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Librarian Note: Alternate Cover Edition for ASIN: B01HQKQGEU.Kayla Wilson has no memory of her childhood. Found alone and lost in the middle of the woods at the young age of eight. The Wilson’s take her in, treating her as their own. Nightmares plague Kayla every night as she sleeps. Shopping with her best friend, her nightmares become reality sending her life out of contLibrarian Note: Alternate Cover Edition for ASIN: B01HQKQGEU.Kayla Wilson has no memory of her childhood. Found alone and lost in the middle of the woods at the young age of eight. The Wilson’s take her in, treating her as their own. Nightmares plague Kayla every night as she sleeps. Shopping with her best friend, her nightmares become reality sending her life out of control. She is thrust into a new life where her nightmares become more real with each day that passes. She learns there is more to the world than she ever thought possible. Stories and legends all have some truths to them and unfortunately for Kayla she is a part of this new world whether she wants to be or not. She must adapt and fight for her life as a threat awaits her around every corner. Can Kayla handle her new life and survive the evil of the world? Can she uncover the secrets of her past?...

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  • Eva Pasco
    2018-10-11 19:02

    Darkness at Every TurnDetouring from my well-worn path of reading genres in the guise of True Crime and Women’s Fiction, the title and synopsis of this story cast me under a spell to acquire a novel shrouded in Dark Fantasy and Witchcraft. Hence, I willingly suspended my skepticism by slipping through the portal to Enchanted Falls.While this literary work could benefit from minor editing throughout, the merits of the author’s writing style and storytelling prowess overcompensate for a superficial flaw.Kayla Grace, on the verge of turning 18 yrs. old, cannot remember her childhood since the age of 8 when involved in a tragic car accident which claimed the life of her drunken birth mother— so, she is led to believe. Adopted by loving foster parents in the aftermath, Kayla is plagued by demonic nightmares which cross over into reality where the forces of darkness becoming more and more menacing. When Kayla is 17, her maternal grandmother asserts her legal rights and uproots Kayla from California to Enchanted Falls, Scotland where the young woman is informed that their family comes from a long line of witches.Though, I found myself craving characters with more depth, the author probes the secrets of a troubled mind so the reader becomes embroiled in the turmoil that is an integral part of Kayla’s life on a daily basis. The author conjures her own magic for holding the reader’s attention in a page-turner filled with danger at every turn and the prospects for romance. Vivid spine-tingling and hair-raising imagery transports us to the dark side as Kayla comes to grips with her own special powers emanating from within, and leashed forth from strong emotions when confronted by danger.More than opening the door to fantasy, truthful elements emerge: “In life you have to make the most of what you have been given;” “Hate, greed, anger, or sometimes jealousy can become a doorway for the darkness to creep through;" “Wherever darkness resides there is light, as one cannot exist without the other.” Due to the age of the characters, repartee, the search for self-identity, and tapping into one’s unknown potential, I find this book especially suited for teens. It will be interesting to see how Kayla probes the depths of her secrets in the next two sequels.

  • Daccari Buchelli
    2018-09-23 19:15

    Where to begin. This was an enjoyable read, with well-rounded characters I came to care deeply for. The story moved along at a fast past, with many unexpected turns. While Kayla is beautiful and brave, Chris is definitely my favourite character as I feel that he is the most complex. He is a tortured soul with many secrets to hide, none of which he is able to share.For a remarkable tale of magic, loss, and good vs evil, 'Secrets of the Mind' is hard to beat.

