Thursday, October 18, 2012

Forbidden Mind by Kimberly Kinrade

Forbidden Mind by Kimberly Kinrade
Release Date: September 6, 2011
Publisher: Evolved Publishing

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.  - Goodreads.com

I gotta tell you that this book grabbed me immediately and never let go.  This was one of those books that just sucks you from the first sentence and keeps you interested, keeps you flipping pages, and leaves you breathless and wanting more.

I've definitely read other stories that built on this same concept... one where the government or some other organization is privately exploiting young teens that have extraordinary powers.  So this plot device wasn't anything new.  BUT what the author did to it was so fresh and unique.  The characters in the story were perfect, so real, and their interactions together really made you love them and root for them.  Especially Sam and Drake.  I've only read one other story where the relationship progressed completely in the minds of the two characters, since they can communicate through thought.  I love how they grew to care about each other.

If I had any complaints about the story at all it would be two things: 1. I felt that despite Sam's and Drake's growing affection through thought, they dropped the L word a little too quick.  and 2. The book was a lot shorter than expected.  It was only about 96 pages... so that cliffhanger came along way too fast.  But it made me desperately want to read more, so no harm done.

A really excellent story that kept me on the edge of my seat.

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