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Those inside are special, gifted with unique abilities, abilities that make them dangerous to the outside world. Since childhood, they're trained to control their powers, to show restraint, and to defend themselves. For years they practice, honing their gifts for one purpose: to be rented out to the highest bidder as a spy, to be used as a weapon against others.Sam never qThose inside are special, gifted with unique abilities, abilities that make them dangerous to the outside world. Since childhood, they're trained to control their powers, to show restraint, and to defend themselves. For years they practice, honing their gifts for one purpose: to be rented out to the highest bidder as a spy, to be used as a weapon against others.Sam never questions her role at the secret organization dubbed Rent-A-Kid.Until she meets Drake.She reads minds. He controls minds. Together, they might get out alive.THIS SPECIAL EDITION INCLUDES:*Award-Winning Book #1 - Forbidden Mind*Book #2 - Forbidden Fire*Book #3 - Forbidden Life*In-Depth Q&A with Author Kimberly Kinrade*Extensive Bonus Content (Available ONLY in this Special Edition)Get the whole trilogy, plus bonus content and save money... even if you already bought Forbidden Mind. This special edition gives readers the best deal with the best content!Excerpt:This was the moment. Our first meeting. What if the chemistry we had in our minds didn't translate to our bodies? What if he looked at me and ran away?Ana, reading my mind, tugged me to the door with a motherly smile. My heart clenched at the thought that Lucy and Luke should have basked in that smile over the last eighteen years. The injustice of it all renewed my motivation.She opened the door and Drake stepped forward, and for that moment, the world stopped spinning and time stood still.In my imagination, he hadn't been so tall. Tall and muscular. His blond-highlighted hair lay casually messy, and his crystal blue eyes held me in a long stare. He'd found a way to shave, and the chiseled strength of his jaw made my knees weak.When he smiled, warmth filled my stomach."Sam."
That was it, just one word, but he made it sound like it held all the secrets of the universe. His voice was deeper, huskier, than it had been in my mind.
"Drake, it's really you."
He reached for my hand. "It's really me."
When his skin touched mine, lightning danced between us.
He pulled me close, breathing in the scent of me as our bodies touched. I nearly cried right there in his arms, just being held, feeling him. I never wanted to let go.But I had to.***...

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The Forbidden Trilogy Reviews

  • Annabelle Marie Veronica
    2018-10-13 03:06

    ***FINAL RATING: 2.70 STARS***CATCHALLI definitely, definitely liked this series. It was mostly entertaining, and several aspects of it seemed original. The problem is, a lot of the time it felt like bad Twilight fanfiction and I just wanted it to be over already. I can't go into the why without getting spoiler, but believe me, the Twilight aspects are there. And that majorly ticked me off. So, while I liked it, I definitely have conflicting feelings. Some parts were good, and some were bad.THE FABULOUS (AND NOT-SO-FABULOUS) CHARACTERSNormally I would divide them up more than this, but the role of the characters gets kind of confusing when I tried to do that so here they are all lumped together.SAMSam is our narrator, and I actually kind of liked her. She's really strong and brave, but she can also be foolish, and she'll do things impulsively that coincidentally work out because her life is just fabulous in that way. She doesn't really let anything weaken her, though, and when she's faced with the awful truths she kind of use takes a deep breath and deals with it. She moves on, and she clearly cares about the other children very much. At the same time, she's always getting herself stuck in stupid situations. Hey, Bella…DRAKEDrake I actually did not like at all. Sorry, but I didn't. He's a freaking bastard. He's totally rude to everyone except Sam, and then he goes and does stupid things, and he is way too arrogant. He doesn't get humbled until the very end, and by then I already hated him so much that there was no turning back. He just has a major attitude problem, and he's overprotective, and I just…no. Guess which Twilight character he reminded me of?LUCYLucy I actually liked. She, more than Sam, is the strong one. While she doesn't narrate too much in the first novel, in the second and third books she makes much larger appearances, and I was grateful for that. Lucy has conflicting values. She wants to do whatever it takes to survive, but although she can hurt others it's not easy for her, and she doesn't like it. She's mature, and she doesn't get herself into more trouble than is necessary.LUKELuke doesn't make too many appearances, but he's still an important character and I really liked him. So, here he is, being mentioned. Luke goes through some serious crises, and he doesn't handle all of them the right way. But he cares about his sister, and he can see things she can't. Oh, and he has a wonderful sense of humor. He also is protective, but not overly so, and he learns to let her make her own decisions.HUNTERHunter is…um, wow. Like, super hot. Seriously. He practically oozes sexy. He's definitely dangerous. That's clear from the beginning. His past is a deep mystery. Yet there's something magnetic about him. He's intense and fantastic, and he's a very deep character, too. He's the opposite of Lucy in some ways, which is interesting. He doesn't really believe in halfway. If he does something, it gets done.They're actually a lot more characters, but that's it for the main ones!THE PLOTOkay, so, at first, the plot moves really slowly. Like, molasses slow. Not kidding. The entire first book doesn't see much action, honestly. It's just kind of a la-dee-dah sort of thing.Though once the action starts, um, it starts. Drama on every page, both inconsequential and hugely important. Danger around every corner. Enemies waiting to strike and then striking. It's enormously exciting stuff, and honestly, it was never enough. I always wanted more action.But there were down moments too, of course. Breaks for the characters, when they could fall in love or just be friends. Hang out, pretend all's well.It's suspenseful, too. There's always some sort of mystery. Who's really on what side? Who's lying? Who's telling the truth? You never know for sure, not really. It's impossible to know until the final event happens.It was actually fairly original, aside from the random Twilight aspects. Mostly. The whole paranormal powers things isn't new, but the way Kimberly used it and wrote about it is, and I like that. There are new rules this time, and new secrets, too.THE ROMANCEWell, I hate Sam and Drake together. Sorry, but I do. Probably because Drake is a jerk. There's another perfectly nice guy, Darren, who shows interest in Sam, but noooo. (cough*Twilight*cough) So, not a fan. It just developed really weirdly from the beginning too and just didn't seem romantic at all. However, I did enjoy the romance between Lucy and Hunter. That was a pleasant surprise and the way it developed was so smooth and electric. They hit it off from the beginning, and as they get to know each other their chemistry only increases.THE WRITINGThe main thing I didn't like: it does that stupid thing where it switches from first person to third person. I absolutely hate that. Just choose one, authors. It was really annoying and really weird and also frustrating. That aside, Kimberly develops unique voices for her characters really, really well. Like, really well. Sam, Drake, and Lucy were each very distinct. There were also a few other POVs, including a few children and a few villains. It was an interesting tactic to use so many different POVs. The problem is that while it does give you information you wouldn't otherwise get some of it felt awfully pointless. Also, Kimberly also does things like refer to certain things like refer to characters as "the bitch." I am not okay with that. Use their names, or don't call them anything, but calling them "the bitch" is just rude and doesn't make your character any better.THE ENDINGI was really, really disappointed in the ending. Not gonna lie. Without actually saying what happens…Twilight. Teenagers. Way too young. And that just really bothered me and I am not okay with that. There was absolutely no need for the book to end this way and it kind of saddened me because it definitely sealed the deal for how I saw this book.WRAPUPWell, I did like this book, despite the Twilight-ness of it. Like, I really did. At the same time, no I couldn't personally recommend it. While that's a shame, I also know that there are some people out there who would fall head over heels for this book. I'm simply not one of them. However, rumor has it Kimberly will be writing a spinoff series featuring Lucy and Luke, and yep, I'm interested. I am so there.FINE.Find more of my reviews on Sparkles and Lightning!

