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The Mind's Eye (SYNSK #1)

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A girl with a telepathic gift finds a boy clinging to his last hope during the war-torn climate of Europe, 1940. At fifteen, Kit Cavendish is one the oldest evacuees to escape London at the start of the Second World War due to a long term illness that sees her stuck in a wheelchair most of the time. But Kit has an extraordinary psychic power: she can put herself into the m ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by Clean Teen Publishing (first published March 30th 2014)
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I've had this gem on my kindle app ever since last December (or was is January?) and I've let it gather dust. Since Joood read it, I thought it was high time I brought it out and began reading it. This is the first book from K.C. Finn that I have read, and it did not disappoint.

The story starts out with Kit and her brother being shipped off on a train during wartime. You know right away that she is disabled, but the story doesn't revolve around how she isn't normal. Rather, the story revolves a
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Dianne
How can a book written about the horrific World War II era be called beautiful, enthralling and completely romantic, yet still have bleak, devastating and heart-wrenching moments? The Mind’s Eye by K.C. Finn is all of that and more. Aimed at the young adult audience, K.C. Finn has captured history and brought it to life with her words and her imagination, while using factual events to breathe her tale to life.

Wheelchair bound, Kit and her brother are evacuated from London as the war begins and a
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Ginny  Gallagher
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Wish me luck as you wave me goodbye..." 

That's what they were singing, all along the train. Hordes of children much younger than me, singing and dancing in their drab school uniforms, flinging their gas masks at each other like catapults.

The Minds Eye by K.C. Finn is a wonderfully written page-turner.

I was at first skeptical of a young adult title labeled as historical paranormal but I quickly forgot that it was historical or paranormal as I became immersed in the lives of Kit, Henri, Lei
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Amy Freeman
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was just beautiful. That is the first word that comes to mind. K.C.Finn has outdone herself with this one. Kit Cavendish is shipped off with her younger brother to live with a family of strangers during WWII. Being wheelchair bound, constantly in pain and at the mercy of a harsh and unforgiving doctor her only silver lining is her uncanny ability to slip into the minds of others. In an effort to use her gift to help with the war, Kit goes on a search to locate the mind of a cruel Nazi ...more
Toni
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!
You know how I steer clear of reading blurbs because I’m always afraid of learning too much about the story in advance? Well, this time I say go for it. Even if you read the synopsis there is no chance of spoiling the incredible beauty of this story or the deep connection you will undoubtedly share with these realistic characters.

We are first introduced to our main character, Kit Cavendish, at the train station as she and her little brother, Leighton, wait to be shipped off to a bunch of strange
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Azia
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is the second novel I have read by K.C. Finn and I was again completely blown away. This author can tell a story better than so many author's who are out there publishing right now. I would bet my bottom dollar that she will be a household name.

The Mind's Eye takes place during WWII. We are introduced to the MC Kit and her younger brother, Leighton, while they are on a train headed out of London to a much safer place. We are made perfectly aware right away that Kit isn't like other girls in
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Krystal
OMG! WOW! What a book! I was completely blown away. This is my first read by K.C. Fine and I have to see I love it. K.C. is an amazing writer. I love her writing style everything flowed smoothly. I relieved this book free on amazon and I’m happy a give it a chance.

First I have to say I love Historical Fiction. I like how they take to history and spin it into something beautiful. The Mind's Eye takes place during WWII. This awesome story is told Kit POV. Kit is a girl like no other. She wants to
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Anna-marie
Jan 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an amazing story. It is based around 15 year Kit Cavendish. She is a very special young lady. Sadly she has a long term illness that means she is in a wheelchair. She also has the gift of Psychic Telepathy.
Kit is able to enter people’s minds, she can see what they see, feel their emotions & talk to them.
When she is evacuated, along with her little brother, to North Wales at the start of the Second World War, she decides to try & link in with someone to find out what she can abou
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Melanie
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book from the publishers*

This is an amazing story set during World War 2 but seen through the eyes of a beautifully talented young lady who due to a debilitating illness spends her time trapped in a wheelchair.

A truly unique take on war time stories that I am sure will captivate many people whether they have knowledge of this time period already or not.

