Title: The Mind’s Eye
Series: Synsk, book 1
Author: K. C. Finn
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Paranormal, Historical (with some Adventure and Romance)
Release Date: April 1, 2014 by Clean Teen Publishing
Buy Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US | B&N
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.
**A copy was provided for review purposes**
Kit suffers from an illness that keeps her in a wheelchair but has an amazing ability, she can enter people’s minds and see what they see. At the start of Word War II Kit and her brother Leighton evacuate to Wales to stay with a family there. Whilst there Kit someone connects to the mind of a boy in Oslo, forming a bond and helping him through some rough times. Kit and Henri must fight the war anyway they can, which is in completely different ways.
Holy mother of god, what just happened? My mind is in turmoil, my emotions are all over the place and I can’t believe I’ve finished it. Can I start again from the beginning please? What an amazing story. I’m not usually a big fan of historical but K. C. Finn has definitely changed that.
Kit has an illness that keeps her in a wheelchair, from the outside she looks fragile but she has a mind of steel. She will go to any lengths to do what she believes is right. No matter the damage to herself, mind or body. I admired Kit a hell of a lot, there’s just some secret strength to her I couldn’t ignore. She has to leave her mother and stay in a foreign town, battle her illness, strengthen her body and try to control her ability, and somehow manages to do it all, you go girl!
Henri was a loveable character too, at the start he was a boy living in Oslo, which the Germans had occupied. He witnessed some horrific events and had the courage to escape. Henri’s strength wasn’t secret, it was brilliant! As soon as he turned 18 he was determined to do what he could to fight the war, no matter it could lead to his death. Where can I get me a Henri?
The other characters were great. Mam, Idrys, Blod, Bickerstaff, Ness, the brothers and Leighton. They all brought something special to the story, especially Blod and Bickerstaff, they made me laugh and cry, I even wanted to slap Blod a time or two but I came around, now we can be friends.
I loved the world-building. Having Kits ability to enter minds during the Second World War is genius. Can you imagine if that was possible? The amount of lives you could save, people you could help, the possibilities are endless. I was well excited to see how it panned out. We got to visit London, Wales, Norway, France and just wow, it was lots of fun though I bet Bickerstaff would disagree.
The Mind’s Eye left me an emotional wreck. I cried not once, twice but three times and I don’t mean I shed a tear. I mean full on sobbing, wiping my face with tissues crying. I was pulled in from the start and felt like my hands were glued in place. I couldn’t have put it down if I tried.
All’s I can say is if you’re a fan of YA paranormal you have to give this a go. Even if you don’t read historical still do it. You won’t be disappointed I promise you!
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 three novellas in the four-part Caecilius Rex saga, the time travel adventure The Secret Star and her new urban fantasy epic The Book Of Shade.
K.C. Finn has also recently been welcomed into the fold at Clean Teen Publishing as a debut Young Adult author for 2014 – look out for her epic Paranormal/Historical Adventure The Mind’s Eye, coming early 2014!
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.