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The Canary Club

(Canary Club #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  92 ratings  ·  58 reviews
“Bad Luck” Benny is a fella from the wrong side of the tracks. Recently released from jail, he has vowed to keep his head down and stay out of trouble. But he also needs to care for his ailing sister and the rest of his struggling family, and he’ll do anything to make that happen—even if it means taking a position with a notorious crime boss. He soon finds himself in over ...more
Paperback, 325 pages
Published October 16th 2017 by Clean Teen Publishing
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I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

A very YA look into the world of prohibition era New York, with a dash of gangsters and a frothy romance thrown in.

Canary Club follows 'Bad Luck' Benny - fresh out of jail, and Maisie, daughter of the local 'mob' boss who Benny ends up working for. Maisie is head strong, like her father, yet vows not to follow in his footsteps. Benny is determined to keep on the right side of the law, yet is drawn into a murky underworld in order to
Dec 12, 2017 rated it liked it
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Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, own
My review can also be found here:
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and Crimson Tree Publishing. All opinions are my own.

When I recently read Bright Young Things I mentioned in my review that I didn't think there were enough gangsters in that book. Well with The Canary Club my wish was granted! When I spied a book up for request by Sherry Ficklin that was also set in the 1920's, I couldn't request it fast enough! I remembered how much I absolute
Jess (BookObsessedJess)
Aug 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, 3-stars
Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for giving me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The Canary Club is set in prohibition era NYC and is filled to the brim with flappers, corrupt cops, and gangsters. Are you intrigued yet? You should be.

The story picks up when "Bad Luck” Benny is released from jail. Initially he vows to "keep his head down," but he also must care for his sickly sister as well as provide for his family. Not quite an easy task considering the times. Eventu
Anna Mcguire
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So first off I was giving an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

All opinions are mine and mine alone no other opinions were considered while writing this.

I read the back story to each of the characters and I was enthralled and could not wait for the full book. The story is set in 1920 New York. It has all the glitz and glamour of Art Deco New York. You feel like you're walking through New York with flappers everywhere. The story is about gangster Dutch Scholtz daughter Maisie and his son J.D
Nely Cab
Apr 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Just wow! Review coming soon. Add this to your TBR!
Aug 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2017, arc
Number of pages: 325

Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1

Rating (out of five stars): 1.5

Release Date: October 19th 2017

*Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a copy in exchange for a review. My opinions are honest and my own.

I requested this one on a whim thinking I wouldn’t get accepted. I was genuinely interested in the premise, but I thought the setting of the 1920s wouldn’t work for me. In the end, I think everything but the setting ended up not wor
Kathy-Lynn Cross
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As I stare at the last line, “Is it 1927 or 2017?”

I was giving an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

After reading the Canary Club stories, Gilded Cage, All that Glitters, & Nothing Gold, I couldn’t wait to see how everyone’s lives would tie together.
Masie and Benny’s story collides during the era of fast talking dames, loud jazz, and bootleg gin. Masie Scholtz is tough but classy, sassy but smart, she doesn’t take lip from no one, no one but her daddy. Dutch Scholtz is one of the main mobst
Cianna Sunshine & Mountains Book Reviews
Outstanding! Sherry Ficklin has long been a favorite author of mine since the day she hooked me with the Queen series, and then left me crying in tiny pieces. She's a master of the craft, and she can totally emerge you in any genre she chooses but my favorite is historical fiction and The Canary Club brings us into my favorite genre crafted by an amazing writer.

I adore Masie. The glimpses we got of characters and their stories in the novellas were NOT enough because Masie is exactly what I love
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Fans of Lee Kelly's A CRIMINAL MAGIC (sans its fantastical element)
This'll be a review in compendious notes:
1. I preferred Masie over Benny as she was the fatter, richer character (in the figurative sense) and her character conflict more absorbing: is she as delicate, fragile, as her father regarded her depressed mother? Does she share her father's compulsions for sin and cruel vice? How much will she sacrifice to keep her own hands—and those of her brother, friend, father, and the boy she loves—from filth?
2. TCC would have benefited from further characterizati
Sherry Ficklin
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This is my book, so, of course I'm quite biased. I do hope you all enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it! And be sure to grab the prequel series on sale now, Glitter and Gold: A Canary Club Anthology!
Delia Devin
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
Thank you to NetGalley and Crimson Tree Publishing for providing me with an ARC in exchange of an honest review.

When I think about historical fiction, my mind wanders to a time before real toilets existed. It went over my head that the genre does not only include a time before both world wars but also a time like the roaring 20s.

In Canary Club, we follow "Bad Luck" Benny who emerged from the wrong side of town, fresh out of jail for a crime he didn't even commit. With the heavy desperation to f
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Read from October 12th to October 25th

Plot: After three months in jail for a crime he didn’t commit, Benjamin “Benny” Fleisher is back on the streets of New York. He wants to stay away from trouble, but his family is going through difficult times –and to make everything worse is little sister is very sick and in need of special medical care. When no respectable business gives Benny an opportunity to earn an honest salary, Benny finds himself working for a notorious crime boss, Dutch Schultz. Qui
The Damsel in the Library
*Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher, and the author for providing me with an early copy in exchange for an honest review.*

3.5 stars

Having people fear you gives you power. Having them love you gives you influence. Having both, well, that's how you build an empire.

