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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 is MIA, b 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 is 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 paediatrician 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!


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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 is MIA, b 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 is 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 paediatrician 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!

30 review for Darwin's Children

  1. 4 out of 5

    Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)

    This book has a serious wow factor. I love the vibe of it, like the X-Men movies, with some distinct and unique elements. Loved that the heroine and her father are black. I have had trouble reading on the Kindle right now, and this book made me want to brave the migraine just to finish it. This book series has its hooks in me! Highly recommended. Reviewed for Bitten by Books. http://bittenbybooks.com. This book has a serious wow factor. I love the vibe of it, like the X-Men movies, with some distinct and unique elements. Loved that the heroine and her father are black. I have had trouble reading on the Kindle right now, and this book made me want to brave the migraine just to finish it. This book series has its hooks in me! Highly recommended. Reviewed for Bitten by Books. http://bittenbybooks.com.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    I’m not going to lie, that Ciara doppelgänger on the cover made me pick this up! And then I was like “what up, title playing on Destiny’s Child”! 😂 But seriously, the pretense of a telepathic African American female lead character drew me in. Then my interest increased with the introduction of her telepathic father, who crosses privacy barriers and results to snooping via the mind. I love Jaycie’s sassy personality. I also enjoy her way of dealing with the dynamics of living in an all-Caucasian c I’m not going to lie, that Ciara doppelgänger on the cover made me pick this up! And then I was like “what up, title playing on Destiny’s Child”! 😂 But seriously, the pretense of a telepathic African American female lead character drew me in. Then my interest increased with the introduction of her telepathic father, who crosses privacy barriers and results to snooping via the mind. I love Jaycie’s sassy personality. I also enjoy her way of dealing with the dynamics of living in an all-Caucasian city, being the only minority at her private school, and having a power that makes her even more of an isolated freak. At last I’ll have to come back to this one. After white girl Haley aimed a bullet at Jayce’s head and by the next chapter it was water under the bridge, I lost a bit of interest. You don’t get a pass, Haley! I’m going to come back to this one at a later date.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews)

    I really enjoyed the characters in this book. They are all very likeable and well developed and interesting. Jaycie is kind of a negative thinker and a loner, but I seemed to connect with her completely. Her thoughts and situation are very well described that you can see things from her point of view and agree with her. They are all very superhuman and all seem to have a calling in life. The plot developed like cat plays with a ball of yarn. Sometimes unraveling at a slow steady pace and other t I really enjoyed the characters in this book. They are all very likeable and well developed and interesting. Jaycie is kind of a negative thinker and a loner, but I seemed to connect with her completely. Her thoughts and situation are very well described that you can see things from her point of view and agree with her. They are all very superhuman and all seem to have a calling in life. The plot developed like cat plays with a ball of yarn. Sometimes unraveling at a slow steady pace and other times at high speed that makes your heart beat fast with anticipation. The first time we read about Jaycie and Allison's training session is when I knew that this story was going to be a good one. I didn't want to have to put it down to see what other powers Jaycie and Allison would portray throughout the story. When first going into the story I was expecting a girl and her family with special powers, but I was not expecting the introduction of other beings as well. As the book ends with a hint to the reader of another book to come, as I started to write this review, I began to enjoy the story more. In a way it's the perfect book for the first in a series. It begins with an introduction to the world and the main characters, then gradually, it builds and develops more as you read. I have read some very popular first books in which the author keeps the same pace throughout the book until the end. But this book did a great job of continuing to build deeper and becoming more intriguing as the story continues. I give this book 4 stars and hoping that I will get the opportunity to read more about Jaycie and watch her develop and use her powers to their full potential

  4. 5 out of 5

    Gmr

    Jaycie Lerner. How can one summarize this young lady? Studious for certain. Dedicated to everything and everyone. Oh yes...I almost forgot...a little spitfire just waiting to explode upon the world. Okay, perhaps she's not going to explode but she can certainly unleash the wrath when necessary despite her outward appearance. At school and in life, she flies under the radar...almost successfully except for the taunts of some fellow students who just don't know when to quit, which leaves her as an Jaycie Lerner. How can one summarize this young lady? Studious for certain. Dedicated to everything and everyone. Oh yes...I almost forgot...a little spitfire just waiting to explode upon the world. Okay, perhaps she's not going to explode but she can certainly unleash the wrath when necessary despite her outward appearance. At school and in life, she flies under the radar...almost successfully except for the taunts of some fellow students who just don't know when to quit, which leaves her as an outsider. As with most of us that have ever been in her position, looking in doesn't feel all that good and it saddened me to see her want to fit in so desperately given all her talents. Sad as that is, it does reflect the real world. We're not always that accepting of change or those that are "different". It's a shame too because we miss out on some stellar opportunities because of it. Anywho... Jaycie is the girl with all the talent but there are several other formidable friends in her extended family that have powers of their own. From persuasion to mind control, super speed to super strength, it's a mixed bag of power just waiting to burst at the seams...or go up in flames as we discover two new characters that have a unique way of lighting up the night. Alison is her trainer, surrogate mother (hers is MIA), and friend, there when she needs her through thick and thin...even when it comes time to talk about self control in regards to relationships and growing up. Thank goodness she's there because is left unchecked, the chemistry between Jaycie and one particular fellow is enough to rock all our worlds...literally, or at least break a few windows. Her father is in a league of his own and certainly an example of what not to do if you're a parent with the ability to read your child's mind. *glares at character* Yep...a teenage mind is dangerous enough without them poking around in there too. But seriously, his character goes through growing pains as well and it's nice to see that relationship development and change throughout the story. On the newcomer side, we have Haylee...who is much more than she appears and has suffered more than could be imagined. She's a strong girl despite initial outward appearances...think shrinking violet...and it's wonderful to see how she comes into her own eventually. It may not be the most peaceful path but its one that she has to travel and comes to terms with thanks to her new found "family". Continuing in the newbie vein, we meet and greet a few members of the Dey-Vah Guard as well as the more common Guardians. Let's just say though their intentions are for balance and keeping the peace, seeing one is not always a sign of good things to come. The Gray family has a brief stint towards the later half of the story but I sincerely hope we get to learn more about their family as they seem fierce and fascinating themselves. Add to this mix a love interest for Jaycie and well...you've got a wide variety of personalities to sort through, but you're sure to find one you can identify with. Kudos to the author on that accomplishment! A crowded cast can be hard to manage but she pulls it off well. Story wise it holds its own and then some. It breaks free of the "book-one-in-a-series" syndrome early on leaving no doubt that you're in for quite a ride. There's highs and lows. Scenes of total control and total chaos but in the end, it's a well scripted plot that's carried out evenly throughout the pages and leaves you waiting for more...or at least it left me waiting for the next installment. There are two points though that did rub me the wrong way, which I'll touch on briefly here if you please. The first one actually occurs near book's end. One particular character is trying to recover from something or other and there is this dramatic build up of how badly they're doing and then POOF...they'll back in action. I had a small case of reader whiplash from that turnaround. It just seemed like an odd turn of events due to the speed at which it happened. Does it affect the ending? No...just raised my eyebrow for a page or two. Second item to mention...that (at times) was maddening for me personally was the emphasis placed on a person's ethnicity. For me, it doesn't really play a role for the most part. I mean, my brain conjures the story into a movie of sorts and I can see all the characters based off the descriptions and such but their actual detailed features when brought front and center, would in fact be merely shadows...place holders if you will. Sure I can tell you who the blue eyed blond girl was or that the strapping young lad with the dark hair was following so-and-so, but at the base of it all is a love of the story. The journey, triumphs, tribulations, loves gained and lost....all of the actual elements are what I embrace as a reader and though I certainly understand why the emphasis was placed, it doesn't truly make a difference for me one way or the other. In fact, it almost gets in the way of my reading experience...almost. All in all, an exciting start to a series I know will remain on my wish list until we reach the very end....though when or where that might be is any ones guess. There is a world of characters and challenges left to explore in this literary creation...here's hoping the author takes her time showing us each and every one. I for one, can't wait! Recommended read for teens through adults as there are a few sensual situations, crimes of which shall not be named here scenes and retribution scenes that the kiddos could do without, but rest assured it's kept as clean as it can be considering what the one character lives through.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie Lamer

