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Read My Mind

(Under the Empire #1)

3.39  ·  Rating details ·  23 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Reading someone's mind won't always tell you what they want.

Scott Kensington lives happily without magic; prayer is all he needs to worship the gods. Then he starts his studies at the University of Frannesburg, and not only is he suddenly surrounded by eccentrics—those gifted with magic—but his own latent ability begins to surface, with consequences that could tear his
ebook, 294 pages
Published October 2nd 2017 by Riptide Publishing
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Wart Hill
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
things i find while shelving

I received a free ARC via NetGalley

Man I totally meant to read this before its release date and get the review up but I failed again (not nearly as bad as I've failed on other arcs...but oh well). Anyway!

I enjoyed this one so, so much. I love how Haworth has crafted the universe this is set in, all of the mythology surrounding the gods and the way pop culture is informed by that. I'm huge into mythology and it was just absolutely fascinating to read a book set in a
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
AMAZING! This book was full of things I'd been longing to see in fiction. An actual adult relationship where things are thought and talked through and not jumping to conclusions and causing drama, a gay multicultural relationship front and center and also not the only gay ones in the book, boys and emotions and ACTUALLY DEALING WITH THEM. And the crack about the book Nick was reading- it is horrible how some men portray women.

I can hardly wait for more of this series.
Chris, the Dalek King
Raised in a community of “normals”–people without magical gifts–Scott Kensington is in for a bit of a culture shock when he starts university. Everywhere he goes he sees eccentrics–those with magic–wielding fire and manipulating matter thru telekinesis, or hears school-wide ads transferred thru telepathy. But perhaps the biggest change is the lack of worship for the ten gods. Sure there are statues around campus, and churches within walking distance, but the day-to-day presence in his life that ...more
Joyfully Jay
Oct 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: kirsty
A Joyfully Jay review.

3.25 stars

Kelly Haworth does not do things by halves; Read My Mind is an alternate world, biracial, young adult, paranormal romance! Haworth has clearly considered how she is going to connect her reader to these characters, particularly when many of the events in the story are so unusual. In my opinion, she accomplishes this by creating two protagonists who are so open and perhaps Scott is made more so by his telepathy. The world Nick and Scott live in may be unlike our
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Real-life Magic!

I loved this book immediately. The characters and their coming of age real-world dilemmas were woven seamlessly into an alternate reality where magic was a natural pillar. The interplay of a new realm of spirituality with compulsive collecting and the chemistry of two different worlds... I mean it blew me away! I appreciated the daring of the author to blend LGBT, race, religion, and politics into this narrative. She successfully created a world that I want to know more about. I
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: faye
Review can be read at It's About The Book

Scott Kensington and Nick Barnes are college freshmen. Everything is new and different. That’s all supposed to be a good thing, but sometimes new and different is just overwhelming. Scott and Nick were just striking up what could be more than friendship when Scott suddenly develops telepathy. Things don’t really play out well for Scott on the family front as a result of his telepathy. Life isn’t necessarily all a bowl of cherries for Nick, either.
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I rather enjoyed this book, for all that I feel it may have been a little more ambitious than it could actually handle.

Haworth did not go half-way in going for a fictional world. Fictional country, fictional religion, fictional powers, on and on and on. This really made for an interesting world that one could really want to learn about, but . . . there were a lot of things that we did not in fact learn about. Like, there was a lot of talk about the Empire, but it's never really fleshed out what
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
Review originally posted on Just Love Reviews:

This book isn’t normally something that would interest me in terms of the genre, but as it turns out the only parts of the book I liked were the things I would normally avoid.

Without the random abilities these characters developed this would be the most boring college-based romance novel I have ever read. It was so mundane because it had WAY too much everyday stuff and not enough focus on the magical elements.
Oct 03, 2017 rated it liked it
A Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Review

Rating: 3 stars out of 5

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From that review: "Kelly Haworth has packed Read My Mind with many interesting elements and laid the foundation for a universe that's waiting for some major drama to unfold. She has created some great young characters, given them background that I believe people can connect with, along with developing talents that make their lives and story more exciting. Plus a romance and a
Jordan Lombard
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don’t normally read New Adult unless it’s an author I’m already into. I loved Kelly’s previous book, Y Negative, so I thought I’d give this a try. Yup, it’s totally worth reading. Fascinating world building, with a biracial, telekinesis teen struggling with the death of his mother and another teen who has just been gifted with the ability to project his thoughts from the Gods. Well, it’s good. Very good. Just go read it. Maybe tomorrow I’ll come up with a better review.
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: queer-romance
This was a little too sweet/cute/NA for me-targeted for a much younger reader perhaps.
Riina Y.T.
Aug 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-for-review
I really liked Scott, and Nick was a lot of fun.

I enjoyed their journey but it wasn't all what I was hoping it would be.

They were sweet together, started out as friends and slowly grew closer. Romance wise this was right up my alley. The boys were fun! As were a lot of the side characters.

My main concern was the length. I found the writing good! But it was too drawn out for my liking; I got almost bored at times, especially when it became heavy on the GODS and stuff. That's just not really my
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Kelly Haworth has way too active an imagination, so she channels it into writing. Kelly is genderfluid and pansexual, and honestly doesn’t know if she’ll ever write an allo-cishet couple again. When not working at a genetics lab or staying up too late writing, she can be found wrangling her two toddlers, working on cosplay, or curled up on the couch with a good TV show or book.