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"I know what you're thinking."

Sixteen-year-old Maddie Dunn needs to learn how to use her special 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 isn't a book that throws out the unbelievable, demanding you to believe without reason. Kaynak puts some serious science behind the story of G-positives--people with special mind abilities--that will entice lovers of sci-fi. But mixed in with this world of supernatural is a familiar backdrop of everyday high school existence with classes, homework, social standings, and first relationships.

Maddie is a telepath. But listening in to the minds of a bunch of teenagers isn't all it's cracked up to be. Especially when she can hear what the Charms--kids with the ability to persuade others--are thinking. Lucky for Maddie, her gift makes her immune to their powers, which is how she starts fighting back.This was a nice theme--the girl who was a victim in the first few pages, becoming somewhat of a protector. She stands up for her classmates, even if they aren't all that trusting of Maddie themselves.

When Maddie meets Trevor, a boy with the ability to move things with his mind, it's love at first sight. MINDER takes a detour here, becoming more of a love story. The two form an instant, powerful bond that would almost feel unbelievable if it weren't for the fact their abilities allowed them to bypass much of the 'getting to know one another' stage.

Toward the end, the action kicks up as Maddie begins to see just what it means to be someone with special powers. All the good she can do, and all the danger that can come of it.

Kaynak's writing is clean, and there's some beautiful imagery of how the voices Maddie hears are accompanied with colorful emotions and texture. The ending sets up nicely for the sequel, ADVERSARY due out on August 20.
Amanda Hannah

Amanda grew up on a big farm in a small town with one stoplight, one school, and a handful of imaginary friends.She would’ve gone to college forever, but eight years and five majors tested her advisor’s patience. So she moved to Germany to explore creepy castles before landing in Spain where she’s perfecting her Flamenco.

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  1. I'm almost certain to read this book. I've gotten a little tired of the YA supernatural being limited to vampires and werewolves. Reminds me a little of the TV show heroes, and I like it. The high school structure even in an institution like this sounds interesting to say the least. Can't wait for it.

  2. what a cool ability - I wonder if I would enjoy having it. I totally want to read this book!

  3. Kind of makes me nervous since I just wrote a book about mind control...

  4. Awesome review, A! Sounds like a really interesting story.

  5. I didn't know about the sequels before now! I really want to read this series soon!

  6. Thanks for reviewing, Amanda!

    Becca, no worries--telepaths are the new vampires. :)

    - Kate


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Item Reviewed: MINDER Review Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Amanda Hannah