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A Penny Lost

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  61 ratings  ·  49 reviews
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
ebook, 236 pages
Published January 15th 2018 by World Castle Publishing, LLC (first published April 15th 2017)
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Shiny  Jain
Sep 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
⚡After a long time I came across a boom with a unique storyline which is based on time traveling Along with lots of suspense, mystery, and humor.

⚡‘A Penny Lost’ is written by Aspen Bassett. The story is based on Penny a sibling of a twin who possesses super special power where she can see into anyone's soul and read their energy.

⚡One day on hearing a painful cry from a neighbourhood house Penny runs towards it to help she finds herself being surrounded by an unusual aura which takes her to a d
Karen • The Book Return
'A Penny Lost' is the story of Penelope Grace (Penny) a high school student who can read other's emotions. Penny feels overshadowed by her identical twin sister, Dinah. She also feels neglected and ignored by her parents. One day Penny sees the sad aura of a home that used to have a  very happy aura. When Penny and Dinah investigate, a machine sucks Penny into a time-traveling universe. Dinah is left behind but Penny is accompanied by the young scientist who invented the machine.
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Jul 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Don't you just love a beautiful book cover?
A Penny Lost is definitely one of the pretty ones.

Penelope Grace is a freak. At least she thinks she is. She has the ability to sense other people's energies and look into their soul. When she stumbles across an unusual energy, things get really dangerous. Her investigation turns upside down when she gets tossed in another time, accompanied by Stranger, the random boy she just met.

Okay, so here's the thing:
The cover is wonderful.
The plot sounds int
Lindsay (LindsayHWrites)

I received an ebook copy of A PENNY LOST via NetGalley, so I first want to thank Skyscape and Two Lions, as well as Aspen Bassett, the author. Their decision to send me a copy did not influence my opinions of this book. So let's jump into it!

I really, really love the concept of this book. It's kind of amazing, really, that I haven't read about a similar mechanic in another story. Penny, our main character, is a twin - but she's the one that ended up with h
Josie Shinkfield
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Let me start by saying how much I loved this cover! It's so pretty <3

I really enjoyed this book. It's a unique idea, and unlike anything I've read before. I loved Penny's character, and there were some twists in there that I wasn't expecting.

And that ending! I really hope there is another book, otherwise I just can't deal!

There were a couple of grammatical errors that should have been picked up during editing, and th
Jodie "Bookish"  Cook
A Penny Lost has a great premise about two twin sisters and one is forever in the shadow of the other but she also has a gift she tries desperately to hide until she and the boy next door are thrown into a new dimension and have to get home. The characters in this novel were great but the fantasy element of the second dimension was flat. I would have loved the book more if they had stayed on Earth but the main character had to learn to understand the gift she has.
Apr 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Aspen Basset for asking me to read your book and sending it to me! I didn’t know what to expect, but I certainly didn’t expect this! It was so good and really original: one of my favorite April reads.
The storyline was so interesting and sometimes confusing because I always have a hard time understanding time travel😂 but I always love reading about it! There were also so many plottwists and the cliffhanger on the end arghh I need the next book asap! (Gonna read it immediately when I’m
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
(I received a copy from Smith Publicity for an honest review - all opinions are 100% my own.)

I'm still kind of debating about my rating for this's wavering right now between a 2.5 and a 3. I was super excited going into this novel because the premise was really interesting and I fell in love with the cover.

After finishing this book, I still really like the cover but I'm not so sure about the premise anymore. The ending was just a bunch of confusing things that I need clarification on
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Penny Lost gripped me from the first chapter and took me on a wonderful time travel adventure until the last chapter where I groaned at the huge cliffhanger ending! And oh, what a twist! I sure hope *ahem* that the second book is in its publication stages because I so want to continue this adventure with Penelope Grace and Stranger, the boy next door.

Penny can see auras in the form of colours. This makes her different from everyone else, almost freakish, and so she keeps this special ability t
Chantelle (aka the Blogmonstar)
I received a digital ARC of 'A Penny Lost' from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

I tried really hard with this book. I really did. I got to 52%. But as interesting as the plot premise was, A Penny Lost just didn't work out for me. I really wanted it to, because I find time-travel an intriguing theme and when it's done well, the results can be amazing.