    Jaycie Lerner is not your average teenager. To begin with, she has to constantly shield her mind from the onslaught of other’s thoughts, which is not easy to do when surrounded by teenagers who practically scream their heightened emotional thoughts at her. The result is that Jaycie often reacts inappropriately to social situations and is considered an outcast and a freak by her classmates. Her home life, though, is what keeps her sane. Her telepathic father helps her learn to keep shields in pla Jaycie Lerner is not your average teenager. To begin with, she has to constantly shield her mind from the onslaught of other’s thoughts, which is not easy to do when surrounded by teenagers who practically scream their heightened emotional thoughts at her. The result is that Jaycie often reacts inappropriately to social situations and is considered an outcast and a freak by her classmates. Her home life, though, is what keeps her sane. Her telepathic father helps her learn to keep shields in place in her mind and Allison and John help her learn control over her other abilities. Even if sometimes their lessons are a bit on the extreme side, the bond between these people not related by blood is stronger than most families who are. Eventually, it is Jaycie’s turn to help another understand her superhuman abilities. A lost, broken girl, who Jaycie befriends at the request of a persuasive stranger, carries dark secrets inside of herself that are tearing her apart. With the help of Jaycie and her family, this girl learns that there is more to life than the memories of pure evil she holds inside of her. And sometimes, revenge is the only way to help along recovery. The characters in Darwin’s Children are not only powerful, they also come across as people you would love to meet at the next neighborhood barbecue. Natasha Larry has done an excellent job of making the characters stand out from those in other books with their down home style and southern manners. But as secrets unfold and revenge becomes not a wish but a must, the strength the characters show prove that they are made of stronger stuff than most people. Not to mention, their powers are most enviable – superhuman strength, mind reading, telekinesis, the power to persuade anyone of anything, and the power to make evil doers feel the pain of their actions towards others. With all of these traits rolled into one book, this is a novel that lovers of paranormal and supernatural will love. There were a couple of things that held me back, though, from giving this book a 5 star rating instead of a 4. A lot of information was thrown out over the course of the book and sometimes this distracted me from the main story line and made some of the passages move along slower than I would have liked. Not all of the information may have been necessary to the story line, such as Jaycie’s father and John going after a fire-starter in another state. The pace of the novel seemed to waver because of these extra details from fast-paced to meandering and as much as I enjoyed it, I couldn’t help but feel that some areas of the book could have moved along a little faster towards the final showdown. The other thing that held me back was the last few chapters of the book. Although they were well written and interesting, they were a little anticlimactic after the story had already reached a stunning climax. These chapters may have been better served as the beginning of the next book in the series. Overall, I truly enjoyed Darwin’s Children and I am grateful that the author gave me a copy to review. It definitely makes my must read book list and if there is a sequel, I’ll be reading it! I give this book a strong four stars.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Emma (BelleBooks)

    The author, Natasha Larry very kindly send me a copy of Darwin's Children to review. When I first read the blurb about the book, I thought it sounded awesome, and then I saw the cover for the book. We all know the old saying "Don't judge a book by it's cover", but I'll admit it, I do judge a book by it's cover. Especially since entering the book blogging world, covers seem to be one of the first things that draw me into a new book, series or author. So I'll admit I was a bit disappointed when I saw The author, Natasha Larry very kindly send me a copy of Darwin's Children to review. When I first read the blurb about the book, I thought it sounded awesome, and then I saw the cover for the book. We all know the old saying "Don't judge a book by it's cover", but I'll admit it, I do judge a book by it's cover. Especially since entering the book blogging world, covers seem to be one of the first things that draw me into a new book, series or author. So I'll admit I was a bit disappointed when I saw the cover for Darwin's Children, it didn't draw me in, captivate me, or really make me want to rush out and read it. Let me just say, I was so very wrong about this book! I completely fell in love with the storyline and the characters from page one! The story follows seventeen year Jaycie, who on paper has a fairly average life. She goes to a school that she hates and she doesn't really get along with any of her class mates, though she does have a very loving and devoted father, and her live in nanny who has become a mother figure to her over the years, Jaycie even gets a part time job in a book store. Throw in a little romance, and you have a typical high school girl, right? But Jaycie is harbouring a massive secret, she has both telepathic and telekinetic powers, her father is the strongest telepath known in the world and her live in nanny has super strength and speed. Trying to get through a normal day for Jaycie is almost ridiculous with her powers, she can hear all the thoughts in people's heads, which can make her completely lose control. So she needs to be extra careful at school. When a guardian (thats sort of like an angel to you and me), tries to set Jaycie on a path to befriend a girl, she soon discovers that this girl may have powers too and doesn't know about it. The rest of the book follows the two girls and how their relationship grows, there are a number of unexpected turns in the book which I was totally not expecting. One of them being vampires! The book itself is well written, and although there are a few gritty issues thrown up in the book, they are dealt with in a mature and honest way, which I really liked. In some books these types of issues can make the book too dark, but I think Natasha found the perfect mix in Darwin's Child. There is also a science fiction element to the book as well, there are a few discussions about genetics and evolution. I am in no way a science girl, but the terms used were simple and easy to understand, which I really appreciated. I felt that I had more of an understanding of the background story through these little snippets of information. The characters are very well developed, at times I actually wished these characters could be real and they would adopt me into their family. You can feel the love and devotion the family have for each other through the pages. Overall, I loved this book! It captures so many different elements in it, family dynamics, love, romance, paranormal elements, science and genetic elements and learning to deal with your past and love who you are now!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tana

