Title: Killer Instinct (The Naturals)
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Pub Date: 11/04/2014
Top 25: No
Convince us to read the book: The first thing that grabbed my attention about this book was its originality. I haven't seen many stories like this and not ones told in this manner. It wasn't a knockoff of some other story, it had its own plot and its own quirky characters to really draw you in. The plot was reminiscent of various detective shows and stories, but the characters were a highlight. Each character is well-developed, with their own quirks and flaws and strengths. The main character, Cassie, was a talented and interesting character I could relate to. The other main characters each brought a fresh breath to the story and kept the story fun to read even during the more "dull" moments of the plot. The way they were written made them seem like authentic human beings with their own separate personalities and not just carbon copies of each other. The characters brought originality and life to the story.
Memorable or Forgettable: My favorite thing about the book was that, although it was written to be a detective kind of story with a giant hunt for a serial killer, it was funny. It had heavy and dark moments, but several times it made me laugh loud enough to get funny looks from the other people in the room. I enjoyed the fact that it had a very interesting plot that kept me hooked, but that it also came back to earth every now and then and lightened up the story with an unexpected but well-placed joke.
Cover: The cover was very eye-catching and interesting and I think it does a decent job of reflecting the contents. I hope they keep it the same.
Age Range: 14 through 18 and up
Quality: 4Q - Better than most
Popularity: 4P - Broad general teen appeal
Additional Comments: Loved the book! I'm looking forward to reading the sequel!
tags: mystery / serial killers / The Naturals series / ya lit