Here we have it, everybody!
I received a free Advance Reader’s e-Copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review(thank you, thank you, thank you, so muches, C. B.!) I hope you enjoy my thoughts/ review on C. B. Cook’s newly released novel, Twinepathy.
Albany York has a secret.
Albany and her twin sister, Brooklyn, have spent years successfully hiding their telepathic connection. But when a girl falls unconscious at their doorstep, the girls learn that they might not be the only people in the world with extraordinary powers and that a memory thief is on the loose. As the twins try to help the girl find her memories, they discover that the superhero world might be bigger—and more dangerous—than they ever imagined.
About the Author:
C.B. Cook is just a girl trying to find out where her King is guiding her, while writing the stories of the people she creates, the worlds she wants to live in, and the adventures she dreams about. Also known as a mysterious creature called an “author”. She’s a Christian and a home school graduate dedicated to changing others’ lives through the power of the written word. (Go check out her awesome blog here: The World of the Writer!)
After reading the first couple chapters, I was hopelessly hooked. However, I must say, this was a different kind of read for me. First-person POV, contemporary, and superheroes?? Not something you see me reading everyday. But I wasn’t disappointed. Not one bit. In fact, I was fairly surprised when I stayed up till 2am, sucked into the IDIA headquarters. I
was am completely intrigued by C.B.’s imagination.
The plot is insanely fast paced; something I am not accustomed to, but outlandishly adore. I was involved from the beginning. I was searching for answers right with Albany and Brooklyn. I was grinning charmingly right there with Blaze. And I was worried sick with and for Maddie. And, well, I was wishing I could be just as in-control and calm as Je– erm… Data. I felt it all, which explains the emotional tornado I’ve just stepped away from since finishing the book. I mean, what a ride! One minute I’m sitting there wondering, the next I’m gaping at the words on the screen of my iPad: Mind. Blown.
I loved the spy-ish, secret organizaion, and coolness of the theme. It hits a sweet spot in my imagination. Some parts could have been more descriptive, but that’s just the wordiness in me. x)
I love Albany. Whether or not that has to do with her code name being “Jazz”(good choice, C.B.!), I’m not sure. It was like looking into a mirror as I read about her. From her stubborn impulsiveness, to her sarcasm and love of books, I can relate to her so much. I found myself constantly mentally saying, “Yep, that’s me. Same.” She was caring, strong, and brave. However, she did have her faults, as any well written character has. Her love and protectiveness for her friends, and especially her twin sister, Brooklyn, led her to do some pretty rash things while she was under stress. She’s stubborn in her ways and she’s impulsive with her choices… But she’s learning. Her superpower is awesome! With one touch, she can travel the world of your mind and memories. I mean, that’s legit. But honestly, not the coolest. Which is okay! Because I’m tired of the protagonist having the strongest power and all that cliche fluff. The one thing about her is this: I think I would have liked to see a little bit more development in her character as far as obedience goes, but other than that she was a perfectly lovable protagonist. It was worth making those foolish leaps of faith with her to get to the end and see that she had learned. Every single one of them. 😉
Brooklyn was different. As much as I tried, I couldn’t relate to her as much, but that’s okay. I like to look at my older sister as my Brooklyn, in some ways. She’s girlier than Albany, more of a people person, and less naughty. But she’s still lovable in her own way! I love how sweet she is, and how motherly she can get with Albany. She keeps Albany from getting into too much trouble. Her power is different than Albany, although they can connect telepathically together. She has the gift of manipulation on steroids. She can mess with people’s minds, though she rarely uses her power abusively. Since she’s not the main protagonist, I felt a bit less in contact with her. But I loved knowing her through Albany’s point of view all the same. 🙂
Now, Blaze? Blaaaaze. *happy sigh* I am officially in love with him(I’m already planning our wedding. But first: I’ve got to find out his real name… and unless my suspicions about Albany+Blaze are correct. We shall see…). I think when C.B. was creating his character, she had every teen girl in mind, and what we all adore: a goofy guy, that can be serious when he needs to be, with a perpetual, charming grin, and a knack for calling girls “m’lady.” Ah, yes. He’s perfect. *stares off dreamily* *clears throat* Anyways, back to my review. Since the beginning, he was lovable, and none of that ever changed throughout the whole book. His superpower is awesome, teleportation is always neat and the fact that he can create illusions is both cool and creepy. DO WE REALLY KNOW BLAZE??? There were times when his playfulness seemed totally inappropriate at the moment, but you couldn’t help but smile and just shake your head. He’s that simply annoying guy that just is. ‘Nuff said. We got to see his caring side several times, and his serious side, but mostly his charismatic, teasy side. Which really encouraged my fictional crush on him. However, with all that said, he’s still a mystery. I’d love to find out his name soon, even if Blaze suites him rather well.
I really admired Jenna/Data. She’s a leader: a calm, focused, collected leader. Like Blaze, she’s still a mystery, but I love what I see of her. She has answers, but doesn’t always let others know them. Her relationship with all the agents is both business-y and personal, since she knows them so well. And then there’s her power, which is well… freaky, to put it dryly. With one touch, she knows everything about you, all you know, all you’ve seen. I think it would have been more realistic if she had a bit more trouble taking in as much information as she did. I mean, she operated her power with so much ease, and it was like, okay. You basically just lived another life. How…? But other than that, I have no complaints. She’s so honorable and inspiring, I can’t wait to learn more about her!
Oh my word, Maddie. When she was first introduced, yeah, I was totally freaked out. But as I got to know her, I grew to ADORE her. She’s so cute and adorable and sweet. Like a cute, little rabbit. I wanted to hug her and help her and keep her safe. However, as she developed her character through the book, she grew into a wise, strong youngling. We got to see that she is intelligent and wise. She’s not just sweet, but she’s kind and she’s compassionate, but without Albany’s impulse to help all the time. She knows when she needs to do things, and when to hold and obey. I loved her in the beginning. And by the end? I loved her even more. 🙂
I can go on about the others, like Anvil, Ezra, Denver, and Keller, but if I did, this review would be as long as the book itself. So I’ll stop there and make you read the book for yourself!
In conclusion, this was a very well written book. It was short. It was light. But it was nonetheless captivating. If you’re looking for a short, involving read, than you totally need to read this book. The supernatural/sci-fi of it all was well written and the characters were lovable. Albany was especially believable, and Blaze… well, Blaze is basically what we all except of guys from now on.The plot was perfectly placed, perfectly paced, and perfectly.. uh, ran out of “aced” words. But you get the idea. MOVE ALONG.
I loved everything about it. Well, almost everything. I have but one complaint…
Why, why, why, C.B. Cook? Couldn’t you just write a big, fat book that never left us hanging and begging for the next one? You torture your readers, girl! But I guess that’s good. We’ll all be waiting expectantly for the sequel. Just don’t take too long… please. 😉
About the Book’s Blog Tour:
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