Lucky Girl, How I Became a Horror Writer by: M. Rickert

Releases: September 13th, 2022

I received a digital ARC of this book from Tor, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Ro, a struggling writer, knows all too well the pain and solitude that holiday festivities can awaken. When she meets four people at the bar at the local diner—all of them strangers and as lonely as Ro is—she invites them to an impromptu Christmas dinner. And when that party seems in danger of an early end, she suggests they each tell a ghost story. Something seasonally appropriate.

But Ro will come to learn that the horrors hidden in a Christmas tale—or one’s past—can never be tamed once unleashed.

Content Warnings: Murder, death of loved ones, stalking, and mention of an eating disorder.

When I received an email from Tor marketing, letting me know about this ARC on Netgalley, they had me at: “the jagged feelings in Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw.” Having read NBBT ahead of its release and loving the short horror story I decided to give LUCKY GIRL a try.

This morning, when I was looking through my e-books/ARCs, and saw LUCKY GIRL I decided to start my day with a short horror novella…and it did not disappoint. Still new to reading horror, and though I’ve watched countless movies since I was a child, I still get nervous and like to read horror during the day. Think of me what you will but I like to dip my toes in while the sun is high in the sky. 😅

From start to finish this book took maybe an hour and a half to read and I enjoyed every minute of it. I desperately wish it was a full-length novel, there are so many things I’d like to learn about the characters we meet, and so much history I would love to explore further. Overall a very fun read to start my day and I look forward to picking up more books, written by M. Rickert, to dive into.

Published by Noelle Loves Books

Growing up, Japanese and Indigenous, it was hard to find books that showcased stories and worlds that accurately portrayed Noelle’s experiences. Fantasy quickly became her main love, as you could really be anyone, anywhere. As the years went on, and technology grew, Noelle was finally able to see more stories and authors that looked and felt like her. Noelle is open to all genre’s though she can mostly be found reading own voice, fantasy, and romance. Ratings: 5 Stars: Completely blew me away 4 Stars: Loved the story but didn't feel completely blown away by it 3 Stars: Liked the overall concept of the story but either had poor execution, had a lot of plot holes, or was written poorly 2 Stars: I struggled to understand the plot, poorly written, or just had really unlikeable characters along with a poor writing 1 Star: Horribly written, major plot holes, or extremely unlikeable characters and plots.

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