The Canary Club

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I quite enjoyed this book! It was gripping, exciting, thrilling! The main characters were very deep going and I loved how this detailed this book was. The detailed description of this world was so incredibly helpful by visualizing what the world was supposed to look like! The ending was so shocking and amazing, and just, wow!
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*I received a free copy of this ebook through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Maybe just shy of 4 stars, but I did really like it. My books from NetGalley have been kind of hit-or-miss lately, so I was happy to read one that I enjoyed. Previously, I had read another book by the same author and didn't like it, so I'm glad this one was different. It may not technically fit in with the other books on my crime-spy-thriller shelf, but I decided it put it there because it deals with crime families.

Because the book is set in the 1920s, there was a lot of lingo with which I wasn't familiar, but most things made sense within context. Reading about that era was...

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Check out author's other books or related books? Of course!! I will read anything she puts out!

Recommend this book? YES if you love historical fiction or the prohibition era check this out!

Notes and Opinions: Sherry has been a long time favorite author of mine since I read the Queen series way back when. It is still one of my all-time favorite stories. She has a way of creating a world and making it come alive for us readers to weep over and love and this one was no different! I read the tiny novella of this a while ago and am just now getting around to reading this one. This is out by the way so go grab it! It won't do you wrong!

I love historical fiction (ya who saw...

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Actually rating: 3.75 stars

In the Canary Club we get to follow two characters badluck Benny and Maise the mobsters singer daughter.
Benny has just gotten out of jail to discover his little sister is sick, his brother left to care for her, while his mom is pulling doubles at the canning factory to attempt to make ends meet. This means Benny is immediately looking for a job, and after getting in touch with his old friend finds one moving crates.

Maise is the mobsters daughter who is kept under lock and key by her father for her safety and so he can control her. She's a singer in one of his clubs and she believes she will be stuck in this life forever along with her older brother.
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After three months in jail for a crime he didn’t commit, Benjamin “Benny” Fleisher is back on the streets of New York. He wants to stay away from trouble, but his family is going through difficult times –and to make everything worse is little sister is very sick and in need of special medical care. When no respectable business gives Benny an opportunity to earn an honest salary, Benny finds himself working for a notorious crime boss, Dutch Schultz. Quickly climbing through the ranks after saving Dutch’s life, Benjamin has to struggle to keep his integrity while losing his heart of gold to the only girl he shouldn’t, the daughter of his boss, Masie Schultz, a flapper with the voice of an...

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Why you should read it: The glitz, glamour and danger of the Prohibition Era come to life under the deft pen of Sherry D. Ficklin in her new novel, Canary Club. Evocative settings, casual — and not-so-casual — violence, free-flowing libations and a sultry soundtrack set the mood for attraction to turn to co-conspiracy and — at last! — love between the two point-of-view characters, Masie and Benny.

This vivid tale of organized crime, coming-of-age escape and romance will linger in your mind long after the final page is read. Don’t be surprised if a few suit-wearing gangsters and well-beaded flappers are joined by the sounds of screeching tires, gunfire and torchy ballads in your dreams.
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The concept of this book sounded great. The 1920’s is a time period that I’ve always been fascinated with, so whenever I see a book set in that time, I’m always excited to pick it up. The historical aspects of this book were great. It was very easy to slip into this world and experience the story along with the characters. The gritty world of New York City mobsters was alluring, and was definitely the strong point of this book.

With that said, the setting was about the only strong point. The romance honestly wasn’t all that special, with some serious instalove and endless amounts of general YA love tropes. The characters themselves were average, but they felt like archetypes. Masie was...

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A story of star crossed lovers, what could be better? 2 people from opposite sides of the tracks whose families wouldn't agree with their love can't be separated.  Follow this story of of worlds colliding and a love that wants to withstand it.
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Where do I even begin? This novel captured my attention when I wasn't even in the mood for this kind of book (I was in the mood for a werewolf novel). But oh my gosh, this had so many twists and turns! The plot kept thickening and I was honestly was glued to the pages. Basically, this novel is about a boy who can't seem to get a break and a girl who is unhappy with the life she was forced into. 

