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Darwin's Children

(Darwin's Children #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  128 ratings  ·  61 reviews
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 is MIA, b
Paperback, 253 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Penumbra Publishing (first published May 10th 2010)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
This book has a serious wow factor. I love the vibe of it, like the X-Men movies, with some distinct and unique elements. Loved that the heroine and her father are black. I have had trouble reading on the Kindle right now, and this book made me want to brave the migraine just to finish it. This book series has its hooks in me! Highly recommended.

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Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews)
I really enjoyed the characters in this book. They are all very likeable and well developed and interesting. Jaycie is kind of a negative thinker and a loner, but I seemed to connect with her completely. Her thoughts and situation are very well described that you can see things from her point of view and agree with her. They are all very superhuman and all seem to have a calling in life.

The plot developed like cat plays with a ball of yarn. Sometimes unraveling at a slow steady pace and other t
Kat (Why Read)
Apr 18, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The pretense of a telepathic African American female lead character drew me in. The more was increased with the introduction of her telepathic father, who crosses privacy barriers and results to snooping via the mind. I love Jaycie’s sassy personality. I also enjoy her way of dealing with the dynamics of living in an all-Caucasian city, being the only minority at her private school, and having a power that makes her even more of an isolated freak.
At last I’ll have to come back to this one. After
Aug 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: teen to adult readers
Recommended to Gmr by: Natasha Larry (author)
Jaycie Lerner. How can one summarize this young lady? Studious for certain. Dedicated to everything and everyone. Oh yes...I almost forgot...a little spitfire just waiting to explode upon the world. Okay, perhaps she's not going to explode but she can certainly unleash the wrath when necessary despite her outward appearance. At school and in life, she flies under the radar...almost successfully except for the taunts of some fellow students who just don't know when to quit, which leaves her as an ...more
Bonnie Lamer
Jun 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jaycie Lerner is not your average teenager. To begin with, she has to constantly shield her mind from the onslaught of other’s thoughts, which is not easy to do when surrounded by teenagers who practically scream their heightened emotional thoughts at her. The result is that Jaycie often reacts inappropriately to social situations and is considered an outcast and a freak by her classmates. Her home life, though, is what keeps her sane. Her telepathic father helps her learn to keep shields in pla ...more
Emma (BelleBooks)
Aug 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, review-copy
The author, Natasha Larry very kindly send me a copy of Darwin's Children to review.
When I first read the blurb about the book, I thought it sounded awesome, and then I saw the cover for the book.
We all know the old saying "Don't judge a book by it's cover", but I'll admit it, I do judge a book by it's cover.
Especially since entering the book blogging world, covers seem to be one of the first things that draw me into a new book, series or author. So I'll admit I was a bit disappointed when I saw
Sep 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I think as teenagers we all think our parents have some sort of mysterious mind-reading powers at some point, otherwise how can we explain how they knew when we were planning to sneak out, even though we were very quiet in making out plans. Thankfully, my mom’s skills got rusty by the time I was 15, otherwise I would have been grounded a lot more often than I was. Yes, I was one of THOSE teenagers, the kind I would never let Jake hang around with now that I’m a parent. While my mom may have occa ...more
Sep 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Black and Blue Ink

You know a great book when you can easily be captivated by the characters and setting alone and fall in love with it before the plot even really kicks in, and Darwin's Children is definitely that book. Super powers and super humans done in an incredibly different way, Natasha Larry combines the best of all the paranormal and supernatural world coupling it with a characters whose stories will pull at your heart strings, Darwin's Children is a book that I know will be stuck on my
Barbara Watkins
Oct 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
“Combine – Paranormal, Romance, Thrills – You get “Darwin’s Children”

‘Darwin’s Children’, by author, Natasha Larry, has all the elements needed for a thrillingly paranormal good time. The author takes the safety and security of one’s life and links potential dangers with the supernatural world – with a mixture of suspense and fear. I devoured this read in one afternoon.