    Darwin’s Children by Natasha Larry This is another great book that I recently was given to read and review by Natasha Larry, I was hooked right in the beginning, and the author did a terrific job describing Jaycie’s emotions and the life she leads on a daily basis. You automatically feel for Jaycie and it keeps you turning the pages as you want to know more. Jaycie has been homeschooled all her life but this year for some unknown reason her father decides to enrol her in a private school. Jaycie Darwin’s Children by Natasha Larry This is another great book that I recently was given to read and review by Natasha Larry, I was hooked right in the beginning, and the author did a terrific job describing Jaycie’s emotions and the life she leads on a daily basis. You automatically feel for Jaycie and it keeps you turning the pages as you want to know more. Jaycie has been homeschooled all her life but this year for some unknown reason her father decides to enrol her in a private school. Jaycie’s school life is hard she can feel emotions off her classmates and she has to keep barriers up so she doesn’t go out of her mind. On Jaycie’s first day of school she ended up freaking out hearing and feeling everyone’s emotions. So know besides feeling like an outcast’s she knows the mean girls at school thinks she is a freak. The only happiness Jaycie gets out of school is her art class where people actually talk to her. We also find out about Jaycie’s best friend Matt who attends public high school, and Jaycie still trying to figure out if Matt is just a friend or if she is in love with him. Jaycie is a mind reader, empathy and telekinetic with enough strength to throw you across the room. Besides dealing with school she has to come home and train with her trainer/nanny Allison who is fast has super speed and strength. Her father is also a mind reader and the strongest one around, he can and does read Jaycie mind whenever he wants. Being a teenager is hard enough imagine what it would feel like knowing your father can hear what you are thinking. Especially when she spends so much of her time thinking of Matt and trying to figure out if he feels something towards her. On top of all Jaycie’s issues she knows that her powers are going to surge soon and she doesn’t know how this will affect her. One day Jaycie is approached by a beautiful woman who later she finds out is a guardian, the guardian suggest to Jaycie that she should apply for a job at the Christians Book Store and befriend the young woman who works there named Haylee. Haylee is a sad withdrawn young woman who is dealing with an alcoholic mother who won’t find a job and she has some of her own deep dark secrets that she struggles with internally. Haylee has no idea that she has power inside of her. As Jaycie and Haylee become friends and learn to trust each other, and help each other out they become like sisters. The two of them will then encounter evil, bad fairies and then go to the vampires for help. This story intrigued me so much I didn’t stop reading it till I was at the end, the author created a story which leads us into a series called Darwin’s Children, which then of course I wanted to start the next book right away. There is twist and turns and you cheer for Jaycie, Matt and Haylee, and hoping they all get their happy ending. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves YA paranormal. Now I will have to go read Unnatural Law, (Darwin’s Children book 2).

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

    I think as teenagers we all think our parents have some sort of mysterious mind-reading powers at some point, otherwise how can we explain how they knew when we were planning to sneak out, even though we were very quiet in making out plans. Thankfully, my mom’s skills got rusty by the time I was 15, otherwise I would have been grounded a lot more often than I was. Yes, I was one of THOSE teenagers, the kind I would never let Jake hang around with now that I’m a parent. While my mom may have occa I think as teenagers we all think our parents have some sort of mysterious mind-reading powers at some point, otherwise how can we explain how they knew when we were planning to sneak out, even though we were very quiet in making out plans. Thankfully, my mom’s skills got rusty by the time I was 15, otherwise I would have been grounded a lot more often than I was. Yes, I was one of THOSE teenagers, the kind I would never let Jake hang around with now that I’m a parent. While my mom may have occasionally been able to predict my moves, Jaycee’s father in Darwin’s Children can quite literally read her mind anytime he wants to. Her superhuman “nanny” can also eavesdrop from several rooms away, and her godfather can basically make anyone do anything with a single thought. Jaycee herself has quite a few tricks up her sleeve, and may very well be on her way to becoming one of the most powerful superhumans on Earth. Thank goodness they all use their powers for good! In Darwin’s Children, 17 year old Jaycee is struggling to learn how to control her ever-strengthening powers by training with her superhuman nanny, Allison. She’s also learning how to deal with her new-found romantic feelings for her lifelong best friend, Matt, who doesn’t know that she’s a little different than other girls. On top of that, a mysterious Guardian drops in on her one day and urges her to get a job at a Christian book store and make friends with the girl that works there, Haylee. While Jaycee’s had a pretty good life so far, Haylee’s has been wrought with devastating trauma, and she definitely could use a break in her life. As the bond between the two grows stronger, Jaycee learns exactly what kind of trauma her new friend has been through, and jut how far she’ll go to protect her friend. I really enjoyed this Darwin’s Children. It was tightly written with authentic dialogue and loads of personality. The characters of Jaycee, Haylee, Mason (Jaycee’s father), Allison, and John (Jaycee’s godfather) were developed flawlessly so that I felt I understood each one pretty well by the end of the book. The relationship between Jaycee and Matt progressed logically, and didn’t steal the focus from the true plot of the book- Jaycee’s journey of self-discover and friendship with Haylee. My only complaint is that the last part of the book, after the resolution of the major conflict, seemed to go a little fast. I understand the reasoning behind it, as it seems to be setting up what I hope will become a series, but I did feel it would have been a little better if parts of the ending were saved and fleshed out a bit for the next story. Other than that, I was completely pulled into the story and thought it was really well-written and intriguing, especially the mythology behind the different superpowers and supernatural creatures. I am really looking forward to the next book in the series (I am assuming there will be one based on the ending, if not, I hope the author will strongly consider it).

  9. 4 out of 5

    Chioma

    Black and Blue Ink You know a great book when you can easily be captivated by the characters and setting alone and fall in love with it before the plot even really kicks in, and Darwin's Children is definitely that book. Super powers and super humans done in an incredibly different way, Natasha Larry combines the best of all the paranormal and supernatural world coupling it with a characters whose stories will pull at your heart strings, Darwin's Children is a book that I know will be stuck on my Black and Blue Ink You know a great book when you can easily be captivated by the characters and setting alone and fall in love with it before the plot even really kicks in, and Darwin's Children is definitely that book. Super powers and super humans done in an incredibly different way, Natasha Larry combines the best of all the paranormal and supernatural world coupling it with a characters whose stories will pull at your heart strings, Darwin's Children is a book that I know will be stuck on my mind for a very long time. In my opinion, I know a series is going to keep on getting better and better when the first book in the series can easily stand great as a stand alone title. And Darwin's Children is definitely one of those books. Jaycie Lerger was an interesting character from the start. I mean really, there are so many dishonorable and some might say sinister things a person could do if they had the power read and "alter" people's thoughts, but does Jaycie do any of these things, of course not. She has other intentions for her abilities, and I must say, though she may seem like she is holding back at times, she definitely knows how to bring it when the time is right. Extended Version Not just Jaycie, but the whole Lerner family was so captivating to read about. The background of Jaycie's trainer/substitute mother and her superhuman abilities was so fascinating. As well as that of Jaycie's father and godfather, who couldn't be more annoyingly cryptic all the time. The plot of this book hit me more emotionally than I anticipated it would. Jaycie and her friend Haylee go through a rough roller coaster throughout their friendship and at times the book became hard for me to read just because of the raw and horrific emotions that emanated from both Jaycie and Haylee at different times of the book. This part of the book in my opinion, though heart wrenching, was written beautifully. Darwin's Children has many layers to it, and they all lead up to a huge turning point in Jaycie's life. All throughout the book their is a foreshadowing to something big happening to Jaycie. And along this cryptic ride so much is revealed about the "super human" world that Jaycie and her family are a part of. The different abilities of each character are each so unique and interesting to read when they finally play out. The story as a whole unfolds perfectly. Everything seems is interwoven into a great plot that I can't wait to read more of! I can already tell this series is going to be a favorite of mine. I'm ecstatic to know the journey of the Lerner family does not end here, and I am eager to read what direction the books will go hereafter. Recommendations: Series lovers and stand-alone advocates alike will thoroughly enjoy this unique and, at times, heart wrenching supernatural novel!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Watkins

