Aversion (Book One of The Mentalist Series)

Rated 4.19/5 based on 30 reviews
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. More

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ISBN: 9781301530649
About Kenechi Udogu

Kenechi lives in London and enjoys writing fantasy fiction and short stories (some of which she posts on her blog). She also hates the cold and hopes to one day figure out how to hibernate in winter.

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Review by: NicoleLynn PopCrunchBoom on Jan. 16, 2014 :
(I was given a free ebook version of this story by the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are mine and not influenced by any outside source.)

Aversion by Kenechi Udogu is the first novella in The Mentalist series. The series follows Gemma Green, a female born Averter. As an Averter her job seems pretty simple: connect with the target, push the new thought into their mind, disappear. Only let’s be real, is any supernatural job ever simple? Gemma gets a tingle when she passes by a potential target and then of bad choices and actions flash before her eyes. It’s Gemma’s job to make sure that the target doesn’t follow through on their original plan. Cue in Russ: Gemma’s first assignment. She’s been trained all her life on how to do this. She knows all the rules and all the proceedures, so this first encounter should be no problem. With her Dad in tow, Gemma performs her first aversion on Russ. Everything seems to go alright, but the next day something bad happens. Russ begins to talk to her when he never had before. Now Gemma must figure out what went wrong and why Russ seems so interested in her. Breaking the rules, figuring things out and dealing with new problems (including her Dad), Gemma embarks on an adventure a lot grander than the regular life of an Averter.

The whole premise of the story is what really drew me in. The idea of an Averter and the abilities they possess is such a refreshing idea compared to most paranormal and supernatural stories in the book world right now. I really wanted to delve into this world Udogu created.


With that said, I do have to be honest and say the beginning of the novella was a struggle to get through. I’m not sure if it was because the story is told in first person and I haven’t read that POV in a while or if I just wasn’t connecting with Gemma. The editor in me began to subconsciously draw circles around all the “I’s” that appeared on one page. However, by the second half of the story things took a turn for the better. Once the action began and Gemma had more to deal with then Russ hanging around her I got pulled into the story.

The whole second half of the novella added danger, secrets unraveling, and a cause Gemma could champion. Although the initial problem with Russ was an OK plot, the heightened mission half-way through really brought this story to life. Now Gemma wasn’t a main character focused on a boy and the forbidden love angle. Instead Gemma’s character became more developmental–she has more growth potential. I began to connect with her and her new struggles. She wasn’t just a naive teenager trying to please her dad anymore, but a girl who began to see things differently, to question things, and someone who learned she was stronger than she seemed.

The writing also improved by the second half of the novella. The action was fast-paced and the characters more interesting. As I said before, I was really drawn in by this point. I began ignoring the editor side of me and began focusing on the lover of reading side of myself.

One thing Udogu did right from the beginning of the novella was the love interest/storyline. Russ and Gemma go really well together. Russ is more confident, but still a gentle spirit who is there to bring Gemma out of her shell. Gemma is hesitant, but Russ’ patience and nudging finally sneak into Gemma. She begins to see Russ as an option for love and someone she can trust. Their love develops slowly in the novella as well. There is a supernatural element between the two characters that leaves Gemma questioning things, but Udogu does a great job of keeping their relationship going despite the setbacks.

In the end, I did enjoy this story. I will most likely be continuing the series as Udogu does a great job of leaving a reader wanting more at the end. I want to know what happens to Gemma and Russ and her Dad and this world with Averters. So I will be keeping The Mentalist series on my radar. Book two, Sentient, was published last October and is the next book in the series.

I recommend Aversion to anyone looking for a nice paranormal/supernatural read that’s different from the common stories out there. The refreshing idea is a great pull and the Averter world interesting. It had a difficult beginning for me, but once you move past it you’ll definitely love the story more. I think it’s worth the try as you’ll most likely be wanting to move on in the series.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Ericka Greer on Jan. 11, 2014 :
( I received this free ebook in exchange for an honest review)
I really enjoyed reading Aversion. It was a good book, a quick read, fast paste, and right to the point. One of the things that really stood out for me was instead of the guy trying to hide things and stay away from the girl, it was the girl that was trying to protect the guy.. A good change up of the norm is great. I haven't really read anything with this particular idea of an Averter so the idea of it was very unique.


I loved Gemma's and Russ's characters and the connection that they shared with each other. I find it rather romantic that wherever either one is the other one will be able to find them. The bond that they share can't be removed and no matter how hard Gemma may have tried to push it away or fight it she couldn't deny the connection that is between them.


The relationship with Gemma and her Father was good but also complicated on her father's end. So much was kept from her but it was also for her protection.


I can't wait to read the next book in the series. I enjoyed every bit of it.


