Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Book Spotlight: Chosen Ones by Tiffany Truitt

Hi guys!! Today on my blog I am spotlighting Chosen Ones (Lost Souls #1) by Tiffany Truitt in a pre-release celebration for the sequel, Naturals (Lost Souls #2) coming out soon!! I will be re-posting my review of it, and I will give you all the details of the next book. Oh yeah, and I also have an ebook giveaway for Chosen Ones so you can read that before Naturals if you haven't already!

*This review was previously posted on my blog on 6/11/12 and I am re-posting to spotlight the book in anticipation of the second book in the series!

  • Publisher: Entangled Teen
  • Publication date: 6/12/2012
  • Source: eARC from the Publisher for review
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What if you were mankind’s last chance at survival?

Sixteen-year-old Tess lives in a compound in what was once the Western United States, now decimated after a devastating fourth World War. But long before that, life as we knew it had been irrevocably changed, as women mysteriously lost the ability to bring forth life. Faced with the extinction of the human race, the government began the Council of Creators, meant to search out alternative methods of creating life. The resulting artificial human beings, or Chosen Ones, were extraordinarily beautiful, unbelievably strong, and unabashedly deadly.

Life is bleak, but uncomplicated for Tess as she follows the rigid rules of her dystopian society, until the day she begins work at Templeton, the training facility for newly created Chosen Ones. There, she meets James, a Chosen One whose odd love of music and reading rivals only her own. The attraction between the two is immediate in its intensity—and overwhelming in its danger.

But there is more to the goings-on at Templeton than Tess ever knew, and as the veil is lifted from her eyes, she uncovers a dark underground movement bent not on taking down the Chosen Ones, but the Council itself. Will Tess be able to stand up to those who would oppress her, even if it means giving up the only happiness in her life?

My Thoughts

Right now dystopians are one of my favorite genres so I will read almost anything and everything dystopian. I try to go into them with no expectations, but sometimes I just can't. I have been really excited about Chosen Ones so my expectations were pretty high going into it. It didn't let me down. I enjoyed the setting and that the chosen ones are artificially created beings. All male, because the council believes that women are weak. The chosen ones are made to not have emotions, and be strong and fast. They are built to be soldiers. There are no books or music allowed anymore. The naturals (or the actual real humans) are living in poverty. The women are essentially slaves. I was totally drawn into this story.  I enjoyed the darker feel of this book. There are lots of secrets, some violence, and romance. All balanced really well.

I really liked Tess. She is emotionally fragile, but she really keeps strong. She puts up such a solid wall to protect herself. She ends up having to take her sisters place working at Templeton and we get to see her wall breaking down. She starts to do things she knows aren't allowed, and she starts to fall for James who is a Chosen One which is totally not allowed. She starts to discover a lot of secrets that change how she thinks of the world they live in. She begins to realize that it doesn't have to be so black and white. I love the strength that she is able to find within herself. 

I really didn't know what to think of James. I didn't know whether to trust him or not. He was absolutely swoon worthy, but also being a Chosen One, I didn't know if he could really have emotions and feel the way he did. I really wanted him to be sincere and I wanted for him and Tess to be together. I really wanted to figure him out. Find out why he seemed so different from the other Chosen Ones. 

I think that the appeal of dystopians for me is that they tend to be darker and have a mentally chilling feel to them. You can really imagine these things happening. This book was so like that to me. I could see the government trying to make artificial people to be better than real humans and phase out all of us. We get sick, we have emotions, we have a conscience. If they could create a perfect new race, I have no doubt they would try to. They already have control over so much so it's not too far fetched to think that they could keep controlling more until it would be similar to what this book is. I was very wrapped up in the whole thing. There were a few surprises thrown in that I was totally not expecting too. This is a fantastic book and I can't wait for more of this series. Tiffany Truitt has written an awesome debut that has me pining for more. 

  • Publisher: Entangled Teen
  • Publication date: 4/2/2013
  • Series: Lost Souls #2

Tess is finally safe from the reach of the Council, now that she is living in the Middlelands with the rebel Isolationists. With James having returned to Templeton, she easily falls back into her friendship with Henry, though her newfound knowledge of Robert’s chosen one status still stings. Even surrounded by people, Tess has never felt more alone. So she’s thrilled when James returns to the settlement, demanding to see Tess — until she finds out that it’s because her sister, Louisa, has been recruited into Tess’s old position at Templeton, and that the dangerously sadistic chosen one George has taken an interest in her.

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 McDonald's 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 OutsidersSpeakNight, Dystopian Literature Circles: The Hunger GamesThe GiverThe Uglies, and Matched.
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  1. I want this book! It sounds like so much stinking fun!

    1. It was a really good book. I am so excited for Naturals!!

  2. You know, I just can't get into dystopians. I don't know why. I see all these great books out there and they look like they would appeal to me, but I can't make the leap to buy one. I'm glad you enjoyed this though!

    1. They just aren't for some people. I love them, but once I read a few I have to get away from them for a while. The only genre I can read consistently is contemporary or paranormal.

  3. I have actually wanted the first book ever since it came out. I love the cover and it sounds great! I took a bit of a break from dystopian's and now I'm loving them again!

  4. I remember you really liking this one. Dystopians are hit-&-miss for me too, but I do plan to read this at some point. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Great review. I actually like the cover of the first book more than the second for some reason, but anyhoo nice review and thanks for the giveaway :)

  6. thanks for the great review! This sounds awesome :)

  7. Reading Chosen Ones this week. Can't wait now that I know you loved it. Great review.

  8. I actually received this book in the mail last year and have no clue who sent it?? I still haven't read it, but want to when I have the time! I think I may like this one!

  9. I am getting more picky about dystopia a so I'm really happy to get a recommendation for a good one!

  10. I know.. or think lol.. that I rated this 3 but other than that I can't say I remember too much about this book I really should reread it if I ever get my hands on the sequel because even while rereading your review I don't remember this Tessa, or the romance. Geez am I like 80?

  11. I read the first book and totally enjoyed it! I didn't even know the second book is coming out already! Eppp.

  12. I've been wanting to read Chosen Ones for a long time! Since I saw the gorgeous cover! LOL I love dystopians as well and the way they get you thinking about things. Chosen Ones is an interesting concept and I always like when the relationship includes one person from both sides of the idea.


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