Author: Paul Durham.
Published: April 29th 2014 by HarperCollins.
Sort: The luck Uglies #1.
Source: Edelweiss & Publisher.
Strange things are happening in Village Drowning, and a terrifying encounter has Rye O'Chanter convinced that the monstrous, supposedly extinct Bog Noblins have returned. Now Rye's only hope is an exiled secret society so notorious its name can't be spoken aloud: the Luck Uglies. As Rye dives into Village Drowning's maze of secrets, rules, and lies, she'll discover the truth behind the village's legends of outlaws and beasts...and that it may take a villain to save them from the monsters.
Rye and her sister grow up with a couple of rules to keep them safe from monsters, even when they are brushed away as scary bed time stories and rumors. Until Rye comes face to face with one of them, a Bog Noblin, and the whole village falls apart. There is only one hope for them and that is the return from The Luck Uglies.
I quite liked Rye and I think she will make a good example for children. She listens to her mother, but she also shows that a little rebellion isn’t so bad. It shows that you also have to think for yourself and that it’s okay to make mistakes. She might be afraid of things, but she is brave enough to conquer her fears. This is how she starts an unique relationship with the mysterious ‘friend’ from her mother. It's quite obvious what his role is in the story, but that wasn't a problem to me.
The writing-style is pretty youthful, but there was never a point where the story became childish; it made the book just very easy and quick to devour. It’s not a book I would buy for myself, but I still downloaded the sequel from Edelweiss. The mystery around the Bog Noblin and the luck Uglies was interesting enough to make me continue this series. I would recommend to read this one is you look for something entertaining that doesn't acquire too much attention.