Apr 182014
 
Review: Open MindsOpen Minds (Mindjack Trilogy #1) by Susan Kaye Quinn
Published by Self published on Oct 24, 2011
Genres: Paranormal, YA
Format: eBook from Free Download
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Rating: four-stars

When everyone reads minds, a secret is a dangerous thing to keep.

Sixteen-year-old Kira Moore is a zero, someone who can’t read thoughts or be read by others. Zeros are outcasts who can’t be trusted, leaving her no chance with Raf, a regular mindreader and the best friend she secretly loves. When she accidentally controls Raf’s mind and nearly kills him, Kira tries to hide her frightening new ability from her family and an increasingly suspicious Raf. But lies tangle around her, and she’s dragged deep into a hidden world of mindjackers, where having to mind control everyone she loves is just the beginning of the deadly choices before her.

This was an exciting story that started as a high school paranormal drama, and morphed to a high-powered thriller. The action comes fast and furious, and caused me to stay up late just so I could finish the last 50 pages. I couldn’t put it down without getting to the end.

I loved Kira. She was a likable heroine whose internal dialogue was easy to relate to. Her soft heart and strong moral compass are great attributes that helped make her character easy to support.

Kira’s ability, or disability, had very realistic reactions within her high school. This was especially noticeable by how her teachers reacted to the situation. Some teachers handled things well and tried to make the situation easier for Kira, while others were pretty clueless and just didn’t know what to do. This realistic portrayal of the way people react to situations was great to see as it brought more realism to a paranormal story. I like my paranormal to be believable, and small details like this go a long way to creating that believability.

I did find that the vocabulary and slang used in the story took a bit of getting used to. It was actaully worked into the story quite naturally, and once I got the hang of it, it was fine, but the first few times were a bit offputting.

Overall, this was an exciting and fun story. I loved that there was an unpredictable air to the story; just look at the surprise twists involving Simon, very unexpected. The story stood well on it’s own, but with lots more ground to cover, this is a great start to the series.

  3 Responses to “Review: Open Minds”

  1. Oh, I’m going to have to read this one. I have it on my iPad but haven’t made it a priority to read but it sounds like I should. I love when the main character actually has morals and I’m curious about Kira’s ability. Thanks for sharing your review and reminding me that I need to read this one.

    • You should definitely read it, it’s quite exciting. I love when characters have strong morals too, it makes them much more interesting.

  2. I’ve had this book forever, but haven’t heard much about it, so it’s been archived. It was one of those freebies that I one-clicked b/c of the high rating, but never did anything else with. SO. Good to know it’s worth taking the time to read. Great review!

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