  • E.M. Swift-Hook
    2018-09-25 18:04

    Secrets revealed in a fascinating new paranormal seriesMy past is all a blur, a wet painting with all the colours merging into one, destroying what once was.Kayla is an orphan who is in her late teens, living with her loving foster parents, until she gets mugged at the mall and suddenly her previously unknown Grandmother sends for her. In this way Kayla begins to discover who she is and what strange history lies behind her mysterious origins.This is classic, golden-age, young adult, paranormal urban fantasy and I enjoyed it. The heroine believes herself unexceptional, normal and plain but is, of course, the bearer of great powers, a mysterious heritage and is adored by the most gorgeous of men. It is also an interesting and imaginative story, with the imperfect writing voice of the teenager lending it a wonderful intimacy and immediacy - as if she is sharing her personal diary with us.The story weaves through a fast paced mix of real scenes, dreams and dream-like sequences of danger and escape in which Kayla learns more about her powers and history and we learn more about Kayla.I'm never going to fit in. I don't belong here.Although I enjoyed it, there were some minor flaws for me in the book. I did find the sudden shift of first-person point of view away from Kayla to someone completely different for a couple of chapters, two thirds of the way into the book, a bit disorienting. I also found that sometimes descriptions seemed not to match to events and there were a few odd uses of language here and there which I was uncertain about.But these few quibbles aside, for anyone who wants a new series in this genre to enjoy, 'Secrets of the Mind' offers an intriguing new heroine, a well-developed alternative paranormal world and an exciting story that delivers, together with the promise of more to come...

  • Ginny Clyde
    2018-09-28 20:00

    A really good and intriguing YA book which keeps you turning the pages.

  • T.J. Green
    2018-09-17 23:08

    This story relates a teenage Kayla’s realisation that the world she lives in is not the world she was born to be in. Her mom died when she was a child so she lives with foster parents, but she experiences nightmares and poor sleep, and cannot understand why. Then her grandmother turns up claiming custody and moves her to a place she’s never been before, Enchanted Falls, a place inhabited by supernatural beings.Kayla finds out she is a witch, and for some reason dark forces are after her, and these follow her to her new home where she is kidnapped, but manages to escape her captors. Kayla is understandably confused, angry, and resentful of all the lies. Added to that she has to try and learn how to control her powers.The story is told is told vividly with lots of description from the first person point of view, and moves between Kayla, Chris one of her guardians, and Belinda, her grandmother. I must admit I'm not a fan of the first person POV, I find it can be overwhelming, but EJ Bennett does a good job of relating the intense thoughts of a teen girl. This is the first in a series, so there’s lots more story to come, and the book ends on a cliff hanger. I’m looking forward to reading the second book!

  • Ellie Midwood
    2018-09-27 17:14

    If you’re a fan of paranormal genre then this book is definitely for you. It tells a story of Kayla, an ordinary teenager living quite an ordinary life; only, as her birthday approaches and her grandmother appears at the door of her house, Kayla realizes that nothing about her is ordinary – it turns out that she’s a witch, whose life is in great danger…What I really enjoyed in this story is the voice of the main protagonist – Kayla is a very strong and opinionated girl and her inner remarks make the story even more realistic and bring you closer to her. Kayla’s new world inhabited by witches, angels and other mythical creatures is also vividly described and makes it easy for the reader to “transport” there. “Secrets of the Mind” is the first book in the series and I’ll definitely be looking forward to the sequel. Highly recommended.

  • Maddie Wade
    2018-09-22 23:20

    This is a fantastic book with lots of intrigue. The characters are well developed and and the plot very exciting. I would recommend this to anyone who likes YA.I have to also say that the cover is very eye catching and did a lot to make me pick this book up.

