Sunday, September 08, 2013

Start Point - Review: The Mind Readers

Since the blog was just born, I will start by posting some of my old reviews, I hope you enjoy it.

The Mind Readers
by Lori Brighton

Print Length: 226 pages
Publisher: Lori Brighton (December 7, 2010)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English

Cameron Winters is a freak. Fortunately, no one but her family knows the truth …that Cameron can read minds. For years Cameron has hidden behind a facade of normalcy, warned that there are those who would do her harm. When gorgeous and mysterious Lewis Douglas arrives he destroys everything Cameron has ever believed and tempts her with possibilities of freedom. Determined to embrace her hidden talents, Cameron heads to a secret haven with Lewis; a place where she meets others like her, Mind Readers. 

But as Cameron soon finds out some things are too good to be true. When the Mind Readers realize the extent of Cameron’s abilities, they want to use her powers for their own needs. Cameron suddenly finds herself involved in a war in which her idea of what is right and wrong is greatly tested. In the end she’ll be forced to make a choice that will not only threaten her relationship with Lewis, but her very life. 
Best for ages 14 and over.

  • My review: I Recommend.

    The main character is Cameron, a seventeen mind-reader. She lives with her grandmother and struggles to fit on the world around her without been labeled as a freak. To do so, she follows her grandma rules (even if it makes her feel guilty like hell), and doesn't hesitate to use her powers to be the person others would like her to be (even if it means bear Emily's abuses). Everything changes when a girl from her school is killed. There's a serial-killer on the loose, and Cam is the only one who can stop him. At least, that's what she thinks. Then the gorgeous Lewis makes his entrance and she is not alone anymore. Like a hero he takes care of everything, but in the main time, she blows up her cover and turns out the freak of the school. Her relationship with grandma is awful, her days with the popular kids are over and she discovered that there are others like her and her grandma. Lewis offers the chance to learn more about herself, her powers and even her father. She can't let this chance escape. Cameron leave all her previous life behind and follows the guy of her dreams to an entire new world, full of dangers and lies.

What I liked: The plot is intriguing, the characters are solid, making you love and hate at the same time, which is a good thing. It shows the author talent to connect the reader with the story. The mystery around who is good and who is bad kept me glued to the book till the end.

What I didn't like: Cameron and Lewis relationship was way too superficial. They lived at the same house, trained together and even so, their love-story consisted only in a couple of happy moments and a lot of deception. How can she love him this way?

All in all, I liked the book and the next one is on my wish list. I'm an addict reader and there isn't a book I don't read till the end, even if it's awful. But evaluating them never comes easy, there are too many things to consider. So I formulated a strategy. The numbers of stars I give to a book are related to the number of days I spent reading it. I read this one in one day; thus it received 5 stars, and therefore, I recommend it.