Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Luck Uglies by Paul Durham

The Luck UgliesThus book is a 2014 release, and I gave it a rating of four out of five. Rye lives in the village of Downing, and strange things are happening. There are rumors that viscous Bog Goblins have returned to the area and will slaughter the people and destroy the village. The Luck Uglies saved them the last time these creatures attacked, but they haven't been seen in ten years. It seems the king may have broken his treaty with them, so they've left the village to defend itself. Rye's mom has also been sneaking out at night, and Rye discovers her with a strange, hooded man in the village tavern. Rye hears terrible sounds coming from the forest, the cat is acting weird, and Rye finds her life saved by the mysterious, hooded man. The things Rye soon discovers make her realize that she is the only person who can possibly save all of the people in Downing.

The plot isn't uncommon with the rumor of monsters coming, and the small girl ending up being the one who must face them. The story surrounding her situation is more unusual, as she discovers the truth about the Luck Uglies. There is a nice mixture of interesting characters and exciting action that held my interest. I don't know for sure, but I'm pretty certain there will be a sequel coming.

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