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The Good Luck Girls

(The Good Luck Girls #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  2,883 ratings  ·  883 reviews
Westworld meets The Handmaid's Tale in this stunning fantasy adventure from debut author Charlotte Nicole Davis.

Aster, the protector
Violet, the favorite
Tansy, the medic
Mallow, the fighter
Clementine, the catalyst


The country of Arketta calls them Good Luck Girls--they know their luck is anything but. Sold to a "welcome house" as children and branded with c
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by Tor Teen
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Kosh Gott Yes, there is a same-sex couple. But, note that this is not a romance and the relationship, while important, is not the focus of the story.
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Jul 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the fantastical country of Arketta, young girls are sometimes sold to Welcome Houses by impoverished families.

These families are told the girls will be well-cared for and they pull a good price. Additionally, it's one less mouth for a family to feed.

While it's true, the girls have a roof over their heads, clothing and food, let's not beat around the bush here, they've been sold into the sex trade.

Keep in mind, that isn't blatantly expressed on page, but they're living in brothels, run by a Ma
Jun 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sapphic-read
This was everything I wanted from a western fantasy!!!
queer girls + sisterhood over everything else + adventure
I loved all the characters but especially Violet. She was such an interesting character who the more I learned about the more I loved
AND if the next book goes the way I hope it does this will have the ultimate f/f slowburn rivals to lovers
Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)
I don’t normally read fantasy adventure stories but now and again I do like to push my genre boundaries and try something a little different. The premise of “The Good Luck Girls” by new author Charlotte Nicole Davis really intrigued me and I was keen to read this Wild West style YA fantasy story.
When Clementine comes of age at sixteen to become a sundown girl in a ‘welcome house’ in Green Creek, she has to entertain a ‘brag’ (male customer) for the night as part of her ‘Lucky Night’ ceremony. U
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Spring Into Reading A Thon: Strong Female Lead

I don't usually enjoy westerns, but maybe I've been too hard on them. Maybe I just don't like adult westerns written by men.

The Good Luck Girls are young girls who have been sold into brothels "Welcome Houses" by mostly extremely poor families. Rich men or men with money to burn, come to Welcome Houses and are able to do whatever they want to these girls. But one night one of the girls accidentally kills a man then she and 4 other girls escape and g
Bang Bang Books
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
DNF at 40%

The focus is on the wrong thing.

Davis has created a very interesting world. It's set in an old west type of setting which is synonymous with America but Blacks and Whites live together harmoniously. WOW, let's explore this more.

Instead of discrimination based on race, there's discrimination based people who can cast a shadow vs. those who can't. WOW, let's explore this more. How is it physically possible to not cast a shadow?

Davis' world had an Empire and not a government that indent
h o l l i s
This is a YA fantasy unlike almost anything I've read. This also feels both dystopian and historical and yet is set in a fantasy world, so is truly neither of those things.

It's about strong women and daring stakes. It's about learning to trust when no one has ever given you reason to. It's about sacrificing your own chance at a happily every after for the benefit of others. It's a whole lot of things. It's also diverse, a little queer, and is all sorts of magical; though not in ways I expected.
Kayla Dawn
Meeeh. The amount of times I read the word "breath" in this one made me want to throw the book out of the window. ...more
Kate (GirlReading)
This was truly fantastic.

It had everything I could have possibly hoped for and more after having read the summary. It’s got sisterhood, found family, heists, murder, an adorable f/f budding romance, monsters (both human and inhuman), nuanced discussions on inequality and the differences in rights between men and women, strong women in every sense of the term and a desperate fight for freedom, all with a sprinkle of dark magic.

This book somehow sucked me in from page one and despite it being a
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
May 25, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr
When Clementine accidently murders a man


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I had no interest in The Good Luck Girls. It wasn't that it was an all POC cast... it was that it was about prostitution. It's a hard life and I just didn't want to read about their horrible circumstances. Then I read an excerpt... and was TOTALLY sucked in.

