The Reader

The Reader

by MK Harkins


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781535368216
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/10/2016
Pages: 262
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

MK has always been a voracious reader. After hitting a dry spell of reading material, she decided to write the kind of book she'd like to read. This resulted in the creation of her debut novel, Intentional. (Award for Best Sweet Romance - eFestival of Words- August 2014)

Unintentional, the second book in the series, is based on the life of one of the characters in Intentional (Cade - an engineer/rock star). Unintentional was written as a stand-alone book.

Breaking Braydon, another stand-alone book, is now available on Amazon.

Taking Tiffany (A spin-off) is available now.

The Reader (A Paranormal Romance) released August 25th, 2016.

Famous by Default released March 15th, 2017.

The Jack, the sequel to The Reader, releases August 2018

When she's not writing novels, she likes to spend her free time traveling the world, splashing in mud puddles (She lives in Seattle, what can she say?), watching movies and reading (!)

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The Reader 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous 3 months ago
I received this book from Netgally in exhange for an honest review The story starts off strong with our heroine waking up on the beach with a gunshot wound and no prior memory, including her own name. She's quickly rescued by two guys, one "nice" and one "mean", who whisk her away to a mysterious compound where they claim they can help her regain her memories, and (of course) a love triangle ensues. Once at the compound she's told she is part of line of genetically mutated humans who can read the minds of non mutants, hence the title, The Reader. It's soon revealed that she may be "the lost one" who is the key to finally ending the war that has spanned millenniums between the two remaining types of mutants: Readers who read minds and Jacks who hijack bodies of non mutants. This book pulled me in right away and kept me up late into the night to see how the story would end. The love triangle was predictable, and while some of the characters were so cliche it was laughable, they were also likable and kept me vested in the story. Insta-love's not really my thing but in this case I'll overlook that. I'm huge fan of sassy characters and this book had enough to keep me entertained. I don't want to spoil anything but my main peeve was that we had all this build up for (in my opinion) an anticlimactic ending. Overall I enjoyed this book and think it's worth recommending.
Lisah01 More than 1 year ago
The Reader (The Immortal Series) by M.K. Harkins Rated 5 stars Wow! What an amazing story! The world building was perfect. The characters drew me in and didnt want to let go. They were fun, serious, different and strong willed. I even chuckled and said “Oh!” A couple times. I loved the story of the readers, the jacks and the seers. Ann, Archer and Devon were Intriguing and I just kept turning pages until I knew all about them and all their secrets. I was amazed by Ann more than once. She might have no memory but those memory muscles....they work perfectly. Ha ha. Right Devon?? I loved the idea of “The Lost One”. Some of the history was tedious but it was needed as well to understand the future story. I enjoyed learning about where The Readers lived and how they made things work. Very smart! If Ann is the Lost One she will need to soul bond with either Devon, Archer, Lucy Or Marcus. What happens if more than one feels the beginnings of the bond. Who will Ann choose? This is not my first book by the author. I enjoy all of her stories. They are inventive and interesting. This one was no exception. There was action, action and more action. The wording flows nicely and the story catches my attention. I loved the world and the characters. I can not wait to read the next in this series....The Jack!
Tracy2 More than 1 year ago
The Reader by M.K. Harkins 5 out of 5 stars The Reader is the first book in the Immortal series written by M.K. Harkins and I have read a few of this author books and she is amazing. The characters are well written and amazing I loved the way they interacted with each other. The way this author described the scenery was incredible and I could picture myself there. Ann Baker is an eighteen year old girl who is being hunted on top of this she was shot and has no memory when she wakes in shallow water on a deserted Pacific Northwest island. She is soon approached by two young men claiming to be her friends. Something isn’t right, but when gunshots sound, Ann is left with little choice but to allow Devon and Archer to help her escape. Soon she finds herself in their North Bend mountain compound, where the higher evolved humans claim to be mind-readers. While Ann heals, she realizes they believe her to be one of the last and most powerful of all – The Lost One. She’s welcomed by most with opened arms, but not everyone is happy about her arrival. A jealous adversary has plans for Ann, which spirals the entire Reader community into chaos. As lies, murder, and betrayal threaten to rip apart the once harmonious mountain dwellers, Ann is thrust into making a decision that could save or devastate not only The Readers, but all of mankind. But there’s just one glitch: by doing so it may require her to make the ultimate sacrifice can she make this sacrifice? I highly recommend this book and can’t wait to read the next book in this series… Review by @tracym
JanaT More than 1 year ago
