Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Blog Tour: Naturals by Tiffany Truitt - Review, Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Naturals by Tiffany Truitt.  Naturals is the second book in The Lost Souls series.  Today's stop features a review and giveaway, which you can enter below.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

The Naturals (The Lost  Souls #2)
by Tiffany Truitt
Publisher:  Entangled Teen

About NATURALS: 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:  Naturals picks up where Chosen Ones leaves off.  Tess, Henry, and Robert are making their way to the Isolationalist Camp, after Tess sadly and reluctantly has to leave James behind.  Breaking free from a world where a government indoctrinated  belief system has taught that humanity, or Naturals, were a weakness, especially the women, resulting in the creation of the Chosen Ones, a superior race designed to rule and protect.  The Isolationalist did not live by these rules, and because of Tess' unique ability to be able to have children, she had been granted help from this group.  Tess soon finds that she has to work really hard to prove herself to those in the Isolationalist camp.  She also discovers a whole new kind of prejudice against her, and even more so against Robert, even though he is working to help them.  She and Henry draw closer in their relationship, especially when Tess thinks she will never see James again, but Henry isn't quite honest about everything.  They face a whole new set of issues and have to learn to adapt to a different lifestyle, culture, and way of doing things, facing danger from within the compound and without.  Then, when James returns with news that Louisa, Tess' sister, is now serving at Templeton in her place, things get even more complicated, and culminate in something no one sees coming.

I enjoyed this second installment in The Lost Souls Series.  I liked watching Tess's character grow and adapt.  We get to see a lot more of Henry in this book, but I have to say that I am team James all the way and missed him not being in a big part of the book, though he does show up towards the end.  I am rooting for James and Tess to find a way to be together, and the last few chapters of the book ended up being the most exciting.  I also enjoyed getting to know Lockwood, who ends up being a really good friend to Tess.  The ending was something I did not see coming and is a bit of a cliffhanger that has left me dying to know where the story will go from here.  There are many surprises, twists, and turns in Naturals.  If you enjoy dystopian novels coupled with science fiction, as well as romance, danger, and a little mystery, then The Lost Souls series is something you may want to check out.  I enjoyed Naturals, and I a looking forward to the next installment.     

About Tiffany Truitt: 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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  1. I have both of these in my TBR pile to read, I really should have started the first one already so I could get this one read, oh well. Hopefully soon!

  2. I've been meaning to read this series since Chosen Ones released.
    It's always rough when a favorite character is largely absent from the story. I'm glad you enjoyed Naturals despite that disappointment.
    Great review, Ellen!

  3. I have enjoyed this series so much. The ending I didn't really see coming either, can't wait for the next book though. Wonderful review.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever


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