    “Combine – Paranormal, Romance, Thrills – You get “Darwin’s Children” ‘Darwin’s Children’, by author, Natasha Larry, has all the elements needed for a thrillingly paranormal good time. The author takes the safety and security of one’s life and links potential dangers with the supernatural world – with a mixture of suspense and fear. I devoured this read in one afternoon. Imagine being a young teenage girl home schooled for the most part of your young life, and then finding out that you are now go “Combine – Paranormal, Romance, Thrills – You get “Darwin’s Children” ‘Darwin’s Children’, by author, Natasha Larry, has all the elements needed for a thrillingly paranormal good time. The author takes the safety and security of one’s life and links potential dangers with the supernatural world – with a mixture of suspense and fear. I devoured this read in one afternoon. Imagine being a young teenage girl home schooled for the most part of your young life, and then finding out that you are now going to attend an Ivy League school – sound exciting? Now imagine that this young teenage girl is unique in that she has telekinetic and telepathic powers – powers that she is desperately fighting to manage. She finds life even more demanding in that her father has the same gift, and at any given time can read her thoughts – a horror indeed! Jaycie Lerner does not fit in with the so-called ‘normal’ kids, nor does she want to. She finds her unusual gifts a blessing when it comes to manipulating her teachers by reading their thoughts, and sometimes overpowering their authority. However, having such supernatural powers does not come without its disadvantages. Besides having to keep a step ahead of her telepathic father, she yearns for a close relationship with her best friend, Matthew Carter, only to shy away from telling him her true feelings – frightened he will see her as a freak of nature. Visiting a local jewelry shop, Jaycie has an encounter with a stranger that startles her to her core. “Buy this bracelet,” the woman tells her, “Then meet me outside.” The stranger tells her that the Christian bookstore is hiring for a part-time position and suggests that she should apply. She informs Jaycie that she will meet and befriend a young girl that works there, and in doing so their relationship will restore balance to the world – then mysteriously she disappears. Next, the reader is introduced to a character by the name of, Haylee Mitchell – a character the reader shall soon not forget. Haylee is plagued with her own demons. Forced to take care of her alcoholic mother, Haylee has relentless nightmares – or are they horrible visions of what is to come? Vampires, fairy blood, guardian angels, magic, and the powers within the supernatural world – “Darwin’s Children” has all of these strange and mystical properties. The characters in this book are well written and the storyline flows effortlessly. I only mentioned a handful of the characters as they are many, and all play a vital part in this paranormal thriller. Read, “Darwin’s Children,” and I believe you will agree, author, Natasha Larry, has found her forte in story telling, and it’s in the genre of paranormal suspense.

  11. 5 out of 5

    carole

    Natasha Larry is a funny and witty writer who knows exactly how to make her readers laugh out loud and also knows how to make a story so suspenseful that you're biting your nails as the pages turn. This book has the perfect balance of comedy and drama. We all know I love books with as many surprise and expected elements as possible, and Darwin's Children is one of those books! It's an amazing story filled with super powers, supernatural beings, humor, love, family, and plenty of drama. I love boo Natasha Larry is a funny and witty writer who knows exactly how to make her readers laugh out loud and also knows how to make a story so suspenseful that you're biting your nails as the pages turn. This book has the perfect balance of comedy and drama. We all know I love books with as many surprise and expected elements as possible, and Darwin's Children is one of those books! It's an amazing story filled with super powers, supernatural beings, humor, love, family, and plenty of drama. I love books with a strong central cast of characters like the Delos family in Starcrossed or the Hayward family in Eternal Eden; Darwin's Children has a close family unit like those I love. It's is a novel filled with fun dialogue and relationships that some of us can only dream of. Jaycie's family is a strange one. Yet, even with her mother out of the picture her life is not lacking in the parental department. In the story we meet Allison, her car-lifting trainer/nanny, Johnny, her "uncle" an amazing guy with powers of his own, and her doctor father Mason who has her telepathic abilities only much stronger. Together these four take on a lot in order to help others. Darwin's Children is a book much like the X-Men comics and films. It's a story about people who are born with powerful abilities and what they do with them. Jaycie is a seventeen year old girl in a prep school in Tennessee, who on the outside might look like any other high school girl, but inside is harboring loads of secrets including being telekinetic (moving things with her mind) and psychokinetic (reading minds and transferring her thoughts into minds). Her story takes a dramatic and suspenseful turn when she begins working at a Christian Book Store. There she meets a sad girl, Haylee, who needs her help. From there this amazing story just builds and builds. I will say my least favorite part of the book comes in the form of Matt, Jaycie's best friend from childhood. He's like any normal teenage boy, hormone driven and not very understanding. Jaycie keeps a lot of secrets from him, for obvious reasons, but he kind of just gives up on her and I wasn't and probably will never be part of team Matt. See for yourself. It is a dark and incredibly sad book at some points. I will say that it deals with some very adult issues towards the late middle and end of the book that makes the book more for an older teen audience. I would not recommend it to those under 14 or 15. The struggles and obstacles that the characters overcome is immense, Haylee and Jaycie especially the readers see so much growth in. I loved it and can't wait to check out book 2, Unnatural Law, available now

