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Author Katie Mettner

The Reader

MK Harkins has her newest release, The Reader, available on Kindle Scout! My daughter and I had the pleasure of reading this wonderful young adult paranormal story, so read on for the blurb of the book, and our review!


Hunted, shot, and without her memory, eighteen-year-old Ann Baker wakes in shallow water on a deserted Pacific Northwest island. She is soon approached by two young men claiming to be her friends. Something isn’t right, but when gunshots sound, Ann is left with little choice but to allow Devon and Archer to help her escape. Soon she finds herself in their North Bend mountain compound, where the higher evolved humans claim to be mind-readers. While Ann heals, she realizes they believe her to be one of the last and most powerful of all – The Lost One.

She’s welcomed by most with opened arms, but not everyone is happy about her arrival. A jealous adversary has plans for Ann, which spirals the entire Reader community into chaos.

As lies, murder, and betrayal threaten to rip apart the once harmonious mountain dwellers, Ann is thrust into making a decision that could save or devastate not only The Readers, but all of mankind. But there’s just one glitch: by doing so it may require her to make the ultimate sacrifice.

What I particularly enjoyed about this book was that I wasn’t loaded down with material to remember. The worldbuilding is exceptional, yet the author leaves just the right amount to your imagination. Ms. Harkins wrote a young adult book with a gripping plot line, that isn’t so complicated it frustrates the reader. Whether you’re twelve or one hundred and two, the characters in the book come alive, and the twists and turns of The Reader keep you turning the pages.

Ann, the main character, is likeable and, while being essentially the savior of ‘the reader’ race, doesn’t profusely overuse her powers, which makes her relatable to the reader in all aspects of the story. The secondary characters, Devon and Archer, bring out in Ann what she doesn’t know exists
within her. I found them to be encouraging and protective, while challenging Ann to rise to her destiny.

The action scenes are understandable and do not include lengthy descriptions, which doesn’t take you out of the story. All in all this book is an easy and enjoyable read and I would recommend it for anyone from age 11 to 111.

MK has always been a voracious reader. After hitting a dry spell of reading material, she decided to write the kind of book she'd like to read. This resulted
in the creation of her debut novel, Intentional. (Award for Best Sweet Romance - eFestival of Words- August 2014) When she's not writing novels, she likes to spend her free time traveling the world, splashing in mud puddles (She lives in Seattle, what can she say?), watching movies and reading.

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