Bend Your Brain is a very fun book full of puzzles and brain teasers that help enhance your memory, build problem solving skills, and reduce stress. Basically they help you build a better brain, which is great for me, because I pretty much have the memory of a goldfish.
The book is divided into five different categories: Visual Perception, Word Skills, Critical Thinking, Coordination, and Memory. Each of these categories contains puzzles that progressively become harder. They are labeled by five different skill levels: Mind Warming, Mind Stretching, Mind Growing, Mind Bursting, and Mind Blowing. Gradually increasing the difficulty allows your brain to change and become stronger.
I really enjoyed this activity book. It's definitely not your everyday crossword or sodoku puzzle book, it's so much more. It contains many brain teasers that I've never seen before, such as a 600+ dot-to-dots, sodoku with letters, crossword puzzles with no clues, and plenty of word scrambles, word searches, and mazes. Some of the puzzles only take a few minutes to complete while others may take half an hour or more.
The entire book has over 150 pages for you to enjoy, so it will definitely keep you busy for quite a few road trips, flights, between classes, or bouts of boredom. I try to do a few puzzles a day to keep my brain active.
The puzzles have definitely kept me busy. They are difficult, but not so much that I can't complete most of them. However, I was dissapointed with a few puzzles because they aren't possible for everyone to do. For example, there's a puzzle where you have to identify celebrities mouths (what if you aren't familiar with the celebrities?), and another puzzle where you have to label whether certain events happened before or after the year 2000 (a few of them I had no clue about). That kind of information you either know or you don't, I prefer puzzles that really make you think.
In the event that you can't figure out one of the puzzles and it's starting to drive you a little crazy, there are answers in the back of the book to help you keep your sanity.
Not only does this book contain many mind blowing puzzles, but there's also witty little descriptions, graphics, brain facts, and hints throughout it's entirety that truly makes this book superior to an average puzzle book.
Disclosure: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. I did not receive any form of monetary compensation for this post. All opinions are 100% mine.