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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' 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't always stay in their own heads. But it's still better than New Jersey--especially once she meets the man of her dreams...


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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' 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't always stay in their own heads. But it's still better than New Jersey--especially once she meets the man of her dreams...

54 review for Minder

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kate Kaynak

    Yeah, of course I gave it 5 stars--I wrote it! 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! Yeah, of course I gave it 5 stars--I wrote it! 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!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kayleigh {K-Books}

    Minder Review on K-Books "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 ca Minder Review on K-Books "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't wait to read on. Maddie has a gift. She is a Minder, a Telepath. She can hear people's thoughts, project her thoughts into others and even kill with the power of her mind. But without being able to control her power she is a danger. Maddie doesn't want to be a monster and she is finding it extremely difficult to control her power. After a horrible accident Maddie is taken to Ganzfield. I school and training centre for the gifted. Here she enters the world of Charms, Sparks, RVs and Telepaths. But is it safe to be around all these people when she can't control herself or will she put everyone in danger? I seriously fell in love with this book. It is just incredible and I couldn't put it down. When I did put it down all I thought about was picking it back up and reading more. I am officially addicted to Kate's books. I was thrown into this incredible world of teenagers with powers and I couldn't put it down. I have read books about gifted teens in a training ceter before (darkest Powers by Kelley Armstrong) but I never got as hooked to those books as I did this one. Maddie is such an incredible character and I loved her. The main part of my love for this book is my love for Maddie. She's a great lead heroine and everyone can associate with her. She is strong and vulnerable at the same time and that definitely makes her endearing to read about. I just loved seeing everything from her point of view and seeing her journey throughout the book as she discovered what she was and how she came to terms with it. Maddie is not the only amazing character in this book. She is backed up by a whole cast of amazing characters and I love each and every one of them. Drew is such a fantastic character. When we first met him I instantly loved him, he completely cracked me up and I couldn't stop loving. I really hoped we were going to see more of him and that he would be a love interest in the book... Then we met Trevor and I fell head over heels in love with him. Yep, I'm a hopeless romantic and this book definitely satisfied that part of me. Trevor made me swoon with the things he did and said to Maddie. I swooned... A LOT in this book. I just love Maddie and Trevor's relationship. In a way it kind of reminded me of those instalove relationships in other books as their relationship got very serious very fast but in Minder it just seemed right and didn't irritate me in the slightest. To me that just shows how incredible talented Kate is. She's amazing and I plan on reading every other book that she has written. One of my favourite parts of the book was how well Kate explained everything. She explained all the powers in terms of science and I loved that. Yes the powers are a magical thing within the book and obviously doesn't happen in real life but I loved that Kate explained them in such terms that it seems completely scientifically possible. Call me biased but I adored the psychology in the book. Yes, I study psychology so naturally I got slightly excited to see the psychological aspects in the book. You don't often find a lot of psychology references in this genre so it made me very happy that that was in the book. This book is an incredible start to a series I can't wait to finish. I definitely was not expecting to love this series as much as I did. I am becoming obsessed with this series. I think this showed by the fact that within minutes of finishing Minder I has downloaded book 2, 3, 4 and 5 to my kindle. I have so many books to read but I can't not start book 2 now. It's just amazing and I am so excited to see where this book goes. To me it has a kind of superhero feel to it with all the teens having powers and I love that. If you are looking for a good YA series to delve into and become completely obsessed with then this is the series for you. "I plan to cherish her for the rest of my life, sir."

  3. 4 out of 5

    Georgina Martin (Bookz and Bitz)

    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! Point taken. 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 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! Point taken. 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 the million and one reasons she wouldn’t read it. We know that Good-readers like nothing better than a bitch-fest so she got a load of likes and a load of people saying they were going to skip everything by this author too, and it spiraled to the top rated review. I don’t like that. I don’t like bullying, which is what this was - they specifically targeted the author with nasty posts, with the sole purpose of stopping others reading her work. So I said so, and got a load of amusing memes back, along with several ‘ban the bitch’ chants and then low and behold I was banned from the thread. It ruined my day. Ok it didn’t. But it might of done. if I’d cared what a silly little mare on the other side of the pond thought. The reason I’m telling you this is because, due to this ridiculousness, I WANTED to like the book, to stick two fingers up to the posters and give it a glowing review. But I can’t. Sorry Kate, it sucked. The basics of the plot are: Maddie is a girl who has a sixth sense, when she's hauled into a van by some male school mates she knows whats going to happen, and she does something to stop them, they all drop dead. With the help of a mysterious Dr. Williamson, Maddie discovers she’s a telepath, a ‘minder’ and she head off to Ganzfeld, a school for those with unique abilities. Here she meets a boy and thats where it all goes tits up. The start of the book was great, and the only reason it got 2.5 stars from me. But then Maddie meets Travis. Every single exchange these two had (which was 90% of the book) made me want to puke. The fact that Maddie acknowledges that she's being stupid and can’t possibly love him after a day, does nothing to make the reader feel better about the gallons of instalove to be found. Day 3 - soul mates. Then they do some sex thing with their souls - get ready for it, they ‘soul mated’ (really), yet travis is a prude and won’t have actual sex, and Maddie sees Travis in the shower but won’t say ‘penis’ arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! It was the biggest load of teen-hormone-based trash I’ve read for a while. There was also a plot, but the plot was lost in the slushy crap, and thats a shame because it was good, Kaynak excels at the action sequences, there was suspense and drama, and she used the minder skills well (Maddie’s realization that others saw her differently, depending on their version of events) but the lovey-dovey stuff canceled all that out. Would I now start a thread to stop everyone else reading her work? no. I would possibly read some more if there was a promise of less soul mating and more action, perhaps something where there is no travis...... Maybe I should of judged it by its cover after all...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Brianna (The Book Vixen)

    Review copy provided by author 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 Review copy provided by author 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 immediately pulled right in. Just from reading the first few pages I knew this book was going to be good. The beginning of Minder is gritty, dark and extremely intense. In the opening scene, we find Maddie in a horrific situation. The intensity of this scene and the depth of emotion drew me in. The author’s use of her Psychology degree is put to good use in this book. The characters are well-rounded. One character I am anxious to learn more about is Seth. We don’t “see” him in Minder; we only “hear” him talking telepathically with Maddie. I think there’s more to Seth and can’t wait to find out what it is. Minder was a nice, refreshing break from vampires and werewolves. Don’t get me wrong – I love my vamps and wolves! But sometimes I need a breath of fresh air to clear the palate. And even though you don’t find any vampires or werewolves in Minder, you still get a wide range of paranormal powers. If you like Harry Potter, X-Men or Fantastic Four then you will definitely enjoy Minder. (Ganzfield reminded me of Hogwarts.) The one problem I had with Minder was Maddie and Trevor’s relationship. These two characters instantly fall in love. With the use of their powers, they were able to skip the whole awkward ‘does she/he like me or don’t they?’ phase and jump right in to falling hopelessly in love. Things seemed to be too good to be true for Maddie and Trevor. I kept waiting for conflict to come but it was a long time coming. Their relationship felt too easy, too convenient and it progressed a bit too fast. But what I did like was the deep connection they shared – a strong one at that. Like two magnets being pulled together and nothing can get in their way. Minder ends very well for a first-in-the-series book. No major cliffhangers but there are some unanswered questions that need answering which makes me want to read the next book in the series. At the end of Minder there is a sneak peek at Adversary , the 2nd book in the Ganzfield series. This short snippet, just a few pages long, will leave you there on the cliff, hanging on by 2 measly fingers. I was left with a gasp. Thank goodness Adversary comes out next month! Word to the wise: don’t make any plans once you pick up Minder; you won’t be able to put it down once you start reading!

