The Alien Mind

When a group of aliens called the Aruk abduct Young Rivinaig and several other children, they are thrown into the adventure of a lifetime. The Aunantet, a benevolent race of aliens, rescue the children and adopt them into their culture and raised them as if they belong. 
    
The children's new families teach them how to harness the full capacity of their minds,enabling them to defy the laws of physics and develop special mental abilities.
     
The past returns to haunt them as the Aruk plot revenge and regain control of their former captives. The fate of the entire galaxy depends on whether the children can maintain their freedom.
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All reviews from here down are from the early self published edition of The Alien Mind which has since been professionally edited and re-illustrated by PDMI Publishing


23.
 
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Nov 26, 2014


it was amazing
Read in November, 2014


THE ALIEN MIND is the sort of book that exhibits the highest potential of two genres: the childrens'/young adult novel and the science fiction novel. It offers a portrait of a believable young protagonist, along with other characters, both child and adult, who we come to care about. Yes, it does deal with an alien-invasion scenario familiar to lovers of the science fiction genre, but one thing about being an SF fan is enjoying these themes while also embracing their variations. No one could ever accuse VL Jennings of being unoriginal or of just phoning it in. Her characters are full of their own life, her situations are gripping, and her command of action and the flow of storytelling are both simply stellar.

I would advise you that if you consider yourself a fan of science fiction and have not introduced yourself to the work of V.L. Jennings, your universe is missing several worlds that will add depth and enjoyment to your life as a reader--and to your childrens' lives as well.







































22.
***(3 Star Review) June 3rd 2014 On BrandyPotterBooks.com



21.
on April 6, 2014
This is a sci-fi story that is family friendly. While the target audience is nine through twelve, the plot and characters are developed enough to be enjoyed by young adult and adult fans of science fiction. There is a nice mix of science, moral lessons, adventure and time travel. I read the black and white paperback version of this book that is also available in a Kindle version with color photographs. No doubt that would make the book even more appealing for middle grade readers.

An alien group known as the Aruk attacked a secret government agency on Earth. They captured and tortured one hundred fifty children. Later on these children were rescued by another race of aliens known as the Aunanet, who taught them the best knowledge of both civilizations. The Aunanet assisted the most gifted to become computer mind experts or healers. These people could travel through time dimensions and had the power to use parts of the brain that humans could only dream about. The Aruk had never given up in their attempt to find these children, and the beginning of the story finds the Aunanet civilization and the children they protected under attack.

Rivi, our protagonist, is the oldest of these children at age fourteen. After the attack she finds her way back to Earth. There she meets an orphan boy named Daniel, who becomes her protege. Her saga will include lessons on how to deal with bullying and teaching lessons of compassion in the process. She will meet the President of the United States, endure further torture by the aliens, and be forced to make life and death decisions in one crisis after another. All the while she is tormented by nightmares from her past, the desire to uncover her Earthly parents, and a fierce loyalty to her adopted parents and alien culture.

Will Rivi succeed in ridding herself of her difficult childhood memories, and how will she adjust to whatever world she chooses to live in? This book is highly recommended for lovers of sci-fi, adventure and those who love plots filled with moral dilemmas. Recommended for tweens, teens and adults who like to think what if?




20.
A middle grade science fiction novel, Virginia Jennings’ The Alien Mind blends ideas from Superman, X-Men and the 4400 with (sometimes confusing) hints of science, a nicely imagined fourth dimension, and the (idealistic) joys of American freedom, all in a set-piece type sci-fi novel.

Protagonist Rivi is a teenage girl abducted as a small child by aliens, rescued by other aliens, and ready, at last, to reveal herself to the United States. She and her friends have superpowers, but her friends are on the run through the interstellar void. And the bad guys have evil schemes in mind.

Such phrases as “think outside the hypercube” offer glimpses of alien mindsets, while recollections of equations from basic physics interpose themselves in descriptions of an attack by enemy forces. Magical space-bending computers, mystical mind-bending powers, and a lonely boy who might become a true friend, all combine into a complex tale that rushes from alien dinner-table to torture chamber, to high school, to presidential audience and beyond. Some editing glitches might annoy some readers, and the slow set-up could be a problem. But the powers of children (so sadly lost at adulthood) are nicely drawn, and offer a beacon of hope and a future to more than one world.

