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  • Posted June 28, 2013

    This entire trilogy was kind of a mixed bag for me.  It¿s a well

    This entire trilogy was kind of a mixed bag for me.  It’s a well rounded story with action, humor, and romance.  The characters are well developed and the plot is elaborate.  For some reason I just couldn’t fully connect with the whole thing.  

    I had my moments where I cried some and was on the edge of my seat and even wanted to smack some characters around now and then, but ultimately I wasn’t so invested that I absolutely had to know what came next.  

    I suspect my disconnect comes into play with the overall sinister nature of the plot.  I get that it’s mostly about the freedom of these kids who’ve been lied to, used, and abused all their lives in one way or another, but some pretty outrageous things occur with some truly twisted results.  I normally have a pretty good suspension of disbelief, but it just wasn’t strong enough to fully immerse myself into this saga.

    A fantastic story with multifaceted depth, The Forbidden Trilogy is a 3 book story of kids with extraordinary powers and their endeavor for freedom and a life of their own.  Be prepared for nail-biting suspense, grey areas regarding morals and ethics, and a complicated and highly emotional romance.  It’s a very intriguing read that gets your imagination up and running as you consider the possibilities.  If you like worlds like X-Men, you don’t want to miss out!

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  • Posted June 17, 2013

    Forbidden mind: Throughout this novel Kinrade shows the best and

    Forbidden mind:
    Throughout this novel Kinrade shows the best and worst of humanity. Through her amazing story and flawless writing Kinrade highlights this in a manner that defies conventional storytelling. As always, Kinrade draws you in and keeps a hold throughout. I couldn’t put this novel down, even for a second.




    This novel is eloquently written while remaining entertaining. I really appreciate that Kinrade takes the time to turn out a well written, well edited novel. This compliments the very solidly built storyline to create an experience well worth her readers’ time and effort. I like how she smoothly switches from the 1st to the 3rd person as she switches perspective between the two main characters. It adds extra intensity and clarity to the story. It is also so well done that it never breaks the flow of the story.




    I love how Kinrade develops her characters. Each is developed individually, but in a manner that suits the story and their role in it. She never throws out random details just for the sake of it. Everything adds to the characters as we know them, and helps to build the story.




    This novel has suspense galore. But it is also full of emotion. I found myself really getting into the story and rooting for the hero and heroine. It was such a rush. I’m still reeling. But wow, what a way to start a relationship….




    Forbidden Fire:
    This novel was an emotional roller-coaster that keeps you on edge the entire time. Once Kinrade begins her story she doesn’t let you go until it is over.




    At the beginning of this novel Kinrade gives just enough background info to jog your memory as to what happened in the first novel in the series, without boring you with long recaps. She picks up the story right from the get-go and keeps you captivated. If her solid storyline doesn’t draw you in, Kinrade’s inviting yet exciting writing style is sure to do it. 




    I love the world and the characters that Kinrade creates. It is seamlessly and flawlessly put together. Kinrade leaves nothing to chance in her novels. Each and every aspect is plotted to create a unified whole, leading the readers to the ending, or in this case, the ending of one crisis that leads us towards the next. 




    Not only does Kinrade continue to develop the main characters from the first novel, making them more and more lifelike but she also has some of the supporting characters step up and take a bigger role in the story. We also get to know some entirely new characters in this novel who, although possibly misunderstood, are following what they believe to be right. 




    Kinrade also continues to switch perspectives from character to character. It really helps to draw you into the novel. It also helps you understand the characters and their actions. She does it so flawlessly that it really adds to the story rather than causing confusion or detracting from it. I love how Sam is written in the 1st person and Drake in the 3rd; it fits their characters’ personalities perfectly. 




    As a whole, this was a brilliant novel that picks you up and whips you around. Kinrade fills in many holes left from the first novel while leading you into the 3rd. 




    Forbidden Life:
    Everything becomes disturbingly real in this instalment of the Forbidden Trilogy. The way that Kinrade tells the story you can really see how this is possible and why governments would want to try this. It adds an extra element of scariness to the story itself. Kinrade has the ability to make the surreal seem real through her very captivating storytelling. 




    As usual, Kinrade’s story is very well written. Her storytelling and narrative draw you in while keeping you abreast of the dividing and intertwining storylines. You get the feeling of suspense and need for action without any of the gore that tends to accompany it. Kinrade manages to keep this very fast paced and nerve racking novel upbeat throughout.




    You get a true sense of the main characters in this novel through the chapters written from their perspectives. Each is written in a different style with completely different vocabulary. It meshes perfectly with each of their personalities. I love how you get to know Lucy so much better in this instalment. She has been one of my favourite characters throughout, but she really comes into her own in this story. My only issue with any of the characters in this novel is that suddenly part way through the book everyone magically goes from being a teen to being an adult. It’s a smooth transition and you barely notice it at the time but looking back you can see it clearly. 




    As a whole, this novel was a good wrap up to the series. Everyone has something or someone to lean on. They also have some form of a plan for the rest of their lives. That said, Kinrade also doesn’t fall into the trap of jumping 10 years into the future and giving everyone a happily ever after. They are still themselves, but we have a sense of completion for this part of their story.




