Review: The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Posted February 21, 2014 by Bee in Reviews / 1 Comment

Review: The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Naturals

by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Series: The Naturals #1
Published on November 7th 2013
by Disney Hyperion
Genres: Mystery, Paranormal, Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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Also by this author: The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Killer Instinct

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 abilities.

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...

4 Stars

This is one of the coolest books I’ve read so far! It’s just… awesome. The Mentalist meets Pretty Little Liars. That’s what they said on Netgalley. And it’s true. And I love it! It kept me on the edge of my seat for the whole time and always kept me guessing!

At first I thought it was about these kids that have psychic powers and stuff, but it’s not. It’s just like The Mentalist, which was kind of the same for me in the first few episodes. But they’re just exceptionally good at profiling, reading emotions, calculating stuff,… And it’s really cool! And I loved the way Jennifer let us in on what the killer was up too. But in a very creepy way. I never knew who it was and I kept switching back and forth and in the end it was not who I thought at all.

It’s really hard to form coherent thoughts and write this review, just because my mind was blown away by this book. And I don’t have that much to say honestly. I don’t want to spoil to much. I loved Cassie, Dean, Michael, Lia, Sloan,… All of them were so awesome and still I can’t figure out why this doesn’t feel like a five-star book. I hate when that happens, but I’m going to go with what I feel so. It doesn’t make the book any less awesome.

I can’t wait to read the next book in this series and I also can’t wait to read another book by Jennifer. I’m glad I finally gave this a try and I really recommend it to fans of the TV-shows I mentioned. It’s really cool and I just love it!


About Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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.

She has since has contributed to numeroous short story collections and has written more than twelve books for young adults, including The Naturals and its sequel, Killer Instinct. She graduated from Yale with a degree in cognitive science in 2006 and spent 2006-2007 doing research into autism at the University of Cambridge.

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