Review: Mind Games by Carolyn Crane

Posted December 14, 2011 by Suzanne in Reviews / 7 Comments

Review: Mind Games by Carolyn Crane
Mind Games
by Carolyn Crane

4.5 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: March 23, 2010
Series: The Disillusionists #1
Published by Spectra
Pages: 371
Format: Paperback
 

Does anyone else love  the X-Men? I love it, the comics, he films, the TV series I eat it all up with relish, I can’t get enough of my favourite misunderstood Mutants. Now, imagine that the X-Men are actually just a normal group of people and each has their own special brand of crazy, alcoholism, chronic pessimism, paranoia, gambling addiction, rage issues and hypochondria, now imagine that instead of being lead by the wholesome and morally forthright Profersor X, they are instead lead by a younger, more charming Magneto. This motley crew would be the Disillusionist and the subject of this book. The Disillusionist are a team of vigilantes-for-hire who reboot criminals trying to make them into decent members of society by breaking their psyche open with fear and inviting them to take a look at their dispicable selves, in affect, stripping them of all their illusion. Disalluisioning them.

Justine Jones is a hypochondriac and it is tearing her life apart, her normal happy go lucky boyfriend is on the cusp of leaving her and the constant fear is eating away at her sanity. That all seems to change when she meets with the mysterious Packard who says that he can not only help her get rid of her hypochondria but she can save the city she lives in, which is now suffering through it’s 8 year of a huge crime wave. But Packard is keeping a great many secrets and Justine conscience is nagging her, is she really doing the right thing?

What a fantastic book, it was original, putting an entirely unusual twist on the classic superhero and a superhero group. I loved that Crane made all these peoples neuroses their “superpower”, they were also a little morally suspect, normally you have a group like this being the good guys, but it wasn’t quite that simple, one they did their good deed only for money and two their leader Sterling Packard definietly had a few nefarious plans. Packard was another great thing about this book, I loved how he was described as their overlord and the disillusionist as his minions, it was funny, but also gave Packard a slightly melodramamtically sinister air.

As well as Packard, Justine, from whom point of view this book is told, was also a memorable character. She was compassionate, funny and a little crazy. At first I found it being told not only in first person POV but also in present tense a little strange but once I got used to it I quite enjoyed seeing everything from Justine’s angle. The secondary cast of characters for this, mainly the other disillusionists and their marks were also great and added some warmth to the story as Justine finally finds herself being able to fit into a group of people without having to hide any parts of herself.

The plot line in this book was full of little mysteries and surprises, I didn’t see some of the twists coming and what is even better is that I can’t guess at all how this trilogy is going to end. This is a great read, not only does it have characters that are both intriguing and likable but it has a great story line, which I can’t wait to read more of.

If you liked this book, I think you may also like: Black & White by Jackie Kessler and Caitlin Kittredge

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About Carolyn Crane

I write romantic suspense, urban fantasy, and some books that don’t have any genre at all. I’ve been published by Random House, Samhain, and self published, too. I guess I get around!

I live in Minnesota (complete with an accent that people sometimes laugh at) in an old 1920′s condo with my awesome writer husband and two cats. I love to run and also to read, even though I’m probably the slowest reader ever. And I love to eat chocolate and Mexican food, and if you invite me to your party, your cheese plate will be in even more danger than one of my suspense heroines.

Also, I use too many exclamation marks, I care deeply about animals and finding ways to help them, I work a day job as a freelance marketing writer, and I dream that someday I’ll having the time to do all the crafts in the many craft newsletters I subscribe to. But I guess I’m having too much fun throwing my favorite characters into dangerous and sometimes steamy adventures.

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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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This author has built quite a world and it sounds fascinating.

Thanks for the review!

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I read this a few weeks back and was blown away. I gave it a 6 out of 5 stars! So unique and crazy, this is definitely nothing like how I expected it to be. I thought the same thing, it is a little like X-Men. I love where this story went, I wouldn’t have seen that coming no matter how hard I tried LOL! Great review hon, you hit on the head 🙂

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Thanks for the review.

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I’ve read some amazing reviews on this book. I can’t wait to read it!

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Jen B.

Another book for the wish list. I love superhero stories. The X-Men and Spidermen are my peeps! Thanks for the great review. I am really excited about reading this!

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GREAT review…sounds a FAB series! I love the covers too, btw!

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