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Blog Tour: True Born Trilogy by L.E. Sterling (True Born Review)

About the Book

True Born by L.E. Sterling

Published on May 3rd, 2016

Published by Entangled Teen

Genre: YA Fantasy/Science Fiction

Summary:

Welcome to Dominion City.

After the great Plague descended, the world population was decimated…and their genetics damaged beyond repair.

The Lasters wait hopelessly for their genes to self-destruct. The Splicers pay for expensive treatments that might prolong their life. The plague-resistant True Borns are as mysterious as they are feared…

And then there’s Lucy Fox and her identical twin sister, Margot. After endless tests, no one wants to reveal what they are.

When Margot disappears, a desperate Lucy has no choice but to put her faith in the True Borns, led by the charismatic Nolan Storm and the beautiful but deadly Jared Price. As Lucy and the True Borns set out to rescue her sister, they stumble upon a vast conspiracy stretching from Dominion’s street preachers to shady Russian tycoons. But why target the Fox sisters?

As they say in Dominion, it’s in the blood. 

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Review

My rating: purple3

Hi again! Hope everyone is having a good week so far! In honour of the latest instalment of the True Born trilogy, True North, I’m here to review the first book itself! I’ve just finished reading True Born by L.E. Sterling, and even though I liked it overall, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. It actually took me a while to finish it compared to most books I read, so maybe it had to do with that. However, I think my view of the characters and the way the exposition was handled had a lot to do with me liking the novel as well.

For instance, other than a handful of characters, I don’t think that anyone made a great impression on me throughout the novel. And that even includes our protagonist, Lucy. At times, I barely tolerated her, but there were a few moments where she caught my attention. Other than that, I also had a problem with her speech patterns because it was all over the place. Sometimes, Lucy would go from using prim and proper speech to talking regularly or in slang. And this isn’t just to different people, but in her thoughts as well. If she had stuck to one lane or the other, it would have been okay with me. But the mix in her dialogue and narrative was a bit jarring to read.

As for the exposition, while I know it’s needed for readers to gain context of the story’s world, at times it could be a bit too much, dumping information when readers could have been eased in. It felt odd at times, too, even random at one point. It’s probably why I was so slow reading this book in the beginning, because by the end of the novel, it was more fast-paced and easier to read.

The thing I liked about this book though was its world building. While the exposition surrounding Lucy and her sister Margot’s history wasn’t the greatest, the mythology surrounding the city of Dominion with a mix of science and magic was really cool. I liked seeing how that all fit together. That and learning about the Fox sisters’ puzzling DNA mystery was what made this book easier to read. It kept me going, wanting to know what would happen to them as well as what was happening to them. Overall, the book’s world building slightly redeemed the story, in my eyes.

Well, that’s all I have to say about True Born by L.E. Sterling. While I’ve got to admit that it wasn’t my favourites, it did hold an interesting appeal in terms of the world created between those pages. Hopefully this just sets the stage for book two! 😉 If you have any thoughts or questions about this book, feel free to share them in the Comments Section below. Thanks for reading, everybody!

–  Sumaya

About the Author

I was a voracious devotee of sci-fi and fantasy novels all through my childhood, so I suppose it doesn’t come as much of a shock that I’ve returned to the genre with a vengeance.

For a while I turned my back on the genre in favour of ‘high-brow’ literary texts. Ironically, it was my doctoral degree that saw me circling back. There’s something about the way postmodern literature plays with the arcane that had me utterly fascinated, and it wasn’t long until I fell headlong back into my old ways and haven’t looked back since.

My first novel, which isn’t in the Urban Fantasy or Fantasy genres, isn’t high literature, mind you, even if it tangles with some serious statements about politics and the way our western world runs. My editor described it as something between Charles Dickens and The Catcher in the Rye: Serious Fun, in other words.

My second novel, Pluto’s Gate, is where I’ve come home to myself: it’s a contemporary retelling of the Demeter-Persephone-Pluto story from Greek mythology. Folded into the mix is a Shaman-in-training, a magical book, Underworld Gods, a world covered in ice, a three-headed dog, and one lousy ex-boyfriend.

But I’ll tell you this much: I believe in the power of words and stories to transform our inner worlds. Whether the characters be vampires or vagabonds, a good narrative sucker punches so-called reality anyhow.

