Review: Alien Minds #3 by Christina Bauer

DIVERGENT meets OCEAN’S EIGHT in this urban fantasy heist!


On my seventeenth birthday, I wake up in the hospital to find I just survived a sketchy but terrible accident. My parents stand by my bedside—both are beautiful, wealthy, and super-nice. They tell me that once I leave the hospital, I’ll attend the prestigious ECHO Academy, where I’ll churn out equations for the government along with my mega-smart peers.

So, I’m living the perfect life. 

Then why does everything feel all wrong? 

My parents, my house and even ECHO Academy…none of it fits. Plus, what’s up with Thorne, my brooding yet yummy classmate who keeps telling me I need to remember my true past, which seems to have included a lot of us kissing? That’s one thing I’d really like to remember, except for the fact that I’m pretty sure Thorne is hiding a ton of nasty secrets of his own, including the fact that he may not be from this world. But considering how my own past seems alien to me, it’s not like I can judge. Plus, Thorne has dimples. That’s a problem.

And worst of all, why does it feel so yucky to work on these calculations for the government? It’s all supposed to be part of ECHO, but my heart tells me that I’m helping something truly terrible come to pass. Thorne seems to think that kissing him again will release my real memories. 

Maybe it’s time to pucker up.

“Appealing and engaging. Love the strong female character!” – Arlene’s Book Reviews



I pace the plush carpet of the suite’s living room, excitement zinging through my veins. Plans for tonight keep spinning through my mind. 

The resort has a romantic place for dinner. Everything is oak tables and candlelight. Afterward, they have a laid-back dance club that plays classic jazz. I already changed my sentient into a dark suit for the occasion. Now I’m waiting for Meimi. 

“Ready!” she calls from her chamber.

My heart soars. When I reply, it takes all my warrior training to keep my voice level. “Good news.” 

A door swings open, revealing the most beautiful girl I’ve ever seen.

The black dress fits her in all the right places. Meimi has curves and I love it. The silk wrap hangs lightly around her shoulders. She isn’t wearing any make-up, but my girl doesn’t need it. She’s stunning with just her green eyes and long brown hair. 

My transcendent.

This time when I speak, my voice comes out a little rough. “You look stunning.”

“Thank you.” A gentle blush colors her cheeks. “What’s the plan for tonight?”

“Are you certain you want to waste an evening with me?”

“Positive. I’ve decided I’ll seduce you and then lock you out in the hallway.”

“Really?” I can’t help but laugh. My girl and her plans. “I love that idea.” I can’t help myself. Crossing the room, I set my hands at her waist and begin swaying from side to side. “As long you’re near, that’s all I need.”

Meimi giggles. “What are we doing now?”

“A practice dance as I review our schedule for the evening.”

Meimi loops her arms around my neck and leans against me. Together, we slowly move from foot to foot. She nuzzles my neck. “About that schedule?”

“Right.” I tighten my grip on her waist. “We’ll begin with dinner.”


“And then go dancing.”

“Even better.”

Taking her hand in mine, I guide her into a twirl. There’s no need for us to speak; the movement is natural. As she spins around, the dress flares to show off more of her legs. 

With that, it’s official. Every inch of Meimi is beautiful.

“This is the perfect dress for a twirl,” I add. “We’ll have to do that multiple times tonight.”

She leans in against me and we slow dance again. “I can’t believe this is happening. It’s like a dream.”

“Do you want to stop?”

“No, I want to live this moment to its fullest.” 

This new series is perfect for: fans of urban fantasy, action & adventure, cool science, evil corporations, forbidden romance and hot new classmates who may or may not be aliens.

The above statement from the publisher is correct! Christina Bauer‘s Alien Minds is all of the above and more. It is a story about friendship, self-sacrifice, and making hard choices in an impossible Omniverse. What does this mean for us? An awesome freaking book and series!

I love Meimi aka Wisteria. I also crush hard on her sidekicks and I want to know more. I will confess that this series is the first time that I am reading Christina Bauer. I do not know if The Hollow has her own series, but if she does not I want so much more of her! I have to assume that there will be books about Justice and Slate along with their partners. Luci must have a back story. I can go on and on because Bauer has created such an immense and fascinating world that you want to know everything about everyone.

Luckily for me I already have the next book, but seriously I do not know what I am going to do until the one after that comes out. I am already stressing because this series is that good.

If you have not started this series, right now is a great time as Bauer has revamped and given readers more information with the recent release of Scythe and Umbra. Join me on the drift because the ride is a blast.

Rating: 5 out of 5.





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Other books in the “Dimension Drift” series:

#1 Scythe (See my review on 9 May 2020)

#2 Umbra (See my review on 10 May 2020)

#4 Echo Academy

Meet the Author

Christina Bauer

Christina Bauer thinks that fantasy books are like bacon: they just make life better. All of which is why she writes romance novels that feature demons, dragons, wizards, witches, elves, elementals, and a bunch of random stuff that she brainstorms while riding the Boston T. Oh, and she includes lots of humor and kick-ass chicks, too. 

Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.

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Further Details:
Publisher: Monster House Books, 2019
Series: Dimension Drift #3
Pages: 350

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