Rating 4Stars

Recommend? Yes
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Cherese Vines on June 28, 2013 :
Aversion, Book One in The Mentalist Series by Kenechi Udogu is a novella following the first Aversion performed by Gemma Green and how it goes oh so wrong. Fifteen-year-old Gemma is the only female Averter in a long history of Averters, an anomaly. Nonetheless, she has been taught from a very young age the responsibilities, honor and rules of Aversion. Averters use their minds to deter others (without the person realizing it) from decisions that will keep them from their life path.

When Gemma gets her first "jolt" from Russ Tanner, she is confident and a little nervous. But this is what she is born to do. Everything seems to have gone well with Russ--disaster averted. That is until Russ approaches her at school the next day. She has never talked to him before and has kept a low profile at school, but now she can't shake Russ. He doesn't remember the Aversion, but for some reason he feels drawn to her. What else can go wrong?

Gemma is a down-to-earth character that tries her best to live up to her legacy. But being a teenaged girl just gets in the way of duty sometimes. The reader goes with Gemma on her journey to becoming a full-fledged Averter (and not just a trainee) and her journey into the world of the average teen. She is believable, if a bit too analytical. The story is Gemma's first person account, so she's already been through the adventure that she's relating to the reader. The only thing that bothered me was that because it's already happened, she inadvertently reveals minor plot points.

Description is minimal and other character development is scarce. We get to know a little about Russ and Gemma's father, but we're not yet sure what is true about either one of them. After all, we're dealing with Aversion. But there is still more to uncover.

I liked this first installment in The Mentalist Series and recommend it for a quick read. I look forward to the next installment.

I was provided with a copy for an honest review.

Read more reviews by Cherese Vines at www.cheresevinescharmingwords.wordpress.com
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Kiara Bernadette on June 24, 2013 :
I got this book for an exchange of honest review.

At first, i interested on the title. aversion? averted? what is that?
so i decided to give it a try, thinking it maybe another paranormal fantasy book.
but im gladly say that this is more sci fi than paranormal. Gemma's talent is unusual and unique, i never heard of it before, Kenechi done a good job in creating such a power like that.

What i like about this book is Gemma and Russ is so cute together, they're like a puppy love couple, but then it turned out more than that and fate does have something for them.
I like that its fast paced, a fast read, and i can easily finish it in one read. yet, it really makes me wonder what gonna happen next? its a short novel right? only 133 pages, why can't the author finished it in one book?? ugh.

Gemma relation with her father is also touching but complicated, because it turned out there are a lot of secret revealed little by little. and it not as simple as i thought it would be. Gemma personality is also interesting, she is in one side a naive little girl who trust her world in her father's hand and believe in every word he said, but yet later she become strong as she learns more about her ability.

Overall, i did enjoy this book :)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Holly Underhill on June 22, 2013 :
*A copy was provided for me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

While I didn't love the book, it really surprised me. I loved the concept! I loved the idea of Averters and Mentalists, with some other labels that you learn about later on. I thought the story-line was executed nicely, although the voice of Gemma, the main character, was hard to like at times. Sometimes it felt like she was very naive about things, having never asked any questions and trusting her father completely. She was a strong heroine, though, and she did whatever she could to protect the ones she loved.

While the beginning was slow, I didn't find myself bored with it (which sometimes happens if I'm having a hard time connecting with the main character, or if the book isn't holding my attention). There wasn't much action until later on, when a stranger appears and she learns they're in danger and that her father has to lied to her about a lot of things. When Gemma learns more about her past, she realizes that she's far more powerful than she ever thought possible. And here she was thinking she'd screwed up her first Aversion on Russ! I liked Russ a lot, and I thought the sweet and innocent relationship between them was played out to fit both of their characters. In the end, there are a lot of questions left unanswered, and I can't wait to find out more about the life of an Averter.

Overall, it was a good start to the series! :)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Erin Capobianco on June 18, 2013 :
I would like to thank Kenechi for letting me read her book. I would have to say I really liked it. It was refreshing and something different.

Gemma was not like many other characters, for one she does not whine about her life. She tries to take things into her own hands and fix things her way. I think that she is mature for a teen.

I loved the story line and plot. Like I said it is different and refreshing. I have not read any other books with the same type of character which makes this book great. The book was also well written, and had a easy flow. I didn't want to put it down and had to read it before I went to sleep. I can't wait to read the next book.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Bonny Bon Bon on June 17, 2013 :
Firstly, Id like to thank Kenechi Udogu for giving me this book in exchange for an honest review.

WOW what a great read. When i intially signed up to review this book my first thoughts we that the blurb sounded good and cover look good but never did i think it was going to be this GOOD! what a pleasant suprise.

Kenechi Udogu ticked all my boxes with this book:
Romance, Mystery, we learn about things along the way with the main characters and those things that are already known to the characters are explained to us in the beginning, Tragedy, Happy ending and so much more but im getting a little ahead of myself.

