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Friday, September 30, 2011

review: Darwin's children by Natsha Larry

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that
survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.  - Charles Darwin

Darwin's Children
having been home-schooled most of her life, Jaycie Lerner has a hard time fitting in in a private high school where people find her strange and different. well, she is.  Jaycie has telepathic and telekinetic powers. even her best friend Matt is unaware of them. through the guidance of her trainer Alison,  Jaycie undergoes rigorous mental and physical exercises in order to improve and learn how to control her abilities. when a stranger tells her to apply for a job at the local Christian bookstore where she meets Haylee Mitchell, Jaycie's life will never be the same again.
author Natasha Larry's novel is an interesting and complicated look at people with extra-sensory gifts and how they each cope or deal with these powers - privately and in public.  for the most part of the book, i was definitely entertained with a lot of scenarios.  i liked the dynamics among Jaycie, her father, her godfather and her trainer.  i was amused by Jaycie and Matt's relationship that turned into something more serious. i loved how Jaycie and Haylee's friendship developed and what it meant for both of them.
there were also some discussions and references to Charles Darwin's theories of evolution.  they got me a little confused but i felt that these added intelligence and depth to the story without sounding too pedantic.  
however, i was pulled in a different direction when Haylee's deep dark secrets were revealed. what Jaycie did to help out her friend became a moral and ethical issue for me.  i was really surprised with how things went in the latter part of the book. i found it dark, disturbing and against my personal beliefs.  i wish things did not turn out the way they had but they did.
other than this, i still find the book well written.

*Darwin's Children is available at Penumbra Publishing,  Amazon (paperback, Kindle) and Smashwords. for more information about Natasha Larry and her work, please visit http://www.paranormalwire.blogspot.com/, her Facebook page and Goodreads.

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