Today I’m celebrating generosity – no small thing, I think you’ll agree. Specifically, I’m setting off fireworks for FREE reads from cool authors, which always puts a smile on my face! 🙂
The free reads in question today are an award-winning paranormal romance trilogy – Forbidden Trilogy – which fell into my hands and I simply couldn’t say no.
How did I get so lucky? Well, a few months back I got asked by a tour organiser to host a stop for Kimberly, and for my honest reviews. Say no more!
If you’ve not heard of Kimberly Kinrade (why?) then read on for a yummy introduction to her writing, information about (and for my thoughts on) the Forbidden Trilogy.
“A thrilling, dark and deeply romantic read.” ~Refracted Light Young Adult Book Reviews
“The plot is very ALIAS and DARK ANGEL-like with X-MEN as its backdrop (awesome combo!).” ~Sour Skittles Book Blog
Paranormal teens with unimaginable powers. A secret organization with deadly intentions. When Sam, a girl who reads minds, meets Drake, a boy who controls minds, they discover their lives aren’t what they thought.
Together, they must escape their fate and free their friends, before they lose everyone they love.
This special edition omnibus includes the entire Forbidden Trilogy–Forbidden Mind, Forbidden Fire and Forbidden Life, as well as extensive bonus content. Meet the author in an in-depth Q&A, get to know your favorite characters better, enjoy never-before-revealed interlude scenes and so much more.
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.
My name is Sam, and this is my story.
So begins the tale of Sam and Drake–from the time they link minds, forging a bond that leads to an unconventional romance–to their fight for survival against the corrupt, twisted organization known as ‘Rent-A-Kid.’
“…a thrilling, dark and deeply romantic read that had me sitting on the edge of my seat and eagerly awaiting the next installment.” ~ Refracted Light Young Adult Book Reviews
“The plot is very ALIAS and DARK ANGEL-like with X-MEN as its backdrop (awesome combo!). Forbidden Mind BLEW my mind!” ~Sour Skittles Book Blog
Winner of 2011 Forward National Literature Award
Sam reads minds, while residing in a school for children and young adults (affectionately named Rent-A-Kid by it’s students) with super powers. Sam and her peers believe the schools owners are their protectors, secluding them from the outside world to keep them safe. They send them on assignments where they are expected to use their powers (all sorts of super-powers) to perform tasks as and when required, but mostly, they are treated as normal kids who attend school and enjoy friendships. Sam is also an artist and dreams of attending art school after her term at the special school ends. She is best friends with a brother and sister duo – Luke and Lucy. A three characters are instantly likeable.
Elsewhere, Drake hides his true self in attempt to live a normal life as a prospective (and truly talented) professional surfer. Or at least, he does, right up until someone discovers his powers and kidnaps him. At this point a romance forms through mind-connection between Drake and Sam, and a search to save him begins.
I wasn’t hugely keen on Sam, even by the end of the book. She is likeable enough, but not the brightest or particularly interesting. But in a way, that’s a good thing. Not every heroine should be incredible… readers need to related to some extent, after all. That said, I much preferred ballsy Lucy!
“She escaped, but she’ll never be free.”
“Time held no meaning as my mind darted in and out of memories. Past and present collided to create a full-sensory collage out of my life: playing hide-n-seek with my best friends Luke–who always cheated by walking through walls when he was about to be caught–and Lucy; Mr. Caldrin critiquing my sketches and offering ideas to make them more realistic; targets changing faces, blending into the same person, their thoughts rippling through my mind like waves. Through it all, a demon stalked me from the shadows of my memories, never quite showing its face, but crouching, waiting.
And then I dreamed….”
Sam and Drake may have escaped, but they aren’t free—not with a powerful Seeker after them. As Sam struggles with the ethics of her new powers and embraces a blossoming physical relationship with Drake, Lucy and Luke face challenges of their own.
With forces coalescing inside and outside the Rent-A-Kid dorms, it’s only a matter of time before the fire they started forces each of them to make choices they can’t undo. But will it be enough to save them?
The end of book one leads into book two, where Sam and Drake are on the run and searching for help to expose the organisation for the child-abusing scum-bags they truly are. Drakes first point of call for this help is his confidante – Father Patrick. Sam’s health declines while going through withdrawal from the drugs the organisation used to control her, threatening her life and that of her unborn child.
Left at Rent-A-Kid, Luke and Lucy face a more military-style security after Sam and Drake’s escape. Some of the students died when they openly rebelled, so in secrecy, Lucy and Luke recruit a rebel army and learn about their Shadow powers. Meanwhile, Sam and Drake attempt to find out how to rescue their friends and peers left at the school.
Finally, a battle ensues – people-power style!
I enjoyed this book and getting to know more of the characters at the school and along the route of survival for Drake and Sam.
The road to redemption begins in darkness.
A sinister force waits for them in darkness, ready to devour their powers and take their lives.
Sam’s baby is the key to a lock that must never been opened. To keep her child safe, Sam will do anything.
Drake might have found a way to get his powers back and save his family, but is it too late?
Luke and Lucy uncover secrets in an organization they thought they could trust, and the lives of all Rent-A-Kid children are at stake.
In this last Forbidden Trilogy installment, the secrets to Rent-A-Kid will finally be revealed.
This was the longest book and it tied up loose ends nicely. Tensions mounted in the urgency of preventing Ana’s impending doom as all sought to protect her and put an end finally to all responsible for harming themselves and Ana in the future. Drake annoyed me last installment because he lost his powers and ran off to lick his wounds while his poor pregnant girlfriend got on with business. On his return I kind of wanted him to get slapped 😛
Overall, this is a great YA paranormal romance with plenty of action, interesting multifaceted characters and a cool plot. What’s not to like? I didn’t love Drake or Sam all the time. But I cared enough about them to make reading about their plight entertaining if not compulsory. I loved Luke and Lucy though, and a few other of the characters and because Kimberly wrote this many viewpoints, we got to know and see through the eyes of more than just Sam and Drake.
It had dark moments and sensual moments, all appropriate for young adults.
Special Features included at the end of this omnibus:
- Discussion Guide
- Top Secret: IPI Paranormal Profiles-
- Tell Me No Secrets by Sam Smith and Drake Davis-
- Questions and Answers with Author Kimberly Kinrade-
- The Forbidden Trilogy Playlist-
Forbidden Trilogy Tour Stops
Kimberly Kinrade was born with ink in her veins and magic in her heart. She writes fantasy and paranormal stories for children, YA and adults and still believes in magic worlds. Check out her YA paranormal novels Forbidden Mind and Forbidden Fire and her illustrated children’s fantasy chapter books Lexie World, and Bella World, all on Amazon.
She lives with her three little girls who think they’re ninja princesses with super powers, her two dogs who think they’re humans and her husband, also known as the sexy Russian Prince, who is the love of her life and writing partner. For a list of her books, check out this link. For a fun fan experience, join the team at I.P.I. at this link. For kids and parents of young kids, join the Lost Kids at this link. Good Reads
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