Review: Mind Over Monsters by Jennifer Harlow

Mind Over Monsters by Jennifer Harlow
Series: A Freaks Squad Investigation (#1)
Release Date: October 8, 2011
Publisher: Midnight ink
Page Count: 273 pages
Source: book tour provided book

Beatrice Alexander is no ordinary schoolteacher—she can move objects with her mind, an embarrassing skill she hasn’t yet mastered or embraced. After nearly killing her brother by accident, she joins the F.R.E.A.K.S. Squad, the Federal Response to Extra-Sensory and Kindred Supernaturals. This top-secret branch of the FBI combats ghosts, ghouls, and other monsters threatening humanity.

With her teammates—among them a handsome former-detective werewolf and an annoying Don Juan vampire who’s dead-set on seducing her—Beatrice investigates her first case. Disgustingly dismembered bodies have turned up, bearing bite marks of the undead. Someone—or something—is raising a horde of hideous, bloodthirsty zombies. Armed with Bette, her trusty machete, Beatrice takes on the master of the flesh-devouring corpses, who’s guarding a horrifying secret . . .

Featuring a team of monster hunters with unique paranormal abilities, the F.R.E.A.K.S. Squad Investigation series combines humor, suspense, and supernatural crime-fighting.


Review: When we were asked to host a stop on Jennifer’s blog tour, I jumped at the chance. Mind Over Monsters is the first book in a new series and the concept jumped out at me. It’s all about a secret government group, F.R.E.A.K.S (that’s Federal Response to Extra-Sensory and Kindred Supernaturals). The main characters include psychics, a vampire, werewolf and so on. In this first tale, the group is in Colorado to investigate a couple of mysterious deaths. As the case progresses, the small, peaceful town they are in turns into zombie central. Where are the zombies coming from? Why are they there?

I really enjoyed this book. The concept if fun and fresh and the characters are quite interesting. I couldn’t put the book down and now and totally bummed that the sequel isn’t scheduled to be released until the fall of 2012. The book had mystery, paranormal elements and the hint of a romance to come as the series develops… what more could a girl ask for? I am looking forward to see where this debut author takes this series.

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