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The Naturals

by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Rated: Moderate

Cassie hasn’t lived a nice, normal life. Growing up with her mom, who performed as a psychic, she moved around a lot. Since the murder of her mom five years ago, the teen has lived with her military dad’s relatives, never feeling like she quite fit in. Now, because her mom taught her the “tricks of the trade” for reading people, she’s being recruited to join a small group of teens with similar “Natural” gifts to help the FBI solve crimes. She figures she might as well make the move to the house near Quantico where these teens live and are trained; if she’s going to be abnormal, best to be with others who are like her.

Cassie and the other teens don’t officially consult on current crimes; they either train or work on cold cases. But now there’s a serial killer on the loose, and it may hit a little close to home.

The Naturals is a really entertaining book that lives up to the blurb on the cover (imagine that!): Ally Carter calls it “‘Criminal Minds’ for the YA world.” It has all the right elements but isn’t as intense or gory as a similar book for adults would likely be.

Rated: Moderate; there really isn’t much language in it; there’s really no sexual content; it’s all about the violence and the description of what the serial killer does to maim victims, as well as non-detailed and brief references to a character’s childhood abuse.

— Reviewed by Cathy Carmode Lim

Cathy Carmode Lim has been reviewing books for newspapers for more than 20 years, two of which she was a book page editor. She founded Rated Reads in January 2008.

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  • The Naturals
  • by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  • Rated: Moderate
  • Genre: Young adult
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