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Forbidden by Syrie and James and Ryan M. James

Friday, January 27, 2012
Syrie joined forces with her talented son Ryan to co-write her next novel, Forbidden. The book is about a 16-year-old girl who comes into unusual powers, only to discover that she's half-angel... and her entire existence is forbidden.

Alec MacKenzie is fed up with his duties to watch and, when necessary, eliminate the descendants of his angelic forefathers. He chose Emerson Academy as the ideal hiding place where he could escape and be normal for once. He hadn't factored Claire Brennan into his plans...

Their love is forbidden, going against everything Alec has been taught to believe. But when the threat to Claire's life becomes clear, how far will Alec go to protect her?

Goodreads Summary

All Claire wants is to be noticed by her crush and be a normal teenager.  As far has the second goal goes, she was doing pretty well...until she discovers she may have visions that come true.  She is thrust into a different world, one that confuses her.  Her past is unknown and she attempts to sieve through her past to figure out what she can expect in the future.

Alec is an angel watcher, he is tired of this life and desires a normal one.  When he begins attending Claire's school, he does not expect to encounter a being who is half-angel and half-human.  He especially does not expect to fall in love with her.  Alec must decide what he ultimately wants to make his decision. 

Claire is a fun character to get to know.  She can be cautious, caring, and intelligent.  The author makes it very easy to connect to Claire's character.  Alec is a bit of an enigma; he can be charismatic and inquisitive.  The secondary characters serve to round out the novel, they are not focused upon. 

The events of this book are fast-paced and exciting.  The reader never knows when Claire's existence will catch up with her.  The romance between Claire and Alec is sweet and realistically portrayed.  This book is recommended to young adult/teen readers.

5 Stars

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  1. Can't wait to read this! I love Syrie James' books and I'm curious to read one that she did with her son.

  1. This book was very well written, I think you can probably guess who wrote which parts-but it was truly seamless and definitely worth checking out!

  1. I did enjoy this one to an extent, but I feel like it is better for a younger generation than myself, who is not quite so young. But it was really well written and I think it is a great start to a series!