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The Sisters of Reckoning is the blockbuster sequel to Charlotte Nicole Davis's alternate Old West-set commercial fantasy adventure. The Good Luck Girls are free. Aster's sister and friends have new lives across the border in Ferron, while Aster remains in Arketta, helping more girls escape. But news of a new welcome house opening fills Aster with a need to do more than jus The Sisters of Reckoning is the blockbuster sequel to Charlotte Nicole Davis's alternate Old West-set commercial fantasy adventure. The Good Luck Girls are free. Aster's sister and friends have new lives across the border in Ferron, while Aster remains in Arketta, helping more girls escape. But news of a new welcome house opening fills Aster with a need to do more than just help individual girls. And an unexpected reunion gives her an idea of how to do it. From there, grows a wildly ambitious plan to free all dustbloods, who live as prisoners to Arketta's landmasters and debt slavery. When Clementine and the others return from Ferron, they become the heart of a vibrant group of fearless fighters, working to unite the various underclasses and convince them to join in the fight. Along the way, friendships will be forged, lives will be lost, and love will take root even in the harshest of circumstances, between the most unexpected of lovers. But will Arketta's dustbloods finally come into power and freedom, or will the resistance just open them up to a new sort of danger?


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The Sisters of Reckoning is the blockbuster sequel to Charlotte Nicole Davis's alternate Old West-set commercial fantasy adventure. The Good Luck Girls are free. Aster's sister and friends have new lives across the border in Ferron, while Aster remains in Arketta, helping more girls escape. But news of a new welcome house opening fills Aster with a need to do more than jus The Sisters of Reckoning is the blockbuster sequel to Charlotte Nicole Davis's alternate Old West-set commercial fantasy adventure. The Good Luck Girls are free. Aster's sister and friends have new lives across the border in Ferron, while Aster remains in Arketta, helping more girls escape. But news of a new welcome house opening fills Aster with a need to do more than just help individual girls. And an unexpected reunion gives her an idea of how to do it. From there, grows a wildly ambitious plan to free all dustbloods, who live as prisoners to Arketta's landmasters and debt slavery. When Clementine and the others return from Ferron, they become the heart of a vibrant group of fearless fighters, working to unite the various underclasses and convince them to join in the fight. Along the way, friendships will be forged, lives will be lost, and love will take root even in the harshest of circumstances, between the most unexpected of lovers. But will Arketta's dustbloods finally come into power and freedom, or will the resistance just open them up to a new sort of danger?

30 review for The Sisters of Reckoning

  1. 5 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    The Sisters of Reckoning is the sequel to Davis's 2019-debut, The Good Luck Girls; I have been anxiously awaiting it. It proved to be truly a powerful follow-up. I felt like Davis's writing really blossomed within these pages. We love to see it! Set in the fictional world of Arketta, the action takes place close to a year after the conclusion of the first book. Please note, as this is the second book, there may be some mild spoilers within this review. Proceed with caution. After successfully fleei The Sisters of Reckoning is the sequel to Davis's 2019-debut, The Good Luck Girls; I have been anxiously awaiting it. It proved to be truly a powerful follow-up. I felt like Davis's writing really blossomed within these pages. We love to see it! Set in the fictional world of Arketta, the action takes place close to a year after the conclusion of the first book. Please note, as this is the second book, there may be some mild spoilers within this review. Proceed with caution. After successfully fleeing their Welcome House, Aster remained in Arketta and has become a Lady Ghost, while her fellow Green Creek girls have now settled themselves in the country of Ferron, across the border. With her work as a Lady Ghost, Aster continues to assist Good Luck girls to escape from their various Welcome Houses; but the progress is slow. When Aster hears that her enemy, the despicable landmaster Jerrod McClennon, is planning to open a brand new Welcome House, as well as lower the age nationwide that girl's will experience their Lucky Night to 13, she knows she has to do something. It is no longer good enough to try to save one girl at a time. Aster wants to free all dustbloods from the the landmasters who oppress, abuse and degrade them. She plans to hit them where it hurts; their money sources. Gathering up the old crew, as well as some bold new allies, Aster leads a movement, known as The Reckoners, who are willing to fight for a new system for Arketta. Sacrifices will need to be made and the fight may be long and bloody, but Aster and friends, feel like they have nothing left to lose. They are tired, they're frustrated, but they are not weak and they will not rest until they get the justice they deserve. Y'all, this is an impactful story. Davis did a great job of expanding and building on the groundwork she laid in the first book. There is a ton of thoughtful social commentary woven throughout the narrative; it's not subtle and I appreciated that. The issues Aster and the other Good Luck Girls are dealing with are not unique to them; they're systemic and Aster realizes they must tear down the system in order to build a new one where dustbloods can be free. I loved watching Aster grow in confidence and leadership ability. She was still suffering from PTSD related to her time in the Welcome House and that was handled beautifully as well. My only slight criticism would be somewhere in the middle, it began to feel a little drawn out. The pace decreased a bit and some of the circumstances felt repetitive, but overall, this is an incredible continuation to this story and I loved the ending! If you haven't picked up The Good Luck Girls yet, you really should. It would be the perfect time to binge the two back-to-back!! I personally would love to see more from Davis in this world. A hearty thank you to the publisher, Tor Teen, for providing me with a copy of this to read and review. Davis is so talented and I definitely plan to pick up anything she writes!!!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Boston

    I’m not going to lie, I was nervous to start this, wondering how it could top The Good Luck Girls. In conclusion, I never should have doubted Charlotte Nicole Davis. The Sisters of Reckoning packs an even heavier punch than The Good Luck Girls with discussions of land rights, power, and overthrowing the government. Without a doubt, this series is a must-read. * Thank you to the publisher for sending me an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

