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Bad Luck Girl

(The American Fairy #3)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  209 Ratings  ·  55 Reviews
After rescuing parents from Seelie king at Hearst Castle, Callie Leroux narrates war between fairies of Midnight and Sun. Halfers are misfits, half-fairy and half-whatever - paper, girder, spark... The half-color child of prophecy doubts she can save Halfers, her people, her family, and Jack, let alone herself. She's starting to believe nickname Bad Luck Girl.
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published May 27th 2014 by Random House Young Readers (first published 2014)
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Tamora Pierce
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-ya-yr
At last Callie, the Dust Girl and Golden Girl of the previous two books, is reunited with her mortal mother, her unSeelie father, and her mortal friend Jack, but they're still on the run from her uncle, who wants to use them to take the unSeelie throne. They hope to take a train to New York, but are forced to stay in Chicago, due to Papa's sickness when he travels in what is basically an iron box. (Fairies are famously unable to tolerate iron; Callie can deal with it thanks to her mortal blood.) ...more
Arielle Walker
Feb 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Just as fun as the first two in the series, with some interesting little ideas woven in and a very decent resolution.
Monica Edinger
Apr 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
A very satisfying ending to a very fine series. I really love it when writers manage to pull off setting some of the traditional fairy lore in historic America. This series begins in Dust Bowl Kansas, moves to Hollywood, and ends in Depression Chicago. Zettel does a fabulous job with setting, venacular, and more. She throws in real and almost-real characters and does some very interesting stuff with race and ethnicity. I especially liked the way she brought that together in this final volume. Ou ...more
Mar 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
A good ending to the trilogy. I liked where it took the characters but it all felt a bit too predetermined from the beginning.
Misty Baker
Jun 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
*** A 3.8 Review as posted on KindleObsessed blog ***

Until a few days ago my five year old daughter was fearless. She stood up to bullies, caught bugs for fun, and rode her bike as fast as she could with complete and utter abandon. Today…my daughter was replaced by a girl I did not recognize. One that sat trapped in her room, yelling from the other side of a closed door for help. Knowing my daughter’s disposition and ability to battle her own demons, I was instantly transformed into Mama Bear an
Ry Herman
I wanted to like this one as much as the first two books in the series, but it suffered from trying to cram far too much into too small a space. Characters were introduced and then dropped by the wayside, concepts didn't have the space to be fully explored, and a couple of things simply didn't make much sense. It wasn't a bad book by any means, and there's much to like about the prose and the characterization, but it needed to either be significantly longer or much more focused.
Aug 14, 2017 rated it liked it
A good conclusion to the series.
Maeve Stone
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
The book is good but it is too young for me. It is written for children and I think children will really like it. I got bored after the first book but I'm a middle-aged adult.
Sage Thoughts
May 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Emma (Miss Print)
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
"Once upon a time, there was a girl named Callie LeRoux. She left her home in the Dust Bowl and traveled across three different worlds to free her parents from the evil king. Along the way she found her worst enemy, her best friend, and her own name."

Callie has been through a lot since leaving behind the Dust Bowl in Slow Run, Kansas and traveling across the country to Los Angeles to rescue her parents from the Seelie King. Fast-talking and quick-thinking Jack Holland has been beside Callie sin
Jul 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy
Setting/World Building: 4/5
Main Character: 4/5
Other Characters: 3/5
Plot: 3/5
Writing: 3/5
Triggering/Issues: 5/5 (None)

AVERAGED TOTAL: 3.6 out of 5, rounded to 4.

To be honest, this is really more of a 3.5 than a 4, and I am a bit tempted to give it 3 stars... mostly for apathy? The thing is that I didn't LOVE this book, but I definitely also didn't dislike it, let alone hate it. Overall it was a good finale for the trilogy, and it did wrap things up.

