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Mind Over Monsters (A F.R.E.A.K.S. Squad Investigation #1)

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Beatrice Alexander is no ordinary schoolteacher--she can move objects with her mind, an embarrassing skill she hasn't yet mastered or embraced. After nearly killing her brother by accident, she joins the F.R.E.A.K.S. Squad, the Federal Response to Extra-Sensory and Kindred Supernaturals. This top-secret branch of the FBI combats ghosts, ghouls, and other monsters threateni...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published October 8th 2011 by Midnight Ink (first published October 1st 2011)
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Lori {Romancing the Dark Side}
Romancing the Dark Side Review:

A light-hearted and fun unconventional tale of the paranormal where two worlds of monsters collide!

Beatrice Alexander is an ordinary school teacher with extraordinary powers. She psychokinetic and knows the ability to move objects with her mind isn't exactly "normal" so she tends to keep to herself. When she accidentally hurts those closest to her, Beatrice is approached by a secret organization of the FBI, the F.R.E.A.K.S., the Federal Response to Extra Sensory a...more
Jennifer (a.k.a The Book Nympho)
Mind Over Monsters is very well written with characters I love and can’t wait to read more about them. I’ve not read many books where the author titles each chapter but I really like it, cause it sets the tone for what’s coming up and with a chapter entitled “A Machete Is a Girl’s Best Friend” you know that the book is freaky funny.

Mind Over Monsters is a great urban fantast read with mystery, some gore (it’s going to get messy when you start cutting up zombies), and there is also a little roman...more
Stephanie ♥Loves Adrian Ivashkov♥
The author, Jennifer Harlow, contacted me to review this book. First of all, a huuuuuge thanks to her for that. If she hadn't I probably wouldn't have read this amazing book any time soon. I almost didn't accept the review request even, but the synopsis drew me in. And also because she sent me the print book had a lot to do with it because I usually only get ebooks because I love in Belgium.


At first I wasn't sure I would like it, but after reading the guest post she send me, where she interview...more
Parajunkee
PJV Quickie: ‘Mind over Monsters’ is one of my favorite surprise reads of the year. Fun, witty and a bit of sexy, the characters are over the top enjoyable and the story is interesting and suck-you-in good. Hello Jennifer Harlow. It’s nice to meet you. Can I have some more?

Review: Jennifer Harlow introduces to a fun mix of characters and at their center is Beatrice Alexander. Beatrice is a schoolteacher who has an inexplicable talent of moving things with her mind. She has never been comfortable...more
Shanon (Escaping With Fiction)
My reviews can also be found at: http://escapingwithfiction.blogspot.com/

First I would like to thank the author, Jennifer Harlow, for sending me this book! I won it in a goodreads giveaway and she was nice enough to also send me an awesome bookmark, a list of songs on the playlist for the book, and a very nice card/note.

Let me begin this review by saying that this book pretty much rocked my socks! I love all things paranormal, so when I started in on this story I quickly discovered that I'd hit...more
Lighthearted
The premise of this book is intriguing. Beatrice’s fellow squad members include a reticent werewolf, an obnoxious vampire, an elegant pyrokinetic, a teleporting teenager, a baby-faced psychometric and a blind medium. Bea’s first case with the group involves evidence of a necromancer in the small town of Bridge Stone, Colorado: he or she is raising zombies, but why and can they stop him before anyone else falls victim?

I wanted to like this book. It’s a first novel and there is definitely potentia...more
Jessica
Mind Over Monsters was A LOT of fun! I would rate it 4.5 stars if I could, but when deciding which side of the .5 the rating should fall on, I leaned toward 4, but it was indeed a great book!

This book features so many different monsters! You see vampires, werewolves, necromancers, ghouls, zombies, people who can create fire, move things with their mind, teleport, etc - honestly a possessed easter bunny could have shown up and I wouldn't have been surprised. This book really reminded me of X-Men...more
Cathy
It was cute. It was really more of a 2.5 star book because of all of the eye-rolling I had to do, but the series has potential and the narrative had a nice, smooth style. I like that the author is a fan of Jennifer Crusie and Sue Grafton but she didn't do such a good job of imitating either. The humor wasn't so bad, but the mystery was pathetic. Really awful, it made them all look just stupid. And the romance and the agent work suffered from the same issue - suddenly this ordinary and relatable...more
Karissa
I got a signed advanced reading copy of this book at Book Expo America. Harlow was great, very fun to talk to. This was a decent book; it is one of those fluffy and fun sort of paranormal books. If you are into that you will like this book; it was a fun read just not all that original.

