Series: The Disillusionists #1
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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.
Enjoyable world with plenty of crazy!
Thoughts on Mind Games
All right. This book hooked me and reeled me in. Hard. I don’t know if it was the ambiguity that was Packard (I do enjoy characters with questionable morals) or the way Justine was trying SO HARD to be normal, but I enjoyed the crazy of Midcity. Seeing as how the crazy is many and varied, I predict many more enjoyable instances in this world.
So. A hypochondriac heroine. Frankly, Justine is all sorts of neurotic when we first meet her. Convinced she’s going to die any moment, she’s so busy diagnosing her disorder, she’s barely living. And the boyfriend she was clinging to in her attempt at being normal…I wasn’t impressed. Especially given how things went with him.
Carolyn Crane makes a hypochondriac main character work. In many ways, Justine learns to use her fear “for the better” and so being hypochondriac doesn’t take over or overshadow Justine’s entire character.
Then we have the disillusionists. ALL of them have issues and they’d learned to channel them and do good. Or are they doing good? That’s where the questionable part comes in. Packard is secretive and plays his cards very close to the vest. No one quite knows all the details surrounding him. Which certainly makes him fun to read!
There are no real big shockers in Mind Games, but there is a lot of deception, with lies and omissions that build up continually throughout the book, forcing Justine to pull and tug at them all until she finds the truth. And the truth is far, far more complicated than perhaps Justine bargained for.
Highly enjoyable with a complex world and plenty of crazy left to untangle. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next.