Title: The Naturals
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Series: The Naturals #1
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Mystery/Thriller
Publication date: November 5th, 2013
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.
“Home isn’t a place. Home is the people who love you most, the people who will always love you, forever and ever, no matter what.”
OH, HOLY GUACAMOLE. I freaking adored this book. Honestly I knew I was going to like it because I’ve read Jennifer’s other work The Fixer and I really enjoyed the story and how good she is at writing mysteries, but I didn’t think I would love it as much as I did. It was so good, guys.
For the ones of you who don’t know this, Criminal Minds is one of my favourite shows of all time (I even made my family and friends watch it), so when I heard The Naturals was the YA version of Criminal Minds I freaked out and bought it immediately. Turns out they were right. The characters are mini versions of Spencer and it was a pure joy to be reading this book. It was fast, really quick as it has less than 310 pages and addicting. Boy, it really was.
“Too young to party, just odd enough to participate in federal investigations of serial murder. Story of my life.”
I really like the characters. There were all easy to love, and despite having all really different personalities and backgrounds they work really well together (I’m super interested to read the second installment to see if it’s better than this one). Cassie was such a baby and I want to protect her at all costs. She has suffered SO MUCH and gone trough so much shit in this book but she’s a strong girl and deserves all types of happiness.
I also loved the idea of kids having these special abilities, because it reminded me so much of the TV show Unforgettable (another crime show here…) which I really enjoyed watching a few years ago. I wouldn’t say it’s sci-fi, because it feels more like teenagers with their IQ or ones who pay really close attention to the details, and it was pure delight.
“It will never be quite right.
It will never be perfect.
There will be another one like the first.”
AND GUYS FOR ONCE I WAS COMPLETELY MINDBLOWN BECAUSE I DIDN’T KNOW WHO THE KILLER WAS. It never even crossed my mind and that almost never happens to me. Like ever. Well… there was a certain part of the book that I was suspcicious at, and kinda guess right but honestly it never crossed my mind that it could be that character.
I would highly recommend it if you’re a fan of YA mysteries or have read a Jennifer Lynn Barnes book already. It’s so worth it!
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