Tuesday, November 13, 2012

BOOK REVIEW: “Lucky Bunny” by Jill Dawson

Lucky BunnyLucky Bunny Jill Dawson
Published: October 30, 2012
ISBN-10: 0062202502
Genre: Historical Fiction
Source: TLC Book Tours
Recommended for readers looking for a fast, entertaining read

From the back of the book:
Daring, clever, and alluring, Queenie Dove has spent a lifetime developing the skills of an accomplished thief.  Born into a criminal family in London’s East End during the Great Depression, and trained by a group of women shoplifters during the Blitz, Queenie soon graduates from petty street crime to farm more lucrative heists and the seedy glamour of the city’s underworld.  But giving birth to a daughter will make Queenie finally try to go straight…until the opportunity to take part in one last, audacious robbery tempts her back to the life of danger and excitement she once lived to the fullest.

Thoughts on Content: (4.0 / 5.0):
Despite being a rather shady character, Queenie is incredibly likeable.  This story show her birth into crime, why she embraced the lifestyle, her ascent in the criminal world, the repercussions of her actions, and, finally, her reformation.  It sounds like quite a bit for one story—but Dawson is able to tell it, while not becoming Dickensian over the whole thing. I don’t know how realistic a life like Queenie’s actually would have been, but Dawson had me believing this story.

Thoughts on Style (4.0 / 5.0): I quite liked Dawson’s voice in this book.  As I said, Queenie is very likeable, despite being a criminal.  There are number of other likeable characters in this book, as well as some who are not.  Queenie’s father, for example, is not likeable—he is flawed, to be sure.  But he is also a very realistic character.

Dawson also employs a genuine East London tone to this book.  There were a number of local terms that I had never heard before.  Surprisingly, I didn’t find this disruptive.  I was still able to follow the story line and the vernacular added to the local color.

My one stylistic complaint with this book is that the final heist is told in a different style than the others.  It is much more detailed and almost scientifically laid out.  The effect, for me at least, is that it is anti-climatic.

My Thoughts (4.0 /5.0):
I enjoyed this book.  It wasn’t a tough read, but it was entertaining.  I admired Queenie (although she isn’t a very admirable person) and I was always wondering what she would do next.  I felt that, for the most part, the story held my attention and, even though I found the final heist anti-climatic, I did find the book to be satisfying overall.  I can’t say that I felt especially moved by this book, but the time I spent reading it was well worth it.

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Need a second opinion? Check out some of the other stops on this blog tour (links go to the blog, not the specific review):

Tour Dates
Tuesday, October 30th: Peppermint PhD
Thursday, November 1st: Unabridged Chick
Monday, November 5th: A Reader of Fictions
Wednesday, November 7th: A Library of My Own
Thursday, November 8th: Walking With Nora
Friday, November 9th: Tina’s Book Reviews
Monday, November 12th: The House of the Seven Tails
Wednesday, November 14th: Reflections of a Bookaholic
Thursday, November 15th: Jenny Loves to Read
Friday, November 16th: Creating Comfort
TBD: The House of the Seven Tails
TBD: Chaotic Compendiums

This review is part of a blog tour by TLC Book Tours. I received a copy of the book to read and review. I received no other compensation and all opinions are mine, and mine alone.

AFFILIATE LINK: Buy this book at Amazon.

1 comment:

  1. Queenie sounds like QUITE the character!

    I'm glad you enjoyed the book overall. Thanks for being on the tour.

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