Mind Girl

Fiction - Fantasy - Urban
396 Pages
Reviewed on 06/30/2019
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Mind Girl is a surreal and entertaining work of urban fantasy fiction penned by author Wendy Goldstein Davis. A compelling conspiracy tale set across time and space, the plot follows five years in the life of schoolgirl Ava Parker as she comes of age in the most frightening of ways. Ava looks human, but she’s actually from a world known as Tarvana and has been playing a deep undercover game pretending to be a human child for fun. She dreads the day that the game ends and she has to return home away from her pretend parents, but when a murder rocks the town she lives in, it seems that her planet has come to her doorstep instead.

There’s a lot of hardcore science fiction and fantasy out there which questions what it really means to be human, but author Wendy Goldstein Davis has discovered a fantastic and entertaining way to ask those questions through her portrayal of Ava in a format that any reader can access and enjoy. The plot intensifies with great timing as the secrets of Tarvana’s way of life are revealed, and the atmospheric descriptions of the places Ava travels to bring new life and excitement to the plot at every turn. The backstory is woven into the immediate action without losing pace, and the central villain of the piece is by no means the only threat that Ava faces on her long journey to learn the truth about Earth and her people. Overall, Mind Girl is a fully faceted fantasy journey that comes highly recommended.