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Minder (Ganzfield #1)

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  679 Ratings  ·  149 Reviews

Sixteen-year-old Maddie Dunn is special, but she needs to figure out how to use her new abilities before somebody else gets hurt. Ganzfield is a secret training facility full of people like her, but it's not exactly a nurturing place.

Every social interaction carries the threat of mind-control.

A stray thought can burn a building to the ground.

And people's nightmares don'

Paperback, 249 pages
Published June 20th 2010 by Spencer Hill Press (first published May 6th 2010)
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Kate Kaynak
Oct 17, 2011 Kate Kaynak rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Yeah, of course I gave it 5 stars--I wrote it!

But honestly, I LOVE these characters. Maddie is strong, funny, and vulnerable. I feel like I'm just writing down what SHE'S saying, rather than coming up with "dialogue." And Trevor--I have a MAJOR book-crush on Trevor. *sigh*

I really hope you like it, too!
Jul 04, 2010 R. rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
It. Some books have it, some don't. And I'm not talking about "amazingness" or "ridiculous-awesome," although the two do tend to overlap. It doesn't always make a book awesome - rather, it is simply what makes you keep reading, what pulls you forward, what keeps a book niggling in your mind until you simply have to reread it...or pick up the sequel.

Minder has it, although even now I'm having trouble pinpointing why. Could it be the integration of real-life organizations into a fantastical story?
Kayleigh {K-Books}
May 23, 2012 Kayleigh {K-Books} rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shp
Minder Review on K-Books

"I'm not the swooning type, but right then I felt like swooning - big time."

Wow... That is all I can say right now. One thing is for sure Kate Kaynak is an incredible author. When I first heard about Minder I was intrigued and curious about the book and really wanted to find out what this series was about. I definitely was not expecting to be completely consumed by this series that I couldn't think about anything else. I completely fell in love with this book and I can'
Dec 15, 2010 Ruby rated it did not like it
Review first posted on

Minder is certainly a Private School Paranormal. At least, it doesn’t get much more paranormal than a bunch of teenagers with abilities ranging from telepathy to telekinesis to mind control. The title refers to the main character, Maddie. The story opens with Maddie discovering her telepathic abilities in the worst way possible. When she’s attacked by some schoolmates, her powers manifest, allowing her to protect herself, but resulting in the death of
Georgina Martin (Bookz and Bitz)

Ok. So the cover sucks. Sorry but it does, and it put me off for a little while. Don’t judge a book by its cover!

Point taken.

I got in a little goodreads spat about this book. Some clever little things had taken it up on themselves to attack the author because said author had defended another author on another book page...yes it was that complicated. Rather than just deciding to boycott Kaynak’s work in protest, the blogger/review decided to write a supposedly witty post on this book page, about
Mar 25, 2011 Stella rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Hush Money fans, those wjho love superpowers and thrilling action rides!
I remember seeing glowing reviews of Minder when it was released and so I was very curious to see what all the hype was about. Well I can say in all honesty that Minder deserves every single one of them, it definitely lived up to all the praise, hype and excitement!

It has been some time since I read such an enthralling YA novel which gripped me so intensely from start to finish. It was intense in both its fast paced, action packed plot as well as the emotional journey and discovery of the heroi
Kirstyn (Kit)
May 22, 2010 Kirstyn (Kit) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved

My mom actually got this ARC in the mail for review but she was reading some other books so I stole it :) I LOVED this book, and I know I say that alot but I really really mean it this time! It only took me 2 days to read and thats only because we went to DC all day on thrus. (I SO could have finished it in 1 day)

I loved how the conversations she had with people in their heads flowed so well with the normal conversations, it wasn't hard to follow at all. I did think it had some X-men -ish quali
Brianna (The Book Vixen)
Review copy provided by author

WOW! That’s the first thought that came to mind when I finished reading Minder. I had such an overwhelming feeling of sweet reward and satisfaction from reading this book! I had a silly grin on my face. This book pulled me out of my reading slump.

When I first got Minder, I didn’t know what to expect. I read the blurb but I really didn’t know what I was in for. I wasn’t prepared to be completely absorbed by this fascinating tale. I started reading and I was immediate
Donna {Book Passion for Life}
Kate Kaynak – lead editor at Spencer Hill Press and editor of the phenomenal Covenant series and Cursed by Jennifer L.Armentrout, is the author behind this interesting book – Minder, book one in the Ganzfield series.