This has got to be the most refreshing setting after all the fantasy I've been reading. And that's what sold me on this story. I'm not sure there were enough gangsters, drive-bys and illegal actions to truly capture the era but I stil
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
* I received an ARC from the author, but that in no way affects my review or opinions. *

I have read the 3 novella prequels to this book and have been impatiently waiting for the full length novel since the last novella was released. I must admit that I don't usually enjoy "historical novels" but for some reason I fell in love with Author Sherry D. Ficklin and her Queen Series and that lead me to this one....and I must also admit that her writing style, her flair and her uniqueness in telling a s
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Reviewed for Netgalley

Slipping into the 1920s in this period piece was a nice change of setting from everything I’ve read lately. I immediately enjoyed the descriptions of Manhattan as Benny walked its streets after getting out of prison. The scenery came alive with author Sherry Ficklin’s descriptions of the sights and sounds, the people and places, and the lingo of those prohibition days. I liked Benny too. A guy who wouldn’t have any luck if he didn’t have bad luck is the type of underdog man
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
[I received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.]

DNF at 56%

"I wish I could be more like the other Joes, beating the streets with wild dreams of striking it rich in the market or becoming the next Broadway darling. They flood in by the train full, with stars in their eyes and holes in their shoes. But dreams are for suckers and con artists, and this city has more than enough of both."

Let me just say this before I lay out everything that stopped me from finishing th
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"When life makes you a criminal, only love can set you free." -Benny

What can I say..... I'm a bit speechless as I sit here collecting my thoughts and writing this review.....

First off, everything that I have read by this author makes me fan-girl every time she comes out with a new release. Ficklin has once again proven that she can make her magic show through any story or genre that she writes and this one is no different. She is a p
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Benny, recently released from prison, is forced to take a job with a notorious crime boss to support his struggling family. He finds himself being drawn further and further into the underbelly of New York and finds himself falling for Masie, the beautiful strong-willed daughter of his boss. Canary Club is a story of star crossed lovers – the Romeo and Juliet of prohibition era New York.

Canary Club is a rip-roaring ode to 1920s Ame
Tonja Drecker
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The time of speakeasies, the Charleston and prohibition comes to life in this thrilling drama.

Benny is a good guy, trying to help his mother and siblings out. Masie is the daughter of a powerful gangster. When fate brings the two together, the chemistry is impossible to deny. But the world of crime, violence and manipulation not only makes it impossible for them to come together, it threatens to drag both of them under.

Opening the first page is like stepping back in time. The prohibition period
Ainslee || Jest and Hearts
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it

I really enjoyed this book, the 1920's are one of my favourite era's, the fashion, the language the prohibition, I love it all!

the book follows two characters Benny and Maisie. Benny is from the wrong side of tow and just got out of jail, he ends up landing a gig working for a mob boss. Maisie is the daughter of them ob boss, can you guess what happens here? star-crossed lovers

I really enjoyed the relationship Benny and Maisie formed and how they seemed to work well together. I would have l
Aug 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Canary Club is YA historical set in the Roaring 20s. It was a quick and enjoyable read for the most part. I loved the setting and the time period complete with mobsters, flappers, speakeasies, and shady dealings. The characters were interesting if a tad one-dimensional. I wanted more character development and more complexity, especially from the villains. I have a soft spot for bad boys so I had high hopes for Vinnie but his character disappointed me the most. He had a promise of being complex a ...more
Macy Klingerman
Oct 16, 2017 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.

The concept of this book sounded great. The 1920’s is a time period that I’ve always been fascinated with, so whenever I see a book set in that time, I’m always excited to pick it up. The historical aspects of this book were great. It was very easy to slip into this world and experience the story along with the characters. The gritty world of New York City mobsters was alluring, and was definitely the strong point of this book.

With that said, the
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sherry Ficklin's writing practically hums with electricity. There's an energy and a sense of expectancy in her writing and her characters that makes her writing unique. Having read all three of the prequel novellas in the Canary Club series, it was so satisfying read a full-length novel with all of the characters. And... based on the ending, I'm hoping there's more to come!
Ms. Ficklin has certainly done her historical research, and has the ability to fully immerse the reader in the Prohibition E
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*** I received an advanced e-copy from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review

When Benny is released from jail, where he was serving time for a crime he didn't commit, he struggles to find a job to help his destitute family. He gets offered a position working for a wealthy gangster family. He originally plans to make enough money to get their family back on track and allow his mom to stop working double shifts, and to pay for medical care for his ailing little sister. Instead, he finds himse
Melissa Rothman
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Absolutely loved this book so much that I loved about it. I really got hooked by the cover, very pretty, not to mention I haven't read a good book about gangsters in the prohibition times and I find flappers., the music, and the mob boss era extremely fascinating. One of the best things I found about this book was the slang I loved reading and sometimes trying to guess what the slang ment I even had to Google some words. Mas and Benny are a odd but beautiful couple and one of my favorite parts o ...more
Entrada Book Review
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Canary Club will make an impact on your that you won’t soon forget!

Masie and Benny come from two completely different worlds, but through fate and a little arm twisting, they end up friends, lovers and more.

This Gatsby-era book includes all the glitz and glamor with a completely real and believable story line and characters. The book periodically switches view points between Masie and Benny to show their background, thoughts and feelings. This is extremely well done as both are incredibly li
Kierstin Carnahan
Aug 02, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
I enjoyed this book. Anyone who likes the roaring 20s would. I thought the two main characters were likeable and I love when a book changes viewpoints between chapters. It had some good drama and intrigue and the set up for a sequel was a good ending. It moved at a good pace.

I received this from netgalley in return for an honest review.
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