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The Rule of Luck

(Felicia Sevigny #1)

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  434 ratings  ·  112 reviews
A thrilling new science fiction series -- perfect for fans of character-driven SF adventure.

Year 2950. Humanity has survived devastating climate shifts and four world wars, coming out stronger and smarter than ever. Incredible technology is available to all, and enhancements to appearance, intelligence, and physical ability are commonplace.

In this future, Felicia Sevigny
ebook, 384 pages
Published January 26th 2016 by Redhook
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Sep 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, futuristic
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Isa Lavinia


Finally, an urban fantasy series that I can turn to, now that I've become disenchanted with Kate Daniels!

Felicia Sevigny is a tarot reader - actually the best tarot reader.
It seems luck follows her, whether it's good or bad luck, now that's another matter...

In a future where the government controls your fertility, Felicia finds herself blacklisted from being allowed to have a child. And she'll go to whatever lengths she needs to so she can have the future she wants.

From the cover and description I was expecting a straight up magical UF- but no.

I got a dystopian futuristic sci-fi thriller romance with some steam and science on the side! Plus a little mysticism and tarot thrown in.


Overall fun read- and I had to give it a 3.5 for the concept.
I really liked the 'luck' aspect of the story as well as the tarot angle, and think it has a lot of potential in upcoming books.

However, I don't know if I will read on because I wasn't exactly into the romance betwe
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Publisher: Orbit

Publishing Date: November 2017

ISBN: 9780316510561

Genre: SciFi/Romance

Rating: 2.1/5

Publishers Description: Year 2950. Humanity has survived devastating climate shifts and four world wars, coming out stronger and smarter than ever. Incredible technology is available to all, and enhancements to appearance, intelligence, and physical ability are commonplace.
In this future, Felicia Sevigny has built her fame reading the futures of others.

Mandi Schreiner
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I enjoyed this sci-fi. Has from Book Pushers rec'd it to me. It's set in the future, the heroine can read tarot cards and has a "luck" gene - where she kinda knows when trouble is coming.

The hero is a wealthy russian guy - bad guy rep, but not really. He hires the heroine for a job - and then the book takes off. There are some big twists I enjoyed. Really nice voice
Therin Knite
While the world-building in this story was certainly fascinating, I felt the plot was overwhelmed by the numerous mundane and cliched romance tropes, particularly the possessive alpha male hero and the female protagonist who has no practically no agency. I felt the story would have been much stronger if it had struck a better balance between the science fiction elements and the romance elements. Unfortunately, the cliched romance made it pretty difficult to focus on much else, and the rest of th ...more
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, scifi
I was in a bit of a reading slump before I picked this book up but now I'm cured :)

This is a romance heavy sci-fi. It's a fun and easy read but it still has enough drama and depth to keep your interest.

The sci-fi aspect was done in a very refreshing way. I don't think I've seen a story like this before. Felicia is a fortune teller from a large clan of tech averse Romanis. She has a business, she's building up her life, and her dream is to have a baby which is something you dont ever see with h
Jane Cousins
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There was a lot to like here - the year is 2950, thanks to the melting of the polar caps and numerous natural disasters only a few high altitude cities are left populated on Earth, along with Mars and Venus. One Gov rule, controlling the numbers of children born, given lack of space. But for all there are tech modifications and you can stay young and beautiful forever if you can afford it.
The world building could have been heavy handed, instead it was rather effortless and immediately sucked me
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There are authors who blend romance and sci fi perfectly - Linna Sinclair, for example always strikes the perfect balance. Here, with Catherine Cerveny's Rule of Luck, we have the opposite: the science fiction is simplistic window dressing for a cliche alpha male lust story. Our heroine exhibits the usual TSTL (Too Stupid To Live) syndrome and the lead male spends most of the book manipulating or saving our Penelope-i
The Rule of Luck was an enjoyable urban fantasy/sci-fi tale with some interesting elements and a little romance thrown in for good measure.

Felicia Sevigny is a tarot reader who makes her living giving readings in her own shop. She meets an interesting-slash-shady customer who wants a reading in a hurry and is willing to pay handsomely, which Felicia is most willing to take since her funds have been depleted dealing with other...issues. A simple reading should be just that - simple, yet she find
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sac-has-e-book
I don't know why this isn't rated higher. I freaking loved it. This is a reminder to self to give books a chance that have a lower rating.
This was a 4.5 star, as a couple things irritated. I wished the chemistry would have had a slower build. Other than that can't wait for next book. Better yet.. no cliffhanger.
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Quite enjoyed this sci fi romance. Plenty of drama and a most enjoyable read.
CJ - It's only a Paper Moon

This took me a bit to get into but once I was in, I was hooked.

However, there are a few things that bugged me....

Not enough Tarot. There were some really good scenes with tarot but for a professional and hereditary tarot reader, Felicia would be consulting them or thinking about them a lot more.

While the world building gets 3 stars (even though it's a bit too much for me to wrap my head around because I've never been good with time/space travel and things of that nature (view spoiler)
Liz (Quirky Cat)
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-reads
I received a free copy of Rule of Luck through Goodreads Giveaways. There’s no obligation for me to leave a review, but I am choosing to do so.

