Friday, 5 April 2013

BLOG TOUR!! Naturals by Tiffany Truitt

Author Bio:
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. The earliest books she remembers reading belong to The Little House on the Prairie Series. First book she read in one day? Little Woman (5th grade). First author she fell in love with? Jane Austen in middle school. 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. She currently teaches the following novels: The Outsiders, Speak, Night, Dystopian Literature Circles: The Hunger Games, The Giver, The Uglies, and Matched.

Tiffany is proud to call herself an educator and Young Adult author. Her first book will be published by Entangled Publishing.

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Chosen Ones (The Lost Souls #1)
Behind 298 Pages
Released: 12 June 2012
Genre: Dystopian, Romance, Post Apocalyptic
Publisher: Entangled TEEN
Buy Me: Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble  |  Book Depository
At the Other End:
Life is bleak but uncomplicated for sixteen-year-old Tess, living in a not-too-distant future where the government, faced with humanity's extinction, created the Chosen Ones, artificial beings who are extraordinarily beautiful, unbelievably strong, and unabashedly deadly.

When Tess begins work at Templeton, a Chosen Ones training facility, she meets James, and the attraction is immediate in its intensity, overwhelming in its danger. But there is more to Templeton than Tess ever knew. Can she stand against her oppressors, even if it means giving up the only happiness in her life.

Sum Up:

A striking book that leaves you in a stupor. A world built on what all women become afraid of, making everything tug at our heart and be thankful for today. And realizing what needs to be questioned and the choices we make. 

Behind the 354 Pages
I find myself sitting here looking at the screen, looking back at my Sony Reader, and thinking what to write for this review. There is so much to this book that makes it great, but then the only thing wrong with it, has always been a good thing. And this is a good thing, but it does something to this book that pulls it down from what it could be and what it should be. Let me try to explain.

First off, here is something you should know:
                         Natural --> a human who is born
                         Chosen One --> a human who is made

Warning. There might be spoilers here on out...

Our protagonist, Tess, is a Natural. In her present (our future) life is:
       1. War is happening
       2. Females are considered a weakness
       3. Females are unable to give birth to a child without the child and mother dying during birth
       4. Everyone is known by a number
       5. The eldest female child is to work at Tempelton, the Chosen Ones training centre.

With Tess, she has completely guarded herself. She has shown little, to no emotion to anyone in her life, in fear of what could happen. To love. When I spoke before, about there being something in this book that is always considered good, yet in this book, it was a bit of a downfall for it. I always talk about in review, how important I think it is that we become like the main character by the way that we think. As we get used to this world, we become just like Tess. Fearful for what could happen if the wrong choice is made, yet hidden behind an expressionless mask (something she inherited from her father). We move almost lifelessly through this book. Even though it is entertaining, and although we are pulled through lifelessly we still get sucked in to continue reading, and want to continue reading. We get so much of the hidden and controlled Tess in the start of this book that, when she starts to loosen up, we don't seem to be loosening up as much as she does. We want to be having a bigger reaction to most of the things that are going on in this book, like we did at the very beginning. But as everything continues, we fall into the reality of things in this world. We start to somewhat crumble, towards the end of the book, where we see some action and learn the truth about Tess.

I love the writing style of this book. This is what makes us connect with Tess so quickly, considering the circumstances of this world. This also contributes to how much of a zombie we feel we have become when we read this book. We get so taken by what happens that we just continue to go through the novel, and we wonder where the pages have gone, and from what happens in most of the book, we realize that we have never once been bored. The pace was the same throughout the book, even when switching to her father's letters, and going back in her past as well.

I love how we get to read her father's letters to her. It connects us so much more with Tess, that we feel for his loss and want to find out more about him. With the rest of her family, we see how sad she is over Emma and her choices as well as Louisa, as well as her anger towards Robert. We hear of Tess' mother quite a bit here and there in the book, but like Tess, we don't feel a connection to her and dismiss her as what she is. It is heartbreaking what Tess does to Louisa at the end of this book, but then, you know that you would do the same thing.

Then there is James, someone who we think we know, but then completely surprises us. As a Chosen One, he doesn't act like one at all. But then, we realize at points in this book that he really is and we get hesitant....even though we completely fall of him! Oh, a man who loves books :D I had kinda hoped that there would be more to James' scar story than there was, but I was satisfied in a way as well (considering what was happening at the time the scar story was told :O )

The biggest shock of all comes at the end of this book. At first we don't seem to process it at all (just like Tess), but then it settles in and we see what needs to be done, and what has been done all along. Although, this raises a whole heap of more questions, we are content with the ending, yet craving for the second book, Naturals.

There is so much more I can talk about with this book. Yet, it is something that needs to be read to fully understand it. I can't put it into words..... Looks like you're going to have to read Chosen Ones, if you haven't already ;)
Naturals (The Lost Souls #2)
Released: 2 April 2013
Genre: Dystopian, Romance, Post Apocalyptic
Publisher: Entangled TEEN
Buy Me: Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble  |  Book Depository
At the Other End:
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.

Want more of the tour? Check out these stops:
3/25/2013            Nick's Book Blog              
3/25/2013            Just a Book Lover            

3/26/2013            Jessabella Reads             
3/26/2013            TSK TSK What to Read   

3/27/2013            I love Teen Books           
3/27/2013            Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance   

3/28/2013            All Aboard!        
3/28/2013            Imagine a World              

3/29/2013            The Girl In A Cafe            
3/29/2013            Parajunkee

4/1/2013              Tynga's Reviews              
4/1/2013              Bound by Words             

4/2/2013              A Dream Within A Dream            
4/2/2013              Mom With a Kindle        

4/3/2013              Sparkles and Lightning  
4/3/2013              Poisoned Rationality      

4/4/2013              JennReneeRead
4/4/2013              Sycho Faerie's Book Obsession 

4/5/2013              We All Make Mistakes  
4/5/2013              Behind the Pages               

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This novel was received for review via Rockstar Book Tours. This review is entirely my own, no bribery or any deals have been made to sway this review or change my personal opinion of the novel.

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