Forbidden Fire (Forbidden #2) by Kimberly Kinrade

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“Time held no meaning as my mind darted in and out of memories. Past and present collided to create a full-sensory collage out of my life: playing hide-n-seek with my best friends Luke—who always cheated by walking through walls when he was about to be caught—and Lucy; Mr. Caldrin critiquing my sketches and offering ideas to make them more realistic; targets changing faces, blending into the same person, their thoughts rippling through my mind like waves. Through it all, a demon stalked me from the shadows of my memories, never quite showing its face, but crouching, waiting.

And then I dreamed….”

Sam and Drake may have escaped, but they aren’t free—not with a powerful Seeker after them. As Sam struggles with the ethics of her new powers and embraces a blossoming physical relationship with Drake, Lucy and Luke face challenges of their own.

With forces coalescing inside and outside the Rent-A-Kid dorms, it’s only a matter of time before the fire they started forces each of them to make choices they can’t undo. But will it be enough to save them?  (-synopsis from Goodreads)

Forbidden Fire begins where Forbidden mind ended with Drake and Sam escaping from Rent-A-Kid.  Now that they are out they are staying with Drake’s childhood friend Brad.  Everything seems to be going well until a man breaks into the apartment and Drake is forced to kill him.  Soon the three of them are on the run while trying to find a way to help the other kids from Rent-A-Kid to escape.

Drake is determined to help both Sam and the others at Rent-A-Kid by using his mind control.  Sam is firmly against the mind control, especially since Drake took control of her mind during their own escape.  The Seeker, the man in charge of the paranormal school, is getting closer to them while Sam and Drake are beginning to drift apart.

Meanwhile, Lucy and Luke have joined with a group of teenagers to plan a rebellion that will lead them to their freedom.  Unfortunately Mr. Black is now running the campus and there are armed guards around every corner.  When Lucy and Luke are suddenly re-activated and sent on a mission hey know something isn’t right.  Will they be returning to the school or is this their final mission?

There was a lot of action and fighting in this book.  The characters really began to come alive and become individuals.  I was able to see how each of them feels and how they react to situations.  I was scared for all of them as Sam has a feel that something bad is coming.  I kept hoping that Sam and Drake would reach the school and reunite with Lucy and Luke and help with the rebellion.

The end reveals a huge twist that centers around a a secret Sam learns about her family.  It is something that will change her life forever.  When the teenagers finally rebel and try to escape many lives will be lost but will it be worth it?  The book ends in a cliffhanger and I can’t wait to see how the final book finishes out this fast paced, paranormal thriller.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

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