  • Tabi Slick
    2018-10-14 19:20

    Imagine that you were a teenager living with foster parents, not knowing who you are or where you come from. Then imagine being whisked away from the only world you’ve ever known to a place filled with magic that threatens your very existence. This is Kayla’s life in a nutshell and let me tell you that this story will blow your mind. Every twist and turn that E.J. Bennett throws at you will have you begging to find out what happens next.All aboard! Let’s get down to the review:The author has a wonderful grasp on developing characters and putting them in situations where you both love and hate them at the same time. I found myself both rooting for Kayla to succeed and cringing at all of the bad decisions that she’s made hoping that she would finally learn her lesson. Despite it all, Kayla is a very likeable protagonist and it is lovely to watch her character develop.I have to mention that my least favorite character is the Grandmother. Not because the author wrote the character in a way that made me dislike her, but because the author elluded to the Grandmother as being an important character without developing her at all. I wish she would’ve played a bigger role or had more contact with Kayla in the story but it kind of felt like this character was more of a prop towards the middle and end of the book, which is not how she was portrayed in the beginning. Also, I’m a little puzzled as to why she is at first described as cold and later at the end of the book she actually seems nice. We never really know how or what has caused this sudden change in character because we never experience this. However, if more detail did go into this relationship it might’ve wound up being just a distraction from the storyline which already great.On another note, I’m rather suspicious of Amelia who keeps popping up. It’s rather strange that she comes to help Kayla get ready for a date that isn’t even her son. I don’t know why she keeps popping up, she seems nice, but it’s almost as if it’s too convenient. That’s all I can say on that note, maybe the author is foreshadowing something sinister here?Chris Michael is by far my favorite character because he seems to be a product of good magic, but with a potential for darkness. Of course I would love the prospect of this, right? Not only that, he is a complex character with a strong sense of duty who would sacrifice his own desires for others. This makes him by far the most noble of all the characters in the novel despite his prickly exterior. I personally enjoyed the progression of the story, especially of the development of Chris and Kayla. The adventures that they experience together is thrilling to read and I can’t wait to see how it plays out.As for the writing, I have to be honest. I wasn’t a huge fan of the first person present tense at first. I found it a bit hard to read, but as the plot grew it became easier to overlook this and soon was immersed in the story. I am not stickler for typos, but if you are definitely don’t let this get in the way. But aside from that, the author has some pretty memorable things that her characters say that just make you smile! One of them I just love and I have to quote it here, her character says “You’re right, when I see someone that pretty I stare, I smile, then I get bored and put the mirror down.” This made me laugh just as hard as it did the main characters which was delightful! The story development is very intriguing and right when you think everything is revealing itself the author throws in a plot twist that will make you groan with delight.Secrets of The Mind is a tantalizing story that will leave you wanting more!Star Rating Report Card:4.13 Stars out of 51) Were the characters believable?★★★★★ - 5 stars2) Did you like the characters?★★★★★ - 5 stars3) Does the story move at a good pace?★★★★★ - 5 stars4) Are there holes in the plot?★★ - 2 stars5) Is there conflict?★★★★★ - 5 stars6) Is the point-of-view consistent?★★★ - 3 stars7) Did you enjoy the story overall?★★★★★ - 5 stars

  • Ducky
    2018-09-19 21:05

    Secrets of the Mind was an interesting even intriguing read. The story is a good one, the world building gives tantalizing glimpses of a magical world most of us wish we could visit. Not everyone dreams of being in a fantasy setting, but I know when I was a teenage girl, I would have loved to learn that I had magical powers and a special destiny. Of course, dreaming of that while reading a book is quite different from what the reality would be. E.J. Bennet captured the horror of the main character, when she is suddenly thrust into a world she didn't even believe was possible, quite well. Kayla acts like a brat a few times, but who can blame her when everyone around her seems to know the secret and they won't tell her?Kayla has just turned 16. She is shy and introverted and has only one friend. Her past is unknown to her due to a bad auto accident that killed her mother when she was 8 and took her memories. Despite being awkward, she has a fairly good life with foster parents who love her and have given her a good upbringing. Imagine her surprise when a long lost grandmother shows up to take her away to Scotland. She wants to learn about her past, but she doesn't want to leave the only parents she knows, her best friend, and the comfort of her familiar life. When she gets to her grandmother's home, she learns there is so much more to her past than she ever dreamed. Her nightmares are not just twisted torments from her subconscious, but more like memories that lie deeply buried. This first book in a series is a good effort. It does however need help from a good editor. There were quite a few typos, misspelled words and incorrectly used words. There were places where the story seemed to jerk forward with little to no transition between scenes. Much of that could have been fixed by someone working with the author to make the whole book read more smoothly. Despite these difficulties, the story itself was compelling enough that I will definitely read the next in the series. I want to see what happens to Kayla. Is she the girl of the prophecy? Will she ever learn about her past? I hope to find out in the sequel.

