Book: Puppet by Pauline C. Harris
Publisher: Patchwork Press
Publication Date: October 2014
# of Pages: 246
My Rating: Five Stars
Puppet is a very suspenseful and intriguing read. This book is about a sixteen year old girl named Penelope who lives in a foster home. Penelope makes a very dangerous deal with Jed, a marionette-obsessed scientist. She must undergo his experiments and tests for him to be able to take her out of the foster home. This ultimately creates the world’s first living marionette.
Jed shows off this shocking creation to the world and soon enough, concerns arise about Penelope’s abilities and what she’s capable of. Jed is ordered to lessen her abilities so he makes a desperate attempt to make her more human. After being confronted by officials, Penelope lies about her past and Jed makes sure this is the last time it will ever happen. The truth has now become the only thing she is capable of telling. Penelope is thrust into a world of mayhem and all she wants is one thing: to be a real, normal girl again.
Just a quick note, I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review. So now let’s go over my thoughts of this book.
What I liked about this book was the uniqueness of the plot. The story overall was really original and it was so intriguing to read. This is the first fairy tale retelling I have read. This kind of book would typically not be something I would read. A Pinocchio retelling sci-fi novel, definitely not something I would have thought about reading. However, I am so glad that I picked this book up and read it. It was interesting to read about Penelope’s life and see how she dealt with all those hard times throughout the book. I felt that I could definitely relate to her. That brings me to my next point. I loved the characters in this book. They were mostly all described very well. I loved all of the adventures Penelope and James (Jed’s son) went on. And lastly, the writing was really descriptive and just overall amazing and I just couldn’t seem to put the book down.
There wasn’t much I didn’t like about this book. I loved pretty much all of it. However, I felt that the story was kind of rushed. Meaning, I think this could have been stretched out into a second book or a trilogy to be more detailed.
In conclusion, I believe this is a book well worth reading. This is the first fairy tale retelling I have read and I am sure that I will be picking up some more very soon. This has been one of my favorite reads this year and I would recommend this book to anyone who likes fairy tale retelling, science fiction, or fantasy novels.
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