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Natural Selection

(Forces of Nature #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  374 ratings  ·  53 reviews
What do you do when you find out your family isn't your family, death is knocking at your door, and that guy you can't stop thinking about knows more about who you are than you do? Amelia Hoffman was just a normal 15 year old until she found out the truth. Now ancient myths, supernatural beings, and murder have changed everything. Tests and school dances are no longer the ...more
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Published August 8th 2011 by 4Corners Press
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Donna Dull
Aug 16, 2011 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
well, I wrote it, so of course I love it!
Alicia Huxtable
Interesting story

I wasn't expecting this story to go where it did, again, I liked the cover, so didn't bother reading what the book was about. Was pretty happy with how the story developed and the pace. The characters were well written too.
N.A. Wetzel
May 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful and moving.

Natural Selection (forces of nature) is a wonderfully woven tale. This YA book is as beautiful as it is moving. That awkward stage where most teenagers are caught between being kids and adults is always tough, try being an otherworldly creature on top of it. If that isn't bad enough, find out that your brother and sister are adopted demons. Amelia is a strong, cute character and I see a lot of promise in this book. It hooked me from the start and I didn't have to struggle to
Oct 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
My Opinion:

I really enjoyed this YA novel. I have been reading more and more YA books lately and this one was right up there for me. I enjoyed the twists and turns of Amelia’s teen aged life. Elizabeth takes us on a roller coaster ride for one teen that is learning the Gaia/nature spirit life. Amelia has thought all along that she was just an ordinary teenager,until things start to change for her. She is slower to develop than other teenagers and is a bit embarrassed by it until everything comes
Book Wyvern
Jan 12, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I just couldn’t anymore. Honestly, it just seemed like she was more interest in talking about her sister than her own stuff. There was a scene where she went into uncomfortable…very uncomfortable detail about her sister. There was hardly any detail about herself or anyone else, but I sure had an idea about what her sister looked like.

The blurb just screams ‘special snowflake’ and yet, this is pretty much a story about her sister and not her. Now, there were little tidbits about the plot, in thro
Debra Brown
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Natural selection

Free book for an honest review. Great break from thrillers and cozy mysteries. Well written and exciting in it's own rite. Good for young and old alike. Put it on your TBR list.
Nola Arganbright
One of the best paranormal books I have ever read

I was so close to quitting the book after the first few pages. I am too old to be reading about teenagers. I am so glad I continued. There is action, suspense, and every in every chapter. An excellent paranormal book for any age.
Haley ~ YA-Aholic
Aug 29, 2011 rated it liked it

“Know me, Amber. I am Amelia Hoffman, and that," I said emphatically, gesturing towards them, "is my family. And if you or anyone does anything to harm them, I will turn the wrath of the Earth Mother on you. I will turn this entire town into a desert waste if I have to, but I will protect my family. If that makes us enemies, then I will weep for you when you are dead.”

Natural Selection by Elizabeth Sharp completely threw me off guard, what I thought was going to be a simple read turned into
Aug 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
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When Amelia Hoffman discovers that she is more than human, things escalate quickly. Supernatural beings begin to surface and a murder plagues a community. Twined with mystery, romance, and heart-pounding action, Natural Selection has everything that I love in YA.

When I picked up Natural Selection, it proved to be more than what I was expecting. The magical creatures that are integrated throughout the novel are endless. For example, her sister is a succubus and her brother is a Djinn, while A
Goodreads Synopsis: Book One of the Forces of Nature Series

Average, plain-bodied Amelia Hoffman has resigned herself to a life of mediocrity, unable to escape the shadows cast by her all-too-perfect siblings. Worse, her feelings for her brother’s best friend are getting stronger.

Everything changes after the brutal murder of her close friend.

Suddenly, Amelia’s life is transformed and she is thrust into a wondrous and frightening new world of myths and legends. As she explores this new world hidde
Oct 21, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
How do I even begin to write this review?
Honestly, I don't know, but I guess I will just jump right in.

