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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
ebook, 416 pages
Published January 24th 2012 by HarperTeen
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Amy Lignor
For anyone who reads great books the name Syrie James should already be on top of all ‘to-read’ lists, as well as categorized as a consistent ‘5-Star’ author on all reviewer’s lists. Whether taking on Jane Austen, vampires, or anything else you can think of, Ms. James definitely knows how to create a story that is the ‘best of the best.’ But this time around she brings two new things to the table: The subject of angels told in a new way that hasn’t already been done six hundred times; and her so ...more
I didn't actually finish this, I only reached page 137. It is your average paranormal high school angel romance, enough that I would have finished reading it, most likely, and probably given it a decent rating. So why did I stop?

I have noticed an increasing trend in young adult books using derogatory terms in reference to individuals with developmental disabilities, in this case, on page 137, "Holy crap," Erica said. "We've been so short-bus about this."

Teenagers probably think this is funny an
Jana (That Artsy Reader Girl)
I was SO excited when Syrie wrote to me and told me that I was the first ever recipient of a Forbidden ARC! I read this book back in August, and was very happy when it was requested that I post this review now, rather than wait for the month of the release. Put this on your Christmas lists, guys! I think you'll enjoy it. :)

First off, I really loved the story. The premise was interesting, and I like how I had to keep guessing and trying to figure out what was going on. I liked the tactic the aut
It's a 'I had read better written, more exciting fanfics about angels than this book' 1.5 stars.

Be warned that NOTHING HAPPENS within the first 200+ pages of this novel, the story is filled by the daily affairs of the heroine and her friends from the freaking high school.

(A special thank to Jun Bisque, a dear friend of mine who made this jpg.)

Also, you have to be warned against the dull writing, the cardboard cutout characters, cheesy romance, I'm a special innocent snowflake Mary Sue heroine,
FicTalk Blog
Reviewed by Meg

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 r
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Stereotypical characters fall into the YA trope of insta-love, but with an angel mythos that has an interesting twist to it.

Opening Sentence: It had been a really crappy morning.

The Review:

The premise of the novel was interesting, even if the angel mythology isn’t anything new. It’s got a few interesting twists that I enjoyed, but for the most part it’s got the same staples as most YA paranormals. The strongest part of the novel was the char
I enjoyed Syrie James’s first two paranormal novels, Dracula, My Love and Nocturne, and so I was happy to try her new young adult paranormal, Forbidden, co-written with her son Ryan James. I enjoyed Forbidden but found that it didn’t quite stack up against the two aforementioned books.

Forbidden centers on Claire, a studious high school girl; and Alec, a Grigori angel who goes AWOL from his job of eliminating fallen Nephilim (human/angel hybrids) and decides to attend high school. It turns out th
Click here to read this review on my blog, Mindful Musings.

In a Sentence: Forbidden showed some good writing, but the story and romance fell flat for me.

My Thoughts

Forbidden was one of those books that showed up unexpectedly in my mailbox. I honestly hadn't heard much about it, but it was a YA book, and I'm almost always interested in the books HarperTeen sends me, so I figured I'd pick it up and give it a whirl so I could try to have a review up close to its publication date.

The premise of Fo
Leigh Herondale
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I finished reading Forbidden by mother and son tandem, Syrie and Ryan James. The novel is about Claire and Alec, who are both different in their own ways. I don’t want to mention why because I might spoil the story for future readers.

Claire and her mom are constantly on the move because her mom believes that she’s constantly in danger and she’s kinda’ paranoid about it. Although, her paranoia
Aioki Reika
“Breath taking since the Hush, Hush Series.”

OMG! This book takes my breath away since the Hush, Hush Series. The story is very simple but as you read further you’re going to discover some new events that may shock you.

This is definitely one of my favorite books. Reading it makes me feel kinda familiar since I’ve read a lot of Angel Novels, but it has it’s uniqueness kind-a-way to express the conflict of the story.

Claire and Alec: The two characters that you’re going to fell in love with—and also
Oh my, my!

What an amazing book!

As my first book about angels, my expectation wasn't high but I’m glad that I read it. This is a fascinatingparanormal book that will keep you on the edge. It’s really fun trying to predict what will happen next throughout the book. I love that it’s in third person, with two perspectives--Claire and Alec’s. It really made it easier to relate to readers, to understand their point of view.

Claire goes to Emerson, a private school. She’s intelligent and sarcastic. Cl
I have been wanting to read this book forever since falling in love with the cover and being somewhat intrigued that a mother and son co-wrote it together. And I must say I was not disappointed. There were at times that the story lulled in parts and I was wondering when it would pick up, but other than that it kept me captivated and intrigued enough to continue.

