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- Print Length: 352 pages
- Publication Date: June 2, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00YFNF8OQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,451,865 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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She currently resides in California. When not writing, she can be found hiking with her dog, painting, or baking.
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Within the pages of the book of the same title, Strange Luck is a lovely antique shop of oddities that gives home to a variety of haunted (or at least reportedly haunted) pieces to entice people who want to invite a little oddity and a little bit of luck into their lives, even if it is of the strange kind. Wallace is the owner of the store and Daisy is his daughter. She dreams of traveling and writing although her immediate future has her inheriting Strange Luck, which isn't exactly the most wonderful outcome in her books.
Among the countless fascinating objects within the store, there is a particular envelope that brings much attention... especially since it was supposed to be given to a Mr. Farnsworth and has been passing from generation to generation for the last century... until an odd looking man comes claiming said letter as his own.
That's when things start getting interesting and where Strange Luck takes you headfirst into an adventure that feels a bit like the Neverending Story and Alice in Wonderland while exploring a lot of new territory in the Nameless, a world sold as Utopia and which is far from it. As beautiful as it is frightening a concept, the idea does tantalize the mind.
Amie Irene Winters does a wonderful job of keeping you interested in seeing what happens next until the book is over, and you're wondering if you didn't just lose a memory along the way. Daisy is a likable character as well as Roger, her best friend, but where this book shines is in the details, the could have beens, the side stories, and the rich foundation of a place called the Nameless. I felt myself standing in an area that was the fantasy equivalent of the vast caverns in Journey to the Center of the Earth.
It is a beautiful book that made me smile and often surprised me with so many wonderful premises I can't help but wonder what a collection of side stories would be like. What are fairies really like?
Definitely recommend this book to any and all who love a good slice of fiction that leaves you wondering what if, over and over again, which is the sign of a story that sticks with you and would no doubt be a memory worth being stolen.
I always hate giving any specifics or details in my reviews that may spoil the reader, so I'll just say this: Strange Luck is a faced paced adventure that pulls you into a world of pure imagination with twists and turns to keep you on the end of your seat. A blend of Alice in Wonderland meets Narnia in this delightful read. You'll be wondering what is real and what isn't. The mind is a wonderful tool, but can be treacherous if we abuse it. If memories are what keep us from losing the best of our past - to lose them would be a haunting future.
This has everything you would want in a fantasy book and more. Strange Luck is both whimsical and thrilling behind its creative and descriptive imagery. I read this book with my 12 year old son, and even he thought it was one of the most creative and original books yet. This kid reads a lot. I give Strange Luck 5 amazing stars. I can't wait to read more from this author.
That being said Amie Irene Winters masterfully crafts an intricate mystery, within an adventure being started type arch that really grabs you from the the first sentence on. Her introduction the main characters of the book Daisy and Roger really gave me this grand outline of these amazing and complicated characters. Mrs. Winters' style is fast and the dialogue sings with the tempo of the frenetic pace that this book starts on. It is amazing, amazing work.
Where this book loses me from time to time are in the moments that are YA staples that tend to creep into stories like these, awkward romance, character nativity, etc. They aren't as overt as a lot of the genre's companions are but they are there and that's not a fault per say. It's more of my personal taste getting in the way.
This book is well written, well constructed, and has a incredible pacing to it. Even in the spot where a big discovery happens in the 2nd act, beginning of really, the writer is so talented that even in the moment when you know it is going to come to slow down, they handle this transition with beautiful movements that don't linger and get you right back engaged into that pace from the 1st act.
I am excited to see where the next 2 books in this series go and Yes I will be reading them.
If you are a fan of YA and are tired of the cliche versions a lot of this genre offers but still want some of the things this genre is known for this is absolutely the book/series for you.
Top international reviews
With numerous twists and turns, it is the kind of book that once you start reading it, you can't easily stop reading until the last page.
The book manages to be profound, light full and entertaining.