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Mindful Things

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  23 ratings  ·  18 reviews

Nineteen-year-old Lauren Reed has always felt peculiar. She has no memory of her past after her parents’ mysterious deaths, and her unusual emerald eyes and severe migraines reinforce her sense of being an outsider. With her sophomore year of Northwestern about to begin, Lauren can’t wait to escape her adoptive parents’ overprotectiveness and move in with her best friend,

Kindle Edition, 350 pages
Published December 1st 2017
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DNF at pg 316/595 (53%)

I always feel crappy when I get free copies of books in exchange for reviews and then fail to finish the book. But this was just too much of a chore and the formatting errors detracted from the story so much that I found myself skipping chunks before finally resigning and sticking the DNF label on it.

So here's my thoughts on the first half of the book, with thanks to the author for my copy.

Firstly, the formatting.

The copy I had had incomplete sentences and also seemed
Holly Kilmister
Mar 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I found the story line confusing in places and then the book didn't really have an ending, there was no big fight before the end so I found it fairly incomplete. ...more
Christine Jordan
Nov 22, 2018 rated it liked it
I received this book free from Voracious Readers for an honest review. I liked this book. The story had a good premise that I enjoyed immensely. I did find that the story did take a bit too long to develop. I felt it dragged in places, but not enough to make me hate the book. The characters, I found were actually fairly well developed. I think, that because this is book one, that what we saw in this book was just scratching the surface of what the characters are. I look forward to seeing where s ...more
Katy Brito
Feb 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Mindful things has a very good and interesting story line.
It was a pleasant and easy read but now and again I would get a bit confused and/or last a long the way when many characters came in to play and I felt at some point that it was a rushed story.
But all in all a good book.
Feb 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: dnf
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Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Mindful Things", was a very fun book that left me very excited about the next one! I follow the author's website and Facebook page and was excited to learn there would be another book. My cousin and I read it together and it was fun to compare what our thoughts on the symbolism were and just overall what our ideas of what would happen next.
I liked the way the author wrote this book. I was told it might be a little like another book I previously read, but what I loved about this is that it felt
Mar 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
** I received a copy of this book for free through a Goodreads giveaway. **

Actual score: 3.5 stars

I really enjoyed this story. There was just enough action to keep the story moving and the characters were interesting. This most likely would have been closer to a 4 star book if not for the grammatical and spelling errors and the times that it just didn't flow well. There were several instances of sudden understanding with no lead up. Plus the insta-love (even though it was explained later and sho
Traci Wilkerson Steckel
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED Mindful Things!
I think because of where it takes place, that I love anything about sorcery, and that it makes you think a little really has made it my new favorite book. I liked how much the author built the characters yet left some mystery. It was like exercise for my brain! I really have a difficult time following stories whether in a book or movie, so the fact that there was always something new and exciting being added into the mix kept my brain happy. This is a fun read for not just
Ana Levley
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you love creative fantasies that have a mystery element to them, then you will love his novel. The tension between the mc and the love interest is delectable - I had so much fun reading how the author builds it up! I also love the story arc of the heroin, how she learns about who she is and how many twists and turns there are for her. It was a fun escape from reality where fantasy is found abundant in a realm similar to ours. I also loved the evil villains of this book, I love how insidious t ...more
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mindful Things is a strong debut for Mya Duong as a published author. She paints a vivid picture of the tangible and intangible components of the story and main character, Lauren. The backstory and character development are intricately weaved together leaving the reader with anticipation of wanting to find out more of what transpires with Lauren and her relationships. Being from Chicago I enjoyed the connection to the city and recommend as a fun and intriguing read to escape to another world.
Cabiria Aquarius
Lauren’s journey of finding out who she is. Her parents are acting strange around her. A boy she just meets feels like he’s familiar and she’s falling in love.

Oh she’s not your everyday human. She’s got special powers. And some crazy Witch man is after her. But he wants her alive? And kept alive in his care?

What will happen next? This is an amazing piece of self discovery and magic and love and friendship. Loyalty too.

I loved this story. I wonder what will happen next.
Kaylee Johnston
Dec 19, 2018 rated it liked it
The concept and story were very interesting! The editing needs a bit more attending to. Also, there was a bit more description and telling of the story, rather than showing it. Overall, a good read though!
Joseph Lopez
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The book Is great. I can't put the book down after i started reading. ...more
Jean Kerso
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Book was a very exciting and quick read. It was the perfect escape for me during my hectic work schedule and just an overall fun read! I greatly look forward to future books!
Melanie Miller
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Imaginative and exciting!

A fun read to take you away from your day, into another world filled with romance, friendship, family, and mystery.
Richard Mellinger
In Mindful Things, Mya Duong creates an interesting and intriguing world full of entertaining characters.
Kris Dickinson
I wanted to like this. But it was disjointed and jumpy and confusing for me. I even skipped ahead a few places to see if it evened out, but it didnt. Just wasnt for me
Clifford Goniea
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Mindful things, being the first book in a series, tells the story of a young lady who has supernatural powers. I love the premise and the plot. I know that character development is critical so I gave this book a lot of room for doing that. This book clearly sets up the characters for the books to follow. There are some issues with the writing but for a first book by this author, my hat is off to Miss Mya. Book two definitely makes up for some of book one's shortcomings. ...more
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Mya Duong grew up in Wisconsin. In addition to earning a bachelor of science in nursing, she’s always dreamed of becoming a writer and giving life to her stories. She currently lives in San Diego, California.

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