The Mind’s Eye
by K.C. Finn
Publication date: April 1st 2014
by Clean Teen Publishing
Genre: Historical Fiction, Paranormal
Source: eARC provided by author
in exchange for an honest review
A girl with a telepathic gift finds a boy clinging to his last hope during the war-torn climate of Europe, 1940.
At fifteen, Kit Cavendish is one the oldest evacuees to escape London at the start of the Second World War due to a long term illness that sees her stuck in a wheelchair most of the time. But Kit has an extraordinary psychic power: she can put herself into the minds of others, see through their eyes, feel their emotions, even talk to them – though she dares not speak out for fear of her secret ability being exposed.
As Kit settles into her new life in the North Wales village of Bryn Eira Bach, solitude and curiosity encourage her to gain better control of her gift. Until one day her search for information on the developing war leads her to the mind of Henri, a seventeen-year-old Norwegian boy witnessing the German occupation of his beloved city, Oslo. As Henri discovers more about the English girl occupying his mind, the psychic and emotional bonds between them strengthen and Kit guides him through an oppressive and dangerous time.
There are secrets to be uncovered, both at home and abroad, and it’s up to Kit and Henri to come together and fight their own battles in the depths of the world’s greatest war.(
You know how I steer clear of reading blurbs because I’m always afraid of learning too much about the story in advance? Well, this time I say go for it. Even if you read the synopsis there is no chance of spoiling the incredible beauty of this story or the deep connection you will undoubtedly share with these realistic characters.
We are first introduced to our main character, Kit Cavendish, at the train station as she and her little brother, Leighton, wait to be shipped off to a bunch of strangers, away from the threat the war has cast upon her home in London. Right away we learn about Kit’s amazing talent and from there it’s impossible to put the book down. The kids are transported to the village of Bryn Eira Bach to live with the Price family; people they have never met before. Can you imagine having to leave your parents to live with complete strangers at the ages of fifteen and ten? No, I can’t either. Once they are settled in at Ty Gwyn, Kit decides to spend her time practicing her gift. The more Kit focuses on her telepathy the farther her reach. During an attempt to locate one of the soldiers she had recently found by accident, she winds up inside the mind of a Norwegian boy by the name of Henri. Kit speaks to Henri while occupying his mind, something she’s never done before for fear of revealing her talent. She and Henri quickly form a bond that is touching beyond words. Together they embark on adventures that will cause you to hold your breath, bite your nails, and make you smile through your tears.
I was fully engaged in this story after only five pages. It’s essential for me to be grabbed by the short hairs pretty quickly when reading. If it takes too long for me to get into a book, there’s something important missing as far as I’m concerned. Being inside of Kit’s mind while she was inside of Leighton’s head was so wild.. and that’s all it took to reel me in. K.C. Finn’s writing style alters the readers perspective entirely, like some sort of Voodoo spell is taking over as you read. It’s not the same as reading about these things happening, she actually places you into the story with these amazing people she’s created. This isn’t the first book I’ve read by K.C. Finn, and it’s also not the first time I’ve experienced this heightened level of enjoyment from one her stories. Coincidence? I don’t think so.
The Mind’s Eye should be on the “to read” list of every reader out there, young and old alike. Yes, this is a YA paranormal story, but it’s also seamlessly blended with historical fiction, and the two genres woven together make everything seem possible. I’ve said it before – historical fiction is NOT my go-to genre, but this story is so much more than that, and when a book is this bloody brilliant how can I not put it at the top? This one is going on my Favorite Reads of 2014 list!
~About the Author~
Born in South Wales to Raymond and Jennifer Finn, Kimberley Charlotte Elisabeth Finn (known to readers as K.C., otherwise it’d be too much of a mouthful) was one of those corny little kids who always wanted to be a writer. She was also incredibly stubborn, and so has finally achieved that dream in 2013 with the release of her first two novellas in the four-part Caecilius Rex saga. As a sufferer with the medical condition M.E./C.F.S., Kim works part time as a private tutor and a teacher of creative writing, devoting the remainder of her time to writing novels and studying for an MA in Education and Linguistics.
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