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Why do I say the author is lazy? Well, I feel she can add more depth to the story and to the characters.
The café explosion was just a hook to grab readers into the story. We don't know why the bomber did it, we don't know what happen to the bomber, and we don't see anybody at the cafe who is affected by the explosion. All of that just to show the heroine feeling guilty for being a coward. Later on, with the murdered girl, the author is lazy with this part of the story. The author did not let the readers get to know about the murdered girl nor the killer. Most important, we don't know why he killed her. Did the author put this in as another example to show how gifted the heroine is at reading minds and doing almost nothing? I mean, really, this murdered girl and killer could be left out of the story and it wouldn't affect the ending. And the killer was put into jail so quickly, I'm left wondering, 'what' and 'how' One day, the killer was hanging out with the high school students, and the next day, the students are gossiping at school about how he's arrested for the murder. We don't get to see him being arrested. We don't get to see the evidence, except from the heroine reading his mind that he killed her. The heroine didn't know how he killed her or why.
I was tempted to give up after 50%, but decide to continue reading to the end. At 60%, I thought, ooh yay, some action besides meditation. They have captured an enemy and have him tied up. But then it quickly gets boring. Yeah, the heroine gets to read his mind and the bad guy gets hurt from her mind reading. YAWN. Did she learn about the enemy's plots and secrets? No. She reads a flashback of his memories of his time with his family. Yawn, yawn, yawn.
I did read all the way to the end. All I can say is that the heroine is pretty stupid for a mind reader.
Forget all of the typographical errors, the protagonist is whiny and insecure, thus hard to care about. We are introduced to several characters and great detail at the start of the book and some of them we simply never ever get back to.
Also, I counted ELEVN times before I stopped counting entirely the number of times Lewis "raked his hands through his hair". With all of that violent raking I'm surprised that he is not bald by the end.
I wish the author spent more time developing the characters.
God save me from myself, free books, and cliffhangers! Yes, I've done it again. I found one I couldn't put down and it had three and a half volumes to it that I just had to read before I was completely satisfied last night! The only saving grace is that each volume was only $1.99-3.99, so it wasn't expensive to indulge. And I'm still trying to decide if I loved it or hated it! Well, I loved major parts of it and hated some parts of it.
It is YA, and it was an easy and fast read. That is not always true of YA, but this time it was. I read all three and a half books yesterday afternoon and evening between lunch and supper, watching a Midsomer Murder, and getting to bed by midnight. The main character starting in the first book is Cameron and she isn't even out of high school, yet. She's had an unusual upbringing up until now having been dumped with her paternal Grandmother when she was only five and moving around every few years. See, she has an unusual superpower. She can read minds. In fact, she can't block them out. She hears what people are thinking all the time. Her grandmother has the same power. Someone is after them, so they have to move each time the someone gets too close.
Ms. Brighton has characters popping in and out of Cameron's life right and left, but each one is fully integrated into the story and interacts really well with existing characters as they come and go. You get information as you need it and as it is revealed to Cameron. She has to grow up, but there are times when it's a very slow process and she makes some really dumb decisions. That's when I lost my patience with her. There are lots of surprises in this book and it's not all light and pretty. People are tortured, disappear, and die, even people Cameron loves. But there are new people to know and love as well. And new things to do and learn for them all. And there is healing for many in the end.
I have referred to three and a half books a couple of times. Well, it is time to discuss the half, The Mind Keepers. It was problematic for me and from the reviews I have read, for others as well. The author maintained Cameron's point of view throughout the first three books and it worked very well. In the half, the novella, she switched to Cameron's half sister Nora's point of view as it is mostly her story. It was very disconcerting. I think even the author was confused, which made it even harder to understand. There were times that I really wasn't sure who "I" was. Nora and Cameron were both part of the scene and "I" could have been either of them, but it was supposed to be Nora. Yet, at times it really felt like the author had confused the two characters and was writing it as Cameron again. I managed to understand what was going on and get to the end, but I really wish the half had been more pages in book three and handled differently. But then, I'm not a mind reader, so I don't know what Ms. Brighton was thinking when she wrote the books. Pun intended.
I recommend this series to anyone who likes fast action, family stories, and great magic with attractive characters who rise to the occasion and give you that touch of romance and true love.
I acquired book #1 through BookBub for free and the rest of the series from Amazon at full price and am providing an honest review without compensation of any kind. All opinions are fully my own.
~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review
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