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{January 18, 2012}   {Review} Unnatural Law by Natasha Larry

From Goodreads: Seventeen-year-old Jaycie Lerner’s psychokinetic power surge is over, and her astounding powers are under control for the time being – sort of. As she struggles to maintain her humanity in the face of the awesome terror and responsibility of her abilities, she also yearns for the chance at a normal life – and a relationship with Matt Carter, the best friend she had to leave behind. But Matt’s got a few tricks up his sleeve, and he’s not about to give up on his feelings for Jaycie.

As Jaycie and her family grapple with the day-to-day routine of trying to keep their world together, Jaycie’s mother figure, Allison Young, endures a personal crisis of her own. The superhuman blonde possesses the physical equivalent of Jaycie’s awesome psychic power. So evolved, at ninety-two she still looks twenty. But what good is extended life when everyone else around her is so fragile? With no one to share her unusual life, she’s a uniquely lonely woman yearning for the romantic love she sees all around her. But in a dream she gets her wish – and it quickly turns to a nightmare for everyone else in her life. The memory of a rose is all she can hold onto in the storm of obsession that nearly sweeps her away.

Things quickly turn deadly for the vampires, but the Dey-Vah Guard fairies refuse to acknowledge there’s an imbalance in the nature they protect. As the danger gets ever closer to Jaycie and her family, the race is on to find answers before a secret plot can destroy them all.

This novel picks up where the first novel in the series, Darwin’s Children, left off as Jaycie works to remember and understand her powers and abilities after her power surge.  I very much enjoyed this novel, especially as Jaycie and Haylee have now begun to mature to a point that they’re extremely likable characters. While Jaycie does occasionally lapse in her ability to control herself, her selfishness and jaded personality has all but disappeared, and she really works to do what is right throughout this novel, endearing her to my heart. 

As the characters and back-story was fleshed out in Darwin’s Children, this novel has less down time and much more action from the very beginning.  There is a lot going on in this novel as Jaycie, Haylee, and her family struggle to figure out what is happening to Allison and who the mystery man is killing off the vampires.  I spent a majority of this novel trying to figure out “who-done-it” and really enjoyed that aspect of mystery as well as the superb characterization.  The fact that there are many key characters, yet they remain easily definable and don’t make the story difficult to follow, is a testament to Larry’s writing abilities.  I think she’s refined her writing in this sequel and I cannot wait for more from her.  Four stars.    

I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.


Thank you sooo much, I’m so glad you enjoyed it better than the first one! Smiling from ear to ear.

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