  • Sheila
    2018-10-05 23:54

    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.

  • Cassandra
    2018-10-04 22:07

    **Book gifted to me as part of a blog tour for honest reviewForbidden Mind (Book1)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 (Book3)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 *sniffKimberly has made it to my favorite author list, and I need to see what else she has to read :)

  • Christy Hilton-hall
    2018-10-06 20:09

    5 OF 5 STARSThis is one of the best paranormal series I have read. The story of Sam and all the other Rent-A-Kid just gets better from page to page. You get to learn the P.O.V. from several of the kids who each have their own unique paranormal powers, and of course anytime you have that much power there will be some people out there who want all to themselves and will stop at nothing to get it. I must say the imagination of Kimberly Kinrade is simply astounding she paints each scene beautifully. Everyone throughout the series has to make decisions that they don't know if they are right or wrong they just go with what they think is right. Decisions you think you would make on one page becomes something else entirely on the next. The true signs of a brilliant Author. Paranormal Lovers of any age will love the complex, emotional, action filled story line.From Christy Hilton-Hall of www.FaeBooks.co.UK

  • Roxanne Kade
    2018-09-22 19:46

    Because I received the full trilogy to review, I'm going to give my thoughts on each book separately and then let you know what I thought overall :)Forbidden MindThis was a truly exciting start to a thrilling trilogy that held many possibilities.From the start I got a real sense of who Sam was and what was important to her. Her passion for art was her life’s dream and when Headmaster Higgins tried everything in his power to derail that dream, I knew something wasn’t quite right. Why would a school, that trained students with para-powers to act as spies for some of the most important people in the world, give them a free pass into the world? The answer I got was way beyond anything I could have imagined.This book was filled with plenty of action and heart-wrenching moments. There was a beautiful connection between Sam and Drake, with its unique twist, but I did feel they seemed to fall in love way too quickly. Perhaps the big secret that was revealed in the latter half of the book made their connection stronger, I just didn’t feel it as much as I was hoping to. Having said that, I did get that warm, tingly feeling all over when they finally met face to face and I was excited to see how their love would grow and progress as the story continued.It was interesting to learn about all the different abilities that the student of Rent-a-Kid had. It was like something out of the X-men. Kinrade delivers an amazing, fast-paced story that sucked me in from the first page. I needed to know more about the characters, and I was routing for them every step of the way. By the end of this book I couldn’t wait to dive right into the second instalment, knowing it would be just as fantastic if not more.I give it...Forbidden FireI couldn't wait to see where Kinrade would take the story now that Sam and Drake had met and were able to escape.The second instalment in this trilogy was even more exciting and fast paced than the first. With Sam and Drake on the run from the Seeker and his henchmen, there was nowhere for them to hide, which meant that their lives as well as their friend's were turned upside down. Without any help, I mean who would believe their story of an organization experimenting on kids with para-powers, they were pretty much on their own. The only solution would be to go after the organization themselves, and try everything in their power to help their friends. Not as easy as it may sound. Sam battles many issues...withdrawal symptoms, pregnancy and her fear of the darkness that lurks within her powers, as well as Drake's use of his own. I was glad that the romance was not all a bed of roses. Sam really struggled to come to terms with Drake's power, but that didn't stop her from loving him.I was excited that this story involved Lucy a whole lot more. Out of all the characters, she stood out the most and I loved her carefree, kick-ass attitude. She really seemed to grow into her own in this book, and she became even more kick-ass. With the threat of her and Luke being sent to the breeding facility it was time for an uprising. I loved that Sam and Drake weren't going to be the only heroes of this story. It wasn't going to be left up to them to rush in and save the day. The kids took a stand and even though the odds were against them, they didn't back down. Even when all hope was lost.This book adds many unsavory characters, and the truth of Sam's existence as well as her importance is finally revealed in a shocking twist. With even more action, heart-breaking surprises and a violent battle scene, this story was taken to an entire new level. It was fantastic.It gets...Forbidden LifeI wasn't sure how much more Kinrade could squeeze out of her character's at this point. They'd been through hell and back, and were still expected to give us an explosive conclusion to this trilogy. Well they did just that!!Book two ended with many surprises and I was left with many questions running through my mind. What had happened to Drake? What would happen to the kids? Lucy and Luke? And who exactly were the IPI?After learning so much about Rent-a-Kid, I had my suspicions about IPI. They seemed to come out of nowhere, and even though they offered to help, were they any different from Rent-a-Kid? What were their motives?The fantastic thing about this story is that each characters has their own story to tell. Whether it was Sam and her continued struggle with her pregnancy as well as the disappearance of Drake, or Lucy and Luke's latest mission to stop Rent-a-Kid, there was never a lack of thrilling moments to keep the momentum going.I liked that we got to see Sam and Drake on their own. They each had hurdles to get over and without each other to lean on it made for an enthralling read. New characters are introduced throughout this book, while a few secondary characters from the first two books are brought back to give this trilogy yet another outstanding twist.Once again, Lucy was my hero. I just cannot get over how amazing she is. She showed such strength and depth. I was glad to see her get a bit of the romance she so desperately craved. The island she and Luke found themselves on was amazing, upping the ante. The story morphed from an X-men, spy action adventure to something out of Journey to the Center of the Earth, with fascinating beasts and mutations. I was blown away.The tension built up with each turn of the page and when the final battle arrived I was on the edge of my seat. My heart was invested in each of the characters and I was sure I'd be left broken by the end. This is one read that should not be missed.It gets...The Forbidden TrilogyAs you can see from my other reviews, I was blown away by this amazing trilogy. I am truly sad to see it come to an end. I would love to see Kinrade write a few stories that branch off from this. Perhaps ones for particular characters **hint hint, wink wink**Kinrade has a talent for creating some of the most amazing action-packed scenes, with unique plot twists that come out of nowhere and I cannot wait to read more of her work.This trilogy will appeal to anyone who loves sci-fi and paranormal reads, but especially those X-men fanatics. (I'm one of them) :) :)I found this trilogy just got better and better, so overall it gets...

