Sunday, June 26, 2016

Book review of Strange Luck by Amie Irene Winters

Goodreads Summary: Hidden deep in the forest, beneath mounds of forgotten memories, lies the secret world of the Nameless - a magical realm as beautiful as it is dangerous.
Daisy Darling used to think of Sea Salt, the small mountain town she has always called home, as a boring place where nothing ever happened.Then she met a peculiar wanderer who reveals a mysterious world hidden beneath the town all along. A world where mind-bending, magical, life-altering phenomena happen. A world harboring a dark secret under its snow-capped mountains, aquamarine waters, and perfumed jungles. A world built using stolen memories.

Now that Daisy's eyes have been opened to the truth about the Nameless, there's no turning back. Driven to save the other Collectives, Daisy is pulled deeper into the world's tangled lies, finding herself ensnared in a dangerous network of tunnels and time-altering portals. Somehow Daisy must discover the strength to win back her freedom before the Nameless claims her forever.
Goodreads Rating: 4.47 stars with 30 ratings
Genre Listing: Fantasy, Young Adult
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Review:

Edited 12/1/2016

First a bit of a disclaimer, I received a copy of this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review.

I'm touched that Amie reached out to me and asked me to read this book. It's a very easy read. I started it last night and finished it this morning. It's only about 210 pages, but it has a lot of adventure packed into those pages. It moves pretty quickly, and I didn't feel like there was a dull moment in the story.

I enjoyed this book. I thought that the concept of the store and its items was fascinating. It didn't dwell too much on the objects, but they were still included throughout the story. I also really liked the psychological element to the story regarding how important memories are and the significance they placed.

This book managed to take me from going "Oh this is a cute adventure" to "Wow, this is kind of dark" in a very short amount of time. I'm impressed by that. Most of the story felt upbeat, and then in the crucial parts, it got pretty dark. It was a nice change of tone to set the scene.

I thought that the details of Strange Luck were very helpful. Not only does Amie give the reader what the scene looks like, but she also describes smells and sounds as well. I thought that was a nice touch, and gave a very nice look into the shop and the Nameless.
The biggest downside to this story for me was the dialogue. It's not a huge deal, but I felt like the dialogue made Daisy and Roger seem way younger than what they were said to be. It gave me a sense that they were more early teens than later teens. This isn't a huge deal, but just something that was on my mind a bit.

Overall I enjoyed the story, and I'm glad Amie asked me to review it. If you're in need for a quick adventure, I highly recommend picking it up! 


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