The Naturals (Naturals Series #1)

The Naturals (Naturals Series #1)

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by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
     
 

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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.

Overview


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's 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.

Praise for The Naturals

"The Naturals is Criminal Minds for the YA world, and I loved every page." -New York Times best-selling author Ally Carter

* "[A] tightly paced suspense novel that will keep readers up until the wee hours to finish." -VOYA (starred review)

"This savvy thriller grabs readers right away." -Kirkus Reviews

"It's a stay-up-late-to-finish kind of book, and it doesn't disappoint." -Publishers Weekly

"In this high-adrenaline series opener...even a psychic won't anticipate all the twists and turns." -Booklist

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Accolades
YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 2014
YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers, 2014"

In this high-adrenaline series opener . . . even a psychic won't anticipate all the twists and turns."—Booklist"

It's a stay-up-late-to-finish kind of book, and it doesn't disappoint."—Publishers Weekly "

This savvy thriller grabs readers right away."—Kirkus Reviews

* "[A] tightly paced suspense novel that will keep readers up until the wee hours to finish."—VOYA (starred review)"

The Naturals is Criminal Minds for the YA world, and I loved every page."—New York Times best-selling author Ally Carter

Publishers Weekly
09/30/2013
In an intense CSI-type thriller, Barnes (Nobody) lets readers inside the mind of 17-year-old Cassie Hobbes, a “Natural” profiler with the uncanny ability to piece together an individual’s motives, backgrounds, and patterns of behavior. After her mother’s gruesome abduction, and with her father overseas, Cassie is recruited for a special FBI program for teens like her to help solve cold cases. Cassie immediately realizes that being a Natural may be more than she bargained for, and her fellow gifted teens take getting used to, including Michael, an emotional expert who seems fascinated with Cassie’s, and Dean, who just looks pissed off—mostly at her. Barnes is in her wheelhouse with this story of keenly powered teens and covert ops, and she provides an enticing inside look at the world of crime-solving through Cassie’s hyperaware eyes. Cassie’s pursuit by an unknown serial killer keeps things tense, as do creepy narratives from the killer. Barnes shows every card at just the right moment, catching readers off-guard at the final reveal. It’s a stay-up-late-to-finish kind of book, and it doesn’t disappoint. Ages 12–up. Agent: Elizabeth Harding, Curtis Brown. (Nov.)
VOYA - Suanne B. Roush
Cassandra Hobbes has a natural talent to profile people. Cassie was taught by her mother, Lorelai, to observe BPE's—behavior, personality, and environment—as she also did, which helped her ply her career as a fake psychic. That training had ended years before when Lorelai was brutally murdered and her body never found. Now, Cassie is living with her father's family; he is stationed in Europe with the Air Force. She is working as a waitress when she is approached by an FBI agent to join an elite group of teens who are "naturals:" Michael can read emotions, Lia can tell when someone is lying, Sloane can rattle off statistics about anything and recreate crime scenes, and Dean is another profiler. They are to use their talents to solve cold cases, and Cassie hopes one of those cases can be her mother's. Unfortunately, their cold cases run into a very hot case when a serial killer starts killing women in the same manner as Cassie's mother, and then begins to stalk Cassie. They must help catch that person before Cassie becomes