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. Jennifer Lynn Barnes has written several acclaimed young adult novels. She has advanced degrees Lynn Barnes Author (). cover image of The Naturals. Editorial Reviews. From School Library Journal. Gr 9 Up-The FBI recruits Cassie Hobbes, 17, Look inside this book. The Naturals by [Barnes, Jennifer Lynn].
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(The Naturals, #1) The Naturals - Jennifer Lynn Barnes - dokument [*.pdf] CONTENTS Cover Page Title Page Copyright Page Dedication PART ONE: KNOWING. Think The Mentalist meets Pretty Little Liars-Jennifer Lynn Barnes's The Naturals is a gripping psychological thriller with killer appeal, a to-die-for romance, and. 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 .
No matter how long they did this job, or how much training they had, these agents would never have instincts as finely honed as ours. The kids, and they are kidstry to solve old cases for practice, they do training on random everyday subjects at malls, food courts.
The teenagers in the prorgam play games, they flirt, they kiss. And there might be a serial killer out there who wants to collect Cassie as his prize. Let's get this straight, this is Criminal Minds fanfiction, but it does not have an iota of the enjoyability.
Criminal Minds has amazing, complex characters The teens in the Naturals are teenagers. For better or worse. The characters are teenagers who act positively juvenile; they have special abilities, but that is the limit to my interest towards them. There is nothing about the characters that make them stand out, that make me sympathize with them, that make me like them, despite the author's attempt at giving them sad backstories.
They are merely teenagers who get on my nerves. We have Dean, who is the James-Dean-esque weightlifting, bulky teenaged deliquent who looks ready to punch someone in the face at any second.
Dean is a profiler, like Cassie. We have Lia, the sexy Asian girl, who wants to slither onto Michael's lap at any given second. Her specialty is lying, at detecting liars. We have Michael, the wealthy, multiple Porsche-owning trust funded, blue-blooded, smug-as-a-bug-in-a-rug son-of-a-bitch whose sole purpose in life is to make Dean lose control and to make Cassie want to rip his head off when she's not kissing him, that is.
We have Sloane, the duller than dull factoid spouter who is boring, and who's pretty much useless. I mean, anyone can spout off random-ass facts. I would be a much better Sloane.
I mean, I have personality. Cassie herself is boring, without personality. Cassie reminds me of geniuses who are so brilliant in one category that they are completely lacking in everything else in life. Life skills. Cassie is a good profiler, not great, I have a lot of skepticism where her skills are concerned, and I have to accept the fact that her natural talents are thatnatural, inside her, because there is no explaining her talents otherwise.
Frankly, Cassie never exhibits many signs of intelligence besides for her Natural Profiling skill. The rest of the characters are largely unlikeable in one way or another, they are either surly, or selfish, or bitchy, or snarky, or else they blend into the shadow so much I hardly remember they're there.
I think that's why Sloane spouts off so many random facts. Criminal Minds does not concern itself about their team playing petty mind games with each other, nor do they play Truth-Or-Dare There is so much antipathy between the characters. The Bad Seed is a movie where the child turns out to be an evil, murdering monstrosity. Who will she fall for?! Is it bad-boy loner Dean? Or will Cassie fall for Michael! Michael with his movie-star good looks and multiple Porsches who hides his nonchalance behind a snarky exterior, never letting anyone see the warm, melty, oozing, cheesy sorry, I haven't eaten dinner yet , fluffy interior.
Over easy, indeed! Or will it be Lia! Lia with her constant flirtation with Michael! Or does Lia love Dean instead?! Fucking gag me, please. Criminal Minds never has a fucking touching romantic moment right after leaving a crime scene with dead bloodied bodies and a killer on the loose When Agent Starmans glanced in the room, all he saw was [him] and me. The kiss in the pool was nothing compared to this.
Then, our lips had barely brushed. Now, my lips were opening. Our mouths were crushed together. His hand traveled from my neck down to my lower back. My lips tingled, and I leaned into the kiss, shifting my body until I could feel the heat from his in my arms, my chest, my stomach. Criminal Minds has Reid.
Sloane is no Reid Really, Sloane is the most useless character in the world. She does absolutely nothing besides spouting off random facts: Sloane on coffee was a bit like an auctioneer on speed.
The Profiler She's ultimately great and very relatable main heroine. Sometimes she acts too much teenagey, especially in the beginning of this series, but can surprise you with her mind and courage. As the series goes, her characters gets through more and more trials, have some battle scars, but lives, survives and becomes so much more fascinating than she was before. I can't say too much about him, because hello spoilers, but his history, his struggles I can definitely understand why he wouldn't want people close after that, why he'd have problems to open up, his low sense of worth, his fear of himself.