  3. 5 out of 5

    ♥Milica♥

    Almost a year after the events of book one, Aster is still helping girls cross the border in search of a better life. She's become friends with the Lady Ghosts, but misses her sister and friends on the other side all the same. With a new welcome house opening and lowering the lucky night age to thirteen, Aster can't help but act. She makes a spur of the moment decision that will affect her life, and the lives of those closest to her forever. But it's not just Aster and her group of friends standin Almost a year after the events of book one, Aster is still helping girls cross the border in search of a better life. She's become friends with the Lady Ghosts, but misses her sister and friends on the other side all the same. With a new welcome house opening and lowering the lucky night age to thirteen, Aster can't help but act. She makes a spur of the moment decision that will affect her life, and the lives of those closest to her forever. But it's not just Aster and her group of friends standing up for what's right. A rebellion is starting, and the girls are determined to give the landowners hell, even if they die trying. I've lost count of how many times I cried while reading this book. Must be somewhere in the 20s range. Even now I'm a blubbering mess. When I tell you this book has no flaws you better listen, because it's the truth. I'm blown away, once again, with the world building, character development and the storyline. Charlotte Nicole Davis does not miss. THIS IS HOW YOU WRITE A SEQUEL! It's so strong and gives a good message of unity, and hope even when all seems lost. The romance isn't the main focus of the story this time around either which is nice and thoughtful due to Aster's PTSD. But there is a subtle love triangle in the mix. I shipped Aster with both of them, and I'm glad she ended up with who she did because that person feels so right for her. I'm also happy to see Tansy & Mallow and Clementine and Zee are as in love as ever. Out of the new characters, well, I love them all. Raven, Derrick, Lizzy, the Nine... Derrick's growth is so apparent and I'm proud of him for doing all he did. It's hard to stand up to monsters we don't know, but even harder to tackle ones we do. You did so good Derrick. You better live your best life. What I'd also like to emphasise, is that both The Good Luck Girls and The Sisters of Reckoning have satisfying endings. You can stop at book one, or you can continue into book two and will leave happy (and wrecked for all eternity). I don't know if there will be another book, due to how this one ended, but I'd very much love if there was, because I haven't had enough of these Reckoners. In short, this series is amazing and you need to read it ASAP. *Thank you to the publishers and NetGalley for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review*

  4. 4 out of 5

    charlotte,

    On my blog. Rep: Black sapphic mc, bi li, Black side characters, lesbian side characters, Native American coded characters, Black trans side character CWs: past sexual abuse, mentions of child prostitution, torture Galley provided by publisher How to find the words to describe The Sisters of Reckoning? Possibly, it’s one of my favourite sequels ever, dark and righteously vengeful, a catharsis. It takes the set up from book one and gives a wholly satisfying ending. The story picks up a few months On my blog. Rep: Black sapphic mc, bi li, Black side characters, lesbian side characters, Native American coded characters, Black trans side character CWs: past sexual abuse, mentions of child prostitution, torture Galley provided by publisher How to find the words to describe The Sisters of Reckoning? Possibly, it’s one of my favourite sequels ever, dark and righteously vengeful, a catharsis. It takes the set up from book one and gives a wholly satisfying ending. The story picks up a few months later than the end of The Good Luck Girls. I can’t summarise it, not because it’s spoilery (although that’s true), but because I actually don’t remember how it opens, I’m writing this review so long after reading it. But that’s probably the least of my worries. The biggest of which is this: how the hell do I review this book? I think what I loved most about this book (a certain couple besides), was that it allows the characters to have revenge. To tear down the people and the structures that hurt and enslaved them. And, yeah, it’s violent. There’s murder and there’s torture, committed by the characters you’re rooting for. They’re not perfect, though I would hesitate to say they’re morally ambiguous or grey (they have clear morals, after all, unlike those they’re fighting against). I think what this book did for me, unlike a lot of YA involving revolutions, is show that you cannot keep your hands clean. That overthrowing an oppressive power is necessarily going to involve violence, and crossing lines that maybe you can’t afford not to cross (this is about a specific event at the end, so it’s intentionally vague). It’s also a book that recognises that it’s not just the system that’s sour, but the people profiting off it too, unlike another recent YA fantasy I might mention. It’s a book that contains a lot more nuance than a fair bit of the age range it fits into (I’m not saying YA can’t be nuanced, I’m saying it’s a fair generalisation to make that it’s less often so), both about how far you have to go in rebellion, and how people are implicated in the system of oppression. And then. There’s Violet and Aster. I think I made it pretty clear in my (very brief) review of The Good Luck Girls that these two were the ones I wanted to be endgame and. Well. I won’t spoil things. But if you’re looking for sapphics who’ll burn down the world for one another? You’ve come to the right place. So, now you know this, you have until August to read the first book. What are you waiting for?

  5. 5 out of 5

    rose ✨

    “the problem was not that a just thing had been made unjust, the problem was that the unjust thing was now going to affect everyone else.” the sisters of reckoning picks up a year after the events of the good luck girls. aster has been quietly smuggling other escaped girls across the border, but news of a new welcome house drives her to take more direct action. reunited with her sister and the friends they escaped with, she sets her sights on not only closing the welcome houses but freeing al “the problem was not that a just thing had been made unjust, the problem was that the unjust thing was now going to affect everyone else.” the sisters of reckoning picks up a year after the events of the good luck girls. aster has been quietly smuggling other escaped girls across the border, but news of a new welcome house drives her to take more direct action. reunited with her sister and the friends they escaped with, she sets her sights on not only closing the welcome houses but freeing all dustbloods. this is a book about resistance, and i really like how charlotte nicole davis handled that. we have characters and resistance groups working within the current system, and then we have others who believe the existing system needs to be torn down entirely, as well as a range who fall somewhere in the middle, and i think it’s so important for ya readers in particular to see those arguments and discussions between people who are all well-meaning. that said, this is a duology that really would have benefited from becoming a trilogy—the good luck girls is fast paced in the best way, but here that pacing rushes the story along too quickly. this is a huge rebellion and condensing it into one book resulted in some very repetitive sections and a conclusion that was less climactic than it should have been. the ending, in and of itself, was perfect—it just needed more build up. the relationships also suffered as a result of the pacing. i feel like i know less about mallow/tansy and clementine/zee than i did when i started this book. i really love the bond between the five girls and zee, and i wish we’d gotten to see more of that here. on the plus side, we had a great new character, raven, and the endgame for aster that i’d been rooting for since the first book. (she and violet remain my favorite characters.) i love the world davis has created, but the sisters of reckoning tried to accomplish too much too quickly and as a result it ended up sacrificing some of the elements that made the first book so special. i received an arc from netgalley in exchange for an honest review. rating: 3/5 stars