Imagine being a young teenage girl home schooled for the most part of your young life, and then finding out that you are now go
Oct 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Natasha Larry is a funny and witty writer who knows exactly how to make her readers laugh out loud and also knows how to make a story so suspenseful that you're biting your nails as the pages turn. This book has the perfect balance of comedy and drama. We all know I love books with as many surprise and expected elements as possible, and Darwin's Children is one of those books! It's an amazing story filled with super powers, supernatural beings, humor, love, family, and plenty of drama.

I love boo
Oct 03, 2013 rated it liked it
*copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review*

I was initially really excited to read this book. I was more than happy to see a YA novel that featured african american characters as main characters. There is a serious lack of YA that features any characters of color as main characters, but that's just me pointing out something I noticed.

Anyway...when I first began reading the book I was really into it. Things were happening quickly. Our main character Jaycie was relatable, her fa
Claire Weller
Dec 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jaycie is a 17 year old girl with telepathic power and this is only part of what makes her a lovable character. She was so easy to like because she was so sarcastic and was always cracking a joke when possible, and as people know I love it when sarcasm is used in books. Jaycie's Father Mason and her Godfather John keep her grounded and I loved them both as well, if I'm honest I loved every character in this book even if they were bad because Natasha made me feel something for each individual. Ja ...more
Aug 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Jaycie's got problems like any teenage girl. The school's full of mean girls, and she just might be in love with her best friend, Matt. Oh, and she's also a mind reader, an empath, and telekinetic enough to throw you across a room. She's got family issues - her dad's a whiz at mind control, her nanny/trainer Allison has super speed and strength, and her godfather John can make you believe anything he want. On top of that, she's due for a power surge any day now. Into this comes Haylee, a broken ...more
Lindsay Paige
Interest: Synopsis
Title Thoughts: It took me to read the ending to understand the title and it reallt fits.
Cover Thoughts: I like it and the colors surrounding her.

I liked almost all of the characters. They really felt like a family and the love among them seemed to jump off the page. Jaycie was okay, but at times she annoyed me. She hardly ever acted her age, except for when she was the horny teenager with Matt. She was childish. I loved her humor; I just wish it could've been c
Sep 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
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

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
This book was given to me for free by the author in exchange for a review.

Applause, if you please, for a paranormal author who doesn't just ride along with the status quo. Yes, it's been said before, but it can't be said enough, that there's kudos for the author who steps outside the cookie-cutter mold of a genre. Natasha Larry is one such author.

Jaycie and her ecclectic family (father, trainer, and friend-of-the-family uncle) take you into a paranormal world that literally defines paranormal.
Jun 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am not going to lie, when I saw the cover of this book I was totally thrown off by it and I was somewhat hesitant to read the book (I know, I know, the old saying, "Don't just a book by its cover", but let's be honest sometimes we do buy books based solely upon their beautiful covers- in my case it was "Nightshade" by Andrea Cremer and "The Body Finder" by Kimberly Derting- and we sometimes do bypass books because of their covers ) and it really is a shame because this book was absolutely fant ...more
Jaidis Shaw
Jan 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Darwin's Children by Natasha Larry is a unique story about ordinary humans who just so happen to have special abilities that set them apart. For Jaycie Lerner, that means learning how to cope with her abilities while trying to fit in at a private school where everyone dislikes her. Jaycie spends almost every day training when she should be doing normal teenage stuff like having a boyfriend and hanging out with friends.

