The prologue caught my attention, but it died pretty quickly. | BookishFirst

The prologue caught my attention, but it died pretty quickly.

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This book follows a diverse cast of characters, ethnically, and personality-wise, as they seek to escape life trapped in prostitution. With a unique and magical take on branding, these brave young women venture to find the one person who can remove the mark that stains them.


I was intrigued by the premise of this story as it was pitched as a fantasy/western. The book starts off with a bang. The prologue is fast, weighted, and leaves the reader emotionally toiling alongside Clementine as she struggles to survive her "Lucky Night". It is an immediate punch to one's emotional fortitude with a rape attempt and a death. However, as the girls tried to navigate the repercussions of the night, I found myself disengaging from the story. The solution is thought of fast, without much explanation, and goes off without a hitch. The conflict felt empty. I found myself drawing away from the characters and the world as the story moved on and I didn't care about what was happening.

DNF at 21%.