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Twinepathy (IDIA) (Volume 1) Paperback – July 21, 2016
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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.
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What I liked:
1. Blaze. C'mon, how can you not like him?
2. Superpowers. 'Nuff said. But really, there was a good variety of different kinds of powers. Very creative uses of those powers as well--a lot of them I wouldn't have thought of. I wish some had been better explained (like Anvil's), but maybe the next book will clear some things up.
3. IDIA. I found it interesting how it was set up in a hierarchy of sorts. I'd like to learn some of the backstory of how it got set up.
4. The narration. This was kind of a mixed bag for me, as sometimes I enjoyed Albany's narration, and other times it got annoying. However, I liked it more than I didn't, so I'm putting it under the "like" category.
What I didn't like:
1. Lack of information and/or explanation. I NEED ANSWERS! Ahem--please?
2. Denver's character. He just seemed to behave kind of oddly for an older brother.
3. All the lying. I really wish they would have just told the parents the truth in the first place. And they didn't seem to have a whole lot of problems with lying, either.
4. <spoiler> The whole FOE thing towards the end. It was way too cheesy for me. And I still don't really get why Com betrayed them in the first place.</spoiler>
5. <spoiler> I found the agents to be remarkably callous in the battle towards the end. There seemed to be very little respect for human life. The clones were still humans, after all--or at least I understood them to be human. And yet IDIA happily got rid of as many as possible. The IDIA leader also seemed to think of some of the agents as expendable. </spoiler>
Wrap up: While I did have some issues with the writing quality and content, I found the book to be very entertaining on the whole. I'm looking forward to reading the next addition in the series--Lightporter--and I'm hoping that it will give me some answers to the many, many questions I have after reading Twinepathy.
Rating: 3.5 stars.
Recommended: Yes. Ages 8 and up.
Sexual Content: 0/10
Violence: 6/10 (battle--both good guys and bad guys die. little value placed on human life. some injuries--non-graphic.)
*Many thanks to the author for providing a copy to review!*
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A few overall thoughts and then I'll do the rest of the review in list form (because lists are obviously the best).
It was exciting, gripping, and I couldn't put it down (I read the whole thing in two days). It's a fairly quick read, and feels in a way sort of like the pilot episode of a TV show -- an awesome, well-put-together intro, with more to come. Its own contained story, but also introducing a lot of things which will continue... I might have wished to get deeper into some of the characters and goings-on, but the quick feeling of the story lines up with the episodic feel, so that just makes me eager for more books. ;)
Things I LOVED:
+ Mostly, I really enjoyed how FUN this book was. There are obviously some more exciting/deep bits too, but overall the feel is very lighthearted and just a fun romp. The characters and banter were some of my favorites, and there's jokes and camaraderie and fun dialog and bickering. I just ENJOYED this book a lot. FUNNN.
+ The superpowers, which were SO cool. Telepathy, teleportation... I won't give them all away here, since part of the joy of the story is running into all these fun, awesome superpowers, but I really enjoyed all the superpowers. They were soooo enjoyable to read about and felt original and fresh to me. :) (Admittedly I haven't read anything like this before. But I loved them. :D)
+ The plot. It's a mystery involving a MEMORY THIEF. Need I say more?
+ ALL THE HINTS. Seriously, I'm soooo curious about so many things! There were so many hints at different plot things and characters and their backstories... I'm just really curious to find out more about all of it! I NEEEED more books ASAP. :D
+ The settings. America, a touch of London, and Antarctica! I mean, how cool is Antarctica? (Pretty cool, considering the temperature... but I digress.) Popping to a couple different places around the world a time or two was great fun and gave it an extra exciting aura.
+ COOKIES! That is all. (I need the recipe of a certain super-awesome agent's cookies. *cough*) I mean seriously, it's so fun that they're running around doing superhero stuff and take time to make and/or eat cookies. Somebody has their priorities in order. *nods*
+ Real life + superpowers. I appreciate how Albany and Brooklyn had to work in their adventures around school and family and having to get home to eat dinner (props for actual meals happening!). They're just normal teenagers (haha, okay, so not really; but you know what I mean) and have to fit life and crazy superpower stuff together, and that feels realistic. ;)
+ It felt really vivid and colorful. Like, I could see everything SO clearly. It just has this bright feel that I absolutely loved.
+ It's clean and enjoyable and lacks the annoyances I have with many contemporary books.
+ The writing. The writing was quick and quippy and occasionally there would be some line that I giggled at the fun of it, or grinned over its cleverness.
