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Author: C.B. Cook
Synopsis: 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. (Taken from Goodreads)
Where oh where to even begin?
I LOVED Twinepathy. I’ve been anxiously awaiting its release for some time now; I read the first few parts on the author’s blog, but stopped after a while, to save it for when I could read it all at once.
I enjoyed this book thoroughly. It was a very fun read, full of laughs, sarcasm, lightheartedness, joking, and goofiness. The storyline was structured well and I loved the plot—of superheroes with hidden powers trying to save the world. It had a strong, tangible youthful feel to it, and almost reminded me of the stories I came up with when I was young—except, of course, much more developed and edited (haha). It was just a super fun read and I laughed several times at the character’s sarcasm — sarcasm that didn’t always fit exactly into the scene, but didn’t matter too much because it seems to be it was written in more for the fun and laughter feel.
Okay, so now to touch base on each character 😉
Okay, so I loved Blaze. Like, so much. And I want to know his real name! He was the most believable character of all of them, in my opinion; he was awesome and so goofy but still so serious when needed be. I thought he was a great addition to the plotline, a very fun element, and while he could be seen as stereotypical he truly was also unique.
Brooklyn: She was sweet and kind, and I really liked her. She was fun and thoughtful and just a joy to get to know; even though sometimes she disappeared into the backdrop, she was truly a great addition to the storyline.
Jen/Data: I couldn’t understand her at times, though at other times she had me cracking up. I felt sometimes her character didn’t line up with her character, and I didn’t quite grasp the personality that I think was trying to be expressed—of her being a superior, smart, guiding leader—but that’s okay. I wish we could have gotten a little more development on her, from the sense that I didn’t quite understand where her sudden trust of Albany and Brooklyn came from, or how she one minute was strict and cold and the next understanding and guiding. I still think she was an important aspect to the story, though.
Maddie: At the beginning, I absolutely loved her and she was what captivated me and brought me into the story, but as the story went on, I was a little confused. Was she an older, mature ten-year-old who was going on missions, using her telepathy to save the world—or was she a timid, young, trusting, innocent child who didn’t know anything and was just doing what others told her? She seemed so brave and strong and at the same time so innocent and scared. On the same note, though, she did tie into the story very well, and she doubtlessly did play a very crucial role in everything going on in the plot.
Albany: Can I be perfectly honest? I hated her! Okay, so towards the end we saw some significant heart change and yes, I did come to love her. (You won, C.B.! Haha.) And yes, I get that her ugly behavior throughout the story led up to her change at the end. But I still disliked her for the majority of the story. She made the stupidest decisions sometimes! Haha. I don’t truly hate her. She’s a good girl and has a good heart, but I just hated the decisions she made.
Overall, don’t get me wrong— I found the characters very enjoyable outside of the few things I’ve mentioned. The plot was super fun and amusing. I loved how every time Albany tried to do something normal—such as play a computer game or go to school—something always happens related to their new findings: Blaze shows up, they get called to save the world, etc. I just thought it was so great!
Also, the ending was awesome. I appreciated the way it ended with them telling their parents everything. Though I didn’t like the way the parents were so disconnected and unaware of their daughters’ lives—and that the twins were somewhat okay with it—this WAS written more fantastical than real life, and in fantasy stories the parents are never really apart, so from that standpoint I think the author did it perfectly. Because unlike usual fantasies, when the parents came into this story, they were realistic, protective and caring.
Great, awesome, super fun, awesome read! Short and sweet, fun-loving and full of energy, spy-ish and super, it’s as great as it sounds. And even though it’s not always exactly perfectly believable or true to real life, I think this was written as more a fantasy story rather than real life, and coming from that standpoint I think it was done wonderfully.
Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
Recommended to: All ages!
** I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**