the next victim. Although the novel contains the same YA trope of so many—a girl finds herself attracted to two boys, one quiet and brooding, and the other charming, mysterious, and devastatingly handsome—the potential romance is only a small element of a tightly paced suspense novel that will keep readers up until the wee hours to finish. Recommend this title to fans of Gagnon's Don't Turn Around (HarperCollins, 2012/Voya August 2012), Miller's How To Lead A Life Of Crime (Razorbill, 2013/Voya February 2012), and television programs such as Criminal Minds and The Mentalist, and make sure to have more than one copy on hand. Reviewer: Suanne B. Roush
School Library Journal
12/01/2013
Gr 9 Up—The FBI recruits Cassie Hobbes, 17, to be one of the Naturals, a group of teens with innate crime-solving abilities. Cassie learned how to read people from her mother, a performing psychic who disappeared five years ago and is presumed to be dead. With her father overseas in the military and her large extended Italian family in Colorado, Cassie sets out on her own to Washington, DC, to hone her skills under the tutelage of Special Agent Lacey Locke. The four other teens living in her house possess extraordinary skills as well. Mysterious Dean can read people on sight, handsome and mischievous Michael can understand people's emotions, intense and brainy Sloane can quickly analyze facts and numbers, and catty and pushy Lia can instantly detect a lie. Cassie begins her training with cold cases but is quickly swept into an ongoing investigation. Despite the best efforts of their mentors to keep them off the case, the investigation, which is personal for Cassie, requires the talents of all the teens to solve. This fast-paced series starter introduces the characters and background without losing the intensity of the plot. The murder scenes have just enough blood and gore for forensics fans. The love triangle among Cassie, Dean, and Michael will keep romance readers entertained, and the FBI cases will lure in mystery enthusiasts. The ending is resolved with just enough left open for readers to look forward to the next installment.—Lynn Rashid, Marriotts Ridge High School, Marriottsville, MD
Kirkus Reviews
2013-10-01
A teen with a special ability and a tragic past is recruited by the FBI to join a group of young profilers. Seventeen-year-old Cassie Hobbes has lived with her paternal grandmother since her mother's presumed murder five years ago. Lorelai Hobbes was never found, but the horrific scene at the site of her disappearance pointed toward her death. Cassie has never quite fit in with her family, haunted by memories and her uncanny ability to "read" people. Her mother had helped develop that skill so she could be helpful in Lorelai's "profession" as a psychic. When Cassie is approached by the FBI to join a special unit of young profilers, she sees an opportunity to do some good. Cassie moves into an unusual group home in Quantico, Va., with other teens who have gifts useful to the FBI. In addition to her training, Cassie has to navigate the group dynamic, as each of her cohorts has a back story. A series of killings like Lorelai's in nearby Washington, D.C., makes it impossible for Cassie to remain on the sidelines despite the efforts of her superiors. This savvy thriller grabs readers right away. Cassie's outsider feelings are convincing and give credence to her actions throughout the story. There is enough violence, grisly description and plot surprises to keep crime-show devotees reading. Unanswered questions will have those readers on tenterhooks for the next in the series. (Mystery. 14 & up)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423168317
Publisher:
Disney Press
Publication date:
10/07/2014
Series:
Disney Press Naturals Series , #1
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
42,290
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author


