Sentient (The Mentalist Series, #2) by Kenechi Udogu #mf #review @kenechiudogu

Mastering her Progressive Empath abilities isn’t going as well as Gemma hoped. In fact, months after finding out what she really is, she still has no clue what this truly means. All she can do is wait to see if any new abilities will eventually manifest. Things aren’t going great with Russ either. Unsure of how to handle her Sentient Link with him, she tries to integrate herself in his busy social life but struggles to adjust to her new circumstances.

When she is plagued by recurring nightmares, Gemma realises things are changing and knows she has to do something, fast. The arrival of two sets of strangers in town, both offering the much needed assistance she needs to unearth her powers, escalates the situation even further. Gemma attempts to decipher whose intentions are genuine, but does she have enough time to figure out who has her best interest at heart?addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da14tbird - sarah - tag

This takes place about 3 or 4 months after the book Aversion, I’m guessing since it appears after Gemma’s summer vacation and the teens seem to be in school again. Gemma is living with her neighbor, Mrs. Burlington, who believes that Gemma is her ward. For the past few weeks, Gemma has started hanging out with Russ’s friends and trying to fit in. Things are seeming fairly normal (or as normal as it could get for her) till she starts having a recurring nightmare. Peter knows something big is going to happen, and asks Gemma for a deal, him and his father’s protection in exchange for him giving Gemma information.

I would say this is my favorite book so far of the series as a whole, mainly because I finally got some of my questions answered and it didn’t feel like the romance overtook the story. It was still a big part of the plot, but it didn’t feel as overpowering in this one. Another thing I do kind of have a problem with is when the couple knows they like each other but refuse to be together. Though, there is a fairly good reason for Gemma to be hesitant to be with Russ, so I don’t fault the story too much for it. There are more supernatural elements to the book, and it feels like like this is heading to the climax as a whole. Personally, I still feel like Russ’s character could use a bit more development, but he feels more human than the last book. A part of me does question how he can stay calm though all of this, and I’m honestly waiting for him to blow a gasket at some point. Also, there were several new characters introduced into the story, and one of them has become my new favorite. She comes in to help Gemma and I honestly feel like I know her better than I do Russ, which says something about Russ’s development. Plus, I was kind of glad to see another side of Peter. Overall though, I feel like I understand the universe a bit more compared to the last books. I would suggest this again to people who prefer romance with supernatural elements, but Sentient did feel more balanced compared to the books before it.

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