Review: I Hate Myselfie: A Collection of Essays by Shane Dawson

Samstag, 24. September 2016

I Hate Myselfie: A Collection of Essays by Shane Dawson
Published: March 10th 2015 by Atria/Keywords Press
Number of Pages: 228 Pages (Paperback)
Series: No

   The book that more than 12 million YouTube subscribers have been waiting for! Shane Dawson’s memoir features twenty original essays—uncensored yet surprisingly sweet.
   From his first vlog back in 2008 to his full-length film directorial debut Not Cool, Shane Dawson has been an open book when it comes to documenting his life. But behind the music video spoofs, TMI love life details, and outrageous commentary on everything the celebrity and Internet world has the nerve to dish out is a guy who grew up in a financially challenged but loving home in Long Beach, California, and who suffered all the teasing and social limitations that arise when you’re a morbidly obese kid with a pretty face, your mom is your best friend, and you can't get a date to save your life.
   In I Hate Myselfie, Shane steps away from his larger-than-life Internet persona and takes us deep into the experiences of an eccentric and introverted kid, who by observing the strange world around him developed a talent that would inspire millions of fans. Intelligent, hilarious, heartbreaking, and raw, I Hate Myselfie is a collection of eighteen personal essays about how messy life can get when you’re growing up and how rewarding it can feel when the clean-up is (pretty much) done. (goodreads.com)

Small opening note: Okay, looking up this book on goodreads I noticed a big amount of negative reviews and comments. Although I agree with the fact that yes, this book does contain a LOT of things that are certainly not okay to say because they are considered offensive or slut-shaming, or a few other things, but if you know who Shane Dawson is, you already knew that before buying this book. Yes, I could just join in, give this book a negative review and call it a day because of that, but I decided against it. Still I don't approve some of the jokes or metaphors he used, just FYI. It is part of Dawson's brand, and humor/satire, and I knew that from the get go, so I wasn't shocked by it. BUT, if that's something that might throw you off, do not read this book. - End of note -

   Shane Dawson has been around basically ever since YouTube was still something more of a dirty secret you didn't tell people about because it was considered weird to post videos online. Today, things have changed. Dawson is someone basically anyone who is interested, or obsessed, with YouTube knows of at least. Not everyone watches him, but you certainly hear the name. He's known for his self deprecating stories and jokes, for playing stereotypical characters in the most offensive way possible, and for loving food. I can definitely relate with the latter. 
   When going into this book, I expected it to be more or less the same thing as Binge by Tyler Oakley, meaning, Shane Dawson telling stories about his life recounting it from childhood up until now. To my surprise, that wasn't quite what I got. I Hate Myselfie does contain stories from his life, but they are not ordered chronologically but rather 'random' stories ranging from raw to funny or just very, very emotional and honest, like the story about his grandmother, from different moments in his life.

   Being more of a casual viewer of Dawson, I don't know if any of these stories are ones his followers have heard in one way or another already, but to me all of them were new and offered me an insight into Dawson's life, a glimpse behind the curtain of the person that is Shane Dawson. Reading about his struggles, addictions, how weird it was for him to see people recognize him in real life, or deal with strange dreams was very interesting, and just showed, once more, that even popular YouTubers are just humans at the end of the day. 
   Since I've listened to the audiobook, instead of reading the book myself, I got to enjoy the extra personal layer brought to me by the fact that the audiobook is narrated by Dawson himself. He created funny voices for some of the people in the story and the way he read out all the stories made it feel almost like he was right there next to me just telling me them casually, like a friend would do. I really appreciated that, this friendly tone with which the book is narrated. It doesn't read, or listen, like a stiff memoir but rather like a conversation, though it is quite one-sided. Sure, Dawson might not be the master of writing, the most professional at it knowing all the rules or using the most poetic and flowery language, but that didn't take away from the content at all. It was still fun, and surprisingly addicting.
   While listening to this audiobook, which is over four hours long, I've found myself laugh out loud numerous times, but also cringing in second hand embarrassment, but I enjoyed it from beginning to end. It was a fun, light book, a good way to ease yourself back into reading if you're experiencing a reading slump like me. 

   All in all, I Hate My Selfie is an interesting collection of stories taken out of Shane Dawson's life, which might be exaggerated for comedic value or not, showing you a look behind the curtain, or outside of the cameras view. This might certainly not be for everyone, especially young readers due to strong language or offensive jokes I doubt parents of 12 year olds might appreciate, but if you like Dawson (and are not easily offended), or just want to read something entertaining and light, this might be something for you.
I give I Hate My Selfie: A Collection of Essays by Shane Dawson 5 out of 5 stars.

