YA Book Review

#ARCAugust: Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely

The Book:

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Book Title: Gunslinger Girl

Book Author: Lyndsay Ely

Page Count: 432

Publishing Date: January 2nd, 2018

Publisher: Jimmy Patterson Books

Date Read: August 16th, 2017


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The Review:

Fast paced and riveting, Gunslinger Girl is sure to thrill you! Praise goes to Lyndsay Ely for creating a world where the wild west meets a dystopian future. This story has adventure, danger, and a bold heroine you won’t soon forget!

The Plot: Serendipity wants nothing more than to be free of her tyrannical father and unhappy life in the commune. She jumps at the first chance of freedom, but quickly learns that it comes with a price. She soon finds herself in the city of Cessation, full of decadence and debauchery. As the fastest gunslinger of the west, she is offered a life of fame, but may have to give up a piece of her soul. With the aftermath of the second civil war looming over the city, and the spreading corruption of rebellion, Pity’s taste of freedom may go down in a blaze of glory and bullets.

Wow! Gunslinger Girl blew me away! This one far exceeded my expectations! I knew I was going to love it when I saw the stunning cover and the thrilling synopsis, but I am excited to say that this is my new favorite book of 2017 (even though it’s not going to be published until 2018, shhh). There was not one aspect of the story that I did not enjoy! It was full of unexpected twists and turns that kept me guessing until the very end.

Lyndsay Ely did a phenomenal job with her debut novel. The world building was absolutely incredible, and rich with detail! I pictured Las Vegas meets The Wild West with hints of a Fallout (post-apocalyptic video game) type setting. I was not left wanting for imagery. Cessation was an incredibly well written city that felt authentic, luscious, and treacherous.

The characters met along the way were extremely entertaining and highly developed. Each one had a unique back story and personality. They all worked so well together and added such depth to the plot.

Pity was the perfect gunslinging badass. She was tired of her mistreatment at home, and her circumstances, so she found the guts to do something about it all. She was fierce, brave, and moral, right to the end.

Max had the mysterious, misunderstood bad boy thing going for him. He was loyal and protective. He added a bit of intrigue to the story, and definitely took me by surprise.

Selene was my second favorite character. Pity being my favorite, of course. She was strong, calculating, and a badass force to be reckoned with. I pictured a Charlize Theron character in her place.

Even the supporting characters were astonishingly wonderful! There was sassiness in both Olivia and Flossie. Garland offered a bit of lust and intrigue. Luster was mischeivious, but also caring. Duchess had a confident air, all of his own. Santiago was quite humorous at times, and added an extra layer of “oomph” to the group. And Halcyon added a layer of eccentricity and vivaciousness to the mix.

This book was everything I wanted in a story, and so much more! There were unpredictable plot twists and thrilling shoot outs. The plot had entertainment, temptation, betrayal, and passion! Gunslinger Girl is now my new favorite and I look forward to reading it over and over! Make sure to pre-order this if you are looking for a story to blow the rest out of the water!


Thank you to Jimmy Patterson Books/Little Brown and Hachette Book Group for sending me this free ARC in exchange for my honest review! I cannot wait to buy the published hard copy!

Keep an eye on my blog for a future Q & A from the amazing author!


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30 thoughts on “#ARCAugust: Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely

  1. I’ve been watching this one for a while because that cover is so amazing. I’m so glad to hear the story is just as amazing and that there are so many likable characters. I’ll definitely be adding this one to my TBR. Great review!

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