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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 far 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 ...
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 far 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.
Told in Queenie's captivating and singular voice, Lucky Bunny is a richly colorful tale of trickery, adventure, and heart.
Posted April 2, 2013
Posted March 24, 2013
Lucky Bunny is a such a difficult book to review because it is quite different. It doesn't seem right to summarize the plot when this book isn't about the plot. It is more of an experience. In Lucky Bunny we experience Queenie, a feisty girl who knows nothing but a life of crime. Her loved ones have been taken away from her one by one. Some return and others remain ghosts that haunt and shape her choices as she grows older. Queenie makes friends and falls in love but live isn't easy for her. The setting is more than a backdrop, it is part of the experience. Set during and after World War II, Ms. Dawson takes real life events and adds them to the story creating an intriguing look into a world often overlooked.
The premise, setting, and writing in Lucky Bunny was great. The writing especially made this a very authentic read. The world and the characters felt so real. I love when I get a book where the writing makes me stop and take notice. I was inspired. Unfortunately though, I had a very hard time getting through this book. The pacing was just off for me. As I was reading, I could never quite understand the point of where everything was going. It's kind of hard to describe but I'll try. The story is told from Queenie's perspective. All of the events have already occurred and she's looking back and retelling it as she remembers. But before each new event, she foreshadows how things will turn out by pretty much saying how it will turn out. It wasn't annoying or bothersome but it took away the drive to keep reading. There was nothing pushing me forward. I pretty much knew how everything would turn out. If I put the book down, I pretty much had to force myself to pick it up and keep reading. Once I got back into things, it was okay.
Overall, I think the writing might be good enough to at least give this one a try despite the pacing issue I described. I can see many people loving it. Just a heads up, Queenie's in an abusive relationship so there is quite a bit of domestic violence in this one.
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The whole clan screetched in terror. It was a big mound of chaos. Some cats tried to stop the mad kit from killing their leader, but it was no use. He ran for the woods, his lightweight advantage taking him easilt out if the clan's sight. Oh, yeah, he though, dragging his fathers limp body. I forgot to kill the deputy. With a pang of sorrow, he remembered that the deputy was his loving, skillfull mother. "That doesn't matter right now," he muttered to himself. Bramblekit dashed toward her. Her eyes were flooded in fear and a tear slid down her cheek. Without hesitating, Bramblekit lunged and killed his mother. E raced into the woods, the clan still buzzing in confusion and fear. Deeper.. Deeper... he ran deeper in the woods until Bramblekit needed a rest. He climed a low-branched tree. He hauled his dead parent up after him. Bramblekit coud still hear the clan fighting. He was sur that they were tracking him down. After a day, he heard they settle down again. A heart-beat later, he could hear yowls are arguments. Then it was chilled wails and the warm scent of blood mingled i the murkey air. The clan was ighting over who was going to be leader. He already formed a plan in his mind. His thoughts were distracted by someing that was very unusual... a bramble bush browing on a branch. (Part 4 is next result.)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted December 7, 2012
I am not quite sure how I feel about this book. I think when I read the back of the book, I was expecting it to be more of an action and adventure book. I still enjoyed it, and thought it was very thought provoking, but just different than I was expecting. Sometimes, when I see or hear about a person who has a really complicated life, I wonder what their childhood was like. Not to say its always on their parents shoulders, but sometimes I wonder what events happen to shape a persons life as an adult. I am strangely addicted to Intervention, a tv show about addiction, because I want to see how the people's choices, influences, and experiences shape their futures.
Although Queenie had a hard life, full of abuse, abandonment, starvation, and death, I loved her perspective on this thought. "Once, at the Approved School, I remember Sister Grey saying to Sister Catherine, after looking at the files for a new admission and sighing theatrically, "How come all these street girls claim to have been abused by their fathers or uncles? I ask you - how statistically likely is that?" Based on my experience running the club, based on the Approved School, based on Ruth and Stella and everyone I knew at the time, I'd say: very."
I also found her logic and emotions on abusive relationships very insightful. "As long as you stay, you're convinced you can manage him, appease him, control him, match him, keep him sweet in some way. Leave, or try to, and his threats become real."
The story was written well, I love the slang vocabulary like 'gel' for girl and 'leg it' for running.
I like that Queenie is non conformist. She doesn't want to get married to a man just because she has a child with him. She is scared to leave him, but still wont marry him. This is also in a time where marriage was what you did. If you weren't married you weren't allowed to keep your own child. You were looked down on, and society didn't really know what to do with you, in a sense. I love that she beats to her own drum, and stands up for her convictions.
Overall, this wasn't my very favorite book, and it took me a bit to really get in to it (I blame my preconceived ideas of the type of book) it was still a really thought provoking book. It did have some bad language, scenes, and adult topics. Just a heads up.