Saturday, 9 November 2013
Review: The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
I have enjoyed Jennifer's previous work, and when I saw The Naturals on netgalley I was intrigued, when I read the synopsis I knew I had to read it, and put in a request not really thinking I would be accepted as it's a Disney-Hyperion book. So when I got the email saying I had been accepted I was more than a little shocked....but also very excited at the same time.
The Naturals is a book that is hard for me to fit into a genre, it's a thriller, mystery, but also has hints of paranormal, and while it may be hard for me to fit it into a genre, it definitely gets my mind whirring. The Naturals are people who have a natural ability at something. Cassie has the ability to read people, as does Dean. Michael has the ability to read emotions, Sloane is super amazing with numbers and facts, Lia can detect lies. Cassie is recruited by an agent, moved away from her family under the pretence of attending a school better suited for her, and she is quickly drawn into a new world were her abilities can help solve crimes.
While The Naturals is told from Cassie's perspective, there are occasional chapters from the killer, we get to see their thoughts and their plans, but not any clue as to tell us what their identity is. The Naturals is a quick read but has the perfect amount of action and suspense to keep you engrossed, the right amount of mystery to keep you guessing but never too little. Everything in The Naturals is relevant to the plot and it's not added just for the sake of filling out the plot. My eyes were permanently glued to the pages wanting needing to know what would happen next and looking for the smallest hint to try to figure out the killer. The Naturals kept me on the edge of my seat, and as the plot thickened I found myself getting nervous, wondering what would happen next.
I enjoyed every single page of The Naturals, and although I did not succeed in guessing who the killer was, it wasn't till they actually revealed themselves that Cassie discovered who it was herself, so I don't feel too useless. I would love to see this world expanded with more books, even focusing on the other characters to see their abilities the main focus of a plot.