All of it was so well done, so psychologically intriguing, dark and painful. One cannot help but be fascinated and maybe a little in love with his character. Well, surprise surprise!
This is not the case. Yes, sometimes it seems that she hates Cassie, but there's more to it than that. She has problems with trust, she doesn't show people her real self, because she's protecting herself from them in a way. There's definitely no insta-friendship between Cassie and Lia, I love their interactions anyway. And I mean it in the best possible way - and truth be said I still don't know all of it, she's complex and layered character like that!
It takes some time to truly know who she is, to know when she tells the truth and when she deceives. She hides under layers of different personalities , she can lie and detect lies effortlessly.
Alongside with Dean, she's the most fascinating character, and I love her probably just as much as him. I admit, I have kind of hate to like relationship with this guy.
His past wasn't all sunshine and roses either, but I just didn't really love to him like I did the others. Mainly because this guy seemed like such a player, that's why I preferred Dean with Cassie and Michael with Lia from the get go of this book. Lia could handle him more, and personality wise, they seem like a much better fit. Plus he has some serious anger issues, which I would normally loathe to read about, but in his case I think it was understandable, well done psychologically and he was in no way abusive toward Cassie or Lia, so there's that.
Overall I did like him. Only, he's my least favourite from the five. And yes, there's a love-triangle again.. Which is one of the few things about this series that I didn't really like.
It was unecessary. And now after finishing book three, I breathe a sigh of relief, because there was none now.
Sloane love numbers and statistics. She's practically a walking Encyclopedia and Wikipedia in one. Sloane doesn't really understand basic 'normal' human interactions and relationships.
She experiences and deals with emotions in slightly different way , when she can't deal with them, she obsessively does something else, mostly her work for the cases. She's highly intelligent. Loves math and statistics. I adore this girl, but really It's the good ones. The psychological matters are greatly and believably done , the investigations intriguing and plot addictive.
I would without doubt recommend for you to give The Naturals a try. View all 4 comments. The few things that peaked my interest didn't really come to fruition, there wasn't much to compare to Criminal Minds and there was no cracking of co 2. The few things that peaked my interest didn't really come to fruition, there wasn't much to compare to Criminal Minds and there was no cracking of cold cases.
The 'serial killer' case that this story followed wasn't a main point until the last quarter, which meant the majority of the book dragged. This book was more of a bad teenage drama than a YA thriller, and I didn't enjoy the petty going's on.
The dramas began pretty early on when the main character, seventeen year old Cassie, is removed from the care of her family and into the FBI safe house where four other teenaged FBI 'naturals' lived. The only teenage character I actually enjoyed was Sloane, who was a beautiful and pure soul. She was adorably terrible at anything social and was easily bribed with coffee.
So, a lot like me. I get what the author was trying to achieve by using teenagers, but I felt like it wasn't executed in the best way. There was no real mention of any of the teens' family, and even the main character's family wasn't mentioned after she left their care.
The whole story seemed pretty unbelievable, mostly because they were all minors. My biggest issue was without a doubt, the teenage angst. I have a younger sister who is the definition of teenage angst seriously, look up the definition and she's listed as a an example and as much as I love her, she's used up my limit for teenage angst.
It made my skin crawl, I was here for serial killers and kickass teenage crime solvers, and I got a fucking love triangle. The only thing worse than a love triangle, is a teenage love triangle. I think you get my message at this point, teenage anything angst is not my favourite thing. Unfortunately, I guessed the plot and killer pretty early on, picking up the supposedly subtle clues. Still, I enjoyed the actual crime fighting section of the book and the little chapters in the killer's point of view were a nice touch.
There were a few loose ends and plot holes that disappointed me a little, but the overall serial killer plot line was intriguing. Nov 01, C. That's all that needs be said, peoples. Go read this book because there's serial killers and murders and bone-chilling plot twists. I love reading these kind of books, but am I ever frightened? Um, nope. I always feel like it's definitely a book and not reality.
I was soooo sucked in, I actually felt my stomach churning. It's so incredibly well written it just blows my mind. The only reason it's not getting 5-stars is I felt a bit detached. A few ti Muuuuuurder. A few times I was just speed reading because I felt there was a lot of "filler" material I had to catch myself a reread a few pages.
And the romance? The romance felt completely unnecessary. I like how Cassie confesses she's not sure she'll ever be able to love someone serious tragic childhood trauma sufferer here, peoples but that doesn't stop her from kissing two different guys in like, um, 2 days. She's not ready to have a romance! I get that she's a bundle of confusion and stress. But I'm never fond of love-triangles and this one wasn't any better. I also I question the reality of gathering 5 or so gifted kids and then getting them to solve cold cases.
