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Forbidden Mind (The Forbidden Trilogy #1)

3.73  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,801 Ratings  ·  290 Reviews
From the award-winning, bestselling author Karpov Kinrade.

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, bare
Kindle Edition, 250 pages
Published September 6th 2011 by Daring Books (first published September 1st 2011)
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Diana (Mrs. Barrons)
For a book that's less than 150 pages, it was actually a pretty interesting read. Its well written and easy to follow. The story is set in an x-men type academy for paranormal kids. The kids are rented out to rich people to basically let them blackmail others, or for some other immoral dealings. The kids are paid for each assignment, but most of the money is set aside into a savings account for them that they can access when they turn 18 and are supposedly cut lose to go to college and lead a no ...more
Shari Kay
DNF at 37% not for triggers Author's style and Y.A.
V.A. Dold
Sep 30, 2012 V.A. Dold rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE this new series! Thank you so much Kimberly for this wonderful gift of entertainment.
Nikki Wilde
Sep 03, 2012 Nikki Wilde rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What seemed like an excellent premise for a book turned out to be poorly executed.

Sam a mind reader and working for rent-a-kid to turn up hidden secrets for the highest bidder is about to turn 18 and be sent off to college to do as she pleases. Or so she thinks. Little does she know that all at rent-a-kid is not as it seems.

Drake, being able to control minds and being super strong hides out as much as he can. He keeps to himself but his one dream of becoming a surfing legend has him confused. H
Sep 12, 2011 Lora rated it liked it
Let me start by saying, I think this would have been stronger as a full-fledged novel, rather than a novella. I blew through this in less than an hour, and was left with a lot of questions that I think a longer piece could have answered.

The horror element of this piece is strong, even stronger than the paranormal aspect, in my opinion. People reading minds, eh, sure, that's pretty standard, but the horror part? Yikes times a million! The reveal that (view spoiler)
Nickle Love (Night Owl Reads)
Originally published in my blog:

I received a copy of this ebook from the author as part of the book tour. All opinions are my own and are influenced by no one.

I was surprised with how good this book is. Granted it has some elements that I didn't like, but it worked well with the whole story.

While reading, X-men, Dollhouse, and Nikita came to mind. It's like those 3 got married and gave birth to Forbidden Mind. Children and teens with para-powers are kept
Sep 12, 2011 Katrina rated it really liked it
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Sep 09, 2011 Lissette rated it it was amazing
I recently had the honor of reading this book when Kimberly asked for a couple people to review the book before it officially released. I have to say that it was hard to put it down once I started reading it. It was that engrossing and hooked me in from the beginning.

Sam seems shy, at first, but she believes that the people behind Rent-A-Kid are taking good care of her and is looking forward to the moment when she can go out into the world and make it on her own. Her life is going just the way s
Feb 25, 2016 Cheyenne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't know how to rate this. It was poorly written, but you do want to know how it ends. This book could be very good, the story has potential. But it has no build up, NONE AT ALL. Honestly it kinda felt like a children's book trying to enter puberty, but not successfully.. I don't think I'm going to read the next one.
Patti Larsen
Sep 09, 2011 Patti Larsen rated it it was amazing
SO GOOD!! Loved Sam, how real the author kept her despite her talent. She's such a strong female MC, fantastic! And the premise is awesome... great story line, page turner, loved it. Can't wait for the next book!
Apr 06, 2012 Lacey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First Thoughts:

So I'll admit the beginning intrigued me, the idea of "renting" these paranormal kids out was different than what I'm used to reading. Actually this whole paranormal idea is new to me, most books I've been most interested in has been more realistic and perhaps a tad of supernatural nothing like what I read in this book. I enjoyed the strong connections, the suspense and most of all I enjoyed that not once did I look at how much more I had to read...I loved that it was a fast read
Ally Atherton
Sep 21, 2011 Ally Atherton rated it really liked it

Sam is nearly 18 and has the ability to read people's minds. For as long as she can remember she has lived with other children with amazing powers and has been looked after by Rent- A-Kid. Some can walk through walls, others can tell if people are lying. All her needs have been met and throughout her life they have sent her on various assignments where she uses her gifts to help others.
But one day a boy arrives through the doors who can also read minds and she discovers that all is not as it see
Alex Laybourne
Jan 05, 2012 Alex Laybourne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fordidden Mind is an excellent Young Adult novel and the first in a very promising series.

