The Naturals Review

Hello! So I’ve been busy with my summer reading for next year which can sometimes lead to discovering new books! That’s why I’m here today— to review The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes.

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. – summery.

The Naturals was a very enjoyable read that I could definitely see myself rereading in the future. Now with that said there are a lot of clichés in this book but the book is so fast-paced and plays out so much like a TV show that I could easily overlook those clichés.

As I said my favorite part of The Naturals was the way it was written making it easy to picture it as a TV show! It is like Criminal Minds except some kids have abilities. If this ever becomes a TV show I’ll watch it! Other than the writing, another reason that I think it would work well as a TV show is because the plot is so fast-paced and always moving. You are always wondering what will happen next and how the characters will solve this crime. I was constantly trying to figure out who was behind everything and that always kept me reading.

The one kind of downside to The Naturals is the clichés. You’ve seen all of these characters before in other books but if you’re like me and laugh about it rather than get annoyed by it then you should be fine. It also has the cliché love triangle but I chose to ignore this rather than choose a character to side with. I would prefer if both of the characters just stayed friends with the main character.

Overall, I really enjoyed The Naturals despite the clichés and I would recommend it for anyone interested! And I could definitely see myself rereading this book some time in the future!

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