Review: True Storm by L.E. Sterling

Review: True Storm by L.E. Sterling

Hello, and welcome to my stop on the True Storm blog tour. First of all, I’d like to say a huge thanks to Entangled Teen, for allowing me to participate in this blog tour, and to L.E. Sterling for writing such an enjoyable trilogy.

Before I share my thoughts on True Storm, I’m going to tell you a little bit more about the book (and share another sneaky excerpt!).

True Storm by L.E. Sterling cover

Lucy’s 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, Alaistair; 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 oncoming storm?

As they say in Dominion, rogue genes can never have a happy ending…

If you’d like to learn more about True Storm, click on its cover to check it out on Goodreads.

Now it’s time for that excerpt I promised:

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 is 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 terrible.”

“Jared,” I warn.

Blond curls falls 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.”

I’m not going to go too deeply into my thoughts about True Storm because I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but I will be honest and say that I was actually a little bit disappointed in this installment. It’s heartbreaking for me to have to say that, because I absolutely loved both True Born and True North, but I worry that my expectations may have been too high when it came to the final book in the trilogy.

I would still recommend giving the series a go, because L.E. Sterling has crafted a brilliant world that is revitalising the dystopian genre, but don’t get too invested.

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 GateTrue 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.

I hope you enjoyed my stop on the True Storm blog tour! See you next time.