Today I’m joining the book tour
for C.B. Cook’s newly-released book, Twinepathy
. If you’d like to skip the rest of the post (please don’t, BTW) just take this away with you: the book was awesome.
Let’s start with a quick synopsis of Twinepathy and the author’s bio, and then we can jump straight into the review.
This is the cover, BTW. Pretty cool, am I right?
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.
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.
And now (drumroll, please) on to the review.
Let’s start with the characters.
First off, let me just say that they were my favorite part of the book. They were all just so likable, and had such varied personalities, I loved them all! Plus, they were true to character 99.7% of the time, which was GREAT. Way too many authors have characters do things that completely contradict their characters’ personalities, but this wasn’t a problem at all in Twinepathy. (Good job, C.B.!)
And because lists are so much fun, here’s one showcasing most of the main protagonists:
- The main characters, Albany and Brooklyn, have an awesome relationship (they’re twins with telepathic powers, which is so cool) and pretty strong, personalities. Even though Albany (the narrator in the story) does things that I would never DREAM of doing, I still really liked her.
- Maddie, who kinda starts the whole adventure, is absolutely adorable and I want to hug her.
- Denver, Albany and Brooklyn’s brother, is super lovable and awkward and I want to hug him, too.
- Ezra is a lot like Denver: socially awkward, but really nice and I love her hair (it’s purple).
- Keller is pretty much the only character I didn’t particularly like. Not because she was poorly crafted, but because she’s so stern, and cold, and kinda intimidating…. I’m not quite sure what to think of her.
- Jen… Jen is cool. Enough said.
- Blaze. OhmygoshIlovehim. He has the greatest personality EVER. Not to mention he has a deep, dark, secret past that is yet a mystery….
- And on to Anvil, my personal favorite. (Scratch what I said about Blaze having the greatest personality. I’m giving that title to Anvil, instead.) I literally don’t know what to write about him, though. I mean, he was so, so, so… can’t think of the right word… sweet? No, not really. Cool? Yes, but that’s not the word I’d use to describe him. Lovable? Yes, that’s it. He’s absolutely, completely, and entirely lovable.
Overall, characters get two enthusiastic thumbs up.
On to the plot.
The plot was decent enough, not the greatest I’ve ever seen, but I’ve certainly seen a lot worse. Also, it’s about a memory thief, which is a really cool and original idea. There are a lot of neat (and pretty darn unique) superpowers and heroes in Twinepathy, and thankfully, none of them were so outrageously mighty that all the worlds’ problems could have been solved just by using said power. (Things like that drive me crazy.) Anyway, it had a really fun feel to it, too, more like Marvel’s Avengers instead of something like The Dark Knight.
There were, alas, a couple of things that happened in Twinepathy that I thought were somewhat unlikely. For example, the main characters are somehow involved with seemingly EVERYTHING important that goes on in a top-secret organization, even though they are teenage newbies who have virtually no experience with anything top-secret-y. And the characters are able to get away with quite a bit without having their family really suspect anything. (Everyone’s pretty chill in this story. Which I rather think I like.) However, there were no blatant plot holes that I noticed, which is another huge thumbs up for Twinepathy, because even in popular books and movies, I can usually spot plot holes.
Now for the writing itself, which is really important, because there’s nothing worse than a poorly-written book and nothing better than a well-written one.
Overall, I thought the writing was really good! C.B. Cook has some serious talent as an author, and knows how to not only tell a good story, but do it with proper grammar. 🙂 The writing is easy to read, and flows very nicely.
There were, however, some problems with “show, don’t tell.” Cook tends to “tell” a lot, instead of “showing,” which made the book a very quick, but not an overly deep, read. However, I know that’s a style, and it certainly made Twinepathy one of those can’t-put-it-down, gotta read it all NOW books.
And in conclusion…
Overall, I loved, loved, LOVED this book and I will definitely be reading the next one when it comes out! (Fingers crossed that it’s soon!) Most of Twinepathy was awesome, and the minor details that I didn’t particularly care for are all made better by the lovableness of the characters.
To rate the book using the method my family always does after watching a movie/reading a book, I give it a shining 4 stars out of 5. On the whole, I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I can’t recommend it enough!
You can find Twinepathy here, on Amazon or here, on Goodreads. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! And don’t forget to follow the rest of the book tour this week. There’s going to be lots of cool things, like more book reviews, author interviews, and yes, even character interviews (where you can hopefully discover why Blaze and Anvil are so cool)!