It's cooool, but shouldn't they go to school and stuff, also?! They're literally sitting about the house, no wonder they're all psychotic. The characters are all so REAL. Usually secondary characters are like But in this case?! They had SO much personality. I loved Lia and Sloane. They were slightly crazy and compulsive. She's like the annoying little sister.
Then there's Dean the dark broody one and Michael the guarded but quirky one and while I liked them both, I felt their rivalry over Cassie was eye-roll worthy. I think she had a complex personality, but I just wasn't as interested in her. And I don't think she was supposed to be timid. Moving on, shall we?! The writing is fabulous. Even the middle which I accused of feeling like "filler" isn't boring, so much, as padding out the story.
You know? I was really quite desperate to know the answer to the murders. And, let's not forget Which never happens. And I watch a heck of a lot of crime shows. Also, can we just take a moment to say criminal profiling is awesome?! It's like Sherlock. And I also saw a lot of the TV show Psych in here, with Cassie profiling people off details around them. I definitely want the sequels.
View all 3 comments. Jul 05, Nadia Awadi rated it really liked it. Love triangles are the bane of enjoying YA books peacefully. First of all, let me tell you about how I read this series and DNF'ed it. She liked the series. The series liked her back. She found a fictional boyfriend called Michael. She started shipping Michael and Cassie. Nedia was certain that they will end up together.
How could they not? But, Oh, no! Nedia was so so wrong. She shipped the wrong ship. That ship was sinking. A Love triangles are the bane of enjoying YA books peacefully.
And that's how Nedia left the ship and the series. And looked into the sunset with tears running down her face. Then she read a lot of other books, ate chocolate and shipped other people. Beautiful story, I know. I came back to finish the series while keeping in mind to ship Cassie and Dean. And now, I can see how Dean is the bad boy with a dark past who needs a hug. Yet, the author had so many good scenes with Michael and Cassie. I was deceived! I will just stop being dramatic and talk about the book.
Rating 4,5- should've been 5 but the love triangle ruined it-stars. The Plot Cassie has been always good at reading people.
Figuring them out. A skill that gets her into a special program for the FBI where she will use her ability to catch serial killers. Her first case is related to her mother's death. Will Cassie be able to solve the case? The plot was interesting, fast paced and will keep you at the edge of your seat.
It's also original. Its greatest aspect is the killer's chapters. It's so creepy and weirdly entertaining. The Characters Cassie Despite being in a love triangle. She was a decent character. She's a natural profiler. I really liked the fact that she was level-headed through it all: Her mother's murder, FBI and serial killers.
She always got her emotions under control and analysed everything. BUT when it came to love.
She was like: What's happening to me? Michael is so beautiful, witty and mysterious. Dean is such a bad boy, with lean muscle and a dark past. Michael or Dean? Dean or Michael? To be honest, I don't mind love triangles that much when the real ship is obvious. But this book played with my emotions. Michael He's so mysterious.
Has a mask under his mask. Sometimes an ass-hole. But most of the time, a lonely soul who cares for Cassie. He made me laugh. And I just really liked him. He was so dreamy. He's also a natural who has a knack for reading people's emotions. Dean Now, that I'm twenty. In all honesty, I should've loved him. He's kind of a lost puppy with a dark past. BUT he was too withdrawn even for my taste. And we don't see that much of him in this book. He's also a natural profiler.
Just like Cassie. Super interesting. And likes trouble. Sloan Another great character, with a skill related to statistics and probabilities. Knows a lot of random scary facts. And weirdly sweet. The writing pretty good but doesn't stand out. I think this series is underrated and I hope more people give it a chance.
I'm just salty I didn't get the ship right the first time. Thank you for reading this review, and I hope you enjoyed it. View all 6 comments. Jul 29, Giselle rated it liked it Shelves: The Naturals is a hit or miss for me and very hard to review. Some parts of the book I really enjoyed, while others I found lacking. To give you an example - I'm not even sure if this book is part paranormal or not.
As a serial killer mystery, however, it has its fair share of appealing qualities. This novel starts by introducing us to our protagonist, Cassie, who's always been good at reading people with only the tiniest of details. She quickly meets with an FBI team who takes her on to train a The Naturals is a hit or miss for me and very hard to review.
She quickly meets with an FBI team who takes her on to train as a profiler. That is about all we get as an introduction. Forget learning very much about this classified Naturals program. Moreover, we don't find out where these special abilities come from. Are we supposed to assume they're genetically modified kids, or just very talented?
