by Kenechi Udogu


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ISBN-13: 9781493518692
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/06/2013
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.48(d)

About the Author

Kenechi lives in London and enjoys writing short stories, paranormal and fantasy fiction (some of which she posts on her blog - She also hates the cold and hopes to one day figure out how to hibernate in winter.

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Sentient (Book Two of The Mentalist Series) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
tori3645 More than 1 year ago
This was another page turner for me. I read it all in one go, I just couldn't put it down. The second book in the series begins a few months after the last one. Gemma has spent the summer with her dad on the run. Now she's back at her old school with Russ, who didn't know she was coming back. After their last encounter they found out they have a huge connection to each other, yet Russ thought they would never see each other again. Gemma has come back to try and figure out her powers and see if she can release the connection between her and Russ. Once she comes back there are a few issues that arise. First she has to act "normal" and be friends with Russ' friends, which she's never had to do before. Then a quirky young woman comes to her home saying she's there to help her, she has a peculiar encounter with one of the other averters at her school while running the most unbelievable run she's ever had, and her relationship with Russ isn't all that great either. Little does she know these problems are nothing compared to the one that's coming.I loved the first book in the series and I felt the same about this one. It was well written and relatable. I loved the new characters. I think my favorite is the quirky young mentor that was sent to help Gemma. She's a little off the wall sometimes, but I love her attitude. She grew up different from Gemma, she had no one to tell her why she was different and how to cope with it. She made up her own rules, so she didn't have anything holding her back. She was fun to "watch." I can't wait for the next one and I'm sure it will be just as good as the first two...maybe better! This was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Marla__B More than 1 year ago
Not quite as good as first book, Aversion, but transitions to next (and final?) book. I have a secret crush on Russ. I liked Gemma and Laura, but there was just something missing for me. I read about the electricity between Russ and Gemma, but I didn't feel it. The characters show promise, but there wasn't enough suspense and feeling for my taste. I didn't love the story, but I didn't not like it. I would read the next book to see what happens to Russ and Laura (Gemma isn't my favorite character) and it helps that the books are short and quick reads. Likes: * Russ is my favorite character and I didn't like them being unable to touch * Laura was a nice support character * More than a single storyline was good, but not quite complex enough Dislikes: * Summary of 1st book was too much - [book:Aversion|16069212] is a short book and a 2 page summary was too much information. I'm glad I didn't read Sentient first or I would never have read Aversion. * Safe word - Paul and Gemma should've had a code word, so Gemma would know if someone was trustworthy or at least that Paul had really sent them * Sometimes Gemma and Russ spark and sometimes they don't * Anthony trying to use Gemma * Anthony's recruitment spiel needed work * Does Mentalist = Progressive Empath or what is the difference, otherwise should've just used one term * Russ was oblivious to Hayley's continued attraction * Never saw Peter's interest was it even real? * Usually budding skills show up as barely visible not explosive * Gemma's father's sulky behavior at the end of the book * The inevitable cliff hanger ending, but I saw a cliff hanger coming from early on * Many of the Empath's powers were similar to vampires' special skills from Twilight For-review: Received a free review copy from the author from GoodReads [We ♥ YA Books!] group's ARR #171
BonnyBonBon More than 1 year ago
Firstly id like to thank Kenechi udogu for giving me this book pre release in exchange for an honest review Still loving the book covers Kenechi. Oh how I had higher expectations and I only gave this book 3 star because in all honesty I was really hoping for Gem and Russ' relationship to progress more as well as her powers especially after the way book one was left I had thought for sure they had finally decided to be together like they are meant. But neither of those aspects really grew in this book, perhaps in book 3? I really like Gem and Russ' characters and the thought of having a soul mate out there who is your other half is exciting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mastering her Progressive Empath abilities isn’t going as well as Gemma hoped. In fact, months after finding out what she really is, she still has no clue what this truly means. All she can do is wait to see if any new abilities will eventually manifest. Things aren’t going great with Russ either. Unsure of how to handle her Sentient Link with him, she tries to integrate herself in his busy social life but struggles to adjust to her new circumstances.  When she is plagued by recurring nightmares, Gemma realises things are changing and knows she has to do something, fast. The arrival of two sets of strangers in town, both offering the much needed assistance she needs to unearth her powers, escalates the situation even further. Gemma attempts to decipher whose intentions are genuine, but does she have enough time to figure out who has her best interest at heart? [Summary, as taken from Amazon.] --------- I liked that Sentient, the second book of Kenechi Udogu's The Mentalist Series, still maintains the easy-to-read, fast-paced action, as found in Udogu's first book of the same series (see: my review of Aversion). On the contrary, what I didn't like, and what only hit me in this second book, is the lack of depth in the character of Russ. While there were moments wherein Russ shows some reaction to being a normal human thrown haphazardly into situations he doesn't fully understand, more often than not though, he seems all too blase - a feeling I don't think is characteristic of a fifteen-year-old, who lived all his life in a fairly small town. I think, in that regard, perhaps the fast pace of the book was a bit too fast-paced. Furthermore, the entirety of the second book apparently only took place over a week's time! While it's true that a week can seem longer in some circumstances, but with all the events that happened, surely it could have been spaced out over a longer period. The first book took a year, if I'm not mistaken. In addition, what didn't work for me was the sudden introduction of way too many characters. Where in the first book, you only focused on three (3) main characters, with supporting mentions of three (3) others - by my count - the second book had FIVE (5) main players and a whole slew of supporting cast, with only four (4) of that number being introduced in the first book. While this may not be too much of a problem, in most cases, I felt that the fast-paced action of the book gave too much credit to several big events, without really going into the new subplots that cropped up along the way. Although, I realize, perhaps these will be addressed later on in the series. With all this comparison between the first and the second book, I have to say that the tandem between the first and the last chapters worked this time around (see: my review of Aversion). In this book, I believe, Udogu was able to make use of her chosen literary tool - ie. a self-introduction by the main character - to properly introduce, and conclude the book. Despite some of my above-mentioned comments, I do think this book is a step up to the first one, building on the intrigue faced by one Gemma Green. I'm looking forward to the next installment/s. --------- Note: Free eBook copy received, courtesy of David Estes Fans and YA Book Lovers Unite! Group on Goodreads, and the author, Kenechi Udogu, in exchange for this review.
LAMartinez More than 1 year ago
Ahh book 2. The second book of a trilogy is usually a little more slower. We get to know more about Gemma, and more about the world of Mentalists. In the previous book, there was enough mystery to keep us interested. In Sentient, we started getting bombshells! So much happens in this one, and I'm not going to spoil anything!! Just trust me when I say that the second book of ANY TRILOGY are usually my favorites (Catching Fire for Hunger Games, and the Scorch Trials for the Maze Runner just to name a couple). Gemma and Russ, we learned at the end of Book One, are Sentient Twins. This would explain why they both are pulled towards each other. She learns more about some secrets her dad kept from her, and a little more about why she's "special." In this one, we meet quite a number of people that pull the story along. There are more actions, but also a lot of waiting around for the other shoe to drop. It's this waiting for the other shoe to drop that drives Gemma. She's more anxious and more on guard. In this book, we also get to know more about Russ. Russ has become my favorite! He stays grounded, stays calm, and is the voice of reason to Gemma's runaway thoughts. Together, they realize the strength they have. Apart, well.....apart, Russ is still the voice of calm, and Gemma is still anxiety filled. Although she's the "special one," and the one with the abilities, you realize it's Russ that grounds her, and allows her to focus on what really matters. Chasing bad guys, fine. Giving bad guys a taste of what you can do when you put them together? Priceless. What more could you want in a Sentient? . * I received this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.