Friday, September 4, 2015

The Luck Uglies

The Luck Uglies
by Paul Durham
Harper Collins, 2014. Fiction. 387 p.

Rye and her mother Abigail live outside the protection of the city walls, and near the dark and dangerous forest. Abigail promises Rye will always be safe from the fearsome Bog Noblins, and the dangerous Luck Uglies as long as she lives by the five house rules. Rye tries to be obedient most of the time, but when she "accidentally" takes a forbidden book, it triggers a sequence of thrilling and terrifying events that cause Rye to question all that she ever thought about her mother, the house rules, and who she really is. This is a fun and exciting new fantasy featuring a gutsy girl in a whimsical world.  Durham has a clever imagination, a good sense of pacing, and a knack for getting just the right balance between plot and action. Luckily the second in the series is already available. This book is available in print and as a recorded book on CD.

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