Jennifer Lynn Barnes has written several acclaimed young adult novels. She has advanced degrees in psychology, psychiatry, and cognitive science. She received her PhD from Yale University this year and is now a professor in psychology. You can find her online at www.jenniferlynnbarnes.com or follow her on Twitter @jenlynnbarnes.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Naturals follows the story of Cassie. She's young, has a talent for reading people, and feels out of place. So when the FBI provides her with a chance to leave the people whom she "loves" but doesn't feel she belongs with, she takes it. If there is a farfetched chance she may learn something about her mother's disappearance, then, all the better. But this new world of similar teens, is not all it appears to be. Secrets are held, lines are blurred, and danger lurks in the shadows. I rather enjoyed this book. (Side note: The cover quotation compares it to Criminal Minds. So the whole time I am reading it, all I can picture was a younger Reid joining the house.) It was interesting and entertaining for a quick read. The story basically follows Cassie as she learns about her natural talent and goes through this training program with the other kids to focus and develop their talents before society can curb their instincts. But, to me, the core of this book seems to be the romance triangle. If you are not a fan of love triangles at all, you may want to skip this one. Most of the book Cassie fluctuates between the two boys, she notices and we notice things. If you are not a fan, it could easily be too much. I didn't mind the triangle so much, and I am curious as to which boy she might finally choose. But there were some times when I just wanted to smack them for being, well stereotypical teenagers. One can only take so much angst before one has to say enough. Or decides to strangle a certain cocky boy. The serial killer plot is what really kept me invested in the story. Every so often you get a bit from the killer's point of view tossed in there. I liked reading them as the story progressed and picking out details that I thought would be relevant to discovering just who it is. I was in the dark for most of the book, and I liked that. It's horrible when I figure out who done it in the very beginning. And the motive? Didn't see it coming at all. So that was a plus. I am hoping for book two that the characters will be fleshed out a bit more, the love triangle tones down a bit, and we get another great mystery to solve. But I am planning on reading the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An amazing novel and I certainly will be picking up the next book in the series tomorrow. I refused to put it down, even after my parents got upset with me for letting my sister read a descriptive murder. It was fast paced, had a plot twist I couldn't have seen coming, and I was on the edge of my seat biting my nails, trying to figure out the  mystery. I've been waiting to read a book like this for quite some time and now I've found it. It's an excellent read  and you'll be hooked, just like me, from the first paragraph to the last word.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome!
abbott123 More than 1 year ago
The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes Print Length: 321 pages Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1423168232 Publisher: Disney Hyperion (November 5, 2013) My Review~ I received this book in exchange for a honest review from the publisher Disney-Hyperion. This book is an intense read! I could not put it down once I started. The author had me captivated in the YA Crime thriller. This was mind-blowing!! I was left guessing the entire time but then I did not expect the murder to be who they were!! Then there is a love triangle between Micheal Cassie and Dean that is intense. I am voting for Dean though who is the misjudged teen. Did I say how interesting and cool looking the cover is?!! It makes me want to book shimmy to delve in and discover what is hidden in the present. I love love love this book! The writing is fast action packed ride that will leave you wanting more at the end. I can't wait to see if there is another book after this one. This author knows how to ensnare the reader within the first few chapters. This has got to be one of the best YA thrillers of 2013!!! Cassie is a somewhat normal girl who found her mother murder when she was younger. Her mother taught her how to read people. Now Cassie lives with her father's family and is struggling to fit in when she meets Micheal who intrigues her and enrolls her into a classified program meant for other teens who have a similar ability as Cassie. With the help of the teens, Cassie soon realizes that she is far too close to the case. Will she survive? Who is this murderer and what do they want with her? Amazon Book Description~ 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.
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
