Book Review: Minder (Ganzfield #1) by Kate Kaynak

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...
Release Date: June 18, 2010
Age Group: Young Adult
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Source: Purchased

I've been hearing good things about the Ganzfield series for a while now, most notably from my best blogging friend The Book Vixen.  Her continued praise of the series as a whole prompted me to buy Minder and give it a try.  But, sadly, Minder was a classic case of building a book up too much in my mind, to where it cannot possibly meet my expectations.

There were definitely some things I liked about Minder.  I liked that it was paranormal but was not about vampires or werewolves.  The paranormal element of the story was very well done and was a unique, interesting premise.  I liked the ending, that there were no major cliffhangers despite this being a first in the series book.  I liked that there was not a lot of world-building---Kaynak jumps right into the action from the very first page.  I liked the idea of not getting to fully know each of the characters in book one.  There were several characters, most notably Seth, who I feel we're going to learn a lot more about in later novels. 

What I didn't like was how quickly Maddie falls in love with Trevor.  It was just too fast for me.  Their relationship felt too good to be true, and I kept waiting for things to start going badlyI am no believer in love at first sight and I guess that I just don't really like to read about it.

In the end, I did enjoy Minder, just not as much as I thought I would.  I will read the rest of the series eventually.

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