    Omnibus:
    In the omnibus for this amazing series Kinrade sets forward some discussion questions that really make you think. They also allow you to relate the novels to the real world, and see the real possibilities behind the premise for these novels. I appreciate the fact that Kinrade stepped it up a notch and didn’t just ask standard discussion questions, but rather included interesting points.




    Kinrade goes above and beyond the discussion questions with the rest of the additions to the omnibus. I absolutely love the character bios that Kinrade presents. They really let you get to know the little bits that you may have missed in the story. I also like that the characters give quick write-ups about themselves or participate in interviews. It`s really a neat way to get to know everyone better. 




    I also love the behind the scenes info that we get through the Q&A with the author. It is so rarely that we get to see what goes on throughout an author`s writing process. I really enjoyed the who, what, where, why, when and how behind this series that I`ve so come to love. 




    Overall, this omnibus was definitely an awesome way to wrap up your time with the three phenomenal books in this series.




    Please note that I received this novel free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review

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  • Posted June 13, 2013

    Great Quote: ¿My mind flashed to an old Calvin and Hobbes cartoo

    Great Quote:
    “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!

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  • Posted June 12, 2013

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    Awesome Action packed trilogy!!  Must Read!!! **Book gifted to

    Awesome Action packed trilogy!!  Must Read!!!

    **Book gifted to me as part of a blog tour for honest review

    Forbidden Mind by Kimberly Kinrade
    My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 unicorns - I loved it!!
    I loved this book :)  Fantastic start to a new series, I was sucked straight into the story.  There was no awkwardness that sometimes happens in the first book in a series while building the world.  It was an easy read.  Yes it was an absolute emotional rollercoaster.  There were times I wanted to slap Sam and her friends for being so naïve (but it was the only thing they’ve ever known), but I also cried with them, raged, felt sorry for their childhoods being stolen from them, and so much more.  Sam and Drake has this connection like soul mates, and I can’t wait to see what happens next.  Kimberly did a fantastic job, if the rest of the trilogy is like this she will be on my list of favorite authors.  Must read for any paranormal, X-men, fantasy, and sci-fi fans :) Can’t wait to read the next one!!

    Forbidden Fire - Book2
    My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 unicorns - I loved it!
    Wow!!  This book is even better than book 1.  So much happening in this book, too exciting to put down!  You learn answers to questions you had in book1, and you got answers to questions you didn’t even know you had.  There is more violence in this book and some graphic (just wanted to make you aware).  You know me, and I will not give away what happens in this book because I refuse to ruin your own journey into this awesome book.  It does contain battles, lots of drama, family reunions, new friends, and lost friends. Kimberly does a fantastic job pulling you into the story and making you connect with all the characters you love.  I absolutely recommend this story to fantasy, sci-fi and paranormal book lovers alike.

    Forbidden Life
    My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 unicorns - I loved it!!
    Well, this book did not disappoint :)  It rocked!!  It has a little bit of everything: air battles, volcano, mutants, magical island, reunion of friends, new family, new friends, more kidnappings, battles, lost trust, new love, and a struggle with most characters to figure out the correct path.  Definitely an emotional rollercoaster!!  You want to get the villains, cry with our heroes, and say Awww (because you are happy for them) when good things happens! This is a must read for anyone who started the trilogy and again if you love X-men and superheroes, you have got to read this :)  The other sad part is that there is no more to read *sniff




    Kimberly has made it to my favorite author list, and I need to see what else she has to read :)

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  • Posted May 24, 2013

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    X-Men on the dark side: Reminiscent of X-Men, Forbidden Mind

    X-Men on the dark side:



    Reminiscent of X-Men, Forbidden Mind introduces readers to seventeen-year-old Sam, a genius artist and student in a special school for children with paranormal powers. The students have been gathered and protected from a world that might threaten them. They learn to control and hide their powers, ready for emergence into the real world at eighteen. But darker themes appear as readers see Sam sent on another Rent-A-Kid spying mission for the owners of the school. Dreams of studying art at college fall foul of other people’s dreams for her, and soon Sam’s binding her fate to that of a stranger called Drake whose voice begins to haunt her.

    The story’s told through Sam and Drake’s eyes in alternating chapters, a technique that allows for interesting insights into both students’ points of view. Occasionally awkward word choices are appropriate for the teen protagonists, giving an immediacy to the writing. A wealth of detail anchors the story in modern culture. And the plot is nicely drawn out.

    Books one and two (Forbidden Mind and Forbidden Fire) are both quick short reads, taking Sam from a false sense of security and Drake from a real sense of danger to a place where both need to fight for rights and family and the freedom of their friends. More characters’ points of view appear as the trilogy progresses, and the cast of characters on stage begins to grow. In Forbidden Fire, the pleasant school of book one suffers many changes while Luke and Lucy are drawn into the quest to learn what’s going on. Drake and Sam both question their motivations and the morality of mind control, until an exciting conclusion brings the danger into personal focus.

    Book three (Forbidden Life) is much the longest of the three books and could easily have been split again. With Drake’s former parish priest offering gentle guidance, paramilitary organizations taking the lead, and family relationships balanced against friendship and trust, the story offers many ethical questions, plenty of excitement, and a pleasing touch of romance—with details appropriately muted for YA reading.

    Disclosure: I was given a free ecopy of this trilogy to read and review during the author’s blog tour.

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