The Naturals, Jennifer Lynn Barnes.

The Naturals (Buy at Amazon)

The Naturals (Buy at Amazon)

Cassie Hobbes is not like most teenagers. Most teenagers don’t lose their mother in a bloody, unsolved kidnapping. Most teenagers can’t tell who you are, where you’re from and how you’re likely to behave within moments of meeting you. And most teenagers don’t get chosen to join The Naturals.

Identified by the FBI as uniquely gifted, Cassie is recruited to an elite school where a small number of teens are trained to hone their exceptional abilites.

For Cassie, trying to make friends with the girls, and to figure out the two very different, very hot boys, is challenging enough. But when a serial killer begins recreating the details of her mother’s horrific crime scene, she realises just how dangerous life in The Naturals could be…

This review has taken so long to write, I’m not sure what it is about it but it’s so hard! Right, down to business…

I really liked the plot, it was really interesting. Not at all predictable, which a lot of crime type books are. It was written really well, it had a good pace to it. It started off really well, and kept it up all the way through the book. And as far as I can tell it was completely consistent within itself.

I really liked the characters. Some of them were a bit cardboard cut out, but the ones she chose to round off were well done. I liked Cassie, she was kind of relatable, maybe not as much as I would have liked, but then I’ve never been in that kind of situation. I liked her view on things, it was really interesting. I think the naturals idea was quite cool, and seeing all the different talents and the way they’re useful was really cool.

I really enjoyed it, it was one of those books that swallowed me. And I know I say that too much, but this one truly did. I read it in about four hours, maybe less… As it kept a good pace it was never boring. It just about always had me on the edge of my seat, either because of the murders, or because of the boys. And that sounds weird. But she had some nice confusing romance going on in the background there.

I would recommend this book, it’s really very good, and not very long. I think it’s definitely a teen book, as it’s a bit gory, not really that much, but too much for kids. And I don’t think it’s an adult book, although I’m not saying adults wouldn’t like it…

I give this book 8/10 Because I really would have liked a bit more for those characters which weren’t rounded off, and also I think it could have gone on, although there may be a sequel *hopeful face* ;)

Disclaimer: I was sent this book for free for review, the freeness of this book has in no way changed my opinion.

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