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Friday, September 24, 2010

Book Review + Giveaway: The Twin's Daughter by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

The Twin's Daughter by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Release Date: Available Now
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books
Pages: 400
Source: Received from publicist for honest review (Blog Tour)

Summary: Lucy Sexton is stunned when a disheveled woman appears at the door one day…a woman who bears an uncanny resemblance to Lucy's own beautiful mother. It turns out the two women are identical twins, separated at birth, and raised in dramatically different circumstances. Lucy's mother quickly resolves to give her less fortunate sister the kind of life she has never known. And the transformation in Aunt Helen is indeed remarkable. But when Helen begins to imitate her sister in every way, even Lucy isn't sure at times which twin is which. Can Helen really be trusted, or does her sweet face mask a chilling agenda?

My Review: The Twin's Daughter was a classic, murderous tale that left me feeling flabbergasted. The dark undertone was enticing and mysterious. Lauren contributed a sophisticated, Victorian style that sucked me in. Lucy, an intuitive little girl grabbed my attention from the beginning. Her bright energy and observant personality was infectious. The maturity she presented at thirteen was well-developed and admirable. The story opened up with Aunt Helen arriving unexpectedly at the Sexton's residence. Aliese, Lucy's mother was floored with the discovery of having a twin sister. Helen's aura was hard to read, yet created some type of suspense.

Coming from a different, orphanage upbringing, Helen established goals in reaching proper education and etiquette. Eventually, Helen started growing on me, even if her demeanor was shady. Another aspect I enjoyed, was the blooming relationship between Lucy and their neighbor Kit. Kit was such a sweet-natured boy that seemed to always have her best interest at heart. The most shocking part of this book was the ending. Lauren literally threw me for a loop, I didn't see coming. The moment I thought I had everything all figured out, bam! Everything changed. It is by far one of the most unique conclusions I've ever read in YA. Finally, every element from the characters to the precise, detailed writing worked. I love books that make you think outside the box and Lauren surely did that. The ultimate betrayal and jealousy found in this story will definitely make you question people's agendas.

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Interested in this book? Kate from Bloomsbury was kind enough to give one of my readers a chance to win The Twin's Daughter. Thank you Kate! Check out details below...


::Contest Details::

-One person will win a copy of The Twin's Daughter.
-This contest is for U.S. residents only.
-Deadline will be on October 5, 2010 at midnight EST time.

(Please enter through form and not comments, thanks!)

Author's Info:
Lauren Baratz-Logsted is the author of more than a dozen books for adults and young readers including Angel's Choice, Secrets of My Suburban Life, Crazy Beautiful, and Me, In Between. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and daughter, both of whom are also writers.

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Yiota said...

Sounds like a great book. I will put it at my list since i can't take part at the contest:) Thanks for the review!

Btw, did you picked the winners for Nevermore or not? I can't find the certain update...

Eleni said...

Hey Yiota - I haven't announced the Nevermore winners yet. I will soon, their are a lot of entries, that's why it's taking me longer than usual. :)

Edna said...

Thanks for the review! I'm intrigued that it's kind of dark and Victorian-esque. Also you got me hooked at the ending. I'm very curious about that twist. I'll be putting this on my TBR list.

Meredith said...

Thank you for the giveaway! Great review!

Jacinda (The Reading Housewives) said...

Thanks for the giveaway! Love it that everyone in the family are writers! :)

Jacinda (The Reading Housewives) said...

Thanks for the giveaway! Love it that everyone in the family are writers! :)

Amber said...

?Thanks for the great review and giveaway. I'm glad this novel had you racing to the end to find out what happened and I also think it's really fun that it's set in the Victorian era!

I'm adding this contest to the Book Contest Directory.

Tara said...

This sounds like a really great book! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and for hosting this great giveaway!

Kelsey said...

I thought this book was awesome and Lauren is so sweet :) Great review!

Anonymous said...

This one looks so good! Love the cover!

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Kelly aka yllektra(I Work For Books) said...

Thanks for the review, this looks very interesting!

Jessy said...

I really enjoyed Crazy Beautiful, so I'm looking forward to reading this. thanks for the giveaway.

Kathy Martin said...

This one sounds very different. I would like to read it. Thanks for the giveaway.

starbuckstogo said...

This book sounds so different and interesting. I really want to read it!

Gloria Walshver said...

It sounds mysterious and exciting, a book that I'd love to read.

Sarah said...

Thanks for the giveaway and review! This books sounds like something that I'd read. :)

Reena Jacobs said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I saw this book on another blog, and it caught my interest.

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