Minder follows the story of a teenage girl called Maddie Dunn, while during a terrifying time finds out that she has a gift that can potentially harm people if she doesn’t learn to get it under control. Maddie soon finds herself taken away from her family that she loves and finds he
Dec 22, 2010 Larissa rated it really liked it
Previously Published on my blog: Welcome to Larissa's Bookish Life

After a long hiatus from Y.A. Books, I have found recently I am in the mood for some Young Adult Paranormal. I think I just got tired of hot n’ heavy romances for a while and I need some of the “innocence” of Y.A. for a little while LOL. One of the first books I read on this new phase of mine was Minder and I really enjoyed it.

Maddie Dunn is special, but doesn’t know it yet. She is attacked by three boys from her school and the on
Trisha Wolfe
Aug 10, 2011 Trisha Wolfe rated it it was amazing
One book that has been on my TBR list that I finally got around to reading (and I’m so glad I did!) is Minder. If you read my blog enough, you know that I have series issues with abuse in stories. I just can’t read it myself--don’t watch it in movies, and find it very difficult to invest myself in a book that deals heavily on the subject. When we first meet Maddie, she is in the midst of being attacked. Oh God, my heart almost gave out on me. I almost put the book down. However, the scene was qu ...more
Casey (The Bookish Type)
Apr 30, 2016 Casey (The Bookish Type) rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-books, hard-copy
Excerpt: "Maddie Dunn has always had strong flashes of insight into the thoughts and feelings of those around her, but she never dreamed it was anything more than intuition - until the day she fights her way out of the most horrifying situation imaginable brandishing no weapon but her mind. The power that erupts in Maddie is not mere thought power, but a physical forcefield of energy that rises from her in an unconscious response to her sheer terror. The aftermath of this phenomenon has the poli ...more
Melissa (i swim for oceans)
Jan 10, 2011 Melissa (i swim for oceans) rated it really liked it
Maddie Dunn has enough to deal with without adding special powers to the list, but she doesn’t have a choice. When a dangerous situation leaves three people inexplicably dead and Maddie in desperate need of answers and support, she’s shuttled off to Ganzfield. Designed as a special school for those with gifts like herself, Maddie must learn to harness her newfound powers before something bad happens to the people she cares about. Ganzfield is a great place, and Maddie might have just found the g ...more
Jul 25, 2014 hayden rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kate Kaynak's MINDER is my third Spencer Hill Press title, and I think it might just be my favorite!

Kate has a way of writing that makes you feel like you're a part of all the action. I laughed, cried and gasped my way through the book and all of Maddie's experiences. When Trevor was introduced, I fell in love with him right alongside Maddie; that's how real everything felt.

The concept of their abilities is quite interesting. Our main character, Maddie, is a "Minder," which is short for mind rea
Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
Minder grabbed my attention and did not let go! This has supernatural powers, an awesome love story, and a protagonist that I can admire, she can stand her own. Maddie is a strong character, a protector, quick learner and holds her own ground. She questions the immediate attraction to her love interest, instead of just simply accepting love at first sight. I like that because they know what each other is thinking, there is a real reason for this quickly developing relationship. There is no room ...more
Maddi at megamad4books
Dec 27, 2012 Maddi at megamad4books rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal
I had really high expectations for this one (it has such good reviews!) but it really let me down. I have several problems with the story but I’ll go through the good stuff first...

The Good:

This is a great light read. It entertained me enough that I got through it in less than a day; it was fun, intriguing and a little mysterious. I really enjoyed the concept for the book; the way Kate Kaynak has set out how these abilities are produced and why they occur is pretty cool and I did find myself say
Brianna (lebrbria)
Dec 31, 2012 Brianna (lebrbria) rated it liked it
This is between 3 and 3.5 stars for me.

The Ganzfield series was first recommended to me by a friend who is reading my manuscript and thought I'd enjoy the series as she did. I was pretty excited to start it because I am very interested in special abilities, mutations, etc. And when a second recommendation from another friend came, I dove in. However, it wasn't as exciting as I expected it to be.

It took me quite some time to get into Maddie's new life at Ganzfield and the changes she was experie
Reading Teen
Jun 06, 2010 Reading Teen rated it really liked it
Sixteen-year-old Maddie Dunn has special abilities, when her emotions get out of control, she has the power to hurt people with her mind. After a very traumatic incident, she is approached by a man who speaks to her in her mind, and claims he can help her control her gift and even make her more powerful. But she has to leave her life behind and go with him to Ganzfield. Ganzfield is a secret training facility full of people like her, people that have all kinds of abilities. But it's not exactly ...more
Cristina Buzoianu
Jan 26, 2015 Cristina Buzoianu rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-paranormal
Originally posted on my blog, Bibliophile Mystery.

