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Dead Lucky by Andreina Cordani

January 12, 2022 in Book Reviews
Dead Lucky by Andreina Cordani - Book Review

AD • I received a copy of this book from the publishers. My review is voluntary and opinions are entirely my own.

How’s your 2022 reading going so far, friends? We’re only 12 days into the new year and I’m already having a fantastic time with the books. And today I’m going to be talking about a mind-blowing new YA thriller – Dead Lucky by Andreina Cordani. If you’ve spent the last 4 years trying to fill that Pretty Little Liars shaped hole in your life, look no further. I’d describe Dead Lucky as PLL meets influencer culture. It honestly ticked all the boxes for me. So without further ado, here’s what I thought about Dead Lucky by Andreina Cordani!

Dead Lucky by Andreina Cordani - book review

Dead Lucky
by Andreina Cordani

Publisher: Atom
Date of Publication: 13th January 2022
Genre: YA • Mystery/Thriller
Series: n/a
Format: Paperback (336 pages)
Source: Review copy from the publishers

Available Formats:
Paperback • eBook

Synopsis

Lucky to be rich. Lucky to be famous. Lucky to be alive.

Ed, Maxine, Leni, Xav.

They are the influencers, the lucky ones. Gifted, gilded people who have everything – fame, respect, adulation, more freebies than they can ever unbox. Their lives, loves and feuds are shared with millions of fans on the streaming platform PlayMii, and they are living the dream.

But it’s broken Ed’s heart.

It’s crushing Maxine.

It’s destroying Leni’s friendships.

And it’s gone to Xav’s head.

Then, a masked figure walks into Xav’s apartment and murders him on camera.

As the world reels with shock, Maxine discovers Xav was sitting on a file of secrets about his fellow creators – career-destroying secrets that they’d do anything to keep hidden. And if she doesn’t find the file, she could be next . . .

  • Bullying
  • Murder
  • Domestic violence (parent abusing child)
  • Parental neglect

Book Review

Dead Lucky was so so good. It’s a really fun and refreshing YA thriller – gripping, fast-paced and full of suspense. Cordani’s use of misdirection was flawless. Even though there were clues scattered throughout, I had no idea who was behind the mask and was shocked by the big reveal.

I thought that the use of multiple POVs was done really well too. Sam’s POV was especially dark and unsettling which really increased the tension. When Sam was first introduced to the story, it was a little confusing but you quickly realise that there’s an alternative timeline in play so you’re trying to piece together the mystery using these glimmers of the past too which was a lot of fun.

I loved Maxine as a lead character. She’s very self-aware, knows her vulnerabilities and constantly questions how much of her is “real” at this point. As an influencer, her life is dictated by current trends and the need to constantly share every aspect of her life with her followers. It was an interesting perspective to see. And I think that many of us, having grown up online, will be able to relate to Maxine in that respect.

As I previously mentioned, I do think this is a great readalike for fans of Pretty Little Liars. There are definitely similarities there but Dead Lucky does go a little bit darker and is more timely in its social commentary on influencer culture. So if you liked Pretty Little Liars, definitely give this a go!

Will you be adding Dead Lucky to your TBR? Let me know in the comments below.

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I'm Hayley (she/her) and I'm more than a little bit bookish. Cosy Chapters is where I share all things book-related plus the occasional post about the cosy lifestyle. When I'm not reading, you'll find me spending time with my little family, rewatching sitcoms, planning the now somewhat elusive trip to Disneyland Paris and losing entire days playing ACNH.

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3 Comments

  • Stephanie @ Bookfever January 12, 2022 at 3:10 pm

    Multiple POVs you say? 👀 I’m always drawn to books that have multiple. And I want to read more YA thrillers so this just got a place on my to-buy list!

  • Fadima Mooneira January 18, 2022 at 1:11 pm

    Sounds like a good read. The storyline sounds intriguing. I going to check it out. Thank you for sharing.

  • Jaya Avendel January 18, 2022 at 9:00 pm

    I love how this book’s setting is a gaming platform, as that instantly makes it contemporary and more relatable. The suspense elements sound perfectly balanced and Maxine sounds like a fascinating character through which to experience the narrative.
    Thanks for sharing!

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    Cosy Chapters is where I share all things book-related plus the occasional post about the cosy lifestyle.

    When I'm not reading, you'll find me spending time with my little family, rewatching sitcoms, planning the now somewhat elusive trip to Disneyland Paris and losing entire days playing ACNH.

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