Friday, December 16, 2011

Open Minds Review

Open Minds
By Susan Kaye Quinn

About the book:

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.

My Review:

When I received the book pitch for Open Minds, I didn’t accept right away as I was unsure I would enjoy the genre.  I normally don’t read sci-fi/fantasy.  I found Open Minds to fit under the YA, sci-fi, fantasy, and paranormal genre.  Before accepting this book to read, I read the customer reviews to see if I could enjoy the book. 

Open Minds follows Kira Moore, who finds herself to be somewhat of an outcast because of her inability to do what her peers and everyone around her can do.  Everyone can read and communicate in their minds.  She soon discovers she does have an ability, a very special one, unlike she has ever seen.  Until Simon approaches her.  He shows her what she can do and helps her practice and develop her skill. 

Kira is forced to keep her ability a secret as it is not the norm and readers are not aware of this secret ability.  Kira is taken on a journey to save her life and others like her.  While hiding her ability, she is forced to lie to her family and her best friend, Raf.  She lies to the people who love and care about her the most.

I found the two boys in Kira’s life to be so different.  Simon is the bad boy who likes to push the limits, while Raf is the nice guy.  He wants to protect Kira and help her in any way he can.  Simon does seem to care about Kira and I don’t fault her for falling under his spell.  Who doesn’t crush on a bad boy?  Raf is the constant in Kira’s life.  He’s genuine and sweet.  I liked both Simon and Raf in different ways!

Kira is a hero and a crusader to take on so many people who wanted to silence and control her and others like her. 

Susan Kaye Quinn

Disclosure of Material Connection: An ebook was provided to me by the author for review.  No payment was received by me in exchange for this review nor was there an obligation to write a positive one. All opinions expressed here are entirely mine and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review.  This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.  


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