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Woc Reader

    In the sequel to The Good Luck Girls Aster has been living with The Lady Ghosts for over a year helping them free Good Luck Girls from Welcome Houses. But their methods are too slow and not effective enough for Aster who wants a much faster resolution. Unfortunately an illegal risk just isn't one the women are willing to take. After hearing about a new Welcome House opening up that will be starting the girl's lucky nights at age 13, Aster makes a rash decision to burn it to the ground which igni In the sequel to The Good Luck Girls Aster has been living with The Lady Ghosts for over a year helping them free Good Luck Girls from Welcome Houses. But their methods are too slow and not effective enough for Aster who wants a much faster resolution. Unfortunately an illegal risk just isn't one the women are willing to take. After hearing about a new Welcome House opening up that will be starting the girl's lucky nights at age 13, Aster makes a rash decision to burn it to the ground which ignites a reckoning of sorts. Aster, Clementine, Zee, Tansy, Mallow and some new allies team up to try and force the hand of the landmasters by kidnapping them and destroying their businesses. The plan is to force change without turning into the types of people they're fighting. Just as I was sucked in the the first book early this one also drew me in. When the reveal came about the Welcome House in Northrock lowering the lucky night age to 13 I gasped right along with Aster. While this book plays it safe in the language it uses to describe certain events you still feel the impact of what's happened. This book is the same length as the previous book though it felt longer. There were some points in the middle that felt very repetitive. And while Aster was just as much of the lead as she was in the last book there was a much larger cast of steady characters. So sometimes it felt as if characters were barely featured. Especially with all the goings and comings as they moved within the different groups and made journeys across the country. And Aster's rash decision making despite having adequate time to form a plan always resulted in worse conditions for everyone else. Yet that didn't stop her from again jumping into things without considering the consequences. As with the previous book there are allegories and allusions to slavery and they were further expanded upon here. There's one point in the story where Eli is lamenting on the scorpions attitude towards the Good Luck Girls calling them traitors. He explains it's easier for the men to believe the girls had it better off than them than admit they couldn't protect them from the landmasters. That parallels Black men being unable to protect Black women from slavery. There's also another passage that talks about about a massive revolution and how the government started recruiting dustbloods to the military to prevent further revolts. I really like the relationship with Aster and Eli and was actually shipping them together. So it was shocking when Aster ended up with another character. One because I didn't feel that chemistry between her and that character due to how they frequently popped in and out. And two because much of the book Aster was getting over her fear of seeing men in a good light. She was still battling ptsd from her time at the Welcome House so just a man's presence could rattle her. The ending also felt a little abrupt to me but this was still a very well done sequel. I received an arc from Tor Teen in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 rounded up to 4!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Zizzy W

    *clears throat* I would like this sequel right now, thank you very much!!!!!!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

    I had been highly anticipating this conclusion to the Good Luck Girls duology and while there were things I liked- the ending was a satisfying ride and there is solid exploration of how trauma can impact your experiences with sexuality, handled in a thoughtfully nuanced way. However, I also think this suffered from too many plot points that felt repetitive and didn't give the characters enough space to breathe. The book tried to accomplish too much too quickly, and either needed a simplified plot I had been highly anticipating this conclusion to the Good Luck Girls duology and while there were things I liked- the ending was a satisfying ride and there is solid exploration of how trauma can impact your experiences with sexuality, handled in a thoughtfully nuanced way. However, I also think this suffered from too many plot points that felt repetitive and didn't give the characters enough space to breathe. The book tried to accomplish too much too quickly, and either needed a simplified plot structure or to be reworked into a trilogy. Also if you are irritated by characters repeatedly making rash decisions without considering the consequences, this book will drive you up a wall because that seems to be all Aster does! Over and over she does things that put others at risk, clearly not thinking through the consequences. I appreciate her passion for justice, but she never really learns from anything and does things that could have led to even more severe consequences. Like outing a secret organization to a large group of people you just assume you can trust. I found her to be really frustrating, especially since there wasn't much of a growth arc in this, things just ended up working out largely in her favor. I really loved the first book, and I was hoping this one give us more explanations of the world-building and expand on the characters and their relationships with each other. While there is a large cast of characters, the too-ambitious plot really pushes out spending time with most of them. Which is unfortunate because they're great characters. We also get Raven, a newly introduced trans character. Again, I really liked her but wanted more time with her. Thematically I think this is addressing important topics like enslavement, prejudice, sex trafficking, and more. This book also gives more attention to the existence and role of indigenous people and the different kinds of oppression they face. Plus we get queer characters grappling with complex elements of their sexuality. All of that is great in principle, but I found the storytelling itself to be a little lacking. I received an advance copy of this book for review via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Hall

    An an adult reader of neither fantasy nor action novels I certainly wasn’t expecting to throughly enjoy Charlotte Nicole Davis’s fast-paced feminist YA debut with parallels to the twenty-first century. This sequel picks up a year on from the frenetic events of the first book which ended with the Good Luck Girls, led by feisty Aster, having escaped Green Creek welcome house (the brothel where their parents were forced to sell them to in order to cover their debts) in Arketta, and crossed the Wild An an adult reader of neither fantasy nor action novels I certainly wasn’t expecting to throughly enjoy Charlotte Nicole Davis’s fast-paced feminist YA debut with parallels to the twenty-first century. This sequel picks up a year on from the frenetic events of the first book which ended with the Good Luck Girls, led by feisty Aster, having escaped Green Creek welcome house (the brothel where their parents were forced to sell them to in order to cover their debts) in Arketta, and crossed the Wild West-esque Scab. Most of the group are living as dustblood refugees in Ferron but eighteen-year-old firebrand Aster has remained in Arketta, working with the Lady Ghosts and borderjumping other girls to safety and freedom. But for impetuous Aster these small gains will never be enough and she won’t rest until all dustbloods are free, welcome houses close their doors and the underclasses unite to force a revolution, overturn the system and abolish slavery. Aster’s plan goes from a mere dream to a potential reality when the wealthiest landowners and the Lucker’s nemesis, Jerrod McClennon, makes a surprise announcement to open a new welcome house and sickening lower the age of the girl’s lucky night to thirteen. When missing presumed dead Lucker, Violet Fleur, is announced as the new housemistress, Aster gets another shock but impetuous as ever she decides to act first and thinks later. Taking the first step with fellow Lady Ghost, Raven, and soon joined by Tansy, Mallow, sister Clementine and eventually by some of the allies and underclasses encountered in their first adventure, The Sisters of Reckoning is all about resistance, insurrection and orchestrating a revolution. I felt this was very much Aster’s story and would have appreciated hearing more from the other Luckers who featured in the first book, as their differing outlooks, attitudes and personalities complemented each other. Aster is a well-developed and complex character and despite her tough exterior she bears the scars of her years in the welcome house and is uncomfortable being alone with men. Flawed yet well-intentioned, it is quite exhausting to have everything filtered solely through the perspective of Aster and I missed the balance of the first novel that came from the diverse perspectives of the group. Whilst this novel lacks the constant and high-stakes action of crossing the Scab with obstacles at every turn, there is a lot more planning and negotiation with different groups coming together to overturn the control of the landowners and end the subjugation of not only women but all dustbloods in Arketta. Populated by a racially diverse cast with strong LGBTQ+ representation there is an impressive amount of depth to The Sisters of Reckoning with a focus on effecting a changes for the better for all. Whilst the novel could have been tighter and again seemed to end abruptly it was an impressive follow-up to The Good Luck Girls with notable parallels to real life that provides serious food for thought. I would not advise reading this novel as a stand-alone as the context and central characters are well-established in the first book and this follow-up is essentially a very satisfying extension of it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Anj✨

