What I’m Reading Now: These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

I resisted reading this for a while despite the good reviews because the world doesn’t need another Romeo and Juliet story but maybe they do. So for it’s been pretty amazing.

What I’m Reading Now: Trouble the Saints by Alaya Dawn Johnson

I went looking for a new fantasy novel to read and this came up and I’m intrigued. I do like a good historical drama. Especially when you add magical elements to it.

What I’m Reading Now: Wayward Witch by Zoraida Cordova

Latinx Brooklyn witches. Yes please

What I’m Listening to Now: Bad Women: The Ripper Retold

Confession time. I’ve been fascinated by Jack the Ripper. Who isn’t? But what about the his victims. This is podcast not a book but I’m counting it. Instead of looking at him, it looks at the women and who they were and how they came to cross paths with the murderer. I can’t wait to listen.

Review: The Naturals Series by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

I’m behind in reviews so I decided to do a review of the Naturals Series as a whole instead of each book individually. So here we go.

The Naturals is centered around Cassie. She’s a profiler. She can tell you about anyone just by observing them. She was taught this by her mother who would travel the country as a psychic. Reading people was how she made a living. One day she is recruited in a secret group by the FBI of other “naturals” teenagers to help them with solve cold cases. Each naturals has their own skills. Michael can read people’s emotion. Lia can tell who is lying and telling the truth. Sloane sees the world in numbers and Dean is also a profiler. They all learn their skills thanks to traumatic pasts that forced them to cultivate their skills and oh boy, they are tragic. Cassie’s own backstory is that her mom was brutally murdered but her body was never found. This backstory plays a huge part in the series. Actually all of their back stories play a huge part of the plot. The other big part of the story is how each of them cope with their trauma. As they go through the cases, they are forced to deal with their pasts and it’s a rough road for all of them.

I do want to say, it’s not all sadness. This was a very fun series to read. The mysteries have so many twists and turns that it kept me guessing of how it would turn out. The team is all so likable and wanted them all to be happy and safe. Sloane is my favorite character. She is so endearing. She is the comic relief but often time she doesn’t understand why she is funny. She is also, out of all of them, the most heartbreaking. I really feel for her. I wanted more of her.

So for mystery readers this is a must read. It’ll keep you on your toes.

What I’m Reading Now: The Hawthorne Legacy by Jennifer Lynn Bares

I finished the Naturals series and now back to the series that started me on my Jennifer Lynn Barnes adventure. I’m super stoked to get back to Avery and the Hawthorne brothers.