The characters jump off the page and the history is accurate enough to take you back there and make
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Jennie
Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favourite book from K.C. Finn so far!
The characters in this book were so well-described that I really felt like I got to know them as if they were my own family. K.C. Finn writes in such a readable style, you could carry on forever without ever wanting to put the book down!
I loved being in Mam's house with the characters, the setting was so vivid that I felt like I was watching a film, everything was easily imagined and delightful. I fell a bit in love with Bickerstaff even though he was har
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Nicole Hewitt
This review and many others can be found on my blog - Feed Your Fiction Addiction

There are so many reasons that I loved this book! While historical fiction isn't always my thing, I've always been interested in World War II - not necessarily the battles, but the human stories that played out in that time (in fact, I'm reviewing another WWII book on Friday - I think that these are the only two WWII books I've read since Anne Frank when I was in middle school and I've managed to read them one right
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Morphys Book Blog
Kit suffers from an illness that keeps her in a wheelchair but has an amazing ability, she can enter people’s minds and see what they see. At the start of Word War II Kit and her brother Leighton evacuate to Wales to stay with a family there. Whilst there Kit someone connects to the mind of a boy in Oslo, forming a bond and helping him through some rough times. Kit and Henri must fight the war anyway they can, which is in completely different ways.

Holy mother of god, what just happened? My mind
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DelSheree
Mar 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Kit and her brother are sent out of London during the war to stay with a foster family, she has no idea how much it will change her life. Physically, emotionally, and mentally, she is pushed to her limits in the Welsh countryside. Her psychic gift, which she has kept carefully hidden all her life suddenly becomes her only source of freedom, and the only chance she has to help one of the people she loves most.

I am certainly no expert on history, but it was obvious that Finn put a great deal
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Sarah
I found myself really intrigued with the mechanics and possibilities of Kit’s gift. Maybe it’s the fantasy geek inside but I think that was my favorite part of the book. I loved seeing the limitations of her gift (i.e. how far she could travel or the cost on her physically), the different ways she could gather information with it, and the possible role it could play in the war. I think that will probably be the carrier for my interest in the rest of the series.

I enjoyed Kit herself as well. She’
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Kristy Gillespie
I received this novel in exchange for an honest review.
15-year-old Kit Cavendish and her 10 year-old-brother, Leighton, are traveling by train to a village in North Wales, while their mother remains in London to help with the war effort. Kit suffers from a physical disability; therefore she spends the majority of her time in a wheelchair. However, Kit has an extraordinary physic gift- she’s able to visit other people’s minds, to feel their emotions, see through their eyes, and even speak to them
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CrazyBookworm99
*I was give the arc by the author in exchange for an honest review*

Lets start off by saying I loved this so much that I don't know how to word this review without spoilers, but I'm going to try :) This is the first I have read from this author but I can tell you right now it sure as hell won't be the last!!!

This book follows Kit as she is evacuated to Wales with her younger brother. It vividly introduces us to their new family and we are soon whisked into a world full of love, loss, war, death,
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D.E.
Apr 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Mind’s Eye is a paranormal historical romance for young adults. The story’s heroine, Kit Cavendish, is evacuated from London to a village in North Wales with her brother. Kit is one of the oldest evacuees as she has a long-term illness that has her stuck in a wheelchair. Although Kit may be physically stuck in a wheelchair, her mind has the extraordinary power to put itself into the minds of others. This leads her to the mind of Henri in Oslo. They develop an emotional bond as Kit guides him ...more
Sara
I'm a fan of books that incorporate actual historical events, and that's one of the aspects of The Mind's Eye which really grabbed my attention and drew me in to the story from the beginning. In this instance, it's 1940's Europe, during World War II. The main setting is Wales, in a village named Bryn Eira Bach, but other locations include Norway, France, and North Africa. I loved the idea of telepaths who use their abilities as part of the war effort. For me, it was a really original concept, be ...more
Kristy Hamilton
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love a good fantasy or dystopian novel. But sometimes a good historical story is a must read. Today I finished up a story that took me back in time...The Mind's Eye by K.C. Finn.
In the beginning of the story, the reader is sent back to World War II. Kit and Leighton Cavendish are evacuated to the countryside of England as the War is starting. The writing of the evacuation is so descriptive, that I almost felt that I was there, feeling the evacuation of the children to the countryside. Normally
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Mary Quire
Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Author K. C. Finn managed to capture all of my attention in her novel The Mind’s Eye. Usually, I find myself reading more than one book at a time, read a few chapters in one and then switch to another, rinse and repeat until I’ve finished. But not this time. This time I found I couldn’t bear to move on to something else, not even for just a moment. I needed to find out what happened next to Kit Cavendish. I needed to know if Henri would ever find safety. And I wanted more than anything to discov ...more
Anjeline Magtoto
The author sent me this book in exchange for my honest thoughts/review and opinion. Yes I requested this book from the author. I love this book gave it a 4.5/5. The characters were well made. Her writing style flows. Such a fantastic book. I highly recommend it to everyone.

