Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Forbidden Mind ~ Kimberly Kinrade

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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?

The array of young adult novels available in today’s bookstores is getting better and better.  Forbidden Mind is further proof of this for me.  The author takes a familiar theme – children with superpowers – and twists it into a new and exciting story filled with surprises, horrors, and a touch of romance. 

Sam is a pretty strong and gritty sort of heroine.  She’s always been one to follow the rules, just so long as the rules made sense.  When her beliefs are suddenly challenged, she is forced to adapt and rethink on her feet, something she’s always been good at. 

Drake is, even at the end of the story, still a bit of a mystery, but that’s okay.  Why?  Because what you do learn about him, and his past, endears him to you in a way that you can’t deny.  He’s like a battered and abused stray animal – you take him in and nurse him to health first, then you ask the pertinent questions.  There’s more to know about him, for certain, and I’m eager to see just what it is.

Forbidden Mind will capture your interest from the first page.  It’s fast-pace and intense storyline will pull you in and hold your attention until you’ve read to the very last word.  Despite the fact the novel ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, you won’t be disappointed either.  The author does an excellent job of bringing you to a stopping point without giving away all her secrets.  A definite must-read for both teens and adults alike. 

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.  

Monday, October 3, 2011

Waking Hours ~ Lis Wiehl

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In small town East Salem something frightening is coming to life. When a teenage girl is found brutally murdered, forensic psychologist Dani Harris is called in to unravel the mystery. With the help of her old high school crush, Tommy Gunderson, they set out to find out just who – or quite possibly, what – could have committed such a nasty crime.

I loved everything about this novel. From the author’s voice, to her interesting characters and suspenseful plot, you are not left wanting for anything but for them to solve the murder. I also found it fascinating that, despite being very devout, Tommy never thought twice about considering a more paranormal culprit behind the murders. In a similar vein, even though Dani is a psychologist and lives her life based in the reality of the facts at hand, she is only a tiny bit reluctant to take things on faith and ‘go with her gut’, so to speak. It was a nice and realistic view of how people of both faith and science can make room for things they normally wouldn’t for a common cause.

This was my first novel by this author, but I can guarantee that this won’t be my last. I’m hoping to read more about Dani and Tommy in the very near future.

Disclaimer: As per FTC regulations, I was offered a complimentary copy of the above novel from BookSneeze® in exchange for a fair and honest review.