Alien Minds by Christina Bauer |Dimension Drift #1 |e-ARC review & Blog Tour (Xpresso Book Tours)

Hello everyone and welcome back! Today I’m back with an e-arc review for you guys and it’s also the first day in the Alien Minds Blog Tour plus my stop!

Without further ado let’s start with this post! And before I forget it, please check out the schedule of this tour so that you don’t miss all the amazing blog posts from the other bloggers!

Goodreads synopsis:

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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Title – Alien Minds
Author – Christina Bauer
Series – Dimension Drift #1
Publisher – Monster House Books
Release date – April 23rd, 2019
Genres – Science Fiction/Young Adult

Trigger Warning – violence, abduction, amnesia
Format – ebook*
Pages – 350
Language – English

I can’t mention it enough. 3 star ratings are SO hard to write! I liked the book but it definitely wasn’t my favourite one. It’s an inbetween. And have I already mentioned that I hate writing these kind of reviews. I always, ALWAYS feel bad! 😅

What I liked

The easiest way to write such reviews is always with the things that I liked. Well, I always write my reviews in the same style but you know what I mean. I prefer having the positive things first!
So where to start? I liked the fact that we immediately got thrust into the story. We know since the beginning what happened to one of the main characters. She is suffering from amnesia and doesn’t remember a single thing from her past life. Everything is a blur and she even got herself a false name from the man that is keeping her. The author didn’t start with unnecessary things but immediately got to the point. Alien Minds is fast-paced and can keep your eyes riveted on the page or for my case on the screen. The chapters are short and if you manage to be amazed by the story from the beginning I’m pretty sure that you won’t be able to put the book down!
This novel has also an interesting storyline. I believe that writing sci-fi isn’t the easiest thing on earth, same goes for dystopia but Bauer managed to make this book interesting and sound like something new.
The descriptions were also on point. There were a lot of descriptions but all of them were important to understand what’s actually going on in the novel. Some might say that there are too many descriptions I don’t think so as I wasn’t confused by them and definitely managed to keep up with all the information.
Bonus point for this book: Cliffhanger! I LOVE Cliffhangers especially when they are well written!

What I didn’t like

Now let’s move on to the part that I always hate to write in reviews. The things that I didn’t like.
First of all, I didn’t manage to get attached to the characters. I felt absolutely no connection. And the book was written in the first person narrative. Usually, I don’t have problems when a book is written in the first person narrative even though I prefer the third person narrative. But I don’t know why it didn’t work out for me this time. Was it because we followed the point of view of our two main characters Thorne and Meimi? I’m honestly not sure but I just didn’t work for me. Maybe the third person narrative would have been better in a case like this when there are two points of views? I’m no writer so it’s definitely not my place to say something concerning the narrative. But in my personal opinion, it would have been better having a third person narrative. This is my personal opinion maybe you won’t have the same problem while reading the book.
I also found the book being too long. I think that the story could have come to an end earlier. Again, my own opinion.
Another part I had problems with were the Thorne parts. I had so many problems reading his point of view. I personally found that guy spooky. If that was the authors’ intention, then great job! If not, well she still did a pretty great job. It’s rare that I feel an aversion towards the main character and he wasn’t even the villain. I also found the romance to be a bit cringy. But again a) I found Thorne creepy and b) there was like no chemistry between the two.

Favourite character

None! Unfortunately I didn’t connect with any of the characters

Overall, the book was probably not my thing but nonetheless it’s still great. I’d recommend it to those of you that want to read a sci-fi book with lots of twists and turns and that are fans of insta-love.

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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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Tour-wide giveaway (INTL)

  • Copy of Alien Minds (print or ebook) & more!


And this concludes this review. What about you? Have you read Alien Minds? Or do you plan on reading it in the future? Please let me know in the comments below!

*An electronic ARC of this book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

All the information and pictures were sent to me by the organiser of this tour (Xpresso Book Tours).

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