Monday, July 19, 2010

Review: Minder by Kate Kaynak

Minder by Kate Kaynak
Release Date: June, 2010
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Genre: YA paranormal

THE STORY: Sixteen-year-old Maddie Dunn is special, but she needs to figure out how to use her new abilities before somebody else gets hurt. Ganzfield is a secret training facility full of people like her, but it's not exactly a nurturing place.

Every social interaction carries the threat of mind-control.

A stray thought can burn a building to the ground.

And people's nightmares don't always stay in their own heads. But it's still better than New Jersey. Especially once she meets the man of her dreams...

We love Kate and Minder so much we decided to each share what we loved about the story with you. Below are our reviews:

Nicole: I love this book! But then again, I seem to love the paranormal books. I really like the RV guys, the remote viewing. Being able to see and connect with those I love, just to make sure they are doing all right, would be awesome. I liked how we are able to see, and feel even, how Maddie is struggling with her ability. But I must say, my favorite character so far is Trevor. He's like the gentle giant, that can move things with his mind and drive with no actual hands on the wheel!

Sasha: My personal favorites are the “charms” who can basically convince anyone to do anything by just giving them a vocal command. Can you imagine teenagers with this ability? Then of course there’s Trevor who can move things with his mind. He and Maddie find that they share a special connection.

This story was entertaining. The love story was sweet and endearing. Maddie is intense and doesn’t always do or say the right thing. She is very powerful and must find a balance for that power. Who hasn’t wished for some mind reading abilities? There was some action towards the end that had me turning pages faster. I am looking forward to the sequel.

Julie: I enjoyed the characters of Minder, though the plot sometimes left me befuddled as I often felt I "missed something." Despite my bafflement, I look forward to seeing what happens in future installments. This book is a light, fun read with a somewhat comic-book feel to it. I believe this author is off to a good start, and I am interested to see what comes next.

Cindy: Minder is a story about a sixteen year old girl who finds out she has the special ability to read minds. She's whisked away to New Hampshire to attend a secret school for others like her. In a matter of days Maddie learns there are many other talents besides mind-reading and some of them are very dangerous. She finds herself falling in love with a boy she just met and trying to figure out what is right and wrong when it comes to using her ability is harder than she imagined. The author creates a world in Minder that is so easy to get lost in that I had to remind myself that there really isn't a Ganzfield. But then again, would we really know if there was? Minder is a very fun read and am super excited about book two coming out later this year.

Kendra: I loved this book! The characters are great. I love Trevor (added to the list of my fictional crushes. LOL). I like that Maddie is just a typical teenager trying to live with her "gift". She wants to do what is right, but sometimes can't help but do something not so on the up and up. Usually she feels bad about it though, unless she thinks that someone really deserved it. I enjoyed reading about the different abilities within Ganzfield, and how they interacted with each other.
Even though everything is working out for Maddie so far, I keep feeling like there was something that I was not seeing, something malicious that will come out later on. Everything right now seems too good to be true, and it is definitely keeping me on my toes.
And is anyone else curious as to why we never actually "see" Seth? He communicates with Maddie through his telepathy, and doesn't come near her because she is too "loud", but I wonder if there is anything more to it?
I am really looking forward to Adversary, and cannot wait for it to come out!

Favorite Quote(s):

"Bad Maddie. Mean. No biscuit."

Collectively, we give Minder:

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  1. I love paranormal books too. They provide such great escape. I'll have to check this one out. Thanks for the great review you guys.

  2. Thanks Lisa! Check out tomorrow's post, Kate will be giving away a copy of Minder!

  3. It really was an entertaining read



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