The Canary Club

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Sherry Ficklin's writing practically hums with electricity. There's an energy and a sense of expectancy in her writing and her characters that makes her writing unique. Having read all three of the prequel novellas in the Canary Club series, it was so satisfying read a full-length novel with all of the characters. And... based on the ending, I'm hoping there's more to come! Ms. Ficklin has certainly done her historical research, and has the ability to fully immerse the reader in the Prohibition Era. I love the inclusion of real life mobsters. The characters are so realistic and well-developed, and the plot never drags. As far as content, there is one instance of rape, but it is not...

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I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and Crimson Tree Publishing. All opinions are my own. When I recently read Bright Young Things I mentioned in my review that I didn't think there were enough gangsters in that book. Well with The Canary Club my wish was granted! When I spied a book up for request by Sherry Ficklin that was also set in the 1920's, I couldn't request it fast enough! I remembered how much I absolutely loved Queen of Someday and I was stoked to read another title by the artist in prose that is Sherry Ficklin. I can say, quite happily so, that The Canary Club met and exceeded my high expectations. I was swept into the 1920's as I started reading. Into a world...

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Slipping into the 1920s in this period piece was a nice change of setting from everything I’ve read lately. I immediately enjoyed the descriptions of Manhattan as Benny walked its streets after getting out of prison. The scenery came alive with author Sherry Ficklin’s descriptions of the sights and sounds, the people and places, and the lingo of those prohibition days. I liked Benny too. A guy who wouldn’t have any luck if he didn’t have bad luck is the type of underdog many readers like to root for. On the other hand, I did not care for Masie at all. It really annoys me when a character talks about how bad she is or how dark she is, but there is no evidence to support this. So she calls...

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Reading this book was like stepping back in time, straight to the roaring twenties. The dialogue, the descriptions of the clubs, the music - everything was on par and incredibly detailed. The author clearly put a lot of time and research into this novel, and it shows - not in a landslide of factual information, but in how smoothly everything flows together. For me, this book was "Romeo & Juliet" meets "The Godfather". Equal parts star-crossed lovers and booze-smuggling gangsters, but working surprisingly well together. It wasn't too much romance or not enough passion; likewise, there was a perfect amount of 20s clubbing and illegal activity to maintain the balance. Readers should...

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I didn't read any of the novellas before reading Canary Club, but I don’t think you need to. Canary Club is set in the late 1920s New York and follows the lives of two characters, Benny and Masie in alternating POV chapters. This book was everything I love about YA and Historical Fiction — life-like setting and swoon worthy romance. The 20s is one of my favourite eras to read about and Ficklin nailed it. I felt like I had been sucked into the era from the first page. She weaves in slang with ease; it never felt off-putting or unnatural for any of the characters. The romance was a slow burn, which I adored. I also enjoyed seeing their relationship unfold from both Benny and Masie’s POVs...

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The Canary Club will make an impact on your that you won’t soon forget! Masie and Benny come from two completely different worlds, but through fate and a little arm twisting, they end up friends, lovers and more. This Gatsby-era book includes all the glitz and glamor with a completely real and believable story line and characters. The book periodically switches view points between Masie and Benny to show their background, thoughts and feelings. This is extremely well done as both are incredibly likeable although not perfect which makes them even more realistic. This book does include explicit sexual content so skip it if that it a concern for you. This is a piece of historical...

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Benny, recently released from prison, is forced to take a job with a notorious crime boss to support his struggling family. He finds himself being drawn further and further into the underbelly of New York and finds himself falling for Masie, the beautiful strong-willed daughter of his boss. Canary Club is a story of star crossed lovers – the Romeo and Juliet of prohibition era New York. Canary Club is a rip-roaring ode to 1920s America. Ficklin has written a book that is full of vivid and complex characters. Benny and Masie are inherently likeable and you find yourself wanting them to be together; wanting Masie to be free from her father. The characterization in this book is truly...

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I enjoyed reading this book. The writing was mostly error free and the story was well put together. The plot kept me interested and wanting more. It was unique and entertaining. I would recommend this book.
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DNF at 56% "I wish I could be more like the other Joes, beating the streets with wild dreams of striking it rich in the market or becoming the next Broadway darling. They flood in by the train full, with stars in their eyes and holes in their shoes. But dreams are for suckers and con artists, and this city has more than enough of both." Let me just say this before I lay out everything that stopped me from finishing this book: I really, REALLY wanted to love Canary Club. I loved the premise, the synopsis made me excited, and I enjoy historical fiction, so I figured there was no way I could be disappointed. I am very sorry to say that I was wrong. There were certain aspects of...

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*Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a copy in exchange for a review. My opinions are honest and my own. I requested this one on a whim thinking I wouldn’t get accepted. I was genuinely interested in the premise, but I thought the setting of the 1920s wouldn’t work for me. In the end, I think everything but the setting ended up not working for me. Let’s start with possibly the most controversial of my gripes: Masie. I have a lot of issues with her characterization, but one in particular stands out; she comes across as far too modern. The thing that put me off from the beginning was the long paragraph near the start of her first chapter where she railed against her...

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Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for giving me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. The Canary Club is set in prohibition era NYC and is filled to the brim with flappers, corrupt cops, and gangsters. Are you intrigued yet? You should be. The story picks up when "Bad Luck” Benny is released from jail. Initially he vows to "keep his head down," but he also must care for his sickly sister as well as provide for his family. Not quite an easy task considering the times. Eventually he ends up taking a position with a notorious crime boss, Dutch Schultz. ENTER, Masie! Masie is the daughter of said notorious crime boss. She is as strong-willed as they come, but...

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Good characters and great setting make for a solid story.
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I love that this book is a period piece and takes place in prohibition-era New York! There is a little something for everybody in this book which makes it a must-have for my classroom library!.
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