Amazon Synopsis: 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?
AN ARTFUL AND SUSPENSE-RIDDEN TALE!
Usually YA (Young Adult) fiction isn’t on my list of must-go-to books to read but this week I’ve read and reviewed two (See Next Monday’s Book Review). Kimberly’s book, “Forbidden Mind”, is the other. Once I started reading, I had to finish to find out what happens to Sam, an otherwise wholesome teenager, coming of age, in an “X-Men” type of institution. How do young teens come of age with special, extraordinary powers? Kimberly manages to create a world and characters where both exist simultaneously and marvelously, at that.
If teenagers feel different and out of the loop with their peers, they are surely to identify with Sam, the twins and the rest. They will see themselves as the smacktalking but for a good cause that Sam finds herself in at the beginning of the Novel. They’ll see the house/estate rules that forbid contact with the outside world in their parents’ home (because I said so, you’ll do as I say, etc) that teens, as angst-ridden as they are, will be nodding in accordance.
“Forbidden Mind” is somewhere between “Romeo and Juliet” and “Paradise Lost”, where a heart-breaking ending is but a new beginning.