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By: Natasha Larry
Published by: Penumbra Publishing
Format of Review Copy: paper back
Recommendable for people who enjoy: ya, paranormal, strong females, mysteries, thrillers
Synopsis (from Amazon):
Seventeen-year-old Jaycie Lerner’s psycho-kinetic power surge is over, and her astounding powers are under control for the time being – sort of. As she struggles to maintain her humanity in the face of the awesome terror and responsibility of her abilities, she also yearns for the chance at a normal life – and a relationship with Matt Carter, the best friend she had to leave behind. But Matt’s got a few tricks up his sleeve, and he’s not about to give up on his feelings for Jaycie.
As Jaycie and her family grapple with the day-to-day routine of trying to keep their world together, Jaycie’s mother figure, Allison Young, endures a personal crisis of her own. The superhuman blonde possesses the physical equivalent of Jaycie’s awesome psychic power.
So evolved, at ninety-two she still looks twenty. But what good is extended life when everyone else around her is so fragile? With no one to share her unusual life, she’s a uniquely lonely woman yearning for the romantic love she sees all around her. But in a dream she gets her wish – and it quickly turns to a nightmare for everyone else in her life. The memory of a rose is all she can hold onto in the storm of obsession that nearly sweeps her away.
Things quickly turn deadly for the vampires, but the Dey-Vah Guard fairies refuse to acknowledge there’s an imbalance in the nature they protect. As the danger gets ever closer to Jaycie and her family, the race is on to find answers before a secret plot can destroy them all.
First before I say anything else, let me just say that this is a BOOK TWO in a series. This is going to have spoilerish bits with regards to BOOK ONE. So if you have NOT read the first book – all you need to know is I LIKED THIS BOOK. Now, stop reading here so you don’t ruin the first book, and go start reading it. =D
This book has a lot going on in it, and I am not really sure what I can say that isn’t totally spoilery. The synopsis sums it up fairly well. In this book we not only focus on Jaycie and her trying to deal with her power but also with Allison and her loneliness. There is also something amiss in nature and the Vampires get involved. So we have the mystery of who is doing what, with whom AND some swoony romance thrown in.
Yes, it IS that hard to explain without spoiling the entire book! haha!
Action, mystery, suspense, romance, and paranormal super powers. There, that about sums it up.
I enjoyed this book (my reading updates on Goodreads). I’m not sure I would say I liked it “better” than the first in the series, Darwin’s Children, but I certainly didn’t like it less. I’m very pleased that Natasha Larry did not suffer from what is commonly referred to as “the sophomore slump”. It is hard to find a series that can keep up strong writing and a heavy pace through the sequels. Not only does Unnatural Law keep up the pacing but the storyline is further developed and the “mystery” of it is solid. With strong female characters and a strong “family dynamic”, this series is a great example of what YA lit – should be.
I say you should definitely pick it up because I can’t wait to read the next in the series.
I do highly recommend reading the first book in the series Darwin’s Children so you understand what is going on and know the characters, etc. before reading this one.
Contains some violence and some kissing. Neither are “graphic”.