Publisher: Spencer Hill Press (June 18, 2010)
Go look at both Kit & Andye's review of Minder HERE!
From Amazon: A Reading Teen "What to Read This Summer" Pick
--Reading Teen (Seriously, we are quoted on Amazon LOOK!)
Sixteen-year-old Maddie Dunn is special, but she needs to figure out how to use her new abilities before somebody else gets hurt. Ganzfield is a secret training facility full of people like her, but it's not exactly a nurturing place. Every social interaction carries the threat of mind-control. A stray thought can burn a building to the ground. And people's nightmares don't always stay in their own heads. But it's still better than New Jersey--especially once she meets the man of her dreams...
Minder is one of those books that isn't horrible, and it isn't awesome. It just depends on what your into. I didn't love this book, but it kept me entertained enough for me to read it in less the a week. I thought the author had a really good imagination with the storyline, and her writing was very good. But honestly, I got annoyed with Maddie and Trevor's relationship. Yes, I like romance in books that I'm reading. But Minder was just obnoxiously romantic. I mean, worse than Twilight. And I'm not just being cold-hearted. I'm a sucker for romantic stuff like that, but with Minder I just wanted to shoot Maddie and Trevor. And every once and a while I would try to think about it from their point of view, I'm in love with the super hot guy, and he loves me back, etc. But seriously, I think if a guy tried holding my hand every flippin' second of the day and tells me he loves me only after THREE DAYS of knowing me I think I would tell him to go away. He's a weirdo. Despite how "in love" Maddie and Trevor were, they kept things pretty clean. They're were some innuendos and the discussed some topics, but they never really did anything except make-out.
Besides the romance, the action scenes were pretty good, I just felt like everything was way too easy. They weren't challenged at all.
The rest of the book (minus the romance) was really good! I liked it enough to read to second book. I'm not sure if I would recommend it to any of my friends, it really just depends if I think they could handle all the mushy stuff.