  • Jonel Boyko
    2018-10-10 22:08

    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.

  • Heather Boustead
    2018-09-29 21:10

    The Forbidden Trilogy By Kimberly KinradeForbidden Mind Book OneSam is getting ready for her eighteenth birthday, when she can finally leave “rent-a-kid” where she and other kids with paranormal powers are used as spies to the highest bidder. After one of her missions she is taken back to the institute where she sees a guy who links to her mentally asking for help before he passes out. From that moment the two shares a connection that cannot be broken, but Drake has shown Sam a side of the institute she never wanted to believe and they must both fight for their lives to escape. Kimberly Kinrade has a great story going with Drake and Sam even the other students with paranormal powers, but to make it even better about halfway through she throws in a juicy twist making this an amazing read. I didn’t really feel the connection right away between Drake and Sam as the author had intended, I mean for me how can you fall in love with someone with only having seen them once at a glance? But as the story progresses you manage to fall in love right along with them. Putting the twist into this book was a stroke of genius adding a whole new level of depravity to an already atrocious situation. I cannot wait to keep reading, I just hope the author will not lose momentum and will continue to surprise us.Forbidden Fire Book TwoWarning: I will do my best to not spoil the first book, but it may contain spoilers despite my efforts.Sam and Drake are on the run this time with one thing on their mind protecting what is most important to them. We also see Lucy and Luke as they are left behind at the “Rent-a-Kid” center determined to get to the truth of the center and hopefully find a way as well.Not as great as the first book but it still has its own twists and turns along the way that makes it a fun read. This time along with Drake and Sam we are able to really get to know Luke and Lucy, Sam’s best friends, and this allows us to continually know what is taking place with all the other kids who are being held at the rent-a-kid center. In doing this the author brings to life many other characters who take part in several of the action scenes along the way. This is definitely and interesting series, the para-powers continue to fascinate me from Luke who can walk through walls to Mary the seductress each one has an attention-grabbing story to tell. I cannot wait to continue on and see where Kimberly Kinrade takes us next. Forbidden Life Book ThreeWarning will most definitely contain spoilers of the first two books if you haven’t read them. I will do my best to keep it vague.Sam will do anything to protect Ana now that she has finally arrived, but the powers that be know Ana is going to be the most powerful paranormal child ever to exist and will do anything to get their hands on her. All the while Drake is missing recuperating after what had happened to him in the previous book, and Luke and Lucy are on a mission to put an end to Rent-a-Kid once and for all before they too lose Ana. I still want to kick Drake where it will hurt the most what he did to Sam is despicable. Other than that it was a fun book and obviously the author did a phenomenal job in her descriptive capabilities to evoke such a strong emotion from a reader. I loved the different trials that each of the characters must go through as they face decisions that may change their entire lives. In the end, this was a great conclusion to the trilogy I just wish she had finished off with Luke and Lucy a bit more, but that aside she ties everything up with a nice bow for her readers. Special Features:Discussion Guide-I don’t see the point in discussion guides, but then I don’t discuss books with people in such a manner. Unfortunately I found this tedious and some of the questions are meant to make you “think” about the books when I see the trilogy as entertaining, not thought provoking. Though, I must admit that some of the discussion questions have certainly brought the entire trilogy into a new light. This is a great feature for a book club use, for personal use it is interesting and adds focus on where the author was coming from when she wrote these book. Top Secret: IPI Paranormal Profiles-So this bit of extra information is really cute, most of it you will know from the books themselves but the descriptions of the characters as well as some of the commentary make this worth the quick read. Tell Me No Secrets by Sam Smith and Drake Davis-Hmmm, I am not sure what the point of this is. It seems like a marketing ploy that was used and preserved in the book. Basically it is Sam repeating things from book one and then Drake saying how much he loves Sam. Questions and Answers with Author Kimberly Kinrade-This was a fantastic interview with the author I only wish that the interviewer had been identified. The Forbidden Trilogy Playlist-Great songs! Now with each review and all of the special features, I would definitely recommend this omnibus it’s a great read and the extras are fun and even enlightening. For More Reviews be sure to visit my blogs at:http://reflectionsofabookworm.wordpre...http://bookwormrflects8.blogspot.com/