The writing in A Penny Lost was quite nice. It flowed quite nicely and wasn't too flowery or overly descriptive which was nice. It also w

Worth every Penny!

Don’t you just love a story where a sibling isn’t paired against another sibling? Where family is more important to the character than potential love interest? Well, you may not, but I do. And that is exactly what this book delivered. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m a sucker for love. I love me some romance books where you can’t help but cheer for two people to finally get together and live out their happy ending. But this book didn’t make me crave for romance; it gave love to me b
Sara (Alicorn Feathers)
*chooses not to form any opinions about the book based on the time travel system*

I loved A Penny Lost way more than I expected to. I am not a fan of time travel, especially time travel involving the future and or messing with timelines, but the story worked for me. The characters had me gripped and the writing was more seasoned and enjoyable than any Kindle Unlimited book has a right to be.

Okay, I'm gonna try and explain this. With first person main characters, I often like the author rather th
Ashley (BooksViaAshley)
*I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the publisher for this opportunity!*

First off, love the cover!

This story had a very intriguing premise, which is what peaked my interest in it. I love all things time-travel. I felt like the author's take on it was very unique and different, especially as we see timelines hopping around and intersecting at different points. I also really liked Penny's empathic abilities! That's something that is fresh and new and I f
Jeremy Gallen
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Protagonist Penelope “Penny” Grace narrates this time-travel adventure, with her ability to read energies around her in tow, and her father’s electronic tablet being lost. Her twin sister Dinah picks her up, suggesting she recites lines from Shakespeare to distract from the negative energies Penny senses. Regardless, they drive towards the force, finding someone in distress in a house’s basement, with a vacuum sucking Penny and an amnesiac boy who ultimately receives the questionable moniker of ...more
Tonja Drecker
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a lovely mix of time travel with a touch of paranormal.

Penny is a teenage girl, who feels inferior to her sister. She's also trying to hide a strange ability to see souls and emotions, especially the black void. When she investigates the changing colors and vibes she's getting from a house, she ends up being pulled through time along with the time machine's creator, a boy who can't remember his own name. She battles through the different periods and situations, hoping she can return home
Jessie Seymour
More of a 4.25 star book.

I received a copy through Netgalley

I gave this book 4.25 stars. My first ever .25 starred book. I couldn’t give it a 4 and I didn’t think it was quite a 4.5 so 4.25 seemed the most logical to me.

A Penny Lost was a bit I didn’t expect to love, but did. I’ve had a copy for a while and just never got around to actually reading it until now, and reading this left me wondering why I waited so long in the first place.

It really took me no time at all to fall in love with the
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This book is an exciting adventure that follows Penny as she travels back and forward in time in order to stop the mysterious Void that has taken her through a crack in time and the mysterious boy next door who was hosting the Void in his basement.

Penny is an exceptional young lady who has the ability to see into a person's soul and see auras. Her family doesn't believer her not even her twin sister. Penny has always felt out-of-place and forgotten especially beside her twin. When she is sucked
Pratibha Malav
Aug 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book - A Penny Lost
Author - Aspen Bassett
Rating - ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5
"A Penny Lost" by Aspen Bassett is based on the journey of Penelope Grace, who is supposed to be the female protagonist of the story.

Penelope (or Penny) is a 17 year old girl who is blessed with a special power, means- she can see into anyone's soul and read their energy.
Penelope has always felt inferior to her sister and she is yet to discover her superpowers.

When a strange energy appears in Penelope's neighbour house, she decides to exp
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Penny (Penelope Grace) is a twin but there’s one big difference between her and her twin Dinah. Penny has always seen auras. She is learning that she can do more than that, she can even see into a person’s soul. When she senses a strange energy at a neighbor’s house, her curiosity gets the best of her and she has to find out what is going on. She finds way more than she bargained
J.L. Rothstein
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent Read

A Penny Lost is the journey of Penelope Grace, a girl stuck in time, with an unnamed boy and a pirate. Penny can read the energy of people and objects around her, which makes some of the time travelling even more surreal and dangerous. The story opens where we meet Penny waiting for a mother who often forgets to pick her up from school. Fortunately, her favored twin sister comes to the rescue. On the way home, Penny is drawn to a menacing dark energy and insists her sister pull ove
Gini Rainey
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although labeled a “Young Adult” book, I thoroughly enjoyed this read filled with time-travel, auras and chakras that Bassett used to weave a tale about an identical twin, Penny, and the hunky guy, “Stranger,” from down the street as they visit different times in history, impacting people’s lives everywhere they land. I will admit this is another light read, but it definitely is a page-turner, and for a beach book it provided an excellent escape from my work-a-day world while I was on vacation.

