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Bad Blood by Jennifer Lynn Barnes | Book Review

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Title: Bad Blood

Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Series: The Naturals #4

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

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Publication date: November 1st, 2016

Pages: 384

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New victims. New betrayals. New secrets.

When Cassie Hobbes joined the FBI’s Naturals program, she had one goal: uncover the truth about her mother’s murder. But now, everything Cassie thought she knew about what happened that night has been called into question. Her mother is alive, and the people holding her captive are more powerful—and dangerous—than anything the Naturals have faced so far. As Cassie and the team work to uncover the secrets of a group that has been killing in secret for generations, they find themselves racing a ticking clock.

The bodies begin piling up, the deaths hit closer and closer to home, and it soon becomes apparent that this time, the Naturals aren’t just hunting serial killers.

They’re being hunted themselves.

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“So it has been decreed, and so it must be. The wheel is already turning. There is an order to things. And at the center of all of it… all of it, is you.”

I can’t believe this series is over, nope. I refuse to. It’s been a journey, guys. I’ve discovered those books back this year and fell completely in love with them. It had an amazing cast of characters and such an interesting and well done plot line, so needless to say I need more of them (there actually is a novella that has been releases a few weeks ago, so yup for me).

I have to say this one took a much darker tone after all the events happening in the third installment, and I was okay with that. I don’t know why but these books put me in the biggest of the reading slumps ever known, where I literally only want to either re-read them or read more books about these characters. I made myself not marathon them just because of that, but I really wanted to pick this one up before Christmas, so yeah, I still don’t know if it was a good idea or not (I could always re-read them, right?).

“I’ve spent years trying, but we’d moved so often. And each time, my mother had told me the same thing.

Home isn’t a place. Home is the people who love you. Forever and ever, no matter what.”

This book was one of my favourites in the series. I feel the books get much and much better as you continue, so maybe that’s why I loved this one so dearly. The plot is a continuation of All In, the third installemnt in the series, because it ended in a quite a frustrating cliffhanger, so in this one the naturals are basically looking for answers.

I adored knowing more about Michael. When I started the series I knew I was going to like him, but he has grown so much throughout the series, and was such an interesting characters I was happy to see that he became more important in this novel, because I cannot get enough of him (please, I need a spin-off about Michael). But they are all amazing, guys. I’ve grown so attached to them after all three books that I can’t believe it’s over.

There was a new character introduced in this book that I really enjoyed knowing about. It was a bit convenient due to everything that was going on, but I still really like that there was some new flesh in it, because she was so cool and funny.

“All of us had a way of regaining the control that life had taken from us. For Sloane, it was numbers. For Lia, it was keeping her true self buried beneath layers of lies. Michael intentionally provoked anger instead of waiting for someone else’s fuse to blow. Dean did everything he could to keep his emotions in check.”

I have to say that the mystery was so well done in this book. There were a few things I wasn’t expecting at all, and let me tell you I’m quite good at anticipating things, but maybe that’s one of the reasons why I like them that much. There were a lot of things that were connecting to each other from the very first book that you didn’t know, and it was kind of like a domino effect, which blew my mind.

AND LET ME TELL YOU THAT ENDING, WOW. Just… wow. I really want to keep this review as spoiler free as possible, but if you have read this books you know what I mean. It was such a great ending, that I’m surprised. I’m quite picky with my endings, but I have to say I loved the ending of this novel. But I really want more books.

Overall, I don’t know what you’re doing if you haven’t picked these books up yet, because they are so fun and very interesting I can’t recommend them enough, and even more if you’re a fan of TV shows like Criminal Minds.

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