REVIEW: Darwin’s Children by Natasha Larry

The Blurb: Life can get pretty complicated for any seventeen-year-old girl, but for a home-schooled telepathic 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. Her family’s special – in more ways that one. Her 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 her godfather John can literally convince anyone to do anything.

But, as far as the rest of the world’s concerned, Jaycie’s on the outside looking in. The townsfolk love her 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 – 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 and her family, until she receives a cryptic message from a stranger and meets a very unusual girl new to Jonesborough. Then all hell breaks loose!

The Short Stick: If Will and Willow Smith ever did a movie together . . . this would be it.

The Goods: Okay, the characters are really strong, the writing was decent and the plot was exciting and kept moving pretty quickly. I found it interesting both because I am a psychic and because I read minds to the same level John can read minds. Some of the tricks of the trade that Ms. Larry has described here are things that actually happen to me on a regular basis. It makes me wonder sometimes why more people can’t do it for real since they seem to be able to write about it accurately. That was a nice surprise, all the accuracy with the metaphysics and such. Also, I got the Will Smith and Willow Smith idea from the motorcycle, I mean really, a motorcycle!? Ugh, there was some stuff about this book that was way too cool for words.

The Not So Goods: There were two things I didn’t like about this book, the first being the cover, yuck. The second was POV shifts, I get really stuck up when a book has a lot of POV’s and they keep flipping back and forth between people and not smoothly. This book does this a lot, and so just you might have to reread some things to get who’s head we’re in and then with all of the mind reading going on, sometimes we’re in John’s perspective, but he’s reading Mason’s mind or Haylee’s mind and then we’re like oh, what’s going on? I found myself getting a little lost in places. I found myself again and picked right back up because the story itself is great, it was just that one little pet peeve of mine.

Rating: 4/5

Recommendation: Go pick this one up if you get a chance, it’s a good read!

Source: Thanks to Natasha Larry for e-mailing me and putting the book in my hands. I hope my turn around time for the review was quick enough for ya!


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