Penelope Landlow has grown up with the knowledge that almost anything can be bought or sold—including body parts. She’s the daughter of one of the three crime families that control the black market for organ transplants.
Penelope’s surrounded by all the suffocating privilege and protection her family can provide, but they can't protect her from the autoimmune disorder that causes her to bruise so easily.
All Penelope has ever wanted is freedom and independence. But when she’s caught in the crossfire as rival families scramble for prominence, she learns that her wishes come with casualties, that betrayal hurts worse than bruises, that love is a risk worth taking . . . and maybe she’s not as fragile as everyone thinks.
If I am completely honest, after reading the blurb I didn't anticipate ever reading this. I saw words like "black market" and "rival families" and though, yeah no, not for me. But after giving it to my sister to read (and her loving it) I decided to give it a go. I have to say I was so surprised! At first it was a bit confusing, all of the medical jargon and family business stuff was kind of going over my head, but I just found the story so interesting.
This story was so unique to me, and I was so surprised (and excited) to find out that it was actually a fairy tale retelling of Princess and the Pea. I was not familiar with that fairy tale, but I was just excited because I had never read a retelling before. I had never heard of a contemporary retelling before, and I really enjoyed that the story was contemporary yet it had so much action and all of the things that are usually left out of contemporaries (like murder).
I also really enjoyed all of the plot twists that occurred throughout the book. Honestly, I don't think I saw any of them coming. Or if I did it was only because I was meant to. Which was great! The romance aspect of it kind of threw me. I don't want to give anything away but reading these types of books, I'm usually always suspicious about the wrong people. For example! In Throne of Glass, I was always suspicious of Dorian simple because he was the Prince and I figured he'd turn on her. SO for the whole book I just did not trust him at all. That's kind of what it was like reading this book.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading this. It's not something I would normally read. I read it quite slowly and so I was able to appreciate it more. If you are looking for a dark and twisty type of contemporary this is a good place to start! Definitely would recommend. Also if you're a fan of Princess and the Pea, you would most definitely like this! In the meantime, I am looking forward to the next book, which Goodreads says is already out, yet I haven't seen it in stores. So maybe not in Australia?
Published: May, 2016
Format: Paperback, 390 pages
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary/Retelling
Acquired from: Bloomsbury
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are completely my own.
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