A Charming Paranormal YA Story: Shaken by Susan Hatler – A Review
At first, I thought Shaken was a little slow. The first chapter or so seemed to drag just a bit, but then it got really exciting, and I am glad I stuck with it.
Wow, what would it be like, if one day you simply could start reading minds? Kylie Bates had to experience that, and – of course – it freaked her out. What if you also found out that your Dad lied to you about something very important? Another real shock, that is for sure.
Thrown into the midst of mind reading, a kidnapping, and family drama, this young girl deals with a lot throughout the story, but at least she does not have to deal with it alone. Trip – another high-school senior and amateur detective is by her side.
Okay, I really thought that Trip was really sweet. I love the character Susan Hatler created there, and I really want to know more about him – which I hope will happen in the next installment of this series.
Actually, all of the characters had an amazing depth to it, so it was easy to connect and feel with them. I love when an Author sets up ALL of the characters well in the first book of the series, and I am not left wondering what that person was doing there.
I also loved the conclusion, which left just enough open to make me want more but also completely closed the book and the story. I hope Susan will continue that for her upcoming books in the series, because that way they can be all read as a stand-alone novel, and maybe entice someone who only read one of the series, to grab the next?
In any case, I can hardly wait to read the next book!
5 out of 5 Stars
Author: Susan Hatler
Series: Mind Reader Book # 1
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Publisher: Hatco Publishing
Publishing Date: February, 2nd, 2012
High school junior, Kylie Bates, can suddenly read minds. When she touches people’s hands, she’s able to see their deepest thoughts. As if that’s not freaky enough, her dad sends her to help hottie detective, Sam Williams, track down a missing girl. Way too much pressure, especially for a girl who can’t watch Scream without getting nightmares.
Then, finding the missing girl leads to much more than Kylie’s prepared for. Like discovering that her dad has been lying to her. That she has a family she never knew about. That the girls have powers similar to hers. Oh yeah, and that someone is out to get her.
When the detective’s teenage wanna-be-cop cousin, Trip Williams, approaches Kylie at school insisting she help him solve the case, she discovers Trip might be the only one she can trust, and the only one to help her unravel the secrets behind her mysterious gift.