REVIEW: The Mind Readers Series (Book 1 to 3) – Lori Brighton * * * *

The Mind Readers Series - Lori Brighton

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STAR RATING: 4 Stars

Please note: I decided to review the first three books of the four part series as a whole as I read them one after the other and the stories do not stand independently.

Book Description from Amazon

The Mind Readers

Cameron Winters is a freak. Fortunately, no one but her family knows the truth …that Cameron can read minds. For years Cameron has hidden behind a facade of normalcy, warned that there are those who would do her harm. When gorgeous and mysterious Lewis Douglas arrives he destroys everything Cameron has ever believed and tempts her with possibilities of freedom. Determined to embrace her hidden talents, Cameron heads to a secret haven with Lewis; a place where she meets others like her, Mind Readers.

But as Cameron soon finds out some things are too good to be true. When the Mind Readers realize the extent of Cameron’s abilities, they want to use her powers for their own needs. Cameron suddenly finds herself involved in a war in which her idea of what is right and wrong is greatly tested. In the end she’ll be forced to make a choice that will not only threaten her relationship with Lewis, but her very life.

The Mind Thieves

What would you do if someone told you that your past and everything you believed was a lie?

Cameron Winters is a freak, a mind reader who can hear the thoughts of those around her. Although her life has been far from ideal, she has finally found peace on a Caribbean island far away from her troubles. But her troubles are about to find her in the form of a gorgeous government agent named Maddox.

Maddox claims Cameron’s father sent him to protect her from encroaching enemies. There’s only one problem…Cameron’s father has been dead for over a decade. When men arrive, threatening Cameron’s very life, she has no choice but to trust Maddox and escape to the United States. Shockingly, Cameron realizes Maddox has been telling the truth all along when she’s introduced to her father, a man she barely remembers. Suddenly, Cameron has everything she has always wanted…a family and home. But as her powers are exploited by the very people she trusts, Cameron realizes the old adage is only too true…be careful what you wish for.

The Mind Games

For years Cameron has hidden behind a façade of normalcy, warned there were those who would do her harm should they uncover the truth…that she is a mind reader. She never imagined her biggest threat would come from the parents she thought dead. Cameron’s life changes dramatically when she’s abducted by her mother, a woman she hasn’t seen in thirteen years. Even more shocking is the truth… Cameron’s mother leads a group of rogue mind readers and their number one enemy is Cameron’s very own father.

Everyone has their own agenda and Cameron is caught in the middle, unsure who to trust. But one thing is clear, war looms on the horizon and in order to save those she loves, Cameron must not only pick sides, but learn to believe in herself and her powers.

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MY REVIEW

 Young Cameron is a girl unlike most others her age. She has a secret, a secret that not only rules her life, but will soon place her in mortal danger. This secret is her ability to read minds.  The only other person she knows of who is aware of her ability is her grandmother. Together they travel around, not staying long in any one place. But things are about to change for Cameron. The people her grandmother have been trying desperately to protect her from is in pursuit, and she has some decisions to make.

What I liked about the book

The whole concept of mind reading is fascinating, and I loved the way the author was able to jump from the real conversation to what was going on in Cameron’s mind. The story is fast paced and interesting. For the most part Cameron is a likeable character who finds herself in extraordinary situations. Throughout the series she grows and matures and learns. I really liked Lewis and the intrigue he brought to the story. Through all the lies, he seemed to be the most real. I enjoyed learning about the different abilities each person has and how they used them either for good or evil or often times both. I’m a sucker for a great love story and this series did not disappoint in that regard.

What I didn’t enjoy that much

Cameron’s character sometimes frustrated me. Often she seemed to be shallow, commenting on how hot a guy is even when she’s in mortal danger. Seemed unrealistic.  There were also too many twists and turns. It was all just too unbelievable. Of all three the books I enjoyed Book 2 the least as it contained huge amounts of flashback material from the first book.

Final thoughts

This series was a very good read indeed and I struggled to put it down each night. I read it in record time over a period of a few days and found it hard to contain my eagerness to read the next chapter and the next and the next.

STAR RATING: 4 Stars

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