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'
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!
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? ...more
"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' ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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!
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
It wasn't terrible, it was just unrealistic. I read in a review that they thought the romance happened way to easily and I have to completely agree. Maddie and Trevor have the love-at-first-sight thing going for them and it really didn't work. They literally spend 4 hours sitting in a library together staring into each others eyes and not saying a word because they are 'soul-mates.' It was extremely cheesy and I got sick of hearing them moon over each ot ...more
Sidetrack for awhile. Wow, this really reminds me of SO many other books..Percy Jackson, Born at Midnight,(in a way) Cherub by Robert Muchamor ...more
The novel opens in Ganzfield, a top secret training facility that teaches Maddie and others like her how to take command over their innate abilities that could lead to devastation. It's not an easy job, and Ganzfield isn't an easy place to be, b ...more
After the trauma of her abduction and her attackers' inexplicable deaths, no criminal system could punish her as much as she does herself. However, much to her surprise, instead of facing criminal charges Maddie is recruited into the Ganzfield Training Program.
Located on a remote campus in New Hamp ...more