Jane McBride was born in Rochester, New York and grew up in a small town called Medina in Western New York in an old farm house. The house, barn and yard allowed for a constant flow and supply of all kinds of different animals who were cherished and loved to the elderly ends of their long lives. She joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1986 and served a mission to Oregon from 1990-1991. She met her husband during that time and they now live in Taylorsville, UT with their two little boys and a whole bunch of animals. She is the author of A Little Hair of the Dog, Reigning Cats and Dogs, The Cats and the Cradle and Cat's Got His Tongue in The Ann and Henry series, as well as Down Ballantyne Road
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Smashwords book reviews by Jane McBride
- Aversion (Book One of The Mentalist Series)
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.