Monday, November 5, 2012

Darwin's Children Series

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. Her family's special – in more ways that one. Her 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 her godfather John can literally convince anyone to do anything.

 But, as far as the rest of the world’s concerned, Jaycie’s on the outside looking in. The townsfolk love her 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 – 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 and her family, until she receives a cryptic message from a stranger and meets a very unusual girl new to Jonesborough. Then all hell breaks loose!

Carrie's thoughts:

Jaycie’s character is exceptionally strong, and I don’t mean the character herself, but as she is written. Her supporting characters also have great depth and development in this book. The teenage angst and twists in this book draw you into her character so fully. Before you know it, you read 5 chapters in an hour because you just CAN’T put this down. You HAVE to know what comes next! The way everyone winds and twists together during the plots is amazing! I love how the bonding between Haylee and Jaycie is so tight and built on so much love. The humor is added at exactly the right moments to break tension. The way the story peaked and then slowly brought you down out of the tumult of a storm that was the main plot is brilliant for any reader. I give it…wait for it….wait….5 STARS!

Seventeen-year-old Jaycie Lerner’s psychokinetic power surge is over, but her problems are just beginning. With this much power unleashed, she’s a danger to herself and others – especially her best friend and would-be boyfriend Matt Carter. But Matt’s not willing to give up on her. Meanwhile, Allison Young, Jaycie’s live-in trainer and surrogate mom, has problems of her own. She’s lonely and having strange dreams, but all she can remember is a rose as her life and everything else descends into chaos.

Carrie's thoughts:

Once again, the connection with Jaycie and her family as characters is a strong one. I found myself being scared, relieved and saddened as the characters came to feel the same thing. The worst part of this book is that I only want to eat when they do, and since time for them is faster than it is for me, I ate too often. This book has me feel like I am in Alice’s rabbit hole…curiouser and curiouser. The tension in the story is a slow building one; however you do not get bored or lost as you read. Instead you seem to be even more engrossed with what you are reading.When the peak hits, you have an idea, but don’t know the how, why, when or where…just the who. Then it does it to you again. This book amazes me and leads me to want to read the next! 5 Stars!

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