The title references what they call the girls at the prostitution houses so its pretty spot on. However when I first saw the cover I sure didn't see the connection. She looks like a
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: black-authors, lgbtq
Can someone PLEASE turn this into a TV show?! Because OMG would it be a good one! The Good Luck Girls is a whole lot of fun, despite some darker elements. It's a fantasy Western adventure with angry ghosts and gang of girls, on the run and out for revenge. It's fast-paced story and action-packed, but it also includes big thematic content. It addresses trauma, misogyny, and systemic oppression, with clear nods to American chattel slavery and separation of families. But it is also about hope, heal ...more
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So glad I took a chance on this:)
Elvina Zafril
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pansing
the good luck girls

The Good Luck Girls is incredibly addictive. Once you picked up the book, you wouldn’t want to put it down.

A really great debut. At the very beginning, I felt kind of boring because maybe I just didn’t understand what’s going on. A few of characters appeared and I couldn’t remember their names. But after a few chapters, I started to like the story because it became more interesting. Obviously because of the incident that happened where Clementine accidentally murdered a man.

The characters - Aste
I've been eyeing this book both in my local bookstore, and on their website for two years now. I knew I'd love it, but for whichever reason I didn't get it until May of this year. I finally picked it up today and my expectations were more than met.

When I started reading, I wasn't expecting to read all of it at once, maybe half. But even early on it proved to be an impossible task, because the book was just too good to put down.

Things are always happening, excitement on every corner, you can't b
rose ✨
“i’m not okay. it was a simple thought, but there was something huge and terrifying in it.”

the good luck girls is the fantasy western i didn’t know i needed. it’s an absolute whirlwind of an adventure, complete with heists and standoffs and magic. davis crafts an entire world, drawing elements from the american old west and blending them with the fantastical to create something unique.

the heart of the novel is, without a doubt, the sisterhood between these five girls (and later zee, the rang
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was pleasantly surprised by this one! I don't tend to gravitate toward books pitched as westerns, but I thought this sounded like I might like it. Five girls escape their brothel and are on the run from the law after a client ends up dead, hoping to find a mysterious woman which legends say can remove their tattoos called favors (these mark the girls as property of a brothel/welcome house).

After finishing the novel, it seems like there are some mixed opinions on goodreads, so I'll be weighing
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-favorites
4.5 Stars

“It’s only that sometimes I wish we didn’t have to fight at all. Feels like I’ve been fighting since the day I was born.”

I was enthralled and thoroughly entertained by this alternate Wild Wild West fantasy adventure featuring a crew of badass women who wrecked shop.

Aster is the older sister of Clem and will do anything to protect her from an unconscionable future as a Good Luck Girl. Clem is so sweet hearted and naive that you can’t help but want to protect her too. And closing out this
Claude's Bookzone
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I absolutely loved the dynamics between the women in this book. The world building was as wonderful as the ravenors were terrifying. I look forward to reading the next book.
Nov 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-read
3.5 stars.

This was pretty basic but I still enjoyed it.
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: queer, 2019, sci-fi
Westworld meets The Handmaid’s Tale in this wild, wild west YA fantasy.

The story takes place in a wild west type of country called Arketta, where there are “welcome houses” where girls are sold and branded with cursed markings and forced into sex work. The girls are called Good Luck Girls because it is thought that since these girls are housed, fed, and regularly see a doctor, they are lucky. Despite the work they are forced to do.

The story kicks off when one of the Good Luck Girls accidentally
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book so much. After Clementine accidentally kills a well-connected brag (client), her sister Astor and a few other Good Luck Girls go on the run to finally be free. These girls were sold into slavery at very young ages and forced to have sex with men once they reach 16. These girls go on this adventure to try to gain their freedom. On the way, they meet many different characters. Some helpful and some very unhelpful. Some human and some not so human. I love how they banded togethe ...more
The Captain
Oct 01, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandon-ship
Ahoy there me mateys!  I received this young adult fantasy eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  So here be me honest musings . . .

