Thursday, January 19, 2012

Blind Date with a Book

The old adage ‘you have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your prince’ often feels as though it could be applied to discovering a keeper among the virtual sea of indie eBooks.

 Everyone’s looking for the love of a good book.

The challenge I posed to myself last week was to fall for a new book. A title I’d never heard of. No setups (i.e. recommendations) – I wanted to discover this book for myself. And not one that got around – the mission was to pick up a book I’d never seen out on the blogosphere with its cover plastered everywhere. 

I started by speed dating (i.e. sampling chapters) and finally found my diamond in the rough: Forbidden Mind by Kimberly Kinrade.

Sam is not the typical girl next door. She reads minds. Then she “meets” a boy who can control them.

Only they don’t really meet till the last two chapters. They do, however, communicate telepathically AND she’s pregnant with his child. Right. He could have at least bought her dinner first.

Sound lame? Actually the book’s premise is pretty awesome. X-Men meets The Island.

Sam attends a boarding school for paranormals. They take the occasional field assignment from rich clients wishing to “Rent-A-Kid” and use their powers. The book opens with Sam on assignment and I was sucked right in. I wish I’d gotten to see more of her in the field. Tease!

I loved the little details in the book. For instance, Sam was unable to read the school doctor’s thoughts because she’s Japanese and, well, it makes sense that even if you’re a mind reader you’d need to understand the language to make out the words.

Even good books have their flaws. Forbidden Mind’s premise is awesome – the school’s scheme of impregnating Sam (and other girls) to create their own paranormal baby making factory is crazy, wacky, wild and I love it! The pacing, however, was a bit off. (Like when your date gets a little too eager and tries to rush things.)

Overall, I had a good time and I’d go out with this author again.

Have you taken a chance on a new author lately?


  1. Nikki,

    I love how you say "speed dating," and I agree with that term. It's a brilliant idea. When I was younger, none of my other friends that I knew of was a big reader like I am, so nobody recommended anything to me besides my mom, and her books weren't my kind. So, when I went to B&N by myself, I found special-if you will-to pick that one book that I'd read. I was committed to either like it or not, but when I finished it, I came away with a new author.

    Great blog as always, Nikki!

  2. Hi ILA. Thank you for venturing out of chick lit territory to check out this post. :)

    I'm with you on the mom thing. Mine reads mysteries - just not my thing. But lately I've gotten her to cross all kinds of genre boundaries. Let's see if I can get her to crack open a YA. I told her she had to read "Daughter of Smoke & Bone." She's always up for about anything.

    Thanks for popping over!