10 April 2013

Review + Giveaway: Naturals by Tiffany Truitt

Release Date: 2 April 2013
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Format: eARC 
Source: Publisher

Grab the first book, Chosen Ones, or Naturals for only $4.99 for your Kindle!
Ripped away from those she loves most, Tess is heartbroken as her small band of travelers reaches the Isolationist camp in the mysterious and barren Middlelands. Desperate to be reunited with James, the forbidden chosen one who stole her heart, she wants nothing to do with the rough Isolationists, who are without allegiance in the war between the Westerners and Easterners. But having their protection, especially for someone as powerful as Tess, may come at a cost.

When James returns, Tess’s world once again feels complete—until she discovers her sister, Louisa, has taken up her old post at Templeton, the dangerous chosen ones training center and the site of Tess’s loss of innocence. Tess will do anything to protect her loved ones—but will the price be more than she can give?

This second book in Tiffany Truitt’s dystopian series is a thought-provoking, thrilling story that asks who the true enemy really is—the chosen ones who are different, or the naturals…who are just like us.
My Thoughts...

If you haven't read the first book, then check out my review of Chosen Ones here! Definitely recommended if you really hate spoilers because I never make promises with reviews of books in a series!

When I read Chosen Ones last year, I distinctly remember that Ms. Truitt's writing completely captivated me and the sequel was no different. As far as second books go, Naturals excelled in continuing the bleak hopeless world while creating new story lines that kept the book moving and new characters and situations that added a special element to the new setting.

Naturals picks up pretty much right after where Chosen Ones ended, with our characters still making their way through the forest trying to make it safely back to their community.  I thought this was a perfect way to re-enter the story--no time gaps to attempt to revisit. Seeing Tess without James while still in the woods is a bit of an eye-opening experience.  I felt like she was just realizing what it really meant to define yourself.  This self-exploration continues throughout her time in the Isolationist community.

The Isolationist community was a distinct contrast to the sheltered world of the compound and I honestly enjoyed watching Tess grow and getting to know her new surroundings, including the people.  Lockwood was by far the most standout new character for me and I enjoyed watching his friendship with Tess develop--proving that not every male friendship is bound to turn a story into a love triangle.

The ending left me desperate for more, which I think is common with second books, but I'm absolutely dying to read the rest of the story.  I can't wait for more of Ms. Truitt's writing style and her well-crafted world.

About the Author:

Tiffany Truitt was born in Peoria, Illinois. A self-proclaimed Navy brat, Tiffany spent most of her childhood living in Virginia, but don’t call her a Southerner. She also spent a few years living in Cuba. Since her time on the island of one McDonalds and Banana Rats (don’t ask), she has been obsessed with traveling. Tiffany recently added China to her list of travels (hello inspiration for a new book).

Besides traveling, Tiffany has always been an avid reader. Tiffany spent most of her high school and college career as a literary snob. She refused to read anything considered “low brow” or outside the “classics.”

Tiffany began teaching middle school in 2006. Her students introduced her to the wide, wonderful world of Young Adult literature. Today, Tiffany embraces popular Young Adult literature and uses it in her classroom. Tiffany is proud to call herself an educator and Young Adult author.

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