4 stars, Viki's review

Review ‘The Naturals’

Title: The naturals
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Series: The naturals #1
Genres: Young adult, Mystery, Thriller
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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.

My Thoughts

Maybe I mentioned it in my earlier review but this genre is not the one I usually go for nowadays. Also I had a kind of reluctance toward it because my previous experiences with the author are not the best. But the synopsis was calling out for me so I took a chance with it. Somewhy I expected a paranormal element to it what I didn’t get but I still absolutely loved it.

Cassie works in a restaurant as a waitress but her whole life she had a talent to analyze people behavior, to see things others doesn’t. She lives with her grandmother but doesn’t feel like she belongs there. So when the FBI approaches her with a job offer however surprising it is she jumps on the chance. Especially she hopes to get closer to solving her mother murder. She becomes the part of a special team of teenager with unique talents, capabilities the FBI use to solve cold cases. Here she learns how to hone her profiling talent while trying to fit in.

Cassie is an easy to like character, hard working, smart and independent. Definitely not the typical 16 years old. Her mind is constantly working and generating different scenarios in her place I probably would have gone crazy. The only thing, if she just could stand up for herself more often.
Then there are the strange but really great secondary characters, too. Lia, the walking talking lie detector with a talent to irritate anybody. The boys Michael and Dean, both of whom quite a mystery hiding under secrets and shadows.  And Sloane the eccentric and socially awkward one.

However surreal is the plot seems I liked it a lot. It’s detailed and graphic so can be disturbing but not more than a crime show. It’s a quick and enjoyable read with a lot of twist and surprises, not predictable at all.

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