Book Review 22 – The Mind Readers

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The Mind Readers
(Mind Readers #1)

by Lori Brighton

Rating: 3 stars
Reading challenge: Freebie February – 2nd book

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Goodreads Summary:

Cameron Winters is a freak. Fortunately, no one but her family knows the truth… that Cameron can read minds. For years Cameron has hidden behind a facade of normalcy, warned that there are those who would do her harm. When gorgeous and mysterious Lewis Douglas arrives he destroys everything Cameron has ever believed and tempts her with possibilities of freedom. Determined to embrace her hidden talents, Cameron heads to a secret haven with Lewis; a place where she meets others like her, Mind Readers.

But as Cameron soon finds out some things are too good to be true. When the Mind Readers realize the extent of Cameron’s abilities, they want to use her powers for their own needs. Cameron suddenly finds herself involved in a war in which her idea of what is right and wrong is greatly tested. In the end she’ll be forced to make a choice that will not only threaten her relationship with Lewis, but her very life.

The rating is more of a 3.5 stars, but I’d put it closer to 3 because the story is so simplistic. Really, I guessed most of the mysteries immediately, so I can’t say this book had any surprises. There is, however, the bigger picture we get only a whiff of and which I’d like to learn more about.

This is a quite short, very condensed first novel of a series filled with mind readers. While I can sympathise with the heroine Cameron, I thought her really stupid at some point. Being a mind reader ought to teach her something about human nature, no? She was so easily duped it wasn’t even funny. Well, she did pin all her hopes on the first mind-reading guy she met, Lewis, and his mentor Aaron, but clearly the small things giving her misgivings surely were warning enough? There were people warning her time and time again and she still did not start investigating untill it was too late.

This is why the ending did not surprise me at all. I was only glad she was still alive and able to return to her grandmother, their relationship patched up and far better than before. I do wonder about other children and the government agency. Cameron better grow up quick and get a hold of her self. She can’t be a carefree teenager anymore.

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