Friday, May 30, 2014

Bad Luck Girl by Sarah Zettel

This week marks the release of Bad Luck Girl, the third installment in Sarah Zettel's American Fairy trilogy.

Warning: if you've not read Dust Girl and Golden Girl, spoilers ahead!

Callie managed to save her parents from the Seelie king but sadly not without complication. The accidental killing of the king's daughter has resulted in an all out war between the Seelie and Unseelie - and their factions. Now, Callie, her parents, and Jack have gone on the run in an attempt to lay low and survive the battle. But it won't be easy, as Callie learns to use her new powers it becomes ever clear just how far folks are willing to go to get their hands on the child of prophecy!

Callie has so far survived the Dust Bowl, a run in with the Unseelie court (including her uncle, Shake), Hollywood, and a run in with the Seelie court as well. Whew! That's a lot for a fourteen-year-old girl to handle even if she is a fairy princess. But she takes it all pretty much in stride. After all, she has just learned that she's heir to a fairy throne and that she's apparently got powers none of the other fairies possess. Her friendship with Jack definitely helps to keep her grounded, especially as their adventures continue.

I absolutely adore the fact that Zettel has set this series around this particular time period. I've still not seen anything quite like it but it makes for a truly remarkable combination - the fae and 1930s American history, that is.

Callie's age puts this series a bit on the younger side of teen fantasy, in my opinion, but it's no less enjoyable even for someone my age.

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