    CW: past sexual abuse, transphobia, torture, trafficking, racism, sexism, violence The Sisters of Reckoning is the sequel to Nicole Davis' The Good Luck Girls. It started nearly a year after the first book ended where Aster remained in Arketta and became Lady Ghost where she other Good Luck Girls escape their welcome houses until Jerrod McClennon decided to open a new welcome house in addition to lowering the age of girls to 13 for their Lucky Night. Aster realizes that it's not enough to save one CW: past sexual abuse, transphobia, torture, trafficking, racism, sexism, violence The Sisters of Reckoning is the sequel to Nicole Davis' The Good Luck Girls. It started nearly a year after the first book ended where Aster remained in Arketta and became Lady Ghost where she other Good Luck Girls escape their welcome houses until Jerrod McClennon decided to open a new welcome house in addition to lowering the age of girls to 13 for their Lucky Night. Aster realizes that it's not enough to save one girl after a time, she must tear down the system and build a new one. Now, she must call on her old friends and work with new allies to succeed. The author has expanded the world-building and plot well. It's fast paced and well-written. It's apparent that the author really improved on her writing style here. And the ending is really satisfying. Thoughtful social commentaries are woven throughout the whole story. Aster's characterization is well done, her PTSD was handled well. And seeing her grow into her new role as a leader is heartwarming. I only have some issues: first, there are a lot of scenes that felt repetitive. Second, the pacing in the middle became a bit choppy. Overall, The Sisters of Reckoning is an excellent sequel to Good Luck Girls. It has diverse and queer characters, action, and it tackles important issues such as slavery, sexism, prejudice. Thanks to Tor Teens and Netgalley for the DRC. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

  11. 5 out of 5

    laur gluchie

    I have received a digital Advance Reader’s Copy of this book through NetGalley. This has not affected my rating in any way.

  12. 5 out of 5

    USOM

    (Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Initially, I was so excited for this sequel. I felt like The Good Luck Girls was one of the most unique world I've read in a while. Electricity guns, post-apocalyptic Mad Max vibes, and dystopia. That's kind of all the things I love. And I sincerely enjoyed the first one, but The Sisters of Reckoning pace was hard for me. I felt like so much of it felt like start and stop. Like I woul (Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Initially, I was so excited for this sequel. I felt like The Good Luck Girls was one of the most unique world I've read in a while. Electricity guns, post-apocalyptic Mad Max vibes, and dystopia. That's kind of all the things I love. And I sincerely enjoyed the first one, but The Sisters of Reckoning pace was hard for me. I felt like so much of it felt like start and stop. Like I would get into the action and feel this lull, and this kind of went on through 80%. I was determined to make it to the end, but it kept pulling me out of reading. I feel like most sequels have this current that pulls you through, and this one just lulled a bit too much sometimes. full review: https://utopia-state-of-mind.com/revi...

  13. 5 out of 5

    Althea

    We have a title and a cover and they're both so gorgeous 😭😭 I can't wait for this it's automatically become one of my most anticipated of next year, especially when the synopsis suggests we might get Aster/Violet endgame 😭😭😭 We have a title and a cover and they're both so gorgeous 😭😭 I can't wait for this it's automatically become one of my most anticipated of next year, especially when the synopsis suggests we might get Aster/Violet endgame 😭😭😭

  14. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    4.25 Stars Content Warnings at end of review. Thank you to Tor Teen and Netgalley for an arc of this book! A few months after the events of The Good Luck Girls, Aster is helping the Lady Ghosts smuggle Good Luck Girls across the border to Ferron. But new developments with the Welcome Houses and the reappearance of Violet make Aster decide she needs to get things done faster than the Lady Ghosts are willing. The gang from the first book are back along with a few new faces as the Reckoners fight for 4.25 Stars Content Warnings at end of review. Thank you to Tor Teen and Netgalley for an arc of this book! A few months after the events of The Good Luck Girls, Aster is helping the Lady Ghosts smuggle Good Luck Girls across the border to Ferron. But new developments with the Welcome Houses and the reappearance of Violet make Aster decide she needs to get things done faster than the Lady Ghosts are willing. The gang from the first book are back along with a few new faces as the Reckoners fight for the good of dustbloods everywhere. I really loved this sequel! I thought it picked up in a good place--not too far from the ending of the original, but far enough that it warranted a separate book. I loved a particular relationship that happened that I can't say because spoilers, but I am VERY pleased with it. I thought the plot of this one was exciting and loved all the characters and the revolution! I think this book could have benefitted from alternate pov's. While I love Aster, there were times when the pace of this book felt significantly slowed down because the main action was happening with someone else. If there had been a few pov's from other people it would have been able to keep the tempo going! I also felt the ending wasn't paced greatly...It drug out for a while and then ended very abruptly. I did like how it ended and the resolution, just didn't love the pacing. I also wasn't a huge fan of the epilogue because I almost never like those, but this one wasn't too bad! The strongest points of this duology are definitely the world-building, fantasy-western hybrid setting, and the themes. Davis does a wonderful job alegorizing slavery and indentured servitude here and I think the parallels between America's history and what is happening in Arketta are so well done. I loved this duology and definitely recommend it! Pub date: August 10, 2021 Content Warnings Graphic: Racism, Sexism, and Violence Moderate: Torture, Trafficking, Sexual assault, Sexual harassment, Sexual violence, and Transphobia

  15. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Kamile

    A more than satisfactory sequel. One of the things Davis does so well is to build an entirely engaging world with enough small details to be believable without distracting from the main plot. I felt even more attached to the characters (not to mention being extremely happy to see two of them end up together). The difficulty of staging a revolution was captured with the perfect blend of action and suspense. If you liked Outlawed but wanted more fantasy elements or an even more diverse cast, this A more than satisfactory sequel. One of the things Davis does so well is to build an entirely engaging world with enough small details to be believable without distracting from the main plot. I felt even more attached to the characters (not to mention being extremely happy to see two of them end up together). The difficulty of staging a revolution was captured with the perfect blend of action and suspense. If you liked Outlawed but wanted more fantasy elements or an even more diverse cast, this one’s definitely for you. Bittersweet to say goodbye to this short series!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Gretal

    This was a fantastic conclusion to this duology. I loved it.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sandra "Jeanz"

