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...
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.