Character run-down: (Yay! This cast is a rollick. :D)
+ Albany & Brooklyn are twins, which gives them automatic awesome-points. Albany is the "I" of the story, since she narrates it. She and I did not always get along, but overall I liked her. Brooklyn is so nice and sometimes ended up a little more in the background but I really liked her too. Twins, guys. TWINS. Yesss. These two are fun to read about, especially their telepathic connection. :D
+ Maddie is cute and such a sweet thing, the poor darling. I love her muchly.
+ Jen is so intriguing... I occasionally felt unsure of her, since some of her authority-figure part of the story brought her dangerously close to the edge where I could have ended up disliking her... but that never happened because she's super (haha, see what I did there?) interesting and I'm so curious about her! Jen's basically really cool.
+ Denver was really grumpy at first but he grew on me. XD
+ Ezra's name startled me because I'm used to that being a boy's name. Whoops. But she was neat, and I love seeing a girl hacker! That was new.
+ I'm not sure what I think of Keller... Hmm. She's a tough cookie, that one.
+ Finch was cool too. I felt kinda bad for him... Poor lad.
+ Anvil. (Saving the best for last here...) ANVIL IS A PRECIOUS BURNT MARSHMALLOW AND THE BEST AND NEEDS HIS OWN BOOK. THAT IS ALL. (Seriously, Anvil is AWESOME and I wish he'd been in it more. I definitely want to see more of him. But I will say no more concerning this possible favorite or at least tying-for-favorite character of mine lest I spoil the story. *nods* I love Anvil though. <3)
+ Blaze gets to go last of all because oh boy, he's going to get a long point on this list! He's fun and charming and I LOVE his superpowers. As I said while I was reading it, a cocky teleporter bringing donuts? Yep, I like this guy. Not to mention his other superpower... >:D He has a generally cheerful nature, like an excitable puppy, but he also has a secret side which I'm verrry curious about. He's hilarious and loyal and he seems to try to hide his more serious side and pretend he's all fun and games but I think there's more to him. I'm so CURIOUS about this guy -- so many questions! *waits anxiously for a sequel or three* I definitely need more of him. :D He just brings such charm and mischief to the group, and the way he interacts with the twins (especially Albany) and everyone else was one of my favorite things about the book. Blaze is just awesome. <3
Things I didn't like as much: (Minor, unimportant things...)
+ I wish there'd been more with the twins and their telepathy. I liked it and them on the whole, I just felt like there could have been more?
+ There were a few things I wish had been explained better (why they didn't use their connection much, or in school, for instance), especially when they were trying to "get out of" things and I wanted to see the entire conversation so I could know if it actually worked. XD Sometimes it seemed like there MIGHT be plotholes, but I wasn't sure since there wasn't enough info explained.
+ It was slightly irksome that things kept being Albany's fault; I mean seriously, poor girl. :P She didn't HAVE to be clumsy that time, and she didn't have to singlehandedly... well... THAT thing near the end. Ahem.
+ They lied to poor Denver a lot, which I understand under the circumstances, but still, poor guy... (Their parents too. Possibly unavoidable under the circumstances, but still unfortunate. :P)
+ There seemed to be a contradiction where they acted like it was okay for one character to manipulate another's emotions to get him to do what they wanted . . . and then a little later they got furious at another character for manipulating a couple of people's minds to . . . also get what they wanted? It seemed really similar to me. I'm just confused, is all. :P
As always with superpowers etc., ESPECIALLY with mind-reading ones, there were probably plot things that could have been solved quicker than the characters actually did... but if there was anything of the sort I ignored it and just had fun with the story. Because SUPERPOWERS, come on! :D All in all, it really only had minor problems (and they're probably just my own opinion anyway!) and I don't really care because I just enjoyed the book so much. ^_^
Overall, aside from a couple minor points, it was awesome and I loved it! It's exciting and cool and fun and just a great light read. I'm verrry much looking forward to book 2 and I highly recommend this one! :)
I received a free Advance Reader e-Copy of this book from the author (thanks muchly, C.B.!) in exchange for my honest review, and these opinions are my own.
So, the characters. They’re definitely what made the story so amazing. Albany and I were so similar, it was amazing (that's part of the reason I want her and Blaze together). Blaze was hilarious; Maddie adorable; Jen ultra mysterious.
Now, C.B.’s writing is so brilliant, especially for someone so young! I loved it, and I could definitely feel myself getting lost in the story! And how she tied all of the superpowers together? Ahh!!! Amazing!
Something that I also love, is that it’s realistic! The girls still have to go to school, they get to go to the bookstore, they have to worry about their parents not finding out … it’s all awesome!
Basically, this is a clean, lighthearted, superpower book that is full of jokes and superheroes and penguins (okay, not the penguins, but still!). So: this book was written for me!!!
Seriously, I’d recommend this! It’s clean and funny so that all ages would enjoy this! Why are you still here?? Go read this!
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