Tiny Navajo Reads: The Good Luck Girls

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March 17, 2020 by TinyNavajo

I know that I missed yesterday and that I’m late today, but just letting you guys know that my work has closed for the next two weeks. I’m used to actually typing up my entries at work, and doing other things at home. But with the library closed for the next two weeks, I’m at home now. And I finally feel like it is time to tell you guys why I’ve been kind of off and on with the writing of blog posts.

The husband and I bought a house!!! We officially own a house and we are finally moved into it as well. This is our first house and while it’s holding pretty good, there are a few small things that need to be fixed. So, that’s what I’ve been doing these past few days, working on fixing things around the house to make it our home. Anyway, onto the review!

The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis

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*Published October 1, 2019*

the good luck girlsI think what was most interesting about the premise of this book at the time of reading, was that a “good luck girl” had killed a man. I know that this premise has been used in stories like this one, but there was also a supernatural element to the idea as well, and the supernatural always grabs me with a story.

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.

This is an interesting world that has its roots based on slavery and the time of the wild west and iron magnates. A place where a group of girls escape their cage and set off to makes themselves free in a world where it’s hard to be free. I really enjoyed Aster and the process she goes through to not only get her sister out of this life, but those that come along, with or without her approval. 

All of these girls are who they are because of their circumstances in one way or another. Aster has always been about protecting her little sister from all the bad things of this horrid world. Violet, the favoured girl of all the good luck girls in the welcome house. Tansy and Mallow, friends of Clementine, the one who killed a man on her first night as a good luck girl.

I think what was most interesting about this story was the depth of characterization that each of the girls got, as well as the boy they picked up along the way. At first glance, all of the main characters are nearly stereotypes that you’ll see in many YA books, but as they go along in the story, you see some depth to these characters start to develop, except for Aster, the character who we see the majority of the story through. She doesn’t really develop much more than what we see in the beginning, except towards the end. Even then, it wasn’t much of a growth.

This was a good book. But nothing groundbreaking or something that stayed with me for long. What books do you think sound interesting at the premise, and are, but didn’t stay with you long after you read it? Why do you think it didn’t stay long? Comment below and let me know!

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