Thursday, January 26, 2012

Forbidden Mind by Kimberly Kinrade - Review

Forbidden Mind by Kimberly Kinrade
Published: September 2011
Published by: Evolved Publishing

She reads minds.
He controls minds.
Together, they might get out alive.

Sam thinks she's months away from freedom. After spending her life in a secret school, rented out to the rich and powerful as a paranormal spy, she is ready to head to college like any normal eighteen-year-old.

Only Sam isn't normal. She reads minds. And just before her big going-away party, she links to the mind of a young man who changes everything.

Drake wasn't raised as a 'Rent-A-Kid.' He was kidnapped and taken there by force. But his exceptional physical strength and powers of mind control make him very dangerous, especially to Sam.

When they meet, Sam is forced to face the truth of her situation, and to acknowledge that not all is as it seems in her picture-perfect world. For what awaits her on her eighteenth birthday isn't a trip to college, but an unexpected nightmare from which she may not be able to escape.

To survive, they must work together.

But will their powers be enough to save them before it's too late?

My review:
What do you do when your life has been filled with lies and things are not like what you have been told? This is what Sam has to sort through when she realizes her entire life has been even worse than she thought. She had come to accept living at Rent-A-Kid, not having a family, and doing as she was told on jobs where she used her powers of reading minds. All the while, she was planning for the day when she would be 18 and would be free to live her own life. When someone shows up who also has powers but did not grow up at Rent-A-Kid, Sam starts realizing things are not what they seem, and now she must figure out who she can really trust.

Forbidden Mind is a short, easy read. I was really intrigued by the whole idea and could not wait to read it. It is easy to like Sam right from the beginning and hope that everything works out for her.  Since this is the first one in the series, we are left at the end not knowing how everything turns out. On the downside, I did not like how it had "K" and "cuz," even though I am fully aware this is the common way for teenagers to write those words. Of course, this was just my own personal opinions, and others may not have a problem with it. Overall, it was an enjoyable read, and I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys YA paranormal.

A copy was provided by the author for review.

About the author:
Kimberly Kinrade was born with ink in her veins and magic in her heart. As a child, where others saw shapes in clouds, she saw words. But she was also an entrepreneur at heart. So when her business arrangement with the Tooth Fairy ended, she went pro by writing her fantastical stories and selling them to all her neighbors.

Fast forward…um…many years and many college degrees later… and she is now a published author after a long career as a journalist and freelance writer.

Though Kimberly has written in many genres and fields, she is most passionate about the world of the paranormal and fantasy. Her novels include (current and upcoming): Forbidden Mind (a trilogy), Death by Destiny (a trilogy), and The Reluctant Familiar (a series). She is also the author of Lexie World (The Three Lost Kids Trilogy), for children.

When she is not writing, editing and writing some more, she spends her time with her three little girls who think they are princess ninjas with hidden supernatural powers, their two dogs who think they are human, and the one man who is her soul mate and writing partner.

You can find Kimberly on her site, Twitter, and Facebook.


  1. thank you so much for your review :) And for hosting me on the giveaway!

  2. This sounds like a great book...I've heard some great things about it. Thanks for the awesome review!

  3. Thanks for this great review. I love paranormal books and can't wait to read this one. I have to Put this on my TBR.

  4. Thanks for such a great review! It sounds so good!

  5. Sounds like a great book!

  6. I like that one can read minds and one can control minds! It sounds like a good book.

  7. Yea i wouldn't like it if I saw the world 'k' and 'cuz' in the book though cuz is understandable.
    Great review!

  8. I love paranormal books! And I would love to read more about Sam, and her mind reading power. Thanks for the review!

  9. Sounds great! Can't wait to read it :D

  10. Great review, thanks for sharing.

  11. Sounds like an intriguing story! Title's cool as well! Another book to add to my TBR list! :)

  12. I can't wait to read it. Thanks for your awesome review.

  13. I don't like the "teen" talk as well! :D Great review!

  14. Thanks for the great review. I have seen this on the blogs and really looks like a book I would enjoy reading.


  15. this sounds great thank you for the review

  16. Thanks for the review! I'm interested in checking Forbidden Mind out now.

  17. Thanks for the review! I'll be looking forward to get to read this:P

  18. Wow! Very impressive author bio and I find the premise of this story fascinating. I still manage to enjoy books in which the author chooses to use teenage speak, even though I must admit that they tend to glare at me from the pages.


  19. Sounds interesting, can't wait to check it out! Thanks for the review!

  20. hmmm i think this sounds pretty interesting. Up my alley for sure.



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