Friday, June 21, 2013

Found (Penny Black #1) by Stacey Wallace Benefiel

Title: Found (Penny Black #1)
Author: Stacey Wallace Benefiel
Publisher: Write Free
Publication Date: February 24, 2013
Source: via NetGalley for review

From the author of the Zellie Wells trilogy comes FOUND (Penny Black #1) the first book in a whole new NA trilogy set in the Society world.
Discover what happened to Zellie, Avery, Melody, and Ben!
And meet Penny Black, a girl with a past that can see the future.

Penny Black hasn’t had it easy. Just about everything you’d expect to happen to a harassed foster-kid turned junkie has happened to Penny. Add in the mysterious power to rewind time, conducting events around her, and it’s a wonder she held up on the streets for so many years. Now, at seventeen, the New Society has found her. Finally, Penny is where she belongs. But that doesn’t stop the visions, or the need to protect the victims shown to her.
Wyatt Adams is excited and intrigued when his sister Melody assigns him to be Penny’s Lookout. Being the youngest, and hopelessly ordinary in the family that created the New Society, has left Wyatt feeling like he has a lot to prove -- and Penny is a big deal. She’s got abilities that surpass any he’s seen before…and pretty much every quality he looks for in a girlfriend, but no one needs to know about that, especially Penny.

I received Found through Netgalley to review. I didn't realize that this was a companion book but I didn't find it hard to follow either.

Found seems to be set in a semi futuristic setting. The world seems fairly normal except that all the cars have auto drive. (which would be nice! Real world, get with the program!) People exist who have some sort of "superpowers". Nothing like super human strength but more like mind control and time warping.

There are lots of characters to follow through out this story but the main one is Penny Black. I really wasn't impressed. I didn't hate her character but I didn't connect to her either. Penny is a runner. She knows she's different but doesn't know why. She has spent her life thus far on the streets and moving from town to town. When the Society School finds her and takes her back to the safety of their "compound", I feel as tho she trusted way to easy. You spend your life running, but your going to trust the first people who show up and claim to be your family? Strange.

She quickly makes friends and connects to her Lookout, Wyatt. I feel like we didn't learn much about him (or any other character) but that could be because this is a companion book.

There is love, friendship and fighting. Actually, not much fighting, but I don't want to give away anything just in case you do feel drawn to read Found. The ending just seemed way to easy to me. It left me wanting more .. of something.

My one biggest peeve with Found is the overuse of the word bueno. Could you just have said good? great? amazing? awesome? But no, it was bueno. Every. Single. Time.

Found was not really that "bueno" for me. I just don't find that I have the interest to give the Zellie Wells series a shot. To each, their own.


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