  12. 5 out of 5

    J. Greene

    Review: *copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review* I was initially really excited to read this book. I was more than happy to see a YA novel that featured african american characters as main characters. There is a serious lack of YA that features any characters of color as main characters, but that's just me pointing out something I noticed. Anyway...when I first began reading the book I was really into it. Things were happening quickly. Our main character Jaycie was relatable, her fa Review: *copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review* I was initially really excited to read this book. I was more than happy to see a YA novel that featured african american characters as main characters. There is a serious lack of YA that features any characters of color as main characters, but that's just me pointing out something I noticed. Anyway...when I first began reading the book I was really into it. Things were happening quickly. Our main character Jaycie was relatable, her father was endearing, and the supporting characters were enjoyable and witty. Then about halfway or more so towards the end of the book it really started to lose me. Let me start by telling you the things I liked. What I liked: 1. The plot. It was interesting to see an entire family that consisted of members with supernatural abilities. That side of it was intriguing and what got me into it in the first place. 2. Character Building This was pretty well done. You definitely get an idea of who each character is and what they're all about. You don't have to guess which I liked. 3. Setting Although it wasn't brought up fully. The southern setting was a nice background for the kind of story that was told, and I found it fitting. 4. Relatability It was fairly easy to relate to the characters despite their superhuman factor. They seemed like a real family. Here's some of what I didn't like: 1. The Romance (or lack there of)*THIS IS SOMEWHAT OF A SPOILER* We are introduced to Matt and Jaycie as a couple and we see them in trickles but it gets lost. When we do see them however they're constantly bickering over juvenile things although that's probably what teenagers do. Their arguments didn't seem warranted and frankly it just kind of annoyed me. 2.I didn't like the changes that happened in Jaycie towards the end. I feel like they changed her whole character dynamic. 3. The dialogue between Jaycie's father and her grandfather *SPOILER* Why, oh why? Why did we have to introduce weed smoking. I did a face palm at this point. This is so unnecessary and just plain juvenile. It does nothing for the development of the story or the characters themselves. Oh how I wish that part wasn't in it. 4. The Vampires I just didn't get their contribution the story. I understood why they were there but I just didn't understand their place. It was kind of creepy actually. Sorry. Overall this book is good. It has great potential and I think in the later books it will more likely than not get better. The sequels a lot of time do far better than the first.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    Jaycie is a 17 year old girl with telepathic power and this is only part of what makes her a lovable character. She was so easy to like because she was so sarcastic and was always cracking a joke when possible, and as people know I love it when sarcasm is used in books. Jaycie's Father Mason and her Godfather John keep her grounded and I loved them both as well, if I'm honest I loved every character in this book even if they were bad because Natasha made me feel something for each individual. Ja Jaycie is a 17 year old girl with telepathic power and this is only part of what makes her a lovable character. She was so easy to like because she was so sarcastic and was always cracking a joke when possible, and as people know I love it when sarcasm is used in books. Jaycie's Father Mason and her Godfather John keep her grounded and I loved them both as well, if I'm honest I loved every character in this book even if they were bad because Natasha made me feel something for each individual. Jaycie also has a trainer named Allison who also acts as Jacie's Mum as her biological Mum left when she was eight, Allison was also amazing and she was probably my favourite out of the lot and I'm excited to see more of her in the second book. Now to introduce the love interest Matt Jacie's best friend, throughout the story you see her try to come to terms with her new feelings for him and although I haven't read a lot about him you can tell he is the protective type. This story revolves around mostly two characters one being Jaycie and the other being a girl named Haylee a quite girl who keeps to herself and is very mysterious, she was the most intriguing and all I wanted to do was find out more about her and her history which you eventually do. Jaycie's family are all so loving that I really wished every family could have the same affection for each other as this one does, However I can only wish. At times this book was slow for me but all the time I was finding out new things and I was always surprised at what I found out, I think Natasha did well to explain everything like the powers and vampires. Before you think that the vampires she wrote about are the usual we drink blood and turn into a disco ball when it's sunny you can think again, they were totally unique in fact every aspect of this book was totally unique which is why I'm raving about it so much. There are so many questions your left with even at the end of the book, like where did the powers com from? and why? this is one of the may reasons I can't wait to start the next book. Overall I could explain this book as being Buffy coming into the more modern age, seriously if you're a Buffy freak like me you might just wanna pick this book up and give it go. Even better it's in both Kindle edition and paperback! which gives you no excuse. This book will make you laugh and give you the shivers all in one go it's easy to read and I can't wait to see what happens in Unnatural Law.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Jaycie's got problems like any teenage girl. The school's full of mean girls, and she just might be in love with her best friend, Matt. Oh, and she's also a mind reader, an empath, and telekinetic enough to throw you across a room. She's got family issues - her dad's a whiz at mind control, her nanny/trainer Allison has super speed and strength, and her godfather John can make you believe anything he want. On top of that, she's due for a power surge any day now. Into this comes Haylee, a broken Jaycie's got problems like any teenage girl. The school's full of mean girls, and she just might be in love with her best friend, Matt. Oh, and she's also a mind reader, an empath, and telekinetic enough to throw you across a room. She's got family issues - her dad's a whiz at mind control, her nanny/trainer Allison has super speed and strength, and her godfather John can make you believe anything he want. On top of that, she's due for a power surge any day now. Into this comes Haylee, a broken girl who's a lot stronger than she knows. It's up to Jaycie to give Haylee the confidence she needs to accept her powers, and if some old-fashioned vengeance is called for, she's up for that, too. This is a great book. It hooks you at the beginning and keeps reeling you in to the end. The author has a great voice for teens; they're smart and funny, but also annoying and whiny. The situations may be supernatural, but the characters could be people you know. I particularly enjoyed the kids' reactions on learning about new worlds; denial, denial, denial. There's some original twists on mythologies here. It's all about evolution; powers adapt to fit the person as well as the problems. Vampires are highly ethical, and have developed a taste for emotions with a blood chaser. It's refreshing to see a story where the vamps don't view humans as an endless supply of Capri Suns. The fairies look like fairies - really, really big fairies you wouldn't want to meet in a dark alley. This is the first of a series, so a lot of foundation is being laid. Some small subplots, like the pyromaniac boy, while interesting, don't particularly add to the narrative. I can only assume that they'll come into play further down the line, like the mystery of "The Core", an extra sensory link that seems to multiply powers exponentially. Matt, especially, seems to be heading for a major role; the human linchpin of an increasingly inhuman group. There's an overarching sense of love that runs through the story. It's about a family, really, one that comes together out of need and stays together by choice. Don't pass this one up. It's full of twists and discoveries, and new friends that seem like old ones.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay Paige

    Interest: Synopsis Title Thoughts: It took me to read the ending to understand the title and it reallt fits. Cover Thoughts: I like it and the colors surrounding her. WARNINGS: None I liked almost all of the characters. They really felt like a family and the love among them seemed to jump off the page. Jaycie was okay, but at times she annoyed me. She hardly ever acted her age, except for when she was the horny teenager with Matt. She was childish. I loved her humor; I just wish it could've been c Interest: Synopsis Title Thoughts: It took me to read the ending to understand the title and it reallt fits. Cover Thoughts: I like it and the colors surrounding her. WARNINGS: None I liked almost all of the characters. They really felt like a family and the love among them seemed to jump off the page. Jaycie was okay, but at times she annoyed me. She hardly ever acted her age, except for when she was the horny teenager with Matt. She was childish. I loved her humor; I just wish it could've been conveyed in a way that wasn't childish. I very much loved the concept of the book and I commend Larry for thinking of something so elaborate as this. I'm impressed with how much thinking and detail had to go into this, especially for John's character and the Dey-Vah Guard. I also loved the vampires that were introduced for a short period of time. They were so brutal and ravage, yet so elegant and they brought justice. I couldn't decide if Jaycie's "relationship" with Matt should have been more present or not. Sometimes, he was just forgotten and it was hard to see how he could have been so close to Jay, but never around. At the same time, I was pleased with how Larry did handle it towards the end to make it easier to me, as the reader, to not wonder why. (Don't want to say too much, so I'll leave it at that.) Addict's Last Words: Darwin's Children is something that will surpass your initial expectations and will leave you satisfied, overall. To Buy or To Borrow: This is a an either or for me. Disclosure: I am a member of the Book Lovin' Bitches Ebook Tours and a copy was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been received by Book Lovin' Bitches Ebook Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review nor was there an obligation to write a positive one. All opinions expressed here are entirely mine and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Avery