  • Emilie E. Faye
    2018-10-04 20:50

    ~* I received an ebook copy of The Forbidden Trilogy from Innovative Online Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. I have not been and never will be compensated for my review of this collection of books. This review is my honest opinion and is in no way influenced by the generosity of the author or IO Book Tours. *~Forbidden MindKimberly Kinrade just doesn't quit! Once I picked up Forbidden Mind, I never wanted to put it down. The characters are well-rounded and unique, the story has an almost X-Men-like feel to it, and the concept of an evil corporation taking advantage of children because they were born with strange abilities just feels original.The only negative to this book is that it starts off slow and doesn't really pick up until 2/3 of the way through the book. Because the slow nature of the book made me feel tired through a large part of the book, I am going to have to give Forbidden Mind a solid 3 stars. That said, I cannot wait to dive right into Forbidden Fire! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------Forbidden FireI am reminded of Alicia Keys' song "Girl on Fire" right now. Seriously, Kimberly Kinrade is just burning it down. I LOVED Forbidden Fire! So much more than Forbidden Mind, even. From the very first page, there's constant action and suspense! It was hard putting it down after I got started and I found that the characters developed more this time around. Everyone seemed represented better, especially Lucy. I really enjoyed her role in this one.Overall, I give Forbidden Fire a 4/5 for keeping me focused. I wanted to read it all in one sitting, but I never had the time. If you loved X-Men and want a good idea what things would have looked like were Professor Charles Xavier not on the scene and the whole show was run by greedy, evil corporations, this is definitely a very close representation. I recommend it solely because the story is unique over all else. I can't let that be the end for me. I am jumping right into Forbidden Life right now! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------Forbidden LifeI am so blown away by this last book and I am still in disbelief that I reached the end. I almost thought it would never end. I was hopeful, but as with all good things... Let me just say that Forbidden Life truly kept me on the edge of my seat. There's so much suspense! Oh, and Hunter is officially 'Hunk of the Century' for me. If he and Lucy weren't book characters, I would be pretty jealous to say the least. Regardless, Kimberly Kinrade did it yet AGAIN and finished The Forbidden Trilogy so strongly that I feel I won't soon forget the characters or the challenges they overcame.I give Forbidden Life a rating of 4 stars for losing me near the beginning. I quickly became bored with the story, but after setting the book down for a month, I couldn't put it back down when I got back to it. New characters and an old friend or two breathed a lot of life into the story for me. It was a great read and completed the trilogy without leaving any open questions. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------The Forbidden TrilogyHaving summed up each individual book up to this point, I think it is safe to say the story itself has been accurately reviewed. After the final book, Kimberly Kinrade gives so many extras to pair with the story including discussion questions and character profiles. I felt that these extras were great companion pieces and in the future, I believe I will use the discussion questions when I homeschool my children. I absolutely enjoyed this series and look forward to the sequel novels Mrs. Kinrade plans to write.

  • Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books
    2018-09-21 22:53

    Stop by the book tour at my blog, click banner to go directly to the post.Michelle’s Paranormal Vault of Books I absolutely love this series as a whole, as you probably can tell if you read my reviews of all 3 books. They are pretty long, and no need to put them all here.Through the whole series, I just fell in love with these characters. What I really liked is we did not get thrown a whole bunch of characters all at the same time in book one. More were added as the books went one, so this made it very easy to keep track of who is who, and all of that.Sam and Drake are the best; to me they have an epic love. Being they first developed this without even meeting face to face. Sam can read minds, and Drake can control minds, and somehow they were able to connect with each other through their minds. More on that in the first books review. But the point is, they fell in love over time, and from being connected this way. I loved that. Read my Forbidden Mind Review Here and Forbidden Fire Review HereLuke and Lucy are great; I love them and what they can do. I really loved when Hunter came into the story, in the 3rd book. Just wish he would of came on the scene sooner. Find my Forbidden Life Review HereThe extra content is great. I loved having that to read. Won’t tell you about it, as If you have not read any of these, it could spoil a lot for you. You can see small samples of the special content at my book tour blog post. Click banner for tour above.You can see how hot Hunter is, well, here is a small pic to seeOverall, if you liked the x-men movies or Dark Angel from years ago, you will love this. This reminds me more of a show that is on TV now, called Alphas, they also have these type of abilities, and have a task force to find and protect other Alphas, which is what they call people with the Para-powers like they call in these books. If you have seen that and like it, you will love this series even more. As its more intense, and just amazing. I see some people say it has some dystopian in it, but I do not see that at all. But that’s my opinion.Now you can get the whole series in this great 3 in one book, plus the great extra content.I highly recommend this 3 in 1 book.5 out of 5 stars

  • Alyson LaBarge
    2018-09-25 23:00

    My Review:The Forbidden Trilogy (Special Omnibus Edition) contains the three originally separate books: Forbidden Mind, Forbidden Fire & Forbidden Life. In this special omnibus edition, they are combined into one book along with tons of fabulous extra content at the end. I loved Kimberly's thorough Q & A regarding the series, what inspired it and where it goes from here. Each character was profiled in these super cool top secret files as well as actual character interviews which I just love. It even shares some of the upcoming plans for the entire Forbidden realm. A serious page turner, you are going to want to drink up each and every drop of information!Forbidden Mind (Forbidden #1)Raised in a school colloquially known as Rent-a-Kid and trained to be spies for rich clients, Sam and Drake as well as all the kids there have special paranormal talents (Think of Prof. Xavier's school in X-Men). Sam can read minds and as is normal, working for the clients since she was 12. About to turn 18 (when she can supposedly given her freedom), she returns back to the facility for one final job. This is when she meets Drake. Drake has been slower to find his power but upon meeting Sam, it's as if a dam is broken and the blinds have been opened. Suddenly they are questioning everything about their lives and falling madly, passionately in love. Together they will find a way to be free.The action is non-stop and the directions Kimberly takes the story will amaze and shock you and leave you begging for more.Forbidden Fire (Forbidden #2)Sam and Drake may well have escaped but their friends have not nor are Sam and Drake safe - they are being heavily pursued by a man dressed in black. As they run for their very lives, Sam is trying to deal with the ethical side of her powers...how much is too much. The more time they spend together, their relationship continues to grow and progress as well, adding more challenges and mixed emotions. Luke and Lucy are twin friends that they left behind, trying to figure out their place in this entire craziness, including a way out. There is more pulse-pounding action to be had through out the book. If possible, this is an even better book than the first.Forbidden Life(Forbidden #3) In the third installment of this exciting and much anticipated story, we meet additional characters including Hunter. At this point, the kids are in full blown rebellion mode and have no intention of stopping, no matter what the cost. In the midst of all of the action, Drake loses his powers and disappears, leaving Sam all alone to give birth to their child. The ISI is working with the kids, trying to take down the creators of Rent-a-Kid and this is where Hunter comes in. He and Luke and Lucy work together, starting off a romance between Hunter and Lucy. Will it have time to grow? What will happen to Sam and the baby and where is Drake? The author keeps up the pace, the action and the creative storyline right through the end. The talent she shows in this series makes you wonder what is to come. This series and author are keepers with a capital K!5 Stars and then some!!*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my impartial and honest opinions.

