Durham, Paul Fork Tongue Charmers (The Luck Uglies #2), 296 pages. Harper, 2015. $17. Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG (some fighting).
When Rye’s elusive father, Harmless, asks her to meet him for a Silvermas treat, she finds herself instead, the centerpiece in a Luck Uglies rebellion, lead by an unknown traitor who is not above involving children in his plots, breaking one of the few cardinal rules of the group. Also, Earl Longshanks has acquired himself a new lawman who is determined to bring the poorer areas of Drowning under his control, using any means necessary. Deep games are afoot in Rye’s life and many new enemies are willing to use her up to get what they want.
This books has all of the hallmarks of a second book in a series - lots of action that just seems to be holding place until something really happens in the third book. Rye is definitely in danger throughout the book, but it feels formless and endless and the action stops right where you need to know what's going to happen next.
EL, MS - OPTIONAL. Cindy