Who can you trust if you can’t trust your own mind?
For 21-year-old Denni, there is no doubt in her mind that Amos is the one. That is until Jack manages to catch her attention. When she discovers it isn’t just a crush causing this stranger to intrude her thoughts, a secret world of mind control is unleashed around her. It is revealed that both Amos and Jack belong to a special breed of humans called Mind Breakers, and over time Denni learns that the last two years of her life have been controlled by their influence. Soon she realizes that the people she thought she knew, and the life she has most recently grown accustomed to, might not have ever been real in the first place. Her thoughts, emotions, and physical actions are all at stake.
**I received an ARC of Without Me from the author. All opinions are my own**
Remember when I was part of the blog tour for the release of Infinite Limits by Megan Duke? Well, Megan’s done it again with her new book. Without Me is the first novel in her upcoming Paranormal Romance/NA series, The Mind Breaker Accounts. The first book is the story of Denni and her discovery of a secret group of humans called Mind Breakers. These are people who were given a drug at birth and can now influence and control others’ thoughts and actions, with very few limitations. At the beginning of the book, Denni meets Jack, one of the original seven Mind Breakers. Jack reveals that the last two years have been a lie created by her boyfriend, Amos Beckett. When Denni is unwillingly given a form of the original MB drug, she and Jack go on a search to find out why she was chosen. Along the way, they meet the rest of the original seven and must figure out who they can trust.
I was blown away by Without Me. This is paranormal romance done right, with just the right amount of emotion and action mixed with well-written characters. I give it 5/5 stars! Check it out on Goodreads here or preorder it here. I can't wait to see what happens in the second book!
“None of this would have happened without me,” I say. “My own choices are what started it all.” -- pg. 4, Denni
“She’s lost,” he speaks quietly. “Her world’s been scarred and the vision around her is unclear. In everyone else’s mind, she’s perfect, but she can’t see that because she’s surrounded by imperfections. In all reality, she wishes to see what they see. She wishes to see beauty and not damage.” -- pg. 96, Jack
“Cox wanted us to be a sort of secret weapon. We could help settle negotiations between countries at war. We could stop crime and keep everyone safe. We would be the answer to the puzzle of world peace. It sounded great, ya know? I mean who wouldn’t want something like that? We’d be creating our own utopia. But it didn’t stay that way.” --pg. 124, Jack
“This wasn’t fate. It was forced upon us. If they wanted this so badly, then I’m going to give it to them. I’m going to show them exactly what they created.” -- pg. 152, Liz
“We were brainwashed. We were brainwashed into believing that who we were and what we could do had a purpose. We were meant to use it. We were all tricked into thinking we were heroes, when really Cox wanted us to be villains.” -- pg. 221, Jack
It’s their fault. If human nature didn’t propel us to be selfish and never satisfied with what we have, this never would have happened. Innocent children would have never been born into a life predetermined for destruction. Families wouldn’t have broken apart. No one would have had to die for something that wasn’t his or her fault. -- pg. 251, Denni
Q&A With The Author
Q: You wrote the first two books of The Mind Breaker Accounts when you were 17, and just recently took them off the market to rewrite. What inspired you to do that?
A: This series is something I’ve kept on the back burner for a long time. It originally started as a contemporary novel, but it slowly developed into something much bigger. I think in a way it intimidated me. That’s why I kept changing it and putting off taking it seriously. I self-published the first 2 books in 2012, just to see what happened, and at that point no one knew who I was. My family and friends bought copies, but it never went any further than that. After publishing Small Circles, I learned a lot about writing and publishing. I decided to take The Mind Breaker Accounts down and approach it with a fresh and newly educated perspective. The original version of this series is terrible. I promise. I know so much more now and feel ten times more confident as a writer. This was basically a project 3 years in the making.
Q: The second book of the series comes out this August! Are there any non-spoilers you can give us?
A: You will hear from more characters in book 2, including Alivien and Liz. There are also several new couples you will be introduced to.
Q: You’ve gone from writing your YA series, Small Circles, to the Mind Breaker Accounts, which is Paranormal Romance/New Adult. Do you feel your writing style is different when writing New Adult, versus Young Adult?
A: I honestly don’t know. Writing NA is not that much different than writing YA. You have a lot less restrictions when writing for an older audience, so I felt as if I had a bit more freedom. However, going from contemporary to paranormal is a huge stretch. People that read the original drafts of TMBA said that it read like a contemporary but still tossed in bits of action and excitement along the way. I was worried about that at first, but then I decided to roll with it and keep the contemporary feel. Maybe that’s my style: making even the paranormal feel somewhat realistic.
Q: And finally, describe Alivien Basinger, character of the day, in a few sentences.
A: Alivien is a fireball. I like to think of her as a grenade with the pin just pulled. She’s always seconds from going off, but she still has a disturbing calm about her. She’s brutally honest and tough. She’s strong and has a very dominant presence amongst the other characters.
More about the character of the day:
- Name: Alivien Renae Basinger
- Hair: long, red
- Eyes: blue, navy
- Dreamcasting: Emma Stone
- Powers: controlling people, objects, and elements without contact
- Born in Virginia, but lives in Boston after the trials
- Her stepsister is FBI Agent Echo Rendez
- She is one of the original seven Mind Breakers, but did not continue training after the trials
- Her closest friend of the group is Jack Touns
You can keep up with the tour by checking out Living In A World Of Book Quotes tomorrow!