Review of The Luck Uglies

Posted December 16, 2014 by Stormi in Book Reviews / 2 Comments

Review of  The Luck Uglies

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Luck Uglies by Paul Durham
Genres: Adventure, Children's Book, Fantasy
Published by Harper Collins Pages: 395
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss


The Luck Uglies is the first in a tween fantasy-adventure trilogy brimming with legends come to life, a charming wit, and a fantastic cast of characters-and is imbued throughout with the magic of storytelling.

Strange things are happening in Village Drowning, and a terrifying encounter has Rye O'Chanter convinced that the monstrous, supposedly extinct Bog Noblins have returned.
Now Rye's only hope is an exiled secret society so notorious its name can't be spoken aloud: the Luck Uglies. As Rye dives into Village Drowning's maze of secrets, rules, and lies, she'll discover the truth behind the village's legends of outlaws and beasts...and that it may take a villain to save them from the monsters.

The first in a series, The Luck Uglies is an altogether irresistible cross of Lloyd Alexander's Chronicles of Prydain, Stefan Bachmann's The Peculiar, and Chris Healy's The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, overflowing with adventure, secrets, friendship, and magic.

I Liked It!

Also by this author: Luck Uglies: Forked-Tongue Charmer

The Luck Uglies is the first book in a series by Paul Durhan and the first book I have read by this author. I really wasn’t sure what to expect from this book and although I did enjoy it, I found it  a little slow going in the beginning.


What I thought of this book.

House Rule #1: Don’t stop, talk , or question ask, beware of men wearing mask. 

Rye is not very good at following the rules, though she does try. She didn’t really break this rule but she did put on her own mask at one point the story to help her sneak around.  Rye is some times just a little bit more adventurous than is good for her and she is always falling. She comes by it naturally when you find out who her father is.

House Rule #2: He may run and he may hide, but Shady must never go outside.

Shady is the family cat and she is not allowed outside because it’s to dangerous. Rye came home after an adventure and accidentally lets him out and when she chase after him she gets herself in trouble.  Shady comes in handy as a family pet.

House Rule #3: Lock your door with the Black Moon’s rise, don’t come out until the morning shines.

Normally Rye doesn’t go out on the Black Moon but there has been talk about the Bog Noblins and the Luck Uglies so her  curiosity and the please of one of her friends Folly gets her in trouble.

House Rule #4: Worn under sun and under moon, never remove the O’Chanters’ rune.

Rye doesn’t know why she has a run necklace, but she does know that it is never to come off. Even when Lord Longchance’s daughter sees it and wants. Rye’s mother was reading to bring out her knife when he went to take it off her. It’s helps protect her from the Bog Noblin’s but she does sort of break this rule though it really wasn’t her fault.

House Rule #5: If four fails and the bogs again crawl, don’t break one, break them all.

Towards the end Rye realizes that she has broken all the rules, but there are Bog Noblins out there bringing the village down and it’s up to her to help the Luck Uglies. When she starts to play with the rules again in her head she realizes that they are not just rules but some sort of riddle.

Rye has quiet the adventure once the first Bog Noblin comes to the village. She meets a man named Harmless (aka Gray, aka Gray the  Grim, etc), she gets to help the Luck Uglies because nobody thinks they will come and help. She breaks rule after rule but in the end it is what helped her figure things out. She helps save her village.

I think The Luck Uglies will appeal to both boys and girls who love a fun adventure book. It can be fun for adults as well. Over all I really did enjoy Rye’s adventures and plan on reading the next one in the series.

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