Justine knows she's going to die. Any second now.
Justine Jones has a secret. A hardcore hypochondriac, she’s convinced a blood vessel is about to burst in her brain. Then, out of the blue, a startlingly handsome man named Packard peers into Justine’s soul and invites her to join his private crime-fighting team. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime deal.
With a little of Packard’s hands-on training, Justine can weaponize her neurosis, turning it outward on Midcity’s worst criminals, and finally get the freedom from fear she’s always craved. End of problem. Or is it?
In Midcity, a dashing police chief is fighting a unique breed of outlaw with more than human powers. And while Justine’s first missions, including one against a nymphomaniac husband-killer, are thrilling successes, there is more to Packard than meets the eye. Soon, while battling her attraction to two very different men, Justine is plunging deeper into a world of wizardry, eroticism, and cosmic secrets. With Packard’s help, Justine has freed herself from her madness - only to discover a reality more frightening than anyone’s worst fears.
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"Mind Games is a violent U-Turn in a fresh direction, signaling the dynamic and welcome arrival of both Carolyn Crane and the most unique urban fantasy heroine I’ve seen on page in a long while, Justine Jones. And like Justine, Midcity is brightly imagined, beautifully dangerous, and perfectly flawed. Flashy and stylish, this is urban fantasy’s new shot-in-the-arm." (Vicki Pettersson, The New York Times)
Unlike some other reviewers, I felt like the descriptions of crippling anxiety and hypochondria were pretty interesting. The story concept was also unique and interesting. I found the heroine of the story very tiresome as the narrative progressed. I really liked the first part of the book and then it went...where? Maybe it was just my lack of interest in the main character. I felt disappointed overall, but I did make it all the way through.
I love action and suspense embedded in a good fantasy or mystery. Sprinkles of romance okay, but no erotica please.
Justine is overflowing with fear. She is told of a way she could be free of them by channeling them - but at a great cost. This book is a fascinating journey into pyschic phenomena. The author has done her homework well. I thorough enjoyed the ride!
I'm not sure who will like this.
Book of Riley, Nighthuntress, The Strain
This was a story issue more so than the reader
All of them
I think this is a trilogy but i really loved this book. Books 2 and 3 are in my wish list. Fully wort the credit.
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The first person narration, combined with the perfectly fitting voice made listening to the book very enjoyable.
I loved Justine. Even though she had a serious hypochondriac issue, and wanted to be free of her fear more than anything, she wasn't willing to comprise her sense of morals to do it. She was extremely strong and supportive of her own needs, as well as the others around her.
Justine was my favourite. The voice fit her so well, in age, tone and emotion.
The only part of the book that I didn’t like was the amount of sexuality that was included. Not just appearing in a potential love triangle, it also came up in a few instances when Justine was working with targets. The scenes were just short of explicit, but they were not clean in any way.
Different, witty, and funny.
I thought any of the scenes with Justine and the Silver Widow were hysterical. Justine is surprisingly enjoyable! I wasn't sure I would be able to connect with a hypocondriac. I somehow thought that would make the character weak and/or annoying, but she wasn't at all.
I really likes Wisocky as a nararator. She has great inflection and tone. She makes Justine's character that much more funny.
Let those who you love know today, tomorrow is not promised! Life experience, Mishawn
Oh yes, I have to listen to it again. There are a lot of twists and turns and still with a wanting to know all the characters and there talents.
Rebecca Wisocky was one of the BEST narrator I have ever listened to. Each character had their own tone, accent, and the way she really let the personalities each one shine through was amazing!
The whole book was good. It had humor, sad moments, and always the wanting to know what that next crazy thing would these people do.
Carolyn Crane did a great job writing and Rebecca was the best choice for the narrator!
I am writing this review because I came online to order the second book in the series. I am waiting before I order the third, because some of the things I didn't like about the first are keeping me a bit cautious, so I am listening to one book at a time.
At first, I wasn't overly taken with Wisocky's narration, but I grew to appreciate her sense of theatrics, as it fits the protagonist, Justine's, generalized anxiety. The author did a great job of climbing into the mind of a hypochondriac, and describes the thought processes and emotions of an "attack" very believably. I hope she doesn't know from first hand experience, because it seems terribly debilitating! Wisocky brought these to life really well.
The premise is intriguing; it's a fine philosophical and moral dilemma - bring harm to "bad" people in order to trigger them to reform and become "good" people. Is it ever ok to cause others terror and shatter their illusions? Isn't it basically playing God or Fate? Hmmmm. Still, the power and promise of freedom from one's own crippling angst is compelling enough for these characters to choose to manipulate others for the higher good.
What I didn't enjoy were the overly graphic sexual moments, and I actually always find that detailed sex acts detract from a story's quality and appeal. If I want to read about sex, there are so many other ways to do so. I want a story without tangential trips into romantic drivel and sexual fantasy. The good news is that there wasn't too much of this, so she kept an almost reasonable balance in this area. I guess overall, this book was worth the money if you enjoy fantasy stories with a dark twist and original concept. I grew interested in all the members of this band of disillusionists, not just Justine and Packard, so the story has some dimension to it, which I also appreciate. As I said, I am ordering the second one now.
Original concept...Rebecca Wisocky interprets these characters with energy and skill...a fun listen...I'm going to buy the next few books, too.
It's very, very, very rare for me not to complete a book that I've paid good hard-earned money for. This book was just gawd-awful. On top of that the narrator grated on my nerves. I'm not sure if it was because of the poor story that the narrator had to try and bring to life or just the narrator's voice, or both.
The only thing that could have made this a 4 or 5 listening experience is a good story.
Not this genre but definitely by this writer, and possibly the narrator. Though I would give the narrator a second chance to be sure.
No. I'm not willing to throw good hard-earned money after bad. If it was free I'd try again.
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