    I was really excited to read this second book yet at the same time I was worried that it wouldn’t live up to the first book in the series back in, 2019. I was also a little anxious as to whether I would remember who everyone was and what their back stories were but I need not have worried as I slipped easily back into this well created harsh world of the haves/have nots. I’ll be totally honest the cover isn’t my favourite but I guess its to more appeal to the teens who the book is truly aimed at I was really excited to read this second book yet at the same time I was worried that it wouldn’t live up to the first book in the series back in, 2019. I was also a little anxious as to whether I would remember who everyone was and what their back stories were but I need not have worried as I slipped easily back into this well created harsh world of the haves/have nots. I’ll be totally honest the cover isn’t my favourite but I guess its to more appeal to the teens who the book is truly aimed at rather than myself. I loved the Tor Teen cover for The Good Luck Girls, or the Hot Key Books version too. For the sequel, The Sisters Of Reckoning I much prefer the Hot Key Books cover. I find the more realistic, looking characters much more appealing. They are the book covers that would make me pick up this book from a book store shelf to learn more! I wasn’t so keen on Tor Teen covers as they look more comic, graphic novel style to me. In this book as in the first book of the series the landowners are still ruling and having everything their own way, living in luxury on the shine they get from those that work for them that they give a pittance to survive on to, in exchange for a lifetime of servitude. This book picks up about a year later, when the majority of the Green Creek Luckers have escaped and most have been smuggled to freedom and a new life in Ferron, only Violet who was caught by McClennon, and Aster who has joined the Lady Ghosts are not living their wished for, life of freedom. Aster is determined to help other Good Luck girls escape their lives at the Welcome Houses, but it still doesn’t feel like its enough to her. Sure, Aster is aiding the Lady Ghosts and girls are being smuggled to freedom, but only small numbers of them. Aster wants to make a bigger impact, to change more lives for the better. When she hears the news that Jerrod McClennon is in Northrock to make a large public announcement, both Aster & Raven disguised as fortuna’s go to hear first hand what the horrible man’s new venture is going to be. Aster is shocked to learn that he intends on opening a Welcome House right there in Northrock, so the men do not need to travel through the scab to enjoy the services of the Good Luck girls anymore. Jerrod McClennon talks about how accommodating and well trained these girls will be, how the new Welcome House Mistress is a fairblood herself and then to Aster’s horror he introduces the housemistress and it is Violet! Not yet recovered from the shock of seeing Violet again, Aster struggles to concentrate briefly but Jerrod McClennon hasn’t finished with his big announcements yet and Aster and Raven are further disturbed to hear that the Welcome House girls, Lucky Nights will now happen on their thirteenth birthday rather than their sixteenth as before. Aster also sees the shock and horror on the face of Violet, and makes her wonder if she new about the earlier Lucky Nights or not. Its then Aster decides she must see Violet as soon as she can. I could talk and talk about the plot of this book with its subtle hints at what is to come woven in with action packed scenes featuring both old and new characters but I honestly do not want to spoil the unfolding of events for anyone reading this brilliant book. The writing style is once again amazing, the world cleverly built with its different people, Landowners, Dustbloods, Good Luck Girls, and Raveners all creating a tiered hierarchy of people. I thoroughly enjoyed how Aster brings together the different factions of people that are unhappy with the landowners who want to make a stand but alone in their smaller groups cannot make a large enough difference. With help from a source close to Jerrod McClennon, Aster and the Green Creek Girls hatch a plan where when all the factions work together, they may just have enough strength and power to bring the landowners down and change the unfair system. I loved lots of characters in this book, the obvious ones being Aster and Zee. They both have to deal with those from their pasts and learn to come to terms with things they cannot change. Aster has come a long way from being a Green Creek girl, she has learnt a lot from the various Lady Ghosts, such as how to control her panic and stay calm using breathing techniques when in difficult situations, which she needs to use more than once in this book. I also adored Eli, its clear to see he loves Aster but she still struggles with the closeness of a man never mind a touch of affection from one. Despite these she has two men sweet on her and vying for her attention. I have to admit I was on Team Eli and he was the one I desperately wanted Aster to have a happy ever after with. In this book Eli shows his emotions when Aster, Tansy, & Mallow are being escorted through the tunnels to Camp Deathstalker for weapons but, are attacked by angry vengeants. With Aster’s leg damaged and Eli’s chest it makes their mission even more difficult and slows down their progress leaving them less time to organise their plans of attack. It becomes apparent that Eli feels guilty about these vengeants, almost feeling he deserves to be attacked by them, as these vengeants are the spirits of the people he and the Scorpions tried to help but failed. Aster wants to comfort Eli, but is unsure how to without giving him the wrong impression and making herself really uncomfortable. The descriptions in this book are so detailed they make the characters and surroundings easy to visualise. One I really loved, “Derrick had gotten in the middle of them like a stringy piece of meat caught between two teeth! I adored and yes had a tear in my eye when Aster had a farewell conversation with Priscilla, it’s clear Aster viewed her as a mother figure and vice versa. I also really liked the saying of “Wander Well” when characters were parting ways. My immediate thoughts upon finishing the book were that the book was an amazing sequel to the fantastic Good Luck Girls bk 1 and that bk2 finished with a really fitting ending. To sum up what more can I say? If you read The Good Luck Girls this sequel is an absolute must read, and if you haven’t yet read any of this series you seriously need to!!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Art Hyrst

    Thanks to Hot Key Books for the eARC of this book. It has not affected my honest review. Content Warnings: discussions of forced prostitution, oppression, sexism, transphobia, abuse, violence against women, violence. This review may include spoilers for book 1 in this series, The Good Luck Girls. The Sisters of Reckoning is the sequel to THE GOOD LUCK GIRLS, an LGBT+ dystopia about a group of girls who escaped the ‘welcome house’ that they’d been sold to as children – a brothel that brands the girl Thanks to Hot Key Books for the eARC of this book. It has not affected my honest review. Content Warnings: discussions of forced prostitution, oppression, sexism, transphobia, abuse, violence against women, violence. This review may include spoilers for book 1 in this series, The Good Luck Girls. The Sisters of Reckoning is the sequel to THE GOOD LUCK GIRLS, an LGBT+ dystopia about a group of girls who escaped the ‘welcome house’ that they’d been sold to as children – a brothel that brands the girls as children with a mark that cannot be hidden. In the first book, they are forced to flee after Clementine accidentally murders the man who visits on her first night as a sundown girl. The Sisters of Reckoning continues on from the end of The Good Luck Girls, where Clementine and the rest of the group have found freedom in neighbouring Ferron, while Aster has remained behind to help more girls escape Arketta one at a time. I really liked the way that this book built on the first one. In The Good Luck Girls we see a small group in desperate straits, fighting any way that they can for their personal freedom, whereas in The Sisters of Reckoning, they’re taking on systemic issues in Arketta on a huge scale. This isn’t your standard YA overthrow-the-system story. Charlotte Nicole Davis allows her characters to be dark and traumatised and lets them wreak the revenge they deserve. They make choices that are hard, that are awful in some cases, but that they have to make for any change to take place. That doesn’t mean these girls aren’t fiercely moralistic, they are doing the right thing at every opportunity, but the right thing isn’t always the easy thing or the good thing. One of my favourite facets to this book was Aster’s struggle with her PTSD and sexuality. She’s still suffering PTSD from her time in the welcome house, and on top of that she’s trying to come to terms with her attraction to men and women and how she feels about it. I really loved the way that Charlotte Nicole Davis handled this, and how Aster had to process her attraction alongside her trauma as well as separating it – Aster definitely isn’t the only woman who fears that her same-sex attraction could be caused by her trauma, and this book handles it sensitively. I really enjoyed the way that this book ended. Without getting into spoiler territory, we got to see the interpersonal conflict which was far more important for our characters than the large scale ‘rebellion’ type scenes I’m used to from YA, and it left me feeling satisfied with this duology as a whole. While I wouldn’t mind reading more from this world, I also can’t wait to see what Charlotte Nicole Davis comes out with next.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kristi

