Review: Forbidden by Syrie & Ryan M. James

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Forbidden by Syrie James, Ryan M. James

3.5 Stars

The angel mythology in Forbidden is not groundbreaking, but I thought it had a cool twist to it. I definitely look forward to reading more about it in future books of this series. I also enjoyed the setting. It was still sunny California, but more urban than beachy, and Emerson Academy was to die for! I wish I could’ve gone to school there.

Claire, our protagonist, is smart and sensible when it comes to her newly found gifts and her attraction to Alec. I liked that she wasn’t the outsider, but also not the popular girl. Her friends were just fantastic, fun characters. I loved how they could make me laugh anytime they were on the page. She trusts them with her secrets, and together they try to find reasonable explanations for everything, including Alec.

Oh, Alec. I totally fell in love with him. While his true identity isn’t officially revealed at the beginning, we do see things from his perspective every other chapter, so we know how he’s really feeling. And oh, was it fun being in his head. Though he is a confident warrior, he is a little insecure as a “normal” teenage boy. He is through with his old gig and though he has to live the rest of his life in hiding, he wants it to just be as normal as possible. Of course, falling for Claire kind of screws up that plan, especially considering what she truly is. He is terribly cute when he gets so flustered around her. I just wanted to hug him! And did I mention he is Scottish?? Yup…couldn’t help but love him.

This book was an easy, fun, paranormal book that I devoured in a couple of days. I hadn’t heard much about Forbidden yet and didn’t know what to expect when I started reading it, but I ended up really enjoying it! I would recommend this to fans of Lauren Kate’s Fallen series, as well as Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush series.

Book Info

Forbidden by Ryan M. JamesSyrie James
Published by HarperTeen
Pub Date: January 24th 2012
Pages: 410
Format: Paperback | Source: Publisher
Genres: ParanormalRomanceYoung Adult
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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?

I’ve decided to do a GIVEAWAY for this very cool book! Open to anywhere The Book Depository/Amazon ship to!

Giveaway Closed.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

33 Responses to “Review: Forbidden by Syrie & Ryan M. James”

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    Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels

    Great review!  I just started reading this a few days ago and am loving the awkwardness between the two main characters.  I’m so glad you liked it!  That means I’ll like it, too! :-D

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    This sounds exactly like Lauren Kate’s Fallen series! Well, not EXACTLY, but similar enough so that it made me think about it and want to read it based on that thought! Great review; will definitely be checking this one out! 

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    Jessica@a GREAT read

    OOoh nice!! I have this on my TBR pile so I don’t need to enter the contest! It sounds fab!! I loved Syrie’s Nocturne, hence why I bought this book to begin with! Can’t wait to get to it now! But of course I still have so much else I really need to read first! Sooo need more time!

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    Christa Seeley

    I personally didn’t care for this one. It felt a little too cliche for my taste. Glad to hear I’m the odd one out though!

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    I love when the story alternates between characters. I was initially on the fence about this one but now I am really looking forward to giving it a go. I’ve seen mixed reviews for it though, so hopefully it will be worth my time in the end :) Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy!

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    alice ?

    WOW. Thanks for the giveaway! I really want to read this book. :D It looks really interesting.  And I LOVE Hush Hush and Fallen so I definitely think I should read this one sometime. Thanks again for the giveaway!

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    This is actually the first I have heard of FORBIDDEN. It does look amazing.  Angels are my favorite.

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    Ree Anderson

    This is the first I’ve seen of Forbidden…I’m interested, but worried that it’s more same old same old. I think I’ll give it a try, anyway, based on your review. :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Ana Lucía

    This book sounds great. I’ve read it’s really good. Thank you for the international giveaway :)

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    I read this one and felt about the same way you did. It wasn’t ground shattering but the angel mythology was good and I enjoy a forbidden romance. It was fun to see how the authors wrote together – mother and son – and sometimes a quick, fun read is a nice break when it is sandwiched between two heavier, longer books. I just recently found Syrie James’ Dracula, My Love at a library sale and I am really wanting to dive into that one soon since it is an adult novel. I’ve heard her adult books are written a little differently than Forbidden since this was (I believe) her first YA. Great thoughts, I enjoyed reading them Jess! 

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    Victoria Sloboda

    Sounds great. I loved NOCTURNE as I’ve been thinking about this one for a little while.  Thank you for the glowing review.

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    i’ve never read a book relating to angel so i’d love to read this one :)

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    Ahhh, you totally got me once you revealed that Alec is Scottish! Although I should’ve been able to guess from his last name . . .

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    This book sounds so intriguing! Now I want to read about Alec and Claire!
    Thanks a lot for the International giveaway.

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    Great Review, this is one I’ve been wanting to read. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Hm… Seems like and interesting novel. Good job describing the characters. I now have an incentive to try Forbidden out.

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    Tawni @ The Book Worms

    I always pick this one up at the bookstore, but end up putting it down. I’m glad to see you enjoyed it though. I’d love to win – thank you for the opportunity!

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    Great review – definitely sounds like a book I would enjoy – loving the cover too!  :)

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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