Our leading lady is Gemma Green a 15 year old girl who is a social outcast of her own accord. She is an Averter which is explained to you in the very first page of the book so you dont have to guess but basically means she can alter or persuade peoples thoughts for eg. if she gets a jolt from someone she usually sees a glimpse of something that will alter that person forever, now it is her purpose in life to change these decisions and alter the outcome. She is also the only female averter but that is only the beginning of gemmas problems as the people whom she averts are to never remember seeing or hearing Gemma.

Enter our main man Russ. Whom is to be Gemmas first aversion and although she followed all the steps taught to her somehow, something goes askew and our story really begins. Russ is a talented, popular, cute boy from Gem's school whom like everyone else has never spoken to Gemma. That is until the day after her failed aversion when he suddenly wants to get to know her and befriend her. He confesses that he cannot stop thinking about her.

Is it the botched aversion that has gemma on his mind or is there other things at play in this wonderful, romanctic young adult book.

Now down to the nitty grittys. The only things i have to mention that i didnt like (there is usually something, these however are small) was that i felt it wasn't long enough and that i havent been able to find out when the next book is out :(

I highly recommend this book for those whom want a short but fun read.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: E.S.P on June 17, 2013 :
I was excited to read this book because it had a romantic aspect that I've never seen approached successfully before. The synopsis gave me a different idea of the book than what it actually was, so I kind of walked into it with a blind eye, so to speak. One thing I'm going to say right of the bat is I liked Russ more than Gemma. And I don't think that was supposed to happen. I don't want to say Gemma had no emotion, but I wanted to see more of a personality. Being that the book is in first person, I was expecting to see more of her vulnerable side and maybe some sarcasm/humor. I'm not saying I wanted the book to become a comedy but there were some aspects that were missing.

Russ. Well, what can I really say? If good men really did exist, he'd be the poster child I bet. He was so adorable and lovable and well. Y'know. I have a soft spot for people like that. Every time he appeared in the book I was just as happy as a dork could be.

Another thing I didn't care for was the book felt kind of isolated. This might have been done intentionally because it is a "mental" book (a book that has a lot to intellect) but the absence of characters was quite weird to me. Right now I can think of two main characters and three secondary characters (two of which had an appearance that lasted just about ten pages). That simply isn't enough for me. I wished it had more dialogue.

The story line was unique enough for me to give it a high rating, despite. There were lots of interesting plot twists and the few characters were interesting enough. The ending was also pretty great.

This review might sound harsh, but I actually want to read the second book. I have a really good feeling about it.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Donna on June 15, 2013 :
What a great novella. As soon as I began the book, I was drawn into Gemma's world. She's an Averter, the only known female Averter. She lives with her father, who's another Averter, and although there's a lot of love between the two of them, there isn't a lot of honesty. Her dad is harboring a secret that eventually comes out and shatters all she knows. And then there's Russ, who she develops feelings. But she's never felt this way before and although she feels connected to him, she's unsure if it's the connection or just being a teen that's making her think of him constantly.

I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick read and one that was original. The only negative thing I have to say about it is that it was pretty teen-ish. These were very innocent 15 year olds (which is a good thing...)! But I do recommend it because it is a good read!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Giulia Lorini on June 05, 2013 :
I received a read and review copy from the author.

I was positively surprised by this book: it's based on an highly original idea, has an interesting plot and it's well written. It just keeps you reading, you can't put the book down till you've finished it.

It's a novella so it's pretty short, but there are quite a few things happening, though it never seems chaotic.

The main character is Gemma, a fifteen-year-old girl who's an Averter, she has the ability to see if a person is about to do something that will have a bad impact on his life and she can "convince" him not to do it. It's more than convincing, actually, she can put her thoughts in that person's mind so that he will think that what he was about to do wasn't a good idea after all. He won't remember what she said nor he will remember her, or at least that's what should happen.
But when she averts Russ, things don't go quite as they should.

Very good book, I recommend it. It leaves you wanting to read more, so now I can't wait for the second book in the series to come out!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Giulia Lorini on June 05, 2013 : (no rating)
I received a read and review copy from the author.

I was positively surprised by this book: it's based on an highly original idea, has an interesting plot and it's well written. It just keeps you reading, you can't put the book down till you've finished it.

It's a novella so it's pretty short, but there are quite a few things happening, though it never seems chaotic.

The main character is Gemma, a fifteen-year-old girl who's an Averter, she has the ability to see if a person is about to do something that will have a bad impact on his life and she can "convince" him not to do it. It's more than convincing, actually, she can put her thoughts in that person's mind so that he will think that what he was about to do wasn't a good idea after all. He won't remember what she said nor he will remember her, or at least that's what should happen.
But when she averts Russ, things don't go quite as they should.

