Wednesday, May 27, 2015

YA Epic Reads Blog Tour- Puppet by Pauline C. Harris

Hello! I had the honor of being able to read Puppet by Pauline C. Harris for my tour stop and I couldn't have asked for a better story to read and review for this tour! 

Summary from the Goodreads:

Penelope never dreamed she’d become a superhuman experiment masquerading as a puppet.
She never dreamed everything would be taken from her; even her ability to lie.
Nor did she ever dream that she would become something so unreal.

Penelope lives in a world of advanced technology. Marionettes have advanced in the form of robots; lifelike creations remote controlled to perform super human tasks.
When Penelope makes a deal with Jed, a marionette-obsessed scientist, she doesn’t fully realize what she’s getting herself into. In order for Jed to take her away from the orphanage she lives in, she must first agree to undergo his experiments and tests, ultimately creating something no one ever dreamed possible; the first living marionette.
As Jed shows off his scientific creation to the world, concerns arise surrounding Penelope’s abilities and what she’s capable of doing. Ordered to somehow lessen her abilities, Jed makes a desperate attempt to change Penelope to make her more human, more vulnerable. After Penelope lies to the officials about her past, Jed makes sure it’s the last one she’ll ever utter. The truth is now the only thing she is capable of telling.
As Penelope struggles with her past, her disturbingly new present, and her uncertain future, she is thrust into a magically twisted world of mayhem in search of the one thing she wants, but knows she can never have. The chance to be just a girl again. To be normal. To be real.

Links to PuppetGoodreads, Amazon

My Review: 5 out of 5 stars 

I wanted to start this off by saying I never read a retelling of Pinocchio so I found this to be a very interesting story. From the beginning of this story I had my own views on how I thought this book would be, which may I say was I really wrong, and in a good way. 

Penelope "Pen" is a heroine I would say in her own way, yet she seemed like she was so real and relatable in some ways. Obviously, not in the ways you may think because she's "superhuman" but in the way she fights herself on things in the story. 

Pen has had a hard life growing up in a orphanage, never knowing her parents and buying adopted by Jed. There relationship may I say was different, a good different. Pen always just saw there relationship in a more business type way, never as family as you think she would, but I guess that's what got her adopted in the first place. 

This book starts you off guessing on things, trying to come to your own conclusions the whole time, but totally wrong with your ideas and I found that refreshing. You never could tell what was gonna happen next. This book had several twist and turns, but it wasn't in overwhelming amount, but just a right amount. Never once was I not surprised by what was happening and that's what kept me reading and wanting to read more and more of this book. It's also is a action filled, romance, and mysterious type of story. The romance was something I thought wasn't gonna happen, like there was subtle hints but then something would happen making me change my mind so I loved how it was paced, not rushed but not to slow, it was sweet and not I the sickly sweet way. The action was also one of my favorite parts. Pen was a very daring girl, but not over daring, or over confident. 

I would love to read more stories from Pauline in the future! 

All in all I really enjoyed reading this book and I would diffidently read it again in the future! 

 I would recommend this story to anyone who likes retelling if any type of fairytales or myths. 

About the Author: 
Pauline C. Harris is the author of middle grade and young adult science fiction novels and published her first book at the age of fourteen. She's currently working toward a degree in English. Other than writing, her time is consumed mainly by reading, playing the violin, watching old black and white movies, and trying to survive her college classes.