Author links: Website|Goodreads|Twitter

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Book Blitz: True North by L.E. Sterling

About the Book:

True Born by L.E. Sterling

Published on May 3rd, 2016

Published by Entangled Teen

Genre: YA Fantasy/Science Fiction

Summary:

Welcome to Dominion City.

After the great Plague descended, the world population was decimated…and their genetics damaged beyond repair.

The Lasters wait hopelessly for their genes to self-destruct. The Splicers pay for expensive treatments that might prolong their life. The plague-resistant True Borns are as mysterious as they are feared…

And then there’s Lucy Fox and her identical twin sister, Margot. After endless tests, no one wants to reveal what they are.

When Margot disappears, a desperate Lucy has no choice but to put her faith in the True Borns, led by the charismatic Nolan Storm and the beautiful but deadly Jared Price. As Lucy and the True Borns set out to rescue her sister, they stumble upon a vast conspiracy stretching from Dominion’s street preachers to shady Russian tycoons. But why target the Fox sisters?

As they say in Dominion, it’s in the blood. 

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True North by L.E. Sterling

Published by Entangled Teen

Published April 4th, 2017

Genre: YA Fantasy/Science Fiction

Summary:

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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About the Author:

I was a voracious devotee of sci-fi and fantasy novels all through my childhood, so I suppose it doesn’t come as much of a shock that I’ve returned to the genre with a vengeance.

For a while I turned my back on the genre in favour of ‘high-brow’ literary texts. Ironically, it was my doctoral degree that saw me circling back. There’s something about the way postmodern literature plays with the arcane that had me utterly fascinated, and it wasn’t long until I fell headlong back into my old ways and haven’t looked back since.

My first novel, which isn’t in the Urban Fantasy or Fantasy genres, isn’t high literature, mind you, even if it tangles with some serious statements about politics and the way our western world runs. My editor described it as something between Charles Dickens and The Catcher in the Rye: Serious Fun, in other words.

My second novel, Pluto’s Gate, is where I’ve come home to myself: it’s a contemporary retelling of the Demeter-Persephone-Pluto story from Greek mythology. Folded into the mix is a Shaman-in-training, a magical book, Underworld Gods, a world covered in ice, a three-headed dog, and one lousy ex-boyfriend.

But I’ll tell you this much: I believe in the power of words and stories to transform our inner worlds. Whether the characters be vampires or vagabonds, a good narrative sucker punches so-called reality anyhow.

Author links: Website|Goodreads|Twitter

Excerpt: 

Read the first 6 chapters HERE

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Review: The Homecoming by Stacie Ramey

My rating: blue4-copy

(4.25 stars)

I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Hello, wonderful people! Today is the release day of The Homecoming by Stacie Ramee! Happy book birthday! I recently read this book and loved the whole experience.I remember when I first downloaded it from NetGalley. I honestly thought that the book was about homecoming, as in the dance and game, until I read the blurb. While the book does involve sports, The Homecoming is more about a family trying to cope after a fatal accident that leaves their son impaired and the family. The other son in the family, John, is the protagonist of the book and we get his take on the aftermath of the accident years later. John was also a character in Stcie Ramey’s other novel, The Sister Pact. Honestly, instead of being put off by title expectations, the blurb itself made me want to read the book more. So I requested it. And I’m really glad I did.

As a whole, the plot was pretty good for a character driven novel. The plot itself wasn’t as important as the characters who were going through them and discovering truths about themselves. Still, it did help highlight the characters in a certain way. The heart-wrenching way the family acted. The yelling, not being there for each other, like when it comes to talking about problems. It turns out that talking about what really bothers us is one of the hardest things to do- it’s like bearing your soul, on some level. That’s especially the case when it comes to John and his family. Sometimes, it’s better to clear the air so that you know where you really stand, instead of just assuming how the other person thinks and feels. And I did think that it ended pretty well. It was more of an open ending, so it was less disappointing when it ended on a happier note with goals in mind.

While this book was decent in plot, it was really the characters that made it special! Especially John, the protagonist of the novel. I was just so emotionally invested in him, and not because he was a kind of bad boy (although I do have a weakness for those 😉 ). He was just so sweet, especially in the way he interacted with his sister! He wanted to take care of everyone ad rarely thought about himself in the equation… I feel as if he has a hero complex to make up for past actions that he feels guilty for, but thankfully, he learns that it’s just as important to let others take care of you as well. And while almost every character had their bad moments, you couldn’t really hate on them for that because you knew they were trying the best they could.