With wise lessons in standing up for yourself, being true to yourself, and understanding your enemies, this is an interesting science fiction tale that covers lots of ground (and space, and inner space), and satisfies that longing of every child to be “more.”

Disclosure: I won an ecopy of this novel in an online event and promised to read and review it.


19.
*****
(5 Star Review) September 26, 2013
 Review by  for Readers' Favorite

In The Alien Mind by Virginia Jennings, a group of aliens, the Aruk, abduct Rivinaig and some children. Another group of aliens, the Aunantet, abduct another group of children. They raise these children as their own and teach them how to develop their brains and mental capabilities. These children also have special abilities which have been given to them by these aliens. The fate of the galaxy depends on whether these children can attain freedom.

The book is a fast-paced science fiction, full of thrilling adventure. Children are always fascinated with such topics. These kinds of stories always ignite their curiosity and give them ample opportunity to discover and be more creative.The character of Dan, who befriends Rivinaig on her first day of school on earth, is another interesting character in the story. He joins her in space to be part of the mission to defeat the Aruk who have kidnapped her and several other children. The other noteworthy character is Ankh, Rivinaig's father who is also a Temporalgrapher. He can travel through time - past, present, and future. 

This sci-fi story book is really a must-read for children. There is a lot to awaken the creative mind of the reader. The illustrations are good. They do not dominate the story. They are simple illustrations and blend well with the story. Will Rivinaig be able to escape from the Aruk and will she be able to release the other children who are held captive?


18.

on May 26, 2013
This is a cute story I was given by the author to review. I think the target audience is more for 4th-8th grade, but I still enjoyed it. It was a light read, but with plenty of depth and background to make it a really good story. Rivi is a 14 year old girl who as a young girl was kidnapped by aliens, along with 149 other kids and babies, tortured to see how much they could handled, and then eventually rescued by another group of aliens where they were taken in and given families. They were taught the human/earth ways, as well as the ways of the aliens, and taught to use more of their brains than humans normally do. Learning to use tall of their brains, the children developed abilities to connect with computers, heal, change the molecular structure of things to make them bigger or smaller or completely different, just to name a few. After an attack from the original kidnapping aliens, the children are sent off to safety, except for Rivi, who escapes back to earth, where knowledge of the aliens becomes known to all and a whole new adventure begins.



17.
***** (Five Star Review) September 16, 2013 
Review By A.E. Crowe

In the past couple of weeks I have been reading this novel. It is a science fiction piece that is dedicated to revealing that there could be other life forms out there that we don't know about. While reading this novel (which is based for the age range of 4th-8th graders) 

I noticed that there were numerous underlying themes. The themes I noticed were merely my own observations and therefore could be different from other people who review this book. But they are themes as such references to dictatorships...I was drawn back to an era where there was a really nasty dictator called Adolf Hitler and that was World War 2. While also reading this I felt as though the author had a strong southern background in reference to the one Creator which people of the Christian faith believe that is God. 

The novel itself was witty, funny, and entertaining to the max. Virginia Lori Jennings portrays her characters to the maximum and fullest potential that they can reach. The descriptions she uses paints very vivid imagery into the mind of the reader. You basically won't be able to put this book down until you finish it. But when you do you will feel like you are fulfilled. There will be nothing left to figure out and it all will be revealed.

 Kudos Virginia for a very inspiring piece! I say this because I have never really been a sci-fi fan but after reading this I might just have to look further into it. You as my followers need to as well! I wish this review could be longer but if it is it will spoil it for the rest of you so please without further adieu please  go get your copy today! This novel is a must! Especially for those parents who want to expand their child's reading material!

I give this novel 5* across the board! Well done!

Find the review on A.E. Crowe's Website




16.


on April 26, 2013


An amazing, interesting, intriguing, and unique story! I enjoyed it, as I'm sure many others will, but must say it needs proper editing. If you can get past an overuse of ellipses, random typos/misspellings, and other small technical errors like that, I highly recommend this clean read to any who enjoy a good interplanetary adventure. (Mostly for young adults and kids though, I feel.)





