Author: Tiffany Schmidt
Series: Once Upon a Crime Family, Book 1
Release date: May 19, 2015
Published by: Bloomsbury
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Penelope's family is one of the big crime families. And what is their crime? They sell human organs to those who have been denied. They save lives. That's what she's always known about the Family, but not much more. You see Penny's life is consumed by her autoimmune disease. Everyone has to be extremely careful around Penny; they can't even touch her for fear they might bruise her. She lives her life in isolation and suffocation because of her disease to keep her safe.
But can anyone stay safe forever?
My thoughts: This was a long one, but good in the end. The drama of the crime family + the Rapunzel parrallel + the mystery of what happens = good, original story!
The characters in this book were nicely written. I was able to really become attached to Penny, her brother and his bff who just happens to also be her crush. Her parents are also interesting people who truly seem to care for her more than anything else. My only whining is that it felt overly long to me, and could have been trimmed up a bit in places where it dragged.
Her family has tried to keep her safe for so long that they seem to have forgotten what it's like growing up and wanting to experience things. Penny rightly feels the walls closing in on her from her family trying to keep her safely locked up and buffered from everything that could possibly hurt her in the world. Especially her beloved NYC.
The problem is that they couldn't predict that she would be running for her life away from the safety of home. They couldn't predict that they wouldn't be able to help her. I loved how this story twisted and turned wrapping itself around and around until you weren't sure what was going to happen next. The ending was great and perfect. I can't wait to read the next one now that I see this is a series! Too cool.