Review: 29 (Twenty-Nine) by Nancy Pennick

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Allie Sanders thinks life in a small town can’t get any more dull and boring. She plans to escape after graduation. After a bad break-up, she wants to sail through junior year without distraction. Then the mysterious loner sits down in front of her in AP English. He’s the guy she noticed last year desperately trying to stay invisible. She wants to know his secrets.Suddenly her much older military brother, Doug, makes a rare appearance. He takes a special interest in her life. Suspicious of his motives Allie holds back, never really trusting him. Doug wants what she wants—the boy she has come to love. No way would she let that happen. She’d go against family and friends to protect him—and his secrets—even if it ends up breaking her heart.

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Allison Sanders is the youngest and is almost done with high school.  Her older brothers have their own lives.  Doug is in the military and rarely comes home.  She doesn’t have much of a relationship with him.  Her other brother, Dean, lives near the beach with his girlfriend Autumn.  He is an artist.  He and Allison are close.  Starting school gives her the opportunity to sit behind the hot loner guy.  He intrigues her and she is determined to learn more about him.  He is very mysterious and she can’t seem to pin him down.
Things slowly change as she catches Lucas’ attention.  They click and grow closer.  He has secrets and when he knows he can trust her, he tells all.  Alli is shocked to hear his story.  It is completely amazing.  She also knows her oldest brother, Doug, is on the hunt for men like Lucas.  He will stop at nothing to find them.  Alli fears for Lucas and herself as Doug sets his sights on her.  Some mysterious person is feeding him information.  The leak is shocking as Alli scrambles to keep Lucas safe.
This story line was fascinating.  I really like the idea of the Leap Year birth and the powers that come with it.  The concept is original and intriguing.  I thought the author created a whole different world hidden among our everyday lives.  The technology and knowledge they possessed created such a sci-fi feel.

Unfortunately I hated seeing Alli’s brother as the bad guy.  He had a lot of power and she had to sacrifice a lot because of it.  I hated how things ended.  She is so devastated and her feelings toward Doug are completely understandable.  He was an excellent villain.  It’s the first book in the series so I know I will see both characters again.  I am interested to see how they will continue.  It’s not over and I can’t wait to read more.  I give it a 4 out of 5.

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