  • Jennifer Bradley
    2018-10-06 16:58

    Kayla was adopted as a child by Clara and David. As her birth mother died in a horrible car accident. She can't remember any of her childhood although she does keep having weird dreams. Dreaming about a women she thinks might be a sort of guardian angel. One day after a attempted robbery gone wrong she is hurt and so out of the blue a older women turns up. Claiming to be her Grandmother and forces Kayla to go to Scotland with her were this is her new home. she is also quite anxious to tell Kayla all about her past and who she really is. Kayla is really a witch and her best friend turns out to be one of the ones that was sent by her grandmother to protect her. Not only this but Kayla is forced to go to a new school where not everyone likes her. One day out shopping Kayla and one of her guardians who is meant to keep Kayla safe. Gets kidnapped and took to the land of lost souls the dark ones world. Being the dark ones are like vampires who suck you're life force and energy until nothing remains. After all Kayla has been through she decides to gave her grandmother a chance and figure out how to protect herself and control her powers

  • Kirsty Noah-whitlock
    2018-09-17 18:07

    Kayla is a normal girl living with her foster parents after her mum died in an accident. Or so she thinks...She has no knowledge of her past and one day her Grandmother turns up out of the blue and takes her away to live with her. What Kayla discovers turns her world around. A fantastic dystopia novel with witches, werewolves, darkness, mystery and secrets. What came to mind when reading is Harry Potter meets The twilight series with darkness thrown in. Recently I have started reading books without even reading what they are about. One of the best things I have done as there are several good books I probably wouldn't have read otherwise including this one. My new motto: read anything has definitely worked :) Really enjoyed the storyline, whereas I enjoy dystopia I normally give witches, etc a miss, a mistake I wont make again anytime soon. This book has been very well written and has characters that I wanted to meet :) Recommend for fans of dystopia, young adult and stories of fantasy xx

  • Billy McLaughlin
    2018-09-28 01:14

    First person books are notoriously difficult to get right. Not everybody manages it. However, Bennett manages to pin it down just right with a mixture of insight and attention to detail. She tells Kayla’s story from the point of view that she has forgotten her past and that her childhood memories have been wiped out. What follows is a trip into other words through Kayla’s mind and an assortment of nightmares. This is a great story which balances the psychological elements with just the right amount of suspense. Well written characterisations, particularly of Chris and Kayla, make it a joy to read as you actually care about what happens to them. If I had to find fault there were a few moments that I had to go back and re-read a couple of paragraphs to get the story straight, but that may have been because I couldn’t put it down and had probably read long beyond what my brain could take.

  • Jennifer Loiske
    2018-10-06 21:02

    Secrets of the mind was an intriguing ya read. A journey of a young girl, Kayla, when she's trying to figure out what really happened in her childhood.The plot immediately drew me in, the mystery of Kayla driving me forward and wanting to know more. The characters were well thought, and the plot took me into the places I didn't expect to go. Danger and mystery held my interest from the beginning until the very last page. I'm sure teens and young adult readers can relate to this story, but others (much older ones), like me, will enjoy it as well. I will definitely read the next book as well.

  • Jana Petken
    2018-10-13 19:16

    Kayla, a young girl who has lost her memory, is taken in by a family. After years of nightmares she begins to unravel her past, not in dreams, but in reality. The story unfolds in first person and then switches POV. Characters were lively and the plot went at a good pace.There is good interaction between Kayla and her grandmother and at the end of the story, no spoilers, I was left wondering if there would be another book.A very satisfying read.