Allison has filled the mother role for Jaycie ever since her real mother left
Oct 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I was really looking forward to reading this book, which I received through Good Reads First Reads, and was not disappointed. How refreshing to read a YA paranormal novel that doesn't revolve around a love triangle. There is romance, but it fits into, and has to compete with, the heroine's broader challenges as she matures. She is a teenager, so gets into trouble by pushing boundaries. She isn't like other teens, and doesn't want to have to try to fit in. And sometimes she reacts poorly and crea ...more
Jun 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
My favorite part of Darwin's Children was the line up of amazing characters. I also really enjoyed how fresh and new this story line felt. The characters were absolutely wonderful and completely believable (well, as believable as super powered people can be). It was so refreshing to read a young adult novel that included a loving, attentive, and sweet father who also just happens to be telepathic. Jaycie is surrounded by people who love her, like her sweet and fun nanny/trainer that really acts ...more
Paula  Phillips
Nov 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
I love reading novels about Teens with supernatural abilites as sometimes I wish I had a power , like telepathy or shape-shifting. In Darwin's Children we meet Jaycie , she is seventeen years old and has grown up around people with abilities from her Dad who is also telepathic - this reminded me a bit of Mel Gibson's character on the movie "What Women Want" to her personal trainer and live-in nanny Alison who though only looks in her thirties is actually ninety-two years old. For Jaycie, life ha ...more
A Book Vacation
Jul 17, 2011 rated it liked it
Larry has created a fascinating story line with many interesting characters, making this novel a quick read for those interested in the paranormal. Jaycie, intent on being a normal teenager, struggles due to her telepathic abilities that could ultimately destroy her if she isn’t careful, making it extremely difficult to have a romantic relations, or any relationship for that matter, as her emotions can easily get the better of her and cause objects around her to begin moving.

I liked the concept
Shaeeza Haniff
May 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book and thought, this is fun! The story centers around a teen aged superhuman who is about to come into her power.
Surrounded by the other super humans in her immediate family, our heroine is taught, nurtured, comforted and supported through out her ordeals.
She is guided to become friends with another superhuman who is unaware of her own powers. Both are beautiful girls in their own right although awkward in their social skills - which is not uncommon for most teen aged girls who d
Amber  Read
Aug 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 go
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
***3.5 stars***

This is a very interesting and creative book. It deals with paranormal traits that a few humans have evolved to balance the world from evil.

Jaycie is seventeen and dealing with her skill at telepathy and telekinesis. She is trying to fit into a private school where she has always been home schooled. She is a loner, she doesn't have many friends. Her powers make it difficult to blend when she can hear unwanted thoughts. She's falling in love with her best friend, Matt. Life is toug
Nova Sparks
May 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Often times I like to try and see if I could guess the direction a book is going to go before I start or some time in the middle. I must say that this book has some really great moments that are so well written that you don't even want to guess where/how the book will end. That my friend, is the making of a great book. Natasha Larry is a lover of all things comic book and it shows in this beautiful story of companionship with people "just as different" as the main character. Darwin's Children is ...more
P.N. Rasputin
May 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Darwin’s Children is a wonderfully fresh look at a concept we all know and love: super heroes. Seriously, how many times have we all wished, dreamed and fantasized about having abilities beyond our wildest dreams? No radioactive spider bites or visitors from distant, long-dead planets here, though. With scientifically sound explanations and creatively distinct logic, Natasha Larry makes us believe that ‘superhumans’ could really walk among us. The characters are believable and, more importantly, ...more
Aug 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The cover and description do not do it justice, it makes it sound like a simple story and it is anything but.
The way the story progresses is so great with most books the major conflict is introduce so early that it feels like it drags on or it takes a few hundred pages for anything real to happen. But with this nothing really major happens for awhile; we're just getting to know the characters and that's alright. And that's a good thing since there's actually so much going on with the characters
Dec 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I don't have any major complaints, other than the typical wealth of the main POV that seems to be a staple in all the YA I read that's not dystopian. Although I wasn't on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next, I enjoyed this story and the main character enough to read the next installment. I do appreciate the work that went into the worldbuilding, which is why I'm shelving it in urban fantasy rather than YA. Good first novel.
George Sirois
Oct 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
So far, I'm really enjoying this read. I love taking my time to get to know these characters inside and out and letting them take me on a journey. That's the key element to this book's success: even though Natasha wrote this, she's not the one leading me by the hand. She let you know so much about Jaycie and her family that you're ready to follow them anywhere.

I'm about halfway through now and I have no idea what's going to happen next. Love it...
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Natasha Larry is a mother and DC comics fan girl. She writes multicultural paranormal fantasy for teens and adults. She is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Her published works include The Night and Darwin's Children.

She lives somewhere in Alabama.

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