Friday, January 15, 2016

Review: All In by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Title: All In
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Series: Book Three in the Naturals Series
Published By: Disney-Hyperion (November 3, 2015)
Source: Purchased
Genre: YA Mystery
My Rating: 4 Stars


Book Description:
Three casinos. Three bodies. Three days.

After a string of brutal murders in Las Vegas, Cassie Hobbes and the Naturals are called in to investigate. But even with the team's unique profiling talents, these murders seem baffling: unlike many serial killers, this one uses different methods every time. All of the victims were killed in public, yet the killer does not show up on any tape. And each victim has a string of numbers tattooed on their wrist. Hidden in the numbers is a code—and the closer the Naturals come to unraveling the mystery, the more perilous the case becomes.

Meanwhile, Cassie is dealing with an equally dangerous and much more painful mystery. For the first time in years, there's been a break in her mother's case. As personal issues and tensions between the team mount, Cassie and the Naturals will be faced with impossible odds—and impossible choices.






I love Barnes's books simply for the fun, unique take on things that only she seems to be able to offer. Add in plots that are both well designed, executed, and original and you are always in for a treat.

The Naturals series had me hooked from the very first book and seems to be getting better as it goes. A fun series about young teenage profilers that it is hard to resist.

I love this rag tag group of people that not only over time have learned to be friends but a family too. 

Each with unique abilities, traits, personalities, and things to offer, this series really had become a favorite of mine. It is hard to resist all the characters and how they interact with one another and how dang smart and attention detailed they really are.

Add in the new twists to the plot that were reveled all set in the fast paced life of Las Vegas Nevada and I 'm salivating to get my hands on the next book.   I won't go into any more detail but I will say that if you are looking for something fun, mysterious and a lot like Criminal Minds for teens, this in the series for you.




51 comments:

  1. I really liked the first book in the series and I really should try more!

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  2. I have the first book, just haven't been able to read it yet. Great review!

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  3. Oh this looks good!! I'll have to look up the first book. :D

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  4. I had never heard of this series! It sounds like it would be right up my alley though. I love shows like Criminal Mind, so the first book in this series is going on my wishlist.

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    1. If you like Criminal Minds you will like this I think.

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  5. I love a good thriller--YA has yet to give me too many good ones but if you say this one is good. I'm willing to give it a try. Nothing like a thriller that keeps you on your toes!

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    1. It's more of a mystery than a thriller in a sense but definitely a good one either way. ;)

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  6. This is a series that I can't wait to get to. Well-written YA thriller novels are rare and these sound fantastic.
    Lovely review, Ali!

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    1. They really are and all of Barnes' books are just so much fun.

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  7. I love her books too Ali, but I haven't tried this series yet! Must change that. Criminal Minds for teens? YES PLEASE!!!

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    1. I know, you will love it, so. Much. Fun!

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  8. I'm not familiar with this author but I love the premise and cover. Thanks!

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  9. I love Criminal Minds so this sounds like my kind of read. I definitely need to be all over this series! I haven't heard of it before so thank you for the intro <3

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    1. Definitely look it up, it really is a fun one.

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  10. This definitely sounds different and I like the sound of Criminal Minds. I need to check this out. Happy weekend, Ali.

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  11. I remember seeing good and bad things about the first book and never rushed to get it but I have to say that's I'm more curious now. If it comes into my bookstore I may have to grab it and give it a try.

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    1. I really hope you do, I really do think it is one that you will like.

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  12. This series is on my radar. Glad to see you liked this one. I think I want to try to get to them this year. Great review!

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    1. There's only three out so far so it wouldn't take much to catch up. ;)

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  13. This sounds like the type of mystery novel where the surprises just keep coming - I like those! :D

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  14. This looks like fun. I really need to try it. I need to read more of her work.

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    1. I love her work because there are always so out there in the best way possible.

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  15. Yup, I need to read this series. I think I like this author, so yeah. lol

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  16. I haven’t heard about this book before, I’m not sure this book is for me, not my usual Genre. Great review, Ali! I hope the next book won’t disappoint you.

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  17. Yay for them getting better and better! That's always nice to see happen. And that they're unique and original? So hard to find these days!

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  18. I read the first book and really enjoyed it. I really need to hurry up and read the next two >.<

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    1. Glad you liked the first one. I think you'll like the others as well. ;)

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  19. Interesting, like a team of superheroes or something. Happy weekend!

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  20. Great Review, I am reading more mysteries, glad you enjoyed it!!

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  21. I admit that this series is unknown to me, but the idea of teen girls as profilers is not without appeal. The YA field really does brim with creativity, isn't it? What exciting times we're living... :) Another excellent review, Ali, bravo!

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    1. Thanks so much Ramona and it really is an interesting and fun concept. ;)

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  22. I haven't read this series yet, but I know a group of my teens who would absolutely LOVE them. They are always requesting for more mysteries. I'm going to order them for my library. Great review, Ali!

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  23. I love the Las Vegas setting in books. I could easily fall for this one, I can tell.

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    1. I do too, it is kind of fun and exciting. ;)

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  24. This sounds super interesting. I love Criminal Minds, so this definitely sounds like a series I would like. I liked how you mentioned how the characters not only became friends, but a family too. It's fun to see that progression between such different personalities.

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    1. I think that is the best part of the series for sure. :)

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  25. There is only one thing I want to know about this series: that effin' love triangle. Gah.

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    1. There is sadly a bit of one, especially in the first book and a bit in the second as well. :( It was so much better in the third though.

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  26. I like a good mystery and this one sounds good. The only problem I have with YA mysteries is that I can usually figure them out too easy-at least the few I have read anyway. These do sound really unique though :)

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    1. This one wasn't too easy to figure out but yeah, I know what you mean. Sometimes they are glaringly obvious.

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