First, in the beginning of the novel, I was impressed. I felt like the story was headed somewhere. I was intrigued and excited to see where it was headed. I enjoyed the general idea for the story. It kept me on my toes and I enjoyed learning all the different details of this new, magical world. However, as the story unfolded, I was not completely unhappy and not quite happy either. I became ind
Shayna Gier
Mar 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Natural Selection was a quick and refreshing paranormal book. Amelia, also known as Lia, is a delightful and seemingly normal teenager, who just wants to hang with her best friends and survive biology. All seems good and well, until shortly after starting high school she begins to run a bit of a fever. After overhearing her parents talk about sending her away for her own good and because she doesn't realize that "she isn't even human," Lia starts to ask a lot of questions. Questions that, for th ...more
Phaedra Seabolt
Mar 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I don't read a lot about supernaturals that aren't vampires, werewolves, and witches these days. This story is about many other kinds of people. Nature spirits in particular are the focus of this story with the bad guys being witches. This is a wonderful story about what the author calls Otherwordly creatures. Amelia, the main character, is a Gaia (or nature spirit). She is completely unaware of what she is until it is nearly too late for her parents to tell her. Nature spirits undergo puberty o ...more
Oct 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
To be perfectly honest, when I was asked to read and review this YA paranormal book I was hesitant. While I like a good mythical creature story, I just didn't think I could stand to read a another book about vampires or zombies. But, I decided to give it a chance, and boy am I glad I did. I didn't see one vampire or zombie anywhere in the story. I learned about Gaia, Djinn, Succubus' and witches, but no vampires or zombies. I love that Elizabeth Sharp chose to feature a different sort of mythica ...more
Allizabeth Collins
Oct 29, 2011 rated it liked it

Amelia Hoffman is not who, (or what), she thinks she is. Her parents and siblings have been keeping the truth from her for fifteen years, hoping to protect her. But now other-worlders are being murdered, and they are all connected to her. Can she accept her birthright and save the ones she loves before she's the next one on the chopping block?

I was relieved when I picked up Natural Selection and realized that vampires weren't involved; I am always looking for paranormal rom
Merilyn Dignum
Apr 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
The young protagonist, Amelia or Lia as she prefers, is a 15 year old girl stuck in a 10 year old body and not too happy about it either, and who can blame her. Being a teenager is hard enough without looking like a child and wondering if and when you’ll finally bloom.

What Lia doesn’t know is that she is not like her friends and her family is also very different and not what you would call a typical family. Her parents and older siblings have been keeping secrets and when those secrets finally c
Aug 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Amelia has always thought she was normal, human, but all that changes when she overhears her mother and father one night talking about her and how she just may not be who she thinks she is.

Natural Selection is the typical YA paranormal romance book with a few new elements put in to keep it slightly unique. Amelia is a Gaia, a creature of nature who has the ability to heal and work with plants and earth. Her brother is a Djinn and her sister is a Succubus. The diffrent paranormal creatures throug
Lisa Markson
Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In my opinion, Natural Selection by Elizabeth Sharp was a truly fascinating story.  I absolutely loved this book.  What would you do if there were secrets in your family?  Well Lia was about to find out.  She proves with the love of your family you can pretty much accomplish anything in life.  She is thrown into a world that she never new existed except in folklore and fables.  I as glad that the story continued on their journey in a second book.  This is one author that needs you to check out. ...more
Oct 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it’s a story about a girl called Amelia and the strange things that she finds out about herself after her 15th birthday. I mean, why is she so attracted to her big brothers best friend? Why does she look so much younger than she really is? Why does her sister sleep with the entire population of her town? Who killed one of her friends? And Why?

All this and much much more is answered within the book! I’m not going to say too much as i don’t want to give away any sur
Mar 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amelia (Lia) seems to think she's going to be stuck in a child's body forever. Everyone around her is blossoming into adulthood while she's stuck as if she'll be 12 forever, while her brother and sister seem to have been blessed with all of the good looks.

Then strange things start happening as she starts high school. Her brothers best friend, Xander, who she's known for so long seems to have electrocuted her. On top of that he went away for the summer and came back looking even cuter! She can't
Joey Butcher
Sep 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
When I began reading Natural Selection, I wasn't sure where I would stand. I was hesitant and honestly, a lot of it had to do with Amelia, or Lia's, age. I wasn't sure how much depth a 15 year old could have. But Elizabeth put any trepidation to rest very early as we have the opportunity watch this physically under developed girl become a beautiful woman. The beings are very different than the vampires and werewolves we're used to, but even more intriguing as you're introduced to witches, variou ...more
Sep 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let me begin by saying how refreshing it was to read a young adult paranormal novel that WASN'T about vampires. I like supernatural stories, but reading about different kinds of otherworldly creatures was very refreshing. The descriptions of nature helped me feel even more connected just by reading.