Cover Reveal: Before Tomorrow by Pintip Dunn

Freitag, 16. September 2016

   I am beyond excited today because I am bringing you the absolutely gorgeous, stunning and incredibly cover for the Forget Tomorrow novella called Before Tomorrow, which is told from Logan's POV (Color me even more excited!). As you guys know, I absolutely LOVED Forget Tomorrow last year (review here) and I'm currently making my way through the sequel, Remember Yesterday (loving it so far!), so when I heard about this novella and the cover reveal, I had to jump right on it!
   Without further ado, here is the beautiful cover of Before Tomorrow:


Before Tomorrow by Pintip Dunn
Expected Publication: October 31st 2016 by Entangled TEEN
Series: Yes, #0.5 of the Forget Tomorrow Trilogy

   In a world where all seventeen-year-olds receive a memory from their future selves, Logan Russell's vision is exactly as he expects—and exactly not. He sees himself achieving his greatest wish of becoming a gold-star swimmer, but strangely enough, the vision also shows him locking eyes with a girl from his past, Callie Stone, and experiencing an overwhelming sense of love and belonging.
   Logan’s not sure what the memory means, but soon enough, he learns that his old friend Callie is in trouble. She’s received an atypical memory, one where she commits a crime in the future. According to the law, she must be imprisoned, even though she's done nothing wrong. Now, Logan must decide if he'll give up his future as a gold-star swimmer and rescue the literal girl of his dreams. All he'll have to do is defy Fate.
   Add Before Tomorrow on Goodreads!
   But what if you don't want to wait until Oct. 31?
   No problem. Pre-order REMEMBER YESTERDAY, book 2 in the FORGET TOMORROW series, and register your receipt hereand you'll receive a copy of BEFORE TOMORROW to read before anyone else! Plus, U.S. residents will also get a bookplate and bookmark!
   Want to learn more about FORGET TOMORROW and REMEMBER YESTERDAY? Click here.

   REMEMBER YESTERDAY buy links:

Amazon // Barnes & Noble // iBooks // Kobo 

About Pintip

   Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of YA fiction. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. She received her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL. Pintip is represented by literary agent Beth Miller of Writers HouseHer debut novel, FORGET TOMORROW, won the RWA RITA® for Best First Book. Her other novels include THE DARKEST LIE and the forthcoming REMEMBER YESTERDAY.

   She lives with her husband and children in Maryland. You can learn more about Pintip and her books at www.pintipdunn.com

Review: Going Geek by Charlotte Huang

Dienstag, 13. September 2016

Going Geek by Charlotte Huang
Published: September 13th 2016 by Delacorte Press
Number of Pages: 304 Pages (Hardcover)
Series: No

   A girl forced out of her comfort zone finds that being true to herself is the best way to live her life, in this second novel from the author of For the Record.
   It wasn’t supposed to be this way. Skylar Hoffman’s senior year at her preppy East Coast boarding school should have been perfect:
   amazing boyfriend
   the coolest friends
   the most desirable dorm
   But it’s far from it. To her dismay, Skylar’s not going to rule senior year because she’s stuck in Abbot House, a tiny dorm known for, well, nothing. Living with a group of strangers everyone thinks is lame is bad enough. Worse is that Skylar wasn’t exactly truthful about how she spent summer break in Los Angeles—and her little white lie is causing her once rock-solid romance to crumble fast. And when it turns out that Skylar’s best friend is the one responsible for having her booted from Lincoln? It’s an all-out war.
   Stepping out of her comfort zone never felt so scary—or necessary. But everything is different now. Including, maybe, Skylar herself . . . (goodreads.com)

* Thank you to Random House and Delacorte for sending me an ARC 
in exchange for my honest opinion *

   I absolutely loved For the Record last year, so when I heard about Charlotte's next book, I knew I had to read it. Thankfully, I was one of the very lucky people who got ARCs of it, even though shipping took 2 months for unknown reasons.
   Going Geek is set at a boarding school and is all about Skylar who, upon arriving, finds out that she won't be sharing a dorm building with her popular friends but that she's been transferred into the least popular dorm of all. On top of that Skylar's family is struggling financially and she gets booted out of everything she used to be part of. On top of that she looses her friendship with her popular best friend and the relationship with her boyfriend, solely because everyone finds out that she lied about what she did over the summer, alas that in reality she spent it working.
   Across the novel we follow her as she tries to figure out her new life and also the fact that maybe the traditional and typical high school way of thinking of the "cool" and "popular" people isn't the only one.

