Friday, December 2, 2011

Open Minds by Susan Kay Quinn

Product Details

Synopsis:
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 underworld of mindjackers, where having to mind control everyone she loves is just the beginning of the deadly choices before her.

My thoughts:
Kira thinks her life can't get worse since she's a zero. She can't read minds, and that makes her almost invisible. But when an intimate moment with Raf triggers a change in her brain, Kira discovers she's not a zero after all. She's a jacker. Yet her new ability doesn't exactly make her like everyone else. Now Kira has a whole new set of problems, ones that will make her a target.

From the very first page, the writing jumped out at me. It was obvious that Quinn had this book professionally edited and put a lot of time into choosing the perfect words to put the reader in Kira's mind. And the concept of the story intrigued me right away. I mean a world where people can read each other's minds means you can't have secrets, right? Maybe not. At lease not for Kira. But Kira's ability doesn't make her power crazy or force her dominance over everyone else. She remains very human--or maybe I should say humane--and the choices she makes easily had me cheering her on.

I give this book five stars for grabbing my attention and not letting go. I will definitely read the next book in The Mindjack Trilogy.

Just for fun: Could you live in a world where people could hear your every thought?

25 comments:

  1. Thanks for the wonderful review, Kelly! :)

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  2. I would not be able to live in a world where everyone could read my mind. They would end up committing me to a mental institute. :D

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  3. You're welcome, Susan. I really enjoyed it. :)

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  4. Diane, LOL! I think all writers might end up in mental institutions if the people could read our minds. ;)

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  5. Kelly, NO! My thoughts are my own. I wouldn't want anyone else mucking about with them!

    This sounds like a really intriguing series. Thanks for the review!

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  6. Cat, it's a great book. You should definitely check it out.

    I'm with you about my thoughts being my own. I think that's one of the reasons why I loved this book. Kira's fear is something most people (if not all) can relate to.

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  7. I'm reading this book right now and loving it. And no, what an awful world to be in. Not only the brain buzz of hearing everyone else's thoughts, but you could never have a private thought. If you liked a boy, everyone would know. If you had a scary dream and thought about it in class the next day, everyone would know. It'd certainly get rid of problems like government deception (except for the jackers), but it sounds downright horrid.

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  8. Jessie, I know. It would be scary. And good point about how awful it is for the changlings to hear the thoughts of everyone else all at once. That's got to drive you crazy and give you a massive headache.

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  9. This story is so original! I bought it for kindle, and I recommend it!

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  10. Sounds like an awesome book, you guys! I must put it on my to read list :) Thanks Kelly :)

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  11. Great, tgayer! You'll enjoy it. :)

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  12. No, I wouldn't be able to live in that world at all! Wouldn't want to distort my thoughts just so other can hear what I want them to hear. Nice review of the book, Kelly!

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  13. Glad you enjoyed it, Claudine. I see what you mean about others hearing your thoughts. But really you couldn't even distort your thoughts because they'd hear them before you got a chance to distort them. Scary, right?

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  14. No, I wouldn't want to live in a world where people hear my thoughts. That would be a terrifying loss of privacy.

    I plan on reading this book. It sounds fantastic.

    Have a great weekend.

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  15. Medeia, it really is a great book. And I think the terrifying loss of privacy part is what makes the book have that extra something. But I agree with you. I wouldn't want to live in a world like this one.

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    Pop on over wed-sat for our weekly book blog hop if you can aswell xx

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  17. Cool premise :D

    Sounds like a way fun read!

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  18. I think that would be tough, I can barely cope with the thoughts of my characters as it is. The book, however, sounds like a fun read. I don't know about being able to hear others... that sounds intriguing, but also exhausting. Where would you go to be alone?

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  19. btw, I really like your new site...

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  20. Brenda, that's a great question, but Susan does explain that in the book, so if you read it you'll see how she handles this issue.

    I'm glad you like my new blog. I'm loving it. I feel more free having a YA site. Each of the age groups I write for has its own place without being overshadowed.

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  21. Very nice review. I'd hate to think that someone could read my mind and I don't think I'd like to know what's going on in others' thoughts.

    Sounds like a great story. Thanks.

    Your new site is super too.

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  22. Thanks, Beverly. And lol about hearing other people's thoughts. I never thought about it that way, but you're absolutely right.

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