Back in 2013, I had added The Naturals as a “to read” book. Unfortunately I forgot about it until just a couple weeks ago when I re-discovered it after reading Barnes’s Fixer series. In a way I am glad that I forgot about it because I have plowed through all three books in a just a couple weeks…and now I have to wait for book 4….until November….
Cassie’s mother was murdered. It had always been just her and her mother so when her father didn’t want to take her, she was sent with his family and she learned to accept these people who hadn’t ever been a part of her life. However, Cassie has always been able to read people’s emotions and she is approached by a handsome boy close to her age, she decides to join The Naturals…a program used by the government but under the guise of a gifted schooling program. Cassie meets 4 other teens who all have special gifts. Will she learn to trust this band of misfits? Will she ever solve her mother’s murder? Will her father ever be a part of her life?
Jennifer Lynn Barnes has written many things. I found her just by chance. The first thing I read by her, The Fixer, had me turning the pages, wanting more the entire way through. Tess Kendrick has lived with her grandfather “gramps” for many years, after her parents were killed. Her sister, Ivy, is almost non-existent in her life and Tess is bitter about that. When Gramps dies, Tess thinks it will be easy to just live on her own, but Ivy has other plans for Tess.
Ivy is a “fixer” in the often turbulent city of Washington D.C. She fixes all kinds of problems and anytime that Tess wants to know more, Ivy shuts the door. Tess learns family secrets that she couldn’t ever imagine happened. These secrets barely begin to touch the surface of the Kendrick family as well as families of Tess’s new friends.
I think I had started reading an advanced reader’s copy of this and got distracted by something else. Saw it sitting on the shelf at the library and decided to dedicate actual time to it. Kitty Doe lives in a world where your test results dictate the rest of your life. The government allows VI and up access to the best of everything while the II and III struggle just to get by and when they are too old, they are sent to elsewhere….a mysterious place that people don’t seem to return from. Trying to keep her not yet 17 year old boyfriend safe she sets off with her friend Tabs to the underground clubs where she will have to sell her body to the highest bidder. Unfortunately, something happens and 2 weeks later she is no longer herself.
As quick as I wrote that first review, I had book 2 finished and then book 3 was right behind. This is one of my favorite series in a long time. Fast paced, Carter does a great job of grabbing your attention and inviting you to care about these characters. I’m sad the series is over.
What a pleasant surprise! I have not read anything by Ally Carter before and I looked and looked at this one. I had nothing to read one day and picked it up…finally. Grace is sent to live with her grandfather 3 years after her mom dies. Grace is convinced that she saw her mom get murdered but others think she is just crazy. This left me wanting more. With book 2 set to come out in December, I can’t wait to continue on!
So I shelved this under series, even though this could be read independently of The Program and The Treatment. This is a prequel to that duology but it was released after those. I didn’t know when I picked it up that it was a prequel, so I was confused for about 5 pages but then I realized my mistake (seeing as I had read the other 2) and quickly was engrossed. Quinn is a closer and has been since age 7. She steps in to help families grieve and deal with a loss in the family. She is looked upon as a monster by many and when finally, FINALLY, a family sees her for who she is. This twist sends Quinn down an emotional road she hadn’t known was there. Will she abandon her friends and real family? Or will she realize that she is only a substitute even though the family says otherwise.
The False Memory series by Dan Krokos leads us on a journey of discovering who the characters really are. Is the Miranda in book 1 the original? Or is she the clone of a clone of a clone? Action, love, good vs. bad….the best of all the things you may like in a series. Dystopian in nature, this has kept me on the edge of my seat wanting more.
I had no idea that this was the last book of the series. I’m super sad. Following Q and Angela across the country was pure joy. I have recommended this series quite a few times and the kids have never been disappointed. In this final installment we find out about Boone’s true abilities; discover who Number One is; and watch as Q and Angela become true siblings, always looking out for each other. I am anxious to start Roland Smith’s newest book, Beneath (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/beneath-roland-smith/1015508478?ean=9780545564861). I usually have one Smith book in my pile at any given time.