Monday, September 20, 2010

Minder by Kate Kaynak

Title: Minder
Author: Kate Kaynak
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Paperback, 249 pages
Date Published: June 18, 2010

Description (Taken from Goodreads):
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...
You know how that saying ‘never judge a book by its cover’ can also be used when talking about people? Well it certainly applies to nearly everyone in Minder. Each and every person appears to be perfectly normal human beings. And they are, aside from the fact that they have these extraordinary powers ala X-Men (which I love...Gambit was always my favorite).

Minder jumps off to an explosive start and rarely lets up. The world of Ganzfield is intriguing and laced with mystery and Maddie Dunn’s acclimation to this surprising world is perfectly paced. Maddie’s realization that she is a ‘minder’ or mind-reader comes with hearing the thoughts of everyone around her. Being bombarded with insecurities, mistrust, deviousness, and the more than occasional dirty thought should drive Maddie crazy, but once she meets Trevor, the only telekinetic at Ganzfield, she’s able to nearly block everything else out.

Trevor is sweet and gorgeous and not at all put off by Maddie’s mind-reading abilities. His thoughts are refreshingly of the not dirty teenage boy variety and he clearly cares about Maddie. The only negative thing about Minder was probably the pace of Maddie and Trevor’s relationship. They meet and then BOOM they are instantly in love. The whole hearing thoughts thing could certainly hasten the development of their relationship, but it happened a bit too quickly for my liking. Still, their relationship is passionate and honest. They make quite the pair.

Spiderman taught us that ‘with great power, comes great responsibility.’ The students at Ganzfield are young and can be reckless, but the powers that they have could do some serious damage. Kaynak shows us the good and the bad of it. Not all people with extreme power use it for good. The action-packed ending gives us both sides to that story.

Kaynak does and extraordinary job creating a vast, sprawling world filled with just enough science and psychology to make it believable. The explanation into the powers that the Ganzfield students have is plausible. Government conspiracies and secret spy programs kept me on my toes about what was really going on.

Minder is an engaging read with unique characters and a steamy romance that sizzles off the page. The inappropriately timed humor and sarcastic comments (See my favorite line below) also had me laughing my way through some of the more serious moments. The ending had me begging for more and, lucky me, Adversary is already out. I’ll be getting that very soon.

Opening line(s): I felt the eyes on the back of my head, like a too-warm itch within my skull. Someone was watching me. ~ pg. 1

Favorite line(s): Trevor’s concern flooded over me. Seizure?
No, thank you. Maybe I’ll have one later, though. ~ pg. 179
Great read - 4.5
*While I received this book from Kate Kaynak, this review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it. 
 

17 comments:

Disgruntled Bear said...

Thanks for reviewing, Nikki! I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

brandileigh2003 said...

Thanks for the review. I am really looking forward to reading this one.

Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

Melissa said...

I've been dying to read this one...apparently I have too many books in my piles haha great review!

Inspired Kathy said...

I've seen this cover a lot lately. I'd like to read this.

Jessy said...

I haven't heard much about Minder, but I will have to check it out since you liked it so much.

Jill of The O.W.L. said...

I've been seeing this book around a lot, but this is the first time I've stopped to read a review. It sounds really good! Glad you reviewed it!

Scoot said...

Thanks for the review... this book looks great! I am adding it to my TBR list.

Cathy W said...

I'm looking forward to reading this.
Thanks for the review.

Lora1967 said...

This sounds like a great book. I would love to read it. Thanks for the review. Love your site. I will stop by more often.
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Kristina Barnes♥ said...

Oooh, this sounds like such an interesting book! I need to get my hands on a copy! I'm really intrigued now that I know there's a juicy romance going on! :P

Judy said...

Great review!! Thanks!1


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Sophia said...

Wow great review~! Thanks for taking your time to review Minder. I can't wait to read it :)

hendy said...

You read my mind, when I was reading the synopsis of the book I thought this book sounds a lot like X-Men (which I love). This book sounds great.
hmhenderson AT yahoo DOT com

Becky said...

Nice review, this looks like a great book.

mbreakfield said...

Great review, and Gambit was always my favorite x-man too.

Ashley said...

Great Review! Thanks!

Ashley said...

Great review! Gambit was always my favorite too!! He is my only cartoon character crush, but if he was real, sigh... :)

I'm even more anxious to read this book now!

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