Thursday, June 4, 2015

"Open Minds" by Susan Kaye Quinn!
*Review & Spotlight*

~Images and info from goodreads.com; review owned by Desert Rose Reviews.
First published in 2014; re-posted for our TBR Review

Mindjack Trilogy, Book 1

~Published: November 1st 2011

~Length: 326 Pages

~Genres: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Dystopian, Romance, Paranormal

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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.


~ 4/5 Roses ~

In a world where everyone can read minds, it's an oddity to be disconnected from everyone, and have to actually talk to someone to communicate.  For Kira Moore, that's exactly what she's dealing with.  She's been labeled a Zero, as if being different wasn't bad enough.  She's holding out hope for just being a late bloomer though, and changing this year.  Being disconnected from everyone seems like the biggest thing going wrong in her life...til she falls into Simon's lap...literally.

Simon's a mind-jacker...someone completely different than everyone else, but much more powerful...and dangerous.  Kira quickly finds herself on the government's wanted list for being a mind-jacker herself, and almost over night, her world is torn apart.

Fighting between the need to do what she feels is right, and the need to survive, she goes up against seemingly unbeatable opponents to reveal the truth about the world, and the mistreatment of so many people.

The writing in this book flows fairly well, and with a highly entertaining story, this is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

I took off a rose, because the beginning of the book starts out confusing, throwing the reader into a world with new words that aren't explained, and I had to go back and re-read parts several times to be sure what the author meant, which was frustrating.  After giving educated guesses to the words that were made up/changed, the book flowed better, but the changing of important words, to made-up words that didn't make sense, and weren't explained, made the first few chapters frustrating, and I almost didn't keep reading after chapter 3.

I'm glad I did though, because it is a good book.  This story is gripping and new, and had me both laughing and crying.  I certainly recommend this book to any YA fan.


Susan Kaye Quinn grew up in California, where she wrote snippets of stories and passed them to her friends during class. Her teachers pretended not to notice and only confiscated her stories a couple times.

Susan left writing behind to pursue a bunch of engineering degrees, but she was drawn back to writing by an irresistible urge to share her stories with her niece, her kids, and all the wonderful friends she’s met along the way.

She doesn’t have to sneak her notes anymore, which is too bad.

Susan writes from the Chicago suburbs with her three boys, two cats, and one husband. Which, it turns out, is exactly as a much as she can handle.

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