Very good book, I recommend it. It leaves you wanting to read more, so now I can't wait for the second book in the series to come out!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Shirley Harris on June 01, 2013 :
This book was great. I really enjoyed Gemma and her story. She is a smart 15 year old girl with a lot on her plate. Not only is she the "first" of her kind she is also an outcast because of it. She thinks she knows all their is to know about being an averter until things go wrong with her first aversion Russ. After that things go from bad to worse to confusing when truths and lies become know. I had to admire Gemma as a main character. She doesn't do to many stupid things in this book. She recognizes her mistakes and tries to fix them. I loved her. Also Russ. What an awesome boy her is. He's sweet and caring and smart and that says a lot for a 15 year old guy. I loved him as a love interest. I can't wait to read book two!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Penny Yoke on March 14, 2013 :
3.5 stars
I got Aversion from a giveaway :)
I think overall, the plot is sensible and entertaining, and the idea of people with special mind powers to Avert is quite cool. The plot is simple, and develops properly, with new things about Averter powers sprinkled along the way. I would have appreciated it if there were more surprising twists though. I can't say that the plot is predictable, since like the main character, Gemma, I know very little about the Averters, but the events that occurred don't have much impact on me.

There are very few characters in this book (not a bad thing) - Gemma, Gemma's father, Russ, Henry, Alice and other supporting characters. The three main ones are Russ, Gemma and her father, but somehow, I don't feel that they are very developed. Even though the book is narrated from Gemma's point of view, I don't really feel like I know her, but Gemma does reveal her thoughts and emotions. Likewise, although we start to learn about Gemma's father's past, it doesnt make me feel anything.I think the characters just fell a little flat for me. Usually, I look forward to villains in the book, but unfortunately, the villains only come in near the end, and they are even flatter than Gemma.

I think the author did well in establishing the Averter stuff, by withholding information, and revealing them at the right time. The ideas of Sentient Twins and the Orb stuff are great!

The next book in the series is called Sentient. Personally, I think the plot of the Mentalist series make them worth reading, but it's just the characterization which bugs me. It will probably get better in the next book though :)(less)
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Firedrake Books, LLC on March 11, 2013 :
I enjoyed this novel. It starts a little slow, but Udogu quickly picks up the pace. The blooming romance between Gemma and Russ is well developed and fraught with tension as Gemma tries to keep her secret and personal lives separate. Hard to do, when the guy you're supposed to secretly help falls in love with you.

The relationship between Gemma and Russ is complex, as is the relationship between Gemma and her father, who has kept some pretty significant facts from his daughter about her past. This drama keeps tension in the story. A mysterious stranger skulking in the shadows adds danger and suspense.

Udogu could tighten up her writing a bit, but I had an easy time reading the story, especially the dialogue, and I think the YA crowd will enjoy this paranormal romance.

This book is the first in a series. During the course of the book, Gemma discovers special traits that make her unique in the Averter world, and I'm eager to see how these traits develop in future books.

Nikki Bennett
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(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jane McBride on March 10, 2013 :
If I could give this ten or twenty stars, I certainly would. They just won't let me. I loved this book, though I usually don't read novellas (too short). I went into this not expecting much, but I was sucked in from page one and read the whole thing in a very short time simply because I couldn't put it away.
Gemma Green is a 15 year old girl who has a special ability. She has the ability to detect someone else's upcoming life altering mistakes and avert those mistakes. This ability is to be used in benevolence only, never for her own benefit or for any other alterior motive. Averters are all supposed to be boys (as far as Gemma knows, she is some kind of freaky exception) and are separated from their mothers at birth. Gemma has always accepted the absence of her mother and lives with her father, with whom she has a very strong and stable relationship. Not every 15 year old is full of parent hating angst, thank goodness.
Gemma finally receives her first Assignment-a boy named Russ, her age, at her school, is going to drive drunk and...well, you can imagine why it might be desirable to avert the outcome of that. But there is a catch with Russ (who is a catch himself). He's supposed to forget his experience with Gemma and go on with his life. Instead he has vague stirrings of what happened and forms a strong attachment to Gemma, who can't seem to avoid him. Their relationship is more mature than I would normally expect of two 15 year old kids, but I think most readers would agree that they are a special pair and it might not be so surprising after all.
As events unfold, secrets that were unknown to Gemma come to light, not only about her parents and her past, but also about her, Russ, and the significance of their strange bond.
I thought the writing, form and POV were all perfect. Literally, I mean that. The story is told in first person and I love Gemma's British voice (I can't help myself, I love 'reading' British and this was particularly well done). The market is currently flooded with YA paranormal books where (usually) a girl has some power or other, and some of these books seem almost interchangeable to me. This one isn't like that at all. I think this one is completely new and unique, along with being well done. I haven't been so excited about a book in such a long time-and I read lots of them. At the risk of gushing all over and staining the page, I have to say, love, love, love, and I intend to get more work by Kenechi Udogu. I especially can't wait for the next book in this series.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: FaraHanani on Feb. 24, 2013 :
Review on blog: http://tumblinginbooks.blogspot.com/2013/01/blog-tour-aversion-by-kenechi-udogu.html

This is the second book I read by Kenechi Udogu and she never fail to amaze me with her writing. Gemma has the power to alter people’s mind set and that is called an Averter.