    One of my absolute favorite books last year was The Good Luck Girls, I loved it so much that I gave away two copies in giveaways because I wanted people to experience this amazing book! I was worried that the sequel wouldn’t hold up but I needn’t have; The Sisters of Reckoning is the sequel that The Good Luck Girls deserved! You can find my review of The Good Luck Girls if you scroll (way down) my feed or on my GoodReads. On to my review which I’m going to keep as short and spoiler-free as possib One of my absolute favorite books last year was The Good Luck Girls, I loved it so much that I gave away two copies in giveaways because I wanted people to experience this amazing book! I was worried that the sequel wouldn’t hold up but I needn’t have; The Sisters of Reckoning is the sequel that The Good Luck Girls deserved! You can find my review of The Good Luck Girls if you scroll (way down) my feed or on my GoodReads. On to my review which I’m going to keep as short and spoiler-free as possible! Months after the Good Luck Girls crossed the scab we find Aster working with the Lady Ghosts in Arketta, helping to smuggle girls across the border to safety. The others are in Ferron where they’ve started new lives in relative safety. When Aster attends a town meeting held by her nemesis McClennon, she hears the worst news possible – a Welcome House will be opening in Arketta and the age of the girls on their ‘Lucky Night’ has been dropped from 16-years-old to 13-years-old and worse, the housemistress is an original Green Creek Lucker, one that crossed the scab with Aster and the others. It’s with this news that Aster makes a choice and thus begins a revolution against the Landmasters. This is about as much as I can summarize without becoming spoilerish. I really want to point out what I love about this duology: the sense of good triumphing over evil, of people joining forces to right years of wrong-doing and to upend a system that keeps people down and characters that feel like my own sisters. There is violence, there is heart-break, and there are badass characters doing some morally gray shit that I’m rooting like hell for. There’s the same powerful sense of sisterhood and bravery and even as I cried with some of their losses, I rejoiced in their gains. So, to say this is an emotional and thought-provoking book is an understatement and just as I said with The Good Luck Girls, I will say with The Sisters of Reckoning, READ THIS BOOK! And if you haven’t read the first in the duology, I highly recommend that you do. My thanks to @TorTeen and the author Charlotte Nicole Davis @CNDWrites for this gifted DRC.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Ward

    'The Sisters of Reckoning' is the thrilling second book in the highly acclaimed Good Luck Girls series. Right off, I want to say that you definitely should read the first book before this one. Sometimes you can get away with reading a book in a series without reading any of the others, but this is not that type of novel. There are a ton of references to events, people, places, and even things from the first book, so you'll be very confused if you just try to jump in. That being said, I thought 'The Sisters of Reckoning' is the thrilling second book in the highly acclaimed Good Luck Girls series. Right off, I want to say that you definitely should read the first book before this one. Sometimes you can get away with reading a book in a series without reading any of the others, but this is not that type of novel. There are a ton of references to events, people, places, and even things from the first book, so you'll be very confused if you just try to jump in. That being said, I thought this book was a fantastic sequel. The characters continue to develop and change throughout the story, which I personally love to watch. The girls are each so unique and incredibly realistic that it felt like I have known them personally for years. I really enjoyed seeing their relationships with one another grow and change over the course of the book. The plot was exciting and filled with action and adventure that kept me eagerly turning the pages to see what was going to happen next. The author did a fantastic job of bringing this Old West type world to life with vivid imagery and detailed descriptions that made it so easy to imagine myself there alongside the characters. The only tiny issue I personally had was that the writing was done in the second person. I almost always prefer the first person point of view and that holds for this book. I think the reader would've had much deeper connections to the characters and a more complete immersion into their world if it had been done in the first person POV. This is just my own personal opinion and not anything negative towards the writing or book. Overall, this was an excellent sequel in a genre-bending series filled with diverse characters that will have readers begging for more. I highly recommend it for fans of science fiction, fantasy, westerns, dystopian fiction, and LGBTQ+ fiction. Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Laura (crofteereader)

    This is exactly the sequel that Aster and Clementine deserved. It builds so much on the hints we got from book one, the oppression escalating and now us seeing it all in vivid detail on a grand scale. There's less physical movement, less obvious tension in our group, less desperation. What we get instead is a revolution built from the ground up Seeing Aster rouse the dustbloods, the different rebel factions from escapees to Indigenous nations to people still under the oppressors' thumbs - but als This is exactly the sequel that Aster and Clementine deserved. It builds so much on the hints we got from book one, the oppression escalating and now us seeing it all in vivid detail on a grand scale. There's less physical movement, less obvious tension in our group, less desperation. What we get instead is a revolution built from the ground up Seeing Aster rouse the dustbloods, the different rebel factions from escapees to Indigenous nations to people still under the oppressors' thumbs - but also seeing her crack under the pressure of her doubts and the lingering effects of her trauma were so important. Like the open conversations about how trauma can impact your sexual orientation and interpersonal relationships, but also getting to see these characters truly accept what that means - and also discuss the process of recovery and giving each other time and space to heal and grow and change. It was these kinds of quiet moments that really made this book shine. When I finally managed to sit down with this book, I tore through it, with the last 30% practically flying by, even though it wasn't action packed. It felt so much more realistic, to see the desperation and the waiting and feel the tension. Bravo, Davis, bravo. {Thank you Tor Teen for the advanced copy; all thoughts are my own}

  22. 4 out of 5

    DK

    I really loved the first book in this duology, The Good Luck Girls, but for some reason The Sisters of Reckoning fell flat for me. I never felt invested in the characters and the story and I'm not sure why and it might just have been me. This book does expand on the world and the lives of the characters introduced in the first book and packs a strong message of resistance and uprising. Aster and the Good Luck Girls - as well as some new allies - take the fight to the ruling class and work to upe I really loved the first book in this duology, The Good Luck Girls, but for some reason The Sisters of Reckoning fell flat for me. I never felt invested in the characters and the story and I'm not sure why and it might just have been me. This book does expand on the world and the lives of the characters introduced in the first book and packs a strong message of resistance and uprising. Aster and the Good Luck Girls - as well as some new allies - take the fight to the ruling class and work to upend the cruel and unjust systems of oppression. I like that the cast of characters is diverse and features several LGBTQ+ characters. There's also important conversations about sexuality and the intersection of trauma and attraction and repulsion.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Darcy

