Thursday, January 30, 2014

Review: Darwin's Children (Darwin's Children #1) by Natasha Larry

Darwin's Children (Darwin's Children, #1) 

Book: Darwin's Children (Darwin's Children #1)
Author: Natasha Larry
Publisher: Penumbra Publishing 
Rating: 4 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book review copy

Summary from Goodreads:
 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 Review:
The description drew me in when I was first asked to read and review Darwin's Children. I really enjoyed reading it. It's not your typical urban fantasy. This just has somewhat of a different vibe.

Jaycie lives in a small town and goes to a private school. She only seems to have one friend, Matt whom she has been friends with since she was a child. Her family is not the typical family and they all have superhuman powers. While working at a local bookstore Jaycie meets and befriends Haylee. At the time neither one of them know what Haylee can do. As the story goes on we learn more about each character and some things about their past. Haylee's is the most disturbing and it made me sick to read it. Each character seems to have their own thing going on sometimes at the same time. The author does a great job at mixing everything together though.

I loved Jaycie's personality, she has some snark and sassiness to her. I liked her and Matt's relationship although I hope some things change in the next book. Allison is just so cool, I love her powers and how interacts with each one. There is friendship, romance, family, action, adventure and even some vampires. I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading what happens next. This e-book was provided to me by the author for review. This did not affect my review in any way.

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