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The Luck Uglies

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The Luck Uglies

“Their jagged teeth and claws dripped with disease, making their bites poisonous. Three heads taller than a full-grown man, with bulging, runny eyes and lice-infested, red-orange hair in all the wrong places, they could bury themselves deep in the bogs and mudflats during the coldest days of winter and go months without eating.”

Everyone knows the tales of Bog Noblins --- they feast upon stray cattle and children --- and everyone knows the tales of the Luck Uglies, a notorious group that eradicated the Bog Noblins from the town of Village Drowning long ago. Supposedly, the Bog Noblins are gone for good and the Luck Uglies disbanded and were banished from Village Drowning, but rumors have been spreading that there have been sightings of the terrifying beasts and that people shouldn’t go out alone at night. Rye and her friends Quinn and Folly have been trying to learn everything they can about the Bog Noblins and the Luck Uglies, and they are about to come face to face with their worst nightmares.

what makes THE LUCK UGLIES a must-read is that it draws you right in --- you’ll be lost for hours, and you’ll be waiting eagerly for the next book.

On the night of a new moon the unthinkable happens: a Bog Noblin named Leatherleaf attacks and Rye is caught in the middle. Rye somehow survives the incident but a few things happen that will change her life forever. The first is that she meets a man named Harmless who will neither confirm nor deny that he is a Luck Ugly. Harmless does reveal, though, that creatures known as Gloaming Beasts are the only known predator of Bog Noblins, and that Rye should keep her eyes peeled for them as they may be hiding in plain sight. The second is that Earl Morningwig Longchance, the governing authority of Village Drowning, captures Leatherleaf and decides to make a mockery of it in front of the whole village.

Village Drowning finds out the hard way that chaining up a Bog Noblin and putting it on display is only asking for more trouble. Rye, Quinn and Folly, in their attempts to rescue Leatherleaf and release it back to the wild, are there when three huge Bog Noblins make the threat that could destroy Village Drowning and all of its inhabitants: release Leatherleaf or be destroyed! Earl Longchance, though, is a stubborn ruler, and now it’s a race against time before the real Bog Noblins return and destroy everything that Rye holds dear. Will the Luck Uglies return from banishment and help stop the Bog Noblins? Will Village Drowning survive?

These questions, and many more, dear readers, will be answered in the first book of what promises to be an original, action-packed trilogy by debut author Paul Durham. It is difficult to sum up in a review what makes THE LUCK UGLIES so enthralling. It could be the terrifying Bog Noblins that might just haunt your dreams. It might be that you’ll question whether or not the Luck Uglies are actually criminals or peacekeepers, depending on the situation. It could be the original world of Village Drowning that is as enchanting as any other top-notch fantasy out there. I do believe, though, that what makes THE LUCK UGLIES a must-read is that it draws you right in --- you’ll be lost for hours, and you’ll be waiting eagerly for the next book.

Reviewed by Benjamin Boche on May 2, 2014

The Luck Uglies
(The Luck Uglies #1)
by Paul Durham

  • Publication Date: April 29, 2014
  • Genres: Children's, Fantasy
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • ISBN-10: 0062271504
  • ISBN-13: 9780062271501