Thursday, April 15, 2010
Review: Mind Games
Mind Games is the first book in the Justine Jones Urban Fantasy series by Carolyn Crane.
JUSTINE KNOWS SHE'S GOING TO DIE. ANY SECOND NOW.
Justine Jones has a secret. A hardcore hypochondriac, she's convinced a blood vessel is about to burst in her brain. Then, out of the blue, a startlingly handsome man named Packard peers into Justine's soul and invites her to join his private crime-fighting team. It's a once-in-a-lifetime deal. With a little of Packard's hands-on training, Justine can weaponize her neurosis, turning it outward on Midcity's worst criminals, and finally get the freedom from fear she's always craved. End of problem.
Or is it? In Midcity, a dashing police chief is fighting a unique breed of outlaw with more than human powers. And while Justine's first missions, including one against a nymphomaniac husband-killer, are thrilling successes, there is more to Packard than meets the eye. Soon, while battling her attraction to two very different men, Justine is plunging deeper into a world of wizardry, eroticism, and cosmic secrets. With Packard's help, Justine has freed herself from her madness - only to discover a reality more frightening than anyone's worst fears.
I really wanted to like this book. The back blurb sounds intriguing - an all new take on crime fighting - harnessing ones mental instability and projecting it onto criminals in order to bring them to justice.
But I have to be honest - I only made it to page 150 before putting Mind Games down and walking away.
I did not connect with the characters at all and the story proved not my cup of tea.
What I did read was well written and the cover is wonderful.
I do have a question for those who read the entire book: Does Justine ever use a knife? I was wondering because the lady on the front cover is holding a knife.
Mind Games was a DNF.
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