17 Marigold Lane (Prudence Penderhaus Book 1) by R.M. Gilmore was an intriguing, emotional read, that had me hooked and reading into the wee hours.
Wow, this book was something I tell you. I started reading it a little later in the evening thinking, I’ll read a few chapters before I go to bed. Well it’s almost 2 in the morning, so yeah, you can say that was a reading fail on my part. I couldn’t put this book down, I kept trying, but my mind would not let it go, and sleep wouldn’t not come. So I kept flipping the pages to unravel the mystery, and I just had to know more about Cassius and Prudence.
I will say that the start was a little slow, for me, but that didn’t put me off because the writing and tone was hooking, and Cassius was such an interesting well written character that I had to know more about his situation. Research and care went into his development, and it made him such a realistic character, that I wanted to protect him just as much as Prudence. Speaking of, at first I wasn’t a fan of hers, no that’s not right. I wasn’t a fan of how she was presented. The author kept repeating at first that Pru wasn’t anything special, and all that normal YA jazz, so that threw me off. But once Pru’s true character got revealed, I was on board, and frankly, she’s probably the best YA character I think I ever read about. I’m glad the author quickly moved away from that typical cliché, and made Pru not only a relatable realistic character, but loveable and strong.
Overall this story is worth your time and energy. It’s complex, well written, well researched, compelling, original and it will get you right in the feels. So please take my super high recommendation and golden stamp of approval, that you will not be able to put this hidden gem down.
-Review by @eawalsh