Review * The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

December 26, 2013 Reviews 4 ★★★★★

Review * The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn BarnesThe Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Narrated by Amber Faith
Published by Disney Hyperion on November 5, 2013
Genres: Mystery, Young Adult
Time: 7 Hours 28 Minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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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.

What I Thought…

  • I was sucked into The Naturals from the very beginning. The Naturals is similar to a teenage version of Criminal Minds with a dash of the Scooby Doo gang thrown in.
  • The Naturals is a program founded by the FBI to work with teenagers who have certain “abilities” to help solve cold cases and eventually (I’m assuming) solve real cases when they are older and go through the FBI training. All five of the teenagers have special abilities such as being able to read people or being a human lie detector that appeal to the FBI.
  • Cassie was a strong main character, and used her strength to her advantage. Cassie also did not turn into a damsel in distress when things went bad, she remained strong. Cassie was very easy to connect with, she had lots of feelings and emotions, both good and bad, and it was easy to see where she was coming from and you couldn’t help but want good things for her.
  • I loved the whole group of teenagers. They were all different, yet shared enough qualities with others in the group that them working together wasn’t impossible. The boys, Dean and Michael, were total opposites and mostly likeable, though sometimes Michael annoyed me. The other girls, Lia and Sloane, were also quite different. Lia is the least likeable of the bunch, but she’s not all that bad. Sloane is  the outsider of the group but my favorite.
  • There was kind of a love triangle in The Naturals, but not really. Dean and Michael are both interested in Cassie, and there are times where she is interested in one or both of them, but the romance was so far in the background in The Naturals that it barely made a blip on my radar. Though if I must be honest, I do have a preference between the boys.
  • The Naturals weaves you in and out of a current case that the FBI agents are working on and a cold case that connects with Cassie’s past. Even though the teenagers aren’t supposed to be working on a current case you know there is no way they could stay away!
  • The mystery kept me on my toes and had just the right amount of creepy. Cassie and the other Naturals are working on connecting the current case with the cold case of Cassie’s mom’s murder. The mystery has a very criminal minds feel to it, which of course I loved. I listened to the audio and there were quite a few times that I got the chills. There are several “you” chapters (the voice of the killer) and the narrator did them in this low kind of whispery voice that was very creepy.
  • The Naturals is very fast paced and action packed. I had no clue who the killer was, but the reasons behind the killer made sense (in that killer kind of way of course) with the story and the characters.

If you enjoy Criminal Minds, or any other crime shows, and love YA this is the book for you!

Kimberly

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