Genres: Paranormal Romance, SciFi, Young Adult
Published by Evolved Publishing on November 21, 2012
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Those inside are special, gifted with unique abilities, abilities that make them dangerous to the outside world. Since childhood, they're trained to control their powers, to show restraint, and to defend themselves. For years they practice, honing their gifts for one purpose: to be rented out to the highest bidder as a spy, to be used as a weapon against others.
Sam never questions her role at the secret organization dubbed Rent-A-Kid.
Until she meets Drake.
She reads minds. He controls minds. Together, they might get out alive.
THIS SPECIAL EDITION INCLUDES:
- Award-Winning Book #1 - Forbidden Mind
- Book #2 - Forbidden Fire
- Book #3 - Forbidden Life
- In-Depth Q&A with Author Kimberly Kinrade
- Extensive Bonus Content (Available ONLY in this Special Edition)
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“My mind flashed to an old Calvin and Hobbes cartoon I’d seen years ago. They were sliding down a mountain on a sled as Calvin spouted that the value of ignorance is bliss. Once we know something, he argued, we are forced to consider personal change in order to fix the problems that we see. If we persist in ignorance, we can stay cocooned in our beliefs — we can remain happy. At the end, when they fly off a cliff and crash, Hobbes remarks that he can’t handle this much bliss.
In my heart I knew that to stay blind would not lead to any happy endings… No matter how unpleasant the truth, I had to face it and change my life to fix the problems.”
The one blurb on this book that stated that this is a great mix of Dark Angel, Alias and X-Men pretty much hit it spot on. You’ve got kids with “para-powers” (super powers) that are sent off to do missions as soon as they hit 13. They are taken in from all sorts of homes, mostly when they are babies, and raised and educated at a private school that even the students don’t know where, geographically, it is located. Luke can walk through walls, Sam can read minds, Lucy can tell if you’re lying; some can control fire, some control metal (though not at a Magneto level), and one is a very good seductress, whom you, at first, hate. When they are 18, they are given their freedom… or so they think.
The reality of the situation is SO much worse than one first imagines.
I was drawn into this book because of the aforementioned blurb on the trio of known shows that come together to produce this magnificent trilogy. There were times when I had to put it down because my head was spinning. The first book is written mainly from Sam’s point of view, with a few chapters here and there written from others’ points of view… Eventually the point of view changes every chapter and, at one point, it’s told from a completely new character, to which I made a note in my Nook, “WHO THE HELL IS THIS NOW?!” It was a good note, not necessarily an angry one, but mostly just confused and, again, head-spinning.
The trilogy, as a whole, is a lot to take in — but it is very worth it. I don’t think it’s up to the level of the Hunger Games, which I couldn’t put down, except for a small point in the third book where the loss and devastation hit me so hard that it hurt my chest to keep reading (though I’d also been without sleep for a few days, which didn’t help). But it’s definitely engrossing and engaging and makes you feel as if you’re there. (Yes, that was a very redundant sentence. My point should be made.)
Not all the characters you think are good are, in fact, good. Not all the characters you think are bad are, in fact, bad. And every character made me want to punch them at least once, which is my new way of knowing if the character is real enough. If they make the mistakes or act like complete and utter douches, you know that, no matter their powers, they’re human. And it makes me like them even more.
Kimberly Kinrade wrote some powerful books here that you should most DEFINITELY spend $9.99 for all three! I mean, come on, that’s an awesome deal, and the fact that the books are worth it makes it even better.
Very well done, with only a few points where I was confused because SO much was going on at once, but all-in-all, absolutely superb!