Tuesday, December 7, 2021

REVIEW: Lucky by Marissa Stapley


I took a chance Lucky because I needed something different and it was a nice escape. The novel switches between the current day narrative of Lucky and that of her past and upbringing. You quickly learn that Lucky isn't really a grifter at heart--she was a victim of her upbringing and really only used crime as a last resort. Poor Lucky. It seemed that all she wanted was to live in one place, grow roots, have a normal life, and find out more about her mother. At every turn, though, she was thwarted. At first her father denied her the normalcy she desired. Later it was her slimy significant other. 

As her story unfurls and the past and the present meet in her narrative, everything about who she is, where she is, and why she is becomes glaringly clear and you just can't help but hope she'll find a way to make it out unscathed. 

While I was ultimately happy with how it all ended, I was a little bemused at the almost deus ex machina type of ending. All in all, though, a good read. 

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A thrilling roller-coaster ride about a heist gone terribly wrong, with a plucky protagonist who will win readers’ hearts.

What if you had the winning ticket that would change your life forever, but you couldn’t cash it in?

Lucky Armstrong is a tough, talented grifter who has just pulled off a million-dollar heist with her boyfriend, Cary. She’s ready to start a brand-new life, with a new identity—when things go sideways. Lucky finds herself alone for the first time, navigating the world without the help of either her father or her boyfriend, the two figures from whom she’s learned the art of the scam.

When she discovers that a lottery ticket she bought on a whim is worth millions, her elation is tempered by one big problem: cashing in the winning ticket means she’ll be arrested for her crimes. She’ll go to prison, with no chance to redeem her fortune.

As Lucky tries to avoid capture and make a future for herself, she must confront her past by reconciling with her father; finding her mother, who abandoned her when she was just a baby; and coming to terms with the man she thought she loved—whose dark past is catching up with her, too.

This is a novel about truth, personal redemption, and the complexity of being good. It introduces a singularly gifted, multilayered character who must learn what it means to be independent and honest...before her luck runs out.

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