  5. 5 out of 5

    V

    It. Some books have it, some don't. And I'm not talking about "amazingness" or "ridiculous-awesome," although the two do tend to overlap. It doesn't always make a book awesome - rather, it is simply what makes you keep reading, what pulls you forward, what keeps a book niggling in your mind until you simply have to reread it...or pick up the sequel. 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? It. Some books have it, some don't. And I'm not talking about "amazingness" or "ridiculous-awesome," although the two do tend to overlap. It doesn't always make a book awesome - rather, it is simply what makes you keep reading, what pulls you forward, what keeps a book niggling in your mind until you simply have to reread it...or pick up the sequel. 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? The way the author speaks with authority about scientific phenomena? The fact that there is a school for "special" people, and that I totally want to go? In Ganzfield, the reader gets the perfect mix of awesome (school for supernaturals) and frightening (some of them can control your mind). I was completely hooked by the premise, and Minder definitely delivered. That being said, there were a few things that bothered me about Minder. The first is that things just seemed too simple for Maddie. I'll try not to wander into spoiler-land here, but everything seems to come to her too easily, and without cost. I wanted her to struggle more at Ganzfield, instead of hitting the ground running. Her romance (with a perfectly charming young man, who I look forward to seeing in future books) also felt a little quick - I wanted more back and forth. Is there such a thing as clicking too easily? Here, I think so - but maybe it was just because the romance seemed to be another of those things that came "too easily" for Maddie. My only other complaint was that the book moved too slowly for my taste. For at least half the book, the reader hangs out with Maddie at Ganzfield as she learns more about her powers and makes friends. I was captivated by this, as I loved learning more about the system, and the world that Minder created - but at the same time, I kept wondering: "When is something bad going to happen?" There was only the barest hint of a threat throughout much of the book, and the final showdown comes out of the blue. I would have loved to see the eventual antagonists introduced (or at least alluded to) much, much earlier. Still, Minder has it. The captivating premise, the problems Maddie starts having with her powers, the introduction of a sinister villain - all of these pulled me effortlessly through the book. While Maddie seems to do things too easily in Minder the introduction of a problem with her power bodes well for personal struggle in the next book, and since we've now met some really bad guys, I expect to see a lot of grappling in Adversary (the sequel). Minder has flaws, it's true. But it still left me waiting anxiously for the next book! *I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ruby

    Review first posted on http://rubysreads.com. 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 Review first posted on http://rubysreads.com. 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 her attackers. Maddie is soon whisked away to Ganzfield Academy, where she learns that she isn’t alone in having special powers. I started this novel in high spirits. After all, this is a genre I enjoy, or I wouldn’t have dedicated a week’s worth of events to it. And I truly feel awful because the author contacted me personally and offered me a copy for review. I’ve waffled back and forth about this situation and decided that I have to be honest. Minder was not the book for me. My issues with it were threefold: One, Maddie. Two, everything seems too easy. Three, Maddie and Trevor. I’m going to start with number two, even though it’s out of order. I mentioned that Maddie gets whisked away to Ganzfield, yes? Well, whisked is the right word. No sooner has Maddie learned that she’s telepathic than she’s getting an injection of some drug that will enhance her powers. Yet, conveniently, it doesn’t bother Maddie that she can hear everyone’s thoughts all the time. She can tune them out. Also, at Ganzfield, Maddie discovers that the “charms” rule the school. Charms can convince people to do whatever they want them to do, or believe whatever they want them to believe. When Maddie endeavors to save the rest of the school from the charms, she does. Pretty easily. Without much effort. Which brings me to reason number one: Maddie. Maddie’s powers in particular irritated me. Due to the injection of the drug that amplified her power, she’s become a very strong telepath. She can read almost anyone’s mind, can suggest thoughts to people and can cause pain through the mind, too. I felt that Maddie was curiously unethical about her powers. Never once does she reflect on how she would feel if someone could read her thoughts. Thoughts are a very private thing and it’s either unrealistic or unlikeable that Maddie fails to understand how uncomfortable being around her would be. The friends that Maddie makes at Ganzfield are the students who don’t have a problem with her listening in on their thoughts. She also uses her telepathic abilities to pull answers from teachers’ heads. As a teacher myself, I see this as wrong and, what’s more, lazy. I can only hope that the later books in the series address the ethical issues of Maddie’s telepathic abilities, from planting thoughts in other peoples’ brains to a person’s right to the privacy of his/her own thoughts. Issue number three, Maddie and her instantboyfriend, Trevor. My main complaint with Maddie and Trevor’s relationship has to do with that familiar issue of easiness. Maddie and Trevor hardly meet but they’re in love. But, wait, you say. They’re soulmates. Okay. I’ve read and enjoyed soulmate stories before. But the speed with which Maddie and Trevor go from A to Z irritated me. I’ll buy instant attraction, but I guess I just like a relationship that has a bit more up and down. Think Kate Daniels and Curran, not Bella and Edward. I also think the relationship loses a lot because we always know what Trevor is thinking, courtesy of Maddie’s telepathy. My final issue–and really, I’m going to stop–was that the administration/faculty at Ganzfield sucked. For one thing, Trevor moves objects telekinetically in his sleep. Instead of giving him a cabin on his own like they have the minders, Trevor has been sleeping in an old, unheated, abandoned church. I mean, seriously? And no one cares? And no one notices/cares when Maddie starts sleeping in the church with Trevor? Um, I went to a high school with a boarding program. They’re strict about the opposite-sex thing. They have to be. I don’t buy that that would be different because of the paranormal aspect of Ganzfield. I’d also like to gripe a bit about the issue of the charms doing awful, terrible, no good, very bad things to other students. Like, forcing them to perform certain actions against their will. The faculty should have had a lid on it already. Since they didn’t, they shouldn’t be teaching. End of story. I say that as a teacher myself. There’s no getting around that this is a harsh review, but I hope it isn’t unreasonable. Readers should know that Minder has gotten good reviews on Goodreads and that this is only one blogger’s opinion. Kate Kaynak is to be commended for the fact that she is a published writer and she has put her work out into the world. I wish her the best of luck with the rest of the series.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Stella

