Wednesday, July 24, 2013


Book: Forbidden
Author: Syrie James and Ryan James
Pages: 410
Blurb: "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?" - form

Rachael's Recap

Book Rating: 3.5
Cover Rating: 4.5

A typical girl meets a not so typical boy. Meet Claire, a girl just trying to get through high school, and now trying to understand this strange power that has been suddenly thrust upon her. Meet Alec, an MIA angel. Wanting to find a place to hide out he chooses a place where he thinks no one of his world would find him, but then he meets Claire. It is forbidden for her to exist. It is forbidden for him to leave. And it's forbidden for them to be together. Will they be able to fight for their love? And will they win?

This book had many high points for me, but also a couple low. I'll start out with the characters. Claire was the typical teen, with everything being normal in her life at first. She was a pretty low key character. Not really exciting enough for me. She was over-reactive and there was nothing about her that really grabbed me. Too me she was a pretty typical/normal teen girl, which is fine, but it made me bored at times. Alec was an interesting character. It was fun to read when it was written in his POV, because so many things were new to him that he didn't understand. I also liked how he changes throughout the book. You can really see the change since the begging of the book to the point when he is with Claire. It was very interesting when it came to the "bad guy" in the story, there were really two. I can't say too much without spoiling parts of the book, but I really liked how they set up the "bad guy" characters. Claire's two best friends Brian and Erica were fun, light characters that gave the story the much needed humor.

The story over all was good, not mind blowing great, but pretty good. I felt though that there were a lot of things they never explained in the book that would have been useful to know. It just felt like there was something missing. The plot of the story had no problem reeling me in. It kept up a good pace throughout the whole book. And of course, a major plus is the forbidden love aspect of the book. It makes me a total stereotypical girl, but I have to admit I loved it. 

What I loved
  • Written in dual POV
  • It keeps you guessing about what Alec really is, and why he is there. It doesn't just pop up right away

What I wished were different
  • Saying they were in love too soon. I mean they had barely been dating that long and BAM they are in love
  • I didn't really like Claire's character that much
  • I felt like there were unexplained spots in the book
If you are looking for a forbidden love story filled with angels of all kinds, I suggest you grab a copy of Forbidden by Syrie James and Ryan James.