Review: Motion (Penny Reid)


Motion, the first in the all-new Laws of Physics Trilogy from Wall Street Journal and New York Times bestselling author Penny Reid, is available now!

Series: Laws of Physics, #1; Hypothesis, #2.1
Author: Penny Reid
Publication Date: February 12, 2019
Publisher: EverAfter Romance
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Fiction
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½


One week.
Home alone.
Girl genius.
Unrepentant slacker.
Big lie.
What’s the worst that could happen?

Mona is a smart girl and figured everything out a long time ago. She had to. She didn’t have a choice. When your parents are uber-celebrities and you graduate from high school at fifteen, finish college at eighteen, and start your PhD program at nineteen, you don’t have time for distractions outside of your foci. Even fun is scheduled. Which is why Abram, her brother’s best friend, is such an irritant.

Abram is a talented guy, a supremely gifted musician, and has absolutely nothing figured out, nor does he seem to care. He does what he feels, when he feels, and—in Mona’s opinion—he makes her feel entirely too much.

Penny Reid really does write smart romances. This one was so smart that it was over my head at moments. laughs I only wish I was joking! I feel like I need to go back to science classes for this one, people! It doesn’t help that I didn’t have to take physics… Anyways.

Motion was a fun read. It had all the elements I love in a Penny Reid romance. Her writing is just as entertaining and fresh as always. The characters were original and quirky in the best ways. I was sucked into the story from the very beginning. There was way more going on than the blurb lets on, and couldn’t wait to find out how uptight Mona was going to deal with everything that came her way.

If I had to describe Mona, it would be as Janie 2.0 (Neanderthal Seeks Human, Knitting in the City #1). She was incredibly smart, liked things a certain way, and talked in a way that reminded me of Janie. Where with some authors I might say, “Didn’t I already read about this character in another book?”, Mona didn’t feel like a copycat version of Janie. She had her own personality, but was close enough to Janie that I felt an immediate connection to her. If that makes sense?

Abram… Well, I would have loved to been in his head. We didn’t get his point of view this book, and I was a little sad about that. I was very interested in his disposition. He was all laid back musician, but he pretty by the books. I found him almost as interesting as Mona did. I would have loved to have known more about what he was thinking.

Mona and Abram had this incredibly fun dynamic going on. I can’t tell you exactly what it was because I don’t want to spoil it, but it was highly entertaining. From the minute I started reading it, I was like “Uh oh. This can’t be good…” I say that in a good way. There was so much fun to be had! I say that in a good way! I loved reading Mona’s reactions to her feelings about Abram. I do have to say that I wasn’t at all satisfied with how their time together played out, BUT that’s only because it ended in a big old, whopping cliffhanger. (DANG IT!)

Now that I’ve read Motion, I can’t wait for Space. I really, really, really want to know what’s next in Mona and Abram’s world. I can only imagine what’s going to happen… I am also very interested in going back and reading a few of the Penny Reid books that I haven’t read yet because I know some of the characters from this book are in those books.

Overall, Motion was a great smart romance — cliffhanger and all. I can’t wait to get my hands on Space!

Laws of Physics is the second trilogy in the Hypothesis series; Laws of Physics parts 1 (MOTION) & 2 (SPACE) end with a cliffhanger.


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Penny Reid is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Best Selling Author of the Winston Brothers, Knitting in the City, Rugby, and Hypothesis series. She used to spend her days writing federal grant proposals as a biomedical researcher, but now she just writes books. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.


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16 thoughts on “Review: Motion (Penny Reid)”

  1. I loooove Penny, but I can’t really stomach cliffhangers, and seeing that we get a big cliffhanger… I think I’ll wait for all three to come out before I start reading. I loved Abram from the first trilogy so I can’t wait to read more about him. Great review!

    1. You haven’t? The next time I see that one of her books are free, I’ll try to remember to let you know!

    1. Thank you! 🙂
      It was a fun read! I like all of her stuff. I think her Truth or Beard might be free right now if you’re interested.

  2. Have you not read Elements of Chemistry?? You definitely should check it out!

    Great review chickie, I totes agree that Mona had Janie qualities, but was not a copycat!

    1. No, I haven’t. 🙁 I think I have the first book, but haven’t gotten to it. I need to!
      Thank you! I think that’s what made Mona so easy to fall in love with. She could have been a younger Janie, but wasn’t. She was enough a character on her own.

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