"Forbidden Mind" by Kimberly Kinrade

“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?”

I read this book in one sitting, curled up on my couch and sipping my first cup of coffee of the day. You know a book has to be interesting when I can read it before I’ve really had a chance to wake up!

The story is very well written; I didn’t notice any typos and the style is both easy-to-read and engrossing.

It is technically a young adult novel, but it’s not the kind that I would recommend for the younger teens. In fact, in my opinion this book should be 16+. Not that it is particularly graphic but it has some unsettling content that my younger self would have dwelled on for far too long.

That being said, this book was a great introduction to an author whose works I have never read before, (though I’ve been following her on facebook/twitter for a while now). It’s always exciting to discover that an indie author you have been curious about can write as well as you have hoped. No disappointment here!

I look forward to the sequel!


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