(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).
(This review may contain spoilers).
Although this book was the second in a series, I still found it easy to follow… at least mostly. I don’t think I needed to read book one to understand this one, but I wasn’t all that clear on whether Penny, Ray and Claire were supposed to be supervillains or superheroes. It was all something of a murky grey area.
I think superhero fiction is becoming quite popular now. Not at the level of vampires or werewolves, but I’ve noticed the ‘genre’ has been steadily growing. Even so, despite it being a popular trend, I still found this book a really intriguing read.
I liked Penny as a character. Through the course of the book, she really just grew on me. The idea behind her powers was a really intriguing one. I found it interesting that she entered an almost ‘mad scientist’ phase to access her ability to create inventions. And I found a lot of them to be really cool… but my favourite was probably the cursed pennies. I would have loved to see them utilised more through the book, instead of just being involved in the inventions Penny was making.
The different kinds of superhero powers were really interesting. I especially found myself intrigued by Claire’s power and how it affected different beings in different ways. (I did think Ray’s power was a bit more usual… but it was his interaction with Penny that made him a good character, I felt).
There were certain things mentioned in this book that caught my attention and I would have liked to see them explored a bit further. I was a bit confused by how the space travel worked in the first place, I have to say.
I liked Remmy as a character, even by the end of the book… though I wish she’d been a lot less stubborn. If there are later books in this series, it would be cool to see more of her and her brothers.
I liked Juliet and Harvey as characters. Their interactions were probably among my favourite in this book. It would be really good to see more of them later. And my other favourite part was Vera. It would have been good to learn a bit more of her history.
It would be really cool to see more of Penny, Ray and Claire in other books. This was entertaining and held my attention throughout. I really did enjoy reading it.
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