Sunday, 21 July 2013

Aversion (The Mentalist Series, #1) by Kenechi Udogu

Aversion (The Mentalist Series, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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?

YA Paranormal Romance novella

Aversion by Kenechi Udogu

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Aversion (The Mentalist Series, #1)(Source: I won a digital copy of this book.)
15-year-old Gemma is an averter, she instructs people not to do something, and they don’t do it (usually to avoid some sort of catastrophe) but after her first eversion, things start to go wrong.
It was supposed to be simple – stop Russ from going to the party, but the day after the aversion he keeps staring at her, and even speaks to her, and he’s never spoken to her before.
What did she do wrong? Why does it seem like Russ experiences the same jolts she does when they touch? And how does she fix it before it’s too late?

This was an interesting paranormal romance novella, which holds promise for the rest of the series.

Gemma was a fairly normal teenager apart from the whole Aversion thing, and she did a pretty good job of throwing Russ off every time he tried to approach her. I liked how she immediately thought to ask her dad for help though, even if she didn’t end up actually doing it.
I liked Russ, and I liked how sweet he was to Gemma, even when she was pretty rude to him!

I liked the storyline in this book, and the idea of Aversion was an interesting one. It was a quick read, and I did think that the story could have been fleshed out more, but this was billed as a novella so fair enough.
I thought that the world building, especially towards the end of the book was pretty good, and well thought out, and I also thought the ending was quite surprising.
Overall; an interesting paranormal romance novella.
6.5 out of 10.