    I remember seeing glowing reviews of Minder when it was released and so I was very curious to see what all the hype was about. Well I can say in all honesty that Minder deserves every single one of them, it definitely lived up to all the praise, hype and excitement! 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 I remember seeing glowing reviews of Minder when it was released and so I was very curious to see what all the hype was about. Well I can say in all honesty that Minder deserves every single one of them, it definitely lived up to all the praise, hype and excitement! 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 heroine. I found the mature portrayal of the teenagers while still staying true to their youthful and playful characters refreshing and yet realistic. The relationship between Maddie and Trevor was endearing and heartwarming, and though it sure progressed rather quickly, it can be understandable under the very different situation and circumstances. The honest and fresh tone of the novel kept the story unpretentious and captivating, especially due to its simplicity. The set of secondary characters were well developed and varied, I loved all the small details Kate Kaynak put into each one of them, thanks to these they certainly gained dimension and stepped off the pages. What I must ablsolutely highlight as one of the most amazing things about this novel is the original universe Kate Kaynak created. Besides the different "castes" of the inhabitants of Ganzfield (minders, sparks, charms, healers and telekinetic); she developed each category with their own specific traits (loved all the spark related games, precautions, details), and can't wait to discover the other sections in more depth and detail in the following novels! Verdict: All in all Minder is a fantastic debut to a new (and I'd bet amazing) series. The Ganzfield series is not only for teens, it is for anyone who loves a thrilling, action packed read but still care for emotional depth, humour and three dimensional, layered characters and the development of their relationships. Having read Minder and entered the universe of Ganzfield I feel I gained a whole new set of buddies that I can't wait to spend some more time with! Plot: 9/10 Characters: 9/10 Ending: 9/10 Writing: 10/10 Cover: 8/10

  8. 5 out of 5

    Donna {Book Passion For Life}

    Kate Kaynak – lead editor at Spencer Hill Press and editor of the phenomenal Covenant series and Cursed by Jennifer L.Armentrout, is the author behind this interesting book – Minder, book one in the Ganzfield series. 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 Kate Kaynak – lead editor at Spencer Hill Press and editor of the phenomenal Covenant series and Cursed by Jennifer L.Armentrout, is the author behind this interesting book – Minder, book one in the Ganzfield series. 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 herself at a new school which is a special training facility called Ganzfield, where there are other people– just like her. Being the new kid sucks but when her gift makes her a bit of an outcast, Maddie finds it hard to settle in. Well, that is until she meets Trevor – who like her is a bit of an outcast. Together they form a strong and intense relationship and are taken on a whirl journey to discover that their soul-mates. I really enjoyed Minder. The opening chapter pulls you straight in and it doesn’t let up until the very last page. The concept of this story isn’t entirely new to me but I thought Kate Kaynak added her own twists to it and really it became a very enjoyable novel. What made this a stand out read for me were the characters, I really managed to connect with Maddie as the female lead and I found her very likable. She struggles to start with at the new school and also with the fact that she could potentially harm someone but as the days go by, she really settles into everything, but that’s mainly because of the help from Trevor. He’s a very sweet male lead. He’s everything a girl could want from a novel because he’s so swoon worthy. Their relationship is very fast paced, maybe a little too fast for my liking but I still enjoyed their journey and I loved the connection they had. Overall, Kate Kaynak has created a fun packed, thrilling and exciting read with Minder. One I highly recommend to you X-Men fans because this story is definitely not one to miss out on and I'll be keeping my eye out for more work by this author. Thank you to Spencer Hill Press for giving me the opportunity to review this book.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kirstyn (Kit)

    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 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 qualities but I still enjoyed it immensly (and honestly I thought it was better than X-men.) The whole abilites/powers thing could have been really cheesy but the way she wrote it made me think it could actually happen, now I'm just waiting for Dr. Williamson and Cecelia to show up at my house, charm my parents, and I'd go in a heartbeat! Absolutely flawless! Now I just have to figure out how I can get my hands on the second one... Maybe I'll have to settle for reading it again. ~Kit from http://ReadingTeen.blogspot.com/

  10. 4 out of 5

    Trisha Wolfe

    One book that has been on my TBR list that I finally got around to reading (and I’m so glad I did!) is Minder. If you read my blog enough, you know that I have series issues with abuse in stories. I just can’t read it myself--don’t watch it in movies, and find it very difficult to invest myself in a book that deals heavily on the subject. When we first meet Maddie, she is in the midst of being attacked. Oh God, my heart almost gave out on me. I almost put the book down. However, the scene was qu One book that has been on my TBR list that I finally got around to reading (and I’m so glad I did!) is Minder. If you read my blog enough, you know that I have series issues with abuse in stories. I just can’t read it myself--don’t watch it in movies, and find it very difficult to invest myself in a book that deals heavily on the subject. When we first meet Maddie, she is in the midst of being attacked. Oh God, my heart almost gave out on me. I almost put the book down. However, the scene was quickly over, and no sooner was she attacked than she was able to save herself. The means in which she defeated her attackers had me hooked on the story by the first chapter. I’m so happy I pushed through. What Maddie had endured, and the way she handled it, brought me very close with her character. And as she began a new life in the Ganzfield boarding school, I felt for her as she faced all new obstacles and hardships. She was more than a likable character. I always fail in my reviews to express just how much I love a character when they truly touch me, but just trust me; Maddie is a strong, fierce, and thoughtful girl with amazing insight. And that’s not just because of her ability which allows her to see into other’s minds, though that does help with her growth as she evaluates the rights and wrongs of doing so. But she herself grew throughout the story to become a much stronger person because of who she was and her principles. What I really loved about this story was the relationship between Maddie and Trevor. Normally I’m all swoony over a great lead guy, but I’m hooked on Trevor in a deeper way. He is drop dead gorgeous for sure, but because we are able to see what he’s thinking through Maddie, we are given everything. His vulnerability, worries, desires, strengths, weaknesses…. Everything. He’s an amazing character. The love between Maddie and Trevor literally made me breathless. While I was reading, there were passages where Maddie had to remind herself to breathe, and I found that I’d been holding my breath also. It’s just that passionate. The paranormal aspect of the story was phenomenal. I'm so picky about this. For me, if there's not a strong enough plot, the romance fails. Both have to balance each other to make the story work. I completely lost myself in this story--rooting for the characters as they discovered more about their abilities and also following along with the logic and theories. I didn't pause once to question if something wasn't plausible, I simply nodded along, caught up in the world. Even had a discussion with my 13yo son later at the table about lucid dreams lol. Okay, when I love a book this much I can go on and on. I tend to ramble. So I’m going to end my review here and simply say that Ms. Kaynak is an amazingly talented writer. I loved the voice of this story, and I fell in love with the characters. If you’re looking for something fresh in the YA Paranormal Romance department, do yourself a favor and check out Minder. If I still listed my review flames for ratings on my site, my blog would be on fire!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Larissa

    Previously Published on my blog: Welcome to Larissa's Bookish Life 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 Previously Published on my blog: Welcome to Larissa's Bookish Life 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 only thing that keeps her from being gang-raped is the fact that she fries the brains of her attackers with her Minder ability. The thing is that she has no idea how she did it, the only thing she knows is that three boys had their hands on her on minute and the next they were dead on the floor. What’s worse, the next day the police comes looking for her because her fingerprints are all over the Van where they found the boys. Now, Maddie’s only chance is Dr. Williamson, a man that shows up right before she get interrogated and busts her out, with the help of a girl that seems to be able to hypnotize people. Maddie then is goes to Ganzfield, a secret school for kids with powers, like Maddie herself. That’s where she finds out she is a Minder, able to read people’s thoughts and project her own and she also finds that there is such a thing as Movers, Charms, Sparks and RVs. The simple world she once knew is turned inside out and now she has to deal with her new reality. I really enjoy Maddie’s story and her voice. I think she accepted her ability and other people’s thoughts in her head a little bit too fast, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I loved the world Kate Kaynak created, the abilities and the names/nicknames for them. I really liked that even though Maddie is still overwhelmed by all the changes in her life she is able to stand up to the Charms, who use mind control to do terrible things to the other students. Minder was a very fast read for me and for a long part of the book is pretty action-less, but not boring by any means. I liked the adjustment period and the more “normal” high school conflict that is the first 75% of the book. I really loved the romance between Maddie and Trevor, the only Mover/Telekinetic at Ganzfield. The action comes late but it was awesome to read, specially since it foreshadows what we can expect from the rest of the series. I plan to read Adversary really soon and I’m looking forward to it. I loved Minder and I can’t wait to find out more about Maddie and her world.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Melissa (i swim for oceans)

