Darwin's Children by Natasha Larry

Thursday, August 11, 2011
Darwin's Children

Darwin's Children
Natasha Larry
260 pages
Review by Amber R

From Goodreads
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!

My Thoughts

I was trapped by this book as soon as I started reading it. I, literally, couldn't put it down. I have to say that I was more than pleasantly surprised. 

Jaycie is so saucy, funny, and sweet. She has an amazing support system. She needs it too with all of her amazing powers. I was impressed by her sheer strength and willpower to control everything she has going on in her head all the time. 

The relationships that she has with her father, Mason, her trainer/mother figure/friend, Allison, and her godfather John are so amazing. They're are so hilarious together and you can just read and feel their connection and love. 

I'm not giving away anything that happens but this book is amazing. There are some crazy twists and turns. I was seriously shocked at quite a few points in this book. I teared up and I was like, "holy snapples!" There were some definite "oh my god" moments, quite a few of them actually. I just can't wait to read the next books that come out. I can't wait to see Jaycie grow even more and see how her family deals with all the coming changes. 

Teasers are my new favorite thing! Enjoy!

As his body fell to the floor with a dull thud, he finally understood Haylee's pain.

Jaycie lit up immediately. "How long have you been seeing him?" she demanded, angling her body eagerly toward Allison. 
"We've only had five dates."
Jaycie frowned. "The name doesn't sound familiar."
"He's from Knoxville. We met at a karate tournament. He was there with his daughter."
"Daughter? How old is he"
Jaycie raised her eyebrows in surprise. "Isn't that a bit old for you?"
Allison rolled her eyes. "I'm ninety-two."

It was a .44 magnum bullet. She had stopped it right before it would have hit her between her eyes. She gasped for air and struggled to inflate her lungs with oxygen, sinking to her knees just as the bullet from Allison's Desert Eagle Mark VII clinked to the floor.


  1. Thank you for your kind review. Those are three of my favorite scenes as well. =)

  2. You have a fabulous blog! I'm your newest follower.I’m an author and illustrator and I made some awards to give to fellow bloggers whose sites I enjoy. I want to award you with the Best Books Blog Award for all the hard work you do!

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  3. Natasha, I can't wait to read more. Let us know when the next one is coming out! I need more Jaycie and everyone in my life.

    Deirdra, you are so sweet! Thank you so much. I'm glad that you enjoy our site as much as we do.

  4. =) I certainly will! Thank you again.


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