The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes is a world wind, intense novel, full of action and everyday crime. Does it have feel of the paranormal? At times it does, but overall it is about teens with heightened abilities, such as profiling. You also have teens that are good at reading lies and emotions. Together these teens form a group that the FBI uses on special cold cases.
Enter 17 year old Cassie, a natural at reading people. The FBI has caught wind of what a special nugget Cassie is, and they have come a knockin’. Cassie moves away to live with other teens in this classified unit. She meets a few teenagers and begins to train with them. On top of trying to fit in to a new program she has to deal with the attentions of two boys and the attention of new serial killer, who oddly enough resembles the killer of her mother.
I like the overall concept, and the fact that it was more realistic than other YA novels in the supernatural/sci-fi genre. With its ties to profiling and the FBI, this book would work well for mystery and crime lovers. The characters can be somewhat annoying, but overall not in a big way. The twists in the book were well worth the guessing game. Yay, for not knowing who the bad guy was until the end. My problem was the ending. Is this going to be a series? If so, I am all set to jump on the band wagon, but can someone release soon if this will be the beginning of a series?
Thanks Net Galley!
4 out 5 stars