Tuesday, November 1, 2011

OPEN MINDS - A Mind-Boggling Page Turner!

Congratulations to Susan Kaye Quinn! Today is the launch of her young adult novel, Open Minds, first book in the Mindjack Trilogy. I'm honored to be taking part in her Virtual Launch Party by doing a book review. 

I LOVE this book so much that I had to re-read it right away. The last novel that affected me like this was The Hunger Games. 

Open Minds gets more than a 5-Star Rating in my book, and I predict it's going to sky rocket to the top of the charts. No kidding. It's that intriguing, amazing, and compelling.

This first book in the Mindjack Trilogy will entertain and thrill you as you follow the dilemmas and dangers 16-year-old Kira faces. First, she grapples with the fact that she'll never fit in at school or anyplace in society since she never changed into a mind reader like the rest of her peers did during puberty. She's now considered a 'zero,' a low-life, and because the others can't read her mind, few people trust her. I mean, come on, no wonder the poor kid suffers from teen angst.

Just when she's resolved to accept her lot in life, Kira changes in an explosive moment from a zero to a dangerous freak who can control the minds of others, with one major glitch: She has no idea how to control her mind-controlling powers. Good thing Raf, the guy she loves, doesn't realize what hits him when her thoughts almost accidentally kill him. What a way to get a guy!

All kidding aside, this is a powerful story. I became invested in Kira's predicament from the get-go, and she gets in deeper and deeper from there. The concepts and circumstances of her world challenged me throughout. Here it is a week after I read it (twice), and I can't stop thinking about it.

I'll be the first in line to read the second book, Closed Hearts.

Open Minds (Book One of the Mindjack Trilogy) by Susan Kaye Quinn is available in e-book (Amazon US (alsoUKFrance and Germany)Barnes & NobleSmashwords) and print (AmazonCreatespace, also autographed copies available from the author).

Come to the virtual launch party and celebrate Susan's accomplishment. Details below.

Her blog has a list of links where she's guest posting. I'm going to check them out because I want to get the full scoop on "The Story of Open Minds."  


Susan Kaye Quinn is giving away an Open Books/Open Minds t-shirt, mug, and some fun wristbands to celebrate the Virtual Launch Party of Open Minds (Book One of the Mindjack Trilogy)! (Check out the prizes here.)

Three ways to enter (you can have multiple entries):
1)      Leave a comment here or at the Virtual Launch Party post
2)      Tweet (with tag #keepingOPENMINDS)
Example: When everyone reads minds, a secret is a dangerous thing to keep. #keepingOPENMINDS @susankayequinn #SF #YA avail NOW http://bit.ly/SKQOpenMinds
Example: Celebrate the launch of OPEN MINDS by @susankayequinn #keepingOPENMINDS #SciFi #paranormal #YA avail NOW http://bit.ly/SKQOpenMinds

3)     Facebook (tag @AuthorSusanKayeQuinn)
Example: Celebrate the launch of paranormal/SF novel OPEN MINDS by @AuthorSusanKayeQuinn for a chance to win Open Books/Open Minds prizes! http://bit.ly/SKQOpenMinds

What do you think about mind reading?
Would you want this weirdo reading your mind?
Would you want to read this weirdo's mind?


Old Kitty said...

All the best for Openminds!!

Weirdo?!?! Where?!?!


Take care

Wendy G. Ewurum: Blog Author said...

Added to mt TBR list, sounds awesome, I'm tweeting but don't know how to do the tag bit

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

LOL! I love the pix! And your review is so mesh! Thanks for being a Party Host! :)

J. A. Bennett said...

Wow, sounds great! I Love that cover :)

LynNerd said...

Old Kitty - You always make me laugh!

Wendy - Yay! Good luck with the contest. I hope you win.

Susan - Thanks for stopping by on your Big Day! Your book is so mesh, too! Woo hoo!

J.A. - Thanks for stopping by. I love that cover, too!

Draven Ames said...

Now that is a great review. I'll have to show my wife this one.

Misha said...

Sounds like an awesome book! And yes, I'd totally want to read that weirdo's mind. ;-)

LynNerd said...

Thanks, Draven! I bet your wife would like Open Minds.

Misha - Haha! Thanks for the laugh and being willing to read that weirdo's mind!

cleemckenzie said...

This sounds like a super book and how wonderful to be compared to The Maze Runner. I'll be sure to put some word out about this one. Congratulations, Susan!

As to the mind reading . . . Didn't you read my mind a few years ago? You look frighteningly familiar. You told me I'd try a foolish career, and then spend hours tearing out my hair.

Signed: Almost Bald Author

Robyn Campbell said...

Reading weirdos minds? I do it all the time in this zoo I live in! So I can read this weirdo's mind. She's thinking, Hmmm, I ate too many beans. ;-)

Congrads Susan. Your book rocks and I am buying it this weekend. Kira sounds like an awesome character. I'm tweeting and facebooking. (((hugs)))

Nancy Thompson said...

Oh yeah, I just heard about this book earlier this week. Can't remember where though. Sounds interesting, even to someone who doesn't read much YA.

As for reading minds, I think it would destroy the world.

C D Meetens said...

Open Minds sounds really intriguing. I love the concept. Think I will add it to my TBR list. Thanks for the review.

LynNerd said...

Lee - You're so funny! Good thing you listened to that mind reader years ago. As far as pulling the hair out, aren't wigs great? LOL!

Robyn - Of course you can read minds. With seven kids, it's a must. And we know you have eyes in the back of your head, too!
How did you know about the beans?

Nancy - Susan has done an astounding job launching her book and had a lot of bloggers doing book reviews, having her as guest poster, and other things. It's pretty amazing, just like her book. I agree with you about mind reading destroying the world! Fer sure!

CD - It's a very cool concept and you'll enjoy the book. Thanks for stopping by.

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

@Everyone Thanks for stopping by!

@Lyn Thanks for the wonderful review and being such a great Party Host!

And it’s funny what Nancy says about the mindreading destroying the world! When I was researching for the book, I actually went online and googled something like “What do you think would happen if everyone could read minds?” There was a whole thread on the subject, with about half the people thinking it would end all wars everywhere and the other half thinking we would all immediately nuke each other and end life on earth as we know it! It was very interesting… she's not alone in thinking that!

J.L. Campbell said...

Now I'm really missing my Kindle. :(

LynNerd said...

Sue - Your launch party rocked. Thanks for including me as part of it. It will be wonderful watching Open Minds rise to the top of the charts.

J.L. - I'd be lost without my Kindle!

Kristy K. James said...

Sounds like an interesting book...wow, mind reading as a teenager. Scary thought, lol.

Would I want the person pictured at the end of your blog reading my mind? Nope. But then I wouldn't want anyone to do that. Nor would I want that ability. Unless someone had some inside information on winning lottery numbers...and then it could come in handy. :)