Forbidden Mind (Forbidden #1) by Kimberly Kinrade
Rating: 4 Stars
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?
First Thoughts: I have read Kimberly's work before so I have been watching her (not in a stalker way lol) work and waiting to hear what's next. When Kimberly offered the ebook for Forbidden Mind to reviewers, I had to do it. The cover is simple but in a very good way. It fits well with the story, it even fits with the title. When you think of 'forbidden' you think of someone keeping you out and a fence does that job pretty well.
Writing Style: This would be the section that made the difference of the four stars to five stars. Kimberly is a fantastic writer and it was very easy to fall into her story. I got to disappear from my busy life and escape into the life of the paranormal. The only thing that bothered me a bit was once in awhile I felt like it got choppy. It didn't happen very often but it was enough to bug me and for me to remember it.
Characters: Continuing off the last section, I felt like some of the characters could have been explored more but wasn't. Drake for one. His story was short and sweet and when he finally made his appearance it wasn't as exciting as I thought it would be. I guess they were in a hurry to get out but the time after that could have made up for it. Sam was easy to sympathize with since we are in her head. She was betrayed by the people she trusted and violated in the worst way possible.
Final Thoughts: I wasn't disappointed with this book. I wish it was longer though. I can just imagine the possibilities of more action and twists. But I can't complain much about it because this isn't the end of the story. This is a great story that has a lot of potential and I can't wait to find out how things work out for Sam and Drake.