I was drawn to this book from the very first page. Kenechi brings something new in this YA paranormal genre with the aversion concept. Kenechi managed to portray Gemma’s voice as an Averter very well. On the outside, Gemma looks like your everyday teenage girl. She’s a little lonely, yes. But she has enough quirk and personality that makes her likeable and relatable.

The connection between Russ and Gemma is pretty intense and intriguing. There was a perfect plot twist halfway through the book and OMG! The ending! I have this knot in my stomach that can’t be cured by any medicine in the world until I read Sentient(Book 2). But Aversion isn’t really a well-rounded story(I don’t mean it in a bad way), it’s more like an introduction to a series. Which is WHY I CAN’T wait for Book 2 to publish! Oh gosh, the anxiety of waiting!

Overall, Aversion has all the stuff one needs in a book(it may not seem like it but it’s pretty squeal-worthy). Aversion was such a fun read! Seriously, if you’re not reading this, you’re seriously missing on something very good here.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Cindi Clubbs on Feb. 19, 2013 : (no rating)
I just finished reading Aversion, a novella by British author Kenechi Udogu. Novellas are new to me so I assumed that this would be a short story that would be a quick and entertaining read, like the short stories in magazines or literary journals. Or perhaps it would be a teaser for a longer length book--a novel of some sort. Just a little something to get a reader interested and wanting more. However, that was not the case. Aversion was a full-length story by itself. And what a story it was!

English is obviously Udogu's second language and, therefore, some of the prose in this story is a bit old-fashioned, "Son begets son begets son", or "I reckoned I could be satisfied with that explanation". It works though. Gemma Green, our Bella-like heroine, has been sheltered and taught to wield her special mankind-saving powers by her single father for her whole life, all fifteen years of it, so the obvious lack of slang and no constant mention of cellphones, texting, piercings and other teenaged necessities seems reasonable. Even Gemma tries her hardest at school to go unnoticed.

Gemma's father has a very good reason for keeping his daughter under the radar--she's the only female averter of disasters in modern times. Previous female Averters had become unmanageable and too powerful and were, therefore, killed off by Mentalists. Now, mating for Averters is scheduled and strictly overseen by Mentalists. When a male Averter turns twenty-one, he is presented with a specially chosen young woman who is guaranteed to only produce male Averters. This makes Gemma special, different, extraordinary. But not in a good way.

This fifteen year old plods through life and school and adolescence simply waiting to be able to help her wards avert disaster and tragedies in their lives through her mind suggestions. Like a robot, she was conceived to be a tool to help people. School, homework, home, and Aversion lessons consume Gemma's time. But when shocking secrets come out about Gemma's family, she breaks free of her assigned destiny. Gemma learns that she is not only the sole Female Averter but her parents were also unwed teens, running from the Averter community and the rule of the strict Mentalists.

This changes the way Gemma has previously viewed life. If her father and mother could buck tradition, so can she. And, although the results of her parents' rebellion were disastrous, Gemma wants the same freedom of choice that they had. Russ is the dreamy tennis player at school who is attracted to Gemma. Since life isn't turning out quite the way it's supposed to, Gemma throws caution to the wind and falls in love with him. First kiss, first date, first mind swap. She experiences it all with Russ. Unfortunately, by being different, she, her father, and her boyfriend bring the Mentalist's wrath down upon them. After all, these big baddies have been ruling the Averters for centuries. And they aren't going to let a little thing like First Love get in the way of order.

