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  • Paperback: 273 pages
  • Publisher: New Dawn Publishers Ltd (Aug. 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908462043
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908462046
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 426 g

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful book Nov. 4 2012
By Crossroad Reviews - Published on
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this book! Lucy was a character that you wanted to see come out on top, but the bad things just keep happening that stop you from getting there. This story was breathtaking, heartbreaking, and powerful! Child Abuse is a real issue in todays world. We have mothers killing their kids, Dad killing their entire families just because they have lost their job and they go nuts. The author has taken a difficult topic and created a wonderful stunning book! If you would like another like this try Rape Girl> see review at [...] ! It is another story about a difficult subject but is also a great book!
"*I received a copy of this book for free to review, this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own."
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A beautiful, tragic story! Nov. 27 2012
By Roxy Kade - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
What I thought was going to be a simple coming of age novel, quickly turned into a dark, macabre story filled with so much anguish and tragedy that it was difficult to tear my eyes away from the pages for even a second. Philips' writing flows off the pages making it such a pleasure to read. The story still haunts me in many ways and the images that filled my head while reading are not easy to forget. I think this novel would make a brilliant movie.

Lucky's life has never been easy. The only people she really knows are AnnMarie, her "mother" for all intents and purposes and her "grandmother", Marian, who is hardly ever around. Then there is Tom Cressfield - the minute he made an appearance in the story, my skin began to crawl because he has a strange creepiness that just screams, "Cannot be trusted!!".

Lucky's life takes a turn for the worse when AnnMarie mysteriously disappears, and Marian becomes abusive, making her life a living hell. Lucky takes refuge in the new friendship she forms with Rika, a new girl who not only understands Lucky, but accepts her without a question. Rika and Lucky's relationship develops into something much deeper and they share a strong bond of love and friendship, and I felt that Lucky held onto it with dear life because it was the closest thing to normal that she ever had.

Yet another tragic event befalls Lucky and it was at this point that I thought she should consider a name change, because she was anything but lucky. Marian's psychotic behaviour pushes her over the edge and Lucky makes what was probably the best decision of her life, she leaves. But she also very quickly realises that leaving does not mean that the past can be forgotten. The mystery of what really happened to AnnMarie haunts her wherever she goes, and the fear that Marian will find her and drag her back to hell forces Lucky to find an escape from her reality. One that nearly costs her, her life.

It is at this point that things start to look up for Lucky. Things finally start falling into place for her and for the first time in her life she finds stability. Only Lucky's past comes knocking sooner than expected, threatening to destroy her happiness, and she is thrown right back into the mess that is Tom Cressfield and Marian. But the horror of revisiting her past brings with it many answers as well as many heartbreaking truths.

Everything happens for a reason and there are never any chance encounters are two messages that read strong within the pages of this story. It is filled to the brim with emotion. Lucky doesn't always make the right decisions and many times I shook my head in disbelief but that was what made this story so phenomenal. Lucky was real. She wasn't perfect and things often fell apart for her, but she kept moving forward.

What I loved about this book were the small things which stood out from the drama. Like the birds that always appeared to Lucky at the appropriate times. It may not have played an integral part in the story, but there was something magical about the tie in with what AnnMarie had told Lucky about birds being responsible for bringing the souls of the dead to heaven to become angels. It was like finding gems amongst the ruins of Lucky's life, and I think Fleur Philips needs to be applauded as an author for adding such special moments of beauty to such a tragic story.

Favorite quotes from the book:

"We were like children playing a game for the first time, but with no directions and no wrong moves."

"I saw my past and his, two broken roads running side by side, then joining to form one steady path."
Amazing! Jan. 12 2013
By Lauren - Published on
Format: Paperback
I have to admit I didn't expect much going into this one. The cover didn't really scream "read me!". Plus the story line seemed like it could have been anywhere from horrifically bad to amazingly good. As it turned out, I shouldn't have had been worried about I Am Lucky Bird one bit. It turned out be an well written and emotionally fueled book, one that had me hooked from the first page to the very last, and even then, I was still dying for more Lucky Bird.

As far back as she can remember, Lucky Bird has always been told how lucky she was to have been saved from the dumpster of a restaurant as a young infant. In some ways, Lucky can agree with this. She loves the time she spends with Anne Marie, her adoptive mother of sorts. However, in other ways (such as her Anne Marie's mother Marian's loud complaints to the creepy guy who always seems to be there at the wrong time) she can beg to differ. Everything changes, though, when Ann Marie suddenly disappears into thin air one day. Lucky isn't sure what happened, but she's positive Marian had something to do with it. Her theory only becomes clearer when Marian begins to get even worse than usual. What will happen to Lucky Bird? Will she be able to save herself in the end, or has her journey of terror only just begun? Only time and more pages can tell in this intriguing and heartbreaking as well as heartwarming story of coincidence, love, loss, and starting over.