The main theme behind it all is fantastic. Kids with super power being rented out as spies. How awesome does that sound already.

The story follows one girl who is coming of age and no longer needed by the company 'rent-a-kid'and is looking forward to starting her life. College, a house a job. However, without giving anything away, a chance meeting with a new kid with powers similar to her own changes her li
Oct 30, 2011 T.G. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Forbidden Mind ensnares the reader within the lives of Sam and Drake. Sam's grown up as a Rent-A-Kid. Drake's been brought in by force. Neither have a choice in what happens to them. The only choice is what they plan to do about it.
I love the strength of the main characters, that they don't plan on taking things lying down. Filled with well-developed characters and a plot that will keep you at the edge of you seat, Forbidden Mind is unputdownable!
Kimberly Kinrade has created realistic, true cha
Michelle Birbeck
I picked this up a little while ago and it's been sitting on my computer waiting for me to read. I am now kicking myself for not reading it sooner!! Having finally got an ebook reader, I started reading this earlier today, and didn't stop until it was finished. I loved the concept behind the book, how everything was paced and how it flowed. I adored the characters and how they dealt with everything that happened.

I am a huge fan of supernatural and paranormal books, and this one was everything I
Shannon Mayer
Sep 18, 2011 Shannon Mayer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ms. Kinrade has put together a great story that has a fast paced plot, likeable yet still very real characters and a twist that was fantastic. :) The story revolves around Sam, an 18 year old girl with the ability to read mindds on the verge of adulthood. It's at this point that her whole world gets turned upside down and she takes us along for the ride.

I really enjoyed this story and am eagerly looking forward to the next book in the series! Well done!!!
Jan 03, 2016 Earicka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Hidden Evils Of Rent-A-Kid

This series must be read in order. This is the first book. I can't wait to read Forbidden Fire to find out what happens nextcontestew up in the Rent-A-Kid Compound with her two best friends Lucy and Luke. Twins who have very different powers. Lucy is the Human Lie Detector while Luke can literally was through walls! Sam read minds which has her going out on assignment quite often as her skills are in high demand. Soon though she will be free. Living on her own and g
Jun 27, 2012 Wanderlust rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fantastically fucked up book!
Wow my mind is blown by the creepy & twistedness of this story. I LOVED this book.
It was dark and depressing but moving & uplifting also at times.
I cannot wait to read the next books!

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Dec 13, 2012 Booknut rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This was deep.

Really deep.

Like, ocean-bottom deep.

Deep-fried deep.

Deep-sea diving dee- ok, I'll stop now. :)

Review to come!

Tahlia Newland
Oct 24, 2011 Tahlia Newland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A terrific, unusual well written story. I really enjoyed it. If you like ya urban fantasy, you'll enjoy this.
John Allen
Oct 06, 2011 John Allen rated it really liked it
Strong characters in desperate situations. What could be better!
Amanda Moranski
Jan 04, 2015 Amanda Moranski rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It was all I could do just to finish this book, the main character is childish, bratty, and just plain boring. I do not understand how people are giving this 5 star reviews. I've been on this site for about six months now and this is the first book I've given a "one star" which frankly, I'd give it zero if I could. The plot could have been decent, and that's about the only nice thing I can say about the book. The author didn't explain the mind reading thing at all, and I don't know how repeating ...more
Mar 21, 2012 Morrigan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-read
Samantha (Sam) can read minds. She is a teenager who “works” (read: is enslaved) for a company that rents out her services to the highest bidder. She is a paranormal spy. Upon her return from the latest assignment she starts discovering that things are not as she thought. She also learns about Drake, another paranormal, who will be linked to her present and future. She thinks she will be set free upon majority of age, but that’s not quite the case.

