The Naturals (Naturals Series #1)

The Naturals (Naturals Series #1)

by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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ISBN-13: 9781423168317
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 10/07/2014
Series: Disney Press Naturals Series , #1
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 25,217
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About 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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The Naturals 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
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
Anonymous 14 days ago
The books make you keep turning and turning each page until the end.
alicjakuna 19 days ago
Out of all the books I’ve read, this has been by far by favorite. There’s thrills, horror, love, mystery, and more. The second I started to read this book I did not want to set it back down. The thrill of the book is what made me want to keep reading. There are many ups and downs throughout the story. This story is about a girl named Cassie who lost her mother. She walked into her mothers dressing room one day and discovered walls painted with her mother’s blood. The body was not there. This gives Cassie nightmares all the time. She lived with her father’s family after that tragedy, since her father served in the army. Her grandma took good care of her. Cassie was very smart. She could profile people that she just met without even trying. It’s her gift. This gift is what got her into a program by the FBI called The Naturals. This program consists of teenagers who can perform similar gifts in figuring out crime scenes. She moved to Washington DC and lived with all the teenagers. Together, they can solve mysteries that trained FBI agents may not be able to solve. There are many crimes that have happened from the moment Cassie came to Washington DC. Cassie finds a connection to her mother’s death in some of the cases. The book goes further into this idea, and it is amazing. The overall book tells you Cassie’s story. From the moment she has faced tragedy to another tragic ending. There is a big twist at the end of the book that will have you jump. I recommend this book to readers that love thrillers, romance, and mystery all in one book. If you love all three of these things, this book is for you.
Aiden Choi More than 1 year ago
The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes is a perfect book for the reader who enjoys to read through a suspenseful and mystery novel that makes you not want to stop reading. Cassie, who is the main character that can naturally read people, joins the Naturals which is a team formed with several teenagers who has special abilities such as reading people's mind or being able to naturally profile other people or situations. They soon face a murder case and Cassie notice something very weird about it. As more investigations take place, she realizes that the killer is murdering women who looks like her dead mother. The Naturals continues to investigate as much as they are permitted by the FBI Agent, Agent Briggs. As days pass with investigation, more murders happen but also more clues are found. However, one day they receive a parcel that includes a lock of red hair which obviously is from the killer. Then they get another one which this time is a lock of blonde hair and victim's picture which ends up being the Senator's daughter(Genevieve). The Naturals and FBI agents head to Club Muse which is the place Genevieve was last seen. When they arrive, Cassie finds a coded note in the bathroom and a street name which agents then head over to. They find an apartment room on the street that is exactly set up like Cassie's mother's crime scene which shows that the killer knows very well about her mother's murder case. At the end, it turns out that the killer is Agent Locke who is Cassie's mother's sister and made her do all this due to the grudge that she had towards Cassie's mother for leaving her with their abusive father. Overall, The Naturals is a great mystery book that is very fun but also hard to read because you just cannot stop reading and is very much recommended to all the mystery fans out there.
Aiden Choi More than 1 year ago
The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes is a perfect book for the reader who enjoys to read through a suspenseful and mystery novel that makes you not want to stop reading. Cassie, who is the main character that can naturally read people, joins the Naturals which is a team formed with several teenagers who has special abilities such as reading people's mind or being able to naturally profile other people or situations. They soon face a murder case and Cassie notice something very weird about it. As more investigations take place, she realizes that the killer is murdering women who looks like her dead mother. The Naturals continues to investigate as much as they are permitted by the FBI Agent, Agent Briggs. As days pass with investigation, more murders happen but also more clues are found. However, one day they receive a parcel that includes a lock of red hair which obviously is from the killer. Then they get another one which this time is a lock of blonde hair and victim's picture which ends up being the Senator's daughter(Genevieve). The Naturals and FBI agents head to Club Muse which is the place Genevieve was last seen. When they arrive, Cassie finds a coded note in the bathroom and a street name which agents then head over to. They find an apartment room on the street that is exactly set up like Cassie's mother's crime scene which shows that the killer knows very well about her mother's murder case. At the end, it turns out that the killer is Agent Locke who is Cassie's mother's sister and made her do all this due to the grudge that she had towards Cassie's mother for leaving her with their abusive father. Overall, The Naturals is a great mystery book that is very fun but also hard to read because you just cannot stop reading and is very much recommended to all the mystery fans out there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book read the whole series. The series keeps me reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting premise keeps you engaged as our heroine Cassie tries to solve cold cases with the FBI. Interspersed with the narrative were brief musings of the killer, some graphically chilling. Her budding romance with two different boys is suitable for a 17-year-old, and I hope that will continue in future books of this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series so much! I feel like this series would make a really good tv show too,
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.
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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!
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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.