    I am not going to lie, when I saw the cover of this book I was totally thrown off by it and I was somewhat hesitant to read the book (I know, I know, the old saying, "Don't just a book by its cover", but let's be honest sometimes we do buy books based solely upon their beautiful covers- in my case it was "Nightshade" by Andrea Cremer and "The Body Finder" by Kimberly Derting- and we sometimes do bypass books because of their covers ) and it really is a shame because this book was absolutely fant I am not going to lie, when I saw the cover of this book I was totally thrown off by it and I was somewhat hesitant to read the book (I know, I know, the old saying, "Don't just a book by its cover", but let's be honest sometimes we do buy books based solely upon their beautiful covers- in my case it was "Nightshade" by Andrea Cremer and "The Body Finder" by Kimberly Derting- and we sometimes do bypass books because of their covers ) and it really is a shame because this book was absolutely fantastic and one that I am hands down glad (and honoured) to have read. I think that this book was so successful because the characters (Jaycie, Haylee, Allison, Mason, John, and Matt) were entirely realistic (however almost to a fault). Because the characters were so realistic they were easy to relate to and entirely likeable, but on the other hand their emotions and reactions almost felt tiresome after awhile and because they were so realistic you couldn't help but react to them in a way that you might with a friend or a sibling who is doing something that you think is making a mistake (ie. Jaycie not making more of an effort to propel her relationship with Matt forward since he was such a swoon-worthy guy) by (mentally) yelling at them, becoming annoyed with them, or rolling your eyes at their antics. Furthermore, I think that this book is so successful because it is so unique and one of a kind. I have read countless paranormal books over the years, however I haven't touched one that is quite like this. Not once while reading this book did I feel like anything in its plot was overplayed (ie. a character with telekinesis, a guardian angel who is willing to protect their charge at any cost, etc.). All in all, don't do what I did (judging the book by its cover)- if you do, I truly feel like you will regret having done so! I think that this book is a wonderful addition to the world of YA paranormal and I cannot wait to see what Natasha has in store for us next!

  17. 5 out of 5

    ѦѺ™

    It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change. - Charles Darwin having been home-schooled most of her life, Jaycie Lerner has a hard time fitting in in a private high school where people find her strange and different. well, she is. Jaycie has telepathic and telekinetic powers. even her best friend Matt is unaware of them. through the guidance of her trainer Alison, Jaycie undergoes rigorous mental It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change. - Charles Darwin having been home-schooled most of her life, Jaycie Lerner has a hard time fitting in in a private high school where people find her strange and different. well, she is. Jaycie has telepathic and telekinetic powers. even her best friend Matt is unaware of them. through the guidance of her trainer Alison, Jaycie undergoes rigorous mental and physical exercises in order to improve and learn how to control her abilities. when a stranger tells her to apply for a job at the local Christian bookstore where she meets Haylee Mitchell, Jaycie's life will never be the same again. author Natasha Larry's novel is an interesting and complicated look at people with extra-sensory gifts and how they each cope or deal with these powers - privately and in public. for the most part of the book, i was definitely entertained with a lot of scenarios. i liked the dynamics among Jaycie, her father, her godfather and her trainer. i was amused by Jaycie and Matt's relationship that turned into something more serious. i loved how Jaycie and Haylee's friendship developed and what it meant for both of them. there were also some discussions and references to Charles Darwin's theories of evolution. they got me a little confused but i felt that these added intelligence and depth to the story without sounding too pedantic. however, i was pulled in a different direction when Haylee's deep dark secrets were revealed. what Jaycie did to help out her friend became a moral and ethical issue for me. i was really surprised with how things went in the latter part of the book. i found it dark, disturbing and against my personal beliefs. i wish things did not turn out the way they had but they did. other than this, i still find the book well written.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kristi

    This book was given to me for free by the author in exchange for a review. Applause, if you please, for a paranormal author who doesn't just ride along with the status quo. Yes, it's been said before, but it can't be said enough, that there's kudos for the author who steps outside the cookie-cutter mold of a genre. Natasha Larry is one such author. Jaycie and her ecclectic family (father, trainer, and friend-of-the-family uncle) take you into a paranormal world that literally defines paranormal. This book was given to me for free by the author in exchange for a review. Applause, if you please, for a paranormal author who doesn't just ride along with the status quo. Yes, it's been said before, but it can't be said enough, that there's kudos for the author who steps outside the cookie-cutter mold of a genre. Natasha Larry is one such author. Jaycie and her ecclectic family (father, trainer, and friend-of-the-family uncle) take you into a paranormal world that literally defines paranormal. They are mortal humans who just happen to have extraordinary powers, they deal with vampires who are nothing more supernatural than people who are born with the gene, they encounter evil that is simply within normal human capacity, and they are watched over by Guardians that are equivalent to guardian angels. At first, it seems as if Darwin's Children is going to start with the world's longest background history ever for a character. However, about 30% of the way into the story, you soon realize it's just the pace of the story. Not that a slow paced story is a bad thing. Quite the opposite is true here. It is a story that slowly builds it's foundation, but it's an extremly well-built, solid foundation. In the long run that's critical. The absolute attention to detail and the explanations that are included don't seem forced and blend almost seemlessly into the plot. A note for adult readers, this is a Young Adult book. Again, not necessarily a bad thing, but something to keep in mind while reading. Sometimes as adults we read a YA book, forgetting it's written for another audience, and expect it to be written for us. This creates a different set of expectations, so it's worth making the distinction. However it is a book that both YA and adults alike can enjoy. Better news is that #2 (Unnatural Law) is already published! So start the Darwin's Children series, and keep reading!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jaidis Shaw

    Darwin's Children by Natasha Larry is a unique story about ordinary humans who just so happen to have special abilities that set them apart. For Jaycie Lerner, that means learning how to cope with her abilities while trying to fit in at a private school where everyone dislikes her. Jaycie spends almost every day training when she should be doing normal teenage stuff like having a boyfriend and hanging out with friends. Allison has filled the mother role for Jaycie ever since her real mother left Darwin's Children by Natasha Larry is a unique story about ordinary humans who just so happen to have special abilities that set them apart. For Jaycie Lerner, that means learning how to cope with her abilities while trying to fit in at a private school where everyone dislikes her. Jaycie spends almost every day training when she should be doing normal teenage stuff like having a boyfriend and hanging out with friends. Allison has filled the mother role for Jaycie ever since her real mother left her. Having spent a lifetime mastering her skills, she also fills the role of Jaycie's live-in trainer. She helps Jaycie train in everything from meditation exercises to martial arts to helping fine tune her psychic and telekinetic powers. Matt is Jaycie's best childhood friend. They have remained best friends throughout the years even if Matt doesn't know about the special powers that Jaycie has. When they both reach a point where they want to be more than friends, Jayce has to learn to control herself and continue to hide who she really is from the one person she wants to tell most. Haylee is a broken soul that has nobody in her life for support. That is until the powers that be lead Jaycie to her and with Jaycie's help, she will learn that there is more to the world that evil. Finding a home to call her own with Jaycie's family, Haylee is able to come to terms with her own powers. Natasha Larry has created a unique world and story that I enjoyed reading. The story moved along at a nice pace and only had a couple of spots where I felt that the details bogged the story down. I do wish there had been more time devoted to the development of the relationship between Jaycie and Matt as they seem to be a perfect match. The relationship felt unfinished and I hope that it will pick back up in book two.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lara