Beatrice isn't your normal elementary school teacher; she is telekinetic. After she almost kills her brother by accident she joins the F.R.E.A.K Squad (Federal Response to Extra-Sensory and Kindred Supernaturals Sq...more
Roxanne Rhoads
What a fabulous debut novel!

Harlow has created an awesome world where the good guys fight the bad- and they all happen to be "monsters"- or in this case the good guys are FREAKS- the Federal Response to Extra Sensory and Kindred Supernaturals.

Yup the government has their own top secret agency full of supernaturals that fight the paranormal bad guys.

Harlow's book is blend of Buffy the Vampire Slayer kick ass girl power style action, dry but witty humor, mystery, all wrapped in a paranormal book t...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
This review is about a novel that held my attention even though the overall subject, horror, is not my chosen genre. In many ways, the clever, new to me, author was able to make the book a 'cozy' murder mystery, even though she was penning about Vampires, Werewolves, Psychokinetics and more.

Thinking it over, since I am interested in Paranormal like the psycho-fields...I guess it was a good fit for me.

The murders were appropriate to the perpertrators of the crimes, although, a bit gruesome for me...more
Beverly
My thoughts:
I loved this story! I'm not a huge zombie fan, but I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed reading this book.
The writing is wonderful. The author's use of the language is superb, giving her words life and making the scenes into images as well. I easily pictured every character and place in my mind through her vivid descriptions and attention to detail.
The characters are cleverly created and so very easy to invest in. As a licensed elementary teacher, I was thrilled to fi...more
Tiffany
I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I loved this book. I wasn't sure it was going to wow me when I accepted the review request but I was pleasantly surprised.

It's a dark, gritty at times, laugh-out-loud funny urban fantasy. The main character, Bea, is snarky, smart, fierce but most importantly real. I could really relate to her and felt things through her eyes. She goes from shy, timid elementary school teacher to a kick-ass F.R.E.A.K.S. agent throug...more
Penni
Mind Over Monsters is a fun and unconventional tale that stands out against others in the urban fantasy genre. Harlow uses clever witticisms and great characters to ground the otherwise horrific nature of the story. If you’re looking for something funny and easy to read with a lovable spook squad then this is the perfect series for you. What a stellar debut for Harlow! Currently devouring book #2 as we speak…


The main character, Bea, is snarky, smart, fierce but most importantly real. She goes f...more
AdriAnne
I wasn't impressed by the cartoon-y cover of this book, which made me assume Mind Over Monsters was going to be a fluffy (and sure, gory) urban fantasy. It IS light-hearted in many parts, with snappy, hilarious dialogue... but by the end of the book, what impressed me was Jennifer Harlow. She brought an appropriate level of gravity to the story, even as funny as it is, and made me truly care about her characters--most especially Bea and Oliver--even though I was resistant at first. Just goes to...more
Alison
Beatrix almost killed her brother in a fit of temper using the power of her mind. Distraught and suicidal she is approached to join a top secret off-shoot of the FBI - F.R.E.A.K.S.

After training she meets the rest of the team including a sexy werewolf and an infuriating, over-sexed, vampire. Her first case is two victims who have been ripped to pieces.

Soon it becomes clear that there is a necromancer in town but who, and why did they set their zombies on the two victims? I felt that the identity...more
Nora-adrienne
Fantastic first book in a new series. Our former 4th grade teacher who's gift (or curse depending on how it affects her life) is virtually Shanghaid into a Gov't agency under the pretense of learning how to control her "gift". From that point on she wonders if her name is really Alice and that she's fallen down a hole into Monsterland. You really need to read the book, I'm off to find the next one in the series.

I got it from my public library.
Sandy Lu
With a coy blend of whimsy and vivid imagination, Jennifer Harlow delivers both humor and horror in an action-packed zesty brew of fantasy, mystery, and romance. At turns vulnerable and ferocious, equally sardonic and sweet, Beatrice Alexander is a heroine that combines the best qualities of Buffy, Stephanie Plum and Sookie Stackhouse.