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really liked it
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This is an imaginative science fiction story for the young and young-at-heart. Virginia Jennings takes the reader to amazing places in cyberspace and the universe.















14.


on March 18, 2013


The Alien Mind is a science fiction tale geared toward middle grade readers. It tells the tale of a young girl, Rivinaig who was kidnapped from Earth as a youngster along with 149 others and then trained to use more parts of her brain than normal by the people who saved her.

Although written with younger readers in mind, the book has lessons that adults need to learn from also. I know this 50-something man who doesn't like science fiction did. I'm probably the only person from my generation who hasn't seen any of the Star Trek episodes or any of the Star Wars movies.

One of the first lessons comes when Rivinaig goes to school on Earth and sees a boy being bullied by three other boys. She rescues the lad and then uses him as an experiment so he learns how to fight back without really fighting. And when the bullies need her help later on, she reciprocates without recourse. Everyone can learn from that.

Another lesson is that friends are friends forever and should help each other whenever they can.

The story kept my interest and I read it all in sitting. I could see how middle grade readers could get engrossed and understand the book.

I recommend this book to all young readers who like science fiction ... and their parents.



13.

My tween daughter really enjoyed this book. It was a great read to share and read together. Love the concept. Nice work!





12.
VINE VOICEon February 22, 2013
*** spoilers possible ***
I tend to be super picky when it comes to stuff I read, but I'll try to give you a balanced review here.

Personal Nits (things that bothered me - not all these will annoy every reader):
- Some of the dialogue sounds too formal/ unrealistic.
- A few grammar mistakes remain in the book. Certain sections were a bit awkward to read.
- The chapters are kind of long. I think the story would have felt like it was moving faster if there were more chapters.
- Good guys (Aun) and bad guys (Aruk) have very similar names.
- Some of the sci-fi terms are kinda clunkity (yes, I realize spell checker's having a fit right now) - ie. Comp Amalgamator, temporalgraphers, etc

Neutral:
- The story had a bit of a slow start.
- The target audience is probably way younger than I am, so that may account for some of the ambivalence I feel toward the story as a whole.

Good:
- The story's got decent things to say about friendship, commitment, and bravery.
- I am a complete sucker for stories where kids find out they have superpowers and use them nobly.
- Ch 8 was by far my favorite. *** spoiler to follow *** I'm not sure what it says about me that I find the best chapter to be the one where the main characters get beaten up in more ways than one. Maybe I just like the triumphing over hardship and pain sort of theme.
- Although there's obvious room for a continuation, the story feels complete in the end.
(Re: Dialogue, Grammar mistakes, and awkward sections this review references the first edition of the book. PDMI Publishing took care of editing when they took over the contract for the Reprint Edition)



11.
on January 6, 2013
This book is intended for younger readers and I think it can be enjoyed by readers of all ages. Sometimes Young Adult is often too adult for younger readers but that in not the case with this book. It is a quick read and has a fresh perspective for an alien Sci-Fi story. I though what made this refreshing was that it centers around a young human girl, who has been raised by aliens and taught how to develop special abilities. She can talk to computers and who wouldn't that supper power? She returns to Earth and befriends a boy and helps him to develop more confidence when their adventure truly begins. So if you have a younger reader in mind, give this book a try.

The Inadvertent Thief (The Thief)





10.
on January 2, 2013
This is definitely a book I want to share with my grand kids. I am one of those kind of people who read a few pages of a book before I head to the checkout counter to buy it. Suck me into a story in the first few pages and I am more likely than not to buy the book. I saw another review that mentioned that this is a movie in text and I have to agree. This would really make for a cute animated movie for kids. I hope lots of people buy this book and help put it up there in the top ranking so Virginia gets noticed and maybe just maybe, she gets offered a movie deal for the story. Thanks Virginia for a fun story about aliens.



9.

This book was gifted to me by the author for an honest review.

"A group of aliens, calling themselves the Aruk, defied their home planet's government and launched an attack on earth. In the dark of night they appeared into various houses in various towns all over the Earth. The Aruk attacked the Earth families in their homes and then kidnapped 150 children."