    I was really looking forward to reading this book, which I received through Good Reads First Reads, and was not disappointed. How refreshing to read a YA paranormal novel that doesn't revolve around a love triangle. There is romance, but it fits into, and has to compete with, the heroine's broader challenges as she matures. She is a teenager, so gets into trouble by pushing boundaries. She isn't like other teens, and doesn't want to have to try to fit in. And sometimes she reacts poorly and crea I was really looking forward to reading this book, which I received through Good Reads First Reads, and was not disappointed. How refreshing to read a YA paranormal novel that doesn't revolve around a love triangle. There is romance, but it fits into, and has to compete with, the heroine's broader challenges as she matures. She is a teenager, so gets into trouble by pushing boundaries. She isn't like other teens, and doesn't want to have to try to fit in. And sometimes she reacts poorly and creates problems because she is inexperienced. However, there are no 'Don't do it / I can see it coming' moments, as she is quite self-possessed and intelligent. She grows, not through romance, but through friendship and family and responsibility. The story deals with some very difficult themes. The moments are not graphic, but are horrific, as they are meant to be. While Jaycie, the heroine, is self-confident and surrounded by a close-knit extended family, Haylee, the supporting heroine, also experiences a lot of change and growth. There is less development of the adults, but it is clear they have a long, strong history together. There is obviously a back story for the adults, but it is not part of this book. I really enjoyed the interactions between the main characters. They are smart and not afraid of enjoying those things that make them happy, whether it is a certain poet or designer clothes. The verbal interactions are often witty, and a few made me laugh. And I loved the fact that the story takes place in a small town in the South with a Black heroine. Race is mentioned, but is not a theme. The extended family is diverse, held together with ties of love and their differences from the rest of humanity.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Shari

    My favorite part of Darwin's Children was the line up of amazing characters. I also really enjoyed how fresh and new this story line felt. The characters were absolutely wonderful and completely believable (well, as believable as super powered people can be). It was so refreshing to read a young adult novel that included a loving, attentive, and sweet father who also just happens to be telepathic. Jaycie is surrounded by people who love her, like her sweet and fun nanny/trainer that really acts My favorite part of Darwin's Children was the line up of amazing characters. I also really enjoyed how fresh and new this story line felt. The characters were absolutely wonderful and completely believable (well, as believable as super powered people can be). It was so refreshing to read a young adult novel that included a loving, attentive, and sweet father who also just happens to be telepathic. Jaycie is surrounded by people who love her, like her sweet and fun nanny/trainer that really acts more like a best friend and older sister, who also has super strength and speed. Her God-Father that can manipulate people's thinking, but only when it's really necessary, and her childhood friend the super adorable Matt. Then we meet Haylee, Jaycie's newest friend, she is a wonderful and complex character that I was instantly rooting for. The fact that Jaycie had been homeschooled was fun for me since I am a homeschooling mama. However, I was confused as to why she was forced to go to school when the book really didn't explore her school life very much except to let us know that she wasn't liked, and didn't really have any friends there. The relationships that Jaycie has in this book are so sweet and wonderful. Like when she visits the town candy store, the owners know her and adore her. Those little details made Darwin's Children such a great read for me. Not to mention the making out, crazy but super cool vampires, and the kick-butt action scenes. My only real complaint was that the end of the book felt a little rushed and confusing to me. I'm looking forward to reading more about Jaycie, Haylee and their growing super powers.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Paula Phillips

    I love reading novels about Teens with supernatural abilites as sometimes I wish I had a power , like telepathy or shape-shifting. In Darwin's Children we meet Jaycie , she is seventeen years old and has grown up around people with abilities from her Dad who is also telepathic - this reminded me a bit of Mel Gibson's character on the movie "What Women Want" to her personal trainer and live-in nanny Alison who though only looks in her thirties is actually ninety-two years old. For Jaycie, life ha I love reading novels about Teens with supernatural abilites as sometimes I wish I had a power , like telepathy or shape-shifting. In Darwin's Children we meet Jaycie , she is seventeen years old and has grown up around people with abilities from her Dad who is also telepathic - this reminded me a bit of Mel Gibson's character on the movie "What Women Want" to her personal trainer and live-in nanny Alison who though only looks in her thirties is actually ninety-two years old. For Jaycie, life has never been easy but at least she has been home-schooled which wasn't too bad but now with college looming ahead and her father wanting her to go to an Ivy League College , he's putting his foot down and making her go to the local high school as we read we discover Jaycie using her powers in class , cheeky but I guess when you can read minds - why not ? . What I really loved about this novel was that Natasha Larry made the character Black which is quite rare to read in these types of novels and it makes Jaycie's life a little bit harder as she is one of the only black girls at her school. It seems that Jaycie's powers are about to go haywire as she meets Matt whom she falls in love with and passion + powers = haywire. If that wasn't enough, Jaycie recieves a message from another world it seems and when a new girl turns up in her neighbourhood , something isn't adding up as we read Jaycie trying to put her finger on it. It seems that Jaycie's senior year just went from awkward to chaos. Can Jaycie keep separate her two worlds or will she find them colliding ? Find out all this and more in Natasha Larry's new series Darwin's Children.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Shaeeza Haniff

    I read this book and thought, this is fun! The story centers around a teen aged superhuman who is about to come into her power. Surrounded by the other super humans in her immediate family, our heroine is taught, nurtured, comforted and supported through out her ordeals. She is guided to become friends with another superhuman who is unaware of her own powers. Both are beautiful girls in their own right although awkward in their social skills - which is not uncommon for most teen aged girls who d I read this book and thought, this is fun! The story centers around a teen aged superhuman who is about to come into her power. Surrounded by the other super humans in her immediate family, our heroine is taught, nurtured, comforted and supported through out her ordeals. She is guided to become friends with another superhuman who is unaware of her own powers. Both are beautiful girls in their own right although awkward in their social skills - which is not uncommon for most teen aged girls who do go through their teen years feeling much the same. They both come of age in their own ways and build a sense of family for each. The author's explanation of the reason for the super human abilities of the characters is believable, scientific and plausible. For the most part, the majority of our population have had some inkling of a sixth sense in our own personalities and this book tells of the possibilities, the imagine thats, and the what ifs. Although a slow beginning, Darwin's Children is a great read that finishes with a tumultuous climax. I am guessing there is a second book coming after this one that I can't wait to read. Word to parents - heavy petting, rape and violence.

