Gunslinger Girl By Lyndsay Ely [Review]

Gunslinger GirlRELEASE DATE: January 02, 2018
Lyndsay Ely
Young-Adult, Dystopia, Western, Adventure.
Jimmy Patterson
SUMMARY:  Seventeen-year-old Serendipity “Pity” Jones inherited two things from her mother: a pair of six shooters and perfect aim. She’s been offered a life of fame and fortune in Cessation, a glittering city where lawlessness is a way of life. But the price she pays for her freedom may be too great….
In this extraordinary debut from Lyndsay Ely, the West is once again wild after a Second Civil War fractures the U.S. into a broken, dangerous land. Pity’s struggle against the dark and twisted underbelly of a corrupt city will haunt you long after the final bullet is shot.




MY REV (Copy)

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I was super thrilled to read this book because it’s a western themed novel set in a dystopian world with a strong female lead.  After finishing the book, I was left pretty much disappointed. It turns out to be quite different from what I was expecting. It was totally a dystopian read with a very light western setting. I tried really hard to love this book, but I can’t. I’m not saying it was a terrible read and many people seems to love it but it just didn’t work out for me. I’ve read tons of dystopian books and this one felt like another typical dystopian read that I’ve read before except for the gunslinger girl aspect which was the only thing I found unique about this novel. Honestly, I enjoyed Rebel of the sands(another western mix novel) way more than this one.

The Story follows seventeen year old Serendipity Jones aka Pity who lives in a shitty world where women don’t have equality. After the second civil war, the west has become dangerous lands, so many women were turned infertile so the fertile women are bartered as prizes between communes as bridal bribes. Since her mother’s death, Pity had led a tough life with her father and two brothers.  Pity was pretty much skilled with guns which she inherited from her mother. After her father forbid her to touch a gun, she always craved for them. When she learns that her father sold her to another colony that needed fertile women, Pity gets pretty much devastated. To avoid the same horrible fate her mother had, she escapes from her colony with her mother’s pair of six shooters which is the only reminder left of her. During her journey when a tragedy takes place Pity finally ends up at Cessation, the last place on the continent where you can do whatever the hell you want. Soon she joins a show business which gives her fame and fortune but soon she gets tangled in underworld politics. When Cessation started to get the best of her, Pity realizes that she needs to get out but the prize she has to pay for her freedom was too great.

I couldn’t connect with any of the characters in this book. Seredipity Jones was an okay-ish character but she didn’t impress me much. I expected her to be strong heroine that kicks ass but instead we get a weak character. Yeah, she’s a good shooter but she really wasn’t that amazing. I was also annoyed with her weird nick name Pity. It sounded totally uncool and stupid. There is a light romance in the book and I’m glad it wasn’t the central focus of the book. I really wasn’t interested in the romance between Max and Pity, it was dull and boring. There is zero chemistry between them. Add to that, the love interest Max was even more boring. His character wasn’t fleshed out well enough, the  only thing that we get to know about him was that he’s a nice guy with piercings on his face and he paints well, but later when the author drops that twist about him, it was the ultimate cliche( I saw that coming).  The secondary characters aren’t fleshed out well either. They aren’t really memorable characters and after finishing the book, I already forgot their names. The only character that stood out for me was Selene, Cessation’s leader. She seemed like a female mafia leader and everyone fears her.

The plot was good but it could’ve been executed even better. The story began with a great start, but after Pity joins the theater show in Casimir the story took a slow turn and then I started to lose my interest. There were some exciting parts that I enjoyed but there were also slow draggy parts that bored me. I was expecting adventure and some bang bang action in desert but instead we get a circus like L.A show and some underworld politics which I did enjoyed btw but seriously, I was expecting more than that. I also forgot to mention this book doesn’t truly have a western feel to it which was the major thing that disappointed me. The writing of the author was pretty good but I need to say that there was a lot of telling but less showing. As for the world building, Lyndsay did create a interesting world but she didn’t provide a strong backstory and in this book, we didn’t get to explore much of this world. So far, we only get to know about Pity’s small commune at east, and Cessation. I’m hoping the next book going to be interesting because Pity has finally  got out of that dump.

Overall, it was an okay-ish read for me! It’s a dystopian read with a western twist. I might’ve given it a 3.5 stars if my expectations weren’t too high on this book. The book concludes with an interesting end and I might give the next book a shot when it comes out but I’m not sure yet.

Recommend it?

Despite my issues, I would recommend this book to all the YA dystopia lovers because it might work out for you guys.

