Title: Aversion (The Mentalist Series #1)
Author: Kenechi Udogu
Source: Received through blog tour in exchange for an honest review
For Gemma Green’s first time, things should have been straightforward. Find your subject, hold their gaze and push a thought into their head to save them from future disaster – Aversion complete. A pretty simple process given that the subject was to have no recollection of the experience. But Russ Tanner doesn’t seem to want to forget. In fact the more she tries to avoid him, the more he pushes to get to know her. Gemma knows she has a problem but is she facing the side effects of a failed Aversion or has the school’s tennis champ really fallen for her?
Aversion is an interesting young adult paranormal romance. It's the first book in The Mentalist series by Kenechi Udogu. Fifteen year old Gemma is an Averter. When somebody is planning to do something that can destroy their lives, Gemma can push thoughts into that person's head to avoid a future disaster.
After averting the mind of Russ – a popular guy at school – he can't seem to stay away from Gemma. He feels this need to be around her, even when she tries her hardest to push him away. Gemma is a loner because of her abilities, and isn't used to people wanting to be around her. As her feelings for Russ grow, she wonders if he really feels something for her or if it all has something to do with her averting his thoughts.
I really liked the plot, though I had trouble understanding why Gemma's dad has been hunted down for years. I feel like I missed some important part of what this stalker guy has to do with the past. Gemma's dad is an interesting character who seems to be hiding many secrets. Gemma is a very down to Earth, and likeable character. She's a strong and independent person that a lot of teens can look up to. Her blossoming romance with Russ is sweet, thought I would have liked more romance. Russ is a very likeable guy but I feel like we don't know a whole lot about him. The book is very clean and great for young teens. It's a quick read with fast pacing – you'll be done with it before you know it!
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