Saturday, June 13, 2015

The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Title: The Naturals
Series: The Naturals #1
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Published Date: October 7th 2014
Genre: YA, Mystery, Contemporary
Page Count: 308
Format: Paperback
My Rating: ★ ★ ★ .5

Goodreads Summary:
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.

My Review:

"I'd been taught that there was no such thing as the home court advantage, but my mother's lessons had been geared toward reading people, not playing
cat and mouse with killers."

Finally a book that involves profiling that doesn't have any superhuman paranormal powers!

When Cassie gets recruited by the FBI to become a profiler due to her "natural" ability to tell read people, her world changes completely. For the first
time since her Mom died she feels like she can be normal and not have to bend to other peoples wills and to make decisions for herself again.

After being recruited she moves into a house with 4 other teenagers she starts learning how to be a better profiler and how to get inside the killers
(UNSUBs) mind without knowing anything about them besides how they murder people.

While all this is going on Cassie is also becoming friends with her fellow housemates Dean who is another profiler that doesn't like her.
Lia who is like a human lie detector while being a pathological liar herself. Micheal the person who can read peoples emotions who is also super smug and
want to keep every human emotion of his hidden. And finally we have Sloan who spouts off random facts at any given time and also happens to be a computer whiz.

With all of these teenagers in one house things can get pretty petty at times and made me not like the story as much. While I did enjoy it at times it just got to be too much and I wanted to get back to finding out who the killer was.

Even though I was majorly wrong about who the killer was. It also made me realize that despite the fact that we were learning how to tell who an UNSUB was, we were also assuming it would be a certain type of person due to what we have seen most commonly in the past. It showed me that we all assume a certain
type of person does things when really it could be anyone and to never just assume its one type of person when it could be anyone.

The one major thing I could have done without though was the love triangle. I could tell it was gonna happen as soon as we started meeting the other
housemates and I was not looking forward to it. It wasn't as bad as I was expecting it to be. But I still think the story would have been just as good
without it.

I can't wait to see what happens in the next book and what new character will come in to replace someone.

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