Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Review - Darwin's Children by Natasha Larry

Title and Author: Darwin's Children by Natasha Larry
Publisher: Penumbra Publishing
Publication Date: Julne 8th, 2011
Paperback/Hardcover: 260
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal

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!

I received this book from the author in exchange of an honest review and thought it was a very interesting story.
Jaycie has a few problems: her school is full of mean girls, she’s in love with her best friend and to top it all she can read minds, she’s an empath and a telekinetic. Her family members have special powers as well and when Jaycie meets Haylee is up to her to help Haylee accept her powers and come to grip with her life.
Darwin’s Children is a very interesting book. The characters seem real and not much different from any normal teenager – special powers aside, of course. They can be funny, sweet, smart and, sometimes, a little annoying. It was easy to like them.
In this book there are some interesting twists and changes to the usual myths about, for instance, vampires and even some fairies.
I enjoyed the fact there are a few subplot stories in this book. I guess this is a way to introduce a few characters that will play bigger parts in a future book.
All in all I enjoyed this book. It is well-written and I think the author has a good voice for teenagers. This story is about family, coming together, helping each other and dealing with unusual powers. An interesting book.

Rating: Somewhere Between Readable and Worth Your Time (3 ½ Stars)

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