Upon seeing the beautiful cover and reading the synopsis, I thought this novel would float me boat.  The highlight was the comparison to the handmaid's tale.  Sadly, I stopped reading at the 15% mark because I really wasn't feeling it.  But because this is supposed to be a woman driven story with a gangster escape and social commentary, I did an unus
CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
Oh, I really enjoyed this! The Good Luck Girls is such a compelling western-fantasy adventure with a great cast of characters.

- Follows Aster, a 'Good Luck Girl', or girls branded and sold to 'welcome houses' to serve as either housemaids or, prostitutes, when they are older. When her little sister accidentally kills a man, she and four other girls escape the welcome house in search of the fabled 'Lady Ghost' who can remove their brands so they can be free.
- I loved the worldbuilding! It's a mi
Angela Staudt
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“You had to keep running, that was the trick. If you stopped, your troubles would catch you.”

What an utterly captivating book full of adventure, sadness, friends, family, and hope. I loved how this was such a breath of fresh air, because of how unique the storyline was. The Good Luck Girls follows 5 girls who are from a Welcome House, only they have escaped and are on the run.

I immediately became attached to the main characters and couldn’t imagine their lives and how they are sold to the welcom
Beth Cato
Jul 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'll say straight up: I'm sick to death of the trope of old west bordellos. Therefore, I started this YA book with trepidation. I was soon surprised by the book's thoughtful take on the horrors of human trafficking, all in an original weird west fantasy setting.

The "Good Luck Girls" aren't that lucky at all. They are girls sold into sexual slavery at 'welcome houses' that pepper the wilderness. All of this is referenced in delicate ways, but you know what is going on. When Clementine's debut nig
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: samples

I just loved it from the first line. In less than 60 pages you have an entire world with rules and history. Characters full of potential! People that you hate or love in an instant! From the first chapter I found myself wishing not to finish the book in one sitting but wishing for this book to be the beginning of a whole series. I can’t think of any other book that will have the same type of story line. The oppression of the girls/women as familiar a thousand years ago as it sometimes now and ho

Great narration but I was a little “meh” about the story. I felt like halfway it sorta fell apart even with the very strong beginning. Nice premise not so much a good execution.
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Review: 5 Stars

The Good Luck Girls is probably the most powerful novel that I've read this year. I was absolutely shocked to find out that it is Charlotte Nicole Davis' debut novel because it is so well done I thought that it must have been written by a seasoned author. It deals with the heavy topic of sex trafficking in a way that is both tactful and raw. The characters grabbed me by my heart and the pacing is fast. I had
The Good Luck Girls is an Adventure seeking revenge type of story. It is said that it reminds people of the Handmaids Tale set in the Wild wild west. Well it's more wild wild West then it is Handmaids Tale. With that being said I still enjoyed this story written by debut author Charlotte Nicole Davis. You have Clementine who 'accidentally' kills a brag (male customer) so her and her sister Aster decide to go on the run with other Good Luck Girls Violet, Tallow and Mansy. On the way they meet Zee ...more
The Nerd Daily
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Originally published by The Nerd Daily | Review by Vinny MS

The Good Luck Girls follows the story of five girls and their escape journey to find freedom in the brutal land of Arketta. With a hope to get rid of their cursed markings, they will have to face a long trip full of demonic creatures, ruthless monsters, and not to mention the forces that chase them for a murder that one of them accidentally committed.

“Everyone deserved to be free, though. Everyone deserved to feel this.”

The story begins
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Charlotte Nicole Davis is the author of The Good Luck Girls, a young adult fantasy novel releasing in Fall 2019 with Tor Teen. A graduate of The New School’s Writing for Children MFA program, Charlotte loves comic book movies and books with maps in the front. She currently lives in Brooklyn with a cat with a crooked tail.

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