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Reviewed by A. Genice Milliner for Readers' Favorite
"Aversion" the first book in the 'Mentalist Series' is a superb young adult book! This is the story of Gemma Green who is an “Averter” coming of age and into her powers. On her first mission, which should be easy, she just needs to get her subject to change his mind about one little thing without remembering she was ever anywhere near him. She thinks it is a piece of cake assignment until she realizes it may not have been as successful as she originally thought and her subject, Russ Tanner, may actually remember her. She decides she has to find a way to fix this little glitch. Things only go downhill from there, and get more interesting.
This is an excellent, well-written, exciting story. It is filled with lots of excitement, adventure and plot twists. The tight spots that Gemma finds herself in are entertaining and exciting. I was completely drawn in by the characters in this story. Gemma kept me enthralled, laughing and cringing all at the same time. Her innocence and gullibility are believable and kept me rooting for her throughout the entire book. When she tried, on several occasions, to walk away from Russ, I felt her pain and cheered her on when she encountered problems and ugly surprises. The many twists and turns throughout the book kept me guessing and are all surprises but did not jolt me from the fantasy world the book has created. When the story finally ended, I felt both relieved for Gemma and disappointed too because the adventure was over. I can’t wait for the next installment!