Forbidden Mind has an interesting premise and p
Oct 06, 2011 Dani rated it really liked it
Reminiscent of both X-Men and Alias, Forbidden Mind is simultaneously thrilling and heartbreaking, full of shocking twists and turns that continually took me in directions I never expected. When beginning Forbidden Mind, I assumed that the book would inevitably hold danger and perhaps some mortal peril, but what I wasn’t expecting is how dark the story quickly became. Kinrade includes some pretty serious, heavy themes and subjects in Forbidden Mind, and it’s not for the faint of heart. While thi ...more
Penumbra Publishing
By Kimberly Kinrade
Young Adult Paranormal Fantasy
Ebook provided by the author for review
Reviewed by Willa Kaye Danes, author at Penumbra Publishing

Sam is approaching her eighteenth birthday and looking forward to finally being able to live a normal life, go to college, and be on her own. But Sam is not ‘normal.’ She reads minds. This makes her a valuable asset to her employer she and her friends jokingly call Rent-A-Kid. The organization’s huge campus has every convenience to suppo
Alexia Purdy
Sep 20, 2011 Alexia Purdy rated it it was amazing
Forbidden Mind - all I can say is WOW! The author Kimberly Kinrade really created an amazing world where teenagers have super para-powers and twisted the plot in such a way to keep the reader on the edge of their seats waiting to see what will happen next. We see the story through the eyes of Sam, a telepathic mind reader who lives in a small bubble of teenage life on a school campus of what her and her friends jokingly call Rent-A-Kid; it's a school that caters to special teenagers, gifted with ...more
Oct 29, 2011 Amie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sam is sure that college, as well as a normal life, is within her reach. After years of being “rented” out to the rich—and greedy—for her paranormal abilities, Sam can almost taste freedom. She can finally leave Rent-a-Kid on her eighteenth birthday. But when her mind-reading ability allows her to connect with Drake, who has been kidnapped and held against his will by the people at Rent-a-Kid, Sam begins to realize that her life is one big lie. And her dreams—college, freedom, and normalcy—is no ...more
Jan 09, 2012 Lizz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Where to start with this book?! Literally 5 sentences into this book & I was already sold on it. Right away I was pulled into such a wonderfully creative story about Sam, who is on the verge of 18 and has the ability to read minds. Sam & a bunch of other kids who have paranormal powers are all apart of an organization, which they like to refer as Rent-A Kid, where they are rented to clients who want to use their paranormal abilities. Sam who has been with the organization her whole ...more
Mar 28, 2012 Cass rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I received this book from the author in exchange of an honest review and Forbidden Mind is a thrilling and fascinating story full of twists that are able to take the reader by surprise.
In the world of Forbidden Mind some people, like Sam, have special, paranormal abilities. Sam can, in fact, read minds. She lived with other kids with abilities at a place they call Rent-A-Kid.
When she’s almost ready to leave, she meets a boy named D
Feb 04, 2012 Krazybooklady rated it really liked it
What do you do when your life has been filled with lies and things are not like what you have been told? This is what Sam has to sort through when she realizes her entire life has been even worse than she thought. She had come to accept living at Rent-A-Kid, not having a family, and doing as she was told on jobs where she used her powers of reading minds. All the while, she was planning for the day when she would be 18 and would be free to live her own life. When someone shows up who also has po ...more
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Karpov Kinrade is the pen name for the husband and wife writing duo of USA TODAY bestselling, award-winning authors Dmytry Karpov and Lux Kinrade.

Together, they write fantasy and science fiction. Look for their work in the Vampire Girl series, The Nightfall Chronicles, The Shattered Islands series and The Forbidden Trilogy.

They live with three little girls who think they’re ninja princesses with
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The Forbidden Trilogy (3 books)
  • Forbidden Fire (Forbidden, #2)
  • Forbidden Life (Forbidden, #3)

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“In one blow, that dream died as they dragged me—him—away. A tear slid down my cheek. I wasn't the only one mourning the loss of a dream.
"I'm sorry."
'You're not alone, I just wanted you to know that. And someday, when I have my powers back and am free, I'm going to do some serious damage to the people who've hurt you.”
“I opened the door and stepped in. Raw pain filled me at the sight of my painting.

'Show me what it looked like, before the fire.'

His request surprised me, but I did as he asked. With eyes closed, I projected the exact details of the painting I had poured my soul into. Just as I had experienced his love of surfing in a visceral way, he shared not just the visual beauty of my work, but the love and passion with which I had dedicated myself to it.

'Thank you. Now, it will never truly be gone.'

I choked back a sob and went to Mr. K's office.”
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