I was honestly mesmerized from the first page. Udogu has written a handful of popular young adult books before Aversion with the experience of a good writer behind her. Similar to the popular vampire/werewolf book series, Udogu's character, Gemma, is an average girl who simply wants to live her life with the school's hunk. The story will make readers believe that Gemma could be the girl-next-door who just happens to have a magical orb and can influence people with her mind. This makes for a great combination of reality and mysticism. The only time Udogu lost me was at the end. Since I don't want to spoil this awesome novella for you lovely readers, I will let you decide for yourselves whether the choices made at the finale make sense to you or not. Happy reading!!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Barmy_Bex on Feb. 19, 2013 :
I read 'The Other Slipper' by this author and really enjoyed it so when she offered me a copy of this book I gratefully accepted. At only 131 pages it's a short read, I got home from work early today and had a short time before I had to go out again so I decided to start this book as I thought I had just enough time to read it.
I couldn't remember what the book was about so I just sat and started to read. I've done that a few times and I actually quite like it. Without reading a synopsis first you have no preconceptions about the book and it just gives you a clear start into it.
Straight away you are drawn into the book, the first line is simple but effective: " My name is Gemma Green and I am an Averter." Straight away I was intrigued. What is an 'Averter' and why is it important. It made me want to know more and from that I was hooked.
Gemma is a cool character, not your average teenage girl Gemma has been brought up very differently from others her age. Forget hanging out with friends or worrying about boys, she's in training, just waiting for her powers to come into action, then when they do her first attempt at completing an 'Aversion' is with Russ, one of High School's most popular and attractive boys. Gemma knows she can't be distracted, she must change his mind and save his life from a disaster, but something seems to go wrong, and suddenly the two of them are drawn to each other.
I loved Gemma's seemingly aloof attitude to life and then seeing the insights into her life, the insecurities and questions about what her life is really about.
Russ is sweet, for a school jock he is actually very sensitive, caring and understanding. Thrust into a world of madness he stays calm and is very accepting.
For such a short story there is quite a lot packed in which makes it a fast paced read, it's a great start to the series and sets up the world well, including the danger, enemies, mystery and hints at what is to come. The story carries you through and delivers you to a satisfying ending - for now! I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it, but I really shouldn't have been - I think I've found a treasure in Kenechi, definitely an author to look out for!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: brittany perez on Feb. 13, 2013 :
Book One of The Mentalist Series: Aversion by: Kenechi Udogu Aversion is about a 15 year old girl Gemma Green, she has the ability to alter peoples mind and there mind sets, the path they are set on, she is called an Averter. Automatically hearing this young girls ability's you would think she would be a stereotypical character, draped in a gothic or punk style, introvert and stands out from the crowd but no, she is a normal appearing teen, blending in with the crowd, nothing will give her away unless she crosses the path of someone like her because they have the ability to sense another Averter. This is a nice change of pace, you don't always want your characters to be so "stereotyped", a sense of being able to relate in some way to visualize and add your own imagination of what they may appear allows the reader to become more involved without leaving out to much detail about the character so there is still a sense of who she/he/ they are. Gemma Green is the first of her kind to be born female and with the ability, all averters are assigned to a person, manipulating the mind, and "averting" them from making a life changing or altering decision. Since Gemma is the first female, in a line of all males born to averters, how things will pan out or work for her is unknown but her father is raising her exactly how he was raised "study, study, study". Usually the males pick a female have a child, the child lives with the mother to a certain age and then solely lives with the father to train, but Gemma is a special case. Gemma struggles with her first aversion, Russ, she is not sure if she made a mistake or not and we follow her on a journey of self-discovery and development. As the writing can be jumpy, not a clean read from one paragraph to the next, in some areas of the novella, for example Gemma is talking about French class then it leads to her talking to Russ about meeting up without a clean, clear, transition. I feel though this novella, a fictional-syfy, is a good introduction to the series and give the readers a basic idea of what Averters are with more to learn about other characters that do appear in the novella.It is a good read for anyone into fictional-syfy with a bit of romance. It leaves you wanting to read more to find out how it will all end/ wrap up. This is a series that has a lot of potential to reach a broad fan base.

I was provided with a copy for an honest review.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Paranormal Opinion on Jan. 19, 2013 :
Aversion is an interesting young adult paranormal romance. It's the first book in The Mentalist series by Kenechi Udogu. Fifteen year old Gemma is an Averter. When somebody is planning to do something that can destroy their lives, Gemma can push thoughts into that person's head to avoid a future disaster.

After averting the mind of Russ – a popular guy at school – he can't seem to stay away from Gemma. He feels this need to be around her, even when she tries her hardest to push him away. Gemma is a loner because of her abilities, and isn't used to people wanting to be around her. As her feelings for Russ grow, she wonders if he really feels something for her or if it all has something to do with her averting his thoughts.

I really liked the plot, though I had trouble understanding why Gemma's dad has been hunted down for years. I feel like I missed some important part of what this stalker guy has to do with the past. Gemma's dad is an interesting character who seems to be hiding many secrets. Gemma is a very down to Earth, and likeable character. She's a strong and independent person that a lot of teens can look up to. Her blossoming romance with Russ is sweet, thought I would have liked more romance. Russ is a very likeable guy but I feel like we don't know a whole lot about him. The book is very clean and great for young teens. It's a quick read with fast pacing – you'll be done with it before you know it!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Martha Campos on Jan. 17, 2013 :
Having the ability to change someone's life is what first attracted me to Aversion.

I want to feel sorry for Gemma but I can't. She is strong and stubborn and eventually she'll get her way (because that's how stubborn she is). Her first Aversion is gone a bit wonky and now she has no idea if Russ likes her for her or if he likes her because she averted him. Either way things get verrrrrry interesting for the both of these characters. When I was reading I myself would have felt the same way Gemma did. I mean Russ has been averted and he should have never noticed her but then he does and becomes mighty persistent. I like this kid. Persistence pays off just ask this dog! I guess they're kind of great that way (Gemma and Russ, I mean), they're both very persistent in what they want.

