ARC Buddy Review | The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz

Since it was Shanna who first introduced me to Tiffany Reisz, it made sense for us to read The Lucky Ones together. It doesn’t matter what this author writes – when she puts pen to page (or keyboard to screen,) there is always going to be an aura of mystery and many many theories that will cross your mind – always good to have a friend handy for these books! We were glued to this book from beginning to end, and our What’s apps sure got a workout while we were reading this! Please be advised that as this is a book discussion, there will be spoilers.

The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz
Gothic Romance
Publication Date | February 13th, 2018
ARC from Netgalley

Book Blurb:

They called themselves “the lucky ones.” They were seven children either orphaned or abandoned by their parents and chosen by legendary philanthropist and brain surgeon Dr. Vincent Capello to live in The Dragon, his almost magical beach house on the Oregon Coast. Allison was the youngest of the lucky ones living an idyllic life with her newfound family…until the night she almost died, and was then whisked away from the house and her adopted family forever.

Now, thirteen years later, Allison receives a letter from Roland, Dr. Capello’s oldest son, warning her that their father is ill and in his final days. Allison determines she must go home again and confront the ghosts of her past. She’s determined to find out what really happened that fateful night–was it an accident or, as she’s always suspected, did one of her beloved family members try to kill her?

But digging into the past can reveal horrific truths, and when Allison pieces together the story of her life, she’ll learns the terrible secret at the heart of the family she once loved but never really knew.

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What made you pick up The Lucky Ones?

Angie Elle: In a roundabout way, it was Shanna that made me pick up the book. She told me a long time ago she didn’t think the Original Sinners (one of her favorite series of all time,) was for me. Could there be a bigger challenge? I, of course, immediately read the first book on the down low. And I loved it. It threw me down the Tiffany Reisz rabbit hole, and the rest, as they say, is history. Also, the word ‘gothic’ kept being thrown around with this book, and I love books with that spooky feel.

Shanna: Did I really say that? I think i tell everyone that so I could keep Søren, Kings and Nora all to myself. But how the tables have turned because it was Angie who told me about this book. And Yes for me seeing the name of the author was enough for me to read the blurb, and one I did I was ready to pick it up and devour.

What did you think of Allison’s relationship with McQueen?

Angie Elle: From a reader standpoint, I was able to romanticize it and love it. There was really something about McQueen that I liked from the get-go anyway. But it’s not a place I’d ever want to be. Not for six years.

Shanna: Yeah I didn’t like it at all, he just seemed to me to be so entitled and out right privileged I had real issues with the whole thing, but about halfway through the book, I realized that he was an important part of Allison’s life, and that was what allowed me to be able to deal with him.

Angie Elle: I saw it as an arrangement that suited them both. Everything was consensual, and if she didn’t like it, Allison could have left at any time. And I think, like you said, we saw more of him as the book went on, and it was clear he genuinely cared about Allison. But I will say, the flower deliver at the end threw me for a bit. I think it was a bit overboard to put that in the book.

What was your impression of The Dragon House?

Angie Elle: I thought the idea of how Dragon House became The Dragon House was interesting and quirky. But the more I got to know, the creepier the house became. You could just tell there were some terrible things that took place behind those doors.

Shanna: I was scared of the house from the time the name was revealed. How could good things be happening inside a dragon? It just gave the impression that there was something very strange happening. That said the imagery that was affiliated with the house was beautiful, and I did like that part.

How did you feel about the poetry woven throughout the book?

Angie Elle: To be honest, I am not a fan of poetry. It reminds me too much of forced reading in school, and I was more the gal who had a paperback hidden in her textbook reading while poetry was being read around me. But I do like the idea of why Allison felt the need to memorize poetry. It broke my heart.

Shanna: Yeah the reason why she was memorizing was heartbreaking. But though I am not a big fan of poetry, I really like how TR was able to weave classical poetry into this story. I think that having these little bits of other books that have made an impression on an author is wonderful.

Did you feel the pacing of this book was consistent?

Angie Elle: Oh my word. The pacing of this book, and the way the plot was written kept me glued to the pages. I kept thinking ‘just one more chapter, just one more chapter.’ I found the plot relentless until the very end, and I couldn’t put the book down.

I do want to mention, though, that I think there were times the banter went on for too long. I found this with the last series I read by this author, too, and I feel like it takes a bit away from the conciseness of the story-telling. It’s almost like she just can’t resist putting it in there. I think there could have been a heavier hand editing wise.

Shanna: Yeah I was glued as well, I just couldn’t put down the book. Every chapter was deliberately written to make you want to read just one more, and so much was being said and at the same time not said. It was really good for this book.

What did you think of Roland?

Angie Elle: I really liked Roland. There was a genuineness to him I appreciated, and it made me sad to think he was spending his life trying to atone for something.

Shanna: I fell so hard for Roland from the get go, the fact that he had blamed himself for Alison leaving was just so heartbreaking, and all those years later the fact that he was still willing to try to get her to come back, it was sweet in so many ways. My biggest issue with him was the secrets that he was holding, that was the only thing, but I think by the end of the book all was forgiven.

What did you think of the rest of the constants of Dragon House – Deacon, Thora, and Dr. Capello?

Angie Elle: You know, throughout the entire story, the dynamic in the house was just odd. It seemed people were just a bit too comfortable with each other, and the jokes sometimes went a bit too far. But I thought it fit the story.

Shanna: For me I liked the balance in the house. I will say that there was something so relaxing and cool about Deacon, I thought we could definitely be friends maybe something more :::wink wink::: Thora felt like I just didn’t really get to know her even at the end I had some questions about her still, she was just not there as much. And Dr. Capello, he was the biggest surprise for me, I won’t say why but I will say that he was the most memorable of the characters for me.

Angie Elle: I didn’t realize until you mentioned it, but I agree. The book closed with Thora being as much a mystery as she was when we first met her.

How did you feel about the ending of this story?

Angie Elle: I thought the ending of this story was pretty tame, but I think that’s how it needed to be. There were so many shocking moments throughout this book that I think the ending made it more even-keeled. And I like the way closure for the kids of Dragon House came about in a gentle way.

Shanna: I have to say I agree. Although everything came at me in the rapidfire succession, I thought the end was kind. It was good to all The Lucky Ones. (That final scene brought tears to my eyes for sure.)

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