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Title: Mindspeak
Author: Heather Sunseri
Genre: Sci-fi, YA
Rating: 2/5
# pages: 396
Date read: October, 2015

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.

The stereotype of the first book in a series, and unfortunately not in a good way. It took forever for the action to really take off, and once it did, there was only about 20 pages left of the book, and not nearly enough time to wrap up even some of the plotlines.

Not to mention that a sudden twist was thrown at the reader 2 pages before the end of the book, and it all ended up resulting in a book that cannot stand on its own, but only serves as a prequel to the next book in the series.

And unfortunately the writing wasn't good enough, nor the plot interesting enough to make me want to pick up the next one. It wasn't bad, and I did like the majority of the book well enough (until it became apparent that nothing was going to happen), it just didn't manage to make me care about neither the characters nor the plot.
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Title: Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
Author: Patrick Süskind
Genre: Historical Fiction
Rating: 2.5/5
# pages: Audiobook ~9hrs
Date read: May, 2013

In the slums of eighteenth-century France, the infant Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is born with one sublime gift - an absolute sense of smell. As a boy, he lives to decipher the odors of Paris, and apprentices himself to a prominent perfumer who teaches him the ancient art of mixing precious oils and herbs. But Grenouille's genius is such that he is not satisfied to stop there, and he becomes obsessed with capturing the smells of objects such as brass doorknobs and frest-cut wood. Then one day he catches a hint of a scent that will drive him on an ever-more-terrifying quest to create the "ultimate perfume" - the scent of a beautiful young virgin.

I'm having a really hard time figuring out how to review this. The plot was very weird, and the main character - though fascinating - was so entirely unsympathetic that I didn't even mind that Spoiler )

Apparently this has been turned into a movie? I can't even begin to imagine what that would be like!


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