The children are taught by the aliens how to use more of their brain capacity and to manifest psychic powers like telekinesis. The good aliens are from Aun, the Aunantet. Rivi can link her brain to a computer. Sarah Ernestine aka Rivinaig goes back to Earth and goes to middle school.

"You expect me to believe that you were kidnapped by aliens at the age of four. Were raised by them. Were taught how to do things using a separate part of your mind. That you've been living with aliens on an alien planet, and have only just arrived here two days ago?"

Rivi befriends a boy who is being bullied and tries to teach him to be more assertive.

This is a quick, entertaining read and I liked it a lot. Rivi's superpowers are really cool and I liked how she taught Dan to be confident.

This book is set in the near future and I thought it was a bit weird that no one seemed too upset knowing there were aliens out there and that Rivi has superpowers. She goes to meet with the U.S. President and she is treated very nicely. Typically in movies now a days, aliens are taken to Roswell and autopsied. And people who have psychic abilities are imprisoned somewhere, treated unkindly and experimented on. No one seems too terribly afraid or threatened by Rivi.

The bad aliens, the Aruk capture Rivi and Dan and torture them.

I thought it was strange that the aliens called Rivi and Dan by their Personal Pin Numbers from school. The book ends with the Aruk planning nefarious things and Rivi and Dan deciding to stop them by recruiting other children. Apparently only children have the ability to open up the unused portions of their brains.

I thought this story was really interesting and it had a lot of potential. I felt at times that the plot was scattering in several directions and I was getting a bit lost. I thought the writing was really good and uncomplicated enough to be enjoyed by 4 - 8 grade readers. I thought at times the story could have been polished a bit more to be stronger. I didn't become as connected to the characters as I would like. There was some scary parts that was drawing me in which I thought could have been expanded upon. All in all I did enjoy it and felt that it was quick light read. 3.5 stars




8.

on December 28, 2012
I downloaded this book with the intent of reading it myself. I quickly discovered it was a perfect book to read to my daughter, who is nine and a voracious reader. We finished reading it and already she is clamoring for a sequel, which I hope is forthcoming.

Now I am reading the book for a second time to my son who just came home to live with me. His reaction has been entirely positive.


I gave the book four stars instead of five because there are some typographical errors that a good editor could clean up for a future release of this book. Also, the art work is far better than I could possibly hope to do, and some of it is impressive, but some of the artwork suggests Virginia struggles with faces.

The most important thing for me, though, is the story, and this is a great story. Virginia has crafted a compelling plot with characters the readers will love and legitimately care about!

~Jim Henry
(struck through as this section references the first edition of the book. PDMI Publishing took care of editing and brought another illustrator onboard when they took over the contract for the Reprint Edition)


7.
on December 15, 2012
As a young adult science fiction work this book is an excellent starter for readers beginning to exercise new skills. The plot follows the journey of a child who was raised by aliens and reintroduced to earth as a way of safeguarding her from attack.

Young readers will enjoy Rivi sticking it to bullies, using her mind to shape her world and facing her fears to do what is right.

I enjoyed reading The Alien Mind and I would recommend it as a great choice for young people beginning to read on their own.






6.

on December 12, 2012
**I was gifted a copy in return for my honest opinion**
A great educational story. I love Riv's and Daniel's friendship and how Riv taught him confidence and brought out his potential. The author found a wonderful way to incorporate valuable life teachings for young audience. I found myself writing down quotes for inspiration. The story is not dry though. It has a lot of suspense and twists to engage a young reader as well as an adult.





5.
on December 12, 2012
The Alien Mind is a book that is out of my normal genre of books, but after reading a review I had to give this book a try and I am very glad I did.
The overall moral of the book of friendship and perseverance struck a chord with me. It is a book that I will share with my teen readers too.
The story following a young girl, Rivi who had been kidnapped by aliens and trained to used her mind to it's full abitities, then returned to Earth is very believeable. When she meets up with Dan, who is being bullied, she helps him out of a tricky spot as well.
Seeing their friendship blossom and the journey they take together was a ride I was happy to go on with the author.
I would recommend this book for reading if you are a fan of science fiction or just a fan of friendship in general.


