{Blog Tour: True North: L.E. Sterling: #02}

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{Blog Tour: True North: L.E. Sterling: #02}True North by L.E. Sterling
Series: True Born Trilogy
Published by Entangled Teen on April 4, 2017
Genres: Death & Dying, Dystopian, Family, fantasy, Friendship, Paranormal, Post Apocalyptic, Romance, Science Fiction, Supernatural, Young Adult
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
Source: Blog Tour R4R
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4 Stars

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} – I was really excited to start this book as the first one had pulled me into the storyline and the brilliant, yet vibrant world of Dominion. Lucy and Jared are still an on and off and on and off making each other miserable but feel safe around one another through this book as they were in the first. However, in this one they end up traveling to Russia in an attempt to try and rescue her sister from the Russian acquaintance that their parents had sent her off with at the end of the first book.

I was slightly disappointed with this books storyline as I was interested in it being action packed and similar to the first book, it wasn’t like that. Instead it seems more like a filler storyline in an attempt to make the gaps within the storyline to make more sense. I wished that it was more action filled like the first book. It wasn’t a bad storyline however, it was slow in the beginning and I was finding it difficult to want to continue reading it. I was having to put the book down numerous times and then going back to it when I wasn’t in the I’m not sure I want to finish this book kind of mood.

I am glad that I didn’t give up on the book though. It got better around the mid portion of the book. It started to pull me back in and it started to remind me why I was reading it in the first place. I only wish that it had been like this from the beginning.

If you enjoyed the first book and you are wanting to continue on with the storyline I do recommend reading this book. I know it may be slow in the beginning but as I discovered it does pick up and when it does you will find yourself at the end of the book wishing for more to read.

{Quotes I Enjoyed} –
{01} – Sometimes flesh and bone are as inexplicable as magic.
{02} – I learned my lesson that day as my raging grief clawed back the tides of death – that the only thing worse than feeling my twin’s suffereing was the fear of not feeling her at all.
{03} – Death is easy here in Dominion. Cheap and plentiful. It’s the living that’s hard.
{04} – I still don’t know what I am, but I know I’m not True Born. Not even by half measures.
{05} – I do not truly belong here in this world. I am the outsider, the freak.
{06} – In fact, Nolan Storm has been a better parent to me than my own, taking me in and becoming my guardian when I had nowhere to turn.
{07} – We can draw a path to the future with their blood. For blood is the answer, blood is the divine holy river, the Flood that shall deliver us.
{08} – What does a lock do without its key? Keep its secrets.
{09} – But this feeling – the one I get every time he looks at me and touches me or says my name 0 it isn’t rational, it isn’t logical.
{10} – Though until now I have always wondered why they bothered to spend money on armies when the real enemy is within us, ticking away our lives with all the power of a doomsday clock.
{11} – Lock and key. What happens when the key goes missing? The lock doubles the bargain.
{12} – Honesty is always the best bargaining position, my father had told us often enough.
{13} – I’d never go back to the false prison that makes up the world of my childhood.
{14} – “I need to find her, Jared. I can’t be apart from her.” I’m not whole inside without my sister at my side. Margot is my everything, my sun and my moon since the day we first drew breath. My best friend. My constant companion. My true north.
{15} – Money, at least, is a motive I can understand. Money is power, both in the Upper Circle and on the streets of Old Dominion.
{16} – “Cause and effect is more complicated than a fairytale.”
{17} – In the art and war of diplomacy, there are only two kinds of people: those who are eaten and those who go to bed hungry.
{18} – But it’s the only weapon I have to counter the helpless anger I feel, the sense that his betrayal is far worse than any I have encountered in the past.
{19} – A sharp pain jabs me in the chest as I realize I may actually have been abandoned.
{20} – Family is family, and without them, I stand alone.
{21} – “Sometimes I just wish,” I tell him under my breath, knowing he can hear me anyway. “And sometimes there’s this wonderful illusion, like it isn’t even happening. And then I just -” I choke on the words. Begin again. “How can I feel sad for a world I’ve never known.”
{22} – I feel like I never really lived, never really drew breath, until the day I met you.