  • Ginny
    2018-10-20 00:46

    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!

  • Ryan Snyder
    2018-10-01 23:01

    ************REVIEW_BOOK 1*********I can do this without spoilers! I know I can!The first book is set in alternating viewpoints between the two main characters, Sam and Drake, which I love. alternating view points allows me to get into the characters heads and gives the story more depth- I love it. The whole premise if the book is fascinating. A private institution that houses students with special abilities. Only, the twist is, this school uses the students as spies and sends them out on assignments. Sam has no problems with being used as a spy. She does not even know where the school is located. She is content to hang out with her best friends, go on the occasional assignment, and work on her art. That is- until she meets Drake. Cue a series of events that will change her life forever. The villains are wicked, the heroes are awesome, their powers are cool, and the action will keep you reading. After finishing the first book, I started immediately on the next. :) This book has been compared to Xmen (which I adore.) and there are a few similarities. But mostly this book is in a category all its own. **********REVIEW_BOOK 2***************The second book welcomed the addition of a few new characters. I have read a few other books that have multiple points of views outside of the two main character's and find that it annoy's me to be taken from the main conflict for too long. However, I fared much better with this series, since it was Lucy and Luke. Also, sometimes it is necessary to follow other characters to get better background knowledge of the story. I noticed that the story followed them more and more. It was not a bad thing, but just something I noticed. They are pretty cool characters. The action continues in this book and you never know what is going to happen! It is frustrating and exciting at the same time. I loved it. The bad guys get worse and the action keeps you turning the pages looking for more. cannot wait for the conclusion to the series. also, some pretty deep stuff going on throughout this series. My emotions are everywhere. *********REVIEW_BOOK 3 + Conclusion************This book spread the story between more characters. Again, I am ok with it in this series. I love Lucy and Luke. There was more romance and action in this book. I mean the action explodes in this book. It is my favorite book of the trilogy and I have come to love all the characters. There is so much more to this series than just kids with superpowers. There are real world conflicts and friendships made. At some points in the series, my heart was ripped out, but I handled it.. barely. This book is so different and I genuinely enjoyed it. I find that I liked Drake a little less than I did in the beginning, but I have a greater love for the remaining characters than I did when I first started the series. This book has Romance, friendship and Adventure. I had to put the book down at some points to get control of my emotions, but I always came back for more.

  • RutyB
    2018-09-27 02:51

    The Forbidden Trilogy is an amazing rollercoaster of emotions, action, secrets and a bunch of great characters. This edition includes Forbidden Mind, Forbidden Fire and Forbidden Life, plus some bonus. This is the perfect time to be introduced in a fabulous world. The trilogy is way too exciting and will catch you since the first sentence. The Forbidden Trilogy is the story of Sam and Drake, two characters that will fight until the end to bring down a powerful organization, which only purpose is to keep supernatural teenagers away from the world and exploit them for their own benefit. This is a story about love, friendship, redemption, forgiveness, accept ourselves, fight for what’s right and always try to do our best.In Forbidden Mind, Sam starts to doubt her surroundings once she meets Drake, a sexy boy who was kidnapped by Rent-A-Kid (the evil organization where she and her friends grew up). The life she has known was built over a mountain of secrets and hidden intentions. When the bigger picture is revealed in front of her eyes, she will fight with everything in her to free her and everyone she loves. Forbidden Fire presents a runaway Sam with Drake by her side, trying to find allies and ways to free their friends. Lucy has a bigger role and a alongside a group of rebels will try to stand a fight, lets just say that things will get messy. Forbidden Life is the perfect finale. With a lot of blood, sweat and tears the good guys are doing everything in their power to end the hell where they have been living, with new characters, new alliances, new discoveries, new powers and the most evil man in the world.This trilogy is excellent written, from the plot up to the characters' personalities, Kimberly made a great job creating a universe where paranormal kids are real and their emotions and lifes seem real for us. With an interesting idea, solid to say the least, The Forbidden Trilogy makes us love the paranormal and most of characters. All the characters (Sam, Drake, Lucy and Luke, Hunter, Mary, Steele, Father Patrick, Brad just to name a few) are tridimensional, with personalities well defined, feelings and thoughts that make them real. Each action and word causes different reactions in the reader, which makes these books very powerful. The love, hate, friendship and each feeling going through the pages is so intense that you are often left speechless and with your heart racing.It also has a dark side that makes it even better. There are countless strong and hard moments, with a lot of suffering, sometimes involving blood, chases, explosions or merely words, making this a very mature writing piece.I honestly can say that the three books felt shorter (more than 1500 pages according to my e-reader) they were so engaging, electrifying, and impossible to put down. I ended up wanting more and in love with a few of the characters.(I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review).

  • A.D. Duling
    2018-10-07 23:10

    The Forbidden Trilogy Omnibus Edition has the three seperate books- Forbidden Mind, Forbidden Fire & Forbidden Life combined together as well as a lot of amazing extra content in the end. In depth questions brought up about each book, some top secret profiles of each paranormal character- really cool! Character interviews and Kimberly Kinrade's interview about the entire series revealing other projects in the works revolving around the Forbidden realm.This is a series you won't put down until you've read the last page. Purchasing this combined set is a deal! I recommend this YA Paranormal series to any young reader as well to us young at heart readers :0)Forbidden Mind- Book 1-Sam has para-powers- she can read minds and is a student among other fellow para- power students (each has different paranormal talents). This school is also their home in which they call rent a kid.Drake is every girl's dream guy who surfs the waves along with being that tall, ripped and handsome fellow. He too has para-powers, but has eluded being noticed for a while now. Suddenly on the day that could change everything for him, he is kidnapped.Slowly these two characters connect-hint- powers unite- and merge together in a way that draws you in more and on a personal level.You will be cheering, seething and panting by the end and what an end!Read my full review- http://amzn.to/UNu7H5Forbidden Fire- Book Two-An amazing continuation...Inside Forbidden Fire, you get to spend the continuation of this story connecting more with the characters, rooting for the good guys, being in suspense right along with them, and trying to figure it all out- of which you cannot. There are no predictions with this one. The storyline is great- correction- amazing,and you just cannot figure out what will happen next! Frustrating I know, but that's a postive complaint. This book draws you in just as much as the first book and keeps you hanging on by a thread (or letter) until you turn to that last page and read that last word.Read my full review- http://amzn.to/YjwXIsForbidden Life- Book Three-As I came to the final page of this trilogy, I smiled happily in satisfaction along with the characters. I was very pleased with the ending and loved all of the in between. That is the key to any series...Complex would be the perfect word to describe the story line. The predicament for Sam, Drake, Lucy, Luke and a few other characters- that rock, I must add- is the surrounding outline of this very well told tale. I loved the variation on telling the story( third person, first person), and loved the imaginative world surrounding it all created by this wonderful, imaginative author, Kimberly Kinrade.To read my full review- http://amzn.to/WrWARS