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21 thoughts on “Gunslinger Girl By Lyndsay Ely [Review]

  1. LFBooks January 18, 2018 / 12:28 am

    Been thinking about this book as well, thanks for the review.

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  2. Beware Of The Reader January 18, 2018 / 12:43 am

    Oh no! It has such a gorgeous cover… but if you can’t connect woth characters it does not work indeed. I could read a story with very thin plot if the characters are extraordinary not the contrary…

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions January 21, 2018 / 6:10 am

      IKR? I fell for that gorgeous cover too. It’s too bad that it didn’t work out for me. It’s one of those books that you expect something and you get something else.


  3. Candid Cover January 18, 2018 / 2:02 am

    I am not sure that I have ever heard of a book that combined a Western and dystopian world. It definitely has an interesting concept, even though it is one that you didn’t love as much as you had hoped. Lovely review, as always! 🙂


    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions January 21, 2018 / 6:25 am

      Yeah, I haven’t heard of this unique mix either and that’s why I wanted to read this book so badly and I was very much disappointed when it didn’t meet my expectations. It’s not a bad read so do give it a shot if you want to read it.
      Thank you! 😊


    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions January 21, 2018 / 6:32 am

      Yeah, it’s too bad that it didn’t lived up to the interesting premise. It worked out for a lot of people so do give it a shot if you want to read it.

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  4. stephaniesbookreviews January 18, 2018 / 5:48 am

    I’ve seen so many mixed reviews on this one. I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy it more. For some reason it seems like every book that is a James Patterson Presents that I try ends up really underwhelming me.

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions January 22, 2018 / 3:26 am

      I’ve read another book that was presented by James Patterson. It was Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco . It’s not my favorite book but I did enjoyed it. So I really hoped that I would love Gungslinger girl but it turns out to be a disappointment.

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  5. Dani @ Perspective of a Writer January 19, 2018 / 11:46 am

    I was looking forward to your review of this Raven… and I’m not disappointed, you sure pointed out all the issues! The world doesn’t sound all that compelling at all… I think I’ll pass! ♥️

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions January 22, 2018 / 3:32 am

      If you’re looking for a decent YA dystopian read then this book is just for you, otherwise skip it.


  6. Sophie @ Blame Chocolate January 20, 2018 / 1:33 am

    Oh I’m sorry to hear this was just okay for you, Raven… When you can’t connect with the characters and the plot doesn’t really do much for you, either, it’s difficult to have a full reading experience. The fact that the romance was pretty crappy too is just awful. Which is a shame because I’ve heard wonderful things about this book!
    Anyway, I wish you better luck with your next read 🙂 Amazing review!

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions January 22, 2018 / 3:38 am

      Yeah, I’ve seen so many people loving this book and that’s why I hoped that it would be an amazing read but instead I found this book lacking in excitement and thrill. The romance was poorly developed and it was another major disappointment.
      Thank you, Sophie! 🙂

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  7. Trang (Bookidote) January 20, 2018 / 10:32 am

    I’ve read a lot of mixed reviews for this one but I trust you on this Raven. Also, I can’t stand the Western world somehow LOL I’m weird I know !

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions January 22, 2018 / 3:42 am

      I love Western World! It’s too bad there’s not many YA novels set in WW. I’ve seen some people who aren’t fan of Western World so you’re not alone.


  8. Analee @ Book Snacks January 21, 2018 / 8:38 pm

    Aw, it’s too bad that this book didn’t quite meet expectations! And it sucks when you can’t connect to the characters or plot all that much? It sounded so good and I was looking forward to this one for sure, but I might not end up picking this up anytime soon at least ahah. Thank you for this review!

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions January 22, 2018 / 3:46 am

      Thank you Analee! It’s really not a bad read! Majority of readers loved this book and it might work out for you too. So do give it a shot if you want to read it.


  9. Jen January 26, 2018 / 1:49 am

    Thanks for the heads up about the light western setting, I wouldn’t have figured that out till reading because of that cover. And that nickname is just……..there’s SO many other amazing nicknames that could have been derived from her name, but Pity? All I hear is Mr T yelling “I pity the fool!” LMAO!! I’m sorry this book was just another typical dystopian but at least the ending had an interesting twist so there’s that. 🙂

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions January 27, 2018 / 3:31 am

      Yeah, that cover looks totally stunning and it gave huge western vibes. haha! That nickname really annoyed me a lot. I never had a problem with a name before so it’s a first for me. I really hope the next book is more interesting and action packed.

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