Friday, July 25, 2014

Review: The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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13597723The Naturals
by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Release date: Nov 2013
Genre: YA Mystery, Suspense
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Description -
Seventeen-year-old Cassie is a natural at reading people. Piecing together the tiniest details, she can tell you who you are and what you want. But it’s not a skill that she’s ever taken seriously. That is, until the FBI come knocking: they’ve begun a classified program that uses exceptional teenagers to crack infamous cold cases, and they need Cassie.

What Cassie doesn’t realize is that there’s more at risk than a few unsolved homicides—especially when she’s sent to live with a group of teens whose gifts are as unusual as her own. Sarcastic, privileged Michael has a knack for reading emotions, which he uses to get inside Cassie’s head—and under her skin. Brooding Dean shares Cassie’s gift for profiling, but keeps her at arm’s length.

Soon, it becomes clear that no one in the Naturals program is what they seem. And when a new killer strikes, danger looms closer than Cassie could ever have imagined. Caught in a lethal game of cat and mouse with a killer, the Naturals are going to have to use all of their gifts just to survive.


My Rating: 4.5 stars

Review:
This book is about a group of five teenagers called Naturals by the FBI for their Natural and uncanny abilities the read people, to profile them, or read their emotions, or tell when someone is lying. Recruited by the FBI they receive training to help on Cold Cases but things go horribly array when a killer starts stalking one of their own! (I am horrible at explaining books!)

Let's Talk -
 Characters -I really loved basically all the characters. I felt like there maybe could have been a little more character development but overall I really liked them. One thing that surprised me is that I ended up liking both the guys that start to form the love triangle in this book, I still feel like there's one Cassie obviously likes more(though I could be wrong), but I did like both Micheal and Dean which for me doesn't happen very often. I also really liked that there was no insta love, this character wasn't jerking around both boys and claiming to love them, she admitted she was confused and tried to stay away from them so as to not hurt them. So that was refreshing. I'm really interested in finding out more about Micheal, Lia and Sloane because I feel like we don't know anything about them and I really want to know more.
 The Big Reveal - So of course there's the moment towards the end of the book where the killer is finally revealed...and I don't know, it didn't feel as shocking as it should have. I mean it was a shock, I had never once considered that person, it never crossed my mind that it would be that person but still, I just didn't feel shocked. That whole part was a little disappointing to me.
  The Plot - I love mysteries and I feel like that is one genre YA is lacking in(maybe I just haven't been looking hard enough?) and obviously this is a tad unrealistic what with teenagers working with the FBI and all but it didn't feel unrealistic, it was really well written to where not even once did I question why teenagers would be working with the FBI. I also felt the suspense was done really well and like I said I don't think it's easy to figure out who the killer is which is always a good thing in a mystery.

Overall - I really enjoyed this book. It was fun and interesting and suspenseful and I can't wait to read the next book!

Would I Recommend This? Yes
Who To? People looking for a good mystery? (i feel like I am progressively becoming less and less helpful when answering this question)
Will I read more from this author(or series)? Yes!

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