BOOK SERIES REVIEW: The Mentalist Series by Kenechi Udogu// a thrilling saga chronicling a girl’s strive for good

Today I am excited to bring y’all not just one review, but four reviews! I will set this post up more like four mini reviews since there are three books and a prequel novella. 

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I received a copy of this book series from the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way effects my overall rating of this book series.

Synopsis:

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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Title: Aversion

Author: Kenechi Udogu

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Format: eBook

Page Count: 133

Release Date: December 1, 2012

I am finally getting around to writing a review for this book, which I finished a few weeks ago but never got around to writing because I wanted to finish the series first so that I could write a joint review. So I apologize in advance if I don’t have much to say, it’s probably due to my short-term memory haha.

Going into this book I wasn’t sure what to expect. I guess something Sci-Fi because that’s the kind of vibe I got from the cover but that wasn’t what I got at all. Which is a good thing because Sci-Fi isn’t really my preferred genre.

Something that I loved about this book is that the concept is something that is intriguing and different than a lot of things I’ve read, but it’s not trying to be different. You know when you read a book and you can just tell that the author wanted to make it stand out from other books, but ultimately, the book gets lost in the process? This book was able to be something of its own without trying too hard.

With that being said, I wish I had been able to connect with the characters and what was happening. Maybe it was due to this being the first book in the series, but I felt disconnected from everyone and everything that was happening, which was unfortunate. I did find it a tad predicable which affected my overall enjoyment a bit.

Also, the protagonist felt a bit juvenile to me. She’s 15 in this book but from my perspective, her voice sounded younger like 13 or 14. This is just my opinion, other readers might think differently.

My Rating: 3 Stars

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Overall, I found the book to be a good introduction to the story, but a bit lackluster. I felt like there wasn’t much of a climax and I wasn’t invested in the story, spending a majority of the novel wanting to skim.

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Title: Sentient

Author: Kenechi Udogu

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Format: eBook

Page Count: 155

Release Date: October 28, 2013

As far as this book goes, I enjoyed it more than the first. The beginning was kind of boring to read, but it just had a slow start and picked up pace as I read more.

There were new characters introduced in this book which I think saved it from being boring like the first. With these characters brought in, I felt like it added something to the story that wasn’t there before. These books are definitely character-driven stories. Dialogue is used quite a bit so having more characters equals more events and possible outcomes to unfold. Thus, I became intrigued.

More information was revealed in this book about the world of Averters and Sentientals and such which I loved. I felt like the author was able to get a better grip of her world and characters in this book. It was more interesting to read and I was actually guessing what would happen at the end which is always a good thing.

Despite this, I felt like my expectations weren’t met? It’s hard to describe but everything felt a bit anti-climactic. The stakes felt high and my heart got pumping during some parts but I never felt like something bad was actually going to happen to the characters because the antagonists just didn’t seem very… antagonistic? If that makes any sense.

My Rating: 3.5 Stars

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Overall I enjoyed this book more than the first one. There were still a few things that I didn’t like, such as the pacing and lack of action but it was a great second book in the series and had me excited to read the third.

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Title: Keepers

Author: Kenechi Udogu

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Format: eBook

Page Count: ??

Release Date: December 19, 2016

I’m happy to say that this was my favorite book of the series! It’s hard to describe but I think that Udogu was able to perfectly balance all of the good qualities of the first two books and incorporate them into this book seamlessly.

Whereas there were obvious things that I didn’t like about the first two, the only thing that had me wary was the ending. I was filled with questions and I felt like it was a bit open-ended which can be good if the author decides to write more books but I prefer something with more closure, personally.

I also felt like everything was a bit too easy? Or the way it ended was a bit too picture-perfect. I’m not quite sure why because the characters were struggling throughout the book but it felt to me like most everything was handed to them on a silver platter at the end.

Despite that, I loved the character interactions, I found the writing to be more mature which I appreciate a lot, and the world was built upon much more than in the previous books.

My Rating: 4 Stars

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Overall I thought that this was a stellar conclusion to the series (if it is truly the end…) with wonderfully-written characters that I miss already. I recommend this series to anybody interested in a series chronicling a strong young woman navigating her life and powers with friends and family helping her along the way.

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Title: Broken Ties

Author: Kenechi Udogu

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Format: eBook

Page Count: 84

Release Date: May 13, 2014

This prequel novella follows Gemma’s father and mother when they meet and start dating. I wasn’t sure what to think about this before I read it but I found it enjoyable to read. I ended up feeling sad knowing how their story would end, but it was nice being able to read their relationship as they fell in love with one another.

It did feel a bit too fast-paced, the rate at which they fell in love, but it might’ve also been because of something that is revealed in the previous books about them. It also was a bit strange to read in the perspective of Gemma’s dad when he was a teenager falling in love but I got over that pretty quick because I adored their relationship!

This novella didn’t really reveal much about the world of Averters, unfortunately, like I thought it would. Maybe if the author comes out with more novellas like this we readers can understand more about the world and the complexity of the characters and their past.

My Rating: 4 Stars

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