Thursday, August 29, 2019

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Mind Games by Shana Silver

Mind Games
Shana Silver
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: August 27th 2019
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult

A teen programmer at a school for geniuses must join forces with a boy she can’t remember to stop a hacker from deleting their memories in Shana Silver’s action-packed YA debut, Mind Games.

Arden sells memories. Whether it’s becoming homecoming queen or studying for that all important test, Arden can hack into a classmate’s memories and upload the experience for you just as if you’d lived it yourself. Business is great, right up until the day Arden whites out, losing fifteen minutes of her life and all her memories of the boy across the school yard. The boy her friends assure her she’s had a crush on for years.

Arden realizes that her own memories have been hacked, but they haven’t just been stolen and shared… they’ve been removed. And she’s not the only one: her mysterious crush, Sebastian, has lost ALL of his memories. But how can they find someone who has the power to make them forget everything they’ve learned?

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My Review:

4.5 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Heart-Wrenching, Mystery, Romance, Suspense, Teen--

Because I ever so much love to ramble in my reviews, I am trying not to spoil anything in this mystery therefore my review will be brief and pretty vague so I don't ruin the fantastic twists. I was a little hesitant that I would be in over my head with the tech jargon (since coding is not my first language) but the author made the technology pretty user friendly and I could follow along well enough without being a hacker. I will say that I was 85% certain I knew who the perpetrator was and I was right, but the whys and hows kept me guessing and still when everything came together I was shocked. I loved being surprised by a mystery and the thriller aspect of the story was fast paced and incredibly engaging. This is easily a story that can be binged because you will be sucked right in and not want to put the book down.

I loved that while this was very much a tech-filled mystery, underlying that was kind of an epic romance. How many people can say that they had a second opportunity to fall in love for the first time? We have Arden who can't remember Sebastian, and Sebastian that can't remember anything and we get to see them slowly become desperate allies, then close friends and then a romance blooms unexpectedly- a romance that may have already existed, but neither has any memory of that event. It was sweet and oh so romantic to watch them tap dance around the other, with this huge history that basically means nothing. Expect some epic swoon here.

Overall I really enjoyed this book, it was so unexpected and a really cool idea and well executed mystery. I was kept on my toes for the entire book and I will gladly pick up another title by this author to read in the future. This is a great choice for anyone who loves mystery thrillers and developed complicated characters- with a generous portion of love added for flavor.

Author Bio:

Rachel Shane (writing as Shana Silver) studied creative writing at Syracuse University. She’s been a computer animator, an e-book creator for a major publisher, and now works as a Project Manager in digital and TV advertising where she enjoys telling people what to do. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, young daughter, and the characters she dreams up.

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  1. Great review! I loved this book too. So awesome!

  2. This def sounds really unique and compelling from start to finish! Great review!

    1. It was such a different kind of read and I was kept guessing