This is a fun, action-packed time travel book that kept my interest. Penny has always felt rather invisible, moving through life in the shadow of her more extroverted twin sister. When Penny investigates an unusual noise she and an odd, but cute, boy are sucked into a vortex. Her sister remained trapped in the basement. Penny and the strange boy begin their adventures, showing up unexpectedly at pivotal moments in history, meeting new friends, while Penny continually worries about her sister.

Jessica Bronder
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Penelope Grace, Penny has a hard time standing out since her twin seems to have it all. Penny is stuck with the ability to see emotions in color. One day she senses a human shaped Void and decides to investigate. Penny and a young man that was in the same place at the wrong time are taken by the Void and sent through time. Penny and Stranger, the young man’s name since he has amnesia, need to get back to their own time and stop the Void.

This was a good story that drew me in and let me asking who
Apr 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the concept of this book. Penny's ability as an empath intrigued me. She uses all of her senses but she can sense "energies" or "auras" of people and things around her. Penny's age of sixteen year old did come out sometimes. What I mean by this is that she did act her age but other times she reacted to situations more maturely. There was something mysterious about her companion "Stranger". It was not just due to his name. Yet, another character that I liked is Ricky. He is assertive.

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Penny Grace is the forgotten twin, especially when compared to her perfect twin sister, Dinah. To make matters worse, she has a special ability to see into a person's soul. Her family has a hard time accepting her abilities since Penny is the only one who has the superpower. One day Penny senses a human-shaped void in the surrounding aura. She decides to investigate the source but she is thrown into the past through an energy portal. The void seems to be following Penny as she time travels. Wha ...more
May :)
Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5/5 stars
I really enjoyed this book! The premise was so interesting, and I have truly never read anything like it! I love love love the time travel elements!
Penny was so relatable, she didn’t immediately become the hero, but in time she did. And I adored Stranger! He is just so pure, and anything that will happen in the story will never change that for me.
💛Also, I love how Penny just called the boy Stranger? Like couldn’t she have come up with a real name? But honestly, that is
Lovely Loveday
I first noticed the cover for A Penny Lost and after reading the synopsis I was intrigued. Bassett writes a story about time travel with a unique and different twist. A refreshing and new take on a plot that has been told before. The characters are interesting and creatively different. I must admit I just could not get into this story. I was not drawn in from the beginning and felt as if the story just drags on at a slow pace. While the take on time travel is unique the story just falls flat. Th ...more
I really enjoyed this time travel book. I connected to Penny and Stranger as well as Ricky later on. I loved the places they traveled to as well as all the action that went on. Life and death on all occasions but the suspense and not knowing how they were gonna get out of it or if they were for sure. And if they did how would they when all seemed impossible.

Stranger bless his heart for loosing his memory, that’s why Penny said stranger then he said that she pretty much gave him a nickname so it
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actually, I am a fan of time travel stories. I've read a lot of books about it but this one is really good and totally unpredictable! 🥰
As Penny jumps off to different time and place, the plot gets more interesting. I like how the author describes each of the characters and their personalities as to differentiate them with what time and place they're on. Got goosebumps when Penny met her great great great grandma and Ricky met Rich. 😅 Also, the story was focused more on the void and energies inst
Piper Collins
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given the chance to read Aspen's book as an exchange.
This isn't my typical genre, but I have to say that I was so pleased with it! Aspen did a wonderful job navigating time travel, both to the past and the future.

I loved the character development; they were all very believable given their ages and not once was I taken out of the story because of it. Penny can see and sense people's auras. Let me tell you, Aspen did a knock-out job describing this and I found myself (being an artist), tho
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Aspen Bassett works at a library, telling stories and suggesting books. When she’s not working, she’s usually sipping hot cocoa and wondering what would happen if she had superpowers. She’s been published in multiple anthologies including Oomph: A Little Super Goes a Long Way and Inaccurate Realities.

Aspen grew up learning about chakras and auras and the true power of imagination which slips into

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