4 star rating
Bad Luck Girl
The American Fairy, Book #3
By Sarah Zettel
ISBN# 9780375869402
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Brought to you by OBS reviewer Valerie


After rescuing her parents from the Seelie king at Hearst Castle, Callie is caught up in the war between the fairies of the Midnight Throne and the Sunlit Kingdoms. By accident, she discovers that fairies aren’t the only magical creatures in the world. There’s also Halfers, misfits that are half fairy and half . . . other—half paper, half steel girder, half electric spark. As the war heats up, Callie’s world falls apart. And even though she’s the child of prophecy, she doubts she can save the Halfers, her people, her family, and Jack, let alone herself. Bad Luck Girl, they call Callie, and she’s starting to believe them. (Random House)


Wow. What an impressive way to end the trilogy. I’ve always been impressed with Sarah Zettel’s works. From Palace of Spies to Reclamation, Sarah Zettel’s novels are charming, witty, and captivating. Bad Luck Girl is no exception. While Dust Girl was by no means my favorite book, the trilogy definitely improved by the time the sequel came out.

Callie is a great character. She’s smart and she brings diversity to the YA world, as she’s not white. Let me repeat that. She’s. Not. White. What I love about Sarah Zettel is her ability to foreshadow and subtly (okay maybe subtly is the wrong word) mention the issues about race and diversity. I’m truly impressed by Callie’s personal development even in the third novel.

Let’s talk about the plot. I really don’t feel comfortable saying much, but the plot is pretty kick-butt. Honestly, everything and anything you can possibly imagine happens but in a beautiful, eloquent way. Does that even make sense? No? Well too bad, cause that’s all you’re getting.

Those Midnight Throne fairies though. And the fairies from the Sunlit Kingdoms. And the Halfers too. Let’s just say that Callie’s stronger than she thinks. Maybe she’s Bad Luck Girl, but that’s only because she’s way too cool for everyone else. She’s a goddess!

To conclude, Bad Luck Girl is definitely the strongest book in the series. Unlike the first book, Bad Luck Girl is fast-paced and interesting. It’s definitely unexpected, to say the least. This is a great book that’s definitely worth buying.

*OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review as part of their ongoing blog tour*