Secrets of the Mind by E.J. Bennett
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Secrets of the Mind holds an intriguing premise, with the main character speaking from first-person POV and yet having very little memory of important details...Like who she is and where she came from. The only things she has to rely on are memories disguised as nightmares. Black shapes with red eyes haunt her mind...And then they begin to haunt her reality.
The Bad: Bennett seems very comfortable and happy with lots and lots of commas. There were a few typos in unfortunate places, changing the meaning of a sentence (ie, "cursed through me" instead of "coursed through me"). The biggest 'bad' I came away with was when Bennett changed Point of View without warning. It was obvious we had switched perspectives after a few paragraphs, but I wish there had been a better indication before we switched.
The Good: The story. The story was intriguing enough that I could keep going. The descriptions were fair, the pacing decent, and the interplay between the two main characters kept things rolling until the next attack. The story and the writing were both fair enough to help me consider buying the next one.
The Overall: I gave the book three stars primarily because of the many, many commas and the POV switch. I'm not opposed to head-hopping, but a little warning is always nice. However, the story combined with the development of Kayla and Chris helped me to read past the punctuation and mis-types. With a little editing (and by that, I mean at least a second or third pair of eyes), Secrets of the Mind could easily stand as a solid book from start to finish.
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