good Luck Girls is a dark story where some heavy topics like prostitution, slavery, victimization and guilt are explored heavily in a world where females have to seize their power back from the hands of men. We have a POC posse who won't give up and draw strength and power from each other. Join them as they go on the ride of their lives!! ⋆ ⋆ ⭐⭐⭐ Authenticity ⋆ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Writing Style ⋆ ⋆ ⭐⭐⭐ Plot & Pacing ⋆ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ World Building B+ Cover & Title grade Thanks to BookishFirst and the publisher for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. It has not influenced my opinions. ______________________ You can find this review and many others on my book blog @ Perspective of a Writer. Read my special perspective under the typewriter on my reviews... Please like this review if you enjoyed it! *bow* *bow* It helps me out a ton!!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kayla Dawn

    Meeeh. The amount of times I read the word "breath" in this one made me want to throw the book out of the window.

  8. 4 out of 5

    TL

    So glad I took a chance on this:)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Elvina Zafril

    The Good Luck Girls is incredibly addictive. Once you picked up the book, you wouldn’t want to put it down. A really great debut. At the very beginning, I felt kind of boring because maybe I just didn’t understand what’s going on. A few of characters appeared and I couldn’t remember their names. But after a few chapters, I started to like the story because it became more interesting. Obviously because of the incident that happened where Clementine accidentally murdered a man. The characters - The Good Luck Girls is incredibly addictive. Once you picked up the book, you wouldn’t want to put it down. A really great debut. At the very beginning, I felt kind of boring because maybe I just didn’t understand what’s going on. A few of characters appeared and I couldn’t remember their names. But after a few chapters, I started to like the story because it became more interesting. Obviously because of the incident that happened where Clementine accidentally murdered a man. The characters - Aster, the protector, Violet, the favorite, Tansy, the medic, Mallow, the fighter and Clementine, the catalyst. To me I think Aster is the main character in this story because she is the protector, obviously. Aster and Clementine are sisters. Aster would do anything to keep Clementine safe. When everyone knew that Clementine accidentally murdered a man, Aster created a plan to escape the “welcome house”. She didn't want Clementine to get caught for the murder and scared something worse is going to happen to her. She gathered her trusted girls and working on the escape plan. They risked their lives just to find freedom, justice and revenge in Arketta. But, are they going to survive? The author clearly trying to send us a message about the equality between men and women and rich and poor. Reading this book made me realize and remember about the era where people had tyrannical government and cruel people that were hungry for power. I fear if this world is facing that kind of situation again. I hope we are going to live in peace. The supernatural part got me hooked and I just have to say that this book has a different vibe. I was so caught up with the girls. What they have been through and how they deal with everything are so inspiring. They are indeed strong women. Well written and the plot is amazing. The only thing that I think wasn’t necessary is the romance part. I wasn’t enjoyed the insta-love between them (not going to say their names) but I feel the author should switch the characters and maybe the romance part would be more interesting. This book is worth reading. And I need the sequel because they are a lot of things I want to know! Highly recommend this book. Disclaimer: Thank you, Pansing for sending me a copy of The Good Luck Girls in return for an honest review. This book will be released on October 2019

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kate (GirlReading)

    This was truly fantastic. It had everything I could have possibly hoped for and more after having read the summary. It’s got sisterhood, found family, heists, murder, an adorable f/f budding romance, monsters (both human and inhuman), nuanced discussions on inequality and the differences in rights between men and women, strong women in every sense of the term and a desperate fight for freedom, all with a sprinkle of dark magic. This book somehow sucked me in from page one and despite it being a This was truly fantastic. It had everything I could have possibly hoped for and more after having read the summary. It’s got sisterhood, found family, heists, murder, an adorable f/f budding romance, monsters (both human and inhuman), nuanced discussions on inequality and the differences in rights between men and women, strong women in every sense of the term and a desperate fight for freedom, all with a sprinkle of dark magic. This book somehow sucked me in from page one and despite it being a little slow in places, it still managed to pull me in more and more throughout and the fact that I now have to wait who knows how long until book three is an incredibly painful thought. TW: sexual assault, discussion of suicide and rape.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Bang Bang Books

