Thursday, May 31, 2012

Closed Hearts Book Review and Giveaway

There's nothing like finding an author whose books are so exciting you hate having to put them down. Meet Susan Kaye Quinn, who mindjacked me with the awesome opening book of the Mindjack Trilogy, Open Minds. The  follow on, Closed Hearts, is a keeper, a fully fleshed out story with plenty of page turning excitement. I love how it treated me to more cool technology along with the action. Susan Kaye Quinn is now my favorite author and her Mindjack books are my favorite reads both last year and this one.


I jumped at the chance to take a stop on Susan's blog tour. So I present for your reading pleasure:

Book Two of the Mindjack Trilogy



When you control minds, only your heart can be used against you.

"Eight months ago, Kira Moore revealed to the mindreading world that mindjackers like herself were hidden in their midst. Now she wonders if telling the truth was the right choice after all. As wild rumors spread, a powerful anti-jacker politician capitalizes on mindreaders’ fears and strips jackers of their rights. While some jackers flee to Jackertown—a slum rife with jackworkers who trade mind control favors for cash—Kira and her family hide from the readers who fear her and jackers who hate her. But when a jacker Clan member makes Kira’s boyfriend Raf collapse in her arms, Kira is forced to save the people she loves by facing the thing she fears most: FBI agent Kestrel and his experimental torture chamber for jackers."


My Review: 


Closed Hearts opens with Kira and her dad hiding in plain sight, working as mind guards for a wealthy businessman. Then it becomes even more of a future political thriller than book one when a politician, Senator Vellus, stirs up public sentiment against the jackers. Since Kira couldn't let go of Raff, they're an easy target. Raff makes the easiest target of all after they end up in Jackertown.
The jackers have a new leader, the hottie Julian. He's an enigmatic mage, a jacker with special talents, but is he good or bad? It's certain he wants something of Kira's, her hard head. Although he doesn't appear to hate Kira for outing their kind, he controls a large group of jackers. And they use Raff to cause her heartbreak. 

By the end of Open Minds, we knew Kestrel wanted all jackers as guinea pigs for his laboratory/torture chamber. Molloy also had to show up for revenge, but how these things happen makes for some tense and scary moments. Julian is surprised when Kira doesn't want to use her talent to rescue Kestrel's jacker captives, and so was I. But her priorities are protecting Raf and her family--even when her dad's loyalties are thrown into question. Except she can't protect Raff from jackers who consider him an inferior pet. 

Kira ends up forced to rescue the captives to save Raff and proves she's not strong enough to beat Kestrel. She does better fighting him mentally than physically, but she weakens. Suffering under Kestrel's torture, she would be lost if not for Julian, his sister, and jacker help. Given the chance at freedom, Kira again acts like the heroine from Open Minds. Many mages look to her as their savior, someone to lead a jacker rebellion, but there's another that seems more capable. And it's not who you might expect. 

Of course, Kestrel gets away. There is no complete victory in a middle book. The battles are tough, the losses are devastating, and the victories are bittersweet. There's a terrible surprise at the end where the heartbreak happens. I'm too altruistic to hope a mindreader and jacker stay together in a society like theirs. I grew to like Julian during the course of the book, and he may have feelings for Kira. His name for her, keeper, might mean more than what he says. 

I hope the de facto jacker leader inspires Kira to toughen up for the final battle. I doubt she will act like Katniss and betray her beliefs by taking revenge on children or stand around snarling at the enemy like Bella. Not that I want gore. I don't. I want the smart kind of futuristic thriller written by a real rocket scientist like Susan Kay Quinn. In her hands, the future is sure to explode with excitement. 






Mind GamesOpen MindsClosed HeartsIn His EyesLife, Liberty, and PursuitFull Speed Ahead


Now available!

$2.99 Ebook at Amazon (and Amazon UK) and Barnes and Noble You can also Request a Kindlegraph.