Elizabeth Sharp has created some very interesting characters for this story. Amelia is someone that nearly any female can connect with, after all who doesn't remember the awkward stage right before h
A.R. Von
May 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
An original and good start to a new series. Natural Selection is a YA paranormal story that has a perfect touch of magic and romance to go along with the (very different) teenage girl that finds herself going through very different phases and growth. This story has action, mystery and excitement that many fans of the genre will surely enjoy!

Amelia is a mid-teen that has been kept in the dark about herself, her family and those around her all of her life. Once all secrets are exposed her world is
Amy Jones
Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has all the makings of a fantastic YA read! Elizabeth Sharp does an excellent job with character development and world building. While the book is other worldly it is also remarkably relatable. As with her other YA titles, Ms. Sharp has mastered the teen voices possessed by her characters. I also particularly enjoy that Lia, while she is struggling through a difficult transformation, is the type of girl to take control of her situation. Too often, female characters are painted as helpl ...more
Nichole Chase
Aug 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a must read for YA fans.

Ms. Sharp has created a world that incorporates paranormal elements and weaves them seamlessly into the world of the average teenager. Even though the characters in her book are far from average, they are easy to relate to. I loved Amelia, her brother Xander, and sister Sariah. Oh, and Nate. You certainly can't forget Nate. I also loved the realistic connection between Amelia and her parents. They love their daughter more than life itself.

This book kept me up unt
Crissy Conner
Nov 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I heard about Elizabeth Sharp and the Natural Selection book through her Book Party held by RedCoat PR and it was a lot of fun and I am so glad I read this book. I'm on to book 2 and loving every page.

This journey with Lia is great, she knows nothing about the supernatural world, she thinks she is a plain Jane non-exciting teenager. She starts to find out more and more about herself and others around her and finds out that none of them are exactly human. The more she learns the deeper she finds
Apr 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Otherworld lovers
Shelves: review-request, 2012
This book will appeal to you if you are into paranormal. Picking up from the life of a girl next door, it moves into the Otherworld. Word by word, secrets are revealed as Amelia’s life takes a rapid turn. Things happen swiftly leaving you little time to even gasp. This is a fast paced book.

I am very choosy about the paranormal books I like and for a beginner (into the otherworld) like me, I would have been satisfied with one species rather than trying to understand so many at once. But for those
Ariel (MandarinBlues)
Oct 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
I got this as a free read through Amazon. It was such a nice change of pace with the shifter/paranormal realm. I loved the story and Amelia's character. I liked the reason for her attraction to Nate but it progressed so quickly at the end and felt rushed to me. I am in no rush to get the second book (cause it's 2.99 and I have a to be read like from here to the moon, who doesn't) but I do have it on my list of to-read. Thanks for changing it up and creating this new race/world (w/e called) Mrs S ...more
Kristin Dutt
Jul 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an original story! This is a YA story but I can see adults reading it easily as well.

This story has a bit of everything from paranormal to action and even romance all in one. Quite impressive to me.

This story is building up nicely and I cannot wait to see what's in store next.

I will admit there are a few grammar problems but nothing that would drive me to not want to finish this trilogy. I can easily get past those.

Highly recommend read for those open to YA with a touch a magic.
***Great for a young teen, just starting to read novels***
Romance > Paranormal > Fantasy > Witches & Wizards
(Very little graphic violence)

If you want a very basic, simple read....This is the book for you :) Young Adult all the way, no sexual tension between any of the characters.
I would let my Pre-teen read this one :)

I loved the characters and the story line, but I didn't feel connected. It never drove me to want to keep reading. I didn't feel no excitement to find out what happened next.
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Elizabeth Sharp is the pen name used by Donna Dull. A full time mom and part dreamer, Donna is addicted Facebook while still recovering from her Dr. Pepper problem. A self-proclaimed techno geek, she loves cell phones, computers, tablets and all things technological. The internet has to be the greatest invention since the wheel, in her opinion. She lives in a quiet subdivision with her husband, yo ...more

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“Know me, Amber. I am Amelia Hoffman, and that," I said emphatically, gesturing towards them, "is my family. And if you or anyone does anything to harm them, I will turn the wrath of the Earth Mother on you. I will turn this entire town into a desert waste if I have to, but I will protect my family. If that makes us enemies, then I will weep for you when you are dead.” 5 likes
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