Sam is a 17 year old girl who reads the minds of others for a living in Forbidden Mind by Kimberly Kinrade. Not only does Sam read minds but she lives on a campus that the kids call Rent-A-Kid where kids under 18 with paranormal powers are rented out to the highest bidder. Sam is looking forward to her 18th birthday when she will finally be free and on her own at college in New York.
A few weeks before her birthday Sam begins feeling ill and is rushed to the school's hospital. While she waits for treatment a boy unknown to her makes a mental connection to her. Sam has never before known anyone who can speak to her in her mind and is determined to find out who the boy is. Only when she asks, everyone around her shuts down and refuses to answer.
While lying in the hospital Sam again connects to the stranger who she now knows as Drake. Drake is new on the campus and tells Sam that he has been kidnapped against his will. His paranormal powers include physical strength and mind control but both are being subdued by the people holding him captive.
When Sam and Drake finally meet, Sam realizes that her seemingly perfect life at rent-A-Kid in not all it was cracked up to be. With the help of her best friends, twins Lucy and Luke, Sam and Drake must find a way to get out of the hospital and escape the nightmare that waits them before it's too late.
This was a short but enjoyable book. I was captivated by Sam from the very beginning. Once she and Drake are linked mentally I couldn't help hoping that they would find their way out of the hospital. This book is fast paced with a few good twists to keep it interesting. As the author says, it's like X-Men meets human trafficking which makes for a very interesting story!
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.
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