For Gemma Green’s first time, things should have been straightforward. Find your subject, hold their gaze and push a thought into their head to save them from future disaster – Aversion complete. A pretty simple process given that the subject was to have no recollection of the experience. But Russ Tanner doesn’t seem to want to forget. In fact the more she tries to avoid him, the more he pushes to get to know her. Gemma knows she has a problem but is she facing the side effects of a failed Aversion or has the school’s tennis champ really fallen for her?
Aversion is the first book in a series called The Mentalist, though there is a prequel novel titled Broken Ties. It is about a girl named Gemma Green, who is an Averter, and seems the only girl Averter out there. Her father raises her, and trains her power despite what other Averters think. Gemma is about to perform her first Aversion on a boy in her class named Russ. And she does it fairly well, expect he believes there is a connection between him and Gemma. Another Averter tells her that she did her Aversion wrong, and Gemma tries to fix it by herself after seeing how happy her father is about her first Aversion.
I’m not much for a romance story, especially when the couple falls for each other extremely (and inhumanly) quickly. But here, there was a reason given, granted it was toward the end. The first half of the book wasn’t the most fun for me because it was mostly about the romance between Gemma and Russ, though there were more events connected to Gemma being an Averter compared to the prequel I read before this book. Also, some of my questions were answered in this book about Broken Ties, but more did come up in this book that I hope will be answered in the remaining books of the series.
I’m curious about what they were planning on doing with Gemma when she got older, but that could be answered later. The characters are fairly good, the only one I really had any problems with was Russ. And that was mostly because I didn’t feel like I really got to know who he was. Personally, I didn’t feel like he had any big character development until the last part of the book and even then it wasn’t that big. Gemma felt pretty realistic, seeing how her problem was supernatural, I understood her problem on a certain level which was interesting. Though this book did have a few cliches that I didn’t care for, one being the couple falling for each other hard and quickly, and two being the group of friends that is shocked about the person’s choice who is in the group. Russ’s friends don’t seem to like the fact that Russ has fallen for Gemma, and I just feel like it was a bit cliche but at least it wasn’t the main focus of the story. In the end, I would recommend this book for people looking a bit of a supernatural romance, but more romance than supernatural.