    This book brings things to a close in such a good way, but it wasn't easy for Aster and the others. They had to think big thoughts, do big things, do crazy things, cultivate allies and basically change people's way of thinking. With each action it was like a snowball, slowly getting bigger and bigger til you were at the end, when defeat was right there in your face, but you suddenly realized all your past actions brought good, not defeat and your were able to change your world. That moment was w This book brings things to a close in such a good way, but it wasn't easy for Aster and the others. They had to think big thoughts, do big things, do crazy things, cultivate allies and basically change people's way of thinking. With each action it was like a snowball, slowly getting bigger and bigger til you were at the end, when defeat was right there in your face, but you suddenly realized all your past actions brought good, not defeat and your were able to change your world. That moment was worth it all!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lo

    This is what it feels like to win. Congratulations to me, only!!!!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Erin Pradeep

    Don't mind me - just here for the sisterly love and gorgeous friendship🤧 -----------EDIT 21/05/21----------- if we don't get the slow-burn f/f romance we need, I wIlL fUmE Don't mind me - just here for the sisterly love and gorgeous friendship🤧 -----------EDIT 21/05/21----------- if we don't get the slow-burn f/f romance we need, I wIlL fUmE

  26. 4 out of 5

    TheEuphoricZat

    Thanks to #Pridebooktours for making this book available to me. Check out my review of the first book- I laid down the basic magic and power imbalance in Arketta. Trigger Warning I will start this book with a long list of Trigger warnings because this duology has so much that it would be wrong for me to recommend it without a proper list 1. Murder 2. Rape 3. Arson 4. Slavery 5. Child Abuse and Statutory rape 6. Human Trafficking 7. Kidnapping 8. Gore [Hanging, Skin burning e.t.c.] 9. Blood purity 10. PTSD 11. Thanks to #Pridebooktours for making this book available to me. Check out my review of the first book- I laid down the basic magic and power imbalance in Arketta. Trigger Warning I will start this book with a long list of Trigger warnings because this duology has so much that it would be wrong for me to recommend it without a proper list 1. Murder 2. Rape 3. Arson 4. Slavery 5. Child Abuse and Statutory rape 6. Human Trafficking 7. Kidnapping 8. Gore [Hanging, Skin burning e.t.c.] 9. Blood purity 10. PTSD 11. Torture There are probably a couple more but these are the ones that I could think off when I was reading the book. Now that is out of the way, let me tell you why this should be you next read. The girls found the lady ghost (happens to be an underground operation that helps good luck girls cross the border into Ferron for a better life. Aster joins the Lady Ghost while the rest of her friends and sister moved on. Except Violet who was left behind when they were last captured by McClennon. At the start of this book, we find out that McClennon lied that the girls were killed when he captured them and that seemed to have calmed his people down while he saved face. He soon announced that he was going to open more Welcome houses and that girls would have their first night at the age of 13! Yes I said Thirteen. That man needed to be hanging by his balls (I don't give sh*t). Anyways, Aster finds out that Violet was still alive and she scales up floors to go find her. This is when we realised that Violet also had a plan and it involved the young McClennon son, Derrick. Derrick was giving us typical white saviour vibes in the the first half of this book. I mean, he wanted to help out the Good Luck Girls but he was not ready to accept and acknowledge the privileged life he had lived at the expense of the girls. I loved how the author was able to touch on that without making it mean out of place in the story. I do not want to spoil it but a lot of stuff happened in this book you really need to read it. I was turning pages so fast with this one. Now for one of my favourite things about this book, the love quadrilateral relationship between Aster, Eli, Violet and Derrick! Gosh, I loved the way trauma and sexuality was handled in this book. It definitely brought the topic to the fore front. Do same sex relationship stem from trauma experienced from the opposite sex? - While this might be a flaming question in a lot of circles, the way it was addressed in this book gave me a different perspective. Aster like Eli a lot and you could tell from the first book. But her relationship with him was uncomfortable for her because of PTSD from her time at the Welcome House (which is understandable). One would suggest that with a bit therapy she would be able to manage her PTSD, but when you read the relationship with Derrick who she had no feelings for whatsoever, you could tell that the discomfort was when she was with Eli and not just around men in general (not to say that she was not hypervigilant around men). - At this point in my reasoning, I started to think 'Maybe she is fluid or she is Bi or Pan' my thoughts went wide and honestly (because I am selfish) I wanted her to have both Eli and Violet. But when she was with Violet who she had once hated, she could relax. She could be herself, she could share her problems and her disappoints. With Violet a lot of things became very easy. Touching was easy, she was not hypervigilant, she was comfort. But she did not know that she was into Violet until it Raven pointed it to her. The panic she felt was the confirmation that she need. She got defensive and lashed out at Raven but once she took time to think about it. It was no longer about her trauma and her past at the Welcome House but about her future and who she felt herself around. This book is just genius. There are other topics that this book address, things like 'Wealthy and Religion, Privilege, Fear, Love, Relationships, Acceptance. Honestly, I could go on and one with this book but I will stop here to avoid more spoilers My favourite quote from this book "Our suffering became their currency. They get rich off it. And they say it's all justified because we're criminals" This just spoke to me so deeply. I felt it in my bones. While this book was a good conclusion to the story, I am itching for more!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Liz (Quirky Cat)

    The Sisters of Reckoning is the second novel and conclusion (I believe) to Charlotte Nicole Davis' The Good Luck Girls series. Aster, her sister, and their friends fought hard for their freedom. And in the events of the last book, they earned it. But Aster can't turn her back on every other girl stuck in a Good Luck House. She won't rest until they're all free. Thus, Aster and crew find themselves in the center of a group of fighters. They're the new heart to this revolution, which calls new Dus The Sisters of Reckoning is the second novel and conclusion (I believe) to Charlotte Nicole Davis' The Good Luck Girls series. Aster, her sister, and their friends fought hard for their freedom. And in the events of the last book, they earned it. But Aster can't turn her back on every other girl stuck in a Good Luck House. She won't rest until they're all free. Thus, Aster and crew find themselves in the center of a group of fighters. They're the new heart to this revolution, which calls new Dust Bloods to their side every day. Will it be enough to earn freedom for everyone? The question haunts Aster. "Her conscious would not let her rest until she did, no matter how many other Good Luck Girls she borderjumped to safety." Like many other readers out there, I was swept away by the events of The Good Luck Girls. Naturally, that meant I was counting down the days until I could read The Sisters of Reckoning. This sequel has earned a place in my heart, right alongside its predecessor. I can't believe I finally got to read The Sisters of Reckoning! It was absolutely worth the wait; I can tell you that much right from the start. Much like the first novel in this series, it really does pack a punch. The world that Charlotte Nicole Davis created here is a harsh one. We have two sets of people, with one subjugating the other. It's hard to see but easy to root for justice. It's even easier to appreciate Aster's stance and everything she does to try and make the world a better place. The messages woven into this narrative are hard to swallow, but they make the story what it is, and I have to love and respect that. More than that, that foundation allows for heartwarming and powerful moments as individuals and groups rise up to do what is right. I didn't know what to expect when it comes to seeing this series end. That being said, having read the end of The Sisters of Reckoning, I can't think of a better way. The conclusion does justice – to the characters, readers, and even to the world. I honestly believe this is one of the better endings I've seen in a long time, and I just want to hug it close to my heart for all eternity. Thanks to Tor Teen and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own. Read more reviews over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks

