Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Review and Giveaway- Closed Hearts by Susan Kaye Quinn

Closed Hearts

by Susan Kaye Quinn
Book Two in the Mindjack Trilogy

Goodreads Summary-
When you control minds, only your heart can be used against you.

Eight months ago, Kira Moore revealed to the mindreading world that mindjackers like herself were hidden in their midst. Now she wonders if telling the truth was the right choice after all. As wild rumors spread, a powerful anti-jacker politician capitalizes on mindreaders’ fears and strips jackers of their rights. While some jackers flee to Jackertown—a slum rife with jackworkers who trade mind control favors for cash—Kira and her family hide from the readers who fear her and jackers who hate her. But when a jacker Clan member makes Kira’s boyfriend Raf collapse in her arms, Kira is forced to save the people she loves by facing the thing she fears most: FBI agent Kestrel and his experimental torture chamber for jackers.

Holy Cow! I just started this book today. I couldn't have put it down if I wanted to! I thought it was going to be a slow read because the first twenty pages are kind of slow, but hold onto your Kindle or your paperback because this one will blow your hair back! You might remember my review of Open Minds the first novel in the Mind Jacker Trilogy and what a unique idea I thought it was for YA. Well, the unique keeps coming. Kira, who spilled the beans about Mind Jackers last book,finds out that she isn't the only one with special abilities. In fact, there are some mindjackers with really scary abilities. And then there are some mindjackers that are really scary. Unfortunately, she gets tracked down by someone she betrayed in the last book. Now, this was not a good guy and someone who deserved to be left behind, but Kira couldn't save everyone last time, and some people died. And she's had to live with that. Unfortunately, some people can't live with that. And a man named Molloy comes to exact his revenge. He kidnaps Kira and Raf during a stolen romantic moment and serve them up to a group known as the "mages" in Jackertown, a place Kira is not welcome due to her outing jackers to the world. She's kind of stuck there.

 Kestrel, the evil scientist/FBI agent/mindjacker that hates mindjackers is back and even more heinous than ever. Kira's dad gets involved with a rescue attempt and somehow Raf goes missing. Anything and everything goes wrong. The least expected betrayals happen from those who have the least to gain from their betrayals. Corrupted politicians are involved (no way!) and Kira has to decide if she is a cold blooded killer or not.

The last quarter of the book is a total sobfest. There is kind of a love triangle, but not really. Kira would never love anyone but Raf, but she does have to pretend with someone and it tickles back there in her mind. And the boy, Julian, though handsome and totally swoon worthy and heroic, does not take advantage of her in her moments of distress or despair. But God, oh God, Sue Quinn knows how to drag your heart out of your chest and squeeze every last drop of water out of your body. I didn't see it coming at all. And the slap in the face afterward. Rubbing salt in old wounds. I know you don't understand, but you've just got to read it to understand what I'm talking about. Kira's heart is literally wrung out in this one. And my eyes with it.

 Book two has ratcheted everything up a notch. It feels like the author is more comfortable in her skin and she really let her characters go in this one. The adventure and tension is high and the evilness just seeps through the words like venom. If I had a gun, I'd shoot Kestrel's name off the page, or at least I'd cross it out, but I'm reading on a Kindle, so you know. He has to be the most evil man I've ever read about with his horrible experiments, injecting things into the mindjackers and withdrawing things, leaving holes in their memories. Total Evil. I can't wait to see how he dies, and he will die if this trilogy ends with justice.

But there is something else in this story besides the excitement and adventure and heartbreak. It's the reality of what's taking place. The mindjackers are different from the mindreaders and difference, even in this world of the future, this world that only until a few generations ago didn't have mindreaders, equals bad, inferior, something to fear. There's a message in this story, subtle as it is because the issue is so far out there. But you could substitute any two groups in there and it could be relevant for today. So kudos again to the author for making a lesson in such an oh so subtle way!