Wow. Just wow. This book is ridiculously amazing. Holy hell was it epic! Saying it's thrilling doesn't even cover how on-the-edge-of-your-seat this books keeps you. The Naturals was an absolutely fantastic YA read full of some crazy thrills, a spine-chilling murder mystery, and a sprinkle of romance. I LOVED THIS BOOK. Cassie was an amazing heroine. She's never gotten over her mother's murder and when she has a chance of learning the truth by joining the Naturals program, she jumps at it. But, she gets more than she bargained for when murders start happening that seem to center around her. Cassie was just great. She was strong, clever, and determined. I really liked her and I thought she was a wonderfully kick-ass heroine. Though the romance in this book is fairly light, most of the plot being centered around the mystery, it was still a major plot device, so I'll mention the love-interests. Michael was a charmer. But, there's a lot more to him than just that. Like all the other Naturals, his past is not pretty. The downside of him is that he's very sneaky. He can be quite manipulative. But I really liked him. When he wanted to, he could be very sweet. Dean was the other love-interest and, though I liked Michael, I had a preference for him, though probably just because I have a weakness for bad boys. His past was possibly the most grim and he has a definite chip in his shoulder because of that. But, he could also be very sweet and he was dedicated to solving cases, mostly because he felt he had to make up for what was in his past. He was wonderful. All the other characters, the Naturals and the FBI agents were wonderfully complex character. Each one drew me in and engaged my individually, which is quite a feat. They were all brilliantly drawn out. The world that the author created was incredible, with the Naturals. The way their skills were described, particularly how Cassie thought as she was using her ability, was just brilliant. I loved the world of the Naturals. The plot was amazing. It was fast paced and it was one hell of a roller coaster. The thrills were nonstop. The murder mystery was amazing. I never suspected who it turned out to be. My jaw literally dropped when I found out. I haven't heard news of a sequel yet, but after that ending, there better be one as soon as possible. I can't wait to see more for these amazing characters and this fantastic world.  The Naturals was a magnificent YA book! I LOVED it! If you like thrills, mystery, surprises, or romance, then you have to read this book because it's just mind-blowingly amazing. *I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
lininindy More than 1 year ago
A Rare Find - Couldn't put it down! Talk a bout a ride! This book was amazing! Natural abilities and crime solving mixed with emotions from family and blossoming attractions. A two day book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting concept of teenagers as potential profilers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Naturals is a thrill-seekin book with lost of twists and turns. You never know whats going to happen next and it makes you speechless. If you like crime shows/movies and like a littke scare the you should for sure read this book. You cant ask for a better thriller before bed than the Naturals. And once you finish the firdt book make sure you check out the 2nd book Killer Instinct ad the 3rh All it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quick read and different stoyline. I found the characters compelling and interesting. and interesting.
book_lover123 More than 1 year ago
I'm not going to write a long, agonising review. I'll keep it simple. IF YOU HAVE ANY TASTE IN BOOKS, READ THIS BOOK!!!! Even if you don't like reading, READ THIS BOOK. I promise it will NOT disappoint. I promise. Twice.
Katherine0894 More than 1 year ago
I love stories like these (criminal minds esq.). I find it extremely fascinating to get into murderer's heads. This is written well and it's so fast paced that you don't want to put it down. I read the sequel to this and it was great too! Keep them coming!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
SO GREAT! I couldn't put it down.  I finished the first two books in a total of 18 hours! Highly reccomend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter read this book till midnight and loved every second of it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Barnes begins this series in a fashion one could compare to the ever popular Criminal Minds and Scorpion TV series. Completing this book in only a few hours, I was overly impressed not only with the story itself, but the character development. I loved everyone, even the bad guys! The pace moved quickly with just enough information to make you understand the events of the story. Also, I loved how this was written to appeal to both young adult and adult audiences! Five stars for a truly riveting book! I can't wait to read the second installment!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So like Sherlock. 
LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
3.5/5 stars I won this book last year in a Twitter giveaway and just never quite found the time to read it... until now! Our school has started up a book club and they are doing a different genre every month and then meet to discuss what books they read! Being a teacher I was afraid they would say it was only for students, but they were happy to let me join in the fun! This month's genre was mystery, so naturally I thought of this book! I'm not a huge mystery fan, but I really did enjoy reading The Naturals. It was very CSI for Young Adult, which definitely captured my interest! While I enjoyed this book, I did expect a bit more action and suspense. Instead, a lot of the book revolves around our main character Cassie getting acquainted to the program and learning to hone her skills as a profiler. This was important to see, but I felt it went on a bit too long for my taste. I did love the thriller element to this one though. Barnes incorporates a very creepy 'extra' that we see throughout the book before certain chapters. It is critical to the storyline and I loved trying to figure out what it meant! The action really ramped up towards the last 1/4 of the book, and I have to say- I was NOT able to predict