Dec 302013
Review: Mind GamesMind Games (The Disillusionists #1) by Carolyn Crane
Narrated by: Rebecca Wisocky
Published by Spectra on Mar 23, 2010
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook from Purchased
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: four-stars


Justine Jones has a secret. A hardcore hypochondriac, she’s convinced a blood vessel is about to burst in her brain. Then, out of the blue, a startlingly handsome man named Packard peers into Justine’s soul and invites her to join his private crime-fighting team. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime deal. With a little of Packard’s hands-on training, Justine can weaponize her neurosis, turning it outward on Midcity’s worst criminals, and finally get the freedom from fear she’s always craved. End of problem.

Or is it? In Midcity, a dashing police chief is fighting a unique breed of outlaw with more than human powers. And while Justine’s first missions, including one against a nymphomaniac husband-killer, are thrilling successes, there is more to Packard than meets the eye. Soon, while battling her attraction to two very different men, Justine is plunging deeper into a world of wizardry, eroticism, and cosmic secrets. With Packard’s help, Justine has freed herself from her madness—only to discover a reality more frightening than anyone’s worst fears.

This was a unique story featuring a very strong, yet paranoid heroine who has a unique paranormal ability. It’s a fast paced, action packed story that has few lulls. With multiple layers of secrets, it’s hard to tell who’s the bad guy and who’s the good guy at times.

Justine’s hypochondria and fixation on a specific illness is quite eye-opening. The reader gets a very indepth look at what goes on in Justine’s mind, and how her obsession affects every facet of her life. It rarely borders into annoying, and instead made me quite sympathetic to her character. Her main goal in life is to be free of fear and all of her actions are based on this.

The other characters were just as interesting as Justine, but as the heroine with a first-person narration, the story is really all about her. Even with this in mind, the other characters came alive and were quite distinct.

The only part of the book that I didn’t like was the amount of sexuality that was included. Not just appearing in a potential love triangle, it also came up in a few instances when Justine was working with targets. The scenes were just short of explicit, but they were not clean in any way. It felt a little overdone at times and short of uncomfortable as well.

I listened to the audiobook, and would highly recommend it. The narrator had a great voice for Justine. The age and tone were very fitting. The accents she gave the other characters were realistic and believable.

Overall, this was a great book with just one major flaw. I loved Justine’s constant moral battle and her resolve to do what she thought was right. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

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