{Blog Tour: True Born: L.E. Sterling: #01}

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{Blog Tour: True Born: L.E. Sterling: #01}True Born by L.E. Sterling
Series: True Born Trilogy
Published by Entangled Teen on May 03, 2016
Genres: Death & Dying, Dystopian, Family, fantasy, Friendship, Paranormal, Post Apocalyptic, Romance, Science Fiction, Supernatural, Young Adult
Pages: 304
Format: eBook
Source: Blog Tour R4R
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True Born (True Born Trilogy #1) by L.E. Sterling

Published on May 3rd, 2016

Published by Entangled Teen

Genre: YA Fantasy/Science Fiction

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26114621-true-born

https://entangledpublishing.com/true-born.html

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.


True North by L.E. Sterling

Published by Entangled Teen

Published April 4th, 2017

Genre: YA Fantasy/Science Fiction

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29939097-true-north?ac=1&from_search=true

https://entangledpublishing.com/true-north.html

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.


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.

Website: http://www.le-sterling.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7121486.L_E_Sterling

Twitter: https://twitter.com/le_sterling

 

Read the first 6 chapters HERE: https://www.wattpad.com/389011096-true-north-chapter-one

{My thoughts} – “By your eighteenth birthday you’re suppose to know. They’re supposed to tell you. Splicer. True Born. Laster.”

Lucy and Margot are identical seventeen year-old twins. They are the daughters of some very important individuals in the society in which they live. They have been raised as rich and privileged and they know and understand what is expected of them. They know what society expects and they know what their parents expect. Because of this Margot tends to be more of a wild child – out going – the mischief maker. Whereas Lucy is the child that behaves, helps cleans up her sisters messes and makes sure that everything keep going according to the expected status quo.

When their parents go out of town their father hires some outside security team to help keep an eye on the girls. He feels that it is in their best interest to take extra precautions to make sure that they are alright and that they are properly protected. He doesn’t tell them why, he just introduces them and then leaves on his trip with their mother. While they are gone a lot takes place – a lot that makes both girls grateful for the extra security.

One night Margot goes out with some friends and she doesn’t return. She calls Lucy with a strange message that sends Lucy into panic mode. Lucy calls the people that have recently been hired by her father for extra security and then she bolts trying to locate her sister through a very cryptic message. All she knows for certain is that her sister needs her help and she isn’t okay.

This leads Lucy down a path of questioning her parents, the doctors and everyone they have ever encountered because now she truly believes there is something different about her and her sister from everyone else. She starts to question why her parents went on their trip, what her parents are hiding and what they will be told on their big reveal day in front of all their parents and friends. She decides that she doesn’t want to wait around for answers that she might not get and starts going off in search of answers for herself and her sister.

Does she find her sister? Why did her sister need her help? What does she find out about her sister and her? What were their parents hiding if anything? Why did they need extra security to help protect them? What are her parents up to?

Believe me when I say this book leaves you with loads of questions as you are reading it. A majority get answered but not all of them. I’m assuming you get more answers when you read book two in the series or at least that is what I am hoping. I did truly enjoy reading this book and look forward to reading book two in the very near future.

I highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys dystopian books. I think anyone that is trying to find their rightful place in the world, trying to figure out who they are will enjoy this book.

{Quotes I Enjoyed} –
{01} – Our mother tells us we are like pieces of the same puzzle, and she’s right. When we’re apart, I can feel us stretching to fit the pieces together, no matter the distance.
{02} – If your born you’re living on borrowed time.
{03} – The slogan is scribbled everywhere in Dominion, a constant Reminder. Evolve or Die.
{04} – “You’re like a little kitty cat,” Jared purrs. “All cuteness and claws.”
{05} – Kind and caring Jared undoes me, unravels me until I no longer know whether I’m coming or going.
{06} – Protect the family he’s fond of telling us. It’s all you’ll have if things go sour. Always think of the family first, ourselves second.
{07} – Why does he have to be that way? Sweet one minute and cruel the next, like the man who changes to beast.
{08} – Sometimes I lose sight of what Jared really is. A soldier. A killer. True Born. I can’t afford to forget. But is he my soldier? My killer? My protector? I don’t have the time, or the means, to find out.
{09} – The one thing people want is something they have no control over. Their bodies. Their lives. The ticking time bombs built into their genetic design.
{10} – “You deserve a life of your own,” he murmurs. And then, so silently it is almost lost in the storm, he adds, “With me.”
{11} – It hurts to want something so badly yet know I can’t allow myself to have it.
{12} – And if I had a choice? A quiet voice inside me asks. What life would I choose? Who and what would I choose to be?