Mindspeak Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
She was created for a purpose so revolutionary, someone was willing to kill for it.
Seventeen-year-old Lexi Matthews keeps two secrets from her elite boarding school classmates - she's the daughter of a famous and controversial geneticist, and she can influence people's thoughts.
But after new student Jack DeWeese heals her broken arm with an anything-but-simple touch, he forces Lexi to face a new reality - her abilities reach much further than speaking to the minds of others.
After Lexi's father goes missing and she receives threatening emails, she can't decide whether to fall into Jack's arms or run and hide.
As Lexi seeks answers to what she and Jack are, she discovers a truth more unsettling than anything her science books can teach. And letting Jack into her life of secrets is not only a threat to her very existence, but it just might break her heart wide open.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 54 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||May 02, 2017|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #163,039 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#3,246 in Fantasy for Teens
#18,383 in Teen & Young Adult Fantasy
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I read lots of teen fiction books. This one was slow with underdeveloped characters. The end of Mindspeak leaves the reader hanging, but it was so slow I don't want to waste money or time on the second book. I do not recommend this book. It was slow with cheesy dialogue.
Most of the time, the writer is very good at creating dialogue that flows naturally and follows a logical path. The characters were well developed. It's also very refreshing to find an author who isn't afraid of the PC crowd and will still include belief in God as a valid characteristic in a person's, especially a young person's, life base. Thanks you for the courage it took to do that!
What I did take away stars for was the constant creation of ridiculous scenarios that intentionally left characters (other than the lead, Lexi) shrouded in mystery and suspicion. Sorry, but it was used way too much. I never did figure out why that was done, unless it was in an attempt to build excitement, which it did not (in me) - rather mostly frustration. Maybe it would work for young teens. The never-ending 'discoveries' got tiresome and most of the time little or next to nothing new was discovered which made the story line drag along somewhat. I've never read any of the Harry Potter books or seen any of the movies (I've only seen the movie trailers) but I get the feeling this author might have been trying too hard to copy that successful book/movie series. You Harry Potter fans out there will have to tell me if I'm right or wrong.
Also, the ending was weak and simply leads into the next book. Not a fan of never-ending book series. A book should have a strong ending. If it's good - we'll definitely buy the next one.
The only reason this one gets 3 stars instead of 2 was because I liked the characters and the basic premise. The execution was it’s flaw.
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First, the good. One thing that this book does very well is the overarching sense of confusion and mistrust. There are a lot of characters in the mix that, for the most part, are well handled and kept separate enough to not get them mixed up. As each new character is added, and throughout the book, like Lexi, the reader finds it hard to judge how much each person can be trusted -- some who seemed innocent turn out to be the most dangerous, and those that seem dangerous turn out to be innocent. I also enjoyed that Lexi didn't immediately trust Jack, despite liking him and though he kept telling her he was looking out for her -- all too often in YA books, I find that the main character is far too willing to buy words that an attractive boy says. It felt much more realistic, both as a result of the plot and in general, that Lexi wasn't willing to give him all the information she had (though it was highly limited).
This leads me to one of the things that irritated me slightly about the book. This book took me a little while to read, and it felt very slow going while doing so (as a normally fast reader, I was surprised at how long it felt it took for me to get to the second half of the book), and eventually I realised it was because most of the tension and what was stopping the plot from moving forwards was the completely unnecessary withholding of information. Jack continually told Lexi that he was going to tell her everything, but when the situation arose he always decided that she was not actually ready. It was very frustrating to know that the information was available and that Jack, for some reason, just would not give it -- and then he expected Lexi to just tell him everything /she/ knew when he'd told her almost nothing!
Next, as in many YA novels, there were several turns of phrases that left me rolling my eyes. This also happened whenever Jack's amazing pectoral muscles were mentioned. There was also a moment where I believe the author accidentally used the wrong character name (the section where Danielle is trying on the dresses, it mentions that Lexi threw the dresses on the bed, when as this book is written in first person, Lexi's name shouldn't have been in the prose), though this is not a huge mistake as any author/editor can miss a word here or there.
As others have written, there's also the fact that the ending is very much sequel bait. Beyond this, I imagine a lot of the next book would also be very frustrating because of information that the reader has but Lexi no longer does, based on the ending of this book. I can't say for certain though, as the author could handle it well.
However this book was free when I got it, and other people have given it good reviews, so on the off chance you might like it, it might be worth taking the offer now
I absolutely loved this book, this book is now top of my list to recommend to everyone. I loved the characters, the plot, suspense, romance … this book has it all.