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Sunday, September 4, 2011

REVIEW: Darwin's Children by Natasha Larry

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!

Book: Darwin's Children by Natasha Larry
Release Date: June 8, 2011
Format: eBook
Genre: Young Adult/Urban Fantasy
Series: Darwin's Children, #1
Obtained: Book tour
Rating:PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket1/2 (3.5 Zombies)

I liked the side characters in this book a lot, Allison especially. She was really awesome and I think that it would be really cool to get to know her in real life. I also liked Matt, the BFF-slash-love interest, and I loved seeing how he and Jaycie interacted.

The first fourth of the book or so is kind of slow-paced, so it took me a while to get into it, but once I did, I was really interested in finding out what was going to happen next. The pacing problems were quickly resolved and didn't effect my reading experience very much later on.

My biggest problem with Darwin's Children was Jaycie herself. She was kind of hard to relate to and her almost god-like powers made her very hard to empathize with. Jaycie seemed like this ultra-powerful superhuman who hated pretty much everyone who wasn't as powerful and amazing as she was, which really put me off of her.

Matt and Allison really go a long way toward making up for Jaycie's personality issues, and I'm looking forward to the next installment in this series.