Friday, January 31, 2014

Review: Minders by Michele Jaffe

By: Michele Jaffe
Pub. Date: January 30, 2014
Publisher: Razorbill
Pages: 400
Source: Netgalley

Q: If the boy you love commits a crime, would you turn him in?

Sadie Ames is a type-A teenager from the wealthy suburbs. She's been accepted to the prestigious Mind Corps Fellowship program, where she'll spend six weeks as an observer inside the head of Ford, a troubled boy with a passion for the crumbling architecture of the inner city. There's just one problem: Sadie's fallen in love with him.

Q: What if the crime is murder?

Ford Winters is haunted by the murder of his older brother, James. As Sadie falls deeper into his world, dazzled by the shimmering pinpricks of color that form images in his mind, she begins to think she knows him. Then Ford does something unthinkable.

Q: What if you saw it happen from inside his mind?

Back in her own body, Sadie is faced with the ultimate dilemma. With Ford's life in her hands, she must decide what is right and what is wrong. And how well she can really ever know someone, even someone she loves.
I received this galley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Penguin Group (USA) and Netgalley.

I was so excited when I was approved for this galley. I'm usually not a fan of stories like this, but Minders sounded amazing! And it was! It was such an original concept and the author executed it perfectly.

Sadie isn't like other teenagers. She is always cool, calm and collected. In a matter of seconds, she can completely understand an entire situation and come up with the best solution. It is due to this that she is accepted into the Mind Corps and while there, she will spend the next six weeks in someone's mind. While in the mind of Ford, she can not control any situation. She is only allowed to observe. I thought that this was going to be confusing, but Michele Jaffe did an excellent job explaining everything.

The story is so interesting because even though it is told in only one point of view, Sadie's, since she is in the mind of Ford, the story is actually told in dual POV. I loved this! It was easy to feel connected to both Sadie and Ford and also care about them. I loved how the story played out, and I absolutely loved the ending. It was done perfectly!

The story did end in a way that I don't think it will be a series, but I am so excited to see what Jaffe has up her sleeve next! 

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