Friday, April 20, 2012

Review&Giveaway!!! Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn

"When everyone reads minds, a secret is a dangerous thing to keep."

ISBN: 1466354267 (ISBN13: 9781466354265)
Published: Published November 1st 2011 by CreateSpace
Page Count: 326 Pages
Author: Susan Kaye Quinn
Goodreads Page: Click Here

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.

I was given a copy of this book to review by the Author. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated in any way for them.

Review:

Open Minds is about a sixteen year old girl named Kira Moore who struggles being the only one around who can't read minds. It's a lonely existence and her only solace comes in the moments she shares with her friend Raf. All that changes when she accidentally controls Raf's mind causing him to lose consciousness. Now forced to live a life of Lies Kira is finally being accepted, but can she keep up the charade? Well sorry no spoilers here your just going to have to read the book and find out.

This was a great read from start to finish. The whole concept of a society who could read minds was alien to me, it's something I had never seen. While at first I thought that would be cool, once I started reading the book I realized I'd hate it. Imagine never having the ability to hide a crush, share a secret with a friend, or heck even tell a lie. It would be awful. I guess if you have always lived like that then it wouldn't seem so though.

The main character Kira is a well written female protagonist. It was interesting "hearing" her thoughts while those around her couldn't. Kira is like any typical sixteen year old, she craves acceptance. Kira desperately wants to fit in yet, when she has the chance to she really struggles with it. I think Kira's reluctance stems from having a strong moral compass. She knows mindjacking is wrong but also that she will be doomed to the fringes of society if she refuses to use it. Zeros (non mind readers) aren't trusted. Since Kira wants to be a Doctor she knows that unless her patients can read her mind she has no chance of becoming one. So while she struggles internally with her decisions that need to be accepted and normal like everyone else is to strong an emotion to be ignored.

Since this book is about a society whose communication is mostly telepathic scenes, I did wonder if it might be hard to distinguish between them. When it came down to it I had no problem switching between the vocal and telepathic conversations.

My only real issue was the made up terms Kira uses. I know it's the slang that one in her society would use but I don't know it just didn't work for me half the time.

Overall I really enjoyed this book and can't wait for the next in the series. This book has a bit of everything one could want. Love,loss,action,angst,and suspense. If you want something unique and different then I highly suggest picking up this book. I will be giving Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn 4 Stars ★★★★.


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9 comments:

  1. Now this sounds interesting! Great review.

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  2. What a great review! I would totally love to read this book; it seems like exactly the kind of thing I would like! Plus, the cover is so cool: really gorgeous yet creepy! It would be amazing to win this book, so best of luck to all who enter! Thanks again for the great review and generous giveaway! :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and entering! Don't forget you can retweet once a day for more entries.

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  3. This sounds really interesting, I think I'll read it whether I win or not!

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  4. Hey Kristin, you have awesome ideas. How did you contact this author? In Czech rep. it's really impossible. Well, maybe 'cause there are two or three YA writers. :D

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    1. The Author contacted me. I'd suggest sending a message through Goodreads or going to the Author's website, looking for the contact me page and sending a message that way :)

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    2. You're lucky one. I'd like to contact Kathy Reichs or Jeffery Deaver but these two are so famous and busy too. I contacted Swedish writer Mons Kallentoft and prepared interview, but he's on tour so I have to wait.

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  5. I am going to go to my local library and get this book for my daughter to read. She will be delighted.

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