Darwins Children by Natasha Larry

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Darwin’s Children (Volume 1)

By: Natasha Larry

Published by: Penumbra Publishing
Released On: 2011-06-08

ISBN: 1935563513

Genre: YA, Paranormal
Pages: 260

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Recommendable for people who:
Enjoy ya, paranormal, action

Synopsis (from Amazon):
Life can get pretty complicated for any seventeen-year-old girl, but for a home-schooled telepathic black girl trying to survive in a prestigious private school in small-town Jonesborough, Tennessee, it can be maddening – especially when her telepathic father keeps eavesdropping on her thoughts! Jaycie Lerner’s family isn’t the usual mom-dad-kid setup. Jaycie’s mom’s MIA, but Allison, her personal live-in ‘trainer,’ is more than a mom, with her own special abilities, like being able to lift cars and run incredibly fast. And Jaycie’s godfather John is more than persuasive – he can literally convince anyone to do anything. As far as the rest of the world’s concerned, Jaycie’s on the outside looking in. The townsfolk love Jaycie’s pediatrician father, but she doesn’t fit in with ‘normal’ kids, and she doesn’t really want to. Most of her free time is spent training to keep her telekinetic and telepathic powers under control. But there’s one thing she can’t control – and that’s her feelings, especially when her best friend Matt is nearby. If only he knew what she was truly capable of… Everything seems to be status quo for Jaycie until she receives a cryptic message from a stranger and meets a very unusual girl new to Jonesborough. Then all hell breaks loose!

My Thoughts:

I received this book to review, from the author.   I was a little leery of it because I am not a fan of the cover, but the synopsis sounded very interesting and lets be real here: I am just wore out on vampires/love stories and this offered something DIFFERENT.  I am so glad I accepted this book for review.  It has everything you need to be entertained: paranormal, action, mystery, drama, and REVENGE (YAY)!

I loved the characters in the story.  Jaycie, the main character, is a telepath.  Allison, her “tutor/nanny”, has extreme strength and speed.  Matt, the normal bff, whose super power seems to be hotness.  ;)   The dad, a telepath.  The God Father, a telepath/mind wiper.  The new friend Haylee.  They were all fleshed out well and most were relatable/likable.  

Story wise, there are plenty of paranormal entities to fit everyone’s interests.  Vampires, fire starters, telepaths, Angels, super humans, mind readers… So I think no matter what type of paranormal read you like, there is going to be something in this story to interest you.  The plot is really good too!  There’s a murder, some mystery, of course some heartbreaking drama and girls coming of age.  The story is a great one, and the ending didn’t let me down.  mmmm… I do love when there is a good bit of revenge to be had.

The ending left us knowing there will be more books in this series in the future, so I guess I will sit here and tap my fingers waiting to find out what Jaycie and her family get into next.



Warning to parents: This book contains: violence and traumatic sexual content

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