    DNF at 40% The focus is on the wrong thing. Davis has created a very interesting world. It's set in an old west type of setting which is synonymous with America but Blacks and Whites live together harmoniously. WOW, let's explore this more. Instead of discrimination based on race, there's discrimination based people who can cast a shadow vs. those who can't. WOW, let's explore this more. How is it physically possible to not cast a shadow? Davis' world had an Empire and not a government that DNF at 40% The focus is on the wrong thing. Davis has created a very interesting world. It's set in an old west type of setting which is synonymous with America but Blacks and Whites live together harmoniously. WOW, let's explore this more. Instead of discrimination based on race, there's discrimination based people who can cast a shadow vs. those who can't. WOW, let's explore this more. How is it physically possible to not cast a shadow? Davis' world had an Empire and not a government that indentured the shadowless people and made their TEENAGE daughters prostitute themselves because they couldn't get out of debt. WOW, let's explore this more. These teen prostitutes are branded with some sort of glowing flower implanted in their cheek which they can't cover. This would mean this world still rides horses and work in mines but they have access to technology. WOW, let's explore this more. This world has supernatural beings including half human half monster dementor type things and large cat like humanoids crossed with vultures? WOW, let's explore this more. All of those incredibly interesting aforementioned topics are NOT explored. Instead we get a story about five girls who escape their brothel and are on the run. This is a journey book because they have to travel hundreds of miles to find someone who can cut out their brand and they have no money so have to rob people. I'VE READ THIS STORY BEFORE! These girls have no new voice. Aster is the main voice and she's the preverbal girl trying to protect her younger sister and is desperate enough to kill. Then there's a mean girl turned nice girl and the other three girls barely speak so I don't know who they are. And then we get the old enemies to lovers trope when the only guy enters. OMG, I'VE READ THIS STORY ALREADY! WHAT ABOUT ALL THAT OTHER SHIT THAT'S GOING ON IN YOUR WORLD? FOCUS ON THAT! I was 40% in and none of that other stuff was explored or developed. I DNFed because this book is boring.

  12. 4 out of 5

    MariaWitBook

    I just loved it from the first line. In less than 60 pages you have an entire world with rules and history. Characters full of potential! People that you hate or love in an instant! From the first chapter I found myself wishing not to finish the book in one sitting but wishing for this book to be the beginning of a whole series. I can’t think of any other book that will have the same type of story line. The oppression of the girls/women as familiar a thousand years ago as it sometimes now and I just loved it from the first line. In less than 60 pages you have an entire world with rules and history. Characters full of potential! People that you hate or love in an instant! From the first chapter I found myself wishing not to finish the book in one sitting but wishing for this book to be the beginning of a whole series. I can’t think of any other book that will have the same type of story line. The oppression of the girls/women as familiar a thousand years ago as it sometimes now and how some authors think that will still be part of the world in the future. The love and bond between sisters is as strong as the bond between people that find themselves in tricky situations where they need the support of one another.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Justine

    3.5 stars. This was pretty basic but I still enjoyed it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Keyona

    I enjoyed this book so much. After Clementine accidentally kills a well-connected brag (client), her sister Astor and a few other Good Luck Girls go on the run to finally be free. These girls were sold into slavery at very young ages and forced to have sex with men once they reach 16. These girls go on this adventure to try to gain their freedom. On the way, they meet many different characters. Some helpful and some very unhelpful. Some human and some not so human. I love how they banded I enjoyed this book so much. After Clementine accidentally kills a well-connected brag (client), her sister Astor and a few other Good Luck Girls go on the run to finally be free. These girls were sold into slavery at very young ages and forced to have sex with men once they reach 16. These girls go on this adventure to try to gain their freedom. On the way, they meet many different characters. Some helpful and some very unhelpful. Some human and some not so human. I love how they banded together against everything and everyone that tried to stand in their way. I can't wait for the next one in the series!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Bethany

    Can someone PLEASE turn this into a TV show?! Because OMG would it be a good one! The Good Luck Girls is a whole lot of fun, despite some darker elements. It's a fantasy Western adventure with angry ghosts and gang of girls, on the run and out for revenge. It's fast-paced story and action-packed, but it also includes big thematic content. It addresses trauma, misogyny, and systemic oppression, with clear nods to American chattel slavery and separation of families. But it is also about hope, Can someone PLEASE turn this into a TV show?! Because OMG would it be a good one! The Good Luck Girls is a whole lot of fun, despite some darker elements. It's a fantasy Western adventure with angry ghosts and gang of girls, on the run and out for revenge. It's fast-paced story and action-packed, but it also includes big thematic content. It addresses trauma, misogyny, and systemic oppression, with clear nods to American chattel slavery and separation of families. But it is also about hope, healing, love, and sisterhood, with a side of highway robbery of course! Meet five women who dare to push back against the system that oppresses them. "Aster, The Protector Violet, The Favorite Tansy, The Medic Mallow, The Fighter Clementine, The Catalyst" In Arketta, the Good Luck Girls are girls and women bought from their families and sold to brothels, with the promise of full bellies and good accommodations. The little ones do housework, but when a Good Luck Girl turns 16, she has the "honor" of joining the glamorous life of the night with no more chores and luxurious bedrooms, all for the small price of "entertaining" the customers of the Welcome House. They are told they are lucky. They have been lied to. Aster has been working the night shift for two years, secretly refusing to take the mellowing drug the girls are given for their work and longing for a way to protect her younger sister Clem from the same fate. The book begins on Clementine's 16th birthday, her first night as a "woman" auctioned off to the highest bidder, with little understanding of what is about to happen. Except that Clementine accidentally kills the man who purchased her time, and she must go on the run from the law with her sister and 3 other Good Luck Girls. Most of the book is told from Aster's perspective, although we occasionally get Clem's perspective as well. Aster is prickly and (understandably) doesn't trust men so when Clem begins to fall for a sweet young man she struggles. Violet was Aster's enemy in the Welcome House, but she is the only other girl in the gang old enough to have experienced the trauma of forced sex work, and that binds them together in unexpected ways. Meanwhile, Tansy and Mallow develop a very sweet romance that we see in bits and pieces. We get great character development for Aster and Violet, although I would have liked to see more for the other characters. This one is definitely driven more by the plot, but I did enjoy all of the characters. In terms of plot, this book follows the escape from the Welcome House and subsequent quest to find a mythical ghost woman who can remove the magical tattoos from the girls necks that brand them as Good Luck Girls. Along the way they waylay some men known to frequent Welcome Houses, rob a bank, and fight against angry ghosts. It's such a great, fun story, but also one with a lot of depth! I'm excited to see more from this author and would love to read more in this world. Obviously, there are going to be a lot of content warnings for this book given the premise, but there is no on-the-page rape, although we do get Clemenine's perspective in the encounter leading to the initial murder, and that does get pretty intense and violent.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Angela Staudt

