Hello everyone! Today I will be starting off the blog tour for A Penny Lost by Aspen Barrett! I hope you enjoy my stop on this tour and don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end and check out A Penny Lost!
Book Title: A Penny Lost by Aspen Bassett
Category: YA Fiction, 232 pages
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: World Castle Publishing
Release date: Jan 13, 2018
Tour dates: April 23 to May 4, 2018
Content Rating: PG (There's a kiss and some mild violence)
Penelope Grace, usually forgotten under the shadow of her twin sister's perfection, tries her hardest to hide her freakish ability to see into anyone's soul.
Until she senses an unusual energy like a human-shaped void in the universe. When Penny investigates the source, she gets tossed through a crack in time along with the cute boy next door. The Void follows them through history, increasing the dangers as if testing Penny. But what is it testing for? And why does it claim to know her better than even she knows herself? Even as Penny searches for answers, she must fight to survive the tragedies of both the past and future in order to get back home.
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Aspen grew up learning about chakras and auras and the true power of imagination which slips into her writing whether she intends it to or not. In college, when she wasn't busy working on her degree in Creative Writing, Aspen also got her certificate in Women's Meditation (basically general energy work). Now, she's working toward a diploma in Integrated Healing Arts with a certificate in Hypnotherapy.
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*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. All the thoughts below are my own*
A Penny Lost tells the story of Penelope Grace, an overlooked girl with the power to see into anyone's soul and read their energy. Penny is tired of being in the shadow of her sister so when a strange energy appears in her neighbor’s house, she decides to investigate it for a bit of excitement. But this energy isn’t like any others she has seen, as it, The Void, sucks her and her neighbor inside a mysterious door. Sent through history and constantly being tested by her surroundings, Penny and her neighbor, Stranger, must figure out a way back home before it’s too late.
The first thing that I really enjoyed about this book was the setting. Often times when authors are writing time travel books, the settings are not well researched and come off as boring. But in this book the author makes sure to research everything to make sure it is as fleshed out as possible. She also makes sure there is a perfect balance between setting and action to make sure there is a proper balance between the two.
This sort of planning was frequent throughout the book as the author planned out the moves of all characters perfectly. An example of this is how the antagonist, The Void, plots out his moves. I really love it when there’s a character who carefully plans out their attacks in intricate and well thought out plans, and the author made sure this happened in this book. You won’t be disappointed with Bassett’s great planning of the plot through this character. She made sure that every part of this book was perfectly paced without a moment of boredom. This is the type of writing that will leave you hooked!
The next thing that I really enjoyed were the characters themselves. With Penny in particular, I loved how she was someone that I could really connect with. I feel like many readers could relate to feeling of being overshadowed by a friend or sibling. Even if we are supposed to love them, and we often do, it could sometimes be hard to feel that way. I really enjoyed how Bassett was able to take these feelings and put them towards something positive, as Penny begins to find herself. I loved her character growth from someone often ignored to someone who is easily distinguished from others. I also enjoyed the growth in the relationships between Penny and Stranger and also between Penny and The Void. These relationships often led to funny interactions which helped keep the reader entertained and excited to read more.
Overall, I would recommend this book to fans of fantasy or sci-fi who also enjoy a good time travel book. This world is well explained but also mysterious and will suck you in in no time. By the end of this book, you will be wishing for more in this amazing world!
Tell us about you book:
A Penny Lost follows Penny Grace, a young teenage girl with the ability to see the energy around her through vibrant colors. So when an unearthly, dark energy appears in her town, only Penny can investigate. What starts as a bit of after school curiosity spirals out of control after Penny falls through a crack in time. Now, the only way home is to learn how to control the dark energies leaking through the crack. On the bright side, the cute boy next door fell through time with her.
How long have you been writing?
Since I learned how to spell. I remember we used to have this typewriter around the house when I was a kid and I would just type “duck duck duck” over and over again. I was so proud of myself to getting it right because I tend to mix up my letters from time to time. Then, I guess, I never really stopped typing. In high school I received a young author’s award and by the time I had received my degree in Creative Writing, I’d already been published multiple times.
Which was the hardest character to write?
The most difficult character to write was antagonist, The Void, who seems fixated on Penny and her ability to see the world just like it does. Although I personally understand its intentions, The Void is so manipulative and deceptively honest that I struggled not to create extreme spoilers in my own descriptions. Just about everything it says has a double meaning and yet it’s possible readers won’t even realize The Void’s full intentions until the climax of the third book.
What about the easiest character to write?
The easiest character to write, by far, was Stranger. The cute boy next door, Stranger loses his memories after falling through time with Penny and knows nothing about who he is or why he feels so strongly that they are heroes sent to save the day. He and Penny never met before they fell through time together so, as the narrator of the story, Penny can tell us nothing about Stranger either. Yet she can see into his soul and finds enough there to make all of us fall in love with him. That sunshine aura and determination to help others of his makes him easy to love, even as it hides a dark past not even he understands. Yet. He was a lot of fun to write and definitely one of my favorite characters.
Why did you choose to introduce such a vital character with memory loss?
I wanted to point out the difference between the conscious and the subconscious with Stranger’s character. He doesn’t consciously know his name, his family, or his personal history yet the information is still there and it greatly affects the decisions he makes. Through Penny’s abilities, she’s able to learn a few defining truths about his identity that not even he’s consciously aware of and this does cause some conflict between them. I think how she sees him and how she’s able to understand him shows off Penny’s powers a lot more as well as highlighting how important it is to be aware of how much the soul affects our realities.
Do you ever get writers block? How do you overcome it?
Yes, I get it all the time. Usually it means I’m too in my head or I’ve placed too much stress on my book and am no longer enjoying it. My brain sort of slams on the brakes and screams “Nope! I’m not taking another step until you calm down!” Whenever I feel it set it, I take a step back for a couple days and just let my head clear. I think about other things and sink back into the local culture of my community. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been at a party or a local event when the solution to the next scene falls into place. It’s like my ears finally popped and I can hear the alarm warning me to get back on the job! I always carry a notebook with me so I can jolt down everything I need to remember for the next time I’m on my computer.
A Penny Lost leaves on quite the cliff hanger. Will there be more?
Yes! A Penny Lost is the first in a trilogy and, I’m proud to say, the sequel is already written and going through edits as we speak. A lot of readers have expressed an interest in the second book coming out sooner rather than later but all I can officially tell you right now is that it will be titled The Me in Memory.
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