Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Mind Readers

"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." - Amazon Blurb

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Lori Brighton does a fantastic job in bringing the reader into the life of a mind reader, detailing a power that everyone has wished to have at least once. Though, after this novel, that power doesn't seem so tempting. 

I was impressed with the detail of The Mind Readers. The intricacies of the plot were fascinating. At points, I was feeling exactly what Brighton described Cameron feeling. All of the secrets that surround the story line truly have readers wondering which side of the war Cameron should be on and asking the same question: Who should she trust?

However, The Mind Readers did fall short in the aspect of reader-character connection. The novel didn't pull me in enough to form a bond with the main character. I never felt the gut-wrenching need to know how her story ended like I normally do. Cameron's character qualities are expected in a seventeen year old girl. She worries what others think about her, wants to have real friends, and a life of her own. But, it just wasn't enough for me. 

The story surrounding Cameron was incredible, but she fell into the background. The plot is definitely what kept me reading, and I do want to read the sequel, but not because of Cameron. It isn't so much what happens to her that has me craving more -- it's what she got in the middle of. I want to know how the story ends rather than how her story ends. 

on Amazon

rating: 3/5 cups

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