    “You had to keep running, that was the trick. If you stopped, your troubles would catch you.” What an utterly captivating book full of adventure, sadness, friends, family, and hope. I loved how this was such a breath of fresh air, because of how unique the storyline was. The Good Luck Girls follows 5 girls who are from a Welcome House, only they have escaped and are on the run. I immediately became attached to the main characters and couldn’t imagine their lives and how they are sold to the “You had to keep running, that was the trick. If you stopped, your troubles would catch you.” What an utterly captivating book full of adventure, sadness, friends, family, and hope. I loved how this was such a breath of fresh air, because of how unique the storyline was. The Good Luck Girls follows 5 girls who are from a Welcome House, only they have escaped and are on the run. I immediately became attached to the main characters and couldn’t imagine their lives and how they are sold to the welcome house and are basically sex slaves every night. No matter where they travel, people know they are good luck girls and are always looked at with hate and nastiness. Following their journey to try and find freedom was very compelling to read. I loved their friendship and loyalty to one another, and learning about their pasts. Why they were sold into the welcome houses to begin with. All the girls are so brave and deserve a better life than what they were born into. I really enjoyed their look at life, how even though they all have had the worst luck, they still see the good in the world. The girls just want to be free and to be able to live a normal life. I absolutely loved this story from the beginning to the end and I can’t wait for the next book to see where these good luck girls go next!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cortney

    “It’s only that sometimes I wish we didn’t have to fight at all. Feels like I’ve been fighting since the day I was born.” I was enthralled and thoroughly entertained by this alternate Wild Wild West fantasy adventure featuring a crew of badass women who wrecked shop. Aster is the older sister of Clem and will do anything to protect her from an unconscionable future as a Good Luck Girl. Clem is so sweet hearted and naive that you can’t help but want to protect her too. And closing out this quartet “It’s only that sometimes I wish we didn’t have to fight at all. Feels like I’ve been fighting since the day I was born.” I was enthralled and thoroughly entertained by this alternate Wild Wild West fantasy adventure featuring a crew of badass women who wrecked shop. Aster is the older sister of Clem and will do anything to protect her from an unconscionable future as a Good Luck Girl. Clem is so sweet hearted and naive that you can’t help but want to protect her too. And closing out this quartet is Tansy, the street smart medic and Mallow, the sarcastic pistol whipper. I have to say that I really like Mallow. She’s the type that won’t put up with anyone’s nonsense. I’ve always wanted to read a Robin Hood type story about female outlaws and I’ve finally found my gang. We got heists, vengeful ghosts, & deadly gun fights. There are also several events that happen in the book that reminded me of America’s painful history. This is the first book in a series and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next.

