Mini Reviews: The Mentalist Series, by Kenechi Udogu

Mini Reviews: The Mentalist Series, by Kenechi Udogu

For this set of mini reviews, I’m going to talk about The Mentalist series, which consists of a trilogy and prequel. This isn’t a direct comparison by any means, but this paranormal YA romance series had vibes that reminded me of Twilight. If that and the blurb below sounds like your thing, read on for my thoughts on each of these books!

*Thanks to the author for providing copies of this editions in exchange for an honest review.

For Gemma Green’s first time, things should have been straightforward. Find your subject, hold their gaze and push a thought into their head to save them from future disaster – Aversion complete. A pretty simple process given that the subject was to have no recollection of the experience. But Russ Tanner doesn’t seem to want to forget. In fact the more she tries to avoid him, the more he pushes to get to know her. Gemma knows she has a problem but is she facing the side effects of a failed Aversion or has the school’s tennis champ really fallen for her?

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Aversion by Kenechi Udogu

Published by author on December 1, 2012

Series: The Mentalist Series, #1

Genre(s): fiction, paranormal, romance, young adult

Format & Length: ebook, 133

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The premise of Aversion was both unique and interesting. Unfortunately it didn’t quite live up to my expectations, mainly because as a novella, the length didn’t allow it to explore all of its interesting ideas as much as I would have liked. Although I didn’t exactly dislike this book, I don’t think the author had quite found her stride yet. I finished this thinking that I hoped this series would be a case where the sum would be greater than its parts.

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Sentient by Kenechi Udogu

Published by author on October 27, 2013

Series: The Mentalist Series, #2

Genre(s): fiction, paranormal, romance, young adult

Format & Length: ebook, 155

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Sentient began to flesh out some of the ideas from Aversion that I wanted to know more about, which both pleased me and gave me more hope for the rest of the series. I also found the writing to be stronger in this book, with the characters being more developed than they were in the first. And the ending to this installment was much more satisfying than the first, making me more keen to continue on.

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Published by author on December 19, 2016

Series: The Mentalist Series, #3

Genre(s): fiction, paranormal, romance, young adult

Format & Length: ebook, 228

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Keepers, the last book in the trilogy, started out much stronger than the first two books and stayed that way. While the first two books were told solely from Gemma’s perspective, this one opens up to Russ’s point of view as well, making for a more well rounded story. My one gripe with that was that I found their voices to be incredibly similar, sometimes making it difficult to remember which point of view I was reading. There was also a lot more action in this plot and most of the chapters ended in small cliffhangers, urging me to read faster. And the conclusion had nice closure to the overall story arc while leaving it open for potential additions later. This was, I think, the best book of the bunch.

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dotted line separatorBroken Ties, by Kenchi UdoguBroken Ties by Kenechi Udogu

Published by author on May 13, 2014

Series: The Mentalist Series, #0.5

Genre(s): fiction, paranormal, romance, young adult

Format & Length: ebook, 84

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Broken Ties is a prequel that tells the story of Gemma’s parents, Paul and Nora. At only 84 pages, this was a very short and fast read. I personally didn’t feel it a necessary addition, as it didn’t add anything to the series and lacked a sense of drama or tension. I’d probably only recommend this to anyone who’s read the trilogy and wants to see the specifics on how Gemma’s parents met.

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So, there you have my mini reviews for The Mentalist Series! Have you heard of this series? What do you think about it?

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