Thursday, September 18, 2014

*Gizmos Early Reviews* The Mesmerized by Rhiannon Frater

**I received this book free from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**


It is silence, not screams of terror, which proclaims the end of the world…

Minji Nordim is vacationing in Las Vegas with her small family when she witnesses the beginning of a terrifying apocalypse. When humanity is transformed into mindless drones by a terrifying supernatural event only Minji appears to be immune.

Thousands die instantly, but the other affected people are drawn to the Nevada desert. Nothing stands in the way of the mesmerized. Not fire, not heights, not rubble. As the bodies pile in the streets and the relentless wave of the mesmerized plods into the deadly desert, Minji is trapped in a burning city attempting to rescue her affected family.
Can one woman save her family and the world?

*My Thoughts*

The Mesmerized, set in Las Vegas, focuses on an Event that spreads across the nation, and then the rest of the world leaving millions of people in a trance like condition or dead. (Please don't call them zombies. They are definitely not like the ones from Frater's As the World Dies series). As the survivors come together and struggle to understand what is happening to them, it becomes apparent that one of them has an immunity to the Event and may hold the key to saving the world.

Frater's main heroine in The Mesmerized is Korean-American Minji Nordim. Minji is wife to Jake, mother of two precocious daughters Ava and Bailey, and a tattoo artist who isn't' afraid of discovering her own uniqueness with her multi-colored dreads, and personally designed tattoos. After finding that she is immune to the Event, Minji doesn't hesitate to protect her family when shit hits the fan and the world is at the end of its existence.

Frater has a tendency of going all out when it comes to her writing style and her characters. There is no such thing as part way. You want action, blood, suspense, and a mystery that will leave you guessing right till the end? You definitely get what you ask for in The Mesmerized. Frater sends her dynamic female heroines into situations that would make the weak-kneed Romance heroines curl their toes and faint dead away at the smell of blood.   

Readers can't expect to pick up her novels and not be surprised by what she throws at you or the choices that are left to be made. Readers can expect that you will be thrown right into the action from the very moment you are introduced to the main characters. You know that the characters will struggle with heavy decisions, and weigh their actions based on how they were raised, or were taught at an early age, or in this case, what is best for her families survival.

One of the more interesting facets for the naysayers who claim there isn't enough diversity in books Today, is that Frater is an all inclusive writer. Her characters are black, white, Hispanic, Native-American, LGBT, and in this case, Korean-American. You have to be encouraged by a writer who doesn't see the world as only black and white, but a rainbow filled with lots of wonderful colors.

Thank you, Rhiannon, for sharing a copy of The Mesmerized with me! If you have read Frater's As The World Dies Trilogy, I would encourage you to read The Mesmerized as well.

Author - Rhiannon Frater
Title - The Mesmerized
Published by Permuted Press
Releases: September 30, 2014
Genre: Science Fiction, Horror
Format: E-Book 244 pages

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