Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Blog Tour Part 2 & Giveaway: True Born Trilogy by L.E. Sterling

Book Blurb:

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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My Review:

4 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Dystopian, Mystery, Romance, Supernatural, Survival, Teen, Witches--

Book 2 picks up about 4 months after the events at the end of book 1, with Lucy being in Dominion with her self appointed guardian Storm and her parents and sister missing, presuming in Russia. Lucy has been helping Storm break into society, part of the deal she made with him to help her locate her sister. But there has been no news or leads in months, and Lucy is frustrated. If Storm refuses to do anything about it, Lucy is willing to take matters into her own hands to get results.

This book was a good read, but not as intense or as grabby as I found book one to be, most likely due to the fact my expectations were high and I just finished book one when I picked this up to read. That being said, this was not at all a bad book, just a little slower paced build than what I hopped for. Book one was all action and danger and stolen moments, where as this book was politics and mind games to find information. Book one caused me to have so many questions about Lucy and Margot, and for the most part they were kinda sorta not answered here, just vague hints revealed making me need the third book in the trilogy asap. Second books in a trilogy sometimes feel like place fillers in a series and I won't go as far as saying that here because stuff did happen, but I did hope for more. I guess I will just have to wait for book 3... (sigh).

Another thing that drove me crazy (and Lucy too) was Jared. He totally stepped back from the intense, "pick me" Jared that I loved from book one. And sure, he has his reasons (which I am not a fan of), but you can't ask a girl to pick you over her family and then go cold. I wanted a me-and-you-against-the world-I-will-follow-you-to-the-moon aka Russia kind of love, and where there are hints of that, Jared's character kind of took a back seat in this story. I am a lover of romances so of course I push for some love in my books.

On that note, I loved Ali! He was a new character in this story, but now my favorite. He was a complete mystery to both me and Lucy, and his motivations maybe sketchy, but I am so glad he became a part of Lucy's journey. I was afraid that the book was going to turn into a love triangle, but that was not what Ali was about. Nice way to show two character of opposite gender don't need to be romantic for a good relationship dynamic(and I think Jared and Lucy are mates/soulmates/whatever term you want to use that indicates they belong together).

This was a solid chapter in Lucy's battle but there is so much left unsaid that I am desperate for the third book . I have really enjoyed this series and know others will too.

I received this title in return for my honest review.

Author Bio:

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.

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