The Reader by M.K. Harkins.
Published Aug 25th 2016
Genres: YA Paranormal
Source: NetGalley for review
I received this book for review consideration from the publisher through NetGalley for an honest review. My opinions are my own though.
What’s it about?
Hunted, shot, and without her memory, eighteen-year-old Ann Baker 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.
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.
My Reactions throughout reading
What I thought?
I was completely addicted to this book and had a hard time putting it down for mandatory activities. From the opening page I was drawn in with the memory loss, cult like atmosphere, and thrilling adventure. Mind Reading is a commonly discussed “super” power and I was interested to see how it panned out in this novel. The characters were very believable and authentic. In fact I was completely excited about this book right up until the end. While it didn’t ruin the book for me, I was disappointed with the cop-out ending. There started to be more telling and less showing. Certain events were too convenient. It’s not that I hate happy endings. And I think this story deserved one. But once the climax occurred it was like the pace sped up by 1000 and the author was trying to jam all this action and info into the last few chapters without actually going through the actions scenes. That is my only complaint however. I still stand by my excitement about this novel and I look forward to more from them in the future.
4/5 stars. I took one star off for the ending. But I did really enjoy this book.
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