Review: Forbidden by Syrie & Ryan M. James

8th Mar 2012 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2012, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Forbidden by Syrie & Ryan M. JamesForbidden by Ryan M. James, Syrie James
Published by HarperTeen
Pub Date: January 24th 2012
Pages: 410
Format: Paperback | Source: Publisher
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
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3.5 Stars

She should not exist.

He should not love her.

Claire Brennan has been attending Emerson Academy for two years now (the longest she and her mom have remained anywhere) and she’s desperate to stay put for the rest of high school. So there’s no way she’s going to tell her mom about the psychic visions she’s been having or the creepy warnings that she’s in danger.

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

Their love is forbidden, going against everything Alec has been taught to believe. But when the reason behind Claire’s unusual powers is revealed and the threat to her life becomes clear, how far will Alec go to protect her?

The angel mythology in Forbidden is not groundbreaking, but I thought it had a cool twist to it. I definitely look forward to reading more about it in future books of this series. I also enjoyed the setting. It was still sunny California, but more urban than beachy, and Emerson Academy was to die for! I wish I could’ve gone to school there.

Claire, our protagonist, is smart and sensible when it comes to her newly found gifts and her attraction to Alec. I liked that she wasn’t the outsider, but also not the popular girl. Her friends were just fantastic, fun characters. I loved how they could make me laugh anytime they were on the page. She trusts them with her secrets, and together they try to find reasonable explanations for everything, including Alec.

Oh, Alec. I totally fell in love with him. While his true identity isn’t officially revealed at the beginning, we do see things from his perspective every other chapter, so we know how he’s really feeling. And oh, was it fun being in his head. Though he is a confident warrior, he is a little insecure as a “normal” teenage boy. He is through with his old gig and though he has to live the rest of his life in hiding, he wants it to just be as normal as possible. Of course, falling for Claire kind of screws up that plan, especially considering what she truly is. He is terribly cute when he gets so flustered around her. I just wanted to hug him! And did I mention he is Scottish?? Yup…couldn’t help but love him.

This book was an easy, fun, paranormal book that I devoured in a couple of days. I hadn’t heard much about Forbidden yet and didn’t know what to expect when I started reading it, but I ended up really enjoying it! I would recommend this to fans of Lauren Kate’s Fallen series, as well as Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush series.

I’ve decided to do a GIVEAWAY for this very cool book! Open to anywhere The Book Depository/Amazon ship to!

Giveaway Closed.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

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