The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis
Release date: October 1st
Top 3 Genres :
Supernatural, Young Adult, Western
My rating: Set it on fire/If you have nothing else to read/you need to read it/Run and buy it.
Source: provided by Raincoast Books
To buy the book: CA • US • FR • Bookdep
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Hey guys! Yesterday I just finished reading The Good Luck Girls By Charlotte Davis (it came out on October 1st!), and it was quite a ride! Between Far West’s hard life and ghosts, this book was just the perfect amount of spooky for the season!
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.
Meet the Good Luck Girls
Aster, Clementine, Mallow, Tansy, and Violet. Girls who were sold as children in a welcome house (aka a brothel). Lucky them, they only get clients when they are 16 and more. I guess that saves us from the worst. But other than that, it is not as glamorous as you can guess, and some of the girls we follow had to endure men taking advantage of them in many ways. There is nothing super graphic, but the author makes it clear for us what happened! It portrays well how unfair life is in Arketta, especially for women. I also found it interesting how the author hints at PTSD, as it makes all the horror some of our heroes went through more realistic!
But when we meet the girls, they are escaping this welcome house and running for their freedom and their life! With special supernatural hunters behind them, it is not a pleasant trip, and they rely on the hope of getting enough money to buy their freedom. That’s where the Far West vibe is stronger: gunpowder, hold-ups, horse races…we can really picture the girls in the Wild Wild West! It was easy then to grow attached to them and their struggle, through most of the story is told through only one POV: Aster. I really liked her character but I’d wish we could have had the 5 girls POV instead (as some of the first chapters showed another one).
And their Supernatural world
The interesting twist here (I mean runaway girls in a Western setting is already quite enticing) was all the supernatural elements in the book. From the raveners and their psychic powers to the magical tattoos Good Luck Girls are forced to have. But also because of all the vengeful ghosts populating the pages and making the survival of our heroes even harder. It was subtle, but it was there and very well done! I thought that the universe created by the author was very believable and well built, as well as original and quite hard on our characters. All I ask for!
In a few words
A very promising debut novel, mixing courageous female characters with Western vibes and ghosts, all packed in a universe made of blood and dust. A series to follow up for sure!
See you for a cup,
PS: The UK cover is gorgeous!!!