    Maddie Dunn has enough to deal with without adding special powers to the list, but she doesn’t have a choice. When a dangerous situation leaves three people inexplicably dead and Maddie in desperate need of answers and support, she’s shuttled off to Ganzfield. Designed as a special school for those with gifts like herself, Maddie must learn to harness her newfound powers before something bad happens to the people she cares about. Ganzfield is a great place, and Maddie might have just found the g Maddie Dunn has enough to deal with without adding special powers to the list, but she doesn’t have a choice. When a dangerous situation leaves three people inexplicably dead and Maddie in desperate need of answers and support, she’s shuttled off to Ganzfield. Designed as a special school for those with gifts like herself, Maddie must learn to harness her newfound powers before something bad happens to the people she cares about. Ganzfield is a great place, and Maddie might have just found the guy of her dreams in the midst of all the chaos around her, but there’s something dark after them, and when a single stray thought can kill, Maddie needs stability…now. I’ve seen reviews for Minder for a long time now. The concept is one that I love, albeit, perhaps not the most original. A touch X-Men with a hint of Supernatural thrown into the mix, Minder is a story of superhuman powers in otherwise ordinary citizens and their struggle for survival and a normal life. Kate Kaynak has, however, managed to create a new and endearing heroine that has you rooting for her from page one. With a fast-paced plot and plenty of twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat, Minder is great for those who love superheroes and the idea that they live among us. Despite a few flaws, I was impressed with Minder. The idea was put together well, and the story flowed nicely. There were no real plot lags, and I enjoyed the characters, though I found that (at times) Maddie could be a bit too introspective. I don’t always need to read her thoughts to understand what she’s thinking or feeling. I also think that a few parts of the plot could have been fleshed out more. While I appreciated how fast the story got moving, I would have enjoyed a chance to get to know Maddie right off. That said, Kaynak managed to weave character development through the ever-moving plot, which isn’t an easy thing to do. I think Minder is a great start to the Ganzfield series, and I’m excited to read where the rest of the story takes Maddie and her new friends. I give Minder a 4 out of 5, and I’ll definitely be looking for book two in the series, Adversary. I would recommend Minder to those who enjoy YA, especially those who enjoy science-fiction stories with a touch of romance. This is also great for fans of shows like The Cape, Smallville and X-Men.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Casey

    Excerpt: "Maddie Dunn has always had strong flashes of insight into the thoughts and feelings of those around her, but she never dreamed it was anything more than intuition - until the day she fights her way out of the most horrifying situation imaginable brandishing no weapon but her mind. The power that erupts in Maddie is not mere thought power, but a physical forcefield of energy that rises from her in an unconscious response to her sheer terror. The aftermath of this phenomenon has the poli Excerpt: "Maddie Dunn has always had strong flashes of insight into the thoughts and feelings of those around her, but she never dreamed it was anything more than intuition - until the day she fights her way out of the most horrifying situation imaginable brandishing no weapon but her mind. The power that erupts in Maddie is not mere thought power, but a physical forcefield of energy that rises from her in an unconscious response to her sheer terror. The aftermath of this phenomenon has the police asking a few too many questions, but before Maddie finds herself in jail two mysterious figures swoop in and spirit her away to Ganzfield, a school for teens who, like Maddie, have special and potentially dangerous abilities. Maddie soon finds herself caught up in a familiar social hierarchy, but with a twist; at Ganzfield there are charms (who can compel others to obey their every command), telepaths, healers, remote viewers (who can mentally view anyone, anywhere), pyrokinetics, and even a telekinetic. A telekinetic who, Maddie soon learns, she can connect with on an unfathomable level. However, just as Maddie dares to hope that she might get a happy ending in spite of her traumatic past, the sadistic enemies of Ganzfield rear their ugly heads - leaving the teenage heroine no choice but to push her new-found powers to their limit and take matters into her own hands, even if it costs her her life." To read the rest of this review, please visit: http://thebookishtype.blogspot.com/20...

  14. 4 out of 5

    Reading Teen

    Sixteen-year-old Maddie Dunn has special abilities, when her emotions get out of control, she has the power to hurt people with her mind. After a very traumatic incident, she is approached by a man who speaks to her in her mind, and claims he can help her control her gift and even make her more powerful. But she has to leave her life behind and go with him to Ganzfield. Ganzfield is a secret training facility full of people like her, people that have all kinds of abilities. But it's not exactly Sixteen-year-old Maddie Dunn has special abilities, when her emotions get out of control, she has the power to hurt people with her mind. After a very traumatic incident, she is approached by a man who speaks to her in her mind, and claims he can help her control her gift and even make her more powerful. But she has to leave her life behind and go with him to Ganzfield. Ganzfield is a secret training facility full of people like her, people that have all kinds of abilities. But it's not exactly a nurturing place. The "Charms", with their ability to use the power of persuasion, have been reeking havok on the other students. Every social interaction carries the threat of mind-control. A stray thought from a "Spark" can burn a building to the ground. And people's nightmares don't always stay in their own heads. But it's still better than New Jersey--especially once she meets Trevor, the man of her dreams... Kit's Review: 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 a lot but I really, really mean it this time! It only took me 2 days to read and that's 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 qualities but I still enjoyed it immensly (and honestly I thought it was better than X-men). The whole abilites/powers thing could have been really cheesy but the way she wrote it made me think it could actually happen. Now I'm just waiting for Dr. Williamson and Cecelia to show up at my house, charm my parents, and I'd go in a heartbeat! Absolutely flawless! Now I just have to figure out how I can get my hands on the second one... Maybe I'll have to settle for reading it again. ~Kit Andye's Review: I really enjoyed this book as well, but maybe not quite as much as Kit! :) I thought it was a great story, and I love X-Men, so that aspect was right up my alley. There were Charms (people who can make you do what they want by the power of suggestion), Sparks (people who can control fire), Healers (obvious), Minders (people who can read minds), and Telekinetics (people who can move objects with their mind). I love the idea behind this book, and I thought the storyline was really fun and exciting. Maddie was a fantastic character. She was strong and kind, and she wanted to use her ability to help improve the school and stand up to the Charms. Trevor was so sweet and good to Maddie, always putting her first. I love seeing a relationship that is built on unselfishness, and truely knowing each other for who they are, not just how they look. The problems I had with Minder were pretty minor. I thought that the relationship between Maddie and Trevor was way too fast. I wish there had been a little more build up, because that's half the fun of a romance. They fell so quickly that the majority of the book they were just staring at each other thinking how in love they were. So, that made it a little slow in the middle for me. I also wasn't crazy about how much sex was talked about. Maddie can hear people's thoughts, and there were a LOT of sexual ones. I know that teenage boys think about sex a lot, but that's all Maddie seemed to "hear" in anyone's mind, and it seemed like there could've been a little more being thought about by the students than sex :) Otherwise, I thought this was a really great book. It was a lot of fun to read, and I'm looking forward to seeing where the next books, Adversary(8/20) and Legacy (2011) take us!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Cristina Buzoianu

