Friday, November 18, 2011

Open Minds Blog Tour ~ Review and Giveaway

Welcome to today's stop on the Open Minds Blog Tour!
Today, I have a review & ebook giveaway of Open Minds (Mindjack #1)
(To hit all the stops on the tour, click the badge)

When everyone reads minds, a secret is a dangerous thing to keep.

Sixteen-year-old Kira Moore is a zero, someone who can’t read thoughts or be read by others. Zeros are outcasts who can’t be trusted, leaving her no chance with Raf, a regular mindreader and the best friend she secretly loves. When she accidentally controls Raf’s mind and nearly kills him, Kira tries to hide her frightening new ability from her family and an increasingly suspicious Raf. But lies tangle around her, and she’s dragged deep into a hidden world of mindjackers, where having to mind control everyone she loves is just the beginning of the deadly choices before her. (From GoodReads)
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I'll admit, I was excited to read Open Minds. From the moment I got the request to read and review Open Minds, I was curious to learn about this new reality where it is the norm to read minds and those who can't are considered freaks. Now, having read Open Minds, I have to say that I was not disappointed.

From the very first line "A zero like me shouldn't take public transportation." I was pushed into main character Kira's world. Her reality is isolation, being shunned, invisibility. Those who are "readers" do not become involved with zeroes, those who can not read minds. Zeroes are designated to the bottom ranks of society. They cannot go to college, have good jobs, because, since they cannot be read, they have the ability to lie. Quinn gives a complete look at what Kira goes through each day, the hostility and aggression she must face.

I loved reading from Kira's perspective. She seems to be resigned to the life ahead of her, but doesn't become whiny. The two boys in her life Raf and Simon both seem to be great choices for her, at first, but I can't really explain what I mean about that without getting spoil-ery. I thought Raf was sweet and the ideal guy. Simon is a little dangerous and deceptive, but I enjoyed him all the more for it. I really didn't get her mom at first, but that issue resolves itself quite neatly. Let's just say that the theme of the book could be "Nothing is what it seems"! Deception and betrayal run rampant throughout Open Minds. Kira can not trust anyone, really.

The best part of Open Minds, in my opinion, is the world-building. I have a problem with world-building sometimes, especially in the first book of a series. Sometimes the author just hands out an info dump and to me, that' s overwhelming. Quinn did it right. She doles it out small chunks at a time, until you have a whole complete world without feeling overwhelmed.

Open Minds is about the power of one girl to control her destiny, and ultimately, the destiny of others. It's all about accepting your destiny, control of your life. It's a great, fun, action-packed read.

Favorite Quote:
"I started to ask him what he meant, but his hands were on my cheeks, and he crashed his lips onto
 mine. My entire body stilled, every sense focused on the contact between us."

Paperback, 326 pages
Published November 1st 2011
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Susan Kaye Quinn grew up in California, where she wrote snippets of stories and passed them to her friends during class. She pursued a bunch of engineering degrees and worked a lot of geeky jobs, including turns at GE Aircraft Engines, NASA, and NCAR. Now that she writes novels, her business card says "Author and Rocket Scientist" and she don't have to sneak her notes anymore. All that engineering comes in handy when dreaming up paranormal powers in future worlds or mixing science with fantasy to conjure slightly plausible inventions. Susan writes from the Chicago suburbs with her three boys, two cats, and one husband. Which, it turns out, is exactly as much as she can handle.

Now for the GIVEAWAY!

Susan is generously offering an ebook of Open Minds to one lucky winner.

The only mandatory entry is Name & Email Address.
You can earn two extra entries.
Open Internationally
Giveaway ends 11:59pm on November 24, 2011.

This giveaway has ended. The winner of an ecopy of Open Minds is:
Kara D!
(I have emailed Kara. If she does not respond w/in 48 hours, I will choose a new winner.)


  1. Ooh this one sounds awesome I just saw it for the first time yesterday! I'm happy there is goo world building since to me that usually makes or breaks a novel! Wonderful review!

    Xpresso Reads

  2. Great review! Sounds like an awesome book, thanks for another title to add to my overflowing TBR list :)

  3. I also think the world-building is great. It's definitely not the info-dump type. It's the type where you don't understand something the first few times you read it, but after a chapter or two you get it. And then you feel smart ;-)

  4. I really need to get an E reader.. because this one sounds really good. Oh some day.

    sometimes I wish I could read minds... but then I would have to listen to everyone thinking about how large my ass is. So perhaps, Kira's got it made. I'm in no way claiming Kira has a big mom butt like me.. i'm sure hers is gorgeous, but still.... lol

  5. This sounds like an excellent read. Judging from your excellent review, Andrea, Open Minds is destined to be yet another great book on my constantly growing to be read list. :-)

    Cari L. Pedstelak
    audacityshewrote (at) gmail (dot) com

  6. Very beautiful story! Thank you for the giveaway.

  7. Hi:) Thanks for this great giveaway. The whole premise of the book fascinates me so I look forward to reading it. Something just went wrong with my PC while submitting, so if the first submission went through, I may have submitted an entry twice. Sorry:(

    Thanks, though:)


  8. Thanks for the chance to win! I've really been wanting to read Open Minds :)


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