  • Maria
    2018-09-18 18:55

    Interesting story. Characters are well-rounded. Kayla has no memory of her childhood and she is haunted by nightmares. The line between reality and imaginary is thin. A grandmother suddenly comes into her life and Kayla’s direction takes an interesting turn. This is a fast pace thriller.

  • Victor Acquista
    2018-09-19 21:01

    Nice story, but really just the beginning to a larger series. 1st person POV narration takes a little to adjust to. Give us more!

  • Heather Hayden
    2018-10-16 17:58

    The story has an interesting premise—Kayla has no memory of her childhood, and horrible nightmares plague her every night. I’ve seen the amnesiac POV before in other stories, but am always interested in seeing how things play out in a new novel.However, I did have a few issues with the story. One was with the narrative. The frequency of missing commas, run-on sentences, missing subjects, and occasional misspellings, made it difficult for me to fall into the rhythm of the story. An example from Chapter Three: [quote] “W-what happened?” having trouble getting her words out, as quiet sobs leave her mouth. [/quote] This and the other errors always gave me pause when I came across them, and could have been easily corrected through a bit more editing. The story lost a star because of this.Another issue I had was the descriptions. The early chapters, although not too heavy with description, sometimes had them placed oddly, even ending chapters with them which meant I was startled when I turned the page to find the chapter had actually ended there.Also, my pet peeve in descriptions turned up in Chapter Two. I recently ranted about this while reviewing Spinning Snow. For some reason, the male love interest in several of the books I’ve read recently is always described as “drop-dead gorgeous” (or something similar) within a few paragraphs of him showing up, regardless of what’s going on for the POV. This ticks me off for two reasons—one, if the protagonist is fighting for her life, would she really be pausing to describe someone as being totally hot? Would she even notice given the circumstances? And two, WHY IS HE ALWAYS DROP-DEAD GORGEOUS?Again, this is one of my personal pet peeves, so did not severely influence my opinion of the book as a whole. However, when multiple male characters were described in a similar fashion, and all showed interest in Kayla, I started to get a little frustrated. I’m not a fan of the love triangle. It also felt like she was rushing into multiple relationships with people she barely knew. And when one of them chose to handle the relationship a certain way, that really bothered me. I don’t wish to reveal any spoilers, but Kayla’s been through a lot of trauma and his decision to do what he did upset me.My final—and most pressing—issue with this story was the abruptness of the end. It didn’t feel like much had happened yet in the story, but then it wrapped up all of the sudden, without even a chapter in Kayla’s POV to explain what happened in what was the final chapter shown through another character’s POV. It felt too much like a cliffhanger beginning meant to entice the reader to buy the next book, and I was hoping for a well-rounded story about a girl struggling to rediscover who she is. This lost the story another star.To end on a positive note, I did enjoy the premise of the story, and I think with some further editing and a little more expansion, especially at the end, this story could stand nicely on its own.

  • Jeanne Foguth
    2018-09-17 20:19

    While I would give the first half of the book 4-5 stars , the second is needs polishing and editing, so for the whole, I give it a 3.In the first half, I loved the author's poetic description. Ie: "People's coats rustle like autumn leaves, tapping shoes echo on the tiled floor as everyone goes about their daily business." Kayla, the story's protagonist, suffers from nightmares and amnesia, which were caused by an accident that killed her mother. However when she is told, "your life is in danger; I fear they already know who you are", we know that there are secrets to be solved.The characters are well portrayed in the first half of the book, but as the plot speeds up and more characters are added in the second half, things get confusing. Also, after mid-book many scene transitions became rough and it starts to feel like the author driving the story instead of the characters. I don't know if this was intentional due to the magical element or not. There are some unsettling inconsistencies. Example: Kayla is told she would get her magical powers at her next birthday, then the next day (not her birthday) she is given them.

