Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Handler and The Scribe Novellas from the Mind Jack Series by Susan Kaye Quinn Review

The Handler by Susan Kaye Quinn (Mindjack Origins #2)
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Goodreads Summary
It's time for Julian Navarro to fulfill the mission left to him by his dead parents: to spark a revolution that would allow mindjackers to live freely in a mindreading world. While his ability allows him to mentally control the instincts of others, Julian wants to win jackers to his cause with words, not weapons. But when his first recruit has a secret--and bloody--history, Julian has to decide how far he'll go to ensure his revolution isn't snuffed out before it starts.

The Handler is a short novella (9,000 words or 30 pages) in the Mindjack Origins series, which are companion stories to the bestselling Mindjack Trilogy. The Handler is Julian's story and takes place in the time period between Open Minds and Closed Hearts. It contains (minor) spoilers for those two novels.

The Handler started off a little choppy to me, probably because it's been awhile  since I've read Closed Hearts, but it fell into place pretty quickly. In the Mindjacking world, where this new ability has just been outed, one can never be too careful. There are so many abilities out there that even Julian doesn't know about and it's hard for him and his sister to protect themselves from every threat they can imagine. What he doesn't expect is the beautiful desperate girl that comes through his door disarming his sister without even jacking her. And try as he might, he just can't get a read on her, it's like trying to grab a hold of a slippery fish with greased hands. And then his recruit he was expecting, the one that is skittish and ready to run shows up. And Julian has to make a decision, one that he'll probably have to make time and again in his new revolution. He just wasn't expecting to have to make it on the very first day. This is a fast paced novella that gives you a glimpse into the way things started before Kira joined the group. It gives some background information on how Julian chose and who he chose and why. In any case, it's a great little piece of fiction in the series to hold you over until the third book FREE SOULS comes out! 

The Scribe  (Mind Jack Origins #3)
by Susan Kaye Quinn
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Goodreads Summary:
Twenty-three-year-old Sasha is in search of a mindjacking Clan that won’t force him to use his unique skill—he can’t face the prospect of erasing any more souls. A revolutionary Clan leader offers him a chance to serve a higher purpose, but Sasha’s wary that it’s only a trick to use his ability. When a beautiful female jacker seeks refuge with them, and her former Clan leader wants her special skill back at any cost, Sasha has to decide if there are any causes worth the cost of using his ability one more time.

The Scribe is a short novella (12,000 words or 40 pages) in theMindjack Origins series, which are companion stories to the bestselling Mindjack TrilogyThe Scribe is Sasha’s story and takes place in the time period between Open Minds and Closed Hearts. It contains (minor) spoilers for those two novels.

Mindjack Trilogy (novels): Open Minds, Closed Hearts, Free Souls
Mindjack Origins (shorts): Mind Games, The Handler, The Scribe 

Recommended Reading Order
Mind Games (prequel short story to Open Minds)
Open Minds
Closed Hearts
The Handler
The Scribe
Free Souls
 - coming soon

Now this is Sasha's story and he has the most incredible power I've ever read. I'm not going to tell you what it is. His name "The Scribe" might give you some indication but it is a powerful thing and any of the Clans would want him. But he's escaped to Julian. He wants to never use his "power" ever again. It takes a piece of him every time he uses it and he's used it so many times under his old Clan leader who basically raised him. Now that Clan leader is back and he wants the helpless girl that's just fled to Julian. As Arlis, the Clan leader lays seige to Julian and Sasha's new base of operations, Sasha has to war with himself, can he use his power for good instead of evil and at what cost to him? Will he stay sane if he uses it this time? 
I'm not really sure what Sasha's power does to him, but it's painful for him as well as his victim. Maybe because he's a good soul who's been forced to do so many wrong's. But I think he also has to see all the wrong's the person he is working on has done and it's painful and he gets afraid that he'll get lost in the craziness. But you'll have to see how he ends up and who helps him. This is a story I really wanted to read because once you read about his "talent" you don't forget it. He will stick with you in Closed Hearts. Most everyone will. I loved this story and seeing him find his peace and safety. Another excellent tide over until FREE SOULS comes out!

For more information, see MindjackTrilogy.com

I highly recommend this series if you haven't started it. The first novel kind of sneaks up on you with it's storyline. The second novel will blow your bangs back and have you falling on your butt with all the action and the storyline. I was crying at the end. Lots of drama at the end. I don't know what to expect in the third one, except for mind blowing action and storylines and hopefully some cheering. It's a very fresh breath of air as far as story lines go. The language is updated for the future-things are mesh instead of cool and the technology is very interesting and probably not far off. You're missing out if you don't read this series!



  1. "Now this is Sasha's story and he has the most incredible power I've ever read. I'm not going to tell you what it is."

    Well that's just cruel Heather! Now of course I'm dying to know, and it's going to eat at me because I can't hear something like that and then not know what it is. Guess I'll have to look into purchasing these!

  2. Oh man! I have the first and have yet to read it. Looks like I really need to get on the ball and read all of these. I'm with Jenny tho... cruel! ;D Yep, you know how to make me curious!!

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  4. I haven't read any of these and thanks for not spoiling the power for me. :)

    - Jessica @ Book Sake


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