True Storm (True Born Trilogy #3)

I received this ARC from Entangled Teen in exchange for an honest review.

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Laster.  Splicer. True Born.

Lucinda Fox is back for this final installment of the True Born Trilogy and it all ends here.  With Margot rescued from the far reaches of Russia and back, lock and key, things should all be resolved neatly.  Wrong.

While she was away I spent a lot of time worrying over this.  The bond I have relied upon my whole life to tell me what Margot was thinking and feeling had stretched, thin and silent, until it was all but obliterated.  It was the loneliest feeling in the world.

Ali has his own movies and so does Nolan Storm.  Margot seems just a shell of her former self, their bond oddly silent.

“I’m a Fox,” Margot says in tones so black I’d as soon call them shadows.

Now the key has met lock and Lucy is far from safe.

I was pleasantly surprised at how this series concluded.  After a very slow start the last quarter of the book really pulled it all together and even managed to surprise me.  I won’t go into more details lest I spoil it so pick it up!  I was late to the party and it’s out now!

Four Stars.

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True North (True Born Trilogy #2)

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I received this ARC from Entangled Teen in conjunction with YA Reads Blog Tours in exchange for an honest review.  This is a stop on the YA Reads Blog Tour for “True North”!

 

SYNOPSIS: Abandoned by her family in Plague-ridden Dominion City, eighteen-year-old Lucy Fox has no choice but to rely upon the kindness of the True Borns, a renegade group of genetically enhanced humans, to save her twin sister, Margot. But Nolan Storm, their mysterious leader, has his own agenda. When Storm backtracks on his promise to rescue Margot, Lucy takes her fate into her own hands and sets off for Russia with her True Born bodyguard and maybe-something-more, the lethal yet beautiful Jared Price. In Russia, there’s been whispered rumors of Plague Cure.

While Lucy fights her magnetic attraction to Jared, anxious that his loyalty to Storm will hurt her chances of finding her sister, they quickly discover that not all is as it appears…and discovering the secrets contained in the Fox sisters’ blood before they wind up dead is just the beginning.

As they say in Dominion, sometimes it’s not you…it’s your DNA.


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REVIEW: Lucy’s twin sister, Margot, is gone.  She vanished with their parents and the mysterious Russian aristocrat when the Laster’s attacked their home during their reveal.  Since then she’s spent all of her waking moments (and then some) worrying about her sister and focusing on finding a solution to the plurality of problems she and her True Born friends face.

I learned my lesson that day as my raging grief clawed back the tides of death-that the only thing worse than feeling my twin’s suffering was the feat of not feeling her at all.

She’s relying on Nolan Storm to help her find her sister and her frustration is mounting.

It’s not that I don’t trust Storm to help me get my sister, exactly.  I expect he’ll live up to his side of our bargain. Eventually.

For the first time in her short and pampered life Lucy must make a choice completely on her own, a choice that leads her far from home.  In a world where it’s survive or die, she takes the ultimate risk in searching for her sister.

Lets not forget the mysterious Jared Price, he’s still in play.  It seems these two can’t or won’t escape each other even when the world around them is collapsing.  With the introduction of a new friend, Alastair, we have a ragtag trio on our hands.

As Lucy moves beyond the Upper Circle into the world of the Gilt, those with more money than all of Dominion combined, things are’t what they seem.

The Gilt don’t play by the same rules.  They’re above rules…

I really liked that this story saw Lucy and her friends leaving Dominion.  One of the most interesting aspects of this world is that it’s divided up in very different ways than our own world.  The references to different nations/regions compared to what we call them today was one of my favorite little bits.  That and the Watchers who seem dead set on claiming Lucy and Margot for their own twisted reasons.

Who pulls the Watchers’ strings?

I enjoyed this more than the first book, possibly because I had more information.  To say more would fall into the realm of spoilers, so I won’t.  I will say, pick this one up!  It’s the perfect read for a sunny Sunday in the park.

