Book Review: Forbidden by: Syrie James & Ryan James

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: HarperTeen

Publish Date: January 24, 2012

Origins: From Publisher for Review

Format: Trade Paperback

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: 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?

Review: When Claire finally “becomes a woman” it comes with a whole lot more than she bargained for! She is suddenly having visions from touching both people and objects, and hearing a mysterious voice warning her of imminent danger. She doesn’t want to tell her mom about these events because she doesn’t want to pick up and move again, like she has numerous times before on her mother’s whim. Plus, there’s an interesting new boy at school, Alec. Events which were put into motion before Claire’s birth are coming to a head, but Claire has no idea what is going on because she doesn’t know her true history. Alec realizes who and what she really is, but he already loves her and won’t turn his back on her, no matter his duty. Will a higher authority than Alec take over and eliminate the threat Claire presents?

I enjoyed how the authors kept you guessing along with Claire. As she discovers the truth of the events occurring around her, so does the reader, which makes the book all the more intriguing. I liked the characters, I thought they are well-developed and helped to showcase Claire and Alec, to emphasize the type of people they truly are. Claire is very intelligent and caring, with strong ties to her friends and protective of her mother. Alec is quite mysterious and dangerous at times, but with a good heart. I loved how the authors wrote Claire as a very strong character who doesn’t fall apart when the chips are down or when she’s drawn into a difficult situation. I would love to see a sequel to ‘Forbidden’, because it is such a strong story and I can tell there is so much more to come for Claire.


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