Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely

Author: Lyndsay Ely
Narrator:  Christie Moreau
Title: Gunslinger Girl
Format: Unabridged 
Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
Publication: 2018
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Source: Library
James Patterson presents a bold new heroine—a cross between Katniss Everdeen and Annie Oakley: Serendipity Jones, the fastest sharpshooter in tomorrow's West. 

Seventeen-year-old Serendipity "Pity" Jones inherited two things from her mother: a pair of six shooters and perfect aim. She's been offered a life of fame and fortune in Cessation, a glittering city where lawlessness is a way of life. But the price she pays for her freedom may be too great....

In this extraordinary debut from Lyndsay Ely, the West is once again wild after a Second Civil War fractures the U.S. into a broken, dangerous land. Pity's struggle against the dark and twisted underbelly of a corrupt city will haunt you long after the final bullet is shot.

Review 
This was an okay read. Pity's tired of her life in the commune and wants nothing more than to escape from her abusive father. He's decided to trade her to another commune because she's fertile and they are short on women that can bear children. Pity's determined that won't be her life and plots to escape on her own. She gets her chance when her friend, Fin decides that she wants to see the world and won't let Pity leave without her. The moment doesn't last long and Pity finds herself in Cessation without Fin. This place is new and thrilling at first but she has to earn her keep by becoming part of the show. Pity discovers that life in Cessation is much grittier than she thought when she's asked to do something she's not comfortable with doing, a Finale. She finds herself at the mercy of Selene and involved in a dangerous plot to save the town or lose what she loves. Pity realizes falling in love makes you vulnerable to those that seek to use you and Selene has her strung tight. 

I liked Pity, she has an innocence about her that was appealing. She has some growth in this book as she learns that life is hard and scary no matter where you go but it's worth the risk try for something better. I would have liked to get to know Fin more because she seemed the most interesting character to me.  Now, the world didn't feel western to me. The only aspect of that was Pity and her guns. It felt more futuristic with a circus vibe. Overall, the writing is good and the pace moved rather fast for this one. I think anyone that likes westerns with a futuristic twist and political backstabbing may enjoy this one. 

Narration: Moreau does a good job bringing the characters to life but it was strange that Pity was the only one that had a deep country accent or maybe it just stood out more to me. 

42 comments:

  1. This sounds like an awesome book.

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    1. It's a good start and has potential.

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  2. That's an interesting cover! I might enjoy this one.

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    1. I like the cover as well, it's what drew my attention at first.

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  3. I like a strong butt kicking heroine

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  4. Interesting review, sometimes if I feel the era isn’t authentic it takes me out of the story as well.

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    1. Yeah, I just couldn't see the western in this one.

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  5. Great review, I haven't seen many reviews about this book, but it does look and sound great. I might check it out and see if I like it or not. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.

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  6. Interesting review. Too bad it wasn't very western; the cover looks cool.

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    1. It wasn't maybe if I read it maybe I could've visualized it but no.

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  7. You had me at Annie Oakley meets Katniss. Sorry the setting and characters didn't quite measure up.

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    1. The setting was off for what I had in my mind but some of the characters were interesting.

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  8. Not my type of genre - but the graphic is kick ass!

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  9. I've seen this book around and it seems like it isn't a book for me, especially if it didn't seem believable. Glad for the good pacing and characters though.

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    1. Yeah, the pacing was good. I almost passed on it but the cover caught my attention and the synopsis seemed different.

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  10. Sounds interesting can't wait to read it.

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  11. Do you think it would be better to read vs listen? Or do you think you would have the same thoughts? Great review!

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    1. I think this is one I should have read and I might have been able to picture the world better.

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  12. I must admit to preferring my westerns historical. Great review thank you.

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  13. Great review. It's not my kind of read but I do like the cover.

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    1. The cover is what drew my attention. I thought wild west bounty hunter but it's a little different from what I imagined.

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  14. Hmm, sounds prety good. I would have thought this would have more of a western vibe too, from the cover, but glad it was still enjoyable!

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    1. It was an okay read but it missed me on the western vibe.

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  15. looks interesting, i would think this would be a lot more western seeing the cover and title nor futuristic

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    1. It's the technology that they have that gives it that feel to me.

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  16. Enjoyed your review. Sounds different and interesting

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    1. It is something different and I liked it okay.

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  17. I like the sound of the synopsis, but I'm not sure it would be one I would choose to read though. Great review.

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    1. Thanks. I understand, I almost didn't read it myself but decided to try it

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  18. I've seen this book around a lot of blogs and at every bookstore display around. I've been wondering about it. Thanks for your honest review.

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    1. It has a catchy cover and the idea of the book is good

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  19. I like that cover. Book sounds interesting too. Might check it out. I've been looking for more audio-books.

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    1. The cover is really cool. Hope you enjoy it

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  20. My nickname used to be Annie Oakley. I love cowboys and the cover of this book is beautiful too.

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  21. What a shame it didn't feel Western, especially with that cover.

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    1. Yeah, that cover was what got me but the book was just okay.

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