Monday, 10 November 2014

Puppet by Pauline C. Harris

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Patchwork Press and NetGalley.
Puppet
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Penelope lives in a world of advanced technology but many claim society has yet to catch up. 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.


Puppet by Pauline C. Harris

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars


Puppet(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Patchwork Press and NetGalley.)

This was an imaginative retelling of Pinocchio, and I enjoyed it.

I felt quite sorry for Pen, she hadn’t had the happiest life, and it was awful how things kept getting worse and worse for her. All she wanted was to feel like she had a family and someone who cared about her, and instead she just got used, and had her emotions toyed with.

The storyline in this was pretty good, and I was really impressed by how the ‘inability to tell a lie’ plotline was worked in. I liked how the story both mimicked that of Pinocchio, and had its own originality, and it most reminded me of the way Cinderella’s story was retold in Cinder.
There was a bit of romance, but it wasn’t all that big of a storyline really, and fitted in well with the rest of the book.

The ending to this was good, and I was really pleased that Pen finally got a happy ending!
Overall; imaginative retelling of Pinocchio,
7 out of 10.


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