Reminiscent of X-Men, The Forbidden Trilogy 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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"A thrilling, dark and deeply romantic read." ~ Refracted Light Young Adult Book Reviews "THE best trilogy I have read EVER since The Hunger Games!" ~ Sharon Hughes "The plot is very ALIAS and DARK ANGEL-like with X-MEN as its backdrop (awesome combo!)." ~ Sour Skittles Book Blog "Kinrade's talent lies in weaving stories together, telling multiple points of view with clarity and precision while making you love her characters through their humanity and unwillingness to quit no matter what." ~Patti Larsen, Author " These characters are ones that will dig into your heart so deeply that you'll find yourself sympathizing with each and every one of them. At times, you'll even root for the bad guys because of the unique circumstances they find themselves. I definitely recommend this series for reading. It's one you'll end up reading time and time again." ~ N. Medina "I hope this trilogy will be made into movies, because I will make it a point to see all three of them! I'd love to see these beloved people come alive on the silver screen! As good as these books are, I don't think I'll have to wait that long for this to come true, either! Here's my parting advice: dive into these books -- you'll find it very hard to come back to reality, and, in fact, may not want to come back at all!" ~TwilightDreamLover "I highly recommend you own the complete Forbidden Series and display it proudly on your...