  18. 4 out of 5

    The Nerd Daily

    Originally published by The Nerd Daily | Review by Vinny MS The Good Luck Girls follows the story of five girls and their escape journey to find freedom in the brutal land of Arketta. With a hope to get rid of their cursed markings, they will have to face a long trip full of demonic creatures, ruthless monsters, and not to mention the forces that chase them for a murder that one of them accidentally committed. “Everyone deserved to be free, though. Everyone deserved to feel this.” The story begins Originally published by The Nerd Daily | Review by Vinny MS The Good Luck Girls follows the story of five girls and their escape journey to find freedom in the brutal land of Arketta. With a hope to get rid of their cursed markings, they will have to face a long trip full of demonic creatures, ruthless monsters, and not to mention the forces that chase them for a murder that one of them accidentally committed. “Everyone deserved to be free, though. Everyone deserved to feel this.” The story begins in a brothel called Welcome House, where the five girls live and try their best to survive after being sold by their families in exchange for money to live, pay debts, or simply because it was seen as the better way because the brothel offered food and a place to stay. On the sixteenth birthday of one of the girls, Clementine, it marked her transformation from being a daybreak girl where she’d need to do daily chores, into a sundown girl where she starts to accompany clients at nights, commonly called brags. It was supposed to be her Lucky Night, until she accidentally killed her very first client. Her older sister, Aster, who’s already experienced the ugly side of being a sundown girl, realised that there was no way for them to get out of this unfortunate event without getting punished unless they run away and leave the brothel. With the other three girls, Mallow, Tansy, and Violet, Aster leads the escape journey not to just physically get out of the brothel, but also to get rid of the tattoos that marked them as good luck girls. Girls that are forced into sex slavery in Welcome House, girls that are forced to praise every brag that they encountered, girls that need to swallow drugs in order to escape their traumas, girls that are sold by their own family. Maybe, they were not so lucky after all. Right from its first page, The Good Luck Girls was nothing but continuous intensity with a dynamic storyline. It was full-force and action packed with excellent inclusivity and representation of multiple mental illnesses (anxiety, depression, PTSD, addiction), and delivery of well-researched topics including sex trafficking, sex slavery, social inequality, and oppression. It was raw and raging. Davis delivered a story which is set in a fantasy land, but with issues that sadly still happened in our reality. I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of The Good Luck Girls. As much as being entertained by the magical universe that Davis created, I was also learning about multiple important issues that I’ve never aware of before. Yes, this story feels like a furious shout over devastating issues that are still happening at this very moment, and I applaud Davis for sharing her awareness and knowledge. Not only just by simply writing this story, but also for spending enormous efforts and time to deliver facts and truths by conducting researches (in case you want to see more behind the story about this and the book references that Davis used, check out the acknowledgements). The universe of The Good Luck Girls was exceptional. It was built on such detailed narratives that leave me craving for more. Davis was truly incredible in describing this magical world of hers, everything from the scab, the underworld, to the animal and other magical creatures that lived in it was delivered in such cinematic writing. Everything was vivid and authentic. And clearly, this is neither a plot-driven or a character-driven story because it is both! There was always something happening that moved the characters forward. I’m not the biggest fan when this method used in a story because oftentimes, they feel forced and unnatural. But in The Good Luck Girls, it flows smoothly and although I’m tensed and scared for these characters’ lives, I couldn’t wait for more twists and unfortunate events. No offence, Aster. Your gang will be always in my prayers. In conclusion, I’m glad to have picked this book as one of my most anticipated debut titles for this month, because it truly lives up to my expectations! The ending was not a ‘happily ever after’, indeed, but it left many unanswered questions that hopefully will be revealed in the next book.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mandi1082

    The Good Luck Girls is an Adventure seeking revenge type of story. It is said that it reminds people of the Handmaids Tale set in the Wild wild west. Well it's more wild wild West then it is Handmaids Tale. With that being said I still enjoyed this story written by debut author Charlotte Nicole Davis. You have Clementine who 'accidentally' kills a brag (male customer) so her and her sister Aster decide to go on the run with other Good Luck Girls Violet, Tallow and Mansy. On the way they meet Zee The Good Luck Girls is an Adventure seeking revenge type of story. It is said that it reminds people of the Handmaids Tale set in the Wild wild west. Well it's more wild wild West then it is Handmaids Tale. With that being said I still enjoyed this story written by debut author Charlotte Nicole Davis. You have Clementine who 'accidentally' kills a brag (male customer) so her and her sister Aster decide to go on the run with other Good Luck Girls Violet, Tallow and Mansy. On the way they meet Zee a Rangeman who will help them get to Lady Ghost to get their tattoos remove that let everyone know they are Good Luck Girls so they can live normal lives. I want to thank Netgalley and Macmillan- Tom Doherty Associate Tor Teen for a copy of this book for an honest review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    The Captain