    I LOVED it! Originally posted on my blog, Bibliophile Mystery. http://bibliophilemystery.blogspot.com 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 I LOVED it! Originally posted on my blog, Bibliophile Mystery. http://bibliophilemystery.blogspot.com 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. The most important is that she’s more strong than vulnerable. Yes, she has her vulnerability moments, but she’s not overwhelmed by them, and she does everything she can to go on, even if she goes through some difficult situations that could break apart a teenage girl. Her new ability is tricky, but she embraces it without complaining and actually tries to take advantage of it as much as she can, and help the people around her while doing it. It’s awesome to see her standing her ground in front of all those bullies, instead of rocking in a corner, feeling sorry for herself. When we meet Trevor, the storyline suddenly goes from great to totally amazing! There’s no better way to describe Trevor then Maddie’s own words. “Anyone who could see what I could of Trevor’s soul couldn’t help but fall in love with him” It’s totally true! I’m used to reading books that show all of the girl’s feelings but none of the boy’s. And even if we finally spot some of his feelings, it’s usually through some actions, or some well interpreted words. But to actually see what he thinks… that’s extremely rare! And it’s also one of the things I loved so much about MINDER: you can see Trevor’s strong parts as well as his weaknesses. I think the fact that he’s so open to the readers it’s the main reason he’s so adorable. He’s a great leading character, people can definitely relate to him. “If you need me I’ll be there,” he said aloud. “I want to be.” Even in my dreams?I could feel my smile creeping back. Even in your dreams." Kate Kaynak has a fantastic writing style! She has the ability to absorb you into the story and make you believe it’s all real. She’s definitely a part of Ganzfield :D. She skillfully gives you the answers you need to believe that the amazing world she’s created could be real. Genes, experiments, medicines, it’s all like X-Men, but newer, better, and not at all confusing. All in all, I enjoyed a lot reading MINDER. It’s a great start for this series, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book. "Soulmates. He rolled the word around in his head, pondering it as if he were trying the different meanings on for size. Soulmates, he agreed." Happy Reading!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Brandi Kosiner

    Minder grabbed my attention and did not let go! This has supernatural powers, an awesome love story, and a protagonist that I can admire, she can stand her own. Maddie is a strong character, a protector, quick learner and holds her own ground. She questions the immediate attraction to her love interest, instead of just simply accepting love at first sight. I like that because they know what each other is thinking, there is a real reason for this quickly developing relationship. There is no room Minder grabbed my attention and did not let go! This has supernatural powers, an awesome love story, and a protagonist that I can admire, she can stand her own. Maddie is a strong character, a protector, quick learner and holds her own ground. She questions the immediate attraction to her love interest, instead of just simply accepting love at first sight. I like that because they know what each other is thinking, there is a real reason for this quickly developing relationship. There is no room for subterfuge. While the love story is strong element, Maddie still pays attention to other duties. Forgive the Twilight reference here, but I always wondered if the appeal to Bella would have been so high if Edward could read her thoughts, and come up empty. Minder however, is from the mind reader’s perspective, and I love that Trevor is sweet, caring and selfless enough to pass the test; and deserving of love. However, he is not perfect and I think that is actually an outstanding characteristic in novels. His issues can be worked through though, as Maddie can read his insecurity and fuel it toward positive. The minor characters are well thought out, and they are diverse in personality which is amazing to read. Sometimes all of the groups of characters have the same personality and voice, and it was refreshing to see. Dr Williamson is a wonderful lead and father type figure. Maddie looks for his approval and it is good to have someone steady and there to mentor her. Minder deals with some deep issues, the characters struggle with death, murder and the moral ramifications; because where is the line of too evil to live? She strives for equality among the supernatural and for evilness to be quelled. There are times when she herself steps over the line that she doesn’t want crossed, but she has support and friends to help her find her way. Faith is also touched on but there is nothing pushy or negative about it. It is done beautifully and it relates with scenes that are taking place. This book is a part of a series, but the ending is done well; where I want and crave more, but it is not making me want to throw the book because of where it left me. The story is tied up well enough to sustain for a bit, but loose enough to make me think about what will happen next. This is a wonderful novel, and I cannot wait to read more. I recommend picking it up!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Wee Shubba's World

    When I first got this book I was really excited to start reading it. I had never heard of it so I decided to not read any reviews on it before hand and when into reading very opened minded, and what an amazing read this is. 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 When I first got this book I was really excited to start reading it. I had never heard of it so I decided to not read any reviews on it before hand and when into reading very opened minded, and what an amazing read this is. 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 is strong, stands up for what is right and just a little bit scary really wouldn't want to get on her bad side. I feel we finally have a positive roll model in Maddie. Maddie is just one of the characters in the Minder and what an interesting bunch of characters Kate has created. There are a few that really stand out for me in this book apart from Maddie; and they are Trevor and Rachel. Trevor, oh Trevor, he is strong, protective and very much in love with Maddie. Rachel at the start of the story is quiet and shy but her character develops and I am sure will evolve even more in the next installement. The thing I really loved about all characters and the world the Kate has created is that there is no vampire, werewolves, or angel in sight. I think this is the reason why I really loved it so. All the characters have mental powers that are being used for good as well as bad. This would have got a full 5 star rating. However, there was a few small little things thats brought it down. I didn't really believe that Dr Williamson (the head of Ganzfield) would easily let Maddie and Trevor (Two Teenagers) live together in school. And I didn't think that after one day of knowing each other Maddie and Trevor just knew that the loved each other was very realistic. However, as the story progressed its was very easy to how much they loved each and how easy is was for them So apart from those little things I have to say if you are looking for a story that is totally unique, thrilling and mind blowing then this is the book for you.