   It took me a while to warm up to Skylar since she isn't necessarily your typical likable narrator, but once I did, I got really pulled into the story and started to root for her. Her arc is really interesting and different, especially since, for once, we don't read about the typical wallflower grey mouse type girl, but someone who used to belong to the popular crowd, who has strong opinions and doesn't fear to speak her mind, even though it doesn't always work in her favor.
   Another thing I really liked about Going Geek was the diverse cast of characters and the fact that even the secondary ones seemed fleshed out and fun, not just like shadows that were needed to push the plot along. I really liked the girls Skylar shared her dorm with!

   Just like in For the Record, Charlotte's writing was amazing. The descriptions interesting and fun, her characters full of layers and dimensions, quirks and weirdness that made them unique and realistic. But, even though I really enjoyed Going Geek, I still have to admit I preferred For the Record, maybe even only because it was about music and it was the first book I ever read from Charlotte. Still, Going Geek was a fun read I can definitely recommend!
I give Going Geek by Charlotte Huang 4 stars.

Blog Tour: Interview: Kristin Bartley Lenz (The Art of Holding On and Letting Go)

Donnerstag, 8. September 2016

   Hello and welcome to my stop of the blog tour for The Art of Holding On and Letting Go by Kristin Bartley Lenz.
   When I was presented with the opportunity to read and review this book, I was immediately intrigued and said yes. Said review can be found here. Then I also got the opportunity to be part of this blog tour, to which I obviously said yes, too, because you guys know I love debut authors and interviewing them about their books, so how could I not say yes? 
   So below you can find all about the book and Kristin's As to my Qs:

The Art of Holding On and Letting Go by Kristin Bartley Lenz
Expected publication: September 12th 2016 by Elephant Rock Productions, Inc.
Number of Pages: 307 Pages (Paperback)
Series: No

   A Junior Library Guild Fall 2016 Selection
   “When every piece falls into place, it’s like a dance, a delicate but powerful balancing act. The art of holding on and letting go at the same time.”
   Competitive climber Cara Jenkins feels most at home high off the ground, clinging to a rock wall by her fingertips. She’s enjoyed a roaming life with her mountaineering parents, making the natural world her jungle gym, the writings of Annie Dillard and Henry David Thoreau her textbooks. But when tragedy strikes on an Ecuadoran mountaintop, Cara’s nomadic lifestyle comes to an abrupt halt.
   Starting over at her grandparents’ home in suburban Detroit, Cara embarks on a year of discovery, uncovering unknown strengths, friendships, and first love. Cara’s journey illustrates the transformative power of nature, love and loss, and discovering that home can be far from where you started. (goodreads.com)

Interview with Kristin Bartley Lenz


   1 - Describe The Art of Holding On and Letting Go with a haiku (or twitter pitch).
   Climb, explore the world
   Family, friendship, love, loss
   Nature heals your soul

   2 - What was the first initial thought or thing that sparked the idea of The Art of Holding On and Letting Go?
   My husband and I became immersed in rock climbing when we moved from Michigan to Georgia, and then to California. We followed the careers of well-known mountaineers, and one by one, each of these climbers died attempting epic summits, leaving their spouses and children behind. I began to wonder what it would be like to be the child of a famous mountaineer. How would that child’s upbringing be different? And what if both of her parents were extreme mountaineers, not just one? How would this shape her world?

   3 - What do you like most about your protagonist Cara?
   I like that she has grit and tenacity and a big heart.

   4 - What was the most challenging about writing The Art of Holding On and Letting Go and which scene was the most fun to write?
   It was challenging to describe rock climbing without being too technical. My favorite scene to write was when Cara climbs at the viaduct by her grandparents’ house. It was fun to play with the language, and it was in that scene that I found the book’s title – The Art of Holding On and Letting Go.

   5 - How long did it take you from first thought until publishing deal?
   Ten, very long years! I worked as a social worker and wrote other stories during those years, but TAOHOALG was revised, submitted, shelved, and revised again every few years until I connected with the right editor who shared my vision.

   6 - How do you feel about the fact that in a couple of weeks, hundreds of people will be able to read your book?
   It’s nerve-wracking! This manuscript has received a lot of praise and support from agents, editors, and fellow writers over the years. I’ve grown as a writer through this process and I’m confident that I’ve produced a work of quality literature, but I know it won’t be for everyone. Very rarely has my book club ever unanimously loved a book; we’re all drawn to different aspects of stories. But it’s been so fun to correspond with some of the early readers who have really connected with my book.

