29 (Book Review)

29 (Book Review)
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Title: 29

Author: Nancy Pennick
Publisher: Allison-Hayes Books
Published Date: 3rd November 2015
Rating: 3 Stars
*Thanks to the author for the review copy*
Synopsis: Allie Sanders thinks life in a small
town can’t get any more dull and boring. She plans to escape after
graduation. After a bad break-up, she wants to sail through junior year without
distraction. Then the mysterious loner sits down in front of her in AP
English. He’s the guy she noticed last year desperately trying to stay
invisible. She wants to know his secrets.

Suddenly her much older military brother, Doug, makes a rare appearance. He
takes a special interest in her life. Suspicious of his motives Allie
holds back, never really trusting him. Doug wants what she wants—the boy
she has come to love. No way would she let that happen. She’d go against
family and friends to protect him—and his secrets—even if it ends up breaking

Review: 29 by
Nancy Pennick was one that took me by surprise. I managed to read the majority
of it in a single day. It was quick read and I flew through it.
What intrigued me the most about this book was the fact
that it had to do with a secret society of boys/men who were all born on
February 29th, a leap year day. Those particular men were given
special “powers” like super strength or brainpower or some other things. For
that reason, they are wanted by the military in order to be used as soldiers
whether those particular people are willing to do so or not. It was a very
creative idea and I hadn’t heard of anything like it before, so of course I
wanted to read more about it. The concept behind Niners was built up very well.
Then we have our main character, called Allie. She seems
to be the one who is stuck in the middle, seeing as her boyfriend turns out to
be one of those Niners but her oldest brother happens to be part of the
military group that is rounding all of those particular people. You see how she
has the issue of wanting to keep her boyfriend and brother far away from each
other? As well as that, no one is allowed to know who her boyfriend really is
for his safety… and then there is the issue of her not knowing which group is
actually the good one. They’re both telling her different things, but who is
really the bad, or the good? Or are the lines a bit more grey than that?
Although I really did enjoy the plot and the dilemma to
this book, at times I found the writing style to have a bit of a young feel to
it. In general, it didn’t deter me from reading or distract me too much. But in
terms of the romance sometimes I felt like it wasn’t entirely believable. But
at other points I could definitely see how some people would act like that in a
relationship. I would recommend this book for the younger YA audience I think.
Nate and Ashley were Allison’s best friends. I really
liked the both of them, because they were always there for her no matter what
she needed or wanted. I think as a group of three, they really did have a true
friendship and that was something I could admire throughout the book a lot.
I was also a bit annoyed by some of the choices that
Allison made. Whenever her boyfriend was out of the scene for whatever reason,
or she was experiencing some difficulties in their relationship, she seemed to
run back to her ex. I can understand that, but it also made me feel like she
couldn’t do without a boyfriend of some sort, or didn’t want to try and stick
out the single life… which bothered me a bit.

How I felt about Doug the WHOLE time

The action was a bit want worthy in places, but the
ending had a good climax where everything came to a pinnacle and some tough
decisions had to be made. I really like that Allison had to be independent in
that moment and really needed to ‘save herself.’ She maybe have a boyfriend who
has powers, but she is also her own person and he can’t do everything for her.
I liked that Pennick didn’t just turn her into a damsel in distress but made
her strong too.
It was a good read!
Links: Goodreads and Amazon!
Olivia’s Question: Do you think you could leave your
family behind if you were saving them by doing so?

Olivia-Savannah x

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