PJV Quickie: ‘Mind over Monsters’ is one of my favorite surprise reads of the year. Fun, witty and a bit of sexy, the characters are over the top enjoyable and the story is interesting and suck-you-in good. Hello Jennifer Harlow. It’s nice to meet you. Can I have some more?

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Title: Mind Over Monsters
Series: A F.R.E.A.K.S. Squad Investigation #1
Author: Jennifer Harlow
Type: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Published: October 8th 2011 by Midnight Ink
Source: Author
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Review: Jennifer Harlow introduces to a fun mix of characters and at their center is Beatrice Alexander. Beatrice is a schoolteacher who has an inexplicable talent of moving things with her mind. She has never been comfortable with her “curse”, which is how she sees it and it becomes obvious that her curse is out-of-control when she almost kills her brother during a fight. Right after the incident she is recruited by a top-secret branch of the FBI that is in place to fight everything that goes bump in the night. The group is called the F.R.E.A.K.S. Squad, The Federal Response to Extra-Sensory and Kindred Supernaturals. Beatrice is trained for combat and how to use her “talent” properly and then she is shipped to the middle of no-where (Kansas) to work in tandem with an eclectic group of FREAKS members. The team includes a former-detective, now were-wolf who Beatrice can’t seam to stop thinking about, a hotter then hot, but ridiculously annoying vampire, a cute goth who can teleport, a guy with psychometry, a girl with pyrokinesis and a few other talents thrown in here and there. It’s a crazy mix of FREAKS and Beatrice is afraid she made the wrong decision. Especially when she seems to be on the outside looking in, that is until the first case comes in and she finds out this mystery solving thing might be interesting. Someone seems to be raising zombies in a small town where everyone knows everyone’s business, but no one seems to be a suspect. Can they figure out who is doing this before it is two late and zombies descend and rip-apart the whole town?

Fun. Fun. Fun. ‘Mind over Monsters’ was gritty, fast-paced and very dramatic. Quips and fun scenes are mixed with emotionally charged heart-string pulling scenes. Beatrice is an epic character comparable to the like of Gini Koch’s Katherine Katt and Jeaniene Frost’s Catherine Crawfield (must have a thing with cat’s this morning). It is an Urban Fantasy, Police Procedural that was just well put together and engaging until the end. I could not put this one down and had to start book two the moment I closed book one. I’m so pleased that I had the pleasure to read this series and look forward to more FREAKS from Harlow.

The beginning does have a choppy start, that I found almost a tad awkward, but I pushed through that very quickly and once I found the pace of the book there was no looking back.

I’m officially declaring myself Team Oliver!

Have you read the books? What team are you on?

Recommendations: Recommended for Urban Fantasy lovers, if you like your Urban Fantasy with a little humor this is the one for you.  There are more adult themes, but this book is not something I would classify as R-rated, more like PG-13. If the early Anita Blake had a sense of humor…she would be Beatrice Alexander.

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