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The Sisters of Reckoning, by Charlotte Nicole Davis

tangleroot_eli's review

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adventurous challenging emotional hopeful inspiring reflective tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
I'm pretty sure this series is a duology, so there won't be more in this world. This breaks my heart, because I would happily read at least a dozen more books about these characters and the world they live in, but at the same time I love it because these two books clearly tell exactly the story Davis wanted to tell, and that story really doesn't need anything else. Basically, I just love these books and hope a lot of other people find them, read them, and love them, too.

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msemeniuk's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional hopeful fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0

tonililian's review

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adventurous challenging dark emotional hopeful inspiring tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

5.0

glelchuk's review

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adventurous dark tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

mquater's review against another edition

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adventurous dark emotional fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.75

drey72's review against another edition

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4.0

The Good Luck Girls’ adventure continues in The Sisters of Reckoning, where escape wasn’t the only goal, freedom is. For every other good luck girl in Arketta, as well as all dustbloods.

Aster stays with the Lady Ghosts, working through the painfully slow processes to help individual girls escape. But she’s frustrated by the pace at which they’re working, which isn’t wrong. As stories of her group’s escape and escapades travel, other dustbloods are inspired to rebel – prompting those in power to come up with even more onerous and stringent rules. When one of them is to start the Good Luck Girls’ “lucky night” at age thirteen, Aster sees red. And departs on her own mission to burn down every single welcome house in Arketta.

The Sisters of Reckoning is more Aster’s story than the group camaraderie we got with The Good Luck Girls (even if Clem, Mallow, Tansy, and Zee come back to help foment rebellion). She’s working with the Scorpions, dreams up an audacious plan, gets the Lady Ghosts’ participation, and soon Arketta’s landowners are railing – and quaking – at her name.

What I like about Aster is that she’s not perfect, and she knows it. And I like that she’s not coddled when she’s not perfect. I also like that she figures out that it’s ok to be her and not who others expect her to be. All in all, I quite enjoyed The Sisters of Reckoning, and look forward to reading more from Davis.

drey’s rating: Excellent!

jule23's review against another edition

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adventurous dark emotional hopeful tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

5.0

inkandplasma's review against another edition

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4.0

Thanks to Hot Key Books for the eARC of this book. It has not affected my honest review.

Content Warnings: discussions of forced prostitution, oppression, sexism, transphobia, abuse, violence against women, violence.

This review may include spoilers for book 1 in this series, The Good Luck Girls.

The Sisters of Reckoning is the sequel to THE GOOD LUCK GIRLS, an LGBT+ dystopia about a group of girls who escaped the ‘welcome house’ that they’d been sold to as children – a brothel that brands the girls as children with a mark that cannot be hidden. In the first book, they are forced to flee after Clementine accidentally murders the man who visits on her first night as a sundown girl. The Sisters of Reckoning continues on from the end of The Good Luck Girls, where Clementine and the rest of the group have found freedom in neighbouring Ferron, while Aster has remained behind to help more girls escape Arketta one at a time.

I really liked the way that this book built on the first one. In The Good Luck Girls we see a small group in desperate straits, fighting any way that they can for their personal freedom, whereas in The Sisters of Reckoning, they’re taking on systemic issues in Arketta on a huge scale. This isn’t your standard YA overthrow-the-system story. Charlotte Nicole Davis allows her characters to be dark and traumatised and lets them wreak the revenge they deserve. They make choices that are hard, that are awful in some cases, but that they have to make for any change to take place. That doesn’t mean these girls aren’t fiercely moralistic, they are doing the right thing at every opportunity, but the right thing isn’t always the easy thing or the good thing.

One of my favourite facets to this book was Aster’s struggle with her PTSD and sexuality. She’s still suffering PTSD from her time in the welcome house, and on top of that she’s trying to come to terms with her attraction to men and women and how she feels about it. I really loved the way that Charlotte Nicole Davis handled this, and how Aster had to process her attraction alongside her trauma as well as separating it – Aster definitely isn’t the only woman who fears that her same-sex attraction could be caused by her trauma, and this book handles it sensitively.

I really enjoyed the way that this book ended. Without getting into spoiler territory, we got to see the interpersonal conflict which was far more important for our characters than the large scale ‘rebellion’ type scenes I’m used to from YA, and it left me feeling satisfied with this duology as a whole. While I wouldn’t mind reading more from this world, I also can’t wait to see what Charlotte Nicole Davis comes out with next.

littleduckreads's review against another edition

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adventurous tense

4.0

pretty_little_bibliophile's review against another edition

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4.0

So glad I got to read this book! Thanks to TorTeen for the books!

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