Released: March 23, 2010
Paperback: 384 pages
Source: Karen, For What It's Worth
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: The Disillusionists Trilogy
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.
I love me some realistic heroines, and I think Justine topped the charts. I've never read a book about a heroine prone to panic attacks (something Karen and anyone who is good friends with me can affirm I suffer from), which made me feel closer to her character on a totally new level. She never annoyed me--okay, maybe once or twice---and she was funny as hell. No heroine has ever thrown a frying pan at someone she's pissed at, and I totally appreciated that sort of twisted humor.
I've been coping with a reading slump due to college work, and it actually took me the entire month of February to get through MIND GAMES. I wish it didn't. I've been waiting two days now for my library to get a copy of book 2, and I'm ready to just buy the ebook version for my Kindle because I'm so impatient to continue this series.
Why am I suddenly so passionate about reading (at least this series) again? Because of the world building. This urban fantasy is not your typical UF; the characters are quirky, the world is refreshingly unique, and the powers each character has makes this fun. No vampires, no werewolves, no typical paranormal creatures. I didn't realize that I was getting so sick of the characters in my favorite genre until Karen sent me her copy of MIND GAMES to check out.
If you're a fan of urban fantasy thirsting for something new, then this series is definitely something you should look into. I cant wait to read the next two books in this series! Highly recommended.
PS: I finally understand the cucumber reference that used to float around Twitter!
1. Mind Games
2. Double Cross (Tori's Review)
3. Head Rush (Tori's Review)
3.5 Devil's Luck