Monday, February 20, 2012

Open Minds by Susan Quinn

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.

First off, my thanks to Susan Quinn for finding me and asking me to review her book, Open Minds.  Second, my congratulations to Susan for a job well done.  :)

Open Minds was a fantastic book full of all the elements that I love in a good book.  The characters were well developed and I believed them.  I felt invested in their feelings and choices.  I cared what happened to them.  (I think I still do.)

There was just enough suspense and action to keep my complete attention.  My heart would start to pump a bit faster and my eyes would start reading faster in an attempt to find out what happened.  I liked that.  But suspense and action were not the whole book, which is why I really liked it.  It had those down times where we were able to connect and feel.

Here is a quote that made me smile because I remember learning about sludge in my Natural Resources and Conservation class in college.  My friends and I would joke around about something being sludge because that was the worst it could get.  "There must be something worse than green sludge on cheese, because I had sunk to a new low."

As far as content goes, this was happily free of swearing and sex.  There were some kissing scenes and some sexual references.  There was some underage drinking and some violence.

I really, really liked this book.  You all should check this book out.  I'm eagerly awaiting the second book, Closed Hearts, which is the next book in this trilogy and hopefully it will be out soon.   You can find out more about these books at The Mindjack Trilogy website. 

You can purchase Open Minds (ebook) for 2.99 on Amazon.  Or as a paperback book for under 10 dollars.  You can also find it at Barnes and Noble.

Susan Kaye Quinn grew up in California, where she wrote snippets of stories and passed them to her friends during class. She pursued a bunch of engineering degrees and worked a lot of geeky jobs, including turns at GE Aircraft Engines, NASA, and NCAR. Now that she writes novels, her business card says "Author and Rocket Scientist" and she doesn't have to sneak her notes anymore. All that engineering comes in handy when dreaming up paranormal powers in future worlds or mixing science with fantasy to conjure slightly plausible inventions. Susan writes from the Chicago suburbs with her three boys, two cats, and one husband. Which, it turns out, is exactly as much as she can handle.


  1. Great review! I love reading books that allow me to really get to know the characters and build a connection with them :) Thanks for the giveaway.

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  2. Sounds like an amazing books! Plus a great review:)

  3. Interesting book. I would like to get the chance to win an ebook copy of it.

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  4. This sounds really interesting. I am really intrigued about this idea of mind control. It sounds really amazing! I love that you can build a connection with the characters, it's something I find really makes me more interested in the book. Thanks for the great review and for the chance at the giveaway!


  5. Loved the review and it sounds like a fantastic read! Thanks for the chance:)

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  6. I've read many great reviews for Open Minds and it's been on wish list. Thanks for this chance to win it:)


  7. Great Review of it, I really want to read this now! I've been eyeing for a while, and now I need to get it. Thanks for a chance to win it.


  8. Sounds like a good one...I wanna read it!

  9. Ooooh...sounds great...and a new mythical being as well! hmm..sounds my kinda book. Thanks for this.. paranormalfantasyaddict [at] gmail [dot] com

  10. Would love to read this :)

  11. Thank you for taking the time to do this giveaway :)

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  12. Thanks for the review and for the giveaway. :)


  13. Sounds interesting. Count me in. :)

  14. Thanks for the giveaway!

  15. I want to read this so so so bad!!! :D Thank you so much for the chance to win!

  16. Great Interview. I'm looking forward to reading it!!! Thanks for the chance to win! My email is


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