I was captivated from start to finish. "What happens? No that did not just happen! Another jolt? No way!" Is pretty much what I was thinking whilst reading. The plot was engrossing and unique enough to make me want to keep reading and keep finding out what happens. I mentioned this to Kenechi herself, I loved how Gemma starts and ends the books with her narration. Makes me feel as though I'm reading her journal and get to find out everything that happened to her since her first Aversion. Although I felt their love to be a bit insta-love (which I dislike) it wasn't so instant that it bugged me to no end. Because of Russ' persistence in hanging out they do have a bit of a middle in the romance department.

Overall, I would definitely recommend you to read Aversion!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: brittany perez on Jan. 02, 2013 :
Book One of The Mentalist Series: Aversion by: Kenechi Udogu Aversion is about a 15 year old girl Gemma Green, she has the ability to alter peoples mind and there mind sets, the path they are set on, she is called an Averter. Automatically hearing this young girls ability’s you would think she would be a stereotypical character, draped in a gothic or punk style, introvert and stands out from the crowd but no, she is a normal appearing teen, blending in with the crowd, nothing will give her away unless she crosses the path of someone like her because they have the ability to sense another Averter. This is a nice change of pace, you don’t always want your characters to be so “stereotyped”, a sense of being able to relate in some way to visualize and add your own imagination of what they may appear allows the reader to become more involved without leaving out to much detail about the character so there is still a sense of who she/he/ they are. Gemma Green is the first of her kind to be born female and with the ability, all averters are assigned to a person, manipulating the mind, and “averting” them from making a life changing or altering decision. Since Gemma is the first female, in a line of all males born to averters, how things will pan out or work for her is unknown but her father is raising her exactly how he was raised “study, study, study”. Usually the males pick a female have a child, the child lives with the mother to a certain age and then solely lives with the father to train, but Gemma is a special case. Gemma struggles with her first aversion, Russ, she is not sure if she made a mistake or not and we follow her on a journey of self-discovery and development. As the writing can be jumpy, not a clean read from one paragraph to the next, in some areas of the novella, for example Gemma is talking about French class then it leads to her talking to Russ about meeting up without a clean, clear, transition. I feel though this novella, a fictional-syfy, is a good introduction to the series and give the readers a basic idea of what Averters are with more to learn about other characters that do appear in the novella.It is a good read for anyone into fictional-syfy with a bit of romance. It leaves you wanting to read more to find out how it will all end/ wrap up. This is a series that has a lot of potential to reach a broad fan base.

I was provided with a copy for an honest review.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Momma Chaos on Jan. 01, 2013 :
*Disclosure- I received a copy of this book for my honest opinion via R2R *

This was an amazing book! Finally- something new in the YA Paranormal world. Rather than having another paranormal based on vampires, werewolves or witches- the author tried something new with an Averter.

Gemma is an everyday teenager, going to high school and being something of a loner. She has just one small secret- she's an Averter. She can perform aversions - altering someone's mind to stop them from doing certain actions that will ultimately change their destined path. When her first aversion is botched and the subject of that aversion becomes enamored with her, Gemma is left to wonder if he really had feelings all along or if it's all a result of her mess up.

I was drawn in from the first page and knew this would be a great book! I read it completely cover to cover in one sitting! I loved it too much to put down. If I have any complaints, it's that it ended. I am very thankful that it's Book 1 of a series and I can't wait to read the next book!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Cherese Vines on Dec. 27, 2012 :
Aversion, Book One in The Mentalist Series by Kenechi Udogu is a novella following the first Aversion performed by Gemma Green and how it goes oh so wrong. Fifteen-year-old Gemma is the only female Averter in a long history of Averters, an anomaly. Nonetheless, she has been taught from a very young age the responsibilities, honor and rules of Aversion. Averters use their minds to deter others (without the person realizing it) from decisions that will keep them from their life path.

When Gemma gets her first "jolt" from Russ Tanner, she is confident and a little nervous. But this is what she is born to do. Everything seems to have gone well with Russ--disaster averted. That is until Russ approaches her at school the next day. She has never talked to him before and has kept a low profile at school, but now she can't shake Russ. He doesn't remember the Aversion, but for some reason he feels drawn to her. What else can go wrong?

Gemma is a down-to-earth character that tries her best to live up to her legacy. But being a teenaged girl just gets in the way of duty sometimes. The reader goes with Gemma on her journey to becoming a full-fledged Averter (and not just a trainee) and her journey into the world of the average teen. She is believable, if a bit too analytical. The story is Gemma's first person account, so she's already been through the adventure that she's relating to the reader. The only thing that bothered me was that because it's already happened, she inadvertently reveals minor plot points.

Description is minimal and other character development is scarce. We get to know a little about Russ and Gemma's father, but we're not yet sure what is true about either one of them. After all, we're dealing with Aversion. But there is still more to uncover.

I liked this first installment in The Mentalist Series and recommend it for a quick read. I look forward to the next installment.