   7 - In retrospective, is there anything that you’d change about the story or are you happy with the way it turned out in the end?
   The more time I spent in Cara’s world, the more details I wanted to add. I could revise endlessly, but at some point I needed to stop and trust that I’d shared enough of her story for readers to understand and make it their own. I’m happy with the book, and ready to move on to a new manuscript.

   8 - While writing the story did you ever imagine how a cover might look like and what do you think about the absolutely gorgeous final version?
   It is gorgeous, isn’t it?! Amanda Schwarz designed the cover, and I was so impressed with her vision. I thought the cover should incorporate mountains in some way, and I knew what I didn’t want (an overly romantic cover with a couple kissing), but I didn’t have a clear picture beyond that. I shared some of Amanda’s cover creation process on the SCBWI-MI blog. You can read that post here: http://scbwimithemitten.blogspot.com/2016/07/the-making-of-book-cover-3-stories_22.html

   9 - Did you listen to any particular songs or artists while writing The Art of Holding On and Letting Go? If so, could you give us an example?
   I love when writers share their music influences, but my answer is pretty boring - I have to write in silence. But once I’m done writing, I head to the kitchen to make dinner, and that’s when the music comes on. Cooking requires music, and Eminem is the best for chopping veggies. ;)

   10 – What advice could you give aspiring authors?
   Connect with other writers in your area or online to share resources, give and receive feedback, and encourage each other to persevere along the bumpy path to publishing. SCBWI is a really supportive organization if you’re writing for children and/or teens.

   11 – If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
   Invisibility. There are so many times that I want to be a fly on the wall and just observe. I love watching and listening much more than talking.

About the Author


   Kristin Lenz is a writer and social worker from metro-Detroit who fell in love with the mountains when she moved to Georgia and California. Now she’s back in Detroit where she plots wilderness escapes and manages the Michigan Chapter blog for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Her writing has been published by online literary journals, including Hunger Mountain and Great Lakes Review. The Art of Holding On and Letting Go is her first novel.



   Links for purchase:
   Amazon
   Goodreads
   Kobo

   Link to publisher’s website:

Mon., Aug. 22 – Kristin makes a guest post on Making Connections
Fri., Aug. 26 – Kristin interviewed on Fiction Over Reality
Tues., Aug. 30 – Kristin interviewed on A Leisure Moment
Thurs., Sept. 1 – Kristin interviewed on Crazy Book Obsessions!
Sunday, Sept. 4 – Kristin makes an appearance on black plume
Tues., Sept. 6 – Kristin makes a guest post on Books Are Love
Thurs., Sept. 8 – Kristin interviewed on Alice Reeds
Mon., Sept. 12 – Release day post on Making Connections
Mon., Sept. 12 – Kristin makes a guest post on Books & Tea
Mon., Sept. 12 – Kristin is interviewed by her agent, Carrie Pestritto, on Literary Carrie
Thurs., Sept. 15 – Kristin interviewed on Books Are Love
Tues., Sept. 20 – Kristin makes a guest post on The Reading Date
Friday, Sept. 23 – Kristin makes a guest post on Twenty Three Pages
Mon., Sept. 26 – Kristin interviewed on Literary Rambles
Wed., Sept. 28 – Kristin interviewed on Wandering Educators
Wed., Oct. 5 – Kristin interviewed on Operation Awesome 

Review: The Art of Holding On and Letting Gn by Kristin Bartley Lenz

Freitag, 2. September 2016

The Art of Holding On and Letting Go by Kristin Bartley Lenz
Expected Publication: September 12th 2016 by Elephant Rock Productions, Inc.
Pages: 307 Pages (Paperback)
Series: No

   A Junior Library Guild Fall 2016 Selection
   “When every piece falls into place, it’s like a dance, a delicate but powerful balancing act. The art of holding on and letting go at the same time.”
   Competitive climber Cara Jenkins feels most at home high off the ground, clinging to a rock wall by her fingertips. She’s enjoyed a roaming life with her mountaineering parents, making the natural world her jungle gym, the writings of Annie Dillard and Henry David Thoreau her textbooks. But when tragedy strikes on an Ecuadoran mountaintop, Cara’s nomadic lifestyle comes to an abrupt halt.
   Starting over at her grandparents’ home in suburban Detroit, Cara embarks on a year of discovery, uncovering unknown strengths, friendships, and first love. Cara’s journey illustrates the transformative power of nature, love and loss, and discovering that home can be far from where you started. (goodreads.com)

* Thank you to Elephant Rock Books for providing me with an 
eARC in exchange for my honest review *

   When the publisher contacted me regarding this book and I checked out the synopsis I was definitely intrigued. I've never read a book about a competitive climber before, or even seen climbing being mentioned in any other YA book I've read so far, so I was eager to dive into it. Thanks to a massive reading slump it took me way longer then it usually would, which is a shame, but I made my way through it and I can tell you that I was not disappointed by it.

