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The Reader #Review by M.K Harkins

Title: The Reader
By: M.K Harkins
Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal
Release Date: August 25th, 2016
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Summary from Goodreads:
Hunted, shot, and without her memory, eighteen-year-old Ann Baker wakes in shallow water on a deserted Pacific Northwest island. She is soon approached by two young men claiming to be her friends. Something isn’t right, but when gunshots sound, Ann is left with little choice but to allow Devon and Archer to help her escape. Soon she finds herself in their North Bend mountain compound, where the higher evolved humans claim to be mind-readers. While Ann heals, she realizes they believe her to be one of the last and most powerful of all – The Lost One.

She’s welcomed by most with opened arms, but not everyone is happy about her arrival. A jealous adversary has plans for Ann, which spirals the entire Reader community into chaos.

As lies, murder, and betrayal threaten to rip apart the once harmonious mountain dwellers, Ann is thrust into making a decision that could save or devastate not only The Readers, but all of mankind. But there’s just one glitch: by doing so it may require her to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Review: I was given a free copy of this book by the author for my honest review.

I was really drawn to this book because of my love for telepathy and the paranormal. I think you all know how much I love it, so when I picked it up I had really high expectations. Before I get into my review, let me give you a little background on the story.

Ann wakes up without any memories and is found by the Readers (People who can read minds). We find out that the Readers are in a war with the Jacks (People who high jack other peoples bodies.) During this centuries long war, the Seer's got wiped out (People who can see the future.) Before the Seers were wiped out, they saw one person who had all three gifts who could end the war. You know, when I heard all this I thought to myself, that's pretty awesome. I must read this book.

Here is my review. The premise was awesome. I loved how this one girl had the weight of the world on her shoulders and it seemed at times there was no way out, but when the story really started getting going, the characters didn't seem to fit the premise. The Readers and Jacks are supposed to be thousands of years old, but yet they talk like they are horny teens. I guess I was expecting a little more maturity from everyone in the way they talked and acted, but that wasn't the case. The next thing that got my goat was the mass amount of questions the main character asked. Her dialogue was hard to believe and I felt like she could have found out some of the information of the story in a way other than asking someone outright over and over again.

I adored the love triangle and I'm happy with who Ann ended up with in the end. I could have used more awkwardness between the characters, but it was satisfying none the less.

I'm going to give this book 3 stars because it was good but there were things that didn't make sense to me and I couldn't get over the dialogue.


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