Friday, May 25, 2012

Book Review: Mind Games

TITLE: Mind Games
Book 1 in the Disillusionists Trilogy
AUTHOR: Carolyn Crane
GENRE: Urban Fantasy
PREMISE: A woman discovers she has unusual gifts and joins an agency that tracks down criminals.
MY REVIEW: This review will be short because I honestly don't have much to say beyond okay world-building. It's just same old, same old. I've read several books in the urban fantasy genre similar to it and for me there's not much that stands out about it.
I will say one thing that majorly bugged me though: the main character claims she's a hypochondriac. We're told again and again, she's a hypochondriac. Yet, beyond worrying about a strange feeling in her brain (which I'm pretty sure is part of her gift) she displays no other symptoms that a hypochondriac does. She's not diligent about hand washing, she enjoys sex immensely (even offers to have sex in a car during a traffic jam. Yes, really), she doesn't worry about getting diseases of any sort and is quite calm about the whole thing even when she does feel that whatever in her brain. So...yeah, she's not a hypochondriac. If you're going to have a character with a problem like this look up behavioral patterns and have your character act accordingly. Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory? He's a hypochondriac. This woman is a poser.
Honestly I just sort of shrug and roll my eyes at this book. It's okay but it's nothing special and I sort of found the romantic relationships/sex parts ridiculous instead of hot (see character offering to have sex in a car, who DOES that?). There's nothing really memerable about this, it's just one more urban fantasy book in a long line of look-alike urban fantasy books.
WHO SHOULD READ: Urban fantasy fans
MY RATING: Three out of Five people who aren't actually hypochondriacs

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