Friday, June 10, 2011

Review: Darwin's Children

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!


Darwin's Children is a great book about a teenager named Jaycie who has supernatural abilities. Her telepathic and telekinetic powers keep her from having a normal teenage life.

I really liked the southern hospitality and charm of everyone in this book. The characterization is great, all the characters are extremely likeable and have their own unique personalities.
I thought this book was very well written. This really impressed me since the author is new. Natasha Larry does a wonderful job at explaining how these supernatural powers work, and makes it seem real.

The only thing that I would have liked to see more of is Jaycie's relationship with her childhood friend Matt. I loved seeing them realize that they felt more than friendship toward each other, after being friends for so long. Matt is such a sweet guy, and I hated seeing him being pushed aside. I don't know if this will be part of a series, but I hope it is. There is so much potential there for more. I would recommend this to any fan of the paranormal. I think it's suitable for teenagers, though it has sensitive subjects that include rape. If that doesn't bother you, then you should definitely give this book a try!

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  1. Thank you so much for the great review. Everyone seems to want more Matt and I can't blame them... Yes, this is the beginning of a series and, trust me: Matty will return with a vengeance!

  2. This book sounds like a dandy read!!! Thank you for sharing.

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