Series: The Lost Souls #2
Published by Entangled Teen on April 2nd 2013
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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.
Naturals picks up two days after the end of The Chosen Ones. Tess and the gang have headed out on their own in search of the Isolationalists. Believing that all their problems will be solved, Tess is surprised to find that with the Isolationalists, the grass isn't always greener on the other side. Facing resistance at every turn, Tess wonders about those she left behind, and begins to question everything she thought she knew.
With a second book in a series, there is always some doubt before starting it. Will it be as good as the first one? Could it be better? Will I even remember what happened in the first book? With Naturals, there was a period of adjustment. It probably has been a year or so since I read The Chosen Ones, so understandably, I was a bit lost in the beginning. But thankfully, Tiffany Truitt left a few breadcrumbs to refresh my memory.
In a lot of ways, the Tess that I remember and the Tess of Naturals felt like completely different characters. From her personality to strenth as a character, Tess has grown up a lot. While there were a few changes that were different, not really bad, but didn't completely love them, I have to say that I think I perfer this Tess more.
As for the romance, I guess you could say that I really wasn't surprised with the addition of a little love triangle. The romance of Tess and Henry was hinted at in The Chosen Ones, but never really developed. In Naturals, it is explored, but thankfully, not really in your face. Overall, it was nice to explore the what-ifs of Tess and someone else.
Naturals was a solid sequel. Plenty of questions answered, and a decent cliffhanger to set up the next installment. Naturals gives readers plenty of growth with its characters, plus the addition of a few new ones to liven up the mix.
Will I read the next installment?
I think so. The Lost Souls series is a pretty interesting one. I definitely want to know what happens next.
As part of the blog tour, Entangled Publishing is giving away three paperback copies of Naturals.