Review: Minder by Kate Kaynak

Filed in Kate Kaynak , Review , The Latin Lover Posted on March 25, 2011 @ 10:00 am 4 comments

Minder (A Ganzfield Novel)Format read: paperback
Number of pages: 249 pages
Release Date: 8 October 2010
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Formats available: ebook, paperback
Release Date: 18 June 2010
Series: Book #1 in the Ganzfield series
Purchasing Info: Goodreads, Author’s Website, Amazon, Kindle store


Sixteen-year-old Maddie Dunn is special, but she needs to figure out how to use her new abilities before somebody else gets hurt. Ganzfield is a secret training facility full of people like her, but it’s not exactly a nurturing place.

Every social interaction carries the threat of mind-control.

A stray thought can burn a building to the ground.

And people’s nightmares don’t always stay in their own heads. But it’s still better than New Jersey. Especially once she meets the man of her dreams…

My Thoughts: I remember seeing glowing reviews of Minder when it was released  and so I was very curious to see what all the hype was about. Well I can say in all honesty that Minder deserves every single one of them, it definitely lived up to all the praise, hype and excitement! 

It has been some time since I read such an enthralling YA novel which gripped me so intensely from start to finish. It was intense in both its fast paced, action packed plot as well as the emotional journey and discovery of the heroine.

I found the mature portrayal of the teenagers while still staying true to their youthful and playful characters refreshing and yet realistic.

The relationship between Maddie and Trevor was endearing and heartwarming, and though it sure progressed rather quickly, it can be understandable under the very different situation and circumstances.

The honest and fresh tone of the novel kept the story unpretentious and captivating, especially due to its simplicity.

The set of secondary characters were well developed and varied, I loved all the small details Kate Kaynak put into each one of them, thanks to these they certainly gained dimension and stepped off the pages.

What I must ablsolutely highlight as one of the most amazing things about this novel is the original universe Kate Kaynak created. Besides the different “castes” of the inhabitants of Ganzfield (minders, sparks, charms, healers and telekinetic); she developed each category with their own specific traits (loved all the spark related games, precautions, details), and can’t wait to discover the other sections in more depth and detail in the following novels!

Verdict: All in all Minder is a fantastic debut to a new (and I’d bet amazing) series. The Ganzfield series is not only for teens, it is for anyone who loves a thrilling, action packed read but still care for emotional depth, humour and three dimensional, layered characters and the development of their relationships. Having read Minder and entered the universe of Ganzfield I feel I gained a whole new set of buddies that I can’t wait to spend some more time with! 

As I found Minder to be a fantastic read, I give it 4.5 bookies!

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About Stella

Stella is a proud bookaholic and a self-taught multilinguist in training. Besides reading, her other great passions are travelling and baking. When she is not globetrotting she lives in sunny Budapest, where she loves to spend her free time preparing (and feasting on) delicious cookies or devouring equally yummy books. Her favourite genres are urban fantasy and romance and she couldn't live without her daily dose of sunshine. Besides being the Latin Lover on BLI Stella also blogs about books and a bookish life on Ex Libris.

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  • Demitria March 25, 2011 at 10:02 am

    I hadn't heard of this one, I'll have to check it out.

  • marybelle March 26, 2011 at 2:13 am

    MINDER sounds wonderful. I love the premise.

  • BooksforCompany March 26, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Thanks for this review, l can not wait to get started on this series!

  • Disgruntled Bear (Kate Kaynak) March 26, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Thanks for reviewing, Stella! I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

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