   In this story we follow Cara's story that starts off in Ecuador during a climbing competition (which is described really, really well and with just the perfect amount of details) during which tragedy strikes Cara's family. Following Cara as she holds on to hope that maybe everything will be okay, and then having to accept that it won't and that her entire life is about to change, was heartbreaking and brilliantly written. Seeing her navigate a her new surroundings, making new friends and falling in love was amazing, especially because it was such a contrast to the way the book started off.
   What stuck out for me about this book was the way Kristin described the climbing aspect and Cara's emotional landscape, how it was changing and evolving along the way. You could really feel what she was feeling and understand why she felt that way and why she made certain choices. Cara is a fascinating character that I very much enjoyed reading about.

   I really enjoyed Kristin's writing style, the way she created likable and relatable characters that seemed realistic and three dimensional. The story definitely lived up to my hopes and to that really pretty cover.

   All in all, The Art of Holding On and Letting Go is a intriguing story that brings something new to the table, something we've not seen before, and it does it incredibly well. I can definitely recommend it if you're in the mood for a contemporary with lots of emotions and a looking into the life of a competitive climber.
I give The Art of Holding On and Letting Go by Kristin Bartley Lenz 5 out of 5 stars.


   Purchase links:
   Amazon
   IndieBound
   Books-A-Million
   Barnes & Noble
   Goodreads
   Kobo

   Also, if you want, you can totally check out the blog tour for The Art of Holding On and Letting Go (which I'm totally part of):

·      Mon., Aug. 22 – Kristin makes a guest post on Making Connections
·      Fri., Aug. 26 – Kristin interviewed on Fiction Over Reality
·      Tues., Aug. 30 – Kristin interviewed on A Leisure Moment
·      Thurs., Sept. 1 – Kristin interviewed on Crazy Book Obsessions!
·      Sunday, Sept. 4 – Kristin makes an appearance on blackplume
·      Tues., Sept. 6 – Kristin makes a guest post on Books Are Love
·      Thurs., Sept. 8 – Kristin interviewed on Alice Reeds
·      Mon., Sept. 12 – Release day post on Making Connections
·      Mon., Sept. 12 – Kristin makes a guest post on Books & Tea
·      Mon., Sept. 12 – Kristin is interviewed by her agent, Carrie Pestritto, on Literary Carrie
·      Thurs., Sept. 15 – Kristin interviewed on Books Are Love
·      Tues., Sept. 20 – Kristin makes a guest post on The Reading Date
·      Friday, Sept. 23 – Kristin makes a guest post on Twenty Three Pages
·      Mon., Sept. 26 – Kristin interviewed on Literary Rambles
·      Wed., Sept. 28 – Kristin interviewed on Wandering Educators

·      Wed., Oct. 5 – Kristin interviewed on Operation Awesome 

3 Year Blogversary Celebration - Triple Review Extravaganza!

Montag, 29. August 2016

The Secret to Letting Go by Katherine Fleet
Published: February 1st 2016 by Entangled Publishing
Number of Pages: 334 Pages (Paperback)
Series: No

   Haunted with guilt after his girlfriend's death, Daniel Hudson has no interest in committing to anyone. At the end of the summer, he'll be leaving Florida for a new start in college. If only he could avoid the mysterious new girl in town, who seems every bit as naive and eccentric as she looks. Trouble is, she's hard to ignore, with her beautiful piercing eyes, pitiful-looking dog, and unsettling tendency of finding trouble. 
   Clover Scott lived her whole life off the grid and arrives on the Gulf coast in search of her grandparents. She never expected to nearly drown, or get caught in a hurricane, or fall in love with the boy who rescues her. Now, she has a chance to rewrite her life's story, to finally fit in somewhere, but Daniel wants answers about her past. When the police start asking questions about the disappearance of her parents, she must make a choice: go to jail or confess her secrets-even if they might destroy her chance at a happily-ever-after. (goodreads.com)

