Monday, July 5, 2010

Review: Mind Games (The Disillusionists Trilogy, #1) by Carolyn Crane
 This novel was is currently being read by Book Bloggers Anonymous.  
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**Comments on this review can be counted towards an extra entry for my upcoming 
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Carolyn Crane's debut novel Mind Games breaks the mold in Urban Fantasy.  Just when you think you've read it all, here comes Carolyn with Justine Jones.  Neurotic and hypochondriac in the beginning to Crime Fighter by the novel's end.  Intrigue, suspense, paranormal and fantasy at its very best and flows perfectly through the novel.  The mix of psychology talk and felt fear is innovative and believable.  Books like Mind Games remind me why I enjoy this genre to no end and why I love debut authors.

Now, let me ask you something. Can you imagine a hypochondriac fighting crime?
When I bought Mind Games the blurb on the back cover tapped into my curiosity- seriously, neurosis as a weapon? Not that I know much about it personally but I recall Psy 101 from college- so I knew enough to know that there was definitely going to be a twist in this novel.  What I didn't know is how well-written that twist was going to be and how much I would enjoy it.

Justine Jones lost her Mother to a vein star syndrome which she believes to be suffering from as well.  As a hypochondriac she absorbs medical research like I do Vampire-Werewolf love triangles.  With the help of Packard she learns to control and redirect her neurosis and together they build her neurosis into skills to fight talent. Packard is a highcap with special abilities that allows him to help Justine, others like her, and help the ward on crime in Midcity.  But Justine soon realizes that help is not cheap and the price demaded comes is various forms.  She is now a Disillusionist, trained to touch energy fields.  Disillusionists is a group of extremely neurotic individuals who use there "disability" to reform and reboot criminals.  And criminals are in abundance with Midcity's eight-year crime spree.


Carolyn Crane is my new favorite author to follow.  I found myself interacting with the novel.  For instance, in the latter chapters when Justine becomes very confused as to who can she trust- Chapter 30 specifically- I ran out of my bedroom and rushed over to my husband.  Apparently, I was babbling (whatevers) but I really needed to talk about what was happening.  DH is smart man though and  he knows to just nod in agreement and offer a calming touch- no words needed.

And who doesn't love an intense kiss scene.  Chapter 7: I sang (in my head mind you):
 "___ and ___  sitting in a tree:  (blank * no spoilers*)
First comes love,
then comes marriage,
then comes the baby in a golden carriage!"
The  description of that Kiss is written with vivid clarity. In fact, the novels entirety is written in the same respect. The premise of Mind Games is intriguing.  The plot is well crafted and takes readers into the lives of diverse characters.  Overall, Mind Games is innovative and fresh in the Urban Fantasy world.  Readers will be entertained.

September 28, 2010
 Double Cross (The Disillusionists Trilogy, #2)

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Natasha said...

Amazing review Chas!! I can`t wait to read this book. :) I`ll have my review up soon!

Chas @ LLL in the 808 said...

Looking forward to your review!=)

Felicia the Geeky Blogger said...

I am enjoying it immensely!

Melissa said...

Yep, another one to add to my ever growing wishlist! :) This one sounds perfect for me to read. Love the news link. :)

Chas @ LLL in the 808 said...

@ Melissa- isn't that link cool. Carolyn's website has some great goodies and info!=)

@ Felicia! as I read the plot got better and better!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Funny! We are going to start reading this for Tuesbooktalk on twitter here soon. I have heard so many great things on this book, I am looking forward to reading it. Thanks!

Chas @ LLL Reviews said...

I am so excited to hear about the discussion!=) Sounds like fun. Feel free to join us on BBA too if you'd like!

Cathy M said...

What a great review, and now I have a new author to get excited about.

JenM said...

I'd love to read this book - every review makes me want it more, but I like to wait until there are at least two books out in a series before I start the first book. One of these days though.

k_sunshine1977 said...

this seriously flawed heroine sounds intriguing....looking forward to reading this!

k_sunshine1977 at yahoo dot com

Becky Boyer said...

Great review, I also really liked this book. ;)

vvb32 reads said...

ok, you got me with kIss. i've got to read this one.

Tara W said...

Fantastic review. You definitely make me want to get a copy. This sounds like my kind of story.

mizztuts AT bellsouth DOT net

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