Release-Day Review: The Girl Who Could Move Sh*t with Her Mind by Jackson Ford


The Girl Who Could Move Shit With Her Mind by Jackson Ford // VBC ReviewThe Girl Who Could Move Sh*t with Her Mind (The Frost Files #1)
Jackson Ford
Published: June 18, 2019 (Orbit)
Purchase at: Amazon or Book Depository
Review Source: Copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Reviewed by: Amy

Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars

Teagan Frost is a psychokinetic—or PK as she likes to call it. In other words, she’s the girl who can move sh*t with her mind. Teagan is the result of a successful experiment by her geneticist parents. Since their sudden deaths, and the loss of all their research, that’s about all she knows. Seized by the government at a young age, Teagan was given two choices: let them cut her open for experimentation or work as an undercover agent.

So we find Teagan living in LA for the past two years part of a group of other misfits who have also somehow found themselves at the mercy of the government, although none of them can move sh*t with their minds. As far as Teagan knows, no one else in the world can do what she can. That’s why when the group’s last job winds up with their mark dead in a way only a PK could have done it, all fingers point to Teagan.

She has less than 24 hours to prove her innocence, and she’s not the only one whose life is on the line, her entire team faces extermination. Figuring out why the PK is targeting certain people will lead the group on a mad dash around LA, but they had better hurry. The clock is ticking.

If you want to get my attention, put an asterisk on your cover. Anywhere. It’s like that little star just draws my eyes and from there I’m pulled into finding out what the story is about.

Once you’re pulled into The Girl Who Could Move Sh*t with Her Mind, you find you’re in a fast-paced high stakes read about an X-Men-like heroine battling the person she could have become if just one thing about her circumstances had been different.

Teagan is really the focal point of the entire story, and the other PK, the “evil” PK Jake more represents that other side. Where Teagan could go with her powers if she chose to. Yes, Jake’s side of the story is more a tragic sense of him trying to find out why he is the way he is, and being caught up in believing he’s doing good by eliminating people who have done bad things. Yes, Teagan is more or less in a government-sanctioned job doing almost the exact same thing, but Jackson Ford does a great job of really showing where their characters differ. What makes Teagan “good” and Jake “evil” while also, invariably making them human.

I loved the way Teagan’s past is kind of parsed out throughout the story. With little mentions or asides at first before we get the entirety of what she went through with her family. I especially like how it all comes full circle by the end with Teagan confronting Jake in a way she couldn’t do to with her family.

The best part for me, however, was seeing the group of other indentured agents that Tegan has been working with for two years finally becoming a team and not just working together because they’re being forced or manipulated. I think this will, eventually, go a long way in helping them undermine those keeping them constrained, but mainly it gives Teagan a family-type unit. People who care about her for her regardless of her PK. If nothing else, this book shows the importance of having people that you can count on no matter what.

It’s clear that this story is only the beginning. With the ending (and seriously that teased ending!), it’s such a great setup for things to come. I know I can’t wait.

Sexual content: Kissing and references to sex

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