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FranJessca [at] Book Lovin' Mamas

A SAHM that reads and reviews romance (all sub genres of romance), Urban Fantasy & Sci-Fi, sometimes Horror, and YA (some sub genres of it).  


I've been reading since I was my oldest daughter's age….thanks to R.L. Stine & Christopher Pike…and later on thanks to Anne Rice.  Those 3 authors changed my life and I have been obsessed with reading ever since.  

Currently reading

Girls Night Out: Volume 2 (GNO)
'Patricia A. Wolf', 'Calinda B', 'Lila Dubois', 'C.J. Ellisson'

4.5 moons - "Mind Games" by Carolyn Crane

Mind Games (The Disillusionists Trilogy, #1) - Carolyn Crane

I've had this book in my bookcase for the past four years.  Yup…four years.  I am a bookworm, so I tend to buy books and forget about having them.  I signed up for the March Pick-it-for-Me-Challenge in one of my Goodreads groups and this was one of the books chosen for me.  Here was my chance to read a book that I've been meaning to read for four years.  

I'm glad though Mind Games was chosen for me since it brought me back to one of my favorite genres, Urban Fantasy.  It also was a book like no other that I've read before.  Here Carolyn Crane gives us characters that have mind powers, which can be considered a gift or a curse.  I have never read book like this and it definitely intrigued me from beginning to end.  

I'm introduced to the main character, Justine Jones who is a hardcore hypochondriac, and she's convinced that she will die if the blood vessel in her brain gets to worked up with her fears.  She's your typical hypochondriac, if you ever knew one and I have, but Justine doesn't know she's able to put her fears into other people.  I loved how she grew tremendously in Mind Games and how even when she doubted herself, she took it upon herself to strive through.  There are times though she doubted herself and ended up not doing something, but she had every reason not to.  Justine ends up coming upon Sterling Packard who wants Justine in his crime-fighting team known as the disillusionists.  They are to reform criminals using their abilities.  Packard is a mysterious guy in the book who has a secret or several actually.  I didn't know what to make of him and several times I wanted to slap him for Justine, especially when he tricked her many times in the book.  He's supposed to be the boss of the disillusionists and for some reason he never leaves the restaurant that Justine meets him at.  It's very strange, until the story starts opening up to what is truly up Packard's sleeves.  There are several other characters introduced and I'm fascinated with everyone of them, even Simon who came off as a jerk. 

Be prepared for some highly crazy criminals that will make you cringe or even make you hide underneath your covers.  Let's just say Carolyn Crane creates criminals that definitely need the disillusionists to reform them.  (Geez…the Alchemist freaked me out!)  

I wish I would have read this book sooner because I know I would've devoured the books back to back.  Urban Fantasy will always be my go to favorite genre and Carolyn Crane gave me back my love of this genre even more.  I give this book 4.5 moons and look forward to reading the next series very soon.  

Source: http://booklovinmamas.com/2014/03/28/review-mind-games-by-carolyn-crane