Review: The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Naturals - Jennifer Lynn BarnesPublisher: Disney-Hyperion (November 5th 2013)
Hardcover: 304 pages
Series: The Naturals #1 (?)
Source: Netgalley
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Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

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


Hmm, this book was a mixed bag of things I really liked and things I didn’t like so much. People say it’s a cross between The Mentalist and The Real World. That’s were it split my attention.

Cassie has always been a natural profiler, and when she’s offered the chance to join the Natural program, she takes it in hopes that she’ll be able to find answers for her mother’s murder. The Natural program is for people who have been gifted with skills that would be useful for solving cases. Along with 4 other teenagers, Cassie trains with FBI agents and help solve cold cases.

So I really enjoyed the murder mystery/case solving aspect half of the book. It took a little bit to get there, but once the premise was set up, I was hooked. We get glimpses of the serial killers thoughts and watching the Naturals use their skills to slowly find the killer definitely kept me on the edge of my seat. As a big fan of criminal tv shows, this had the same feel and kept me interested.

The issue came with the “Real Life” part. Throw five teenagers with a talent to really get into each others mind, and who have a lot of issues, and we get a lot of teen angst. The love triangle between Cassie, Micheal and Dean seemed pretty irrelevant to the story and in my opinion just got in the way of the better plot of the book. I mean, Cassie didn’t really grow or gain anything from the love triangle (which therefore makes it useless in my mind).

Overall it’s a great read in the murder mystery aspect, but the teen drama left me a little indifferent. From the ending, it seems like the book will be a series. Maybe we can actually get somewhere will the love triangle in the next book. Either way, I’d probably read more for the killer murder mysteries. (muaha, pun.)

{* Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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0 Replies to “Review: The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes”

  1. Great review, I think overall the profiling was what kept people really interested in this book but the rest of it was stereotypical.

    1. Thanks (:
      Yes, I totally agree. Hopefully the next book focuses more on the forensic 😉

  2. We felt similar, and while I loved parts I wanted more depth from the characters to plot. This could have been a blow your mind read with more depth. lovely review!

    1. I know what you mean! Hopefully the second book will blow us away. Thanks Kim!

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