4 stars.

Publication Date: April 4. 2017

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I got to review True Born (book 1) last year and am thrilled to have been asked to participate in the cover reveal of book 2!

 
About True North (True Born, #2):
Abandoned by her family in Plague-ridden Dominion City, eighteen-year-old Lucy Fox has no choice but to rely upon the kindness of the True Borns, a renegade group of genetically enhanced humans, to save her twin sister, Margot. But Nolan Storm, their mysterious leader, has his own agenda. When Storm backtracks on his promise to rescue Margot, Lucy takes her fate into her own hands and sets off for Russia with her True Born bodyguard and maybe-something-more, the lethal yet beautiful Jared Price. In Russia, there’s been whispered rumors of Plague Cure.
While Lucy fights her magnetic attraction to Jared, anxious that his loyalty to Storm will hurt her chances of finding her sister, they quickly discover that not all is as it appears…and discovering the secrets contained in the Fox sisters’ blood before they wind up dead is just the beginning.??
As they say in Dominion, sometimes it’s not you…it’s your DNA.
Want to read more? Pre-order your copy of True North (True Born, #2) by L.E. Sterling today!

The Society

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I received this book from Netgalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC in exchange for an honest review.

This is a revenge plot.  That much is clear from the very beginning and you won’t forget it for even a solitary chapter.  Sam had it all; a well-to-do upbringing, a posh private school education and  the sort of best friend that ensures social standing.  That all changes when said best friend, Jessica, betrays her.  Now her father is in prison, her mother  has passed her off on an aunt who seems more and more out of it these days and now she really only has one friend (Jeremy).

How do you explain the culmination of years of torment?  Everyone has a breaking point, and I’d reached mine.

This is her senior year and she has vowed to make Jessica and her cronies pay.  She meets a mysterious bad-boy in the process and begins to lose herself in him and her plot.  Trinity Academy has “The Society”, its little version of Skull and Bones and Sam has her own little initiates to exact her revenge…will she succeed?

It took me a really long time to read this, mostly because it was so predictable.  I just couldn’t quite get into it.  As for the writing, it was sound, just nothing special.  I did appreciate the Author’s Note about bullying at the end.  Bullying in schools is a real problem, one we as a society should take seriously.  As a first grade teacher I show zero tolerance for it, and I hope we all do our parts.

Two Stars.

Expected Publication: May 3, 2016

 

 

True Born (True Born Triology #1)

true-born-epubI received this ARC from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

In this Dystopian society the plague is back with a vengeance and shows no signs of disappearing naturally or being cured. Dominion City is the last stronghold of Nor-Am, the center of what was once a powerful nation.  Life is all about survival for most, though for Lucy and Margot Fox, the twin daughters of one of Dominion’s most powerful men life goes on much the same as before.

By your eighteenth  birthday you’re supposed to know.  They’re supposed to tell you.  Splicer.  True Born.  Laster.

.The Lasters are living on borrowed time, just waiting for the plague to take them.  The Splicers pay for expensive treatments that involve splicing their DNA to stay a step ahead of the disease.  The True Borns are born resistant, with mutated genes that channel primitive changes in their DNA, from before we evolved into Homo Sapiens.

All that separates us, that poor woman and me, is an accident of birth.

As the Fox sisters approach their big reveal party their world is cast into chaos.  The Laster population is not just quietly dying out, they are making their presence know.  The True Born population their Splicer circle despises is suddenly on the scene, saving them from they don’t know what.  Nothing is as it seems, as it has always been.

…they’d let us die without ever telling us the truth.  Or, they would dangle it over our heads to force us into compliance.

 Lasters die, Splicers play God to save themselves and the True Borns are mutant shape-shifter freaks.  Right?  Suddenly Lucy isn’t so sure and she’ll do what it takes to keep her sister safe.  Dominion City isn’t what it seems.

Three Stars.

Expected Publication: May 3, 2016