{Audiobook} Review: The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

July 24, 2014 Book 14 ★★★★

{Audiobook} Review: The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn BarnesNaturals, The by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Genres: Adolescence, Law & Crime, Mysteries & Detective Stories, Social Issues, Young Adult
Series: The Naturals #1
Published by Disney-Hyperion, Listening Library on 2013-11-05
Source: Borrowed from Library, Netgalley
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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. Soon, it becomes clear that no one in the Naturals program is what they seem. And when a new killer strikes, danger looms close. 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. Think The Mentalist meets Pretty Little Liars—Jennifer Lynn-Barnes' The Naturals is a gripping psychological thriller with killer appeal, a to-die-for romance, and the bones of a gritty and compelling new series.

Marianne’s Thoughts: 

This summer I’ve been spending the majority of the weekdays watching crime TV shows with my grandfather. This includes, but is not limited to: Law and Order: SVU, Criminal Minds, Bones, Castle, NCIS, & CSI. You could say I’m a fan.

When I started The Naturals, I expected a fluffy, predictable drama. I expected something that would’ve been “good”, but not entirely memorable.

This book blew me away!

Cassie is extremely perceptive. She can tell you what your favorite sport is and what you do on your free time just by looking at you. Her psychic mother taught her well. Now, at 16 years old, the FBI has recruited her to participate in a top-secret program called The Naturals, where they recruit teens with extraordinary skills. Cassie is chosen to be a profiler, and with this she hopes to finally clear up her mother’s disappearance –which has been a FBI cold case for a long time. However, there’s a serial killer on the loose, and is getting closer and closer to home. Can Cassie figure out who it is before it’s too late?

I want to hug this book. What had started just as a quick read while working, turned into something more.

I loved reading about Cassie’s “talent”. One of my favorite tv shows is Sherlock, and I loved seeing her using her powers of deduction. It was so interesting! The explanation wasn’t even necessarily paranormal, but scientific. It was so great seeing the whole team and all their powers.

The mystery, which is actually a huge part of the book was definitely not easy to uncover.

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I didn’t really know it.

Even when the answer is basically staring at you in the face, you won’t be able to guess it (in my case).

I loved how every single person in the book was an evolved character. All the kids in the Naturals program were three-dimensional, and their personalities where easy to distinguish. They really added to the story.

The audiobook narrator is amazing. She took this story and magnified it. The narrator knew how to give an individual voice to each character, and she really conveyed each emotion perfectly. There was even a certain part in the book where she gave me chills. I could feel myself terrified for the characters, and I could feel the malice and “evil” that she gave to the mysterious serial killer. Her narration was really memorable.

The only thing that dropped a star from my rating was the fact that there was a love triangle here. I don’t mind them if they don’t get in the way, but here it felt like chunks of the book were especially dedicated to that. The book is good enough as it is! It didn’t need a love triangle. The mystery by itself had me hooked and listening intently (to the point that I ignored my work for a couple of hours…) to everything.

Overall this is an amazing book that murder-mystery fans will be sure to enjoy.

Did you like my review? If so, would you mind voting for it on Amazon or liking on Goodreads? 😉
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I'm Marianne. Professional Fangirl, part-time Blogger. Full-time college student. GIFs are a natural part of my posts, so be warned. I LOVE reading, so definitely feel free to discuss books with me. Opinions are welcome.
  • Ahh i’ve seen this book cover around but havent given it too much thought but now you make me want to drop my current read to go pick it up! (I don’t do well with audiobooks so i’ll actually have to go read it) OMG!

    • I used to think it was just a simple, middle grade read. So glad I thought to pick this up one day! I hope you love it if you read it! 🙂

  • Haha I love your captioned screenshot from your GoodReads status update! I usually deduct a star for love triangles too unless they are well-done, but those ones are few and far between. Another audiobook to add to my wishlist. :)

    • Those last few chapters had my head spinning because everytime I thought I knew something, I didn’t. It was pretty hilarious. Haha. Hope you get to read it soon! 🙂

  • Whoa, we totally have different reactions to this one! I pretty much gave this a 2 star, but it mainly for the MC (I didn’t like her) and the love triangle (which to me was kinda pointless), but I do am glad you ended up liking it! I keep thinking that maybe if I consumed this as an audiobook, it would have been a much more positive experience for me? It felt like while I was reading, it was such in a detached tone that I never felt… connected, in a way. A voice would have made it more personal I guess ><

    • Ahhh too bad you couldn’t like this one! And yes, probably the Audiobook would’ve been better! It didn’t feel detached at all. No matter, at least it didn’t get 1 star xD

  • I haven’t heard of this one before, but I like the sound of it! I’ll have to keep an eye out for it next time I go to the library 🙂

  • Oooh I love when it’s impossible to guess the plot twist! Definitely makes for a better read. Sad that it had a love triangle without a purpose, though — those are the worst.

    • Yes it’s really sad. However at least it didn’t hinder my enjoyment of the book *too* much. Thanks for stopping by, Lina 🙂

  • YAY, I’ve heard mixed reviews about this book and most seem to find it average but I’m so glad you enjoyed the mystery! I really like the sound of the powers here but I’ve left it on my shelf for too long!

    • Yeah I think maybe the writing sounds kind of bland when you’re reading it as opposed to listening to it on audio? Cause I’ve heard the same complaint about people reading the book. You should get to it some time to see if you enjoy it 😉

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