  28. 4 out of 5

    Krys

    Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher I was able to read this book in exchange for an honest review. *** The Sisters of Reckoning concludes this western inspired dystopian duology. *** The first book in this duology was focused on Aster and her friends escaping the Welcome House and trying to survive the harsh landscape and unusual dangers (ghoulish ghost creatures that hunt the living) and find a path towards freedom (or at least out of Arketta). Most of those things at least came true by the end o Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher I was able to read this book in exchange for an honest review. *** The Sisters of Reckoning concludes this western inspired dystopian duology. *** The first book in this duology was focused on Aster and her friends escaping the Welcome House and trying to survive the harsh landscape and unusual dangers (ghoulish ghost creatures that hunt the living) and find a path towards freedom (or at least out of Arketta). Most of those things at least came true by the end of the book, most of their party did escape Arketta but Aster chose to stay behind to try and help other good luck girls like her and her friends looking for safety. This book picks up some time after that choice was made. Aster both loves her work and is frustrated by the lack of impact she makes with it. Because the group she is with wants to stay on the right side of the law as much as possible it involves a lot of quiet maneuvering and lots of planning and only so much can happen, only so many other good luck girls can be saved that way. Aster feels the pressure to do more, save them all. With a new welcome house opening Aster and her new friend Raven go to investigate it only to find horrifying news, an unexpected reunion and maybe the chance Aster has been looking for to make the difference she’s been wanting. *** The first book was more a survival story, this book though is a revolution. Aster and gang are here not just for themselves this time but all the dustbloods who’ve been victimized by what’s been happening in Arketta. I liked this book, maybe not as much as I loved the first book because the other female characters that made up that book besides Aster were more present and center stage there then they are here. In this book there is a bigger cast so a lot of the interactions and relationships that made the first book really pop for me weren’t as present in here. I did like that this book seemed to focus a little more on the trauma Aster went through as a good luck girl and how it affects her even now and her interactions, and how she worries that maybe the way she thinks about relationships are always going to be overshadowed by that. It’s not treated or cured but it is addressed . Still a great book though. *** CWs: past sexual abuse, mentions of child prostitution, torture, gun violence, violence in general

  29. 5 out of 5

    Yolanda

    The reason I loved the first book in the series, The Good Luck Girls, was the unique world building, plus the diversity and lgbt representation. We are back in the same world with Aster and her friends but even though they escaped the “welcome house” it doesn’t mean all girls in Arketta are safe. So Aster is back at it, trying to fight the landmasters with the help of the her friends and allies. I love the way the book brings up issues about women empowerment, PTSD and human trafficking. Aster an The reason I loved the first book in the series, The Good Luck Girls, was the unique world building, plus the diversity and lgbt representation. We are back in the same world with Aster and her friends but even though they escaped the “welcome house” it doesn’t mean all girls in Arketta are safe. So Aster is back at it, trying to fight the landmasters with the help of the her friends and allies. I love the way the book brings up issues about women empowerment, PTSD and human trafficking. Aster and her friends are trying to break the wheel that keeps her and others oppressed and it’s a valiant fight. The lgbt representation is very natural in this story which is what also stood out in the first book, so it stays consistent which is great. I love how the characters are all so very diverse and the story is carried by Aster who is a strong black female. Aster is brave, capable, and she does make mistakes but still tries her best to do the right thing and fight for the cause. The sisterhood between Aster and the other girls is wonderful. They had each other’s backs since book one and it’s why I loved the series in the first place. Random Notes: Triggers: human trafficking, PTSD, mentions of sexual assault I wasn’t as engaged in this sequel as I was in the first book. It took me awhile to get into the story. Aster kept getting into some tough situations but it still didn’t hold my attention so I struggled a little through this one. The ending also seemed rushed but I don’t know if it’s because it’s an arc copy. Final Thoughts: This sequel didn’t hold my attention like the first one but the overall series is inspiring. We see these girls break free from being trafficked and make a life for their own, continuing to fight until everyone is free. I don’t usually gravitate towards Westerns, but this series is done really well with its unique world building and brave characters fighting for women’s rights and the oppressed.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Siofra

    Thank you to Macmillan-Tor/Forge & NetGalley for giving me early access to the sequel of The Good Luck Girls in exchange for my honest review of the book! Trigger warning: Mention of sexual assault, slavery, colonisation, rebellion, discrimination, PTSD, mention of child abuse/SA & death. We begin a year after the previous book, where Aster is working with Lady Ghost. The work has helped her with her own PTSD and mental health, but she feels like she is still failing as they still cannot save as m Thank you to Macmillan-Tor/Forge & NetGalley for giving me early access to the sequel of The Good Luck Girls in exchange for my honest review of the book! Trigger warning: Mention of sexual assault, slavery, colonisation, rebellion, discrimination, PTSD, mention of child abuse/SA & death. We begin a year after the previous book, where Aster is working with Lady Ghost. The work has helped her with her own PTSD and mental health, but she feels like she is still failing as they still cannot save as many girls as she wishes. And when her enemy announces that they will be dropping the age of good luck girls to 13, she pulls her old friends and her new friends into a master plan to bring down the land makers and save everyone once and for all. *Spoiler Alert* * * * * * Pros: -I really enjoyed the hopelessness and angst that we felt with the characters. The subtle PTSD and trauma that we see many of them, but mostly Aster experiences because of what she went through, is evident and portrayed well; killing, touching people, and coping mechanisms. -My SHIP got together! I saw and was hoping for Violet and Aster, I felt their chemistry since the first book, and I am so pleased they ended up together -Also, the Lgbtq+ rep was natural and held well with the story and who the characters were (like when couples randomly get together, and we don't see why because there is a bigger problem like a war on hand, this wasn't like that) Cons: -the story wasn't strong enough; it just didn't have enough grasp to live up to the rebellion and task in the book. -Aster drove me insane with how much she overreacted (which I forgave a lot because it was a coping mechanism) -The gang getting back together fell flat, and I didn't see them enough or have enough of a reconnect to them to care. The new gang was perfect and should have been just that -with Violet as an exception

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