This is an absolutely clean read, but there is definitely romance in it, several. I had originally thought this was a MG series, but it doesn't read that way to me, though MG readers on the higher end would have no trouble with it. I recommend it for any fans of supernatural YA. There is definite violence to the point of almost torture in some cases, but it's not like SAW the movie or anything like that. It's more in the mind. Read it! I promise you won't be sorry! Just don't forget your tissues.

To Susan Quinn- This is an excellent novel that kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading. It's one of those stories I couldn't put down. There was always something happening. I couldn't stand not to know what would happen next! Thank you for such a great escape! When can I have the next one?

As is usual, I got so excited about the book that I forgot about the rest of the blog tour so I'm adding the very generous giveaway from the author now!

17 comments:

  1. So , this is higher MG? How old are the protagonists? I just don't like books that feature too young kids, I just cannot relate. unless his name is Harry Potter lool!

    but, this series actually sounds really nice! Thanks for sharing this wonderful review hon!

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  2. Ummm, they are old enough to make out hot and heavy. They are in high school. And Kira is getting ready to run and live on her own. So it's definitely YA, I'm just saying older MG could read it.

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  3. This Mindjackers trilogy sounds really fascinating.

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  4. Oh I have the first one and now I know I need this one too! I love books that are open to a wider audience. Looks like this one is for me as well! :)

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    1. Oh yeah, you'll like this one, love this one! Rock Star yourself! Thanks for hitting the YA Muses for me! And lying your a** off about my interviews. I gave you props for your book boyfriend finds. I'm sure they're confused as hell but I think they appreciate knowing what a day in the blogging world is like.

      But back to this book-I need you to find a picture of Raf so you must read it and there is a story told from his point of view in the Anthology called In His Eyes. e-book was 99 cents at Valentines Day. Check your e-reader you might have picked it up. But this story is just unbelievably emotional and evil! Kestler is the devil in the first book and the second! I'd sing it's praises if I weren't afraid the cats would start clawing their eyes out!

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  5. I have not started this series but I would like to read it. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    1. Gotta thank the author really. I'm such a slacker my post was already up before I remembered I was supposed to be doing the giveaway. That's how excited I was about the book!

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  6. I love books like this that offer a new and refreshing concept. I've always found mind reading creepy but fascinating. SO glad that the second doesn't suffer from middle book syndrome and I'm really curious about the plot twist that got such a reaction from you, Heather! Definitely will check this series out.

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    1. Okay, the first book was good. If you have the Anthology In His Eyes, there is a story from Raf, Kira's boyfriend's point of view, The second book though- Rummanah, I don't know what happened but it was like Sue took off the weights that were holding her back. This book soared. This plot twist will wreak havoc on you if you let yourself get emotionally invested. But you have to have read the first book.

      And you have to like Kira, which isn't hard to do. Even the author said she was crying when she wrote the plot twist that killed me. And it's not only mind reading, it's mindjacking, which means someone can basically tap into your brain and make you think you want to do something that you didn't really mean to do. How scary is that concept??? And it's undetectable! You'll never know it happened!

      Heather

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  7. Hahahhaa I love it. It's gonna blow your hair back and make you sob. Sounds like a roller coaster - which is often a great story!

    - Jessica @ Book Sake

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    1. It really is! It is such a good story!! You need to read it, because it's so different! Thanks for popping over to the YA Muses for me!

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  8. Thanks for the giveaway! I have heard great things about this series. Can't wait to read it! :-)

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  9. Thanks so much for the giveaway! I cannot wait to read this one! I loved the first one and the prequel!

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  10. Sounds like a very exciting series! I've DL'd the prequel, and can't wait to read them all!

    Cheers! Trayce

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  11. Hi
    I found out about this series and downloaded Mind Games and loved it. I'd love the chance to win the next book.
    Thanks!!!

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  12. I'm loving these comments. :)

    Just to let everyone know, Mind Games (the short prequel to Open Minds) is now free on Amazon.

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