Book Synopsis


Puppet: A Retelling of Pinocchio Penelope lives in a world of advanced technology but many claim society has yet to catch up. Marionettes have advanced in the form of robots; lifelike creations remote controlled to perform super human tasks.

When Penelope makes a deal with Jed, a marionette-obsessed scientist, she doesn’t fully realize what she’s getting herself into. In order for Jed to take her away from the orphanage she lives in, she must first agree to undergo his experiments and tests, ultimately creating something no one ever dreamed possible; the first living marionette.

As Jed shows off his scientific creation to the world, concerns arise surrounding Penelope’s abilities and what she’s capable of doing. Ordered to somehow lessen her abilities, Jed makes a desperate attempt to change Penelope to make her more human, more vulnerable. After Penelope lies to the officials about her past, Jed makes sure it’s the last one she’ll ever utter. The truth is now the only thing she is capable of telling.

As Penelope struggles with her past, her disturbingly new present, and her uncertain future, she is thrust into a magically twisted world of mayhem in search of the one thing she wants, but knows she can never have. The chance to be just a girl again. To be normal. To be real.

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About the Author

Pauline C. Harris is the author of middle grade and young adult science fiction novels and published her first book at the age of fourteen. She’s currently working toward a degree in English. Other than writing, her time is consumed mainly by reading, playing the violin, watching old black and white movies, and trying to survive her college classes.


I was lucky enough to obtain a digital copy of this fantastic book from Netgalley so thank so much for allowing me to get it.

The authors writing is really engrossing and makes you want to keep reading the story. All the character and plot developments in the story enables the reader to be drawn in to the story as well as to develop a strong and empathetic relationship with the main character Penelope (Protagonist) as well as the other two prominent characters Jed (the Scientist) as well as his son James.

Thus is fantastically clever retelling of the children’s fairy story Pinocchio about an orphan girl Penelope who is adopted by a man called Jed, a scientist to become his living Puppet.  At the beginning of this book you see Penelope looking at spending a further few years in the Orphanage where she lives as a result of her wrong doing and we follow her through her journey with Jed finally to being back with Jed after having spent some time locked up with the administrators. All the way through you see her strength as well as her vulnerability along with her lack of trust in people.

I loved this book because it uncovered all the strings that the main three characters had restricting them non more than Penelope. It also made me ask myself what strings I have restricting me in my life.

It is because of all of the above things that I give this book a full 5 stars out of five and would buy it for my self as well as for others.