  18. 5 out of 5

    hayden

    Kate Kaynak's MINDER is my third Spencer Hill Press title, and I think it might just be my favorite! 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 Kate Kaynak's MINDER is my third Spencer Hill Press title, and I think it might just be my favorite! 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 reader. More specifically, she is a telepath and can read minds as well as plant her thoughts into others' minds. There are other abilities as well, including Charms, who can charm other people into doing what they want by controlling their minds. The love interest, Trevor, is a telekinetic. Speaking of Trevor... *sigh* Trevor is quite amazing. A lot of love interests nowadays turn me off because of their sense of importance over the heroine. In this book, it's warranted, because Trevor's abilities outshine Maddie's. But not once does Trevor condescend her or look down upon her. He is there with her the whole time, helping her, treating her as an equal. Their romance was amazingly uncomplicated and I loved watching it progress. It was simple, really. The romance was all that was there. Their romance wasn't developed out of a bigger scheme; it just happened. I loved when the two of them were together. It felt so real. Some relationships feel like "Oh, here are two people, let's throw them in a room together and make them fall in love." This book wasn't like that, and I loved that. The only complaint I have, the one that knocked off a star, is that Kaynak needed to show more than tell. But that's a minuscule mistake in the grander scheme of things. Minder is fresh, unique and engrossing. I couldn't get enough, and I can't wait for number two!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Brianna (lebrbria)

    This is between 3 and 3.5 stars for me. 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 This is between 3 and 3.5 stars for me. 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 experiencing once on dodecamine. Her sudden love for Trevor wasn't anything that made me swoon, though I did like their special way of connecting. And for most of the story, it seemed like the villains and plot issues revolved around the charms and their control over the complex. It wasn't until about 80% through the story when Trevor was kidnapped that I really felt like I had to keep reading and needed to know what was going to happen next. I'm pretty sure that's why it took me so long to finish this book. But once I reached that point where their abilities really came into play in the "real" world, I finished it quickly. With the introduction of Isaiah Lerner at the very end, my interest has been piqued and I'm ready to move on to Adversary. Based on what my friends have said, my rating of Adversary should be better.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Roxanne

    Unfortunately I can't finish this book :( 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 Unfortunately I can't finish this book :( 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 other for the entire book. I only got to 70% read and had to put it down and there still wasn't a decent storyline in the book besides Maddie and Trevor meeting each other. Another thing that annoyed me was Maddie...she can read everyone's minds and spends more time in other peoples head then her own, which in turn made her extremely hard to relate to since we really knew nothing about her. Trevor didn't annoy me as much but he suffered from nice-boy-syndrome. There was just nothing interesting about him. I may pick it up again and try another day since the next books in the series have pretty good reviews but for now I can't stomach any more Maddie and Trevor and their creepy staring.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Hashway

    Maddie is a character that you can't help liking right from the start. She discovers she has the ability to read minds, but with that comes the power to overload people's minds with her own thoughts. She's dangerous to others when she's awake and when she has nightmares. But things get better when she meets Trevor. She instantly feels a connection to him, and since she can read his mind, she knows he feels the same way about her. Trevor makes her abilities calm down, and considering other Minder Maddie is a character that you can't help liking right from the start. She discovers she has the ability to read minds, but with that comes the power to overload people's minds with her own thoughts. She's dangerous to others when she's awake and when she has nightmares. But things get better when she meets Trevor. She instantly feels a connection to him, and since she can read his mind, she knows he feels the same way about her. Trevor makes her abilities calm down, and considering other Minders like Maddie have been so overwhelmed by the ability that they had to leave Ganzfield and try to abandon their powers, Maddie is grateful for the way Trevor can ground her. But Trevor does so much more for her, too. The connection they have goes so far beyond high school sweethearts, and there are some truly swoon-worthy moments. Romance aside, Kaynak really knows how to hike up the tension. The climax of this book had me on the edge of my seat, and at one point I realized I was holding my breath. The action and the emotions were incredible. I'd give this book more than 5 stars if I could.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rich

    Minder is a tremendous novel -- it has elements of other books I have read, but put together in a refreshingly original way. Action rises and falls, characters are introduced and developed, and battle lines are drawn, all through the sarcastic, intelligent voice of Maddie, the sometimes fragile main character. As a middle school teacher, I was struck by how authentically these teenagers sound and act. Their words, their desires, their behavior -- they all ring true to actual young adults. This i Minder is a tremendous novel -- it has elements of other books I have read, but put together in a refreshingly original way. Action rises and falls, characters are introduced and developed, and battle lines are drawn, all through the sarcastic, intelligent voice of Maddie, the sometimes fragile main character. As a middle school teacher, I was struck by how authentically these teenagers sound and act. Their words, their desires, their behavior -- they all ring true to actual young adults. This is unusual -- Bella Swan, Harry Potter, the Gossip Girls, and the Pevensie siblings too often sound like adults in smaller bodies. Kate Kaynak, however, truly captured the essence of teenagers, and that gives this book the credibility it needs to make it as great as it is. I spent a couple of late nights reading, unable to stop reading, and I look forward to many more readings (as well as the continuation of the series).

  23. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Cohen

    Should be required reading for any fans of the Paranormal Romance genre. A sparkling, charming, intelligent story that any sixteen-year-old girl should keep in her backpack (or purse?) for easy lending. Kate’s sleuthing into the psyche of both her characters and her readers leads me to believe that she’s a minder herself. Nice try Kate, but you couldn’t fool me. Now cut me in on your “fundraising” or Eden Imaging might be receiving an anonymous call. BWAHAHAHA (For those who don’t know what I’m Should be required reading for any fans of the Paranormal Romance genre. A sparkling, charming, intelligent story that any sixteen-year-old girl should keep in her backpack (or purse?) for easy lending. Kate’s sleuthing into the psyche of both her characters and her readers leads me to believe that she’s a minder herself. Nice try Kate, but you couldn’t fool me. Now cut me in on your “fundraising” or Eden Imaging might be receiving an anonymous call. BWAHAHAHA (For those who don’t know what I’m talking about, go read Minder NOW!).

  24. 4 out of 5

    Radiant

    I read books with similar theme - gifted students attending school,Mind reader..powers etc! But this one was a good read though the story was quite predictable i enjoyed reading it ...i would give a 3.5 rating! Sri.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tyler Jolley

    Great YA, sci-fi, romance novel. This book is face paced, exciting, imaginative and full of romance. Every teen (girl and boy) will find something to relate to in this book. I highly recommend it, it's the beginning of a great series. Great YA, sci-fi, romance novel. This book is face paced, exciting, imaginative and full of romance. Every teen (girl and boy) will find something to relate to in this book. I highly recommend it, it's the beginning of a great series.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lexi

    I am sooooo glad I received this book. It's wonderful! I am sooooo glad I received this book. It's wonderful!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cyp

