Monday, February 28, 2011

My mind says "Good!" REVIEW of "The Mind Readers" by Lori Brighton

The Mind Readers, A Young Adult Paranormal Romance Why this book?: Received it to review - I love this author!

Disclaimer: I received this book for free, in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Type: Young Adult, Psychics, Mind Readers, No one is what they seem, Young Adult Paranormal Romance

About the book: Cameron can read minds. It's not the worst thing in the world, well.. maybe when she was younger and hadn't learned to keep quiet. But in highschool, it's a golden ability. She knows how to keep the popular kids apeased, and she manages to get excellent grades. But when a girl is found murdered, Cameron has the ability to find out who, but she can't expose him without exposing herself. And when a new guy joins her school, and proves to have similar abilities, it will take everything Cameron has to deal with the curveballs life is throwing her. And not everything is what it seems.

Review: I got the privilege to read the first part of this novel before it was published, and I was hooked. Cameron is an interesting character with a fascinating outlook on her abilities. Yes, she has the traditional and expected difficulties with what she can do, but she's also learned how to use them to better her social standing. Sometimes it is difficult for adult fiction authors to enter the YA field, since that teenager voice is a tough thing to pull off - but Cameron felt dead-on. She was insecure, she had that giddy and happy hearts feeling when she first met Lewis, she felt like a regular teenager. Well, a regular teenager that can read minds, and maybe do even more.

Another thing I enjoyed about "The Mind Readers" was the fact that I honestly couldn't tell where the plot was heading. A lot of fiction is predictable, which isn't always bad - it's more about the journey than the destination. But this book kept me second guessing my thoughts about each person. Not only was the journey a thrillride, but the destination itself ended up being quite the shock as well. This made it that much easier to identify with Cameron, because she was just as much in the dark as I was.

The ending was left open just enough that I'm hoping for a sequel. The author's website lists "The Mind Readers" as book one, so fingers crossed that we'll get one soon!

Cover Loving: Oh yes. I think this cover is excellent - simple, and perfect.

Recommendation: Definitely recommended for fans of young adult paranormal fiction.

Final Rating: FOUR out of FIVE (4/5). Really good young adult paranormal fiction/romance. Quite the thrillride - non stop action!

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Happy reading!
~!~ Amanda ~!~

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