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Forbidden [Paperback]

Syrie James , Ryan M. James
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Book Description

26 Jan 2012

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?

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; Original edition (26 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062027891
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062027894
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.5 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 316,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

Aside from being Syrie’s firstborn, Ryan M. James has co­written two screenplays, directed an independent feature, and created the machinima webseries A Clone Apart. By day he works as an editor for the video game industry in Santa Monica, most recently on Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (Game of the Year 2009) and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. Under cover of night, he conjures stories for print, screen, and web as a member of the Writers Guild of America. He and his wife live in Los Angeles about a stone’s throw away from Syrie.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Book Angel Emma VINE VOICE
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So you may have already guessed that I am a complete sucker for angel books. This was a definite case of love at first sight of that cover. Although I did enjoy the story as a whole I can honestly say that there was nothing new here at all and this is reflected in my rating. Don't get me wrong its a fun, light read that is a terrific way of whiling away a few hours and I am definitely interested to see how the story progresses in the next book.

The dual first person narrative works really well and I found it interesting that the authors are Mother and Son, they are very much in tune as writers and the characters they have created are believable and realistic (well as realistic as angels get anyway).

The best way I can think to describe this book is a mash-up of angel paranormal romance alongside a Da Vinci Code type thriller, with warring angel factions, secret divisions within the factions looking for peace with Claire as a pivotal piece to both sides, creates an engaging plot. The romantic element is compelling; the chemistry between Claire and Alex added to the overall effect of the plot. The history and origin of the Nephilim is well depicted and believable. There is plenty of action to keep the plot flowing smoothly.

As I said earlier my rating is a reflection that although the book is a nice way to spend a few hours there is nothing new here at all. This does not mean that I'm ready to give up on the series just yet. I'd be interested to see just where this one is going.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She should not exist. He should not love her. 1 May 2012
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Claire Brennan has been attending Emerson Academy for two years now, it's the longest her and her mother have stayed anywhere, and Claire is desperate to stay there for the rest of high school. She is tried of moving around from city to city and it determined to stay in California, Claire loves her prestigious school and her two best friends Erica and Brian whom she shares everything with, so there is no way she's going to tell her Mum about the psychic visions she's been having or the creepy warnings that she's in danger. Fearing that her Mum will pack up everything and they will have to start over somewhere new again, so instead she confines in her best friends about everything that has started happening to her, and they set out to find what this all means, and what type of danger is heading for Claire.

Alec MacKenzie is the new man on campus, fed up with his duties he has chosen Emerson as the ideal hiding place where he can be normal for once, make friends and actually have a life, however he didn't factor one thing into his plan falling in love with Claire. However his story of being orphaned from a young age and living with various relatives all over the world and most recently being emancipated from his rich uncle seem more and more sketchy, making Claire and her friends wonder who he really is.

Their love is forbidden and goes against everything Alec has been taught to believe. And when the reason behind Claire's new abilities are revealed her life is put into even more danger and Alec vows to protect her no matter what the cost.

I really enjoyed this book and couldn't put it down, really exciting and the end will leave you wanting more. I'm just hoping that there is going to be a second book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Its okay 22 Sep 2012
By Ruep
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This book is easy enough to read, and quite a nice way to pass an afternoon but its nothing new. The characters could have been pulled out of about any other YA book around at the moment. The secondary charaters i dont think were particularly well developed. I dont really feel like i learned anything about them. An okay read.. nothing special.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Angel romance 10 May 2014
By jessica
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Lovely story line of two high school lovers with difficultties along the way. A fiction romance with some action and evil but a lovely happy ending!
Alex is a wonderful boy, however you do have to feel sorry for Neil. Nice twist at the end with Helena.
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4.0 out of 5 stars pretty good, but price isn't worth it 10 Oct 2013
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Forbidden is about a girl ,Claire, who moves around A LOT!!!!!! But when she gets a scholarship for an amazing school, has two great friends and starts to develop a hot crush on the super fit new guy , Alec, she is determined not to move, even after she starts getting visions and starts to build up suspicion's that Alec is hiding something.

I like this book because it gives you two points of views 1) the girl Claire and 2) the new guy Alec. This then lets you know what both characters are feeling and helps you understand the background of that character.

I found this a pretty good book, but definitely wasn't worth 5 I have found books for 0.63 that were WAY better! ( Elfin is one of them by Quinn Loftis :) or Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout 1.71 )

STILL I enjoyed it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

:D ;)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grigori and halfbloods 5 Oct 2013
By Lizzie
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I've just re-read this and really enjoyed it. It's a American school story, well-written with interesting characters.
Clare is at school and starts to worry about what seems to be visions. A new boy at school, Alex is really attracted to her but finds, to his consternation, that she is something he shouldn't be attracted to, she's a .... ( not giving away any plot)
Good read for teenagers up.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Why no sequel?! :(
as soon as i picked up this book i loved it. the story-line was so permanently intriguing that i LITERALLY could not put it down until it was finished. Read more
Published 13 months ago by charlotte harrison-taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
Really enjoyed this book on my recent holiday to florida. Only real problem was finding time to read between theme parks etc.
Published 17 months ago by Mr. N. P. CHEESMAN
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh
It kept me semi-entertained but not a good book, I don't recommend it. It feels a bit forced, I didn't particularly enjoy it. Read more
Published 18 months ago by sebz
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars
Brilliant. Utterly brilliant. I feel in love with Alec and Claire from the very first moment.
It's a must read!
Published 19 months ago by C. R. O'Toole
5.0 out of 5 stars u well fall in love with reading
amazing book it sucks you in from the 1st page and you just dont want it to end. must read
Published 19 months ago by shay
3.0 out of 5 stars Forbidden - Syrie James & Ryan M. James
This book is good - there's no denying that - but I'm almost certain the only reason I think so is because it is extremely similar to another series I adore - Twilight by Stephenie... Read more
Published on 26 Aug 2012 by Beks
2.0 out of 5 stars Enthrawled to begin with but let down towards the end as nothing much...
I very much enjoyed this book, the build up etc was excellent and the story itself is twilighesque and really is a good young adult read however the story is let down by the lack... Read more
Published on 8 May 2012 by Miss K. Orr
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