Jesse & The Thinkers by Kenan John

Jesse and the Thinkers (Jesse Winkler - Book Series 1) by [John, Kenan]


Date of publication: August 11th, 2019

Genre: Fantasy

Purchase Links: Amazon

Goodreads synopsis:

Jesse Winkler is one of the few who dare to stand out. A ‘weirdo’, the children at the adventure playground call him, and not because of his red bow tie. Strange things always seem to happen when Jesse is around.

No one can quite figure out what ‘Brave Jake’, who happens to be the most popular kid in the playground, sees in ‘Weirdo Jesse’. But Jake always knew. He could just tell. One person’s weirdo is another person’s hero.

Jesse and Jake’s journey turns into a deadly situation when an enemy from another world unleashes a weapon designed to destroy the minds of The Thinkers and anybody who comes across it. They find themselves caught up in a battle that was not meant for them. Or was it?

Jesse and The Thinkers is an action-packed, compulsively readable adventure story, leaving you emotionally involved in the extraordinary characters we meet along the way.

My review:

Let me start by saying that a book that captures Miss B’s attention, holds it, and then makes her want to see what else happens is a book that stands out to me. I did something I normally don’t do; I had her read it first.

She loved it. She loved that she could relate to Jesse and Jake. She got invested in the plot. At some points, she would come up to me and ask, “Why, Mom, why did this happen?” She hates cliffhangers as much as I do. But she asked me to find out when book 2 will be published because she wants to see what happens next.

When I read the book, I could see why she liked Jesse and Jake’s characters so well. Like her, Jesse refuses to bend to society’s expectations of him. Which is fantastic.

I can’t get too much into the book without giving away the ending, but I will say the storyline all ties together. Every single sub-story gets tied in at the end of the book. Which is great.

The only thing I had an issue with was that there was a cliffhanger. I detest cliffhangers. But (and there is always a but), in a way, cliffhangers are great. They get you to buy the 2nd book, and I will buy it as soon as it is out.

Now Miss B had a review of the book also. It is one word: “COOL.” So there you go. The tween wonder’s first book review.

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