Book Review: All In (YA)

All In (The Naturals #3) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Goodreads Summary:
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.

My Review:
I love this series, and this book did not disappoint. It is not necessary to start this series from the beginning, although I do recommend all three books. The characters and their drama carry forward from book to book, but the FBI case is new in each book.

This book centers around a serial killer who is targeting victims in Las Vegas at different casinos. The suspects are all participants in a poker tournament. After the last book, Cassie and the other “Naturals” are able to assist with the investigation on live cases, so they’re brought to Las Vegas to profile suspects, analyze patterns, read emotions, and detect lies.

I really like that the teenagers in these books don’t have super powers. They have natural ability that has been developed because of their upbringing. They live together in D.C. normally and help with a special division of the FBI. As you’d expect with 5 teenagers, there are romantic feelings, elements of personal conflict, and deep friendships. The cases in the books are very interesting, but my favorite parts of this book were the back stories on Sloane and Cassie and the relationship between Cassie and Dean.

This book, like the others, is written in first person from Cassie’s POV. I love how Barnes has included Cassie’s profiling of everyone into her narration. It gives the reader a sense of her skill as well as her feelings and thoughts about the events that are happening.

The plot of this book was a bit cheesy since it brings in Sloane’s backstory so nicely, but I didn’t even mind. This series is just so amazing. Barnes, who’s also a professor of psychology, knows how to tell a great story and elicit an emotional response, and once again I was sucked in right away.

The pacing was great with enough twists to keep me guessing. The characters remained true to themselves and I enjoyed the further development of their relationships with each other.

If you haven’t read this series yet, I highly recommend it.

My Rating: 5 Stars
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    1. Yeah, it's a welcomed change from the normal YA series. The characters are so great. I'm not usually into crime books, but I love this series because of the YA emotions and relationships. I hope you enjoy them.

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