Friday, 28 June 2013

Cephalopod Coffeehouse - book club!



The Armchair Squid has gathered together a little group of bloggers who have signed up to share monthly their favourite book read within the last month. This little haphazard book club of sorts "meets" on the last Friday of every month, and today is the last Friday of June, so here I am!

Not very long ago I posted a list of books I'd read lately, along with some mini-reviews, and my choice for today's book club post is Open Minds, book 1 in Susan Kaye Quinn's Mindjack series. Here is the blurb from GoodReads:

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.

To paraphrase my rather "succinct" GoodReads review, what I liked about this book was a) the setting (I'm definitely a fan of sci-fi and this book was set far in the future, even if it was a world much like ours in many ways), b) the characters - I cared about their fate, including the ones I didn't like at all, and c) SKQ's writing style. So I guess there wasn't much (or anything) I didn't like. I'll definitely be reading more of Susan's stuff in future!

With all that said, I'm currently reading two books that I'm absolutely loving, though one has some formatting issues (free e-book). The books are:

  • Riversong by Tess Thompson
  • War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

So you can definitely expect more book reviews next month. :) More than likely in mini-format though, as I quite like doing things that way.

18 comments:

  1. Hi, Trisha! Open Minds sounds pretty wild. I've found the central theme to be a common one - the protagonist lacks a power possessed by the others of his/her world. Have you ever read A Spell for Chameleon by Piers Anthony? Similar idea.

    War of the Worlds is on my to-read stack. I look forward to your thoughts on that one. Have you read other HG Wells?

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  2. After reading this I think this story is nice . please providing formatting issues.

    Regards,
    Kopi Luwak

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  3. I find it is hard to find books which make you care about the characters and their fates.

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  4. War of the Worlds?? Awesome! And I love that little fishy pic.

    Wow. Susan's book sounds awesome too. Must add that to my goodreads...

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  5. oohh!! Sounds like a good book!

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  6. I really like good speculative YA, but the "good" part can be hard to find. A lot of time there's an intriguing premise, like this one, and then the execution just goes splat. But it sounds like this one is a winner! I will add it to my list.

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  7. What a neat idea! I've always said I would NOT want mind reading power, that could be bad on so many levels.

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  8. I love Sci-fi too and this premise sounds really great. Looking forward to reading this!

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  9. If you've found a writer whose setting, characters and writing style you enjoy, hard-pressed to do much better, eh?

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  10. I love the title. And the blurb rocks too. :)

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  11. I loved Open Minds! Hoping I'll get time to read the sequels sometime this year.

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  12. Not a big sci-fi fan, but I actually did like War of the Worlds. I would actually like to see a movie made that takes place in exactly the time period it was written. Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Love the title of the series and the blurb sounds really good. Another one for my TBR list.
    Looking forward to more of your reviews. :)

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  14. open minds hmmm .. might pick that one up!

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  15. Open Minds is waiting on my Kindle. I've heard so much about this book, that I know I won't be disappointed!
    Writer In Transit

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  16. That sounds intriguing and like a real page turner!

    Kathy
    http://gigglingtruckerswife.blogspot.com

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  17. That is still on my to read list. Wish I could down three books a day. :)

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