    Long story short: Maddie Dunn killed 3 teenage boys(unintentionally but well deserved on the guys' parts) and was about to be questioned in the interrogation room when one Dr Jon Williamson and Cecelia walked into the room, made her feel some weird things in her head, and swiftly escorted her to this camp for people with special abilities called Ganzfield. 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 Long story short: Maddie Dunn killed 3 teenage boys(unintentionally but well deserved on the guys' parts) and was about to be questioned in the interrogation room when one Dr Jon Williamson and Cecelia walked into the room, made her feel some weird things in her head, and swiftly escorted her to this camp for people with special abilities called Ganzfield. Sidetrack for awhile. Wow, this really reminds me of SO many other books..Percy Jackson, Born at Midnight,(in a way) Cherub by Robert Muchamore..and the list goes on. But oh well. Back to story: When she's at the camp, she learns that she is a G positive(people with special neuro abilities), and that by taking dodecamine shots, she's able to use her abilities which is telepathy. so yeah, she finds that she's one of the rare minders(short for mind-readers) AND she's one of those really powerful ones who can blast/fry other people's minds by transmitting large quantities of brainwaves and stuff and overloading theirs. Other G positives are the charmers, remote viewers, sparks, and healers (aka hypnotize-rs, GPS-ers, fire controllers, and yeah self-explanatory, healers). She gets to class, quickly learns the ropes and familiarizing herself with her newfound abilities(i stress on the quickly. I'll get to that in a moment). However all's not well and good in Ganzfield. For one, there's this group of charmers who are more..sexually-high?/perverted than others that they kept charming(hypnotizing) girls into stripping and stuff, and the more pressing matter is of this group of "terrorists" who wants to vivisect and annihilate the G positives(whether you're one of them, or just a carrier of the recessive genotype) cause apparently they thought that G positive people are monsters! Dang dang dang! Sooo, Maddie solves the first problem and the second is left for the sequels to cover.(wow, big surprise) Ok, it's not that i didnt like the book, but the sarcasm is just a part of me so it kind of comes naturally....so dont blame me! Anyway, about the book. The story started out with Maddie running away from this group of 3 teenage rapists. It's cool(not the rapist part, the thrilling fugitive running away part), fast-paced and attention-grabbing. Since Kaynak is a friend of Jennifer L. Armentrout at SHP's, i cant help but wonder if it's like an influence from each other to write the intro with someone running away from something/someone/someones. In Half-blood, it's Alex running away from daimons. In Minder it's Maddie running away from teenage rapists. Similarity is there, but i cant help but notice the name and villain difference. Alex sounds a little more macho and independent-heroine-type, Maddie just sounds like a mad person who's a girl because of the -die at the end like a suffix, and what's up with the Dunn? I dont know why, but it makes her sound clumsy, and the first time i saw it, i thought of a dustbin(dont ask me why..it just happened. And no offense to the Dunns out there^^"). The "villains" actually explains a lot about the book already actually. Armentrout's(sorry if you find the constant comparison irritating. I just need the juxtaposing to emphasize my points) daimons, or demons really, kinda shows that the book is more..how d'ya say this..more boom boom pow action. Kaynak's rapists..well, there were many guys in the book who kept mentally stripping girls(Maddie would know, being a minder and all) and having pervy thoughts. I dont know how true is that since im a girl, but its just that i picked this up and wanted to share it. As i was saying, the initial pace was really fast, almost like we're swooping thru the entire escapade. Kaynak did it really well, and im not one to like to dwell on a certain point very long, so i really enjoyed it and i all but glued my eyes to the pages. wow, painful imagery. It wasnt draggy(nuh uh not at all), and i applaud her for being able to capture my full attention in just that few short pages. However at the front part, i felt that Maddie was too detached. A kind of flaw. hmm, actually i feel rather conflicted about this point. Some authors, like *ahem*Lilith*ahem*Saintcrow*ahem*, delves too much into the protagonist's thoughts, inner commentating that sometimes sounds bitchy and whatnots that is totally overrrrrrexcessive. I mean come on, enough is enough man. But in Maddie's case, she's just too "i killed you people and im in the police station. ok..what next?", y'know? Previously i mentioned the word "quickly" as in, she's taking it all too calmly and really just..quickly that it sometimes feel a little surrealistic. But im afraid that IF Kaynak did elaborate, it would minus off some of the adrenaline-pumping factor. Trevor was........not really eye-catching. I mean, he's cool and humble, complete with the terrible past and all(not that im being some mean, insentive b*tch, i'm just stating the facts matter-of-factly:)), but he's a little too passive and timid for my liking. Maybe he wont be in the later books, but first impressions are important, and yeah, he didnt stick out on my potential-protagonist's-love-interest-radar. Good-looking, yeah. Awesome, one-of-a-kind powers(telekinesis), yeah. But man-wise, not really. The main conflict in the book is the part where Trevor gets kidnapped and Maddie goes after to rescue him with the aid of a spark, a healer and an RV(remote-viewer). Before the kidnappers whisked him away, Maddie got a good read on them and she knew that their intention was to vivisect Trevor to get a better understanding of his grey matter's anatomy(like how it works to perform telekinesis). Maddie goes all batshit crazy with worry and fear(totally understandable), and enlists help from friends to help, and were off. Im not gonna dwell much on it cause even tho i like to spoiler, i cant spill all the good stuff right? so go read it and stop being a lazy pig!! But i'll let you in on a bigggg secret. (view spoiler)[ SHE SAVED TREVOR!! (hide spoiler)] haha that was a big one righty?XD But along the way, they uncovered a plot so big, they sure are gonna need more professional aid. I said that the book was fast-paced right? Well it worked for me for the most part, but the romance part didnt. Like many other YA fiction novels, the instant loving thing was TOO fast, and TOO intense in TOO short a period of time that is totally unbelievable; It's not even improbable, it's impossible! Especially i dont have a very good first impression of the male protagonist(now that im reading the second book, ADVERSARY, yeah he is, but at that point, no. period), and that Kaynak dwelled TOO FREAKING LONG on the mushy, "you are my soulmate, the love of my life, the point of my existence, i love you soo much that my ribs are going to f-ing rip thru my chest from the pressure of all the love", is just too much for me. She droned on about it for, what, half of the book?, that i almost stopped reading the book. That's why i took a star away at first. It all ended with a kind of a beginning, which is totally cool and poetic when phrased as such. Dr Williamson, head of Ganzfield, approved of Maddie and her rescue-mission friends, along with Trevor and a charmer(who would be really valuable and indispensible in future missions), to form a group to go out on missions, becaue apparently, Williamson thought that Maddie&co did a more than superbly fantasticle job rescueing Trevor, the damsel in some gruesome distress(when Maddie found him, it was kind of disturbing what the bad people did to him). Total awesome-ness and anticipation. It sure gets the hype up in me for the next few books!!woo! I was really inclined to give this book a 4, maybe even a 4.5, but when it got all lovey dovey and draggy, i pushed it down to a 3. But then i think of the all the action and the awesome plot, i pushed it to a 4 again. The action was fan-freaking-tastic. I swear, it was sick. My heart started spazzing on me and thumping so hard at the climax during the rescue-Trevor-mission. Wow, such conflicting emotions.. It's a wonder i didnt grow a white hair or two. Or maybe i did..oh gosh. haha Overall: It was a wicked ride of adrenaline-pumping action, i literally gobbled down the book in my haste to find out what happened next. It was eventful and filled with so much of the unexpected. I will definitely continue reading this series. (you should too!) PS. Ms Kaynak should really stop using abbreviations, or maybe spell out the whole word out with the abbreviations at the side in brackets and then use the abbreviated forms. It got a little confusing and annoying at some parts of the book. For example, what the hell is "MO"? If you know it then fine, but hello? Different countries would have their own different slangs. It took me about 10 seconds to guess "method of operations", but then again, it may be wrong. So you see where the frustrations comes after encountering such things a lot of times. But it was a good book! Keep it up! Loved Maddie and the entire plot!:D