    Ahoy there me mateys! I received this young adult fantasy eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . . Upon seeing the beautiful cover and reading the synopsis, I thought this novel would float me boat. The highlight was the comparison to the handmaid's tale. Sadly, I stopped reading at the 15% mark because I really wasn't feeling it. But because this is supposed to be a woman driven story with a gangster escape and social commentary, I did an unusual Ahoy there me mateys!  I received this young adult fantasy eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  So here be me honest musings . . . Upon seeing the beautiful cover and reading the synopsis, I thought this novel would float me boat.  The highlight was the comparison to the handmaid's tale.  Sadly, I stopped reading at the 15% mark because I really wasn't feeling it.  But because this is supposed to be a woman driven story with a gangster escape and social commentary, I did an unusual thing and looked up other reviews and spoilers before deciding to fully abandon it.  Those tipped me over the edge and caused me to stop reading because I didn't like what I was seeing. First let me explain me viewpoints on the section I actually read.  I did feel the beginning was nicely set-up.  I really liked the odd mix of Japanese courtesan-type setting, magic, and western.  I adored the idea of the how the tattoos worked.  I liked the idea of two sisters with different personalities being main characters. That said, I also felt that both the world-building and the characterization was too surface level.  I felt like I was getting the shiny ideas with no real substance.  Neither people nor world felt real.  Both seemed like caricatures.  The older sister was led too much by her emotions and rage with no real thought.  The younger sister was too naive, didn't really think, and seemed to want her sister to do everything for her.  The other three girls seemed two-dimensional.  Then the plot broke down because how the girls escaped the whore, I mean welcome, house was just so unbelievable and silly. I wasn't sure if pushing through would make the story better and I wanted the book to be as good as its premise.  So I read reviews.  I won't get into the major details because of spoilers but suffice to say that many people claimed that the two-dimensionality of the characters didn't improve and it remained hard to connect to them.  Insta-lust makes an appearance.  The ending was said to be problematic and thanks to someone who wrote the entire ending in their review, I can say that it would have made me angry to have read the whole story only to get to that (even if it is a book one in a series). The reviews did seem split 50/50 on whether it was liked so if it does sound good, it still might work for ye.  But basically this book was very much not to me taste and I am glad I stopped when I did.   So lastly . . . Thank you Tor Teen!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    You can also read my review here: https://devouringbooks2017.wordpress.... Review: 5 Stars The Good Luck Girls is probably the most powerful novel that I've read this year. I was absolutely shocked to find out that it is Charlotte Nicole Davis' debut novel because it is so well done I thought that it must have been written by a seasoned author. It deals with the heavy topic of sex trafficking in a way that is both tactful and raw. The characters grabbed me by my heart and the pacing is fast. I had You can also read my review here: https://devouringbooks2017.wordpress.... Review: 5 Stars The Good Luck Girls is probably the most powerful novel that I've read this year. I was absolutely shocked to find out that it is Charlotte Nicole Davis' debut novel because it is so well done I thought that it must have been written by a seasoned author. It deals with the heavy topic of sex trafficking in a way that is both tactful and raw. The characters grabbed me by my heart and the pacing is fast. I had an incredibly hard time setting this book down, it was an addicting read. As soon as I read the prologue I was completely hooked. I absolutely loved the characters in this book. They were al developed so well and they felt so real to me. While this is fiction and set in a fantasy world, sex trafficking exists and this book portrayed it in a way that really grabbed my heart. While all five girls in the book had been sold to the "welcome house" Aster and Violet were the ones that had worked as "sundown girls" and the author did a great job of showing how their work haunted them. While Aster always saw the worst in everything, Violet tried to emotionally detach herself by using Sweet Thistle, the drug that the welcome house supplied the working girls. I also think that this book did a wonderful job of showing what it is like to have PTSD. Aster was haunted by some things that had happened at the welcome house and even though this book was written in third person it was easy to see how she thought and felt. While this book did have some heavy subject matter it was a book of hope as the girls escaped the welcome house and were on a search for true freedom. I would check for content warnings if you are unsure that this book is for you, but I absolutely loved it. The Good Luck Girls was raw, powerful and despite being a fantasy it felt very real. The plot had me on the edge of my seat a lot of the time and made it hard to set this book down. I devoured this book in less than a day because I found it so captivating. I am so glad that I had the opportunity to read this book because it really moved me. The characters all felt so real to me and this book got me emotional at times. I laughed, I cried and I even found myself wanting to shake the characters for their choices sometimes. I was so emotionally invested in these characters and their story. This was such a powerful and eye opening read to the world of sex trafficking and I can't wait for other people to read it. It is also the first in a series, so I will be able to return to these characters in the next book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Starlah

