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Forbidden Paperback – January 24, 2012
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“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
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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...Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lots of great action and storytelling. Fell in love with all the characters! Can't wait to read the second book.Published 8 months ago by Julie Ann Ward
Really great story. Loved the characters.
Fantastic Story. Could not put it down.
Love this book wouldn't mind reading more like this everything that has to do with love lose and stuff they have to over come to be togetherPublished 9 months ago by Casey
Good, quick read. Can't wait to see if there are more to come.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Couldn't finish it. Another one of the tell me but don't show me writing styles. Lazy and annoying.Published 12 months ago by Lori Anderson
I like most paranormal novels..this one was one of the best that I have read recently..
I haven't checked to see if there is another to follow this one b u t hope that there... Read more
Very well written adventure/romance. Easy to read for a relaxation or a fast read just to get away and escape the troubles of reality.Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
This was an incredible adventure/love story! I can not wait to share this book with my daughter. Thank you for creating a clean love story that I could not put down! Read morePublished 14 months ago by Sanna Cain
Likeable characters and a fast moving plot make this book an engaging read. Scottish angel and handsome human vie for the affections of newly awakened half angel Claire.Published 14 months ago by C.Bailey Sims