I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Genres: Crime, YA
Published by Disney Hyperion on Nov. 5th
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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.
Reviewed by Stormi
I have read one other book by this author and I will admit it wasn’t one of my favorite books, but I normally give authors more than one try and I am glad I did. I really enjoyed The Naturals and it had me hooked from the very beginning.
Cassie is a natural, meaning she is someone who has the natural ability to read people. She doesn’t have to go through some sort of training she can just put herself into the other persons perspective and figure out thing about them. It makes her a natural profile and the FBI has a special program for teens like her.
Cassie has never felt normal, and she never really had a normal childhood. Her mother was a fake psychic, she was more of a mentalist. She used her powers of deduction and being able to read people to make money off of them. She taught Cassie from an early age how to do it, but there are things Cassie can do that couldn’t be taught. Cassie’s mother was murdered five years ago and she walked into the crime scene. She knows things about that crime scene that most of the cops couldn’t, but nobody would believe her so she never said anything. Nightmares of that night haunt her. She went to live with her fathers family and even though they are all very nice, she just never felt like she fit in.
Then the FBI come calling and when she finds out what they want her to do, she sort of feels like maybe it will be a chance to find out what happened to her mother. She also realizes really quickly that it was a place where for the first time in five years she feels like she fits in. There are four other teens there with natural abilities. Michael has the ability to read peoples emotions and can tell how your feeling by the way you stand, hold yourself or your facial expressions. Lia, is the deception expert. She can always tell when your lying. Sloane is all about statistics and probabilities. I think she can quote a statistic for just about everything. Dean, he is a natural profiler just like Cassie.
They are only suppose to work on cold cases, but then they sneak a real case to look at. Cassie get’s a morbid gift and all of a sudden it’s cat and mouse with a real killer. The ending sort of caught me by surprise and it seems left open for another book. I wouldn’t mind there being a sequel and if there was I would definitely pick it up.
I really enjoyed The Naturals, it was sort of a refreshing read. In the mist of romances and some books not really holding my interest it was nice to find one that did. I enjoyed all the characters but I think I would have like to know a little bit more about each of the teens as they just sort of felt flat. Each had their individual quirks and it would have been nice to have explored that a little bit more. I also wish they wouldn’t throw in love triangle as I really just hate those, but it was there and it was tolerable.
Over all if you like your YA with a bit of crime story mixed in then you will want to check this one out.