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Forbidden Mind (The Forbidden Trilogy #1) [Kindle Edition]

Karpov Kinrade
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Book Description

From the award-winning, bestselling author Karpov Kinrade. 
She reads minds.
He controls minds.
Together, they might get out alive.

The first time I saw him he was strapped to a stretcher, head bleeding, eyes pleading for help.

And then I heard him in my mind, calling to me. Our eyes met, and I knew my life was about to change forever.

We fell in love in words. In ideas. In thoughts. Without touch. Without sight. Without that physical connection so many others take for granted.

At the secret school where my kind were raised and rented out as spies to the rich, where paranormals could be safe from normals, secrets brewed and plots conspired to take from me everything that mattered. Secrets that kept him a prisoner, locked up like an animal for being something we all were: different.

Together, we had to uncover the lies and free each other from the pretty trap I'd been tricked into thinking was home.

Together, we had to find a way to get out of my school alive.

"...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

(Get The Forbidden Trilogy omnibus edition on Amazon today and enjoy exclusive bonus content and a discount on the whole series. Book #2 and #3 of the Forbidden Trilogy, Forbidden Fire and Forbidden Life, are also available NOW on Amazon.)

Editorial Reviews


"...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 best trilogy I have read EVER since The Hunger Games!" ~ Sharon Hughes

"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

"Well written, unique plot filled with twists and turns, pens "Forbidden Mind" with extremely strong characters. A totally fantastic book that is impossible to put down making you want more and more." --My Cozy Book Corner

"Wow! Kinrade blew me away with Forbidden Mind! It's depth was so intense...the story line so twisted...I could not put this book down!! It encompasses all the elements to make a great book. Originality, excitement, love and loss. Throw in a little paranormal action and a hint of dystopia and you've got yourself one hella've a ride!! Seriously, please read this will not be disappointed! This is a wonderful start to an epic new YA series." -Nette's Bookshelf Reviews

"Do not make any plans on the day you begin, as once you start, you will not be able to put it down." - L.M. Stull, Author of A Thirty-Something Girl

"...hooked me in from the beginning." - L.E. Manning

"This book was fantastic!" - Patti Larsen, Author of Family Magic

"Forbidden Mind is beautifully written and worth your reading time." - BookWormSans 

"Definite must read. For once you start, you simply can't stop. 5 out of 5 stars!" - H. Badgwell

From the Author

This series was based on a dream I had of a teenage girl named Sam who could read minds and was rented out by an organization called Rent-A-Kid. I thought it would be a short story, so I penned it quickly before I planned on launching The Reluctant Familiar and The Chronicles of Corinne (Death by Destiny, Myths of Magic and Paths to Power). Boy was I wrong.
What started as a short story, ended as an entire trilogy. Not only that, but come 2013 I have two more potential trilogies to write based on the Forbidden world.

This series explores the value of a human life and how we often see each other as tools to be used. There are ethical questions raised as Sam and Drake struggle to understand their powers and each other. It's also a love story, albeit unconventional. What is it about someone that causes us to follow in love with them? Do we have to be physically present with someone to know it's love? Sam and Drake explore the boundaries of love, loss, pain and morality in this series.

These are fast-paced books that are part paranormal/sci-fi, part thriller and part romance. I look forward to hearing what you think about each book as you work your way through the series.

I'm especially excited to offer this omnibus edition that gives you all three books in one at a great discount, plus gives you extra surprise content. Thank you so much for taking an interested in the Forbidden world that has commanded my time and attention for so long. May you root for Sam, Drake, Luke, Lucy and their friends as much as I did while writing them.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1706 KB
  • Print Length: 237 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B005LSDIYG
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Daring Books; 2 edition (February 1, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I76RROQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,710 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book! September 26, 2011
By Jennie
Format:Kindle Edition
Originally posted at My Cute Bookshelf.

Forbidden Mind is the story of Sam, a member of Rent-a-Kid. Rent-a-Kid is an organization and school that employs gifted kids. They take care of these kids that were left by their parents and use their powers for their business. Sam is months away from graduating from Rent-a-Kid. She just needs to complete one last job. After this job, Sam starts to see things at Rent-a-Kid are not what they seem, especially when when a young man arrives at Rent-a-Kid. The staff is keeping him apart from everyone, and he wasn't raised in the building. On Sam's birthday, she encounters the horrible truth behind Rent-a-Kid and its former students.

Wow, this book was amazing! First, the story was so original. I have never read anything like it before. I was so surprised by the things that were going on in Sam's life. I was rooting for her from the beginning, hoping she would do well in her situation. This book was also very fast-paced. I found myself not wanting to stop reading it. It was that engaging. The story, in my opinion, was more sci-fi than paranormal. I think the powers that the kids had, the setting and what was going on at the academy were more like elements of a sci-fi book. I actually loved that because I enjoy sci-fi stories.

