Aversion (Book One in Mentalst Series) by Kenechi Udogu

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For Gemma Green’s first time, things should have been straightforward. Find your subject, hold their gaze and push a thought into their head to save them from future disaster – Aversion complete. A pretty simple process given that the subject was to have no recollection of the experience. But Russ Tanner doesn’t seem to want to forget. In fact the more she tries to avoid him, the more he pushes to get to know her. Gemma knows she has a problem but is she facing the side effects of a failed Aversion or has the school’s tennis champ really fallen for her?

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Where to begin? The concept and plot of this sounded really interesting. But when I found out it had four books, I wondered how strong the first book would be. A lot rides on the first book being very good, so people want to read more.

Sadly, I did not want to read more - but I will because I got the full series to review.

Even with a good plot, this book just didn't...get there for me. The characters weren't very strong. I had a lot of issues with Gemma's inner dialogue, too. The beginning was so info-heavy that it was hard to digest. Things should've been explained as they happened, I think.

Gemma also talks to us, the reader, at times, which is a little confusing. It's a little much because she spends so much time narrating that she's isn't really "living" in the book. There were a lot of scenes where it would've been nice to just see what happened, and instead it was a play-by-play by Gemma. 

I did like the actual writing in this, but I didn't like the narration style at all. That was my main complaint with this book. If I don't like the writing/narration style, it's a little hard to get immersed in the book and really love the characters.

There were also quite a few grammar errors I spotted which is always unfortunate when reading a published piece of work. It does ruin things to an extent for me.

Also, hello confusing ass last line. Goodness.

So...I'm not really sure where I stand with this book. On one hand, I don't feel connected enough to the characters or the story to finish the other three books. On the other, I'm curious to see if things improve. So the jury is still out, I suppose.

2/5

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* I was sent this book in exchange for my honest review.

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