That’s all I have to say about The Homecoming by Stacie Ramey. It was a great read, and while it is a companion novel to The Sister Pact, it can be read as a standalone as well. If you have any comments or questions, please leave them in the section below. Have a nice day, everyone!

–  Sumaya

Blog Tour: Midnight Hour by C.C. Hunter

Hello everyone! Today, I’m happy to be a part of this blog tour for C.C. Hunter’s last book of the Shadow Falls series, Midnight Hour! I’ve been keeping up with series since it first came out, and I’m both sad and excited for the conclusion to such a wonderful series! 😉 At the moment, I’ll be providing a standard review, as well as some extra information.

Summary 

Being a dyslexic witch is a curse in itself, but Miranda Kane’s time at Shadow Falls has helped her harness her magical powers. Now, just as she’s finally mastered them and is preparing to graduate with her friends, a near-death experience threatens to ruin it all.

Miranda awakens in the hospital with a mysterious tattoo that no one can explain. As she struggles to make sense of it – and questions her feelings for a certain irresistible shape-shifter and a hot new guy – the strange markings begin to spread all over her body, leaving her desperate to find answers. But before she can solve that problem, a new one arises: her sister is missing.

Has her sister been kidnapped? Miranda will risk her life to find out. Will she live to share the day she’s worked so hard for with her friends? When the clock strikes midnight, will Miranda make it to her graduation at Shadow Falls?

Review 

My rating: blue4-copy

I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I’ve got to say, it was a real treat to read the conclusion, especially with the nostalgia associated with it. I also find it fitting that Miranda is the one who finishes off the series. On the other hand, I’m really sad that she didn’t get more of a story, like Kylie and Della!

Plot-wise, this book is really slow. The plot is basically dragged out and what is only a few days becomes a whole novel. I’ve seen plots dragged out longer, but it was kind of sad to see, since Della and Kylie have gotten more time within a few chapters than Miranda did in the whole novel! Or at least, that’s how it felt like to me. Other than that, and the one of the character POVs disappearing abruptly, the plot was fairly interesting with the book keeping you guessing until the very end. All throughout, readers will ponder on who did what, and why. I thought that it’s one of the main factors that made the book exciting. 🙂

As you can probably tell by this point, I loved getting the chance to read Miranda’s story! 😉  The only other time we got her perspective was in Spellbinder (a novella in between books Eternal and Unspoken), where readers were left in a cliffhanger about Miranda and secrets within her family. Since this book is the last within the world of Shadow Falls, maybe the author felt compelled to answer any questions about how Miranda felt at the end of the series. Or maybe it was because it just felt right to write about Miranda at the end. No matter the reason, I’m glad she did instead of ending the series right after Della’s story arc was over. Also, not only did we get a chance to hear from Miranda, but Perry and even Shawn as well. I felt as if their stories complimented each other quite nicely.

That’s all I have to say about Midnight Hour by C.C. Hunter. I thought it was a pretty great read and had me pretty nostalgic for the Shadow Falls world as a whole. If any of you are interested, Midnight Hour is available to read on October 25th, 2016. If you have any thoughts or questions on this book or any other Shadow Falls books, feel free to leave them in the Comments Section below.

Buy links

AmazonAmazon CA | Amazon UKKobo | Barnes & Noble | Chapters Indigo

Fighting Back novella and pre-order promotion 

For anyone who pre-orders Midnight Hour before the 24th, there is also a short story that comes with the purchase called Fighting Back, featuring Kylie and Lucas (two characters that are old hats in the Shadow Falls world). All you have to do is send an e-receipt to St. Martin’s Press before the 24th and then on the 25th, you’ll receive Fighting Back for free!

About the author

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C.C. Hunter grew up in Alabama, where she caught lightning bugs, ran barefoot, and regularly rescued potential princes, in the form of Alabama bullfrogs, from her brothers. Today, she’s still fascinated with lightning bugs, mostly wears shoes, but has turned her focus to rescuing mammals. She now lives in Texas with her four rescued cats, one dog, and a prince of a husband, who for the record, is so not a frog. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, spending time with her family, or is shooting things-with a camera, not a gun.

For more information on C.C. Hunter and the books she writes, check out her website, Facebook and Twitter pages.

Sweepstakes Giveaway

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There is also a giveaway for Midnight Hour as well as some swag to go along with it! It’s restricted o contestants in Canada and the U.S. only, though. For full contest details, click here.

Thanks for reading, everyone! Have a nice day!

–  Sumaya

 

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