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.
Gah, I just absolutely loved this book! I love all Jennifer Lynn Barnes books, but man, this one just took the cake! So enjoyable, so entertaining, and just so great! A collection of teens with gifts that they're utilizing to solve crimes? Awesome!
One of the best parts of this book, were these characters. I wanted to know more about them, Cassie, who while her father's family means well, they don't understand her. Dean, who has the same gift as Cassie, but keeps to himself. Michael, the rich kid who presents a mask to the world. Sloane, the socially inept but master at numbers, and Lia, the girl you can't lie to, but loves to lie to you. And their two adult handlers, and then the guy that oversees them at the house. Yeah. Such great, awesome characters!
I am so glad that this is a series, because I just want to spend more time with these characters, learn more about them, to know if she'll fall in love with Michael, Dean, or both in different ways, and having to chose one of them, which looks like that's the way that it's going!
The mystery is personal for Cassie, because the murderer is bringing up memories of her mom, and then one scene is exactly how her mom disappeared. And was possibly killed. Yeah. And that twist at the end? Of how the bad guy was? That was unexpected, and it hurt, but it was awesome! Such a great twist!
I enjoyed this book so much, and yeah, I really can't wait for more! This was a really fantastic book!
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Series: The Naturals #1
Read: August 4th, 2013
Reason Why: Love Jennifer Lynn Barnes' writing!
Expected Publication: November 5th 2013