I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I received my copy of Rule of Luck. I knew from the description that it was more along the lines of science fiction, being set in the future with gene modifications being the norm. I also knew that the cover was absolutely stunning – though it still doesn’t quite read as a science fiction cover to me. Whatever ex
Qwill / The Qwillery
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Rule of Luck is Catherine Cerveny's debut novel. You can tell that Cerveny has spent a lot of time thinking about and creating her future Earth. The wordlbuilding is exceptional and is not bogged down by minutiae. Cerveny gives you everything you need to understand why this future Earth is the way it is and it's fascinating.

I truly enjoyed the two main characters Felicia Sevigny and Alexei Petriv. The are both interesting and flawed. They make a wonderful, if not expected, couple. Felicia is
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
This was far from flawless, but I did really enjoy it. I plan to read the rest of the series. I think it's a decent soft sci-fi story with a strong romance element.

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Nov 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, sci-fi
So after finishing this book, I stand by my original harsh criticism of its construction, but I was also treated with the realization upon reading the author's bio in the afterward that this was her first work. That explains a lot and heartens me that I felt it was getting better as it went along.
In the end, I still don't like the characters that much--especially the flat, obnoxious, boringly perfect male lead--and it is DEFINITELY not my cup of romance tea, since the male lead is constantly
Quite good! Surprisingly things get very sci fi. It’s still a romance but the sci fi elements were more hardcore than I expected. I really enjoyed that!

I was not 100% taken in by the heroine but she was interesting. I think she grew on me more toward the end.

I did like the hero much better. Interestingly, the hero is already in pursuit mode from the first page. That was different and mysterious. We never have his POV so it was fun finding out what was going on and why.

P.S. OMG! This is a serie
Sadie Forsythe
Jan 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Generally enjoyable, I liked how much Felicia stood up for herself and showed anger for her mistreatments at Alexei's hand. And there were a lot of them. So many in fact that, even by the end, I had a hard time letting go and rooting for them as a pair. This was exasperated by the fact that the sort of love/lust developing is based on something other than who they are as people. (Think fated mates, but not.) This always annoys me, because it makes them interchangeable with anyone else who fills ...more
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it, what a great series.
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

If you don’t mind a few cliches this is a fun read. I’ll probably check out the next book too.
[4.5 stars] LOVED this book. sexy, smart, sci fi. my weakness. could be tightened up a little but altogether, great.
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I must be in a sci fi kick at the moment. I was intrigued with the premise of the series in a highly technological sophisticated world and a fortune telling heroine who is genetically gifted with luck. The world building was really well thought out with different factions vying for control in the solar system that has managed to terraformed Venus, Mars and the outer planets.
The heroine was engaging and likeable and I thought her abilities contrasted
This was exactly what a needed, an easy, fun read! Overall I really enjoyed the slightly dystopian, mostly sci-fi setting, the strong, totally capable heroine, and the world building.

Felicia Sevigny is a tarot card reader, living in Nairobi, Kenya, one of the last few cities on Earth following the melting of the ice caps. In this new world there is a single goverenment who control everything - population, calories consumption, resources - and humans are spread throughout colonies on Mars and Ve
Green Dragon
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed it! A really good mix of sci-fi and romance - with just enough tech to give a sense of what this future is (or is not - hope Elon Musk doesn't make these kinds of mistakes with his hyperloop!) - but not so much to be a distraction. And a projection of a globally-governed society that is well drawn and believable. The first-person narrative by Felicia is engaging. She is capable, and we get to go along with her on her adventure, as she learns more about herself. Refreshing to have a tough ...more
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stumbled upon this little gem by accident and was happy I did, hard to put down.
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.

In RULE OF LUCK, there’s tarot readings, love, and questionable science. Professional tarot card reader Felicia Sevigny is recruited by the Russian mob. She’s going to help them take down the evil government, in return she’ll be given more control over her destiny. The plot quickly becomes uneven, as the sci-fi elements turn what could have been serviceable contemporary urban fantasy, into a silly future world that has you asking, “why are people payin
Tim Hicks
First novel, so there's some hope. But ... to be fair, I don't read romance novels and when I have accidentally stumbled on one I haven't enjoyed it.

Cerveny wrotes that she felt someone ought to write a sci-fi romance. I respectfully disagree. As Samuel Johnson wrote, it is "like a dog's walking on his hinder legs. It is not done well; but you are surprised to find it done at all."

So here's our heroine, a skilled tarot reader. Oh dear, I say to myself, I thought you said SCIENCE fiction. And sh
Feb 17, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. This was terrible. Just fucking awful. I really wanted to like this too. I love sci-fi, I love romance this should have been a win win. The characters have potential; Felicia is a taro card reader in the year 2950 which sounds like such a cool concept. Unfortunately she is cardboard stupidity. I wanted more of the card reading and less of the pathetic helpless female with zero personality. The romance with Felicia and Alexei is so poorly done. There was no build up and really no chemistry t ...more
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Catherine Cerveny was born in Peterborough, Ontario. She'd always planned to move away to the big city but the small town life got its hooks in her and that's where she still resides today. Catherine is a huge fan of romance and science fiction and wishes the two genres would cross paths more often. The Rule of Luck is her first novel. ...more

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