April 21, 2013

"Found" by Stacey Wallace Benefiel

Found (Penny Black #1)Found by Stacey Wallace Benefiel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I absolutely loved this book! I have never read the Zellie Wells' trilogy or any other of Stacey Wallace Benefiel's books, so I came into it with no expectations. I was blown away! The writing is superb, the dialogue is spot-on, and the pacing of the book kept me flipping pages all the way to the end. I formed an instant connection to Penny, empathizing with her horrible life and all of the hard things that she has had to deal with - and is still going to have to deal with. And I loved Wyatt! He was not the typical overbearing, arrogant guy who was trying to run the show and "take care of the little lady." He gave Penny her space and backed her up as best he could.
My only regret with this book was that I wish I had read the Zellie Wells' trilogy before starting this book. This book can certainly stand on it's own, but there were characters and back stories that I would have instantly understood what was going on if I had the history from Zellie Wells. However, I was able to catch on pretty quickly and continue on with the story. But I'm pretty sure it would have added another layer of enjoyment if I had been reading the story as a continuation of the Zellie books.
The new (to me) world that Benefiel introduces in this book had me totally engrossed. I love the storyline of these kids with special gifts (very reminiscent of X-Men) that all go to school together and learn how to control their special powers. The idea of a Retroact, a person who can turn back and control time (which is what Penny is), was very interesting and very believable in her world. Plus, I also loved the concept of Triggers and Lookouts. It brings a whole new dynamic to the story, plus I can see numerous scenarios where it could turn into a messy love triangle. Speaking of, I absolutely was on the edge of my seat at the end of the book. It broke my heart a little and left me hanging enough that I will be counting down the days until the next book in this series is released.
I am very glad that I picked this up! It is not normally the genre that I turn to for a good read, but it has me considering that there may be more great books out there that I am missing. Time to get over being so judgmental (don't judge a book by it's cover and all that, lol). "Found" now has a permanent spot on my "Favorites in 2013" shelf, and I have just popped over to Barnes and Noble and downloaded the Zellie Wells' trilogy. I can't wait to read it!

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****If you think this books sounds awesome and want to hear more, come back tomorrow, April 22nd.  The blog tour for "Found" stops here and I will have an interview with the author, Stacey Wallace Benefiel, and a very special giveaway!  Yayyy!!  I'm super excited!  Come by and show her some love!  :)

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