Paper copies are available at Amazon or get signed copies from the author.


Susan Kaye Quinn is the author of the bestselling YA novel Open Minds,  Book One of the Mindjack Trilogy, available on AmazonBarnes and Noble, and iTunes. Susan's business card says "Author and Rocket Scientist," but she mostly plays on TwitterFacebook, and Pinterest.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Who do you think Kira will choose in the end? Come back in a few days for a conversation between Julian and Raff. 

I'd like to thank  I Am A Reader Not A Writer and Rachelle's Writing Spot for hosting this hop. Before you go, you might want to enter my 700 follower giveaway for a whole box of books and chocolate US or $20 in Amazon e-books International. If the link doesn't work, click the tab at the top of my blog. Thanks, and now it's time to start hopping!



27 comments:

  1. The books sound really awesome! :)
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. If you think they sound awesome now, just wait 'til you read them!

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  2. Because the cover is amazing, and the book sounds too good.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. You're so right about the cover. I went "Ooooh!" when I saw it. And if there is such a thing as too good, Susan's books qualify.

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  3. Well I hopped over to check out the series more and to my surprise the short Mind Games (only 18 pages est) is free today for kindle and Open Minds and Closed Hearts are only $2.99 for my kindle ;) So I bought Open Minds and am throwing my name in the hat for book two, but regardless with the author offering a good read at such an affordable price, I know this will be mine one way or another - yup the mindjacker told me so LOL Thank you for sharing about what sounds like a good series and I do love a good series :)

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    1. Thanks for picking up the books Denise! I hope you enjoy the story. :)

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    2. This is why you're one of my favorite followers, Denise. But I bet you read my mind. You go!

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  4. I read about the books a week ago! I think the premise is fascinating of mind readers and Mind jackers!

    Thanks for doing the hop! <3

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    1. You're welcome, Tobi. I wonder what Kestrel is cooking up for book 3 with all his experiments.

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  5. Thanks so much for the chance. I read and loved the first and cant wait to read book 2 :)

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    1. I hope you don't wait too long. I know there are a lot of free books out there, but Susan's books are worth far more than she charges.

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  6. This series sounds like a fun YA sci-fi novel! I have had it on my wishlist for a while now and would love to start reading it!
    Thanks for the giveaway and have a great weekend :)

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    1. You're welcome and thanks for entering, Sarah. Susan's books are well worth supporting to bring new fans.

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  7. I would love to read this book because it looks so damn good! I mean she is so different from everyone else!!

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  8. Thanks so much for the giveaway! I loved the first book and prequel of this series and really want to read this next one to see where it goes!

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  9. Sounds like an exciting series! I've already DL'd the prequel and can't wait to read them all!

    Cheers! Trayce

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  10. Hi
    I like to read this book because I read the prequel, Mind Games, and really enjoyed.
    Thanks for the chance!

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  11. i want to read this book because i have never read a book like it before. mindreaders and people who can control them. YEAH!

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  12. I'd like to read the book because the characters and setting sound interesting.

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  13. I find mindreading both awesome and a little scary, but nevertheless fascinating. This books sounds like a pageturner and I've actually checked up on it on Goodreads before, so I really hope to get the chance to read it.

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  14. Sounds like a really great series and I cannot wait to get started!!!!

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  15. The clock is winding down and somebody's going to be very happy very soon. I sure hope the rest of you will buy Susan's book because it's soooo good. You'll be glad you did!

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  16. The cover really interests me and I like the plot. :)

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  17. from your review this book sounds like a great read and I absolutely love the cover. Gale Nelson
    pgan427@yahoo.com

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  18. I have heard good things about this series...So,I'd love to give it a try. :)

    Thanks for the international giveaway!!

    Rafflecopter name - Rosemarie D

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  19. This sounds great love what I read would love to read more! Thank you for the great giveaway!

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  20. I love the covers and all the reviews I've read have been gushing :)

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