From the first page, Lucky Bird's voice instantly pulled on my heart strings. She was such a sweet girl with lots of good intentions, even with the horrible circumstances she had been given. I enjoyed seeing her prescriptive of things as well as seeing how she developed as the story progressed. She starts out as a timid girl, and while she faces a few hardships and bad times as the book progressed, she really becomes her own by the end. What I also enjoyed about Lucky's story was the wide variety of other characters that came with it. Some of my favorites included Rika, Lucky's first "real" friend who showed her a different side to life, as well as Jason, a boy who manages to save Lucky latter on in life. Each character (even the bad and truly nasty ones) added something amazing to the book, and without it, the book surly would have suffered.

The plot in this was interesting as well. From the summary, I thought it was going to only focus on Lucky's life at age 12, so I was surprised when it covered ages 12 to 18. I really enjoyed this part though. It added a lot of development to Lucky's story, and I especially loved how Fleur brought coincidence into it all. It was interesting to see how the littlest of things could mean the most latter on, and truthfully, it really made me think as I read this book.

The writing was also beautiful. Fleur did a great job of bringing Lucky's story to life. She showed every part (good to bad, especially the bad) and managed to really bring out the feelings and emotions of Lucky's. I especially give her props for not scurrying away from some of the tougher parts of Lucky's story. Instead, she dove into them completely, and while sometimes it was a bit hard to stomach and handle, it ended up doing a lot for the book.

In all, if you love contemporary, you should check out I Am Lucky Bird for sure. It's simply a spectacular book, one I really think people will enjoy if they give it a chance. I can't wait to see what Fleur writes next!

Grade: A+
By gayle pace - Published on
Format: Paperback
Baby found behind local bar, adopted by hard living Marian Bird and her daughter, Emma Marie.

Lucky isn't so lucky. She has to defend herself from her adoptive mother's abuse. Then a boyfriend came into the picture. He was defintely not a positive person in Lucky's life. When Emma just up and disappeared, things got even worse. You probably wonder how that might be possible? Murphy's Law, "If anything bad can happen, it will".

Lucky defies everything and leaves the horrors of her past only to confront more. I feel a lot of Lucky's problems may be caused by her poor choices.

The book is rather hard to read because of the abuse. The author relates exactly what is happening in the real world. Lucky endures this abuse at such an early age. The years that are so impressionable and when you learn a lot of life's lessons.

Just when it's time for Lucky to call it quits, Prince Charming enters. A new journey begins. I won't tell you any more about the book. Don't want to give it away because it is too good a book for you not to read.

This book will definitely pull at your heart strings. It's worth reading more than once, even though it has a lot of sadness in it. But reality can be sad. The book has some characters that were well described. It covers child abuse which is a hard topic to read about and I'm sure, to write about. They say, "Everything happens for a reason". but sometimes you can't find that reason. The words flow very nicely, which makes the book easy to read. The book was full of realistic people. You could take the characters out of their setting and place them in ours and they would fit right in.

The story tears at your heart strings. You want so much for Lucky to finally be happy. It seems like her life is one of tragedy that she may not escape.

I can't wait for Fleur Phillips' next book. Whatever it is, it will be a good read, I'm sure.


I received a complimentary e-copy of "I Am A Lucky Bird" from Net Galley on behalf of New Dawn Publishers for this review.


I received a complimentary e-copy of this book "I Am A Lucky Bird" by Fleur Phillips, from Net Galley on behalf of New Dawn Publishers for this review.
Lucky? Sept. 5 2012
By Anne Wingate - Published on
Format: Paperback
I Am Lucky Bird
I Am Lucky Bird

I Am Lucky Bird
By Fleur Philips
Published by New Dawn Publishers
ISBN 9781908462046
This book was supplied to me by the publisher through NetGalley, with the agreement that if I chose to write a review, it would be a fair and honest one.
"My existence was just one of the many tragic events in the life of my grandmother, Marian Ann Bird. She told me she found me in an empty cardboard box next to an industrial garbage bin in the alley behind the Green Valley Bar in Plains, Montana."
This first sentence by Lucky Bird isn't exactly true, although we do not discover this until almost the end of the book. I mention it because any alert reader is likely to wonder early on whether there are some things Lucky does not know.
Lucky's name seems ironic, particularly after her adoptive mother vanishes, her grandmother moves in with her boyfriend leaving Lucky alone in the family home, although she is still in high school and her grandmother does bring her groceries. She is raped by her grandmother's boyfriend, and her grandmother locks her in the house and does not let her out, personally delivering the baby. Lucky hears the baby cry once. She never sees the baby and never hears another cry.
Eventually, Lucky escapes and winds up with a very bad crowd. But somehow, she manages to avoid harming anyone but herself, and she rescues a man who is about to be murdered.
Her name begins to fit when, drug addicted, broke, and in total despair, she decides to commit suicide, and is rescued by the best possible person. From there on, Lucky is indeed lucky.
To say more about the plot would be to create a spoiler, so instead I will say that the author succeeded in creating a believable plot with believable characters. There is an element of fantasy in the end of the book, but it is not impossible, merely improbable. I found this well worth reading, and it's one that I will keep and reread several more times.
Anne Wingate
Author of Scene of the Crime and numerous other novels and nonfiction work about writing mysteries

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