The Readers is the first part of a duet by M.K. Harkins. It is not the first encounter with this writer and when this book popped up on my radar then I knew that I have to pick up a copy as I absolutely loved the other books I had read by her! I was though not ready for it! I would call it paranormal love triangle … what else would you call when you have highly evolved humans who can read minds (Readers), humans who can hijack other bodies (Hijacks), and Seers who have been wiped out though … so we have that crazy world where the Seers have predicted a very special Reader will be born one day who will unite everyone … this is the stage where we meet Ann and Devon and Archer. When Ann wakes up in shallow water she has no recollection who she is … can you imagine being only eighteen, shot and without your memory? Who can you trust, where will you go? Can she trust those two young men – Archer and Devon – who approach her? The writer takes us down a rabbit hole filled with lies and murder and betrayal … well, she actually takes us to a mountain top but you get me … it is an intense story that is fast paced and doesn’t leave many cold … cannot wait to see what the sequel brings us!
E_A_Walsh More than 1 year ago
The Reader by M.K. Harkins was a fast pace unique read that had twist turns and my attention. My first read by this author I didn't know what to expect, cause the blurb was dark, intriguing and it really got you in the right mine set for this original read. I have to say this book has a strong start, and it really drew me into the story. The wiring was solid, easy to follow and had a nice dark tone that matched that powerful opening. But, I have to put this in there, I'm not a fan of insta-love, and the way our MC's runs into, not one but two love interest and has a connecting right away, really drew me out of the story had by my eyes rolling. I felt like it was forced and in truth, this story could have ran without the romance. Outside of that the world building was great, the detail was rich and painted a movie like picture in your head. The plot was unique and, it did feel rushed in places, but this did tie together the scenes nicely and nothing was left unanswered. The ending, was okay, but, I felt like it was again, rushed. This book is under 300 paged, so there was room to expand on that ending to polish it out. This book is worth the read, it has a little bit of everything, could use with maybe another edit just to help with the rushyness and maybe just polish out the scenes that were rushed, as to closed then out nicely. But as I said, this book is worth the read, as it has a wonderfully unique plot, world and the characters, that are very well written and enhance the plot. I give this book my super high recommendation and my stamp of approval. Happy Reading -E.A. Walsh
Lori_Hammons More than 1 year ago
I love Ann's story. I love the premise of the 3 types of paranormal people and would love to see more books to learn more about the backstory of them and Ann's gifts. Henry, Devon and Archer have more to be told, too.
snowbunny1977 More than 1 year ago
This sounded really interesting and as I started to read it I was pulled in. However, it quickly became predictable. Just like the 2 main guy characters Devon the broody one and Archer the sweet and nice one. I could see from a mile away which one would turn bad. It wasn't a surprise for me at all. I liked Ann and Lucy very well. I liked all the characters actually and thats rare. This was definitely different and I wish it had more depth. This really could have been a novel if the author added a little more to it. I dont know if there are plans for more or a series. I dont like how the last chapter was written. The last chapter revealed everything pretty much all at once kinda. I mean we already pretty well knew but still it was weird how it just was thrown all out there at the last when I am used to gradual revealing. Since it was so predictable it didnt bother me too much just enough to say something. I dont read many YA because they really can come off as juvenile. I didnt feel it was. I kept forgetting she was 18. There were times she felt older but she really wasnt. So thats a good thing. Overall its an ok book.
amartinez87 More than 1 year ago
This was 3-3.5 stars for me. I really wanted to enjoy this story. The concept was interesting and the story was fast paced. The parts that I didn’t care for were the predictable characters and romance. I wanted to enjoy it more but I didn’t feel it between the characters. I wanted more depth and emotion. I was a bit disappointed in the story as well it was anti-climatic and I felt a little let down. I was hoping for more action. Overall it wasn’t bad it was just lacking depth for me. I voluntarily reviewed an arc from the author.
ChristineLee More than 1 year ago
The Reader by MK Harkins is a wonderful Young Adult story about Ann Baker, who wakes without a memory on a cold beach. MK Harkins creates a wonderful world where there are more races than just Human on Earth, and they exist in the background, battling for control. Right up to the end, you are unsure who is on the right side (or even which side is the right side). The characters are written so clearly, you fall right into the story, and in fact, I had difficulty putting it down. Solid 5-star read.