  • Cyrene Olson
    2018-10-17 17:56

    Uncaged Book Reviews:Kayla was adopted as a child by Clara and David. As her birth mother died in a horrible car accident, she can’t remember any of her childhood even though she does keep having weird nightmares. Dreaming of a women who she is convinced is her guardian angel. One day after an attempted robbery gone wrong she is badly hurt. So out of the blue an older women turns up claiming to be her grandmother and forces Kayla to go to Scotland with her. Where this will be her new home, Kayla’s grandmother is quite anxious to tell Kayla all about Kayla’s past and who she really is. A witch and her best friend turns out to be sent by her grandmother to keep an eye on her and protect her from harm. Kayla is also forced to go to a new school where not everyone likes her. One day out shopping Kayla and one of her guardians who’s meant to keep her safe get kidnapped and taken to the land of the lost souls, the dark ones world. The dark ones are vampires who suck you’re life force and energy until northing remains. After all Kayla has been through she decides to give her grandmother a chance and figure out how to protect herself and control her powers.I liked the storyline very much. The supernatural ball she attends was very fun to read about a sort of modern Cinderella. It moved at a fast pace. But ended briefly for me also at the end of the story we are treated to some sneak peaks of what’s in store for the rest of the series. In all I would give this 3 stars a good try for book one and can’t wait to see how the writer progresses with the rest of this series.

  • Maria
    2018-09-19 01:10

    Kayla has no memories of her life when she was a child before being found by her, now, foster parents after a car wreck. At 17 all she's ever wanted is to know about her past but when strange things start happening that seem to come straight out of the nightmares she has every night and a grandmother suddenly comes into her life the explanations suddenly leave her spinning. Kayla seems to be a mix of strong independent young woman and a total pushover and it really was quite a contradiction. I enjoyed seeing her independence come out but wish it would have happened with some of the more important aspects of her life rather than at the few random times instead. The general storyline is interesting and draws you in making you want to know what is going on and what will happen but like Kayla I ended up being confused most of the time. Descriptions truly do make a story but in the places where I wished to have known more about this world that was created I was left with wanting. Instead there were pages and pages describing the crunching of the leaves and other more random details rather than actually giving more depth into the storyline.Overall the story intrigued me enough that I would like to see what happens next, but I hope that we will finally learn more about this world.

  • Joss Landry
    2018-09-22 21:04

    I gave this book a four because this fantasy was fast paced and kept moving me through the story.I dreaded some of the violence I encountered, but this is simply because I enjoy relaxing when I read a story and do not like to come up against physical conflict. But clearly, impressions change depending on the reader and often these impressions have nothing to do with the author. This fantasy is delicate, mostly sweet, and thoroughly delightful. Kayla is about to come of age and does not seem to remember who she is. I liked her even when she is morose. She is shy and introverted and a nice example of a heroine. I enjoyed the role of Chris as I found him believable, sturdy and carrying a lot of heart. I would have enjoyed learning more about Kayla's grandmother. I believe she would be a nice addition to the future stories.Because this book held my interest to the end, I will definitely read book number 2.

  • Zora Marie
    2018-09-26 22:13

    This is an absolutely riveting read that keeps you on your toes!Going from an orphaned girl with no memory of her past to being drug off to a far away land by a women claiming to be her grandmother. One being in this new land that finds himself drawn to her, but every time they see each other he has to start again as her mind has been wiped clean time and time again. If this sounds like something that would interest you then take a trip with Kayla as she struggles to wrap her head around her new surroundings and her forgotten past. I could say more, but you know, I’m not one to spoil any surprises.

  • Christine Vann
    2018-10-16 22:15

    There's some good potential here and Kayla is a well-rounded character, she is easy to relate to. The premise is an interesting one and I'd definitely be interested to hear more about the world surrounding her. It's an easy read and I enjoyed some sequences in this book, though a bit of fact-checking and an editor would help. An interesting book, that feels unfinished.