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The Mind Readers (Mind Readers #1)

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Cameron Winters is a freak. Fortunately, no one but her family knows the truth... that Cameron can read minds. For years Cameron has hidden behind a facade of normalcy, warned that there are those who would do her harm. When gorgeous and mysterious Lewis Douglas arrives he destroys everything Cameron has ever believed and tempts her with possibilities of freedom. Determine ...more
ebook, 170 pages
Published December 7th 2010 by Smashwords
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Wendy Darling
This is one of the more polished and well-written indie YAs I've read. The Mind Readers is a fast-paced, entertaining read with a likable heroine in Cameron Winters, who knows the most intimate and frightening secrets of those around her. The book moves along at a brisk pace with a plot concerning a murder mystery, a training facility for kids with supernatural powers, and the investigative society who is out to stop them.

Some of the secondary characters could have been fleshed out a little mor
Sep 23, 2011 Blackheart rated it did not like it
Shelves: y-a
i really wanted to like this book, i really did. the story seemed very interesting right from te start, with all this x-men-ish supernatural stuff going on. but then Cam (that's the main character - she doesn't deserve to be called heroine) had to up and ruin EVERYTHING. any possible delight from reading. how she did that? well, let's see....

1 - every decision she made was stupid and immature, including telling her equally stupid "friend" she could read minds, and then leaving her grandma, the
Mar 09, 2016 Libby rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2013, dnf
"I...I like him.It was more than like. We were connected in a way no one else could possibly understand."

"I was shocked by his sudden touch, even more surprised when he leaned forward and pressed his lips to my forehead. Was it a brotherly kiss or something more? My heart slammed widely in my chest as I prayed it was something more."

Omg, I can't. I can't i can't i can't!!! This book made me want to pull my hair out. I'm sorry, I do not want to come off rude to the author or to anyone who enjo
Janet Leszl
Aug 21, 2013 Janet Leszl rated it it was ok
Initially I was not aware it was a YA novel when I downloaded this to read free to my Kindle. As I read, I discovered elements that indicated that was the case. Even so, I found this to be an enjoyable read.

I needed to overlook some writing elements that could have used some improvement. Trite and constant repetitive usage of phrases like “raking hands through hair” & “I never felt this way before” coupled with multiple examples of reminding the readers of certain facts (like Aaron was rich
Will be posted on the blog on 3/10/11.

In a Sentence: The Mind Readers started out as a mediocre YA mystery but steadily improved to a page-turning thriller culminating in one heck of an ending.

My Thoughts

For those of you who like to be immediately sucked into a story, The Mind Readers just might be the book for you. The action starts right off the bat, as you can probably tell by reading the first sentence (included above). However, the thing that instantly drew me into the story wasn’t jus
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Feb 21, 2011 Tee loves Kyle Jacobson rated it it was amazing
Warning: This book is definitely addictive!

My Rating: 5 out of 5

My Cover Thoughts: The cover is absolutely gorgeous! On the front it draws you in because you can see a girl in a black dress at the beach flying in the air. Her hair is blowing in the wind of the sea like a storm is coming. Then in the sky there are flowers and symbols floating around. The cover is also my favorite color Sky Blue (just like someone’s eye color in the book)

My Thoughts/Review: When I first started reading this book I
May 01, 2012 Morgan rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars

If you would have asked for my opinion of this novel while I was reading it, I would have told you that I liked it. If you were to ask me that same question right now, now that I have finished reading this novel, I would tell you that I absolutely loved it!!! The conclusion switched my opinion from like to love; it was a mind-blowing cliffhanger that left so many options open for the sequel. I can’t wait to get my
Dec 23, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-on-kindle
I love my Kindle. I do, I love it like I love few other inanimate objects. When I got my Kindle, I downloaded a ridiculous amount of books onto it. Like, all the books that were free or one dollar or whatever. I quickly put so many books on there that I realized that I never had any hope of reading all of them.

So I organized that bitch to at least make the task feel surmountable. Then I got into Netgalley and ARCs and let's just not talk about the status of my Kindle, okay?

This was one of the f
Dee Montoya
** 2.5 Stars***

Being able to read minds, do you think could be a blessing or a curse ?

The plot for this book is really interesting, I mean how many times have you wished you could read somebody's mind? but sadly I have to say that I really struggled to finish reading it, it just wasn't my thing.

