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All In by Jennifer Lynn Barnes | Book Review

Title: All In

Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Series: The Naturals #3

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery/Thrillers, Contemporary, Crime, Romance

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Publication date: November 3rd, 2016

Pages: 378

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Three casinos. Three bodies. Three days.

After a string of brutal murders in Las Vegas, Cassie Hobbes and the Naturals are called in to investigate. But even with the team’s unique profiling talents, these murders seem baffling: unlike many serial killers, this one uses different methods every time. All of the victims were killed in public, yet the killer does not show up on any tape. And each victim has a string of numbers tattooed on their wrist. Hidden in the numbers is a code—and the closer the Naturals come to unraveling the mystery, the more perilous the case becomes.

Meanwhile, Cassie is dealing with an equally dangerous and much more painful mystery. For the first time in years, there’s been a break in her mother’s case. As personal issues and tensions between the team mount, Cassie and the Naturals will be faced with impossible odds—and impossible choices.

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“Some bet on black. Some bet on red. Some are hesitant. Some believe chance favors the bold.

You could tell them the exact odds of winning. You could tell them that chance favors no man. Red or black, it doesn’t matter.

The house always wins.”

I didn’t realise when I first started this series that it was going to become a favourite, but look at where we are now, guys! I adore this books so incredibly much, and I’m so sad to see there’s only one more novel left. AND I’M TRYING SO HARD NOT TO READ THEM SO QUICKLY. But I can’t. Not only they are good, but they are so freaking addicting.

These books are so fast paced and good, and they are like crack for my brain. I eat them! And this third installment was so entertaining because I also learnt some new things I didn’t know before, so extra kudos to that and to Jennifer Lynn Barnes. I didn’t want to pick it up until I had the entire collection on my shelf, so when I got Bad Blood I immediately started reading this one.

“It’s not a ridiculous idea. You just can’t see it. You don’t understand it. But just because you don’t understand something doesn’t mean you get to ignore it.”

One thing I’ve been noticed and loving is that each book is focused a bit more in one of the Naturals, so that helped me to learn their back story a bit more deeply. The first book was Cassie’s, second one was Dean and this one was Sloane. And I really enjoyed knowing more about her, because she is so adorable and pure and intelligent she deserved her own book.

And not only that, but the crimes got more complex (if that’s possible). I loved to read a mystery in Las Vegas, because well.. City of Sin, right? You got me there. But no, really, the crimes were so freaking clever I was gaping the entire time. AND ALSO the whole series felt like a puzzle where you start knowing a few things but suddenly something happens and everything started to make sence (kind of reminded me in a way of The Raven Cycle, even though they are both completely different BUT MY BRAIN IS LIKE THAT.

I really enjoyed the friendships in the book. It got more complex as the books passed, and the bond they had in this book was so beautiful. I loved them so much because they all are adorable and I wanted to hug them so bad!

“I don’t like running away. I don’t run, I don’t hide, I don’t cower, I don’t beg, Cassie, because running and hiding and begging… it doesn’t work. It never works.”

I would say the killer was a bit more predictable than in the last installment, but like I said before, the MO (aka modus operandi) of the murdered was so clever I couldn’t complain. I knew about the Fibonacci code before (I believed I studied in maths when I was younger) but it a very brief knowledge so I was quite happy to learn more about it.

And there was a bomb at the end of the book I DIDN’T SEE COMING. At all. It took me completely by surprised and left me speechless. God, it was like a domino. I loved how the book still shocked me. And I cannot wait to know how it all ends.

If you haven’t picked up this books yet, do yourself a favor and read them (especially if you like Criminal Minds), because they are awesome and you’re not going to regret it!

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