  • Nancy (The Avid Reader)
    2018-10-14 19:45

    The following review is my opinion and not a paid review. I received a free copy of the book from the author for my honest opinion.Sam can read minds she loves to paint and wants nothing more than to go to college to become an artist. Sam lives at her school Rent-A-Kid where they teach her how to use or control her para-power. While Sam reads minds her friends have different powers like walking through walls, being able to tell if someone is lying or one of her friends can make anyone like her or attracted to her. Well everyone except Luke and this frustrates Mary to no end.Sam has been told all her life that when she reached the age of eighteen she could go out in world and live her life the way she wanted. But she learns that this is all a lie. No one is ever free from Rent-A-Kid. They told them that they were just taking care of them to keep them safe from the people on the outside. They teach them to keep their powers hidden from others.When she turns eighteen she finds out that they have lied to them their whole lives. When they turn eighteen they are taken to another part of Rent-A-Kid and used as breeders. The girls are impregnated without being told. They are trying to make a baby with stronger para-powers.Sam meets and falls in love with Drake when he connects with her in their minds. Drake can make people do what he wants them to do with his mind. Sam and Drake escape but they have to stay on the run and one step ahead of Rent-A-Kid. They want their baby and will do what they need to do to get her. But Sam has other plans no way will she let them have her baby.Luke and Lucy along with some other kids at the school find a way out. But it is not easy with all the new security they have placed on the school since Sam and Drake escaped. They don't know who their friend is or who their enemy is. They have to depend on each other to stay alive and to keep from being taken for a ride a second time. They have to fight for their lives and their freedom.The Forbidden trilogy is one fantastic set of books and Kimberly Kinrade is one awesome writer. I loved all three books in the series, Forbidden Mind book #1, Forbidden Fire book #2 and Forbidden Life book #3. I think they just kept getting better and better with each book. If you have not read The Forbidden Trilogy then this is one book you need to read if you like paranormal and even if you don't hey give it a try. Who knows you might just like it.

  • Krystal Willingham
    2018-10-09 22:07

    I am reviewing these books as a trilogy set and not individually through this review. There will be separate reviews for each book coming soon.I have to say that the way these books are presented in this trilogy is the best I have seen. Normally when books are put into a trilogy set no extra stuff is included however; Kim decided that her fans deserved more. So, in this set not only do we get the 3 books of the series: Forbidden Mind, Forbidden Fire and Forbidden Life but we also get some awesome bonus short stories that are found between each book itself. We also got a bunch of awesome stuff at the end, which I thought, made this trilogy so much better than any other out there. Included are profiles of each character, which is awesome because it gives you a look at each one where you can learn more about them and also character interviews which are awesome as well. I always want to know what the characters think about what is going on. This trilogy is packed with so much extra content that I wish authors would think about doing with their series and trilogies.The books are awesome and so darkly romantic that it breaks my heart and makes me love and hate each book all at the same time. The characters are developed in a way that you can't help but become so emotionally invested in them and when something happens you can't help but to feel as they do. They also have a voice all their own which I have found hard to find from other authors. The romance is also something that I just swooned over especially between Hunter and Lucy, Wowza! is all I have to say. They did it right, too because it was one of those that they hit it off from the very beginning and everything just got better and better. Those are the types of love stories that I can really get behind because those are so much more realistic to life. Instead of these love stories where they see one another and then instantly fall in love. I really hate that in stories because seriously that doesn't happen in real life and writers seem to feel the need to make everyone instantly fall in love when its better to give the characters some realism even if they are paranormal.This is one series that I can say I will be telling everyone about and recommending it to everyone, I know. I hear that Kim will be writing a spin off series, which I hope she will be doing. Two of my favorite characters will be involved, Luke and Lucy, so I am looking forward to that from Kim in the future.

  • Lissette
    2018-10-01 02:03

    Sam has spent most of her life learning, living, and working for the Rent-A-Kid organization. She's delved into people's pasts and lives in order to glean needed information, never once questioning what she's done for them. To the ordinary eye, she's like any other teenager. Beautiful, brazen, and quite intelligent. Unbeknownst to the world outside, she's so much more.She can read minds, an ability she makes use of each and every day. Whatever she needs to know, she'll deftly pick the person's brain with them being none-the-wiser. While her life is never boring, she's been looking forward to the moment when she can go off to college. Rent-A-Kid has assured her that the time for her to do just that is right around the corner, but an unfortunate screw-up changes everything.Her life is turned topsy-turvy with the arrival of Drake, a boy the organization has kept imprisoned for their own purposes. Sam's goal is to free him, a feat she'll need to accomplish while also trying to keep herself alive. Rent-A-Kid knows they're up to something, but they can't quite deduce as to what their plans are. Utilizing her friend's help, Sam and Drake are able to break free, but it's not without consequences. Lives have been lost and the organization is intent on thwarting their every move.Rent-A-Kid begins to tighten reins around the complex in hopes of curtailing the activities of those remaining. Sam and her friends are unhappy with what's now going on and will do everything in their power to achieve their freedom, once and for all. Sadly, it's not so easy to do. The organization refuses to bend to their demands and will instigate new rules as they see fit. They know a rebellion is coming, one they'll put a stop to by any means necessary. As several secrets come to light and expose the situation in horrific ways, Sam and the others soon realize they may be in way over their heads. Yet they refuse to go down without a fight. Rent-A-Kid must be stopped, at all costs. They're intent on righting all the wrongs committed against them as they put their plans into motion, regardless of the consequences.This was honestly an awesome series. I enjoyed it immensely. Full of intrigue, betrayal, and heart-wrenching scenes, this is a book anyone of any age can enjoy. Kimberly did a wonderful job in creating a unique paranormal world full of twists and turns that will leave you wanting more. A poignant journey, this is definitely a series you won't want to put down!

