The purpose of Thrifty Thursday is to read a book which was free (at some point).
Kindle freebie on July 17, 2012 (currently free as of writing this post)
Overall rating 3.76 with 18, 169 ratings and 1,370 reviews
The Mind Readers by Lori Brighton
Series: The Mind Readers #1
Published by Self-Published on December 7, 2010
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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.
I’ve had this freebie for 6.5 years and I always wanted to read it. I love any kind of book with mind abilities or skills. For me, it’s even better than magic which would be my next favorite.
I happily chose The Mind Readers with Berls to do a buddy read and it was also on Tiffany’s list. Sadly, since Cameron was a high school student, the mood swings were epic. I could not be happy with the juvenile attitude and emotional decisions. I wanted her to learn more about her skills and her grandma was totally sheltering her from everything but Cameron didn’t treat her very well.
I was excited about others with skills and Cameron being able to learn more and develop her abilities but I didn’t trust them. With everything from Cameron’s point of view, it was hard to get a feel for the other characters and their motivations. It seemed more like they wanted to use her rather than teach her very much.
While I love the concept, I won’t be reading further in the series. I need more adult and developed characters.
These are only Kindle freebies I get, or ones through author newsletters which anyone can sign up and get for free. I don’t include things like Kindle Unlimited or Prime Free Reading or Audible Escape. Both Tantor and Audible have occasional free audios (to anyone) and I do include those. Since I one-click on 1-2 freebies a day or probably at least 5 a week, I came up with this feature to make sure I start reading them.
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Yep, I would get distracted by the mood swings, I think, and not being able to get a good read on the other characters or plot. Hey, at least its one more off the pile and you had a buddy reader to commiserate with. 🙂
I feel badly because the concept is one I want to read.
Sorry this was a disappointment and I completely understand why.
Now if the story is about a high school student (in a freebie) I don’t take it. Those which work out are few and far between it seems.
Oh no…at least it was free 🙂 The premise is rather interesting but I understand when a character just isn’t working for you.
Yes but it’s a concept I would love to read about more, but maybe a character not in high school. Possibly also with some characters who have compassion for others.
I can understand,. It’s a bit too bad for this one
I wish I could be more positive.
Such a bummer, but great review! You said so well why it didn’t work for me too. I wonder if getting other POV’s (more adult ones) would have made this book work. OH well, on to the next!
Thank you and it was fun to read with you even though it wasn’t our favorite book.
Lord, I don’t wanna know how old my freebie is..lol I am sorry this one didn’t work out but I can see why you clicked it.
I have to be careful because sometimes now when an older freebie comes up I don’t recognize it and think about getting it again.