Synopsis: Tess is finally safe from the reach of the Council, now that she is living in the Middlelands with the rebel Isolationists. With James having returned to Templeton, she easily falls back into her friendship with Henry, though her newfound knowledge of Robert’s chosen one status still stings. Even surrounded by people, Tess has never felt more alone. So she’s thrilled when James returns to the settlement, demanding to see Tess — until she finds out that it’s because her sister, Louisa, has been recruited into Tess’s old position at Templeton, and that the dangerously sadistic chosen one George has taken an interest in her.
Thoughts: The synopsis definitely gives you a taste of all the high points, but Naturals was so much more than I expected. It was fast-paced, dangerous, with rebel activity constantly going on around you. Absolutely enjoyed the second installment in the series from the opening all the way to the bittersweet ending.
Tess is definitely something. We learn in Chosen Ones that she can definitely be defiant. In Naturals, she’s no different. If anything, she fights more against everyone around her and when Tess wants something, you better believe she’ll do whatever it takes to get it. She’s brave and strong, and constantly no matter how dangerous always fighting for the people she loves.
Two other new characters I must mention that I absolutely loved were McNair and Lockwood. McNair I had to grow to love… but I did. With Lockwood, he was a character I insta-loved. He’s one of those friends who is wholesome and honest and some one who always has your back. I loved his character and hope to see a lot more of him in the future.
With romance, it’s always an A+ in my book when an author can make me fall and have hopes for more than one boy. In Chosen Ones I was one hundred percent team James. In Naturals, I still ended up being Team James but, Henry is so much more in this book. I absolutely love his constant willingness to protect Tess. How despite everything, he really does love and care for her. I honestly kept wanting them to just jump each other throughout the first half of the book… I just kept waiting for the moment to happen. And though, I won’t spoil anything, when James comes in to the picture I was ridiculously happy. James is good from the inside out. I absolutely love everything about that boy. So did I love Henry even more in Naturals, heck yeah and I would like a happily ever after of some sort for him… but overall, I’m a James girl.
The ending of this book is yet another heart-breaking killer and some what of a cliff hanger. But, hey if authors didn’t do that do us on occasion we wouldn’t feel the emotions we did and we most likely wouldn’t love the book as much as we did and hope for more. And, believe me I am hoping for a happily ever after. I wanted to scream at the end of Naturals, but overall I thought it was even better than the first! Definitely worth a read!