"Rye and her friends are a fantasy trio not seen since Harry Potter or Percy Jackson."

Summary:

Luck Uglies. Say this name to any villager in the vast village of Village Drowning and you might get a shoe in the face, or worse. This notorious society finds its future and fate in an unlikely village girl named Rye O’Chanter, who lives in a cottage in Mud Puddle Street. Strange events have been happening, and Rye is certain that the Bog Noblins are not as extinct as the town wishes. Ridding Village Drowning of this evil isn't something she can do alone. She is going to have to do something villainous: find and reach out to those outlaws, the Luck Uglies. 


BTSYA / Teen Reader (14):
This book is very fun. It is new, unique, and a breath of fresh air for a fantasy. The characters are the strongest part of the book, and each character is distinct and likable in their own ways. Rye, Folly, and Quinn form a fantasy trio not seen since Harry Potter or Percy Jackson. Harmless is a mysterious roguish character who allies with Rye. Together, these characters bring a huge strength of writing and creativity to the plot of the story and make it different from other fantasy works. They make this a page-turner.

Unfortunately, the story lacks substance and emotion. Its fun attitude and thrills overshadow its emotion. The story tries to make feint plays to more emotional content and tries to make its story with more emotional substance. When there are emotional moments, they are pushed through quicker than the other pacing. They ruin the atmosphere sometimes, make for weird development, and leave a bad taste in your mouth. Hopefully, Book 2 fixes this mistake!


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Exceptional character development and a looming sense of dark adventure will have readers turning the page and hurrying to get The Fork Tongue Charmers (Book 2).

Content Awareness Factors:

None noted. 


Type of Book:
This is the first book in a fantasy trilogy that has a Medieval feel to it.
Educational Themes:

If your reader could see themselves as one of the characters, who would it be? This is a book to read for fun, but the characters feel very "real" and can spark some interesting conversations.

Reading Level:
5.5
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
11 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
10 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer's Age: 14

Title The Luck Uglies
About

The Luck Uglies, Book 1 of 3

Author Paul Durham
Publisher Harper, Imprint HarperCollins Publishers © 2014
Illustrators Petur Antonsson
ISBN 9780062271501
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.99
Genres Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Science Fiction
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