Cameron is a teenager who's' only living relative is her grandmother, they live as if they are always hiding and trying to go through life unnoticed. They've been in a small town in Maine for almost a yea
Nov 21, 2011 Katy rated it liked it
This book really made my brain hurt - for a number of reasons. But like a demented, crazy person who can't think straight, I can't wait for more. I LOVED the concept, and I thought the book had a kick-butt end. Having said that, the book can't be more infuriating to read. The book was very chaotic, and basically everything jumped all over the place.

Before I begin, I want to say I don't think Brighton gave me a chance to like Lewis. I mean, he had his moments, but he never made me swoon. It felt
Shelly Crane
Oct 11, 2012 Shelly Crane rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-books
Where have I been?? I've seen this book a few times here and there. It was published in 2010, but I just never dove in for some reason. I wish I had!

I loved this book. I stayed up late and read it on my phone Kindle app every chance I got in the car while hubby drove until I was done. Even though it's usually not the type I like, because the guy turns out to be a 'jerk'. Well...not really. :) I usually am all about the true love. But it's was a conundrum. I felt for this book like I felt for Rec
Apr 28, 2016 Carrie rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, paranormal, read-2013
This review is short, to the point, and will have a spoiler.

I picked this book up a while back because it was available for free. On one hand I thought the world the characters live in -with the two sides and fighting blah blah blah- was interesting. I kind of liked Cameron at first....but then the relationship happened. At first it was ok, but later on. I wanted to kill her. (view spoiler)

3 Stars

I originally planned to give this book two stars because it started to annoy half way through. The beginning was great and it drew in but after that it went downhill pretty fast. The characters annoyed so much, I dislike the romance and the actions in this were so boring. The ending was the only thing that made me gave it 3 stars.

Cameron can read minds her whole life. She thinks she is a freak and her grandmother strongly advises her not to use her abilities for the "greater good". It
Nicole  (As Always)
Rating: 2.5

Mehhh is exactly the word for this book. It wasn’t bad or good. It was just mediocre. It wasn’t that I didn’t like this book, in fact, I did like it but not enough to give 3 stars. Sooo 2.5 it is.

I’m not even going to bother with a plot summary because the description pretty much covers majority of the story.

Things I liked:

-This book started out strong. I really felt for Cameron in the beginning on how hard it must have been for her to keep moving around and hide her abilities. I eve
Colour me suprised, I actually enjoyed this one.

My track record with self-published books isn't the best, I can list the ones I actually enjoyed reading with a peace sign (The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back, which I adored and Armed & Fabulous, which was a fun read). After some really annoying waste-of-time-reads, I gave up hope that I'd find another read in the self-published area that I'll enjoy as much as The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back and Armed & Fabulous.

I don't know what made me d
Misty Baker
Jan 06, 2012 Misty Baker rated it really liked it
When I was in the fourth grade my teacher posed a very interesting question. “Think about this long and hard” she said to us while scribbling the question across the chalkboard. “Because…no matter your answer, there are always repercussions.”

The question was: “If you could have ANY super-power, what would it be and why?”

Not such difficult a question right? Wrong. See, the tricky part comes in the second part of her statement, not necessarily the question itself. “There are always repercussions.”
Zakiya the Walking Butterfly
Feb 15, 2013 Zakiya the Walking Butterfly rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Zakiya by: Leanne McDowell
OH MY GOSH!!!!!! For 2 or 3 months, I thought The Last Song was the best novel out there. I have been proven wrong! Lori Brighton's YA novel was filled with action, emotional pains, characters that I wanted to hurt -- physically. Once I got closer to the climax, I was practically yelling at the charries for doing stupid .... stuff :). The story's somewhat-hero, the one I yelled at the most, describes Cameron as a "sitting duck" while trying to persuade her into going back with him to Aaron's hos ...more
Jul 20, 2013 Hbeebti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, freebies
This is mostly a rant about the hero. But the book is good..

