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{True North: L.E. Sterling}True North by L.E. Sterling
Series: True Born Trilogy
Published by Entangled Teen on April 4, 2017
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
Source: Read 4 Review
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4 Stars



{Synopsis} – It’s not you…it’s your DNA.

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.

{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.