the end of this one! Cassie is a bit of a loner. She is surrounded by family, but still feels out of place. When she is approached by the FBI for her ability to profile people, she jumps at the chance to leave and head for Washington. She is not the only one to have enhanced abilities though. In the program, there are 4 other teens her age who are also helping the FBI crack cold cases. Michael can read emotions and is quite good at masking his own. Cassie really struggles to get a read on him and finds herself wondering who the real Michael is. He comes across as snarky and confident, but I liked him. I especially liked what he said to her at the end of the book! Dean is another profiler like Cassie, but he is determined to keep her at arm's length. He doesn't have any interest in befriending her, but as they are both profilers, they find themselves working together quite frequently. Dean is still a bit of a mystery, but as we learn more about his past, it makes sense as to why he is the way he is. Lia and Sloane round out the group. Sloane is Cassie's roommate and is a bit socially awkward. She thinks in patterns and numbers and is very type A. Lia, on the other hand, is a bit of a wild child and likes to be the center of attention. She could really grate on my nerves at times, but I don't think she's a bad person. I was afraid she'd be a bit too mean girl for my tastes, but she wasn't that bad. I wish I could have gotten a bit more on Cassie. She's not a bad heroine, but I didn't really connect to her at all. I felt like we saw way more personality in Lia than anyone else and she's not who the book is focused on. I wasn't crazy about the impending love triangle either. I honestly didn't feel Cassie had a spark with either Michael or Dean to be honest. I prefer Michael, as he actually is forthcoming in his want to date her, where Dean doesn't show any outward affection towards her. He offers her comfort and a quiet strength when she discovers some things that connect to her past. However, Michael had something going on with Lia at one point in time and it's clear she still wants him, so of course this complicates matters. I'm huge on character development in a novel and I just felt this one was lacking in that department. I really liked the premise though, so that is what would encourage me to continue this series. I've also heard fantastic thing about the second book, Killer Instincts, so I'm definitely going to give it a try.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG!!!!!!!! This book is on my top greatest books ever!!!!!!! Jennifer Lynn Barnes is also on my top three favorite authors. This book was so well written it had just the amount of action and a pinch of romance. The book has a great love Triangle I hope this book is a series. I rarely read books that are this well written. Words cannot express the suspense you get  When reading this book!!!!!!!!!!! It's a book were you know it will be ending soon so you just want to stop and savor  The moment of reading this book!!!!! I would highly highly highly recommend this book to anyone i see!!!!! Such an amazing author!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really good. A mystery in a mystery. Twists and turns make this book the highlite of tension-inducing mystery murder novels. I recomend this to anyone who likes being on the edge of their seet. This would make a great movie FYI.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put this down.A wonderful suspense.Thoroughly crafted and characters very believable! Hope there is a sequel! Cannot wait for any new book written by this author. All are absolutely fantastic!
PennyFoster More than 1 year ago
My favorite mystery/ thriller/ crime novel of the month! The plot is spectacular for YA mystery/thriller. Cassie is a “natural” at profiling people, being able to piece together who you are and what you want from the way you like your eggs. Jennifer Lynn Barns does a great job at writing a gifted protagonist who the reader can relate to. The book is like Sherlock  or Criminal Minds with teens. Cassie talent lands her in an FBI program for gifted teens who have the same kind of talents as Cass. Michael can read peoples emotions on their face, Sloane spit out  any fact and analyze numbers, Lia is a waking lie detecter and Dean is like Cass. Barnes is pretty gutsy with the casting for this ensemble but again she pulls it off without to much of an inhuman feeling to the characters. Working on old cases and trying to learn something of her mothers disappearance she stumbles onto a copy cat killer. Having some insight into the mind of the killer we get a feel of whats going on but are still left in the dark until the end. Then only thing that really worries me is the love triangle involved. Despite the fact that  almost every YA series has one, a love triangle it isn’t always written well and can often end up to be messy. But if Barnes can write it as well as she’s doing now, so be it. Im just hoping  that she can keep the thrill intact throughout  the series because I have high hopes for the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was AMAZING! I couldn't put it down! By the time you get to the ending you want to keep on reading just to figure out what happens. You try to figure out who ends up being the killer and you can't,. This book is one of the better ones I've read in a while. I couldn't wait to be finished one page so I could read the next. A truly amazing crime mystery novel. I can't wait for the sequel. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this work, and I hope many of the other readers enjoyed it as well.