The Canary Club

Pub Date   |   Archive Date 03 Oct 2017

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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 neither are bad...

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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 didn't have enough depth and I...

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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 couldn't put...

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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 own boss. With...

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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? I enjoyed the author's descriptions of...

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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 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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