Wednesday, April 10, 2013

BOOK REVIEW - NATURALS by TIFFANY TRUITT - THE LOST SOULS # 2 - ENTANGLED TEEN

By: Tiffany Truitt
Published By: Entangled Teen
Released : Available Now
Details : Digital copy, 326 Pages

RATING: 4.25 JAMES & LOCKWOOD STARS!

Blurb : Goodreads

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.

BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:

Two days later....

McNair, Eric, Jones, Robert, Henry and Tess are making their way to the Isolationist's Compound.

The super human strength, brutal, deformed abnorm soldiers are standing in their way.

The compound is about everybody having a job assigned to them and pitching in.

Lockwood is a really likable character. I loved how he brought a sense of casualness, normality to Tess’s day. He is a very loyal character who can think for himself, he isn’t a clone. He makes up his own mind what is right and wrong in the compound. 

I loved him in the bath scene. 

"Welcome home, Tess,"  he said with a sincere smile.
It was difficult, but I returned his smile.

New sub character’s are an asset to this storyline. At the same time, I felt this instalment for the most part was character driven. Towards the latter half of the book we get more of that danger of the characters from Templeton Mansion and we are back in the saddle of villains and danger.

Henry is a likeable character, we get a lot more of him in this instalment. I do feel for him but also I wanted to shake him and give him a stinky dead fish slap. He is redeemable.

James is a gorgeous character. I love the Tess and James combination. He is such a stand up guy, loyal to Tess and determined for her, and so in love.

Do I still understand the bigger picture of those in charge of the Chosen? No. I think I want to understand that more. We get the minions. We understand what makes them strive to climb the food change, but the why of where that food change leads......? I can feel like I am in the bubble of these characters lives and Templeton’s Chosen.

Tiffany shows us there is more several days walk from Templeton Mansion, being where the Isolationists have tried to live a peaceful life.

Tess of the DÚrbervilles was a nice story parallel addition that is slid into some scenes. 

Robert is a great guy. I really like him and McNair, Eric is a guy you want behind a gun, but he also has this big brother side to him. These characters help bring a more humane side to this dystopian and its soldiers.

“Did you two eat some mushrooms you found in the woods?”Eric asked, resting his rifle against his chest. Clearly, he was welcoming the break as well. “Bad idea, I did that once on a hike for supplies, and let me tell you... whew, the things I saw. One time, I swear these fairy things with the largest bo--“

It was great seeing how the Naturals choose to judge the same way the Chosen judge. It made me realize James has a need to be accepted and treated differently as he is a different Chosen. He has heart and a soul, even though he was genetically engineered to be a soldier and fed propaganda. He shows he can think for himself and want more from the life he had no choice but to accept and follow. 

Tess has grown in character, which you would expect after everything she has witnessed and gone through. She has accepted her new life until............ then she fires up like the little rocket she needs to be to save those she loves.

The ending has me all intrigued to where Tiffany will take us next. I know Tess will be heading in a certain direction and I know the shiz will be hitting the fan along the way.

A great sequel that shows us that humanity still prevails in some, there is still hope for a better life. The Chosen to me don’t seem to have a job at Templeton Mansion unless they have Naturals to toy with .

Where is all this going to end up?

A great couple of twists are thrown in to keep us guessing for book # 3.



Michelle 

4 comments:

  1. I haven't read the series yet but the plot sounds really good. I'm really glad that you enjoyed it. Thanks for the great review!

    - Ellie at The Selkie Reads Stories

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  2. This sounds good. Eric definitely sounds like a fun guy!

    Jesse @ Pretty In Fiction

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