Forbidden Mind by Kimberly Kinrade is the first book in a paranormal trilogy for young adults. This book has been described as X-men meets Alias, and I think that fits it perfectly. Without giving anything away, the premise of the books is basically that there are teens in the world with supernatural abilities called para-powers. They are all kept at a boarding school type facility where they are rented out to whoever has the coin to pay for their special abilities. The para-kids call this place Rent-A-Kid.
Forbidden Mind follows the story of Sam and Drake. Sam is a girl on the verge of turning 18 and she's a mind reader. Drake is a bit older and he can control minds and has a bit of super strength going on as well.
"I can pull out every thought you've ever had. What do you think I'll find if I do that?"
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Now, on to the review.
There are a few things that a YA Novel has to meet for me to consider it true YA. I'm so beyond sick of picking up hugely popular YA novels and half way through getting bombarded by sex that is just a little too explicit in my mind for a young girl to be reading. Do we really want our daughters and sisters reading about sex as some romantic right of passage at the age of 14 or 15 or even 17? No, I didn't think so. Okay, rant over.
When I read a YA I read it with "Can I pass this on to my sister when I'm done?" in the back of my mind. This is criteria number one. If I don't feel like I can pass on a book that claims to be in the YA genre to someone in that age group there is something wrong. However, Forbidden Mind passed that test without issue.
Yes, there are more "adult" issues in this book. But that's part of what YA is. It's adult issues being dealt with by teens. Why? Because the readers are at a point of their lives where they are suspending between childhood and adulthood and the characters should represent that. It's a very thin line for authors to walk but Kimberly does it well. In fact, I don't think there was any instances that I thought were inappropriate for a reader around the age of 13.
Some of the reviews I read before picking up this book had a few complaints. One being the book is too short. Yes, it is more the length of a novella than a novel, but why should that be held against the book? The shorter book means fast paced plot, but when kids the ages of 13+ are used to being spoon fed their entertainment, a fast paced plot is definitely not a bad thing in my mind.
Another complaint? The love story that happens occurs way too quickly. Well, as most romance stories go . . . things do happen quickly. Think about any movie you watch. 90% of them have deep and everlasting love occurring within a couple of days. Yes, it's not real life, but in my opinion it is not a problem in this story. Unless the book is a huge sweeping epic that spans the time of a few months to years, you cannot have the slow growing love that some people seem to want from this book.
The writing is simple and to the point. It's an easy read. If I was reviewing this as an adult book then that would be a complaint of mine. However, I think Kimberly's writing is perfect for the genre she picked. For kids that are avid readers, the plot will keep them engaged. For kids that would rather sit in front of a TV than pick up a book, then in my opinion the writing is simple, straightforward and fast enough to keep their attention which is exactly what you need in YA books these days.
I am giving Forbidden Mind 5 out of 5 stars! My reasons are as follows: The writing and content fit the targeted age group and genre, the plot is tight and entertaining, the characters are well rounded and individuals, I can pass this on to my sisters (!), and my personal favorite: no vampires!
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She reads minds. He controls minds. Together, they might get out alive.
49% of Americans believe their government officials are honest.
I don't know these officials, or their supporters, but I know their secrets, and 49% of Americans are wrong.
My employers pay me well to be right, to know things others can't. But I don't know why they brought that boy in, strapped to a stretcher, barely conscious. He asked me for help when I could give none.
I'm a wealthy spy, a talented artist, a martial arts black belt, and a prisoner.
They tell me that on my eighteenth birthday, I will be released, free to go to the college of my dreams.
It's my eighteenth birthday, and a man in black is at my door. I know he's not here to free me.
I know, because I can read minds.
My name is Sam, and this is my story.
So begins the tale of Sam and Drake—from the time they link minds, forging a bond that leads to an unconventional romance—to their fight for survival against the corrupt, twisted organization known as 'Rent-A-Kid.' Evolved Publishing brings you "Forbidden Mind" (Book 1 of the Forbidden Trilogy), by award-winning author Kimberly Kinrade.
Kimberly Kinrade was born with ink in her veins and magic in her heart. She writes fantasy and paranormal stories for children, YA and adults and still believes in magic worlds. Check out her YA paranormal novels Forbidden Mind and Forbidden Fire and her illustrated children's fantasy chapter books Lexie World, and Bella World, all on Amazon.
She lives with her three little girls who think they're ninja princesses with super powers, her two dogs who think they're humans and her husband, also known as the sexy Russian Prince, who is the love of her life and writing partner.