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Posted January 25, 2013
Love, Love, Love! Kate Kaynak has now been added to my list of
Love, Love, Love! Kate Kaynak has now been added to my list of favorite authors. I can't help it, she's got me hooked on this series with no chance of resisting. I hate that I waited so long to start this series, but I'm excited that there are already several installments in the series available so that I can power right on through the series without having to wait for new installments to hit the shelves, which I love! No countdowns in my future for this series at the moment which is always a welcome outcome.
I'll admit that I've always been a fan of X-Men, whether it was the comics, movies, etc...it didn't matter, I was an avid fan. I'm not saying that this series lines up with that exactly, but there is a good amount of similarities that I've found between the two and it's very different from a lot of the other YA titles that I've been reading which I think helped boost my excitement levels as well.
Maddie, Trevor, Cecilia, Drew, you name it and I became a quick cheerleader for Kaynak's characters in this series. Her writing is fresh and fun, as well as capable of throwing me into anxiety with her tension inducing action sequences where to be honest I wasn't sure what to expect with each turn of the page. I was kept on my toes and had fun throughout the entire read. Like I said I have already decided that I want to continue to read the rest of this series as quickly as possible and I'm so thankful that not only are there plenty of other installments out on the shelves now, but that I already have the next two on my bookshelves at home to start right away!
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Posted June 14, 2013
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Posted December 11, 2011
I really enjoyed the premise of the book. The idea of a training facility for kids with special abilities was unique. I liked thr characters and the plot. The only negative is the love story. Its not romantic, just extremely annoying that two kids meet and they are suddenly in love... if you can get past the stupid teen love then its overall a great read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 22, 2011
A Promising Start
Don't you always love when a book manages to impress and surprise you time and time again? Well, I do, and thankfully enough that's exactly what happened with Minder, the first spellbinding addition in the Ganzfield series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
After a fatal accident involving three boys and Maddie Dunn and a single, mind killing thought, Maddie is recruited by Ganzfiled, the opulent, fancy academy for teens who have special abilities like herself. At Ganzfield, Maddie learns she's a minder, someone who can not only read people's thoughts and implant her own in them, but overload their brains so much that they can die. Loving the fact that she's finally learning about her ability and making new friends, Maddie finally fells at home so to say, even though the other teens aren't always too nice to her and the fact she's kind of scared of her ability and what it entitles. Better yet, when she meets Trevor, everything gets even better. Though, even with this fun, there's still a stealthy, killing man out there who has only one goal in mind: kill off all of Ganzfield's population. Will Maddie and her friends be able to stop him in time? Or will he succeed? Only time and more pages will tell.
With Minder, Kate Kaynak has created quite the cast of diverse and interesting teenagers with a range of "special abilities." I always truly enjoyed finding out more about what each group (the sparks, charms, RVs, healers, etc.) could do, and how their talents affected their attitudes towards life in general. Though, my favorites out of the bunch would have to be main character Maddie and her group of friends. All were thoroughly developed, in my opinion, which has left only more eager to find out more about them in the future. Better yet, even with their talents, I think everyone one who reads this series will at least find one character to relate to. The only thing I wasn't too big on about the characters was how fast Maddie and Trevor's relationship occurred, because as you know if you're a long-time reader of my blog, one of my biggest book pet peeves is unrealistic romantic relationships.
Moving on, the premise of this was pretty great, because who doesn't love a book about a boarding school with students who are more than just the average teen? And the execution was even better, because not only did Kate constantly surprise and impress with the amount of world building and plot development she did within this, but I was unceasingly on the edge of my seat, dying to know what would happen next, as Kate also does a pretty great job when it comes to the sudden twists and turns everyone loves to hate.
Full of surprises and heart stopping moments, Minder is the perfect start to a series I feel I'll come to love even more as time goes on. And Kate Kaynak- she's a pretty fantastic author too so far!
Posted September 20, 2010
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An Exciting and Well-Written Series Opener
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).Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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
Posted August 20, 2010
Minder is Marvelous!
Minder was such a great read. It kept me fully engaged the entire time. I read the entire book in one sitting because I could not put it down! I cannot wait for the next one to come out.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 10, 2010
I love this book! But then again, I seem to love the paranormal books. I really like the RV guys, the remote viewing. Being able to see and connect with those I love, just to make sure they are doing all right, would be awesome. I liked how we are able to see, and feel even, how Maddie is struggling with her ability. But I must say, my favorite character so far is Trevor. He's like the gentle giant, that can move things with his mind and drive with no actual hands on the wheel!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 8, 2010
Great new YA series
My thoughts...Suspenseful, enchanting, and romantic, Minder is a great start to an exciting new series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Minder is an exciting debut YA novel from author Kate Kaynak. In this first book, we meet some exciting characters including the heroine Maddie. She is a smart girl who finds herself in some unpleasant situations. Despite this, she finds her confidence quickly and takes charge of her life. Maddie's character is very strong and memorable. I liked her and found her believable and easy to relate to. We meet several of her classmates who like Maddie have special abilities. While she can read people's thoughts, others can start fires, move things with their minds, or even control the actions of others. I found some of the characters lovable and others were just cruel. All of the characters played a great role in the story.
The action in Minder kicked off in the first chapter. The author did a brilliant job of setting the emotion for the book. From there, the story transitions to her new home at the Ganzfield Institute. While the pace does slow down a bit, readers learn about the institute, other residents, and their abilities. Trouble is just around the bend for Maddie and her new friends. The ending of the story left me on the edge of my seat. Overall, Minder was a fun, face-paced read.
Minder offers something for everyone. I think this book will be enjoyed by male or female readers. There is a developing romance, which at times was a bit over the top and rushed for me, but I could feel the connection between the two characters. Younger audiences need to be aware of some violent situations and some heavy kissing scenes. I am very eager to learn more about the characters, their abilities, and their upcoming adventures. Book two, Adversary, is already on my wish list!
Posted May 31, 2010
Great New Series
I love this book and I am anxiously awaiting the second book in the series! Don't get scared off by the powerful and uncomfortable scene in the beginning of the book; it is not indicative of the remainder of the book, but necessary to many of the main character's motivations (no details because I don't want to give anything away). It then quickly shifts into a well-written narrative about teenagers who have extraordinary abilities (being able to read minds, heal others, convince others to do one's bidding, and more) and their secret school in New Hampshire. The gene that causes their abilities seems very plausible. The story includes a beautiful and unique (given their extra abilities) romance between the main character, Maddie, and another student at the school. There were times in the first half of the book when I felt that the newly forming relationships took over the storyline too much, but that deep knowledge of them helped me to understand the motivations and connections during their adventures in the rest of the book. The characters and their personal histories are very well thought-out and the ways they use their abilities are completely believable. By the end of the book, I had a clear understanding of all the characters and how they were able to use their unique talents to work together and I'm excited to read about their further adventures! I would definitely recommend this book to a friend (and already have)!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 5, 2012
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Posted October 16, 2012
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