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The Halves of Us

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4.15  ·  Rating details ·  41 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Twin Sisters: one destined to rule, one cursed to destroy.

Some say blood is thicker than water. But for twin sisters, Adie and Aura, their connection runs even deeper than blood.
After investigating a surprise attack carried out by dark souls controlled by the Wicked Willow, an evil  residing in a neighboring region, Aura uncovers a family secret: she is the fulfillment of
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Published 2018 by The Parliament House
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Candace Robinson
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What an addicting story!! Intrigue, action, romance and wonderful writing!! I was sucked into Richardson’s world right away! It was gripping and fun and I can’t wait to read the next one!!
Chantal Gadoury
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sydney is an amazing storyteller, and I knew without a doubt I'd love her writing. (I can say I was not disappointed.) When I first heard about "The Halves of Us," for some reason, I instantly was expecting to meet a form of "Frozen" with sisters who might be like Elsa and Anna. And while some things in Sydney's book made me think of that movie (More because I'm a Disney nerd, and compare EVERYTHING to a Disney movie) - this book provided something more to me. Twisted with elements of adventure ...more
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Probably more of a 4.5, but the overall story and ending were so good I have to give it a 5.


-The Plot. You know a book is great when you keep telling yourself one more chapter while your brain is telling you to go to sleep. It immediately grabbed me and wouldn’t let go. Very fun and suspenseful with plenty of unexpected twists and turns and lots and lots of action. Not once did I get distracted or bored (except a couple of scenes in the beginning, but they were more than made up for)
Lindsi (Do You Dog-ear?)
Oct 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, blog-tour
I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product.

Pro: Twins! I love books that focus on twins and their relationship. Despite its ups and downs, I thought Aura and Addie had a very special and unique bond. I wish Adie had been a little more forthcoming from the beginning, but I can also understand her secrecy.

Con: I liked one sister more than the other
Sarah Sabin
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Sarah by: Sydney Richardson
Shelves: gifted
"You don't have to be her shadow. You stand in the light. You cast your own shadow."
-Felipe, The Halves of Us

Adie and Aura are sisters. One has been destined to rule, the other cursed to destroy. As the youngest born, Adie grows up being deemed the Future Ruler of their planet, Thindoral, while Aura is known as...her sister. Although Aura tries everything she can to change her Fate and make her own, destruction can't help but lie in her wake.

What a ride. I couldn't have asked for a more perfect
Suzy Michael
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-books
*I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for my fair and honest review.*

Sydney Paige Richardson introduces readers to a fresh new world and characters in her debut novel, The Halves of Us. Twins fighting a fate that is already sealed, a nasty new type of villain, twists and turns around every corner, and a compelling opening paragraph that will have you turning the pages long into the night to find out which sister will rise, and which will fall.

The Halves of Us centers around
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sydney Richardson is my writing bff, and it was so much fun reading this book because I got to see it in all its various forms, from a wee book baby to coming out in the world like a big girl! :)

Overall, this story has a really interesting plot. The twists and how everything connects together in future books (benefit of knowing the writer!) is really cool. It's also deep and has some moments that hurt my heart.

The world building and descriptions are great. Sydney is also a photographer so she h
Kas (ladyofstardust)
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
The five thoughts I had after reading this glorious book (mostly spoiler-free):

1.) The Halves of Us came into my life and totally swept me off my feet. I love how this is not a heavy story. It's intense and fast paced, immersive as heck and always, always!! kept me engaged. It never once left me feeling like I was about to be pulled into a slump, or drown in the plot of the story.

2.) Wicked. World. Building.
Thindoral is a vast world with so many different species and ways of life that I would l
Lauren Jones
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Do you have a twin? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have one? Researchers say that twins may have more than just a genetic connection. Some twins that get separated at birth, grow up with similar mannerisms even though they have no way of knowing the other. Can you imagine how that bond grows if they are together? Now, imagine twins that have two separate destinies, one good and one evil. It’s unfathomable! Richardson has an alluring young adult dark fantasy which will have reade ...more
Paige Green
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Rockstar Tours and The Parliament House. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Rating: 4/5

Publication Date: October 9th, 2018

Genre: YA Fantasy

Recommended Age: 15+ (mature scenes, slight gore, violence, curses, evillllll)

Pages: 377

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Synopsis: Twin Sisters: one destined to rule, one cursed to destroy.

