Broken Ties (Prequel to The Mentalist Series)

Rated 4.75/5 based on 4 reviews
Paul Colt has a problem, and it is not one most teenage boys face. Yes, he likes a girl; one he’s pretty certain he’ll do foolish things for, given the chance. But he can’t go after her. That’s what he gets for being an Averter. Some rules are okay to trifle with, and some should never be broken. The gravest of them all? Don’t fall in love. This is the story of how Paul breaks that rule. More
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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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About the Series: The Mentalist
Follow Gemma and Russ as they discover their connection in this young adult series of paranormal abilities, family secrets and forbidden love.

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Francesca Dell reviewed on July 1, 2014

The Mentalist is a series told from Gemma Green's point of view, about her life as an Averter. This prequel is the story of her parents. A story that is explored in small detail in the other two books, and a story that I have always wanted to know more about. Therefore, I was definitely intrigued at the prospect of this prequel and I had high expectations.

I was not disappointed. This short novella is told from the point of view of both Paul Colt and Nora Brice, Gemma's father and mother, in their teenage years. I really appreciated this as it allowed me to see inside the minds of two characters who are somewhat a mystery in Aversion and Sentient. Obviously, I know how their story tragically ends but learning the details of how they met and what caused Paul to run away with Nora was really interesting.

The story is short but sweet. I finished it in under two hours as I just could not stop reading. The characters are both engaging and likeable as they discover the excitement of first love and make the foolish teenage choices that we all have made at one point or another. This allowed me to relate to them immediately as I am a teenager myself. Udogu successfully created two believable and real teenagers.

However, there is a dark undertone in the story that I was not expecting: the bruises Nora seems to constantly have from her mother. This aspect was definitely shocking as it is not something mentioned in the other two books and it compelled me to keep reading as I wanted to find out more about Nora's home life and what causes her mother to do this to her. However, this shocking twist was not really explored in much detail and the many questions I have did not get answered. I am disappointed about this as it would have been a very interesting plot point that could have been explored in much more depth, and I wish it had been.

Even so, I still thoroughly enjoyed this story as it allows a little glimpse into the life of Paul Colt and has helped me to understand his character. The ending was abrupt but excellent and left me wanting more. It is because of this that I have rated the story 5 stars and to anyone that has read The Mentalist series or is wanting to read The Mentalist series, I completely recommend Broken Ties.
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Ruth Benitez reviewed on June 21, 2014

Broken Ties is the perfect prequel for a great series like The Mentalist. Having read the two books in the series I approached this book with some expectations and ideas. However, I’m glad to say that I was surprised by some of the revelations and how good the characters are. This book has all the elements of a paranormal YA story but that doesn’t make it any less interesting.

Paul, Gemma’s father, is only 16 and we find him at his rebel teenager stage. He is questioning the rules of the Averters, especially after meeting Nora. Young love can be so strong and it always hits you real hard. This time is no exception; we witness a sweet, intense and pure love.

The story moves really fast and the excitement is always palpable. The dialogues are good, there are some funny situations and the characters are well described. You can see each one as a unique individual with a defined personality.

I have to mention that this installment focuses more in the romance than in the paranormal element. Of course the Averters and their abilities are present but compared to the other books, here the most important thing is the story between the two teenagers.

If you have read the other books you sort of know what is going to happen at the end but the author makes a good choice and wraps it up in a perfect place. A round of applauses for the finale.

Overall, a great YA story with a paranormal element. It’s a must for those who had read any of the books in The Mentalist series. If you haven’t, it’s a great way to become acquaintances with the series and the author.
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Cherese A. Vines reviewed on May 22, 2014

I really liked this prequel to The Menalists series by Kenechi Udogu. The author has a way of drawing on the reader's emotions that really brings you into the story. My only compliant is that this is a teaser. It was much, MUCH too short. It leaves a cliffhanger that does make you want to read the rest of the series if you haven't done so already. Great writing. I'm looking forward to The Keepers, the third installment in The Mentalists series.
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Bonny Bon Bon reviewed on May 21, 2014

Firstly id like to thank Kenechi Udogu for giving me this book in exchange for a honest review

4 1/2 stars

As a big fan of Kenechi's Mentalist series I jumped at the chance to read the prequel to the mentalist series. I really enjoyed seeing what Gemma's dad went through as 16 year old boy whom like all averters isn't allowed to have a relationship with anyone apart from their chosen child bearer. We had seen snippets of the story behind Paul in the mentalist series but didn't have this in depth view of what it was like for Paul and how they met.

Lovely novella Kenechi, thank you for giving us an insight into Paul and Nora. They were so sweet and although I felt it did cut off rather abruptly, the story was well written.
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