Monday, March 7, 2016

Book Review: All-In, by Jennifer Lynn Barnes @jenlynnbarnes

All In by Jennifer Lynn Barnes book cover and review
All In is the third book in The Naturals series, and these books just keep getting better.

The Naturals are a group of teens who help the FBI solve serial murders because they have special talents. Okay. I get that you have to suspend some disbelief, but I find that very easy to do with this series.

Cassie is our narrator. She's a profiler. All of these kids are talented, and they all come with a lot of baggage. Throughout the three books they have become somewhat of a family. The case is in Las Vegas this time and the details don't really matter. Suffice it to say this is some complex plotting. This case has to do with the Fibonacci Sequence. I'm a math person, so I know what that is, but if you don't, it doesn't matter.

The perpetrator isn't obvious. There are various suspects. As the kids try to crack this one, they become closer and we experience growing and changing relationships. Each character has a distinct personality and I feel like I've really come to know them personally. There's very little romance, but it's there, making this a good choice for girls or boys.  I applaud Barnes for not dumbing down the plot for teens. It's sophisticated and engaging.

I can't say enough about how pleasantly surprised I am about this series. I was very happy to see the first book, The Naturals, on our Abraham Lincoln Award list of nominated titles for 2017.  I said the second book, Killer Instinct, was better than the first, and now I like All In even better. If you have mystery lovers in your library, you definitely want to push this series to them. It's a winner.

Published by Disney-Hyperion, 2015
Copy obtained from the library
378 pages

Rating: 5/5





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2 comments:

  1. Thanks for putting the order, I thought this was the 1st in the series. Let me add the correct one to my list. Sounds engaging for sure Annette.

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