I was provided with a copy for an honest review.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Francesca Dell on Dec. 26, 2012 :
By the time I had finished the first page of Aversion, I knew I was going to enjoy it. This story is original and fresh, bringing a new perspective to a teenage romance.

I loved the fact that in this story it was the girl with something to hide, I loved that it was the girl who had to protect the boy, instead of the usual boy rescues girl and they fall in love, happily ever after.

The only problem I had with this book is that it was too short! I can honestly say that I finished this book in under 2 hours and I was just desperate for more. I absolutely cannot wait for the next in the series.

I definitely recommend.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Francesca Dell on Dec. 26, 2012 : (no rating)
By the time I had finished the first page of Aversion, I knew I was going to enjoy it. This story is original and fresh, bringing a new perspective to a teenage romance.

I loved the fact that in this story it was the girl with something to hide, I loved that it was the girl who had to protect the boy, instead of the usual boy rescues girl and they fall in love, happily ever after.

The only problem I had with this book is that it was too short! I can honestly say that I finished this book in under 2 hours and I was just desperate for more. I absolutely cannot wait for the next in the series.

I definitely recommend.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Cat T on Dec. 24, 2012 :
This book goes by fast! The main character, Gemma, is likeable, understandable, and relatable. The chemistry between her and Russ is intense and intriguing - and you're left just as winded by it as they are. The backstory is both sad and interesting; I definitely felt for Gemma and give her props for her loyalty to her father, regardless of what was going on around them.

My only hesitation about this book is the fact that almost everything happens at the climax of the book. Other than that I definitely recommend this book to YA fans - it has a bit of romance, mystery, supernatural powers, and as a bonus, character growth. On a side note, this book uses UK English, which threw me off only once (the term over there is "drink driving" versus American English's "drunk driving").
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Evelyn Ink on Dec. 19, 2012 :
I was given a free copy for an honest review.

Three up for...

1. An intelligent, non-skanky main character, with all her (BLEEP!) together. Lately, I’ve set down a lot of YA books because the main character is just such a bimbo, I can’t possible read on. I found Gemma to be bright, sincere, and resourceful, with just enough quirk and sarcasm to feel like a real teenager.

2. No love triangle. Hurray! I for one get really tired of main characters who just gush and turn gooshy for multiple guys. You start to doubt their sincerity, even later when things move on from crush-lust to real attachment, if they’ve already proven themselves to be flakey an easily smitten (or just easy…) well, it’s hard to take the character seriously, much less their relationships.

3. Udogu’s writing style is clean and concise, matched well by the great editing and layout of this book (I know this doesn’t matter to a lot of people, but I personally cannot read a poorly edited book).

Two down...

1. YA fan readers who prefer romance over action, will likely enjoy this book a lot more than I did. The plot, though intriguing, felt like a lot of set up, with very little action. In some parts it felt like information was being withheld just to drag the story out.

2. I understand this book is the first of a series, but I think series books can still have adequate closure, the ending of this book felt rushed and no real answers were given.

Overall, it read more like an introduction to the series, then a well rounded story. That said, it was a fun read with good characters, excellent writing style, an excellent editing and layout.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Nicole Dunlap on Dec. 18, 2012 :
At first Gemma is your classical loner teen, but nope, actually she is not. Gemma has special powers and their much different than the usual vamp, witch, etc., which makes for a good read. She is an Averter (I won't go into that because it will spoil the story), but her life gets turned upside down when she falls for the boy, Russ, she's meant to save. In a nutshell: a forbidden love story + fast pace action = two thumbs up!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Ruth Benitez on Dec. 16, 2012 :
After reading the Beta version and the final one, I honestly can say that Aversion is an AMAZING paranormal story and the beginning of a great series.

Gemma is not like any other teenager. She is a fifteen-year-old girl with a tiny secret, she is an averter. If you are asking what that means is very simple, they try to alter people minds and change their choices when their facing some danger. (If you want a better explanation just read the book).

Things gets messy in her life when Russ, her first assignment, suddenly starts talking to her and keeps insisting in being her friend. And to make things worse, he is so freaking cute that Gemma can't help to like him.

Gemma is one of those sweet girls, trying to go unnoticed, accepting a fate that comes with a lot of rules. However, when she discovers secrets from the past and all her loves ones are in danger, a tough, brave woman comes to surface.

Russ is the perfect match for Gemma, not only is a tennis player (which in my language means cute body), he is so careless about what people think, funny and seems to take even the weirdest things with an strange calm. Some minor changes from the beta version make him even more loveable.

A fast pass book, with a lot of action, tears, a few breathtaking moments and some good twists. And my favorite part… The cherry on the cake… The end… What a good way to leave us waiting for book 2. An ending that broke my heart a little but also leave me with a big smile. It is a 50/50 situation (if you read the book you know what I mean).

The paranormal base in this book is pretty original with different kinds of people and different abilities. There some explanations left for the next book which is great because I think the series has a lot of potential to be GREAT.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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