Monday, February 3, 2014

The Naturals

The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Publication Date: November 5, 2013
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 320
Keywords: mystery, government, murder
Format Read: eARC via NetGalley


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.
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.

This one's been on my NetGalley TBR for quite a while, and I was suddenly in the mood to pick this up. It was a fast read — I completed the whole thing in a few days. And I liked it. It moved quickly, the characters were interesting enough, and I had at least a couple guesses of what happened before I eventually figured it out.

The characters seemed a bit stereotypical to me — there was the tough, center-of-attention main character, the brooding love interest, the cute, flirty love interest, the girl competing for said love interest's interest, and the weird chick off in the corner.

My biggest issue I ran into while reading this is that the reader has to have a great deal of suspension of disbelief. I didn't understand why teenagers were being used in the FBI to solve these murders, I didn't understand why no one knew about it, and where were these kids' parents the whole time? There were a few that ended up being explained, but I eventually just had to move past it and accept it for what it was.

It was a decent book that held my interest until the end, but I wasn't impressed or blown away by any of it.

Read When : You're looking for a YA crime novel, particularly if you're a Criminal Minds fan. It's kind of up that alley, but teenagers.

1 comment:

  1. I love thrillers, and I keep seeing positive reviews for this, so I don't know why I haven't gotten around to it! Hearing that it's fast-paced is actually really good for me right now, for some reason my attention span is really short, so this might fit the bill.

    The whole suspension of disbelief is always an issue in these types of stories, I find (have you read I HUNT KILLERS? I didn't mind it so much in that, but in the sequel the FBI/police rely on Jaz a LOT), but I'm glad you still enjoyed it overall.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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