It seems to enforce the fact these kids' abilities are not "normal", but no explanations are ever given to make this something other than speculation. You simply have to take this part at face value. Furthermore, we have one dreadful love triangle in the mix, as well as side characters who could have used a lot of work - most are very two dimensional.
As for Cassie, while I did like the profiling side of her - I've always had a fascination with criminal profiling - I found her narration lacked a certain vibrancy. I did not dislike her, exactly, but her personality was quite monotonous and failed to turn her into a memorable character.
The part that did keep my interest was the serial killer storyline. Being a big fan of crime mysteries, this part was right up my alley. The profiling bits were by far the most interesting. We see them pick up on slight details that throws them directly into the head of this killer or the event in question. Being in training, the characters have to explain what brought them to these conclusions, so fortunately this part did not lack explanation. We get to see the train of thought, from A to Z, that these profilers form with the smallest of clues.
Having read my fair share of books on the matter I found it to be well researched on that front. The mystery itself did have me stumped for most of the book which was a nice change, and even if I had guessed the culprit, I would not have known the motive behind it.
It was well thought-out. The Naturals is an entertaining novel with an engaging mystery, but it lacks in areas that might have made it possible for it to stand out. As is, I finished this book 3 days ago and it's already starting to fade from memory. For more of my reviews, visit my blog at Xpresso Reads View 1 comment. It was a freaking mega fantastic book. I simply couldn't stop reading it. It was mind-blowing and thrilling at the same time. I haven't been on such emotional roller coaster for a long time.
I loved one characters, I hated another but after some pages everything became vice versa. Sometimes you just forget th It was a freaking mega fantastic book.
Sometimes you just forget that they are children. Yeh children with natural abilities but then at some time you remember it and you're scared. Scared because you understand that they'll never be ordinary cheerful teenagers but always something more - hiding everything from the others and themselves as well.
I love this book and I am desperately looking forward to the second one View 2 comments. Jan 03, Fafa's Book Corner rated it it was ok. Mini review: At the time I wasn't interested in reading this.
I ended up reading the author's other book The Fixer. While I didn't enjoy it I wanted to read this book. Unfortunately this book was a mess. It felt really sloppy and that too many things were happening at once. Cassie's thoughts were also a bit weird to read about. I would still recommend this. Despite being a mess it does have an interesting premise.
And I've heard that it get Mini review: And I've heard that it gets better as the series continues. May 22, Maddie rated it it was amazing Shelves: I really didn't expect to love it this much, but you can't argue with Xavier's Institute vibes and serial killer mysteries!
It had my favourite gender balance of characters, three girls and two boys, was blurbed by Ally Carter and was all about teens training to be part of the FBI I'll give an example: The kiss might have started as a distraction [ This is my first book by this author, but definitely not the last!
Cassie is a natural born profiler, and is recruited by the FBI, to participate in a program with other natural born teens. This book had a bit of everything it's a mystery, some romance, some thrills, and lots and lots of twists and turns.
I enjoyed all the characters and found it interesting how they used their gifts. Can you imagine playing truth or dare with somebody who always knows if you're lying or not?
Are crushing on a g This is my first book by this author, but definitely not the last! Are crushing on a guy who can detect how everyone around him feels?
This book had me guessing until the end, it's the kind of book you can stay up all night for, I guess I'm saying read this book! Dec 02, Miriam rated it liked it Shelves: This book is a built-in negation of its own premise. Cassandra and her fellow teens are supposed to be "naturals" at reading people and deducing clue to their behavior eg. Throughout the book they are ridiculously oblivious and naive. The book seemed even weaker after I noticed that the author has a graduate degree in psychology -- I had been guessing that it w This book is a built-in negation of its own premise.
The book seemed even weaker after I noticed that the author has a graduate degree in psychology -- I had been guessing that it was written by someone who got all her ideas about profiling and investigation from watching "Criminal Minds"! Still, I've read plenty worse recent YA, and the characters, while I didn't care much about them, did not fill me with rage.
An ok bit of fluff if you need to pass some time. Apr 08, Wanderlust rated it really liked it Shelves: Apart from those issues mentioned it, I really did love it! I was intrigued from basically the get go and I struggled to take a break. I am glad I read it and plan on reading the next in the series.
May 17, Emma Giordano rated it it was amazing. This book was absolutely phenomenal! I am so compelled to do a booktube review of it because there are just so many amazing things I have to say about it! It was ridiculously fast paced and never had a dull moment. I cannot wait for more: Jun 24, Natalie Never trust a duck rated it it was amazing Shelves: People are bat-shit crazy. Nov 05, K. Trigger warnings: And that's a pretty stinking accurate description of this book.