4.
The Alien Mind, by Virginia Jennings is an charming novel very appropriate for the 3rd to 8th grade markets. A young girl named Rivinaig, Rivi for short, and 150 other young children were kidnapped by a rebel faction of an alien race called the Aruk. The Aunantet, another group of aliens rescue them, raise them as their own, and teach them to use the hidden powers of their minds. The major events in the story follows the then 14 year old Rivi's adventures after she is returns to Earth. The story is well written and appropriate for the 4-8 grade age group. It is a uplifting adventure that focuses upon the principle that you have not really lost until you give up. The two main characters, Rivi and Daniel, struggle against the odds to save the galaxy from the plans of the evil Aruk with persistence and determination. I highly recommend the book and plan to read the sequels as they are published.



3.
on September 26, 2012
Enjoying 'The Alien Mind' and look forward to reading other stories by Ms. Virginia Jennings. Such a creative imagination and I can see that she is just beginning to tap the depth of her imagination. Much like the characters in this book. Grab 'The Alien Mind' and open your's to the possibilities.


2.
A great read
Anonymous- BarnesandNoble.com
1119 days ago
Anonymous
An amazing, interesting, intriguing, and unique story! I enjoyed it, as I'm sure many others will, but must say it needs proper editing. If you can get past an overuse of ellipses, random typos/misspellings, and other small technical errors like that, I highly recommend this clean read to any who enjoy a good interplanetary adventure. (Mostly for young adults and kids though, I feel.)
An amazing, interesting, intriguing, and unique story! I enjoyed it, as I'm sure many others will, but must say it needs proper editing. If you can get past an overuse of ellipses, random typos/misspellings, and other small technical errors like that, I highly recommend this clean read to any who enjoy a good interplanetary adventure. (Mostly for young adults and kids though, I feel.)

(struck through as this section references the first edition of the book. PDMI Publishing took care of editing when they took over the contract for the Reprint Edition)

An amazing, interesting, intriguing, and unique story! I enjoyed it, as I'm sure many others will, but must say it needs proper editing. If you can get past an overuse of ellipses, random typos/misspellings, and other small technical errors like that, I highly recommend this clean read to any who enjoy a good interplanetary adventure. (Mostly for young adults and kids though, I feel.)An amazing, interesting, intriguing, and unique story! I enjoyed it, as I'm sure many others will, but must say it needs proper editing. If you can get past an overuse of ellipses, random typos/misspellings, and other small technical errors like that, I highly recommend this clean read to any who enjoy a good interplanetary adventure. (Mostly for young adults and kids though, I feel.)
An amazing, interesting, intriguing, and unique story! I enjoyed it, as I'm sure many others will, but must say it needs proper editing. If you can get past an overuse of ellipses, random typos/misspellings, and other small technical errors like that, I highly recommend this clean read to any who enjoy a good interplanetary adventure. (Mostly for young adults and kids though, I feel1.

A group of children are abducted in the adventures of "The Alien Mind."
Each child becomes a hostage to the Aruk, a group of aliens. While held
hostage to the Aruk, the children are rescued from captivity by another
group of aliens who adopt them, and become their alien family. The
children become gifted in the course of their learning developmental
ability, and begin to defy the laws of physics. The trials, and
tribulations begin as the Aruk seek revenge, and the children must
once again fight for freedom. Virginia Lori Jennings brings her
characters to life as young Rivinaig details a description of a
hostage situation from the unknown, somewhere in the galaxy, far beyond
the imagination. The author draws the reader immediately into this
mysterious adventure as we fill our minds with curiosity about the
supernatural. I recommend "The Alien Mind" to teens, adults, and
science fiction lovers. The story is interesting from beginning to
end, the plot is superb, and the characters come to life within the
first few chapters. "The Alien Mind" is a science fiction thriller
that reveals the extraordinary battle for freedom as the children
become determined to fight for their rights with an extraterrestrial
army. The story is as entertaining as "Independence Day" as it fills
the pages with unparalleled magic, and imagination.

Geraldine Ahearn A.I.O.M.
Author of 6 books
Author Geri Ahearn, INC.
CCRN/ Lifetime Member ABI Women's Review Board

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