Review: A Penny Lost

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| ISBN: 9780998593609 | Pages: 267 |
Publication Date: April 15, 2017 | Source: Author/Smith Publicity
| Rating: 2.75 out of 5 stars |
★☆
Penelope Grace, usually forgotten under the shadow of her twin sister's perfection, tries her hardest to hide her freakish ability to see into anyone's soul.
Until she senses an unusual energy like a human shaped void in the universe. When Penny investigates the source, she gets tossed through a crack in time along with the cute boy next door. The Void follows them through history, increasing the dangers as if testing Penny. But what is it testing for? And why does it claim to know her better than even she knows herself? Even as Penny searches for answers, she must fight to survive the tragedies of both the past and future in order to get back home.
 




I'm still kind of debating about my rating for this book...it's wavering right now between a 2.5 and a 3. I was super excited going into this novel because the premise was really interesting and I fell in love with the cover. 

After finishing this book, I still really like the cover but I'm not so sure about the premise anymore. The ending was just a bunch of confusing things that I need clarification on - guess it's good that there are more books in the series? 

Let me backtrack...we follow Penelope Grace who gets pulled through a crack in time with a boy next door and they go on all these adventures where they need to save someone from a random time period - they travel all over the place including Shakespeare's London, the sinking of the Lusitania, during the American Revoluion, and even 2203.

I really enjoyed the adventure aspect of the story but somewhere along the line, I think I lost interest because I just didn't understand the role of the Void. I couldn't decipher if it was supposed to be good (cause it gave Penny these powers when she needed them to save people) or bad (cause it spends like 75% of it's italicized lines taunting her). 

Amidst my losing interest, I only pushed through because I wanted to see how things wrapped up, but then this "big revelation" happened...I just didn't have any energy to continue investing in this story. However, I do have a sliver of interest in terms of one certain aspect of the story so we'll see if I continue...I think at this point I just need to take some time to process and maybe things will start clicking.


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