The gist of it is that there's a secret FBI program recruiting teenagers with super powerful natural abilities where, like, behavioural analysis is concerned. It's basically the BAU, but with teens. This one is basically just setting the sce Trigger warnings: This one is basically just setting the scene when Cassie gets recruited to the program. There's some minor love triangle nonsense going on that made me roll my eyes more than a few times, but on the whole, this was creepy and gripping and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Via The Obsesses Bookseller at www. It was intense, fast-paced, fascinating, and totally absorbing. I plan on recommending it as often as I can, and here are a few reasons why: Conce Via The Obsesses Bookseller at www. In a market flooded with protagonists sporting supernatural abilities, we forget sometimes how strong people can be without them.
These teens can solve crimes by using different elements of observation and analysis, and I found the process by which they did this entirely fascinating. They fine-tune all their abilities at a miniature FBI boarding school through case studies and simulations. The book was composed brilliantly. Even the way the story was composed was brilliant — there were so many elements you could tell it took a lot of time and thought, and it came together seamlessly. Every scene had a purpose and added to the snowballing journey to one heck of an ending.
I got so involved that I held my breath in places. Overall, this has become one of my favorite books ever and I can see myself reading it over and over again in the future even though I already know who the murderer is. Recommended Reading: Jul 29, Jillian rated it it was amazing. Jun 02, Praiz Sophyronja rated it it was amazing Shelves: This was surprisingly dark considering it's genre.
I was not expecting this to be as good as it is. I even lost a little sleep so, kudos Ms. Barnes, kudos. This was supposed to be a filler book that was kinda just there and I don't know how to NOT read But damn. I'm mentally shooting myself for not having picked it up sooner! I adore finding little treasures like this hiding in the unpredictable abyss of literature that is YA.
Will definitely explore more of this series in the futur Duuuuude. Will definitely explore more of this series in the future! Though I did roll my eyes a bit at the teen drama.
This was exactly what I was in the mood for. This review appears on Happy Indulgence. Check it out for more reviews! I have no idea why it took me so long to read The Naturals.
Cassie is a profiler, who can deduce who an This review appears on Happy Indulgence. But I wanted to know more! How were these teens discovered? How did they know about their abilities? How did they develop these abilities? If only the book would have contained less teen drama, territorial cat fighting and a cheesy love triangle, I would have absolutely loved it.
It was dark and disturbing, a lot darker than the UK cover actually lets on and I really lapped up this depth. I kind of figured out the murderer before the actual peak though, but I thought it was done really well. The characters, I adored with their quirky and vibrant personalities which stood out. There is Dean as the broody bad boy with a secret, Michael as a sweet and empathetic nice guy, and Sloane and her weird and factual personality.
But the person who really stood out is Lia, the catty Asian girl with a lot of sass. With all of the murder mystery, the foreshadowing for the killer, the profiling and the silly love triangle going on though, something needed to give. Also, why does there need to be a love triangle in every YA book? There were elements of The Naturals that I really loved, including the murder mystery, the profiling and the secondary characters. But the things that I disliked, such as the teen drama, the lack of details and the predictability kind of stunted the book for me.
I really enjoyed the fast paced read though, and hopefully some of that development occurs in Killer Instinct. Plus FBI and murders, yes please. Jun 01, Lexie rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Mystery fiends, profilers, anyone contemplating murder. Reviewed at The Honest Bookclub. Oh, this book feels a little bit like home.
Because YA mystery, serial killers, the FBI, behavioral science and psychopaths are apparently home to me. Hear me out. It's not how it sounds. Because I am the sort of weirdo who reads the Acknowledgments section at the end of the book, I now know the author to hold extensive degrees in psychology, in psychotherapy, and to have specialized in behavioral science. And boy, doesn't that make so much sense.
Because to center Reviewed at The Honest Bookclub. Because to center a book around a group of teenagers gifted in those exact same fields and various different parts of it does not only straddle the line between mystery and paranormal - it also invokes my pesky, persistent Inner Editor.
Every good author does research, of course, and we naturally assume that most published books will be extensively researched - but on the subject of psychology, especially forensic psychology, I tend to assume said research will be lacking. I'm working on it. Sort of. When I'm not studying or reading. But The Naturals was perfect - perfect in its understanding of psychology, perfect in its application, and perfect in daring to tackle serial killer plots in YA and making it utterly credible.
It's also perfect in terms of the squad goals. This is not a predetermined group of close-knit friends, nor is it the kind that gels effortlessly together once 'united'. No, these are slightly dysfunctional, individually damaged, and collectively synchronous characters - each with their own tics, each with their own set of talents, and each with their own trauma which shapes them.