Some say blood is thicker than water. But for twin sisters, Adie and Aura, their connection runs even deeper than blood.
After investiga
Zoe L.
Sep 28, 2020 added it
Is this book basically a YA retelling of Frozen? Yes, yes it is. And I am not mad about that at all. It’s kind of everything that I, an adult, wanted from the movie (even though I still love the movie). I was also worried at how well I would follow along with a fantasy on audiobook, but I was pleasantly surprised at just how much I enjoyed it!

I am fairly new to the audiobook world, but since this was my year of diversifying my reading I’ve been really excited to expand on how I read my books. Wo
Emmi Rose  (emmirosereads)
This book had a lot of positives and things going for it but also it just didn't quite do it for me. It's hard to pinpoint exactly why I had an issue with this book but it just felt lacking and wasn't keeping me hooked. This was an extremely unique world and story! A lot of world building and action to keep the story interesting. The characters were pretty good, and had interesting motives. So in reality I should have loved this book. But when you have to force yourself to read something there's ...more
Ella Sulzer
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the debut book of a new author (that actually is a local author for me)!

Adie and Aura are twins, but they are not just any twins, they are daughters of a ruler in a land where anything is possible. The characters are amazing. You have different regions represented through their appearance and actions. Adie and Aura have come of age where they learn their Fate. In a land ruled by Fate, the one understanding is that Fate leads you to where it wants you to be, no matter what you may think o
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Review

A beautifully written and spoken audiobook, author Sydney Paige Richardson has done a marvelous job crafting a YA fantasy world readers will want to immediately dive into. The concept of twin sisters and each having a dangerous journey with a deadly future looming over them both gave readers a strong relationship to hang onto from the get-go.

Each girl’s journey to discovering their fate and destiny and the decisions they have to make to protect the world around them was a magnificent
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Adie and Aura have always been close but things start to change when the sneak into the room holding the Rokis which Aura will one day where and Adie gets a glimpse of her future. This book sucks you in from the beginning, the world they live in, the different beings that reside there as well as the regiment rules they live by fascinate as well as make you sad like the room of papers. The characters are great as you can relate to them as they are flawed as well as trying to do whats right, but b ...more
May 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
This book was a bit different from what I expected but overall it's pretty similar to every other YA fantasy book.
I loved Thindoral, the different creatures and the setting in general but it all could've been made more interesting if the inhabitants of the regions didn't have identical traditions and lifestyles. Also, some of the main characters had similar personalities (for example, Felipe and Samuel). I think the author could've gone a bit deeper into the twins' feelings, especially Aura's,
Stephanie - Books Less Travelled
*I received a copy from the publisher. This does not affect my review.*

I've read similar stories before...or thought I had, but perhaps I was wrong? This one was so different and from the start I found I was pulled into the story, and didn't want to stop reading! I loved the action and intrigue, with romance and adventure thrown in for good measure! Such a fun story, I can't wait to see what happens next!
Danielle Roux
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The world of this novel is immersive and magical. I loved the mythology of the creation story, and the idea that the inhabitants understand some, but not all, about the magic that their world holds. The two main characters, Adie and Aura are compelling to follow as their paths diverge. This story has a dark edge and a beautiful soul, I eagerly await the next volume to see what happens next.
R.J. Garcia
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Halves of US is a beautifully told story of two sister's both chained to their fates. One is prophesied to rule and the other is cursed to destroy. In a mystical fairytale style, the story unfolds keeping the reader engaged. The world building was intricate and the prose almost poetic at times. This is a great debut novel from Sydney Paige Richardson. ...more
Alice J.
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great story and a gripping read. Two sisters, Aura and Adie, are best friends but when they each get their fate from the room of papers it seems everything is going to change.

The world created in the first novel in the series is thorough and compelling. I picked up this book as often as I could and can't wait for the next!
Jessica Jenifer
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've really enjoyed reading this book. I loved the characters and the world the writer created. I can't wait for the other books to see what happens next. ...more
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book by an amazing new author. I can't wait for the next one to come out. ...more
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