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite The Reader by M.K. Harkins opens with three words, “I am dead.” A gun shot wound, no memory, and two strangers are just a few of the things that greet Ann Baker when she wakes up on a beach. Quickly, she finds herself thrown into a world of mind-readers, body hijackers, prophecies, and the unsettling prediction that she may be the one they've all been waiting for – the Lost One. The one destined to find her Soul Mate and trigger a final war that will end the centuries-long struggle between the Jacks, and the Readers. Faced with confusing feelings, lies, and a betrayal, Ann struggles to discover the truth of her past. To save the future, Ann is faced with making the ultimate sacrifice. The Reader is addictive, captivating, with charm, snarky characters, and a compelling mystery. You can't just read one chapter. M.K. Harkins writes a story that can't be put down until you've reached the end. This is aimed at young adults, but everyone can find a thread to enjoy. It's humorous, witty, a little romantic, with an intriguing premise. Told from Ann's perspective, The Reader keeps you guessing until the very end. Just when I thought I knew exactly how ended, it flips at the last second. When Ann is introduced, she's easy to sympathize with, because she's lost, confused, injured, and the memories she regains further the reasons to feel for her. Though, this isn't what makes her likable or a strong lead. She's stubborn, flawed, snarky, independent, she doesn't let anyone push her around, and she's fiercely loyal. These aspects add to the tone of the story, and the personality of Harkins' writing. A must-read!
birdladyvm More than 1 year ago
Author M. K. Harkins, created an exciting paranormal romance thriller in her book, The Reader. A young girl finds herself on the shore dodging bullets. Without memory of her identity or past, two uncommonly handsome young men, Archer and Devon, come to her rescue. Told her name's Ann, Archer and Devon claim to be friends. However, somethings feels off! Still, they whisk her off to North Bend, Washington as bullets fly around them. Upon arriving in North Bend and presented with an impossible tale, she doesn't know what to think. For in North Bend a compound of superior humans, live, love, work, and claim they are mind readers. Humans who have secretly inhabited the earth for thousands of years side by side with normal humans. Ann comes to believe this impossible tale, her part in this community, and the part she will play in destiny. Long awaited by the Readers and others, Ann has a major role in the future. However, evil is stalking humans, these superior beings, and Ann. Plans are in place; Ann, Archer, and Devon will have to come to terms with their place in history. Characters, Plotting, and Development: Firstly, let me say, Author M. K. Harkins, grabs the reader from the first sentences in this novel. She started her story with a bang and grabbed me right away. The intrigue and mystery will grab your imagination and not let go. Secondly, her writing is clear and easy to read with a refreshing original story-line. Ms. Harkins developed the characters in The Reader to their fullest potential as they grow and mature throughout the book. The confusion Ann felt comes alive on the page. The intense competition between Archer and Devon, and her rival's ire jumped off the pages. I could feel the tension in the air as Ann is not given all the facts. Bit by bit, Ms. Harkins reveals the story-line. Moreover, Ms. Harkins builds the suspense in The Reader to the last lines of the story and kept it at high peak throughout. In addition, she created twists and turns keeping you on your toes. She masterfully developed the plots adding in just the right amount of mystery, intrigue, secrets, romance, betrayal, and revelations. The pacing was steady and the story-line seamless as Ms. Harkins wove the many threads of her story together. Also, Ms. Harkins did not reveal the villain until the last possible moment. Oh my, what a surprise, very unexpected. The ending of The Reader is sweet and touching, leaving you guessing for a few pages, then, BAM, there's the sigh of satisfaction. Additionally, Ms. Harkins had a clean and clear writing style, with well-developed characters, and an intriguing story-line. Finally, The Reader is a prime example of a clean well-written book which did not need sex to sell the story. Ms. Harkins writing talent and story-telling skills were all she need to craft a solid novel. RECOMMENDATION, THE READER; STARS 5 Without hesitation, I gave The Reader 5 stars. Suitable for anyone from young adult to adult. In addition: I received an ARC from the author and have chosen to review the book. Books reviews of any novel are dependent on the book review author’s opinion. Consequently, book reviews on line under my name are my opinion.
MusicInPrint More than 1 year ago
No need to start with an intense gruesome scene - Harkins had me smiling and laughing after only a few pages. This is an amazing book!!! I read a lot so I can make a judgement call on this. Quick read and was so glad I started it on Saturday or a call in to work would have been a thought. Could not put it down. Ann has no memory of her life but her rescuers seem to have that insight when they find her on a sandy shore with one shoe and a bullet hole in her shoulder. Devon and Archer jeep Ann to their hidden mountain compound. Everything after that is like AHHHHHH and REALLY Unbelievable! Given this opportunity to read and review by publisher and author via Netgalley. Get started reading this it is fantastic.
Maari More than 1 year ago
Doesn't feel paranormal, rather, true-to-life Ms. Harkins doesn't write paranormal in the traditional sense, at all! Her characters are just as we are, flawed.. they are 'real', not implausible. She wrote about people and their adversary's, that have special abilities, which I could imagine us, or even people around us, having. This story is enchanting. I became so caught up in it, that my evening flew by, on into the night. This is one of those books, that you will not put down until the ending. I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good suspense read, without all of the intensity. Also, don't let that this book has been placed in the paranormal category.. Ms. Harkins will convince you that what she writes is like no other in any genre that she is placed in.