  28. 4 out of 5

    Audrey

    Minder: A Ganzfield Novel, written by Kate Kaynak, tells a story that will blow your mind when you delve into the mind of Maddie Dunn, a telepathic sixteen year old girl who must learn how to control her awesome powers before someone gets hurt - or worse. 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 Minder: A Ganzfield Novel, written by Kate Kaynak, tells a story that will blow your mind when you delve into the mind of Maddie Dunn, a telepathic sixteen year old girl who must learn how to control her awesome powers before someone gets hurt - or worse. 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, but Maddie knows she needs to harness her thoughts so they don't lead to burning down buildings or controlling other peoples' thoughts. Even though Ganzfield isn't the perfect place for a sixteen year old, Maddie doesn't mind being there as much as she minded being in her former home of New Jersey - especially when she meets the man of her dreams. Readers of the Twilight Series will enjoy Minder - even though there are no vampires, werewolves, fairies or fallen angels. Minder is a young-adult, paranormal romance based on actual places and happenings. Readers will learn that superpowers aren't near as much fun or exciting as they appear to be in movies such as X-Men and Fantastic Four. As Maddie discovers -- supernormal powers can get in the way of living life and being successful. Then, there's always the fear of burning something down or channeling a dislike for something into its ultimate destruction. Maddie struggles to learn about and keep her powers under control, and realizes that she must succeed in that endeavor if she achieves success in other areas of her life. Minder is classified as fiction, but Kaynak used real information for some of the story behind the book. For example, Project Star Gate was an actual government psychic spy program - and there really was a "Ganzfeld" experiment into Extra-Sensory Perception. The hair on your neck will rise with the chills you get as you read how Ganzfield trains its "students" to harness and use the powers of their psychic abilities. Kaynak also used the real town of Chatham, New Jersey (her own home town) as the home town for Maddie, and loosely based the high school in Chatham on her own. Ganzfield is based on a real village near North Conway, New Hampshire - an area where Kaynak's ancestors have lived since the 1700s. Even the cover art in Minder was carefully chosen carefully by Kate Kaynak. Based on a century old Gestalt psychological test, the white vase depicted on the cover appears to be the silhouettes of two faces. The symbolization is that there are more souls in Ganzfield than the people that are seen at first glance. Minder: A Ganzfield Novel is the first book in a series from Kate Kaynak, and readers will more than likely be breathlessly awaiting her next effort. This book review covers Minder, by Kate Kaynak. Article Source: Minder Will Blow Your Mind Kate Kaynak Interview: I am excited to introduce you to debut author Kate Kaynak. Her novel, Minder, officially hits bookstores June 18, 2010. 1. Please tell us a bit about book 1 in the Ganzfield Series, MINDER. KK: MINDER tells the story of a sixteen-year-old girl from New Jersey who discovers she has special abilities. She also learns that some things are worth fighting for--especially love. 2. A strong heroine makes the story worth reading, please describe your heroine, Maddie. KK: Maddie Dunn is simultaneously powerful and vulnerable. She's haunted by some things that happen in the book, but she doesn't let her fears hold her back. She's the kind of person who acts fast, but usually with a plan. Most people aren't that important to her, but she'll do anything for the ones she lets get close. 3. You have developed an interesting, but complex world. How do you keep it organized? Are you a post-it kind of girl? KK: I'm a note-taker. I do use a LOT of post-its (how did you know?) to jot down thoughts when I don't have my laptop handy, but I also create detailed notes, outlines, character sheets, family trees, etc. before I even write the first chapter of a book. Even with all that planning, sometimes the characters decide to take the story in another direction, and I have to follow along. They changed the ending of the second book on me, and I had to re-outline the whole thing before I could continue writing. 4. You have an impressive educational background. Has this, particularly your PhD in Social-Developmental Psychology, influenced your writing? KK: There's a lot of psych in Minder--I wanted to make the experience of G-positives as realistic as possible. However, I think that my psychology background comes out mostly in the character development. Their motivations drive the action; they influence how they see the world; they determine how they act and react to others. I drew on Elias Porter's Motivational Value System (MVS) to create each person in the series. I may someday develop a writer's workshop that utilizes MVS--it's a wonderful tool for creating realistic and vivid characters! 5. I discovered MINDER ends with a few unanswered questions. What do you have planned for the Ganzfield series? KK: I'm not going to give any spoilers, but ADVERSARY, the second book, takes up a couple of months after MINDER. The ending of MINDER shows Maddie that there's more than Ganzfield in this new world of paranormal abilities. In ADVERSARY, she'll end up over her head in that wider world. I'm currently revising the third book, LEGACY, which continues where ADVERSARY leaves off. I have notes for at least three more books, as well. I try to resolve the immediate plot issues in each book while leaving the major plot arcs open to continue the series. I also try to keep people guessing. While I adored the HARRY POTTER series, after the fourth book I began to wonder why Harry didn't just crawl into his closet in April and hide there until the school year ended. Didn't he notice that Voldemort always made his move right during final exams? 6. You write about people with special skills. Do you believe these people exist in real life? Do you believe in other things supernatural or paranormal? KK: I'm open to the possibility. There's a fringe area of psychology that studies paranormal abilities like telepathy and clairevoyance. The parapsychology data is mixed; there's no hard evidence either way. That's why my characters need a "boost" to enhance their unreliable, natural abilities--it keeps the story believable. 7. Lastly, what is your favorite way to unwind after a hard night of working? Any guilty pleasures? KK: Well, I have three kids under five, a part-time consulting job, and three books coming out in the next twelve months. SLEEP is a guilty pleasure! LOL, I can see how sleep is a guilty pleasure! Great interview. Thank you for taking the time to visit us today! Review by Lauren S. Smith Article Source: YA interview and giveaway: Kate Kaynak

  29. 5 out of 5

    Carol Riggs

    I’ve always liked stories that involve mind reading, so I found the premise of this book interesting. A caution, however, for those who have triggers about rape/attempted rape. I enjoyed seeing how Maddie’s powers developed. The romance seemed so near-perfect and magnified that I thought something shady was going on for a while, that it wasn’t real…related instead to their medication or some quirk of their combined powers. But nope, it was just a passionate romance thing (which at points seemed I’ve always liked stories that involve mind reading, so I found the premise of this book interesting. A caution, however, for those who have triggers about rape/attempted rape. I enjoyed seeing how Maddie’s powers developed. The romance seemed so near-perfect and magnified that I thought something shady was going on for a while, that it wasn’t real…related instead to their medication or some quirk of their combined powers. But nope, it was just a passionate romance thing (which at points seemed to take over the plot a bit and quickly blossom into “love”; this likely won’t be a problem for avid romance readers). With some good moments of humor. For fans of X-Men and related superpower stories.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lillie

  31. 5 out of 5

    Kate Kaynak

  32. 5 out of 5

    Ellz Readz

  33. 4 out of 5

    Courtney Voss

  34. 4 out of 5

    Delphine

  35. 4 out of 5

    Guilli

  36. 5 out of 5

    Liz

  37. 5 out of 5

    Eden

  38. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin (ScarrletReader)

  39. 5 out of 5

    Judi

  40. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

  41. 4 out of 5

    Leah

  42. 4 out of 5

    ~Linda~

  43. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

  44. 5 out of 5

    Amy

  45. 5 out of 5

    Saskia

  46. 4 out of 5

    Christena

  47. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

  48. 5 out of 5

    Tracey

  49. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

  50. 4 out of 5

    Sara

  51. 4 out of 5

    Melia Danielle

  52. 4 out of 5

    Lisa (A Life Bound By Books)

  53. 5 out of 5

    Kendra

  54. 4 out of 5

    Jordan K Bell

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