I think a lot of my issues came with the plot
Bad Luck Girl was a disappointing, confusing, and at times, annoying finale to a pretty good series. It picks up immediately where Golden Girl left off. Callie and her family need to get out of town and fast, and the only way to do that is by train. Not exactly the best form of transportation for fairies, but at least they'd be safe from others. Unfortunately, Callie screws things up (again) and plans must change as the war is coming for them wherever they go now that they've been spotted. Of co ...more
Kels Fidler
Aug 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, diya, food-porn
Title: Bad Luck Girl

Author: Sarah Zettel

Age Group: Teen/Young Adult

Genre: Fantasy/Historical Fiction

Series: The American Fairy, book three

Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The bottom line: The third and final book in this phenomenal fantasy series, Bad Luck Girl doesn't disappoint in the slightest--I really, really enjoyed it. This whole series is highly recommended for both fantasy and historical fiction fans.

This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Stephanie Ward
'Bad Luck Girl' is the third and final book in the American Fairy Trilogy. The book continues to follow our main character - Callie - as she tries to get her life back to normal after rescuing her parents. The quiet doesn't last long before Callie is caught up in a war between two fairy kingdoms - the Midnight Throne and the Sunlit kingdoms. During the fight, Callie's world is turned upside down when she learns that fairies aren't the only fantastical creatures on earth. There are also Halfers - ...more
May 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Historical fantasy has always been one of my favorite genres and so when I heard about Bad Luck Girl I was immediately intrigued. I especially enjoy books featuring faeries (such as Lesley Livingston's Wondrous Strange series) so this seemed like it was going to be right up my alley. Luckily, this book did not disappoint and I highly enjoyed the ending to this trilogy. One thing I should point out is that I did not realize this was the third in a series at first, so I have not read the first two ...more
Jun 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: valerie

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Valerie

Wow. What an impressive way to end the trilogy. I’ve always been impressed with Sarah Zettel’s works. From Palace of Spies to Reclamation, Sarah Zettel’s novels are charming, witty, and captivating. Bad Luck Girl is no exception. While Dust Girl was by no means my favorite book, the trilogy definitely improved by the time the sequel came out.

Callie is a great character. She’s smart and she brings diversity to the YA wo
May 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Callie is a fourteen-year-old girl who has worked to free her parents from the Seelie king. And now they're trying to hide while a war rages on between the Seelie and Unseelie fairies. The only problem is Callie's conscience won't let her step aside as she watches innocent victims being dragged into the fairy kingdoms.

After finally meeting her father, the Unseelie prince who abdicated, she sees how the fairy nature affects him even though he's drunk off of the love her mother gives him. And how
May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen
Callie managed to save her parents from the Seelie king but sadly not without complication. The accidental killing of the king's daughter has resulted in an all out war between the Seelie and Unseelie - and their factions. Now, Callie, her parents, and Jack have gone on the run in an attempt to lay low and survive the battle. But it won't be easy, as Callie learns to use her new powers it becomes ever clear just how far folks are willing to go to get their hands on the child of prophecy!

Callie h
From Children's Literature review: Fourteen-year-old Callie had thought that when she rescued her parents from the Seelie Court, her troubles would be over. But as this sequel to Dust Girl (2012) and Golden Girl (2013) opens, troubles abound. The half-fairy, heir to the Midnight Throne, is impulsive and willful, and while her quick decisions are made with good intentions, they seem to lead Jack and her parents further into trouble as she struggles to control her newly discovered magic and its ra ...more
Aug 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Callie Le Roux is hiding. Again.

The good thing is that she is now reunited with her parents, but there is a problem… Callie has accidentally killed the heir to the Seelie throne and people are after her and seeking revenge.

Callie, her parents, and Jack form an uneasy alliance with some very interesting creatures, and soon Callie finds it hard to know whom to trust.

