Giveaway: Review: Strange Luck by Amie Irene Winters

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I'll Meet You Theretitle: Strange Luck
author: Amie Irene Winters
pages: 210
format: Kindle
isbn/asin: 978-1508807995
buy it: Amazon | B&N | Goodreads
rating: 3/5 (from hated to loved) or 5.5/10 (all books I've ever read)
recommended for: For fans of Kit in the Candlestick by Nixie Turner, Alice in Wonderland, and other whimsical adventures.
Daisy Darling has never believed in the supernatural nor the spooky claims about the items sold in her family’s antique shop. She’s never sprouted wings, shaken hands with a time-traveling wizard, or even had a boyfriend. All she knows is a boring life taking care of her ailing father in her tiny mountain town.

That all changes when the seventeen-year-old opens a mysterious letter with a map to an incredible place far from her world. But Daisy finds out that the inhabitants of this world refer to themselves as prisoners, and her adventure quickly escalates into a dangerous journey where memories are stolen—the more cherished the memories, the higher the risk of losing them. Daisy possesses the unique ability to destroy the world and set its prisoners free, but first she must find the courage to battle the dark forces at play before her identity is erased and she’s trapped forever.

in depth

Strange Luck intrigued me immediately with its premise.  Meet Daisy, a girl who lives with her father in their shop of oddities.  Daisy has never believed the stories behind the items they buy:  hats that make you disappear, haunted mirrors, paintings that change with the weather.  Then, she finds a map that leads her to a place even her skepticism can't deny.  A place that feeds on memories.  

My favorite aspect of the book was Winters' whimsical portrayal of Nameless, the place of no memories.  It's a beautiful but desolate world.  Its residents live in fear of "him," the creator of the world.  He sates his appetite by devouring each person's best memories, one by one, until there's little left of them but a husk.  The horrible aching imagining of myself losing my memories, losing my very identity, kept me reading.  It was such a cool concept for a fantasy villain, and it amped up the tension as Daisy and her friend Roger moved deeper into the world and found themselves forgetting more and more.  

In execution, the book has relatively strong scaffolding, but some of the execution is a bit clumsy.  The dialogue was sometimes cheesy, the characters inconsistent or irrationally emotional, and the plot jerky.  Their trials felt too easy, with a few helpings of deus ex machina.  I also didn't really understand the whole scheme for defeating the villain, nor what happened just after Daisy and Roger escaped Nameless.  Yet in other places, Winters overexplains the story instead of trusting her readers to put the details together.  These are all a number of things that mark this book as a debut.  

However, hitches and all, Winters has written a really clever, interesting book.  Her Nameless world is a kind of psychological Wonderland, and she expertly juxtaposes tongue-in-cheek ridiculousness like the wizard Nedder Fedder with more serious investigations of how memories are the core of our selves.  If you're looking for a light, fun read, you're in Strange Luck.  

I couldn't help it.  

in a sentence

Strange Luck is a whimsical young adult adventure into a fantasy land where memories are precious currency, and escape means getting out before you forget who you are.        


3 lemons

Note: I received this copy from the author in exchange for a review. The price of the book and its origin in no way affected by stated opinions.

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  1. The plot sounds intriguing ! I really love the supernatural aspect in books, plus the cover is unique and eye catching