I feel conflicted about his. I really liked it. It was really an interesting book. Cameron was alright. She had her moment where she really annoyed me. Lewis, what can I say about him? At first I was unsure, then intrigued, but I never fully warmed up to him. There was always something off about him and by the end I was right. Hes the freaking hero who I thought was a selfish jerk. And at the end when he never once, not one freaking tim
Nov 20, 2013 Elle rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, kindle
I saw this book was free on kindle and HAD to get it. Thankfully, I was not disappointed. With an intriguing plot line, interesting characters, and pieces from at least 10 different genres this book has something for everyone! The characters can easily be identified with (not the mindreading aspect) and showcase a wide array of qualities typical of the character's age. What I especially like about this book is the lack of entirely happy ending and it's use of the loved literary technique, the cl ...more
Susan many books and so little time
Wow!!! This book is amazing...I am still realing from Tyne ending... This book held me in its grasp with the very first word!!! I am definitely going to be reading the next in the series!!!...I am still not sure who I trust...though I do love the character of Cameron...and would love to have her ability...especially since I am teacher...I would love to know what my students are thinking...or would I ??? On to the next book...
Aria Stuck in Wonderland

I dunno what to think of this. I've rated it a 3 because it wasn't bad, but then it wasn't good either. It's somewhere in the middle for me. It started very strong for me, but I started to lose interest when the story became a bit dragging.

Full review to follow.
Catherine ♡
Apr 09, 2016 Catherine ♡ rated it did not like it
I had actually been looking forward to reading a book about mind-reading (if you know any good ones, let me know!) but sadly I was disappointed.

The writing style wasn't descriptive enough for me to immerse myself in the story, and the main character just felt kind of annoying.

It is a good idea though, I just wish it was executed better.
Oct 26, 2015 Amber rated it it was amazing
Totally didn't see that ending! Wow! Loved this book! Awesome! 5 stars!
Jan 09, 2016 Jess rated it it was amazing
A Book Recommended By Someone You Just Met

Holy shut the front door. I didn't see the last page coming. I for sure thought it was someone else all together. I thought I had this book all figured out and bam... I was prepared to give this book an okay rating, but now I can't. I do like the over all storyline. I wish some things would have been fleshed out a little me here and there. I would have liked more details about the backstory of this big divide. The fact that a clear right or wrong side is
Blodeuedd Finland
Cameron lives with her grandma and hides the fact that she can read minds from her friends. But then a murder happens, and a strange boy appears, Lewis is mysterious and sees her. Soon she realizes that he can hear her too. He is just like her, and tells her to come away and learn how to use her talents.

My thoughts:
Lori has been one busy woman this fall. First her adult novel The Ghost Hunter and now a YA novel.

A lot is going on in this short novel, and I never know who to trust. First ther
Peep (Pop! Pop!)
3.5 stars for me because I ended up liking this one.

I know that she lived in a small town but I was thinking that it might have been a better idea if she lived in a less crime ridden small town. I mean, I live in a pretty dinky (emphasis on pretty... when the sun is shining) small town and we don't see much crime here. Ok, that's a lie. Banks do get robbed pretty often here. But other than that...

At first, I didn't really like Cam. She had this ability and I don't know. You'd think that because
Belinda Boring
Jan 02, 2011 Belinda Boring rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How many of us at some time in our lives wished that we could read minds and know what other people were thinking? I know I was one and I’ve often wondered how much easier my teen years would have been knowing whether the boy I was crushing on liked me or how to avoid annoying the school bullies. I remember thinking how perfect my life would have been so when I was asked to read THE MIND READERS, I couldn’t help but smile. Here was my chance to see how my life “could’ve been” like with such a gi ...more
Apr 12, 2011 Beverly rated it really liked it
My thoughts:
I just finished reading this and wish book 2 was already out!
The author does a great job of building suspense and leaves you wondering throughout the whole book - Is Aaron really the "good" guy that Lewis believes he is? I, always the cynic, thought from the start there was something fishy with him - but of course that seed was planted when Lewis and Cameron get to the mansion and there are armed guards at the "gate" to the property - - - that is never a good sign.
I really enjoyed t
Amber (Books of Amber)
Jan 19, 2011 Amber (Books of Amber) rated it really liked it
I’ve always been interested in stories about people with special powers, kind of like the X-Men, and so I was thrilled when I received a copy of The Mind Readers to review. It sounded so amazing when I read about the main protagonist, Cameron, being able to read minds.

The plot takes off quickly, Cameron and her friends find a dead body, and Cameron hears the murderer’s thoughts. Now, I thought the whole story was going to be about Cameron investigating the murder, but boy, was I wrong. It is so
♥ Sarah
Feb 20, 2013 ♥ Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-na, pnr

Wow, these freebie amazon reads are really impressive. This story was so much better than I’d expected. This crazy sci-fi-action-thriller of a book did have some editing issues, but not enough to hinder the flow. I had no problems reading this in one setting, give or take a few cig breaks.

In sum, I had some issues with Cameron, as she was so insecure and needy at times, but I guess I can’t really blame her, especially with how she was brought up – thinking she w
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