Date Published: September 6, 2011
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Number of Pages: 134
So I'll admit the beginning intrigued me, the idea of "renting" these paranormal kids out was different than what I'm used to reading. Actually this whole paranormal idea is new to me, most books I've been most interested in has been more realistic and perhaps a tad of supernatural nothing like what I read in this book. I enjoyed the strong connections, the suspense and most of all I enjoyed that not once did I look at how much more I had to read...I loved that it was a fast read and kept me interested throughout.
The plot wasn't on the side of complicated but it did have its sub-plots and problems to overcome. All of the necessary questions were answered in this book and given that this is only book one of the trilogy there is of course going to be some questions left to be dissected at a later time. The pace of this book was super-fast, I literally was surprised how fast this book was read and there were very few times that the plot was slow or uninteresting, the way the author built this world and plot allowed the reader to breeze past the pages and grasp onto each and every obstacle thrown these characters way. I also liked that this plot wasn't necessarily mundane, yes it had some elements we see in every other book (Don't all books have similarities?) but it also had elements that were unique to this world, where behind every hidden door there is another secret hidden in its depth. It was a fun plot and I really enjoyed reading it. Also this plot also had some moments that were set up just so perfect, it was like the author knew just when to hit the reader with another wall! It was epic. But forewarned I know this plot isn't for everyone, it depends on the tolerance and likes of the reader itself. This plot has a lot of that same stuff we've been seeing everywhere but it's different, I don't know how to put it into words...it was just special in its own way and I accepted the similarities and I hope you will too.
Okay so there were a few week characters in this story, some fell flat on the cement while others soared high in the sky. I felt the author could have made some of the essential characters a little smoother; they seemed to lack a certain element in their whole being. But the main characters were created just right; they had all of the necessary pieces to their character to allow them to be placed just right within each scene and problem. As for the minor characters there were some I wished were a little bit more involved but they did fine just where they were but I could still see some hidden stories behind their walls. So overall the characters were good in this book, they helped draw in the reader and helped us better understand what was going on and aside from a few missing elements I would say it was good overall.
Transformation of the Character:
Okay as far as transformations went in this book there weren't really many of them but it's kind of hard to transform in only a hundred and thirty four pages. For a good transformation it takes just the right events and pace to make it believable. So in this book I would say this wasn't something that made this book stand out but I have a hunch in the books to come there will definitely be some transformations taking place and I can't wait to see them.
As far as description goes it was just the right amount. The author definitely in my opinion focused more on the broad aspect rather than the little details here and there, that was one thing that saved his book from becoming tedious, and too many details can slow down the pace and cause some frustration in readers. But there were some details in this book that helped the reader but get a grasp on the situation and the characters surrounding, so it wasn't like the author was leaving anything out. As far as dialogue goes there wasn't too much and I really enjoyed the inner dialogue more, it allowed the reader to better connect with the character and understand them on a much deeper level. One thing I would like to point about this author’s description was that at times she really was able to describe the senses, like she could describe the sweat beading on the skin and the sounds swirling around these main characters...it was really fun to read.
I really liked that the author chose to show different POV's, this is the type of story that needs different POV's, it allowed the reader to see different sides of the story and better grasp what was happening. And the moments she chose to switch POV's was really fun and interesting, these switches always seemed to be at the right time and there were like mini cliffhangers interwoven in this book! I guess it's a good thing I was reading this on my kindle; it's kind of difficult skipping ahead. Also I enjoyed like I mentioned earlier how the author included inner dialogues and monologues, they helped bring an emotional level to the book that some books fail to bring. This author really knows how to connect her readers to the characters!
Quote of the book:
"I couldn't move. My traitorous body refused to follow my mental commands to keep walking. My heart beat so rapidly I thought it would leap right out of my chest. I turned to face him, questioning my own sanity even as I did. "You are going to stop him from hurting that girl, aren't you?""
She reads minds.
He controls minds.
Together, they might get out alive.
Sam thinks she's months away from freedom. After spending her life in a secret school, rented out to the rich and powerful as a paranormal spy, she is ready to head to college like any normal eighteen-year-old. Only Sam isn't normal. She reads minds. And just before her big going-away party, she links to the mind of a young man who changes everything.
Drake wasn't raised as a 'Rent-A-Kid.' He was kidnapped and taken there by force. But his exceptional physical strength and powers of mind control make him very dangerous, especially to Sam.
When they meet, Sam is forced to face the truth of her situation, and to acknowledge that not all is as it seems in her picture-perfect world. For what awaits her on her eighteenth birthday isn't a trip to college, but an unexpected nightmare from which she may not be able to escape.
To survive, they must work together.
But will their powers be enough to save them before it's too late?
I would recommend this to paranormal readers but not to anyone who doesn't like traditional plots. This was a fun read to me and it doesn't take a lot of time to read it, so even if you don't think you'd like it I still think it's worth the time and effort to read. I can't wait to continue with this series, the way this ended has definitely left me wanting to read more! I must know the fate of Lucy, Luke, Sam and Drake! And thankfully due to me just finding this wonderful book I don't have to wait for the second book "Forbidden Fire". Guess I'll just go on over to Amazon and snatch me a copy! Can't wait to see what awesome other series this author has in store for her readers, I'm sure it's going to be full of fun and suspense!