Friday, April 26, 2013

Naturals (The Lost Souls #2) by Tiffany Truitt + Featured Freebie

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.

My Rating: 5/5

Even better than the first! I had high hopes for Naturals and it met every one. Full of thrills, surprises, and topped off with a game-changer ending, this book was brilliant!

 On a side note, I really appreciated that the Isolationists weren't seen as "good guys" to combat the "bad guys" on the Council. True, their ideals were slightly better than those of the council, but they were by no means perfect. They had deeply ingrained prejudices against the Chosen Ones (or, as they called then, the abnormals). They were  not welcoming, but very suspicious of Tess and Henry. They were realistically portrayed. If a group of people was forced into hiding to avoid a government intent on letting natural born humans die out and had to fight for survival, this is how they would be. Real people stuck in a world that had collapsed. I really liked that about this book, so I had to mention it.

Tess grew so much in this book. She was forced to realize how bad the situation of her world was. She had to learn how to survive rather than rely on the council's charity and how to stand up for herself. She came alive in this book. In book 1, I felt that she was a little difficult to like and quite mean. But, in this book, she became more forgiving, relaxed her black and white view of the world. She became a truly admirable heroine.

There was a brief appearance of a love triangle in this book. Tess thought that she would never see James again and it was easy for her to turn to Henry. But, it was always clear the James was her first choice and that she loved him more than she could ever love Henry. 
Henry, obviously, played a larger role in this book. I got to know him better. He was very sweet, loyal, and protective (though that didn't always work out in his favor). Though he made some mistakes, I really liked him.

Never fear-James does appear in this book. He was as sweet and lovable as ever. I wanted to see more fire in him, though. I want to see him come alive and fight for what he wants. He came off as passive a few times.  I hope that we get to see him more active in the next books. Until I see that, I can only say that I really liked him, not quite adored.

The stakes were raised in this book. We find out what is happening in the east, the horrors that they've employed in the endless war. We find out how bad everything truly is. Our characters have a long fight ahead of them.

The plot was brilliant. Fast-paced and full of twists. And the ending was a game-changer. It took me a while to wrap my head around everything that happened. I'm so anxious to find out what happens next. I need to get my hands on book 3.

If you liked Chosen Ones, you will love Naturals. This sequel was absolutely amazing!

*Thanks to Netgalley and Entangled Teen for a copy!
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Presley Sutton grew up with a jaded heart. She didn’t give her heart away to anyone —until Braden Worthington entered the picture. A tattooed heartthrob on the fast track to stardom, Braden is everything Presley‘s ever tried to avoid. Lead singer for the band, Chronic Need, Braden is known for his love ‘em and leave ‘em attitude and Presley is sure this time will be no different. It goes without saying that falling for Braden Worthington would mean confronting her worst fear… heartbreak. But when Braden begins to chip away at the walls around her already fragile heart, Presley soon begins to realize that some things are worth the risk. If she can just get the guts to make Braden… her only exception.