Of course, as the agent of the book, I may be biased!
Lucy Dosch
Beatrice Alexander is an ordinary elementary school teacher, that is normal and ordinary for a teacher who is psychokinetic and can raise the furniture in her room during a bad dream. Two things have happened that will change Beatrice’s life. First, she saved a student from being run over by knocking him down,…and lifting the car over their heads (no one noticed, right?) and she almost killed her brother during an argument. Her brother—half-brother—may have been the first person to call her a fr...more
Edshara
I don't usually read books about monsters or magical powers but I must say I was pleasantly surprised. This was one of those books I just happened upon, browsing the shelves, at my local library and I'm so glad I did! The story line was so fun and intriguing. It was just the right amount of humor and action, with hints at a love triangle. All the characters were interesting and believable. At times the sentence structure and grammar seemed a bit juvenile, but Harlow's ability to tell a story mor...more
Froggarita
I loved this book! The characters are so interesting you just can't help root for them! It had me flipping through the pages like something was chasing after me because I could not put this book down! Great first book to the series!! If you love paranornal you will love this book! It has a bit of everything!
Tamara
For me the only thing that saved this book for me was the premise. There aren't many paranormal stories with that kind of premise and I thought that it would be good. I was very sadly disappointed though. It is hard to right a book that makes things light, especially when you are talking about life and death. It's a tightrope and if you can't do it then its worse than not being able to make a serious book serious. Most of the jokes in this book fall flat, some of them even end up being insulting...more
Laura
Fluffy fun with light romance. Could be given to high schoolers.
Paranormal Haven
3.5 stars


Beatrice Alexander is a school teacher, a school teacher that can move stuff with her mind. She has tried to keep this to herself, but when a student almost gets hit by a car, she floats the car. This draws the attention of the governments F.R.E.A.K.S, Federal Response to Extra-Sensory and Kindred Supernaturals. They ask her to join, and end up talking her into it. Beatrice’s first mission with the group has to do with why the dead are rising in a small town, and eating a select few.

Bea...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: This paranormal mystery starts off a little slow but then picks up for an enjoyable ending.

Opening Sentence: I was surprised to find that a man who wore a three-thousand-dollar suit was staying at the Comfort Inn.

The Review:

Beatrice Alexander is a psychokinetic. She can move objects with her mind. The bigger the object, the more it takes out of her. So when she saves her student from being run over by lifting a Hummer over them, she spends s...more
Stacy
reviewed by http://urbanfantasyinvestigations.blo...

MIND OVER MONSTERS ended up being a very pleasant surprise. I was not really crazy with the cover so it took me a bit to want to really read the book but once I picked it up I had no problem getting into the story. Bea was easy to like. She has always known she has magic but was scared of it. She always seemed to end up hurting the people she cared about. In the beginning of the book she is recruited into a secret government agency full of othe...more
Anna
Reviewed by Jenny

Beatrice Alexander knows that she has a curse, she moves things with her mind. It is a curse to her because she has not yet learned to control it and it can hurt people. Her family thinks she is crazy and she has just put her brother in the hospital. In the day following this event she meets a man who offers her a job with the F.R.E.A.K.S. squad, a special section of the F.B.I. that is specially trained to hunt down ghost, ghouls, and monsters. It is a group made up of people or...more
Cocktails and Books
I have to admit that I may have vampire fatigue so this book was a pleasant surprise. Main character, Bea has superpowers and as a result joins the FREAKS (Federal Response to Extra-Sensory and Kindred Supernaturals) a branch of the FBI. And she is an awesome zombie fighting machine. There is a murky, as yet, undeveloped love triangle between vampire Oliver a member of the FREAKS team, Bea and team leader Will, a werewolf. I say undeveloped because Bea rejects Oliver’s advances at every turn, th...more
Read2review
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With stress migraines it is impossible to read a pdf for a long time so I decided to make a start on my paperback TBR list, starting with Mind Over Monsters. I received it for Halloween from Jennifer and I have been looking forward to reading it and now was the time.

What a fantastic book. It starts with the introduction to Beatrice as she is in the hospital. The full details are a little sketchy but the reasons for being in hospital...more
Lidia
This book is very good with a funny cover, although it seems that of a children's book and a title that says it all. The protagonist of the story Beatrice Alexander is a young school teacher a bit special: it is psychokinetic, with the power of the mind can move objects and people: It 'unfortunately after almost killing his brother in a moment of anger is recruited by FREAKS squada investigation, secret branch of the FBI who fights monsters, ghosts, demons, and all kinds of mostri.I team members...more
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Jennifer Harlow spent her restless childhood fighting with her three brothers and scaring the heck out of herself with horror movies and books. She grew up to earn a degree at the University of Virginia which she put to use as a radio DJ, crisis hotline volunteer, bookseller, lab assistant, wedding coordinator, and government investigator. Currently she calls Northern Virgina home but that restles...more
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