- The Girl Who Could Move Sh#t With Her Mind.
- Jackson Ford.
- 480 pages.
- SFF / Urban SFF / Fiction.
- My Rating: Hell Yeah Book Review.
Teagan Frost is having a hard time keeping it together. Sure, she’s got telekinetic powers – a skill that the government is all too happy to make use of, sending her on secret break-in missions that no ordinary human could carry out. But all she really wants to do is kick back, have a beer, and pretend she’s normal for once.
But then a body turns up at the site of her last job – murdered in a way that only someone like Teagan could have pulled off. She’s got 24 hours to clear her name – and it’s not just her life at stake. If she can’t unravel the conspiracy in time, her hometown of Los Angeles will be in the crosshairs of an underground battle that’s on the brink of exploding . . .
I received a free copy of this book courtesy of the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Can I just say that the title of the book is fucking amazing!
Sometimes you just want to kick back, relax, turn off from the world and enjoy a book. You want to read a book that is full of attitude, that is bold, brash and loud. A book that is pure and unadulterated fun and that is what The Girl Who Could Move Sh#t With Her Mind is. It is a book that is barmy, bonkers and brilliant.
Teagan Frost is the only person in the world with special powers, she can wield psychokinesis, she is psychokinetic. Teagan is part of a clandestine and covert team who under the guise of a furniture removal firm work for the US government under their handler, the government intelligence operative, Tanner. The mission that they are on hits a snag, spirals out of control, turning into a snafu of chaos and all of the planning complete with the team members goes out the window, literally! The Girl Who Could Move Sh#t With Her Mind starts with the main character and narrator Teagan jumping out of the 82nd floor of a building complete with a screaming team-mate in tow. Hurtling, plummeting towards the ground…yeah shit gets real from the very first page and from then on doesn’t let up with the pedal firmly to the metal for the duration with the crazy train story driven along by the spunky and willful Teagan.
The team manage to complete the mission, but, then, later, a dead body is found in the building where the mission took place. The person has been killed in a way that makes Teagan look like she is responsible. That’s when things really start to go south for Teagan and the team. Teagan didn’t do it, but, it looks like she did and there is no proof that she didn’t. In fact, as she is the only person in the world with superpowers, the only person who is known to have psychokinesis, she is the prime suspect, the only suspect.
Teagan works for Tanner and in exchange, Tanner keeps Teagan free, keeps her safe, out of the roving eyes and hands of those in the US government who want to experiment on her. With the murder, with it bearing the hallmarks of someone who has psychokinetic powers and if Teagan doesn’t succeed in proving her innocence then Tanner will have no choice but to bring her in and hand her over to the scientists. If Teagan can’t uncover the truth then she will end up on an operating table in a government black-site with scientists cutting her open and experimenting on her to find out why she is different, why she has powers. Teagan is adamant that she didn’t do it, that she is innocent and the team are given twenty-two hours against the backdrop of an ever-encroaching wildfire that is threatening Los Angeles to clear her name, to unravel the mystery, to prove Teagan’s innocence, to find whoever did murder the victim and uncover the truth. With how the victim died it also means that Teagan is not alone, that there is someone else out there like her, someone else with powers who is roaming the streets of LA.
As a character, there is a depth to Teagan, her gift is part of her, it is part of who she is, she is comfortable with it but she is also alone. She is different, she is the only one with special powers, she is unique. Until the murder that could only have been committed by someone with psychokinetic powers she had thought that she was alone, the only person in the world who had special powers, it is something that she has lived with, that loneliness of being the only one and now, she finds that she isn’t alone and that there is someone out there just like her, someone who could understand her, relate to her but this someone looks to have travelled down a dark path.
As well as Teagan there are also chapters that focus on a character called Jake. Jake is part of the vast homeless network in LA, barely managing to get by. For years Jake has been searching for information about his past but every time he thinks that he has found a lead, the trail goes cold, nothing but dead ends and disappointment. Then, a man named Chuy shows an interest in him, reaches out and offers Jake a deal. In exchange for Jake doing a job for him, he will provide Jake with what he wants most in the world, what he has been looking for, searching for, answers to the questions that plague Jake, who is he, who was his real mother and where did he come from.
Teagan’s chapters are told in the first-person perspective, Jake’s, the third as The Girl Who Could Move Sh#t With Her Mind is very much Teagan’s tale, it is her origin story and to a lesser extent that of her team too. You’ll root for Teagan. She is blunt, funky, foul-mouthed, spiky, sarcastic, a bit of a wiseass and a fantastic narrator. She is also a connoisseur of food with aspirations of opening a restaurant and her taste in music is rather dubious!
Teagan’s power isn’t limitless and it has its limits. She can’t move heavy or massive objects, she can’t move organic material and her power only works over a short distance too. Using her power physically drains her, leaves her tired and in need of food to replenish the energy that her power expends. If she pushes herself too far, expends herself too much she is unable to use her power, she’s not an all-powerful superhero type with a bottomless well of power to draw upon, she’s just a normal person who happens to have a special power.
To go along with Teagan The Girl Who Could Move Sh#t With Her Mind has a vibrant mix of eclectic characters all with their own personalities, some big, some more muted but all who jump out of the pages and all of who add to the story being told.
Teagan has her own history and backstory, how she got her special ability and how she ended up working for Tanner. Likewise, all the members of the team have their own story, history reason as to how and why they have ended up working for Tanner too. The team’s cover is a furniture removal company and occasionally, the team do actually go out and do removal jobs. Hey, it helps them to look legitimate and it helps them to keep their cover in place.
The team are a diverse and dysfunctional bunch, prone to arguing, bickering and infighting, they get the jobs that they are sent on done but mostly, they aren’t friends and they don’t spend time together outside of work. There are exceptions, Teagan gets on really well with the driver of the team, Carlos but the others, not so much. Over the course of the book, as the story progresses and, as they (for some) somewhat reluctantly aid Teagan, through hardship, through struggle bonds are formed and you get to see them come together, see the animosity between them fade and see that regardless of where they came from that they have each other’s backs.
The story is a wild ride and the pages go by in a blur, it is fast-paced, full of heart, deep in places, has some surprises along the way, twists and turns and includes a lot of action and a whole lot of random stuff flying through the air. The writing by Ford easily flows, pops, sizzles, includes a few pop culture references and is brimming with humour and emotion.
The Girl Who Can Move Sh#t With Her Mind is like a shot of adrenaline to the system and I fucking loved it. Luckily, it is the first book in a series and I’m really pleased to know that there will be more books featuring Teagan, her team and that will be filled with technicolour mayhem and crazy stories.
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