Genre(s): Sci Fi/ Paranormal Romance
Length: 234 pages
Publisher: Self Published
When you're the only one who can read minds, that power is both as amazing as it is terrifying. Think about if you knew a robbery was going to occur. Or that a serial killer lurked within the borders of your town. Think about how people would treat you if came to light that you knew their darkest secrets. This is what life is like for teen Cameron Winters. Trained by her mind reader Grandmother, she never reveals her gift and never gets involved, no matter what the consequences. That is until one of her classmates is murdered and she's the only one who can pinpoint the killer. Then Lewis shows up, the sexy new student who she learns also reads minds. Lewis helps her catch the murderer and reveals he knows the secrets of her dead father. He can keep her safe from the group that killed him and he can introduce her to a man that will not only tell her about her past, but will help her unlock her true potential.
As a teen paranormal romance story, this book hit all the notes it was supposed to: hot love interest, girl with amazing powers, wise mentor with dark secrets. With twists and reversals, there was much to keep a reader entranced. The dialog, setting, description and sentence structure all served to carry the story along like a smoothly flowing river. I often found myself swept away by the narrative, exactly what I hope from a good book.
Except when I wasn't swept away. The pace in this book ran hot and cold. There were moments when I felt Brighton was a pacing genius. The opening scene is amazing, one that immediately sucks you in. Quickly after, there is a murder and more friends are at stake, all perfect to keep this story pumping. However, when they get to Aaron's, the rich mentor who wants to coach Cameron, and begin training, my interest fell away. I didn't need specifics on how she blocked people out of her mind. Grueling sessions of picturing beaches and focusing in on Lewis's sexy voice were quickly skimmed. The pace did pick up again, but at that point I had lost my enthusiasm for the story. I started looking for new books to buy instead of being drawn to finish chapters.
One of my issues was I never really like Cameron. She seems selfish and self-absorbed. For a book on mind reading, we get far too much insight on her thoughts for my taste. I wanted more action, not more teenage bemoaning about the guy that she didn't know if she could trust. But, if you read the over 1000 reviews on Amazon, many people seemed to like it. This book is ranked higher than almost any book I've reviewed. Brighton has certainly found an audience and more power to her. I just can't say I am jumping on the bandwagon.
For readers who love teen romance with paranormal elements, this is your jam. I'm not sure this plays up to adult reading standards, but I think teens will certainly enjoy this short, exciting romp. Right now the book is free, so there is no reason not to check it out. And there are three more books, all ranked very high in their category, to keep you busy if you like the series.
For me, 3.5 stars. In summation it gets a "meh" for pacing issues and my disconnect from the main character.
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THE REVIEWER: Katie French is the author of The Breeders Series, a young adult dystopian adventure and other stories. Sign up for notifications, follow her @KatielFrench or like her on Facebook.