Callie’s parents and Jack are prepared to lay down their lives for Callie as she is supposed to be the future queen of the kingdoms.
Gwyneth Stewart
Jun 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Book Three of the American Fairy series has Callie reunited with her parents and fleeing across country from a war she inadvertently started between the Seelie and Unseelie courts. Callie and her family get as far as Chicago before they have to stop. There, Callie learns that fairies aren't the only magical beings in the world. She meets the Halfers, magical creatures who started out as people, animals, plants, but were transformed by fairy magic. The Halfers have their own quarrels with the fai ...more
Susan Beals
Oct 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Sarah Zettel had done a good job of creating another world, the world of fairies, that is believable and engaging. Callie is a strong female character. She is courageous and able to make decisions in crisis mode, and there are plenty of crises in this story. Callie's friend Jack who has been a part of this adventure from the first book in the series, has become a romantic interest. I appreciate that the romance aspect of the story is a well balanced part of the story and the story doesn't become ...more
Aug 15, 2014 rated it liked it
This series contains all the nastiness of caniballistic and soul-sucking fairies. The worst of the Seelie and Unseelie courts in an American Great Depression era setting. I will say that this series is not dull and in fact quite unique. This final book however left me unsatisfied. First the heroine keeps making selfish, stupid mistakes which others end up paying for. Then she becomes a mindless puppet for what seems like a long time. It was so tedious I had to skim until it was over. I really do ...more
Diane Ferbrache
Callie and her family are reunited and trying to lead a normal life, but that's not going to happen. She has started a war between fairy factions. They are on a road trip to escape the war, but the war is following them.

This is book three of the "American Fairy Trilogy" and I have not read books 1 & 2. Zettel does a good job of filling in the backstory, so I wasn't lost. The story is captivating and the characters interesting. Because of the time period and since Callie is multi-racial as we
Cecilia Rodriguez
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Narrated by Callie, the story takes up shortly after the action in California. The new setting for the final book is Chicago, a city that is a personal favorite.
The themes of African-Amercian life in the 1930's is well described. Zettel also uses folk characters like "Aunt Nanncy," within her story.
I really enjoyed reading Callie's story and wished there were more characters like her.
Jun 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Really liked this "conclusion" to the story of Callie and Jack and Callie's parents. Liked the fact that she left it open for a later-in-life story as well, but still had a satisfying ending. I was yelling at Callie when she walked away assuming the people she loved would be better off without her, and at her dad when he persisted in referring to the halfers as "undone".
Mar 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Nice ending to the trilogy. Callie has her mom and dad back but not only do they have to learn to be a family and trust each other, they're still on the run from the Seelies.

This one gets a little magic-heavy and not as much focus on the time period but that's understandable. Still lots of fun, relatable characters.
Jul 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, fantasy, 2015
3.5 stars.

It was intriguing, full of good characters and imaginative scenes. For whatever reason, I had some difficulty getting into the book until near the end, despite the objective recognition that it was a good story. I wished the Halfers were introduced earlier in the trilogy, but I felt they definitely added to the book.
Sep 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
It took me a little while to get into this book, only because it was hard for me to remember some of the details from the first two books in this trilogy. But once I got back up to speed there was a lot to like about this book. The dynamic between Callie and her father was interesting and I really enjoyed the climatic ending.
Ashley Stangl
Apr 20, 2016 rated it liked it
The cover drew me in. It's an urban fantasy in 1930s Chicago. I haven't read the first two books, so I was a little confused about a few points, but it mostly made sense. Generally pleasant, but the ending was pretty abrupt and didn't really resolve the character conflicts.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 26, 2015 07:20AM  
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Sarah Zettel is the critically acclaimed author of more than twenty novels, spanning the full range of genre fiction. Her debut novel, Reclamation, won the Locus Award for Best First Novel. Her second release, Fool’s War, was a 1997 New York Times Notable Book, and the American Library Association named Playing God one of the Best Books for Young Adults of 1999. Her novel Bitter Angels won the Phi ...more

Other books in the series

The American Fairy (3 books)
  • Dust Girl (The American Fairy, #1)
  • Golden Girl (The American Fairy, #2)