Thursday, March 28, 2013

Naturals Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

Welcome to my stop for the Naturals blog tour! I have a review of the first book in the series, Chosen Ones, as well as a giveaway for 3 e-copies of Naturals for you. But, allow me to first introduce the books.

Chosen Ones (The Lost Souls, #1)

Life is bleak but uncomplicated for sixteen-year-old Tess, living in a not-too-distant future where the government, faced with humanity's extinction, created the Chosen Ones, artificial beings who are extraordinarily beautiful, unbelievably strong, and unabashedly deadly.

When Tess begins work at Templeton, a Chosen Ones training facility, she meets James, and the attraction is immediate in its intensity, overwhelming in its danger. But there is more to Templeton than Tess ever knew. Can she stand against her oppressors, even if it means giving up the only happiness in her life?

Naturals (The Lost Souls, #2)
Tess is finally safe from the reach of the Council, now that she is living in the Middlelands with the rebel Isolationists. With James having returned to Templeton, she easily falls back into her friendship with Henry, though her newfound knowledge of Robert’s chosen one status still stings. Even surrounded by people, Tess has never felt more alone. So she’s thrilled when James returns to the settlement, demanding to see Tess — until she finds out that it’s because her sister, Louisa, has been recruited into Tess’s old position at Templeton, and that the dangerously sadistic chosen one George has taken an interest in her.    
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My Rating for Chosen Ones: 4/5

A lovely read! Chosen Ones was a unique YA dystopian that went deeper. A mix of romance, secrets, and a questioning about the reaches of science, this book was brilliant.

I like the idea for this book. It was very interesting-a totalitarian government manufacturing new human and letting the old ones die out to make way for the more advanced "chosen ones." The world building for this book was well done, though I do wish I had gotten more information about why the council turned against women. But, everything else was perfectly explained.

Tess was a difficult heroine to figure out. At first, she seemed rather selfish and cold-hearted. For a while, I didn't like her. But, as she began to slowly grow as she discovered the extend of the council's deception, she proved herself. She became a strong, determined heroine. By the end, I really liked her.

James was amazing right from the beginning. He was so sweet. Though the chosen ones were taught to hate naturals and be obedient tools for the council, James kept from becoming like the others. I just adored him. I mean, he's an incredibly attractive guy who loves music, plays the piano, and sneaks books like Shakespeare and Jane Eyre into his room to read. What's not to adore.

Tess and James' relationship developed realistically. Because of the way their world works, it took a lot for them to be able to just trust each other. They were a lovely couple, though they had quite a few obstacles to overcome. However, I could see from the start that they were going to have some love-triangle drama. So, we'll see how it works out for them.

The plot moved steadily. I was kept hooked the entire time, especially with all the secrets that were being revealed about the council. And the ending came with a surprise that I never saw coming. Now, I'm really curious to see what happens next.

Chosen Ones was a wonderful YA dystopian with touches of romance, thrills, secrets, and betrayals. Any lovers of the genre should definitely give it a read.

*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review

Up for grabs are 3 e-copies of Naturals. Ends April 5.
Good luck!                                                                                          

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About the Author:
Tiffany Truitt
Tiffany Truitt was born in Peoria, Illinois. A self-proclaimed Navy brat, Tiffany spent most of her childhood living in Virginia, but don’t call her a Southerner. She also spent a few years living in Cuba. Since her time on the island of one McDonalds and Banana Rats (don’t ask), she has been obsessed with traveling. Tiffany recently added China to her list of travels (hello inspiration for a new book).

Besides traveling, Tiffany has always been an avid reader. The earliest books she remembers reading belong to The Little House on the Prairie Series. First book she read in one day? Little Woman (5th grade). First author she fell in love with? Jane Austen in middle school. Tiffany spent most of her high school and college career as a literary snob. She refused to read anything considered “low brow” or outside the “classics.”

Tiffany began teaching middle school in 2006. Her students introduced her to the wide, wonderful world of Young Adult literature. Today, Tiffany embraces popular Young Adult literature and uses it in her classroom. She currently teaches the following novels: The Outsiders, Speak, Night, Dystopian Literature Circles: The Hunger Games, The Giver, The Uglies, and Matched.

Tiffany is proud to call herself an educator and Young Adult author. Her first book will be published by Entangled Publishing.

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  1. What an exciting book! Thanks for the giveaway.

  2. These look great reads!! If i dont win, im gonna get them!!
    Thank you for the giveaway!

  3. I'm glad you're interested in the series! Book 1 is great and I was lucky enough to get an ARC of book 2, which I'm really excited about. I'll be reviewing it here soon, so watch out for that :)

  4. i will be thank you!! Ive only jsut started looking at book blogs (im so behind the times!!). and i do a section of books on my blog, and i love sharing good reads, and getting suggestions.....although, lately, my TBR pole is enormous, and now as im getting recommendations everyday...its growing!!!!
    Glad to find your blog, it makes a nice change to read a booky blog rather than ust a plain beauty one!
    Will hopefully be popping back more to peek in :) xx