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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 S MIA, But Allison, Her Personal Live In Trainer, Is Than A Mom, With Her Own Special Abilities, Like Being Able To Lift Cars And Run Incredibly Fast And Jaycie S Godfather John Is 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


10 thoughts on “Darwin's Children

  1. says:

    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 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


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    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 storyIn 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 developsas 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 becomingintriguing as the story continues I give this book 4 stars and hoping that I will get the opportunity to readabout Jaycie and watch her develop and use her powers to their full potential


  3. says:

    The pretense of a telepathic African American female lead character drew me in Thewas 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 evenof an isolated freak.At last I ll have to come back to this one After The pretense of a telepathic African American female lead character drew me in Thewas 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 evenof an isolated freak.At last I ll have to come back to this one After 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 I m going to come back to this one at a later date


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    Jaycie Lerner How can one summarize this young lady Studious for certain Dedicated to everything and everyone Oh yesI almost forgota 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 radaralmost 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 yesI almost forgota 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 radaralmost 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 AnywhoJaycie 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 seamsor 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 thineven 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 worldsliterally, 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 Yepa 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 Hayleewho is muchthan she appears and has sufferedthan could be imagined She s a strong girl despite initial outward appearancesthink shrinking violetand 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 thecommon 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 learnabout their family as they seem fierce and fascinating themselves Add to this mix a love interest for Jaycie and wellyou 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 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 POOFthey 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 Nojust raised my eyebrow for a page or two Second item to mentionthat 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 shadowsplace 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 experiencealmost 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 creationhere 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


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    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 isto 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


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    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 hadof 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. says:

    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 lotoften 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 lotoften 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


  8. says:

    Black and Blue InkYou 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 InkYou 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 beannoyingly cryptic all the time.The plot of this book hit meemotionally 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 readof 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


  9. says:

    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 evendemanding 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


  10. says:

    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 bookfor 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