  24. 5 out of 5

    A Book Vacation

    Larry has created a fascinating story line with many interesting characters, making this novel a quick read for those interested in the paranormal. Jaycie, intent on being a normal teenager, struggles due to her telepathic abilities that could ultimately destroy her if she isn’t careful, making it extremely difficult to have a romantic relations, or any relationship for that matter, as her emotions can easily get the better of her and cause objects around her to begin moving. I liked the concept Larry has created a fascinating story line with many interesting characters, making this novel a quick read for those interested in the paranormal. Jaycie, intent on being a normal teenager, struggles due to her telepathic abilities that could ultimately destroy her if she isn’t careful, making it extremely difficult to have a romantic relations, or any relationship for that matter, as her emotions can easily get the better of her and cause objects around her to begin moving. I liked the concept of this novel a lot, especially as it’s similar to one of my favorite TV shows, Heroes. Jaycie’s family is extraordinary and looking to find and help others like themselves. So when Haylee arrives on the scene with a talent of her own and a dark past, the Lerner’s do everything in their power to help her. I really enjoyed the novel up to a point, but I must admit that I think Jaycie and Haylee become a tad bit jaded as the story continues, causing them to enact revenge in a most atrocious manner—one that was hard for me to stomach... To read my full review (9/4): http://bookvacations.wordpress.com/20...

  25. 4 out of 5

    Amber Read

    I was trapped by this book as soon as I started reading it. I, literally, couldn't put it down. I have to say that I was more than pleasantly surprised. Jaycie is so saucy, funny, and sweet. She has an amazing support system. She needs it too with all of her amazing powers. I was impressed by her sheer strength and willpower to control everything she has going on in her head all the time. The relationships that she has with her father, Mason, her trainer/mother figure/friend, Allison, and her go I was trapped by this book as soon as I started reading it. I, literally, couldn't put it down. I have to say that I was more than pleasantly surprised. Jaycie is so saucy, funny, and sweet. She has an amazing support system. She needs it too with all of her amazing powers. I was impressed by her sheer strength and willpower to control everything she has going on in her head all the time. The relationships that she has with her father, Mason, her trainer/mother figure/friend, Allison, and her godfather John are so amazing. They're are so hilarious together and you can just read and feel their connection and love. I'm not giving away anything that happens but this book is amazing. There are some crazy twists and turns. I was seriously shocked at quite a few points in this book. I teared up and I was like, "holy snapples!" There were some definite "oh my god" moments, quite a few of them actually. I just can't wait to read the next books that come out. I can't wait to see Jaycie grow even more and see how her family deals with all the coming changes.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lisa (Bookworm Lisa)

    ***3.5 stars*** This is a very interesting and creative book. It deals with paranormal traits that a few humans have evolved to balance the world from evil. Jaycie is seventeen and dealing with her skill at telepathy and telekinesis. She is trying to fit into a private school where she has always been home schooled. She is a loner, she doesn't have many friends. Her powers make it difficult to blend when she can hear unwanted thoughts. She's falling in love with her best friend, Matt. Life is toug ***3.5 stars*** This is a very interesting and creative book. It deals with paranormal traits that a few humans have evolved to balance the world from evil. Jaycie is seventeen and dealing with her skill at telepathy and telekinesis. She is trying to fit into a private school where she has always been home schooled. She is a loner, she doesn't have many friends. Her powers make it difficult to blend when she can hear unwanted thoughts. She's falling in love with her best friend, Matt. Life is tough. She is visited by a guardian angel who tells her to take a job to get to know another girl working in the Christian Bookstore. Haylee is also a loner. She is dealing with abusive parents and struggling to find a place for herself and dealing with superhuman powers that she doesn't understand. I enjoyed this story. Natasha Larry writes with a distinct voice that is intriguing and easy to follow. My only warning would be that this book contains scenes that are graphic in nature of abuse and violence. I would only recommend to a more mature YA reader.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nova Sparks

    Often times I like to try and see if I could guess the direction a book is going to go before I start or some time in the middle. I must say that this book has some really great moments that are so well written that you don't even want to guess where/how the book will end. That my friend, is the making of a great book. Natasha Larry is a lover of all things comic book and it shows in this beautiful story of companionship with people "just as different" as the main character. Darwin's Children is Often times I like to try and see if I could guess the direction a book is going to go before I start or some time in the middle. I must say that this book has some really great moments that are so well written that you don't even want to guess where/how the book will end. That my friend, is the making of a great book. Natasha Larry is a lover of all things comic book and it shows in this beautiful story of companionship with people "just as different" as the main character. Darwin's Children is a amazing story that makes you feel like there maybe a little Jaycie in all of us. I'm really horrible at writing reviews that don't give spoilers so I will say this. GET IT! It is $2.99 that is well spent. It will make you hate whatever distracts you from turning each page of this blissful and exciting story! I can't wait for whatever else Natasha Larry has in store for us. And after this book... there is no guessing!

  28. 4 out of 5

    P.N. Rasputin

    Darwin’s Children is a wonderfully fresh look at a concept we all know and love: super heroes. Seriously, how many times have we all wished, dreamed and fantasized about having abilities beyond our wildest dreams? No radioactive spider bites or visitors from distant, long-dead planets here, though. With scientifically sound explanations and creatively distinct logic, Natasha Larry makes us believe that ‘superhumans’ could really walk among us. The characters are believable and, more importantly, Darwin’s Children is a wonderfully fresh look at a concept we all know and love: super heroes. Seriously, how many times have we all wished, dreamed and fantasized about having abilities beyond our wildest dreams? No radioactive spider bites or visitors from distant, long-dead planets here, though. With scientifically sound explanations and creatively distinct logic, Natasha Larry makes us believe that ‘superhumans’ could really walk among us. The characters are believable and, more importantly, REAL. By the end, I found myself feeling like I’d known them all my life and felt every twist, turn, rise and fall as if I were experiencing them myself. I’m on pins and needles waiting for her to crank out more installments. In a time when originality seems dead, Darwin’s Children has restored this reader’s faith in creativity. All in all, if you don’t read this series, you will be depriving yourself of a magnificent treat!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    The cover and description do not do it justice, it makes it sound like a simple story and it is anything but. The way the story progresses is so great with most books the major conflict is introduce so early that it feels like it drags on or it takes a few hundred pages for anything real to happen. But with this nothing really major happens for awhile; we're just getting to know the characters and that's alright. And that's a good thing since there's actually so much going on with the characters The cover and description do not do it justice, it makes it sound like a simple story and it is anything but. The way the story progresses is so great with most books the major conflict is introduce so early that it feels like it drags on or it takes a few hundred pages for anything real to happen. But with this nothing really major happens for awhile; we're just getting to know the characters and that's alright. And that's a good thing since there's actually so much going on with the characters that it does require explaining. And then of course we get to the major conflict and it's pretty much a force yourself to stop reading situation. I received this book in exchange for an honest review Full review

  30. 5 out of 5

    George Sirois

    So far, I'm really enjoying this read. I love taking my time to get to know these characters inside and out and letting them take me on a journey. That's the key element to this book's success: even though Natasha wrote this, she's not the one leading me by the hand. She let you know so much about Jaycie and her family that you're ready to follow them anywhere. I'm about halfway through now and I have no idea what's going to happen next. Love it... So far, I'm really enjoying this read. I love taking my time to get to know these characters inside and out and letting them take me on a journey. That's the key element to this book's success: even though Natasha wrote this, she's not the one leading me by the hand. She let you know so much about Jaycie and her family that you're ready to follow them anywhere. I'm about halfway through now and I have no idea what's going to happen next. Love it...

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