Title: True Storm
Author: L.E. Sterling
Series: True Born Trilogy #3
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: May 1st, 2018
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Source: E-galley from Publisher
My rating: 5 stars
twin sister, Margot, may be safely back with her—but all is not well in
Plague-ravaged Dominion City. The Watchers have come out of hiding, spreading
chaos and death throughout the city, and suddenly Lucy finds herself under pressure
to choose her future: does it lie with her handsome new friend, Alastair; her
guardian, the enigmatic True Born leader Nolan Storm; or the man who makes her
heart trip, her savage True Born bodyguard Jared Price?
But while Lucy ponders her path, fate has other
plans. Betrayal is a cruel lesson, and the Fox sisters can hardly believe who
is behind the plot against them. To survive this deadly game of politics, Lucy
is forced to agree to a marriage of convenience. But is the DNA of her will
stronger than the forces opposing her? And can she turn the tide against the
As they say in Dominion, rogue genes can never
have a happy ending…
Another laugh, this one not at all pleasant. “God, Lu, do you think I’m
actually in control here? You,” he says, his lips coming so close to mine I can
almost feel them on my flesh. He brushes them lightly, and the already swollen
flesh lights up again. “You,” he says again, his voice dropping into a purr as
with one hand, he strokes my hair, “you’re like a drug. I can’t get enough of
you, can’t break away no matter how hard I try.”
I push at his chest and force him to let me down. “You make it sound
terrible,” I grumble.
His voice and eyes are ragged, wild, as he tells me with conviction, “It is
“Jared,” I warn.
Blond curls fall over his handsome face as he takes my cheeks lightly in
his hands. I reach up and curl my own fingers over his, remembering what those
hands can do. How could such brilliant, clever hands be capable of such
violence? Like his hands, this man has the ability to make me feel as though
I’m flying through the air one minute, bruised and sinking the next.
I try to look away, sick of the hurt, but he won’t let me. Staring intently
into my eyes, he whispers my name like a prayer. “Don’t you get it? It’s
ripping my guts out because I have never felt this way before. I need to be
near you like I need oxygen. And I know full well I can’t have you.”
Links to reviews of Book 1 - True Born, Book 2 - True North.
So this was one of the best conclusions to a trilogy that I've read in a while. It was jam-packed full of suspense, action, twists, and turns. It was hard to put down, making it easy to read quickly, but it wasn't one you could just jump in and out of. There was so much going on and so many pieces of the puzzle being filled in, that you needed to be able to sit and read for more than a few minutes at a time. I say all of that not in a bad way, but in a good way, because this was a 5 star read for me.
There were depths of betrayal that had been alluded to, and brought up as possibilities, but when they surfaced, they were major. Of course there are always deaths in books like this, and there have to be some of the main characters/favorite characters that are lost. The loss of two of them for sure had tears in my eyes. Then there was the way that they figured out a possible end to the Plague. While I had some thoughts that there must be something like what they came up with, I would never have guessed what would happen that helped them to discover the reasons and ways of a possible cure.
As I finished reading, all the action that I mentioned before made me think that this would make such a great movie. I could totally see the scenes on a big screen as they played in my head while I read the story. If you haven't begun this series, you need to pick it up soon. If you are just waiting on this book to finish up the series, I promise you won't be disappointed.
About True Born:
2017 Athena Award for Excellence in Young Adult and New Adult Fiction
Your fate is in your blood…
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
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 leader,
Nolan Storm, and the beautiful but deadly Jared, who tempts her as much as he
infuriates her. 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.
About True North:
by her family in Plague-ridden Dominion City, eighteen-year-old Lucy Fox has no
choice but to rely upon the kindness of the True Borns, a renegade group of
genetically enhanced humans, to save her twin sister, Margot. But Nolan Storm,
their mysterious leader, has his own agenda. When Storm backtracks on his
promise to rescue Margot, Lucy takes her fate into her own hands and sets off
for Russia with her True Born bodyguard and maybe-something-more, the lethal
yet beautiful Jared Price. In Russia, there's been whispered rumors of Plague
While Lucy fights her magnetic attraction to
Jared, anxious that his loyalty to Storm will hurt her chances of finding her
sister, they quickly discover that not all is as it appears…and discovering the
secrets contained in the Fox sisters' blood before they wind up dead is just
As they say in Dominion, sometimes it’s not
you…it’s your DNA.
About the Author:
L.E. Sterling had an early obsession with sci-fi, fantasy and
romance, to which she remained faithful through an M.A. in creative writing and
a PhD in English literature––where she completed a thesis on magical
representation. She is the author of cult hit YA novel The Originals (under pen
name L.E. Vollick) and the Urban Fantasy Pluto’s Gate. True Born, first in the
True Born trilogy, won the Athena Award® from the RWA. Originally hailing from
Parry Sound, Ontario, L.E. spent most of her summers roaming across Canada in a
van––inspiring her writing career. She currently lives in Toronto, Canada. www.le-sterling.com.
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