The book takes place in world war II 1940. The Mind's Eye about a girl name Kit who is 15 years old and her younger brother name Leighton who is 10 years old. So they move out from London in order to be safe, because a world w
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Pauline Creeden
Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is sooo good that if you don’t pick it up and give it a try, I feel sorry for you. You’re missing out. It’s nearing the end of April, and I just realized that not one book had yet made it into my favorite reads of 2014. I make a pinterest board for my favorites — the books I don’t want to forget and want to share with others. And when I went to go add this book to my board, I realized that I didn’t have one yet. Not one of the more than 30 books I’ve read this year so far has made that ...more
Alice
Couldn't put it down!

I loved stumbling upon this book and couldn't put it down once I'd read the synopsis.

The main character Kit was one of the best ya main characters I've read and truly liked in awhile. She didn't have a lot of the selfishness a lot of other ya characters tend to have - where they'll whine about how people kept secrets from them, or why their love interest is acting cold to them. Kit was a solid girl with faults of her own (in the beginning especially) which she changes from
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Book-Lover Book Blog
the book started off quite shakey and a little confusing, including Welsh sentences that weren't translated after (which made it a little more confusing) but a couple of chapters in and I got hooked. This story is completely different to anything.I've ever read before, being it's a paranormal romance, but I loved loved loved the story. it's set in world war two in Wales. I loved the fact, the female lead wasn't a perfect, in fact, she had a disability which left her weak.the male was also not so ...more
Kelly Risser
Feb 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't put this book down. Good thing I didn't have plans this weekend. What a wonderful, captivating story. Kit may struggle physically due to her illness, but she is a strong, well rounded character. I just loved her, well, and everyone else for that matter. Such wonderful people! Mam who is warm and loving, Blod who is cool and beautiful, and Henri, who is brave and sees what an amazing person Kit is. Set during World War II, the story weaves in the tension and fear that was so prevalent ...more
Stephanie
Oct 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I love finding new authors and once I read the blurb I was instantly intrigued. It was original and refreshing and I'm so happy I came across it.
This book kept me entertained from the very first page. I adored the characters (especially Kit and Henri) and all their trials added so much to the story.
There was action, suspense and a sweet love story. The Mind's Eye was the perfect combination of it all and finally pulled me out of my book funk. Looking forward to reading the rest of this series
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Michele Skinner
Feb 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book for an honest review. Usually I am not fond of war books, but I loved this one. I love he physic powers, don't know if I would want them, but they are cool. I wonder why Kit gets ill when her mom "visits"? Also I am not much into love stories like this, but it was lovely. Kit and Henri seen so much older than 16 and 18, just how they speak and carry themselves. I will have to investigate KC Finns other books.
Queeniejo
Aug 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, nook-books
Wow. Just plain, amazing, out of this world Wow. It's been a long time since I read something do deep and meaningful. I found myself instantly falling in love with the characters and was so caught up in the story that a couple of times I completely forgot that this was Kit's story, not mine! It took everything in me to pull my eyes away from this book and find other things to do. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and if I could, would give K. C. a high five! Bravo!
Lara Setlak
Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome book! A "must read"... Combining drama, scifi & romance all back-dropped against the war against the Nazi's. Very compelling read, couldn't put it down till the very last page!
Loretta
This is a young adult book about a girl with a disability that leaves her in a wheelchair. But she also can move into another person's mind and see things from that person's viewpoint. This is the time of war between Germany and the Allies. Kit gets into Henri's mind and they develop a relationship. There are quite a few secrets being kept between Kit and her mum. Where is her dad? Why is Blod so upset with Kit? What does the doctor have to do with all this? It was a little slow at first, but as ...more
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K. C. Finn was born and raised in Cardiff, South Wales, where her love for storytelling grew at a precociously young age. After developing the medical condition M.E. / C.F.S., Kim turned to writing to escape the pressures of disabled living, only to become hooked on the incredible world of publishing.

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“I love you, you know. The thought had escaped before I had a chance to rein it in. Henri caught his breath in his throat; the sombre weight in his chest lifting away like a pressure valve had been removed. He couldn't reply, certainly not with the two gate guards standing right next to him, but I felt his face relax into a smile.” 1 likes
“knew exactly how awful it was to have people giving you their sympathy all the time, like it was going to be some comfort to me that these healthy, able-bodied people had taken time out of their active lives to take pity on poor sick Kit in her chair.” 1 likes
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