* Thank you to Entangled Teen for proving me with an 
eARC in exchange for my honest review *

   The Secret to Letting Go was quite an interesting read with lots of secrets and emotions. I enjoyed it a lot, even though it took me forever to finish it, but that's due to my overwhelming reading slump.
   This story follows Daniel and Clover, two very interesting and three dimensional characters. The both of them have secrets and both went through bad things in their past so reading about them meeting and slowly developing into something more was awesome.
   I really enjoyed Katherine Fleet's writing style and the pace of this book. She managed to create two different voices for Daniel and Clover, which is something I love to see, and it totally helped with making me get attached to this characters and wanting to know what they are hiding and what exactly happened.
   All in all The Secret of Letting Go didn't disappoint me and had a lot to offer, even though it did struggle with keeping my interest in a few tiny places. So, if you're looking for a read with lots of secrets and heartbreak then this might be for you.
I give The Secret to Letting Go by Katherine Fleet 4 out of 5 Stars.

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Wake the Hollow by Gaby Triana
Published: August 2nd 2016 by Entangled: Teen
Number of Pages: 306 Pages (Paperback)
Series: No

   Forget the ghosts, Mica. It’s real, live people you should fear.
   Tragedy has brought Micaela Burgos back to her hometown of Sleepy Hollow. It’s been six years since she chose to live with her father in Miami instead of her eccentric mother. And now her mother is dead.
   This town will suck you in and not let go.
   Sleepy Hollow may be famous for its fabled headless horseman, but the town is real. So are its prejudices and hatred, targeting Mica’s family as outsiders. But ghostly voices carry on the wind, whispering that her mother’s death was based on hate…not an accident at all. With the help of two very different guys—who pull at her heart in very different ways—Micaela must awaken the hidden secret of Sleepy Hollow…before she meets her mother’s fate.
   Find the answers.
   Unless, of course, the answers find you first. (goodreads.com)

* Thank you to Entangled Teen for proving me with an 
eARC in exchange for my honest review *

   When I read the synopsis of Wake the Hollow I immediately knew I wanted to read it but unfortunately I didn't quite get what I was hoping to get from it. The biggest issue I had while reading Wake the Hollow was the definitely the fact that the story struggled to keep my attention so I found myself zoning out of not really caring about what was happening in various places, which really is a shame.
   I liked Mica and the other characters, wanted to see where the story would take them, and felt majorly sorry for Mica because she lost her mother, but that's where my sympathy ends. I wanted to really get invested in everyone and root for them, but I never really did. Some of the relationships between characters felt a bit underdeveloped though and something about Dane really irked me from the start.
   The mystery element of this story surrounding Mica's mother's death and the manuscript she wasn't even sure really existed was interesting enough and well written, but just not intriguing enough more often then not. Gaby Triana's writing style is good and I can see that she's a good writer, but the story unfortunately simply wasn't quite it for me.
 I give Wake the Hollow by Gaby Triana 3 out of 5 stars.

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True Born by L.E. Sterling
Published: May 3rd 2016 by Entangled: Teen
Number of Pages: 304 Pages (Hardcover)
Series: Yes, #1 in the True Born Trilogy

   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. (goodreads.com)

* Thank you to Entangled Teen for proving me with an 
eARC in exchange for my honest review *

   The initial reason why I wanted to read this book was, honestly, the amazing, eye-catching cover. The second was the description. I must admit though that I went into this story worrying that it might disappoint me, turn out to be just another generic dystopian but luckily, it wasn't the case.
   True Born is a dystopian showing us a point of view we usually don't get, that of two girls from a wealthy and powerful family. But it also shows the reader that even that wealth and power doesn't necessarily help Lucy to uncover secrets about herself and her twin sister. I really liked her voice and narration, following her through the story, navigating this plague-ridden world.
  Besides Lucy I also really liked Jared who was a fascinating character and I absolutely loved his relation to Lucy, his personality, even though he caused a lot of aggravating moments and the fact that we didn't know, for a long time, where him and Lucy stand basically drove me crazy.
   The world building was amazing, the whole plague aspect intriguing and unique, and I really cannot wait how the story will continue. L.E. Sterling has a really good writing style that I enjoyed a lot and she managed to create characters with layers and different personalities along with an amazing world. Sterling added so many interesting and complex ideas into what could've become only yet another dystopian setting, but thanks to Splicers, True Borns and Lasters, it had a unique twist that I enjoyed and appreciate so much.
I give True Born by L.E. Sterling 5 out of 5 stars.