  • Amanda
    2018-10-08 23:12

    I loved the story in the three books and have already reviewed each book individually. The Forbidden Trilogy combines all three books into one, along with discussion questions, character profiles, a note from Sam and Drake, Q&A with the author, and a playlist.I liked that all of the books are together so you can just read straight through. Trust me, you won't want to wait to see what happens in the second and third books. Instant gratification is fun and is harmless when it involves books. ;-)I enjoyed the character profiles from the IPI files, but the notes that accompanied them were a little weird. There were not notes for every character, so there was no consistency and Sam's note was odd because her profile is written as if current as of the end of the third book, yet her note sounds as if it were written during the first book. It wasn't really consistent. I didn't like Lucy's, either. It just seemed thrown in, as did Brad's interview with Mary. I think the profiles could have stood alone and the extra stuff didn't really add anything for anyone who has read the books. Brad's interview with Hunter, on the other hand, was hilarious. And there are pictures of hot guys. (There are pictures of the girls, too, if you care. I didn't find that important. ;-) )I also didn't see the point of the extra note (I know I keep using that word, but I don't know what else to call them) from Sam and Drake. All of these things are placed at the end of the trilogy, so the assumption is that the reader has already read all three books. These little notes don't do anything except summarize the story over and over. And if they're meant to be read first, they don't need to be with the discussion questions, which are full of spoilers.I did love the Q&A with Kimberly Kinrade. There are some great questions about the series and about Kimberly's writing and family. The playlist is interesting, too.I would definitely grab this book! Having all three of the Forbidden books together is great, and the extras at the end are just a bonus.I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  • Carrie
    2018-09-21 22:03

    Overall this is a thrilling adventure as a group of young people learn the truth about their lives and where they came from. The first two books flew by and I couldn’t get enough of the characters of Sam and Drake. The fact they were in love with each other before they physically saw each other was an interesting twist. Throw in the virgin pregnancy and you have an intriguing moral tale with religious undertones.The characters in this book are straight out of X-Men. Each child living at Rent-a-Kid has a unique ability, termed para-powers. While they’ve always been told they are there at the school for their safety, some begin to question when strange events happen near Sam’s 18th birthday. On their 18th birthday, a student is free to leave, to live their own life in the outside world. However, Sam soon begins to realize that she’ll never be truly free of Rent-a-Kid and that no one ever is.My biggest issue with this series happened during book three. It’s quite typical that once an author gets rolling the ‘third’ book of a trilogy gets longer as they try to cram all the story in. I’ve seen it happen many times. In this case, I though the story was dragged down by the parts focusing on Lucy and Luke and their missions. The events did link up to the end result but it made the book much longer than it had to be. I wish, like the first two, the third book stuck to just Sam and Drake. Lucy and Luke are interesting enough that they could hold their own series and that might be a plan for the future judging by the bonus material at the end of the book ;)Another issue with the final book was the ultimate show down dragged. You though it was over but…no. And when it was over it happened in a blink and almost so easily it felt a little anti-climactic.If you like YA with lots of action, drama, and moody teenagers, this is the series for you!3.5 out of 5 starsI received a copy of this book for my honest review

  • Jessica
    2018-09-22 01:54

    The Forbidden Trilogy drew me in right from the very first paragraph and absorbed me all the way to last. In this difficult to put down Omnibus Edition containing all three novels in the series (Forbidden Mind, Forbidden Fire, and Forbidden Life), Kimberly Kinrade creates a truly unique world full of complex characters, each with their own paranormal abilities, secret organizations with hidden agendas, and red-hot romance. The author, while carefully handling some pretty tough subjects such as drug use and teen pregnancy, also finds ways to inject real-world wisdom and even occasional humor to keep the novels from becoming too dark. I found the main characters (Sam, Drake, Lucy, etc.) to be extremely likeable and realistic, despite their supernatural powers. Despite their situation, they still struggled with a lot of the same issues that we non-paranormal folks deal with every day, such as the difference between right and wrong. The settings were beautifully described; leaving the reader with a clear picture of the characters' surroundings. The storyline was gripping and deeply touching.As for the extra material in this special edition, I enjoyed it a great deal. There were top secret profiles for some of the major players in the novels, as well as interviews with them, and, my particular favorite, an interview with the author where she reveals her future plans and projects. Very exciting!I usually try to point out good and bad qualities for each book that I review, but for this series, I couldn't think of anything negative. Except maybe that I didn't want it to end! I can't wait to get my hands on more of Kimberly Kinrade's work. I will definitely be recommending this to everyone I know.

  • Kami
    2018-10-06 19:49

    The Forbidden Trilogy (The Forbidden Trilogy #1-3)by Kimberly Kinrade Forbidden Mind (The Forbidden Trilogy #1)18-year-old Sam reads minds and lives at a school for kids with super powers. I like the whole X-men, Dark Angel type of story line. Sam believes that the super powered kids are secluded for their protection. The company sends them out on spy assignments. Drake is trying to have a normal life and hide from those that will use him for his powers. This shadow organization is using the kids with paranormal powers to make money. Sam is kind of weak in my opinion. I really liked Drake. Kimberly Kinrade is such a wonderful author. This is a very exciting and romantic book. Forbidden Fire (The Forbidden Trilogy #2)This book takes place right where the first left off. Sam and Drake are on the run and being helped by Father Patrick. Sam is getting really sick as if she is going through withdrawal from the drugs the organization was using to control her. Luke and Lucy are still at the school that has serious changes in security. Sam and Drake are still trying to figure out a way to help the other kids at the school. Something scary attacks Sam's mind. This book is really exciting. I like these characters a lot.Forbidden Life (The Forbidden Trilogy #3)This is the final book in the trilogy. Drake doesn't have his powers. Scary things are happening to the kids at Rent-A-Kid. People are after Sam's baby. This book is full of excitement and action.. I really liked how the author built this world with all the distinct personalities of the characters. There is so much going on in this book.The final confrontation was really wild. There are a lot of fun extras at the end of this Omnibus. 5 stars.

