Saturday, December 14, 2013

ARC REVIEW: The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Title: The Naturals
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Publication Date: November 7th 2013
Publisher: Quercus 
Source: ARC received from Quercus

Cassie Hobbes is not like most teenagers. Most teenagers don’t lose their mother in a bloody, unsolved kidnapping. Most teenagers can’t tell who you are, where you’re from and how you’re likely to behave within moments of meeting you. And most teenagers don’t get chosen to join The Naturals.
Identified by the FBI as uniquely gifted, Cassie is recruited to an elite school where a small number of teens are trained to hone their exceptional abilites.
For Cassie, trying to make friends with the girls, and to figure out the two very different, very hot boys, is challenging enough. But when a serial killer begins recreating the details of her mother’s horrific crime scene, she realises just how dangerous life in The Naturals could be...

My Thoughts


When I first saw and heard about this book, I was like "I MUST GET MY HANDS ON THIS!". For one, it has FBI in it (anything about police and stuff, I'm in), and for two, I am a big fan of Jennifer Lynn Barnes ever since I'd read her Raised By Wolves series.

The Naturals is a page-turner! I could not stop. If you must know, I received the package from Quercus books yesterday, and I just grabbed the book and started reading. It was so addictive that I finished it in less that 2 hours. It's a thrill ride that will keep you guessing and wondering until you want to blow up! For me, personally, I love it! The mystery kept me hooked all the way through, and my mine would not give up.

The Naturals tells the story of these special kids who work for the FBI, solving cold cases using their unique abilities. Cassie is a profiler, that means that she can look at someone/something and tell who they are, what they do and what they want. Cassie was my perfect heroin. She is not annoying, not a show-off, she is just...Cassie. There are other kids like her too, Michael, who can sense emotions; Lia, a human lie detector (and a liar herself); Sloane, a human encyclopedia, and Dean, who has the same ability as Cassie.

The twist and turns that Barnes put in this book was just....WOAH! It kept me hooked all the way through and I couldn't pull my eyes off. There were points where it was just way creepy! Barnes will take you through the killer's mind and emotion and, I'm telling the truth here, goosebumps actually crawled up my arms. That was how amazing Barnes' writing was.

The Naturals kept me in the dark the whole time! The thing with me is that, I love mystery. I love stories that keep me guessing but gives me the answer bit by bit. This is what happened with this book. It spoon-fed me bit by bit until I was just addicted and at the end, the surprise was huge.

Apart from all of the mystery and secrets, there was also a love-triangle in this book. I'm not a fan of love-triangles, but somehow, I didn't really mind it in this book. Maybe it's because the romance wasn't the main aspect of the story.

Overall, I loved this book! If you are a fan of YA mystery and romance, this is a MUST-READ!

Thank you to Quercus Books!

About The Author

Jennifer Lynn Barnes (who mostly goes by Jen) was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has been, in turn, a competitive cheerleader, a volleyball player, a dancer, a debutante, a primate cognition researcher, a teen model, a comic book geek, and a lemur aficionado. She's been writing for as long as she can remember, finished her first full book (which she now refers to as a "practice book" and which none of you will ever see) when she was still in high school, and then wrote Golden the summer after her freshman year in college, when she was nineteen.
Jen graduated high school in 2002, and from Yale University with a degree in cognitive science (the study of the brain and thought) in May of 2006. She'll be spending the 2006-2007 school year abroad, doing autism research at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

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