I loved being able to learn parts of the character's past/being able to learn why they were the way were. Masie was definitely one of my favorite characters. I loved how she was such a strong character. She was able to show that you can be vulnerable and be strong, showing that...

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3.5 stars
*Thanks to Netgalley for giving me a free copy to review*

"Having people fear you gives you power. Having them love you gives you influence. Having both, well, that's how you build an empire."

This has got to be the most refreshing setting after all the fantasy I've been reading. And that's what sold me on this story. I'm not sure there were enough gangsters, drive-bys and illegal actions to truly capture the era but I still thoroughly enjoyed it.
The romance is a focal point in this book. A couple other reviews said it's insta-love and it kinda is. They also said Masie is too modern and she probably is. Someone said their personalities...

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When Benny is released from jail, where he was serving time for a crime he didn't commit, he struggles to find a job to help his destitute family. He gets offered a position working for a wealthy gangster family. He originally plans to make enough money to get their family back on track and allow his mom to stop working double shifts, and to pay for medical care for his ailing little sister. Instead, he finds himself falling head over heels for the boss's daughter. He has to make a lot of tough decisions in order to keep everyone he loves safe, while not compromising his values.
This was one of the best historical fiction books I have read, It kept me so captivated that I...

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I realized recently that I am not the biggest fan of historical fiction because I feel they do not always truly reflect the time period, but I felt that The Canary Club did a wonderful job of using the slangs in a modernly understandable way and even gestures one can see in movies was common in the 1920s. I loved the little cameos of famous people of the time.
Benny’s climb through the ranks seemed a bit fast and a bit unrealistic for gangsters who are always watching their backs for rats. However, I do recognize that it made the plot move along and it didn’t detract from the enjoyment of the book for me. Benny also felt a bit like a naive character but not painfully so as many other book...

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When I think about historical fiction, my mind wanders to a time before real toilets existed. It went over my head that the genre does not only include a time before both world wars but also a time like the roaring 20s.

In Canary Club, we follow "Bad Luck" Benny who emerged from the wrong side of town, fresh out of jail for a crime he didn't even commit. With the heavy desperation to feed his family, he stumbled upon a job that opened doors into a scathing world of gangsters and their corrupt businesses. It also led him into the arms of a certain canary with a golden voice, Masie Schultz, whose father just happened to be one of the leading crime bosses and also Benny's...

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A very YA look into the world of prohibition era New York, with a dash of gangsters and a frothy romance thrown in.

Canary Club follows 'Bad Luck' Benny - fresh out of jail, and Maisie, daughter of the local 'mob' boss who Benny ends up working for. Maisie is head strong, like her father, yet vows not to follow in his footsteps. Benny is determined to keep on the right side of the law, yet is drawn into a murky underworld in order to provide for his ailing family. With Maisie facing trouble as the pawn in her families fight for control of the city, she turns to the one person she thinks will be able to help her. But can love win over business?

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3.5/5

I really enjoyed this book, the 1920's are one of my favourite era's, the fashion, the language the prohibition, I love it all!

the book follows two characters Benny and Maisie. Benny is from the wrong side of tow and just got out of jail, he ends up landing a gig working for a mob boss. Maisie is the daughter of them ob boss, can you guess what happens here? star-crossed lovers

I really enjoyed the relationship Benny and Maisie formed and how they seemed to work well together. I would have liked to see a bit more of the crime scene, as this was prohibition New York where there were lots of crimes taking place.

this was a fairly quick read and it did keep me intrigued...

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Prohibition-era New York. Benny just got out of the clink, and needs work to support his family. Masie Schulz, daughter of rum-runner Dutch and club singer, just wants out of the life. Will their love set them free?
The plot is fairly predictable, but it's a well-written tale, with likeable characters that have you rooting for them to (somehow!) achieve a happy ending.
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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...

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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...

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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...

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