    Westworld meets The Handmaid’s Tale in this wild, wild west YA fantasy. The story takes place in a wild west type of country called Arketta, where there are “welcome houses” where girls are sold and branded with cursed markings and forced into sex work. The girls are called Good Luck Girls because it is thought that since these girls are housed, fed, and regularly see a doctor, they are lucky. Despite the work they are forced to do. The story kicks off when one of the Good Luck Girls accidentally Westworld meets The Handmaid’s Tale in this wild, wild west YA fantasy. The story takes place in a wild west type of country called Arketta, where there are “welcome houses” where girls are sold and branded with cursed markings and forced into sex work. The girls are called Good Luck Girls because it is thought that since these girls are housed, fed, and regularly see a doctor, they are lucky. Despite the work they are forced to do. The story kicks off when one of the Good Luck Girls accidentally murders a man. She and 4 other girls decide to risk everything on a dangerous escape and a harrowing journey to find freedom. Along they way they are being hunted by humans and inhumans, and their hope kind of lies on a bedtime story. I THOROUGHLY enjoyed this. I really enjoyed the wild, wild west fantasy adventure. Along with magic and creatures, there are bank heist and chasing a train and chases on horseback, like … I looved that. Though I will say I was a little disappointed there wasn’t a stand-off. I know all of those things are a little cliche and some people may not like that, but I loved that. I think all of those things really help give that wild, wild west feel and atmosphere. It was sooo awesome to follow a group of badass young women who will do anything to get their autonomy back, to fight for the freedom they deserve. This book has racial diversity - the majority of the main chast of characters are black/brown. There was a little bit of queer representation. And just great, women fighting back rep. We have a group of girls who are all different. Who all have different strengths and weaknesses. They all are tough as nails as well as vulnerable in different ways. This story did a really good job at mirroring issues that women deal with today as well as in American history. As much as I really, really love and enjoyed this book, it wasn’t perfect. I felt like the story could have used another set of eyes looking over it because there were a handful of grammatical errors and just like kind of tripped over itself which was very distracting and a little annoying. I know that’s not going to bother everyone, some people might not even notice but I did, and it does bother me so I thought I’d mention it. Also, the language and dialect of this book, obviously, was mostly - somewhat - western. But it wasn’t always consistent. Again, a kind of small thing that may not bother everyone. The book obviously, is strong in it’s female power and that is amazing. So, I was a little - very little - not happy with the appearance of a character, who is not female, who did a lot for the group of women. Again, in the end, I don’t really mind because … I enjoyed the story, I enjoyed ALL of the characters. But I just think going into it, with how it opened up, I wasn’t really expecting or - wanting - a man to come along. And lastly, while a lot of the book has really good descriptions and very nicely painted a picture, I did find that it wasn’t the best with it’s world-building. Even now, after finishing it, I’m not super sure what some stuff is. There are like Dustbloods and Fairbloods, and Dustbloods don’t have a shadow … and I’m like not super sure why. It seemed like Dustbloods were mostly, if not all, brown or black people. Fairbloods were white. But I’m not super sure… There were also these creatures that I know WHAT they were but I don’t really know WHY they were … does that make sense? And these like half human/half not? Things and like their magic just wasn’t super well explained. That’s just what it is. Like the story was great, the picture was painted well, but it wasn’t explained well. Overall, super SUPER enjoyed this. Will definitely continue with the series. I also REALLY loved the ending and how our main, main character ended things. I can’t say cause spoilers, but it was great. 4 stars, definitely recommend.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Annette

    The moment I discovered this book in my Book Box I was entirely surprised. This book hadn't been on my radar, no one had been talking about it and at first glance it didn't really seem like a book for me either. But, it's a really important and very well done book and I'm really glad that thanks to the buddy read I ended up reading it. Without info dumps or lengthy explanations Davis manages to create a world that's so vivid and raw and in a way mirrors our world perfectly too. The prologue is so The moment I discovered this book in my Book Box I was entirely surprised. This book hadn't been on my radar, no one had been talking about it and at first glance it didn't really seem like a book for me either. But, it's a really important and very well done book and I'm really glad that thanks to the buddy read I ended up reading it. Without info dumps or lengthy explanations Davis manages to create a world that's so vivid and raw and in a way mirrors our world perfectly too. The prologue is so incredibly strong and sets the mood and atmosphere for the entire story and then we switch perspective and the actual story starts, about five girls going after the only thing they actually want: Freedom. The five girls are all very different, but although there are moments they disagree and mistrust each other, it's never about bringing each other down. They combine their forces and talents and that's what eventually gets them through the country. We see each of the five girls grow and develop, carrying their own history and story and learning how to deal with everything that has happened to them. And we most of all see how Aster, the girl trying to keep everyone alive, finds her own purpose and who she truly wants to be. The combination of the vivid and raw world and the lovely characters I've grown to love with a wonderful writing style that makes this book a fast read leads to a wonderful book about prejudice, about a government already stifling people at birth, about injustice and about five wonderful girls taking matters into their own hands and discovering they are much stronger then they always thought they could be.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Bookphenomena (Micky)

    This book has a curious context that has a fresh feel, slicing dystopia with an old time world, almost like a western. The start of the book was super strong for me with a compelling narrative that brought all my compassion to the surface. That strong start waned at times but this was a series starter that I will definitely finish. What worked for me were the sisters (Aster and Clementine) and the group of young women, sometimes very polarised against one another, but with a common goal of This book has a curious context that has a fresh feel, slicing dystopia with an old time world, almost like a western. The start of the book was super strong for me with a compelling narrative that brought all my compassion to the surface. That strong start waned at times but this was a series starter that I will definitely finish. What worked for me were the sisters (Aster and Clementine) and the group of young women, sometimes very polarised against one another, but with a common goal of escapism and freedom. There were analogies to contemporary themes such as traficking and oppression that were appealing. What I found less appealing were the fantastical developments such as raveners and vengeants. I didn’t bond with that aspect of the world. I moved between reading avidly to feeling a slowing of the pace of the story that left me wanting to feel more involved. Despite the fleeing, chases and general tension, I wanted a bit more attachment to the book than I felt and I can’t quite explain why I didn’t feel this. Maybe I wasn’t connected to Aster and Clementine enough, but I do still want to know where this goes after book one. Thank you to Readers First and Hot Key Books for this finished review copy. This review can be found on A Take From Two Cities Book Blog here.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jocelyn