  • Cheree
    2018-10-04 01:55

    When I first read about this series, I was very intrigued by the story line. However once I opened it was was a little turned off by the Contents page. Each chapter listed a name meaning a different POV, with several different names being listed through out the series. Even though I groaned at the thought of reading this because of the many POV changes as sometimes there is repetition and the fact that it can get confusing bouncing from one head to another...I still dived in to this Paranormal world. Once in I found a story that hooked me in and would NOT let go. Kimbery put together a very well written story with many twists and turns, ups and downs, action packed, love and drama...I could not put it down. There was at NO point that I was lost or confused. NO point that I was board from repetition, as there was barely any. Watching each character grow and learn from each of there experiences during the story had me biting my nails to see if they would make a good choice and if they would be able to complete their mission. With many issues touched upon, there is bound to be at least one character you will connect with. For me it would be Sam. With my creative side taking spotlight in my life, always caring for those around me, willing to do what it takes to keep everyone safe, the missing parts of my family and the fact that sometimes I do wonder if I may have a little mind reading of my own on occasion...lol...ask my friends and family, it is kinda creepy. I can not wait to get my hands on the spin off "The Fallen Trilogy" mentioned at the end of the book and loved all the extra tidbits from the characters and the author.

  • Seirra
    2018-09-28 00:47

    I received a review copy by the author for an honest review. The Forbidden Trilogy is exceptionally versed. The story is pure creativity and so unlike anything I've ever read - it has everything; you name it this trilogy has it.The Forbidden Trilogy Omnibus Edition has a lot of amazing extra content such as in depth questions brought up about each book, TOP SECRET: IPI Paranormal Profiles on everyone which is super neat. Also there are some character interviews done by Brad. Another great feature is Kimberly Kinrade's interview Q&A style about the entire series, her answers are so interesting and she tells how she has even more projects in the works revolving around the Forbidden world; which is absolutely exciting. She includes musical playlists for each book with some great song inspirations. If you love this series as much I do you'll want to get this edition because it's incredible and the extras are really a great addition and it has all three books in one! A truly amazing trilogy that's a must-have! If you're new to the series I highly recommend picking up this book because you won't regret it!My detailed review of each book can be found on my blog!My Forbidden Trilogy Review

  • Buffy Kennedy
    2018-10-03 01:06

    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!

  • Buffy Kennedy
    2018-10-06 20:10

    This entire trilogy was kind of a mixed bag for me. It 19s 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 19t 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 19t 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 19s mostly about the freedom of these kids who 19ve 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 19t 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 19s 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 19t want to miss out!

  • Gaele
    2018-09-24 00:02

    I reviewed all 3 books in this trilogy as a part of the Innovative Online Book Tours. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.This Omnibus edition is the author's thank you to the readers. Containing all 3 books in the series: Forbidden Mind, Forbidden Fire and Forbidden Life, with some bonus short stories that are "between the books". This is an author who truly has a talent for character and world building, with the ability to craft unique and distinct voices in each of her characters, and leave the reader with no doubts as to who is speaking. Additionally, she has built a world that is both familiar and unique, that intermingle familiar settings with well detailed unusual settings. As a series, this should be as popular as Harry Potter or Hunger Games: appealing and appropriate for readers of YA from about 15 years old an up. You won't be disappointed if you pick this up for yourself or that 'reluctant' reader in your house. I received the Omnibus collection eBook from the author for purpose of honest review for Innovative Online Book tours. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.

  • Mindy
    2018-10-12 02:49

    OMG!!! I love this series. I don’t know where I was when these books were being reviewed individually, but I’m so glad I read this trilogy. I totally agree with Sour Skittles about the Alias and Dark Angel tones, and the X-men vibe. I also see some Pretender elements with the whole being sent on missions where they can be anyone. My daughter is totally into fan fiction and mixed story fan-fiction, especially when the X-men are involved. This story is totally something she would be into. I devoured (yes the right word is devoured) these books. I stayed up all night reading instead of sleeping and then kept on reading instead of sewing my Christmas presents. While totally bad for my timeline of present making, I loved the books. I give this entire trilogy 5 out of 5 clouds and seriously plan to make my daughter read it as soon as her finals are over. If I let her now, she will never get her studying done.This product or book may have been distributed for review; this in no way affects my opinions or reviews.

  • Kirsty Vizard
    2018-09-24 02:12

    As a trilogy bundle this is one long book at 137 chapters with a variety of narrators. However, Kimberly Kinrade writes at a fast pace which is constant throughout the story, and though the action requires the numerous characters she introduces she still manages to cultivate a history and personality for each one.Sam is by far my favourite of the characters in the trilogy and she has to make the most adjustments to her life as the story develops. She is loving, strong, determined and a fighter. In comparison I feel that Drake is not Sam's equal and proves this when he runs away, which is about his ego and pride.I really liked the way in which Kimberly Kinrade links the Forbidden Trilogy to her Seduced series and feel that this creates a familiarity for her readers.The Forbidden Trilogy is suspenseful, romantic, painful, full of paranormal action, and Kimberly Kinrade certainly knows how to absorb her reader into the story. One for para-romance fans!

  • Simone
    2018-09-27 21:44

    I received a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. Wow! This was a fantastic trilogy, it really did remind me of X-Men, with the school for kids with special gifts. The only difference was that intentions here became severely misguided. The kids decide that their only chance for survival is to escape. The four main characters of this story are truly amazing. Although Sam didn’t support violence or using mind control, I don’t think they’d have survived otherwise. I loved Lucy and Luke throughout the trilogy, they were so strong in spirit, it was just amazing. Drake, I had a love/hate for. I know he meant well, but some things could have been done differently. This was a great series, one that will be hard to top!

  • Brittany
    2018-09-30 22:09

    Oh where to start with this review... This book was just made of amazingness! I loved each part individually, so much so that I am purchasing the individual series AND the compilation. Seriously. If you haven't read anything by the author, you are really missing out. This series was a great, unique tale that really just can't be put down once you start it. Without giving too much away, I'll just say that the main characters go through so many trials that you begin to wonder how they are going to make it to the end of the story. I can't wait to see what happens in the author's upcoming books :)I received this book in exchange for an honest review.