Friday, 20 April 2012

Review: Thoughtless by Jacqueline Gardner (Thoughtless #1)

Title: Thoughtless
Author: Jacqueline Gardner
Publication date: Feb. 8th 2012
Age group: Young Adult
Genre: Paranormal
Cover rating: 3/5
Content rating: 2.5/5
Get it free: Smashwords 

I was asked to provide my honest opinion of this book.

When Bridget finds a dead cheerleader in the janitor’s closet, she becomes the killer’s next target. High school just got worse. It’s bad enough that she can hear the shocking truths that pass through her classmate’s heads. Now she has to worry about staying alive, and all clues point to the one person whose thoughts she can’t read - her boyfriend Terrence. Someone is taunting her, threatening to expose her secret. And when Bridget tries to single out her blackmailer, she’s nearly beaten to death by a mind controlled minion with fiery eyes.  
But when Bridget finally comes face-to-face with the killer, suddenly a horde of brainwashed students programmed to destroy her life doesn’t seem so bad.
My thoughts:
I have so many mixed feelings about Thoughtless! I was quite excited to get started on it. The cover gives off a bit of a creepy vibe and I wanted to know the story behind it. I've been really into YA books lately that feature teens with powers such as mind-reading (a power which Bridget, the protagonist of this book, has) so that had me intrigued. Something about the book felt a bit off to me though and it didn't really live up to my expectations of it.

I had a tough time really getting into the story. Perhaps the writing just didn't suit me personally, but my head was swimming from it for about the first thirty percent! I just found that it was quite difficult to tell who was saying what. Someone would say something but the sentence immediately following it on the same line would be about another character. This caused me to do a lot of double takes though it did improve as the book went on. Some sentences seemed to be missing words as well which would pull me out of the story.

I enjoyed a lot of things about it though! The idea of the powers the characters had really interested me and I loved learning more about them. The book is certainly full of mystery and the suspense certainly kept me on my toes. The story kept me rushing forward to see what would happen next and how each issue would be solved. We meet lots of interesting characters and not all of them are who they appear to be at first glance!

While flawed, Thoughtless still managed to keep me interested and I enjoyed the unique storyline and how believable Bridget was as a character. I think it showed a lot of promise even if it didn't fully work for me. Besides, it's free on Smashwords so if you want to give it a go, you really don't have anything to lose and may end up loving it- lots of other people did!


  1. nice review!! I don't like the cover it is scary :)

  2. I haven't heard of this one before but the premise does sound intriguing. It's a shame the writing didn't quite live up to your expectations, but thanks for the honest review! I guess I will need to have a read of a chapter or two before I decided whether or not it would be for me. :)

  3. Oddly enough, mind-reading is very rare in YA. The power is so interesting, you'd think there'd be more protagonists with it.
    I'm sorry this didn't quite work for you and thank you for such a detailed review.

  4. Sorry you didn't enjoy this more. I thought this one sounded good too. I think I have it on my TBR. It sounds very confusing with the character voice changing like that. I think I might give it a miss because that would totally put me off. Is this by an indie author?


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