    ~ 4.5 stars ~ Review Go read this book right now. I’ll wait. … All right, now that you’re back let’s talk about how awesome The Good Luck Girls is. I picked it up one evening thinking I would read a couple chapters to get a feel for it, but then the next thing I knew it was the middle of the night and I was already halfway through the book. I really had to force myself to put it down at that point. It was so engrossing from the get-go, immediately drawing me in. We went from one harrowing event ~ 4.5 stars ~ Review Go read this book right now. I’ll wait. … All right, now that you’re back let’s talk about how awesome The Good Luck Girls is. I picked it up one evening thinking I would read a couple chapters to get a feel for it, but then the next thing I knew it was the middle of the night and I was already halfway through the book. I really had to force myself to put it down at that point. It was so engrossing from the get-go, immediately drawing me in. We went from one harrowing event to another, my heart in my throat as I read page after page following these daring and tragic girls. The premise and world building were stellar, giving a breath of life into the YA fantasy genre. This taking place in a wild west type of world would have been great enough on its own, but the supernatural elements woven throughout the story added a surprisingly believable depth to it. Up against a never ending list of foes, these girls’ harrowing quest for freedom was intense. I kept finding myself unable to stop reading because I had to know what happened next. It didn’t help that they kept getting themselves into sticky situations either! At times I just wanted to scream at the pages when the girls kept doing really reckless things, especially when they had already just narrowly escaped a previous calamity. It was quite a heart-pounding ride reading The Good Luck Girls, let me tell you. There were a few little niggling things for me preventing this from being a full 5 stars, but I left with an overall sense of having read a fantastic piece of fiction so any problems I had didn’t impact the story too negatively. The only real issue I had is the characters at times felt a bit stereotypical and we didn’t really get to learn much about them other than Aster, Clementine, and Violet. Hopefully further books in the series will give us more on all the girls and their points of view, especially Violet. She was a very complex character I’d love to learn more about. Final Thoughts I would be remiss if I didn’t talk about the serious cover-love I have for this book. Generally I’m not a huge fan of modern books that have pictures of people on them because I like to be able to imagine the characters on my own. However, this cover is gorgeous and I love every single thing about it. It really adds to what is already a wonderful story. Young adult fantasy is a very over-saturated market these days, but The Good Luck Girls is an outstanding addition to the genre and it definitely sets itself apart. Full of action, emotion, and imagination, this was an absolutely smashing debut. Read my full review on my blog! Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for a copy of this book in exchange for a review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    4.5 There is no way around this topic. Clementine accidentally murders a man on her first night as a prostitute in a Wild West brothel, her sister Astrid sees it as a means to escape their life as Good Luck Girls and with the help of another girl, Violet. They try to find Lady Ghost who can help them lose the distinctive neck tattoo that brands them as dustbloods, people who have had their shadows cut away, but now are born without one. They travel through the land, full of ghosts and bounty 4.5 There is no way around this topic.  Clementine accidentally murders a man on her first night as a prostitute in a Wild West brothel, her sister Astrid sees it as a means to escape their life as Good Luck Girls and with the help of another girl, Violet. They try to find Lady Ghost who can help them lose the distinctive neck tattoo that brands them as dustbloods, people who have had their shadows cut away, but now are born without one.  They travel through the land, full of ghosts and bounty hunters to find freedom. The story is very well written but some of the minor characters are a bit flat. Since this is the first installment of a series, I hope to see them expanded.  While the subject matter is a bit disturbing, it is presented well with wrong and right displayed properly.  I found myself hoping that the girls survive this trail and find their freedom.  

  27. 4 out of 5

    TheNatashaReads

    My rating: 4/5 Review: Firstly, I would like to say that this book was an adventurous read. I love Charlotte Nicole Davis method of writing. It was an absolute page turner! The book kept me wanting to know more on how the characters fates would turn out. Secondly, I love the characters in the book. Each characters have their own unique personality. It is written in Aster’s point of view, the main character. She is such a strong young woman that has been through a lot in her life. Her life story is My rating: 4/5 Review: Firstly, I would like to say that this book was an adventurous read. I love Charlotte Nicole Davis method of writing. It was an absolute page turner! The book kept me wanting to know more on how the characters fates would turn out. Secondly, I love the characters in the book. Each characters have their own unique personality. It is written in Aster’s point of view, the main character. She is such a strong young woman that has been through a lot in her life. Her life story is just heart-wrenching. Moreover, I adore how she cares and loves her younger sister. She always takes all her courage to protect Clementine from all kinds of dangers. Besides that, the plot was intensely good. Every page made me scared and hopeful for these characters of young women. Women used to be treated as a property and not a person. Hence, my favourite about The Good Luck Girls is that it showed the importance of gender equality. How the characters were sold as properties and they do not own their own freedom. Everyone deserves freedom over their own lives. Furthemore, I think the world building was absolutely exciting to read. The magical creatures in the book made it utterly thrilling. However, the reason I rated it a 4/5 is because, I wish the author explained more regarding the magical world building and how it collides with the human world. Lastly, there were also some parts of the book that seemed unrealistic and impossible. Overall, I highly recommend this book and I can’t wait for the sequel! As there are a lot more problems that Aster would like to solve and I am excited! Thank you #Pansing @definitelybooks, for sending me a copy of The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis in return for an honest review. This book will be available at all good bookstores by October 2019! Sincerely, Natasha (TheNatashaReads) ❤️

