Darwin’s Children (Volume 1)
Author: Natasha Larry
Published: June 8, 2011
Publisher: Penumbra Publishing
Rating: 3.5 Birds
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...
My take: Given the whole of “abnormal powers” introduced with the synopsis of this book, I thought I would tackle it and see if it proved to be as interesting as my own studies on powers.
I’m going to go out on a limb and explain that although I liked the supernatural feel of the book, the story just seemed to slow moving for my taste. The premise was there, but it was just like “okay, so what’s the point of her power, what’s the point of her father’s power, etc…” and it made me wonder why I was reading it.
Natasha does a great job of giving the characters very strong personalities, and for that, I’m grateful. It kept each of them interesting in their own way. The downfall to that, was that sometimes they were explained in too great of detail. I mean, I like being able to get a sense of how someone looks, but getting detail about just how they style their hair for different events, or what they’re wearing almost to exact detail can sometimes make a story cumbersome.
I know this review is short, but I don’t really know what to say without giving away aspects of the story that ARE important to the end result. So I enjoyed the book enough to not be completely let down, but I felt like with some tweaks, it could have been even better!
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