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Forbidden by [James, Syrie, James, Ryan M.]
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“…quite effective paranormal suspense and intense–but–quixotic high–school romance.” (Kirkus Reviews )

“Both main characters are well–drawn, with believable motivations and reactions to their situations.” (School Library Journal )

“Beautifully written. Romantic and filled with delicious tension. Forbidden enchants!” (Sophie Jordan, author of FIRELIGHT )

“Hits all the right notes…If you enjoy angels, ‘forbidden’ romance and dashing heroes, then this should be added to your TBR.” (USA Today )

About the Author

Syrie James is the bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Nocturne; Dracula, My Love; The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte (Great Group Read, Women's National Book Association; Audie Romance Award, 2011), and the international bestseller The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen (Best First Novel 2008, Library Journal.) Translation rights for Syrie's books have been sold in sixteen languages. An admitted Anglophile, Syrie loves paranormal romance and all things 19th century. She lives in Los Angeles and is a member of the Writer's Guild of America.


Besides being Syrie's firstborn, Ryan M James is a writer, editor & director with a diverse range of creative and technical experience in both film and video games. By day, Ryan works as an editor for the games industry. Under cover of night, he conjures stories for print, screen, and web. With his production company, has co-written two screenplays, directed an independent feature, and created the machinima webseries A Clone Apart.

Product Details

  • File Size: 750 KB
  • Print Length: 421 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (January 24, 2012)
  • Publication Date: January 24, 2012
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005FFV2QQ
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #304,517 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Christina Boyd VINE VOICE on January 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
Look out, Alyson Noel. Make way, Becca Fitzpatrick. Heads up, Lauren Kate. There is a spectacular new Young Adult (YA) writing team on the horizon!

Forbidden, authored by a mother and son writing team is their debut supernatural novel chocked full of intrigue, romance and humor. But whyever is a Jane Austen blog site reviewing such a book? One with not even a mention of Mr. Darcy, nor a reference to Jane Austen, nor anything remotely Regency? Simply thus. One of the authors, none other than the international best-selling author of The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen as well as the award winning The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte, Syrie James, along with her son, Ryan M. James, ventures to offer us a larger allowance of prose to our daily study.

High school sophomore, Claire Brennan is tired of constantly moving from city to city. Every time she seems to put down roots, her paranoid, seemingly hippie mother decides to pull up stakes and start anew. New city. New school. But here at Emerson Academy, in the posh Brentwood, California community, not only does Claire love her prestigious school and value the scholarship she has worked these last two years to maintain but also her two bosom buddies, Erica and Brian, whom she shares everything with. So who can blame her for not telling her mother about her newly discovered psychic powers and the visions warning her of imminent peril? Then there is Alec MacKenzie, new man on campus with the exotic Scottish accent and handsome good looks. Who is he? After he somehow saves them from being crushed by falling scaffolding... his story of being orphaned at an early age, lived all over the world with various relations and most recently emancipated from a rich uncle...
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By VampGrl31 on February 12, 2012
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This was such a good read that I want more! The story was quite addicting and I could not put it down. I managed to finish reading it in a day and a half. I do hope there will be a sequel. Alec and Claire deserve more story and I am sure all your fans like(me)would be in heaven. I Loved everything!!! I also would love to find out what happened to her father, maybe have him come back into her and her mother's life,go into more depth on the grigori/nephili lore.
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I'm starting to wonder if a lovelorn angel lusting after a human or chasing after a nephilim is the new trend coming in on the tail of vampire fiction. Forbidden, by mother and son duo Syrie and Ryan James can definitely be slipped in with the forlorn angel breaking the code of his angelic lifestyle that seems to be the current trend in the YA paranormal genre. Forbidden follows Claire, who essentially lives a gypsy lifestyle with her mother, flitting from place to place with no real reason. During this book, Claire and her mother have remained in one place for nearly two years and Claire is currently enrolled in an elite, private academy where she has to bust her butt to maintain a high GPA so she can stay in. Of course, as any female lead in current YA fiction, she's super smart and has no problem maintaining the perfect grades (personally, the "perfect student" female lead is getting a bit old to me. Someone, create an original character please, one with spunk and some real flaws? Thanks.)

Enter Alec, the mysterious, handsome stranger who shows up on registration day and oddly attaches himself to Claire and her friends. It's made clear almost immediately that he's got a secret that he's hiding, and that he's not everything he seems to be. *cue melodramatic music* Dun..dun..dunnnnnnnn

I want to make something clear here, I have instant disdain for any YA book that creates an immediate and powerful love between two adolescent characters.
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Forbidden by Syrie & Ryan James popped up as a suggested read while shopping online. I am so glad I purchased it! This book was such an easy, fast read. I was completely enveloped by the entire cast and storyline. The story is about a teenage girl, Claire, who starts to get visions. She begins to figure out how they happen and while discovering why, a love triangle begins to take place that lasts throughout the story, where one of the guys she falls in love with is a rival in the otherworld she belongs to. Claire learns a lot about her family and develops strong relationships during these difficult times as a halfblood. A terrible fate awaits her, but an unexpected character comes to her rescue.

I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 because of the ending. The rest of the book was so well developed. I felt that the end was more bare-bones and could have used more depth. I still greatly enjoyed the book and do hope for a sequel to learn more about Claire, her family, and hopefully a relationship with Alec.
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The authors of this book were a mother and son duo. First of all, this book reminded me of little tidbits of several different YA books I've read. I would compare it to Jamie McGuire's Providence series. I did not expect to purchase this book last night and have it finished by this afternoon. For being 416 pages it flew by.

The action was spot on, the romance was there. There was a slight cliched love triangle but it was clear who your heroine Claire wanted after a few chapters. There were a few surprises. I found most of the characters really likeable, I think the only problem I had with the main character was her lack of being able to keep any secrets to herself. But Claire was also caring and sweet and she was a really great female lead.

I liked that it was set at an upscale private school yet there weren't any of the regular "mean" kids that are in every book you read. I found the hero of the story to be spot on and I really liked him. Claire had great friends.

If you are a fan of angel books I would definitely recommend this one to add to your reading list. I really hope to see a sequel from this writing team. It ended definitely leaving you hanging and wanting more. I would rate it a 3.5 but upped it to a 4 since I read it in less than 24 hours which is something I do only when I really enjoy a book.
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