Review: The Reader by M.K. Harkins

Posted October 10, 2019 by Lillian in Reviews / 0 Comments

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Review: The Reader by M.K. HarkinsThe Reader by M.K. Harkins
Published by Self Publish on 2016-08-25
Length: 231 pages
Reviewing eARC from YA Book Central
Reading Challenges: Beat the Backlist 2019

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.

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I devoured The Reader by M.K. Harkins. There’s no other way to describe it. I read it in one sitting and then was bereft that it was over. If you like urban fantasy, do yourself a favor and get this book. I promise it will not disappoint. 

18 year-old Ann Baker wakes up on a beach, shot with no memory of who she is or how she got there. When two young men approach her, claiming to know her and want to help, she has no choice but to go with them. Soon their story begins to unravel though and Ann is left with more questions than answers. In a world where humans have evolved and some are immortal, who can Ann trust? 

I really like Ann, even if she comes off as immature at times. Her frustration and anxiety feel real as she struggles to remember who she is and where she came from. As she is fed little bits of information about her life and what she is, Ann takes it in stride. She is a quick study and wants to learn to control these powers that seem to be waking in her. 

The two guys that found her, Devon and Archer, are polar opposites. Devon is a bit of a jerk (well that’s an understatement really). Archer is the golden, boy-next-door. Devon is closed off while Archer is an open book. Yet despite these things, it’s Devon Ann finds herself drawn to. And if I’m being honest, me too. 

The plot of this one is fast-paced, like light speed. I didn’t want to sit it down for even a second. As Ann discovers more about who she is, questions arise about why her memory is missing. The plot really revolves around this and the people at North Bend. Who are they really? Why are they protecting her? And who are the Jacks? Are they the people that shot her? So many questions and I promise they are all answered.

Overall I loved The Reader. The fast-paced plot, the world-building, even the little taste of romance are blended into a fascinating story. And that ending….my heart hasn’t started back up yet! Just trust me and read this one 😉

About M.K. Harkins

Author MK Harkins

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) Unintentional, Breaking Braydon, Taking Tiffany, The Reader, Famous by Default, soon followed. The follow-up to The Reader, The Jack, released August 2018.

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 (!) She LOVES to hear from her readers!

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