Alien Minds
Christina Bauer
(Dimension Drift #1)
Published by: Monster House Books
Publication date: April 23rd 2019
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
DIVERGENT meets OCEAN’S EIGHT in this urban fantasy heist!
On my seventeenth birthday, I wake up in the hospital to find I just survived a sketchy but terrible accident. My parents stand by my bedside—both are beautiful, wealthy, and super-nice. They tell me that once I leave the hospital, I’ll attend the prestigious ECHO Academy, where I’ll churn out equations for the government along with my mega-smart peers.
So, I’m living the perfect life.
Then why does everything feel all wrong?
My parents, my house and even ECHO Academy…none of it fits. Plus, what’s up with Thorne, my brooding yet yummy classmate who keeps telling me I need to remember my true past, which seems to have included a lot of us kissing? That’s one thing I’d really like to remember, except for the fact that I’m pretty sure Thorne is hiding a ton of nasty secrets of his own, including the fact that he may not be from this world. But considering how my own past seems alien to me, it’s not like I can judge. Plus, Thorne has dimples. That’s a problem.
And worst of all, why does it feel so yucky to work on these calculations for the government? It’s all supposed to be part of ECHO, but my heart tells me that I’m helping something truly terrible come to pass. Thorne seems to think that kissing him again will release my real memories.
Maybe it’s time to pucker up.
“Appealing and engaging. Love the strong female character!” – Arlene’s Book Reviews
This new series is perfect for: fans of urban fantasy, action & adventure, cool science, evil corporations, forbidden romance and hot new classmates who may or may not be aliens.
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My Review
Alien Minds is the first book in the Dimension Drift series, and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. Having read the prequels and getting a feel for the characters before reading this one, I knew what to expect and what I was getting myself into. 
Alien Minds starts off with where the events from Scythe and Umbra had ended. If you haven't read the prequels, I wouldn't say you necessarily have to before going into this, but I'd personally recommend it. 
I thought Alien Minds was full of action, fun sci-fi geekiness, some thrilling romance, and all sorts of kick-butt badassery. It was intense and exciting, and that ending had me on edge. I'm so looking forward to ECHO Academy. 
I loved Meimi in this, and her two friends (Chloe and Zoe) are both great and occasionally frustrating (but in a good way). The sneakiness they have going on with the help of Thorne is amazing. And when Thorne's brothers come into the picture... Oh gosh, here's hoping for some awesome romances for them too. 
I absolutely despised Meimi's sister and her husband (their names have slipped my mind). Also, Dr. Godwin was a slimy piece of crap too. Ugh. 
Plot-wise, I thought the book was paced nicely. There weren't too many slow spots. The story kept me on my toes, wondering if Meimi's plan was going to go off without a hitch, or if there was going to be some major disaster that would ruin everything. 
I think the only thing I could say I wanted more of was The Hollow. What's her story? We get a little smidge of information about her, but she fascinated me and I wanted to know more. 
Overall, I thought Alien Minds was a great first story, and like I said before, read those prequels so you can understand what's going on in this one. 
4.5 stars from me!
Author Bio:
Christina Bauer thinks that fantasy books are like bacon: they just make life better. All of which is why she writes romance novels that feature demons, dragons, wizards, witches, elves, elementals, and a bunch of random stuff that she brainstorms while riding the Boston T. Oh, and she includes lots of humor and kick-ass chicks, too.
Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.
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