Friday, January 27

Forbidden by Syrie James

Forbidden by Syrie James And Ryan James
Release Date: January 24, 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 411

Summary: 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?

My Thoughts: This book took me a little longer to read than I thought it would. I figured I'd race right through it, but it took me almost 5 days to read, that is a record for me!

We are introduced to Claire who is in high school and lives with her mom. Her dad left a long long long time ago and she knows nothing about him.  Claire and her mom move around a lot. When I say a lot, I mean A LOT. She never really has much time to make friends or fit in anywhere. Finally, they end up in a town where she actually makes friends. And best friends is what they are. They have been in this town for two years now.

She also attends Emerson Academy which is basically a private school.  She has had a crush on someone for 2 years now and he is just starting to notice her.

Of course it would be after she starts having psychic powers, visions. How convenient, right?

At first Claire doesn't understand any of it, what is going on with her.  She has been awakened because of puberty.

Of course, there is another guy thrown into the mix. His name is Alec and he is also special. Claire feels such a special bond with him and starts falling for him... But..... this is forbidden.

Throughout the book, it did drag a little bit and I wanted some action to start happening. Its 400 pages so about halfway through I wanted some major stuff to start happening. And it does eventually. And I was satisfied.

I really enjoyed reading Forbidden. I haven't read many books about angels, even though I want to read more. I really did like Claire and her friends. Alec had his ups and downs.

Overall: I enjoyed reading it. Would it be a 5 cupcake book to me? Probably not. It is quite long with not much really happening. I still enjoyed it a lot, but wouldn't go down as one of my very favorites that I would read over and over again. Overall, it was a fun and creative angel book. I need more angel books to compare it too!

Cover: Like it. Like the blue colors. I didn't notice the wings at first, until I really looked.

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Vivien said...

I've been really curious about this one. The angel books just haven't wowed me yet. Still looking for that one. Hopefully this is it for me!

roro said...

tnx 4 reviewing
maybe i'll read it

LoriStrongin said...

Good review, but can't say I'm hooked. I'm a bit burnt out on the "zomg, I'm an angel, surprise!" trope and ditto for the (9 times out of 10 unnecessary) love triangle. Just once, I'd love to see the female protag go, "I chose to focus on me so boys, get ta walkin'!"


ansindt said...

Thanks for the review=) I would live to read this one!

Alexa said...

The only thing I really liked about this one was how he was pretty kick ass. Lol is that sad, I read 350 pages and that was all I liked.

I'm glad you liked this one more than I did but I agree it is not a 5 star book.

Thanks for the great review.


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