Date Published: December 15, 2011
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Published by: Westside Books
Number of Pages: 370
I discovered this book through JKSCommunications, I was on their website and browsing their tours when I came across this book, now usually I never pick a book by its cover but it just drew me in and as soon as I read the summary I knew I had to read it. There was so much to this book, it kind of reminded me of the opposite of the book “Open Minds” where everyone can read minds and the main protagonist couldn’t but where in this book it was switched, reading minds was banned; illegal. But in no way was this book the same as any other book; it had a lot of unique ideas and quality to it, it’s one that will keep you reading to the end.
The plot was twisted and complicated at times; it was filled with sub-plots and complications. I liked that this was a unique paranormal, it took a new idea and put a twist on it. Though reading minds is in no way new to the paranormal world the way the world functions and the laws placed within its boundaries is. I mean everything is spun off of other’s ideas and it takes a good author to take that same idea and spin into a more beautiful and interesting thing and this is what the author did. She took this idea and added so much to it; made it fun for the reader. As far as the pace of the book it was at times normal speed and others fast, this isn’t a book that takes a long time to read, for me it was maximum of two days (in my world that’s good, life can distract you from reading very easily). As for the romance in this book it wasn’t the key complication, there was definitely romance of course but it wasn’t the kind to overwhelm the reader; to make them gooey eyed by the end of it. No, this romance was more subdued and more practical. So overall the plot was good and resolved well for book one of the series.
The main characters in the story were really thought out and created. I felt the author did a great job on creating characters that are unique and filled with perspectives and their own personalities. I liked that we were really able to see into their minds (no pun intended). The author really allowed us to connect with the characters at a deeper level by allowing us inside their minds at the most vulnerable times, to peek inside themselves and discover their most inner thoughts and emotions. As for the minor characters they were good, some of them were a little weak, they seemed to be half in and half out of the world but considering the small part they play in the whole scheme of things it wasn’t that much of a big deal. So overall I really did like the characters in this book, they were as realistic as they could be in their world and they added texture to the overall appearance of the book.
Transformation of the Character:
As far as transformations go there were a few but none of them were “mind-blowing”. I have a hunch that even more of these characters will make transformations as they grow in the books to come. Transformations do take time and even though so much happened in this book these characters have a long way to go before they make any good and full transformations. So I guess overall it wasn’t a huge aspect to me in this book but I do hope to see it in the books to come.
Hmmm…what to say about description? The author described some scenes really well; actually some of my favorite scenes are the ones from the hotel Caitlyn and her mom were living at…the way she described their belongings and the room they were actually staying at…WOW. You could really see how well the author knew her characters, just by some of the pure description you could tell a lot about that particular character and that takes talent. So combined with the description and the inner monologues we were privileged to a very special bond to the characters. As for the amount of dialogue and description I would say it fit this particular book just find, I didn’t find it overused in any scenes or parts of the books, it was an overall great aspect to this book.
As for the authors style of writing, I wouldn’t say it’s poetic or even smooth, it’s more rocky mixed with smooth and that’s a good thing. For this particular book just doing plain smooth or even poetic instances would have just made it sound more fake and unnatural, the author was right to choose the style of writing she used. As for staying in one POV it was good, it left some of the mysteries and secrets from being discovered and along with some of the characters inner monologues it did just find staying in one point of view. So overall I enjoyed this author sense of style and the way she organized and put together this interesting and new world.
Quote of the Book:
“All I care about is the blessedness of almost quiet, the peace that fills me. It’s like unfolding an extra pocket of time that no one else has, time that’s woven from sunshine and cool breeze, soft grass and laughter. Time that spreads gently through me, massaging my thoughts into jelly-bliss.”
Caitlyn is a telepath in a world where having any paranormal power is illegal. Caitlyn is on the run from government troopers, who can enslave, torture, or even kill her, or make her hunt other Paranormals. When Caitlyn settles down in a city, she falls for Alex, a Normal (someone without Paranormal powers), which is dangerous because he can turn her in. And she discovers renegade Paranormals who want to destroy all Normals. Caitlyn must decide whether she's going to stay in hiding to protect herself, or take a stand to save the world.
I would recommend this book to paranormal readers; it really has a unique take on this particular paranormal power. I wouldn’t however recommend this if you’re in this for the romance, there’s more to it than a simple relationship, it has deeper veins that lie within the major plot. I really enjoyed this book, it was quick, fun and enjoyable and aside from a few minor issues this turned out to be all that I hoped it to be. I would definitely read more by this author and I can’t wait to continue their journey with them, there’s just so much more to be discovered and resolved in this world.My Rating:
I want to thank JKSCommunications for allowing me to read this book, it was really an honor to review it.
Also I’ve been informed that the e-book copy of “Scars” became available as of April 12, 2012. Scars is another book by the same author and I too want to check it out. So all you readers out there who are hog hungry for e-books go ahead and grab you a copy to add to your virtual shelf Here.
Cheryl Rainfield writes realistic edgy fiction for teens, fantasy for children, and some non-fiction articles for adults. She edits and critiques children’s and teen fiction, and on her website she reviews a wide variety of children’s and YA books. In addition to writing, Cheryl is also a talented artist. She lives in Toronto with her dog Willow and cat Amazon. Visit her on the web at www.CherylRainfield.com