Thursday, March 6, 2014

Review - The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Hey Y'all,

Today I'm reviewing The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes.

Summary From Goodreads: 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.

Review after the jump!

Review: I was looking forward to this book since I saw it described as "Criminal Minds for the YA world.." and Barnes delivered! This wasn't a light and fluffy Boxcar Children mystery, these teenagers are dealing with serious crimes (albeit remotely) while more or less isolated from their families and any friends and the writing reflected that. My one quibble is that I would like to learn more about Lia, Jeb, and Sloane, though I imagine that will be explored in future books. I think the book does start off a bit slow, but it really ramps up about halfway through with the delivery of certain "gifts" to the main character. I would definitely recommend this to those of you interested in YA crime fiction.

Rating: 5/5

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