Gilded Cage (A Canary Club Novella) by Sherry D. Ficklin (Review by Cianna, #NerdGirlSunshine)


Title: Gilded Cage

Author: Sherry D. Ficklin

Published Date: December 1st 2016

Genre: Young Adult Historical


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Masie, the flaxen-haired daughter of notorious boot-legger Dutch Schultz, returns home from boarding school to find her family in crisis. Her mother is dangerously unstable, her father’s empire is on the brink of ruin, and the boy she once loved has become a ruthless killer for hire. To keep her family’s dangerous secrets Masie is forced into a lie that will change the course of her future—and leave her trapped in a gilded cage of her own making. As she watches her world fall apart, Masie must decide whether to take her place in the hierarchy, or spread her wings, leaving the people she loves, and the life she despises, far behind her.

Two worlds collide in Gatsby era New York, in a time of dazzling speakeasies and vicious shoot-outs, of gritty gangsters and iridescent ingénues, where not everything that sparkles is gold.

*This is the first of the Canary Club series and is a short story introduction into the forthcoming novels.

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***Cianna, #NerdGirlSunshine Review***
Outstanding! The 1920s has always been on of my favorite times, and Ficklin weaves an outstanding tale. This short completely fills you with such excitement for the full novel, that is 100% for sure. Fans of The Diviners by Libba Bray should dive into this world right away!
Masie comes home to a world she has no idea about, and lands right in the middle of it. Her wide-eyed innocence really defined her character at first, but as the novel goes on we get to watch her struggle to find out exactly where she truly belongs. She has to decide just how deep she’s willing to dive. The 1920s was a time of danger, mystery and a bit of romance, and it’s all perfectly captured in this story. You’ll be satisfied but still craving more, which Ficklin is known for doing.
Ficklin has always had a way with world building, and this is no different. The world is gorgeous, and sparkles. You are pulled in from page one, and you don’t stop until the end. Just like the raging parties of the Gatsby days, Ficklin’s novelette keeps you dancing until the first rays of sun appear.
Often times in shorts, the character just don’t lift off the page as well, but this is not the case. Every single character in this story has a vibrancy that is rarely seen in novellas. I’m beyond excited to dive into the full novel because I am just so in love with this world.
As they said, a little party never hurt nobody! Grab a copy of this as soon as you can, it’s worth it.

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  • Eisenschenk Cassie

    Another book that sounds amazing Ty for the review

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