  28. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    I thought I would love this book, being told it was like "westworld" & "handmaid's tale", but at the end the comparision fell short. I was intrigued by the first pages, where Clem kills a man to whom she has been sold to use as he sees fit, and then her sister Aster makes a plan to escape the pleasure house that has them captives. Sounds great, right? Bunch of oppresed ladies uniting and empowering themselves, families found rather than born into, and a new world where the action is going on. I thought I would love this book, being told it was like "westworld" & "handmaid's tale", but at the end the comparision fell short. I was intrigued by the first pages, where Clem kills a man to whom she has been sold to use as he sees fit, and then her sister Aster makes a plan to escape the pleasure house that has them captives. Sounds great, right? Bunch of oppresed ladies uniting and empowering themselves, families found rather than born into, and a new world where the action is going on. But... no. The girls keep making absurd mistakes: risking their lives to get money (they need it, but they could plan better), risking their necks and money for others (I try to understand the altruistic POW here, but as one character say maybe they should be smart and think of themselves... or at least consulting the other girls before taking certain decisions...), trusting and then distruston their guide... And they didn't seem very coherent to me, either... For instance, Aster. She has thought more than once about killing men who were abusing her, but she wasn't able. And then suddenly, she is. Why? It didn't felt like there was an evolution, just now she could defend herself killing others. I was left filling in the gaps: is it because now she is out in the wild? Because before she hadn't thought herself able? I somewhat felt that I was creating my own reasons because the characters were lacking their own. Sometimes we were told how they felt, but it was like there was no "feeling" how they felt, if thar makes sense. Someone was badly hurt, almost dying, they have to go to a hospital, but with a "potion to asses her injuries" she was able to talk and move... but we still need the hospital... Also, the danger they were in, repeteadly, never felt real. You knew they were always to escape, maybe with some scratches and that was it. I wonder why we were feed all that info about the tattoos glowing, and their pain, and the revenants power, and how steel clad the system was if the could so easily dodge everything. I mean, if you buy their escape from the pleasure house, then you'll buy everything. At the beginning I allowed myself to go with the flow to enjoy the story, but at the end it was too much for me. The characters seem rather plain, also. Only Aster and Violet seem more solid and able to evolve. All in all, I thought I would love this book way more than I did, honestly.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kelsea

    This isn't my usual style of read. I'm not big on historical fiction, though historical fantasy holds a bit more interest for me. And travel stories + any kind of prostitution in fantasy aren't my thing, so the combination of those factors made me a bit wary at first. Then I saw that this is a Tor Teen title - which means interesting and diverse - and I read an excerpt on Bookish First that piqued my interest. Plus it's an own voices story. So despite my initial hesitation, I was excited to read This isn't my usual style of read. I'm not big on historical fiction, though historical fantasy holds a bit more interest for me. And travel stories + any kind of prostitution in fantasy aren't my thing, so the combination of those factors made me a bit wary at first. Then I saw that this is a Tor Teen title - which means interesting and diverse - and I read an excerpt on Bookish First that piqued my interest. Plus it's an own voices story. So despite my initial hesitation, I was excited to read The Good Luck Girls! The story ended up being pretty much precisely what it promised. A group of five girls escapes a house of prostitution and ends up on a wild west adventure with a feminist bent. I appreciated the historical parallels to the story and the way the tougher themes were handled (slavery + the mistreatment of women). I found Aster and Violet, two of the Good Luck Girls, interesting. This is a well-written debut novel that I think many will enjoy. On the other hand, the other three girls felt very one-dimensional to me and the inclusion of Zee didn't add much to the story. The world-building had some interesting elements, but there wasn't much shown beyond a few fantastical things that existed solely to turn the plot in a certain direction. I found myself a bit bored by the travel story, which of course, is probably just a matter of taste. I did like the direction the book took as well as Aster's and Violet's character development, but otherwise the story fell a bit flat for me. Again, please do keep in mind that the whole story setup was a pretty tough sell for me, so this could absolutely be a case of it's not you (the story), it's me. I'd recommend this book for fans of Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee! Thank you Tor Teen and Bookish HQ for sending me an advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    https://lexijavabookish.wordpress.com... The Good Luck Girls is definitely one of my favorite releases this year. I was truly so immersed in the world that Davis built. Each girl was very different from one another with the exception of Tansy and Mallow who I felt blended in together a bit too much. Hopefully they’ll grow more and become their own in the next book...

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