The Canary Club. Sherry D. Ficklin. Young Adult/Historical Fiction/Romance. 2017. 325 pages. 1.5 stars.
“Good people don’t always wear badges, bad guys don’t always wear shackles, and sometimes people have to do what they have to in order to protect what they love.”
I received an advanced copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
“Bad Luck” Benny is a fella from the wrong side of the tracks. Recently released from jail, he has vowed to keep his head down and stay out of trouble. But he also needs to care for his ailing sister and the rest of his struggling family, and he’ll do anything to make that happen—even if it means taking a position with a notorious crime boss. He soon finds himself in over his head—and worse still—falling for the one dame on earth he should be staying away from.
Masie is the daughter of a wealthy gangster with the voice of an angel and gun smoke in her veins. Strong-willed but trapped in a life she never wanted, she dreams of flying free from the politics and manipulation of her father. A pawn in her family’s fight for control of the city, and with a killer hot on her heels, she turns to the one person who just might be able to spring her from her gilded cage. But Masie is no angel, and her own dark secrets may come back to burn them both.
Two worlds collide in this compelling story of star-crossed lovers in gritty prohibition-era New York.
The main problem that I had with this book was the plot, or rather, the lack of it. Nothing was happening for 80% of the book with the exception of insta-love. By the time the plot actually picked up, I was too unattached to the characters and was skimming through the last hundred pages.
I’m not a hater with books with barely any plot, (i.e. Always and Forever Lara Jean 5 stars btw) but I just couldn’t stand this one. I was so bored. I thought that the fact that the novel was set in 1920s New York was going to be exciting but????? If it weren’t for the 20s lingo and the bold letters stating that it was set in Manhattan at the beginning, then I wouldn’t have guessed that it was set there. The book focused too much on the boring romance that it wasted several opportunities given by the setting itself.
Sad to say that this book was just meh. I had high hopes for it, but I guess it just wasn’t for me. However, I’m still hoping that you have a better time reading it than I did!!