As for the characters, Sam was a strong female. She knew what she wanted to do, and did it, even if she knew it wouldn't be the best for her at Rent-a-Kid. I found myself agreeing with her in everything and just wanting for her to be alright. She went through a lot in the story, but she never gave up. I loved that about her. Also, Drake was such a great character. He was nice and supportive, even if he wasn't in the best state. He did his best at all moments and I really liked that.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My hats off to you Kimberly Kinrade October 7, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Forbidden Mind

I found "FORBIDDEN MIND" by KIMBERLY KINRADE on Twitter. I was happy to R&R this YA book for the author. She was super nice & the book seemed pretty cool. I WAS reading another book at the time (ENCLAVE by ANN AGUIRRE) & flipped through a few pages of "FM" & suffice it to say "ENCLAVE" was forgotten about for the next few hours!

"FM" opens up with our main character, Sam, a girl about to turn 18 that has the ability to read minds. She lives in an elite "school" AKA "RENT-A-KID" for kids with "para-powers". The kids are "rented out" to do jobs where their powers come in handy.

Sam has been very successful at eaves dropping on people's minds and finding out seriously damaging secrets that help ruin people, their lives, families, and businesses.

She has been preparing for her new life outside of the school. Once her 18th birthday rolls around she is free to leave and begin her new life. The one she has been planning with her best friends for years and years.

Right before her going away party her mind "links" in with another boy who is being held captive in the same school she freely walks around and lives in. Drake has exceptionally strong para-powers. His plea's of "HELP ME" do not go unnoticed by Sam.

When Sam quickly realizes what the school REALLY has in store for her, and who Drake really is, together they hatch a plan to free themselves and take down the people who have been exploiting them and their powers for years and years.
So begins this fast paced tale that has you eagerly flipping pages into the wee hours of the night. This book draws you in hook, line, and sinker!
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forbidden Mind : Worth your reading time! September 9, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
When I came across Kimberly Kinrade on Twitter via a Retweet asking about book reviewers, I replied by saying I wouldn't mind reviewing her book. When asked if I reviewed YA, my reply was that no, I hadn't done so but could "try". I hadn't read YA books in many years so was a bit unsure how I would take to it. I started Forbidden Mind 2 hours ago (with inevitable interruptions) and have just finished. Miss Kinrade is an exceptional writer and I believe she will have a very successful future ahead of her.

Sam "lives" in a place called Rent-A-Kid. What goes on in this place? Well, kids with paranormal powers - from mind reading like Sam, to mind control as with Drake, walking through walls to being able to tell when somebody is lying - are literally being used and abused! However, they believe that because of their unusual powers, their parents gave them up and this organisation took them in, educated them and helped them control their powers. When they turn 13 or so, these kids are sent out on "assignments" where in truth, people are renting them for specific jobs - like spying. They are led to believe that once they reach the age of 18, they are free to live their lives as they please. Not so. Close to Sam's date of release and after being hit by her "uncle" for threatening him, she ends up in the clinic for treatment. As she is signing out, something catches her eye - and she feels that all is not well. This is when she unexpectedly connects to Drake's mind and hears the words "help me". Why is this boy here? At first, Sam thinks that Drake must have done something bad to be brought here and held against his will, but he soon has her convinced that her life at Rent-A-Kid isn't all she has been led to believe. Why are they really there?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars X-Men for girls
Really enjoyed this. Fascinating concept, well-conceived characters, brilliant plot twist. it was like reading the X-Men written with a female audience in mind, so much more focus... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Dominique B-S
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Can't wait for the next book!
Published 11 days ago by IAMDABOSS
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book
Published 13 days ago by Kamil Bir
4.0 out of 5 stars but not great enought to get book two
It was alright, it kept my attention the whole story, but not great enought to get book two. Overall pretty good.
Published 16 days ago by cpatton
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book....
such a great twist in paranormal reading! I was so drawn to this book and characters that it was hard to put it down. The plot is amazing and the characters are so heartwarming....
Published 16 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Forbidden Mind
Just finished Forbidden Mind. I could not put it down! Quickly paced and it moved smoothly. Looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
Published 17 days ago by Pamela
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth my time
Ok story. No real end... Just a continuation for the next book. I really hate it when the big plot is left unresolved. I will not be reading any more of these books.
Published 18 days ago by Laura Vargas
5.0 out of 5 stars what i like is that this could really be happening
Just finished this one last night. Interesting concept, what i like is that this could really be happening. It can be read by young adults and adults. Will also read the others.
Published 22 days ago by L. Simpson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I really enjoyed this book. The characters are interesting and the villains are despicable. This is a fast pace book with a great story line.
Published 23 days ago by Christy Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Forbidden Mind
Thought-provoking words that define the best story I have read in a long time. The characters in this story portray humans with feelings. Read more
Published 26 days ago by KATIE CALDANA
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More About the Author

Karpov Kinrade is the pen name for the husband and wife writing duo of bestselling, award-winning authors Kimberly Kinrade and Dmytry Karpov.

Together, they write fantasy, paranormal, mystery, contemporary and romance novels and hook readers into new and exciting worlds with writing that blends side-splitting humor, heart-wrenching drama, spine-tingling twists and sigh-inducing happily ever afters.

Look for more from Karpov Kinrade in the Deveaux series, Seduced Saga, the Forbidden Trilogy and more coming soon.

They live with three little girls who think they're ninja princesses with super powers and who are also showing a propensity for telling tall tales and using the written word to weave stories of wonder and magic.

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