The Naturals

The Naturals

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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.

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. 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
"This savvy thriller grabs readers right away." -Kirkus Reviews "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." -Publishers Weekly
"In this high-adrenaline series opener ...even a psychic won't anticipate all the twists and turns." - Booklist
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, [2013].
Edition: First Edition.
ISBN: 9781423168232
1423168232
Branch Call Number: YA BARNES J
Characteristics: 308 pages ; 22 cm

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A group of teens are recruited into a program dedicated to solving Cold Cases.

Cassie is a natural born profiler, enlisted in a special FBI program that seeks to hone the special talents of teens. The Naturals get drawn into an active case when a package shows up at their dorm making it clear that this case is personal. Cassie is no longer safe and she doesn’t know who to... Read More »

The FBI taps a teen's skills in reading people to solve cold case files.


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JonathanNgo
Dec 13, 2019

The Main idea of The naturals is to not trust people.Cassie can tell how people act by little things about them.Michael can read people's emotions. Lia can tell if people lie.It takes place in Washington dc in a nice neighborhood.When the FBI need someone with powers like Cassie.
When Cassie thinks the case the FBI was working on was had something to do with her mother.When someone tried to kill Cassie. The killer found Cassie and hurt both of her friends protecting her.The killer tried to kill Cassie but Michael shot her.
Everyone that was hurt, healed a everything went back to normal.
My opinion of The naturals is that , the book has a good point of view and Cassie did not know everything about everyone so her powers can’t be to overpower.
I would recommend this book because this book has the biggest plot twist ever.
I would rate this book 4.5 stars.

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indigo_cat_1011
Nov 09, 2019

This is a great book for intense murder-mystery fans. The thrill in this book is not found anywhere else, but I would avoid this book if you cannot handle graphic images and have a very visual mind and memory.

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NovemberBaby
Mar 24, 2019

Although I'm an avid reader, this was my first CSI-type book. The Naturals is an FBI-facilitated training program that harnesses the innate abilities of teens to track down serial killers. The way that each teen aproaches each crimescene is fascinating. They think of details even the most seasoned FBI agents wouldn't think of. The killings get personal really fast to 1 teen, Cassie, giving me chills.

The author's extensive background in pyschology and psychiatry is obvious from the way she writes. The bread-crumbs trail of clues she drops is just right to keep you guessing without being too far-fetched. The teens are witty and sarcastic while standing up for each other and what they believe in. It was easy to breezed through this book, as it was fast-moving and didn't bog you down with all-too-wordy descriptions.

If you enjoy solving a good anagram-encoded clue along with some likeable teens, this book is for you.

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slpinion
Nov 25, 2018

I was disappointed with this book. I really wanted to like it but it just didn't meet my expectations. I saw great reviews from readers and critics alike and expected to love it and read the whole series but I won't be reading any more. I feel like the story wasn't very good. I didn't solve the mystery per se but I narrowed it down to two people and was right in my guessing. I feel like the "action" was muted and the story was a little tiring. I liked one character but never fell in love with the characters, never felt like I really connected with the main character either. I felt like the (mild) romance was added in a weird way; like it was rushed. The character felt like she *knew* these people on her team when really she just had a crush or had been working with them for a matter of days or weeks. There wasn't anything to make me feel like we as the reader *knew* anyone so "surprises" didn't surprise me at all. If some of these things had been revealed in say, a book 3 of the series, I might feel differently but it's hard to feel that way when I've known the characters so little and had so little interaction with them. Lastly, the plot just felt flat. Like at the end I caught myself thinking, "that's it???"

Overall the book isn't bad, it's a cute YA mystery, but I just didn't enjoy it very much. It wasn't a page turner and definitely didn't keep me up reading late into the night. So I'm not telling you to steer clear but I don't really recommend it either.

If you’re a fan of Criminal Minds, then this is the perfect book for you! Cassie, a seventeen-year old with the gift of being able to read people, is brought into a special program funded by the FBI in order to help them solve cold cases. When an unexpected series of murders begin to link to Cassie, it is up to the Naturals to stop the suspect once and for all. Great twist ending, a real page-turner! (submitted by MD)

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Readingvibes
Jul 06, 2018

This book by far is the best book I've ever read. So much thrill, excitement and drama!

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supreetrandom101
Mar 14, 2018

One of the best series I've ever read! I've never liked re-reading books but with this series, I can't help it! This series is very well written and everything is explained so clearly that there is a perfect image in my head every time that never changes.

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happycanuck
Dec 15, 2017

A worthwhile read - fast paced, keeps you guessing and has a surprise ending. Geared to a teen audience.

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Silveyf
Sep 17, 2017

I loved this book so much! It pulls you in and you can't put it down. Finished in the first day. If you love criminal minds and the csi world this is so for you.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 09, 2017

Welcome to a world where teenagers solve murders and crimes for the FBI. The novel revolves around seventeen-year-old Cassie, who can 'read' people. From a glance or two at one person, she can notice the tiniest details about them and decipher who they are and what they want. But she has never taken the gift farther than reading the odd person. Until now. The FBI approaches Cassie with an idea: She joins a group of teens just like her to solve cold cases and current murders crimes. Something Cassie doesn't understand is that once she agree's with their plan, people begin to look not as they seem and she has to trust where her loyalties lie. Now it's up to her to see the pattern in the crimes before it's too late and she's the one dead. Overall I think was a fun an easy read. The suspense in it could use a little help and so good the romance. I am not a huge fan of crime-ish or thriller books, so maybe if you are this would be a great read for you. The other thing I didn't like was it seemed all to fake. One minute Cassie is reading people and wishing to put a rest on her (dead) mothers case and then BAM... The FBI is there with an opportunity with a direct lead to her mom's case. And then once she arrived at the home for the Naturals everyone was obsessed with her. And then there's the LOVE TRIANGLE... I really don't know where to start here. First, it's Dean (shocker, I know) and then Michael. Dean Michael. Dean. And she pretty much liked anyone who looked hot. Overall it was pretty good, but there is definitely a lot to change. 3 STARS
- @bibliophile of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Cassie’s life is turned upside down when the FBI decides to recruit her, along with a group of teenagers that possess remarkable abilities. Many people may not know that Cassie is, in fact, a profiler. She can find out information about someone based on their appearance. Cassie is part of a classified program developed by the FBI, in order to use children to help track down serial killers. To make matters worse, a serial killer seems to have taken an absurd obsession with Cassie. She must learn to trust others and work together to hunt down this killer once and for all. When I was reading this book, I was captivated yet disturbed at the same time. The author managed to transport the reader into the head of serial killers exceptionally well. 
- @Vaseline of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

When Cassie Hobbes suddenly becomes an interest of the FBI, she leaves her home where she lives with her relatives and boards a plane to Washington DC. Cassie, an 18-year-old girl, isn’t your normal teenager. For her, normal is overrated. As a child she had the ability to profile someone based on the information she gathered by analyzing him or her. Raised through a childhood of trickery and defrauding, Cassie’s profiling ability developed as she grew. When the FBI learned of this, Cassie was called in for a spot in a group called ‘The Naturals’ where other teenagers like her were placed. Her ability was put to the test when an active murderer was identified. As she works on this case secretly with the help of Michael, a boy who can read emotions and body language, and Sloane, a girl who is capable of holding a large amount of information and processing information quickly, Cassie realizes how personal this case could get. A real page-turner, anyone with an interest in crime investigation will surely love reading this book, for murder is around every corner in their world… Rating 9/10.
- @Bibliomaniac of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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Frightening or Intense Scenes: obviously, this is a crime story, but there are some graphic scenes

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