My thoughts: I’ve been trying to read The Ganzfield Series for a long time, but every time I got close to it something else came up. Now, after finishing the first book in this Series, MINDER, all I can ask myself is why didn’t I read it sooner.

I’m always bad at starting reviews, so I won’t torment you longer and get straight to the point.

I liked Maddie from the beginning for a lot of reasons. T
Kelly Hashway
Sep 19, 2012 Kelly Hashway rated it it was amazing
Maddie is a character that you can't help liking right from the start. She discovers she has the ability to read minds, but with that comes the power to overload people's minds with her own thoughts. She's dangerous to others when she's awake and when she has nightmares. But things get better when she meets Trevor. She instantly feels a connection to him, and since she can read his mind, she knows he feels the same way about her. Trevor makes her abilities calm down, and considering other Minder ...more
Wee Shubba's World
Jan 04, 2011 Wee Shubba's World rated it really liked it
When I first got this book I was really excited to start reading it. I had never heard of it so I decided to not read any reviews on it before hand and when into reading very opened minded, and what an amazing read this is.

Minder is the first in the Ganzfield series and an excellect first opening book. First from the first page is fast paced that really grips you. It really captured my imagination from the event revolving around our main character Maddie. She really is a breath of fresh air. She
Alex Bennett
Sep 05, 2011 Alex Bennett added it
Shelves: own, signed
After putting this book off for so long, I finally decided to give it a shot. I don’t know what I was expecting when I started reading, but it was definitely different that what I found within the pages of Minder. Kate Kaynak has found a way to blend a sweet romance with some exhilarating action that had me flipping the pages eagerly the whole time reading.

I really enjoyed the premise of Minder, and the Ganzfield series. I love it when several different paranormals come together in a book or ser
Jun 08, 2010 Rich rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Rich by: my wife
Minder is a tremendous novel -- it has elements of other books I have read, but put together in a refreshingly original way. Action rises and falls, characters are introduced and developed, and battle lines are drawn, all through the sarcastic, intelligent voice of Maddie, the sometimes fragile main character. As a middle school teacher, I was struck by how authentically these teenagers sound and act. Their words, their desires, their behavior -- they all ring true to actual young adults. This i ...more
Daniel Cohen
Jul 26, 2011 Daniel Cohen rated it it was amazing
Should be required reading for any fans of the Paranormal Romance genre. A sparkling, charming, intelligent story that any sixteen-year-old girl should keep in her backpack (or purse?) for easy lending. Kate’s sleuthing into the psyche of both her characters and her readers leads me to believe that she’s a minder herself. Nice try Kate, but you couldn’t fool me. Now cut me in on your “fundraising” or Eden Imaging might be receiving an anonymous call. BWAHAHAHA (For those who don’t know what I’m ...more
Jul 03, 2014 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So this book tricked me. When I started reading, I thought, "oh no, not another X-Men type story". In my opinion, those had been done so many times before that this one was going to be no different. It also started so abruptly that I thought the entire book would be unbelievable. I mean, by the second chapter, the protagonist, Maddie, is already in school for her "special abilities".

BUT THEN THE TRICK...I don't know if it was the author's style of writing, the story line, the characters, or what
Tyler Jolley
Sep 03, 2012 Tyler Jolley rated it it was amazing
Great YA, sci-fi, romance novel. This book is face paced, exciting, imaginative and full of romance. Every teen (girl and boy) will find something to relate to in this book. I highly recommend it, it's the beginning of a great series.
May 18, 2012 Radiant rated it liked it
I read books with similar theme - gifted students attending school,Mind reader..powers etc!
But this one was a good read though the story was quite predictable i enjoyed reading it ...i would give a 3.5 rating!
Jan 11, 2013 Lexi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2010
I am sooooo glad I received this book. It's wonderful!
Nov 06, 2010 Debbie rated it liked it
Recommended to Debbie by:
When I first saw this book and read the blur I immediately had to add it to my wish list. It sounded like a nice mix of romance and X-Men (my favorite comic book series) qualities.

The Storyline

I loved the storyline because like I mentioned above it was very X-Men-ish. Maddie turns out to be a "minder", what they call mind readers at Ganzfield, and there she meets "charms" who are able to influence people to do whatever they say, "sparks" who can create fire and other people with special abilitie
Stephanie  G
After a scary near gang rap that ended with all of the boys suddenly dropping dead leave Maddie Dunn wondering what she is. She is approached by a man by the name of Dr Williamson. He claims to run a school where she can attend to lean to Channel her gift. Of course any idea that gets her out on Jersey and facing murder charges sounds good to her right now.

Once at the school she finds it’s full of other kids with special gifts. They have what they call charms they are the bullies of the school
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