The story is told in two POV's and it works magically not breaking a seam and you really cannot tell that it was co-written. The writin
Bundles of
This book was the first ARC I ever here it goes! I really enjoyed this book. Claire Brennan is a girl that is not the most popular in school, so when she has to go back to Emerson Academy, she is happy to see her two best friends, Brian and Erica. While they were waiting in line to get their textbooks, Erica realizes a very hot guy behind them. They exchange names and find out his is Alec. At first, Claire thinks he is a stuck-up snob because his lack of communication with them... ...more
WARNING: This review may come across as author/book bashing. Honestly, I really don't give a shit.


I think I should stop buying books I know nothing about. I picked up Forbidden because it had pretty cover, but I can definitely say that this was not money well spent. I wouldn't even recommend this book to someone I hate. It's just that bad.

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I think the authors need to recreate their characters. I didn't find any of them memorable, likable, and relatable in the slightest. They were
Okay, so this review will be short and to the point. There is nothing profound or thought provoking about this book. The characters are flat, the plot and characters are predictable. The main couple Claire and Alec fall way too quickly for each other - I am okay with the whole "love at first sight" romance if the characters have some depth and get to know one another. There is very little character development though. And, unless there will be a sequel, there are a plethora of unanswered questio ...more

All Claire wants is to be noticed by her crush and be a normal teenager. As far has the second goal goes, she was doing pretty well...until she discovers she may have visions that come true. She is thrust into a different world, one that confuses her. Her past is unknown and she attempts to sieve through her past to figure out what she can expect in the future.

Alec is an angel watcher, he is tired of this life and desires a normal one. When he begins attending Claire's school, he does not expect
I was so excited to read this book, so maybe I had built it up too much in my mind. Maybe my expectations were too high.

Take the forbidden romance and the hero's sense of protection before happiness in Twilight (without the swoon), add in the dream-like states of Falling Under (without the swoon) and the angel elements of Unearthly (again, without the swoon), and what do you get?

I'm not sure. But I think it would be something similar to Forbidden.

Claire, a seventeen year old junior at exclusiv
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Claire is a smart young woman who reaches puberty late (read: period at 17) and with it comes psychic powers slowly, but surely, getting stronger as each day passes. She can see both a person’s past and future with just a touch. Afraid that her mother would make them pack up and leave town again, she decides to keep this a secret, telling only her two best friends: Erica and Bryan. On the day her power manifests, she meets a b
Claire Brennan has been at Emerson Academy for two years and she's hoping she'll get to stay. That is, if her Mom doesn't suddenly get a strange vibe and decide they have to move again. This is how Claire's life has always been and she's trying very hard to keep everything as normal as possible or at least that's what she's doing in front of her mom. But Claire's life is spiraling out of control. She's having visions, visions where someone warns her that she's in danger. Claire doesn't know what ...more
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To say that I had reservations about reading a YA romance co-written by a mother and son is putting it mildly. I’ve loved what I’ve read by Syrie James before, but this was a big gamble for me. So how did FORBIDDEN fare? Pretty well, actually. I believe Syrie wrote the chapters from Claire’s POV, while Ryan wrote the chapters from Alec’s POV. The consistency was very good, and the whole book felt cohesive and unified in a way that other co-written books
I'm sorry if this is all over the place, but this book made me angry.

Okay. Practically everything that I consider wrong with young adult genre is in 'Forbidden'. There are so much nonsense in this book. As it progresses it gets better, yes, but only slightly. The worst chapter is the first one, where we are getting introduced to the characters who are going to annoy be with us for the rest of the 400+ pages. The book is written in two POV's - one is in Claire's (the protagonist) and the other o
I hate to give a book a cold review. My brain just won't stop screaming, "What?! Like you could do better?" So I fully acknowledge that no, no I could not write a better book. Still, I know weak writing when I read it.

To start, I finished the whole thing. I read the teaser for free on-line, and then bought the full book for my Kindle, after already knowing the writing was over-the-top cliche. I liked the story premise, and (protagonist 1) Clare's perspective was written pretty well. Alec's (pro
Do you ever feel like reading some YA is a guilty pleasure? I do. Especially some of Harper Teens books. And this was one of those. Prop up my pillows, have my coffee and my music and turn off the phone. Be quiet, I'm reading. Forbidden is a little on the youngish side of the YA spectrum, but it was an interesting addition to the already large pile of angel books in YA today.

The main character, Claire Brennan is a junior at an elite prep school, on scholarship and has to keep her grades up in o
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Unfortunately, for me, this book was a giant cliche.

The first half of this book is so much like Twilight, that it makes me think they did it on purpose. On her first day at school, Claire meets a mysterious boy, who doesn't say much but is strangely drawn to her. Later on he displays unnatural abilities while saving her from an oncoming car. And when he uses his abilities he glows. These are just a few examples, but they feel awfully familiar.

The second half w
From the first look, this book interested me. The cover is amazingly beautiful. I love the contrast of the colors and the transparent angel wings. This is definitely a cover that will shout out to you while sitting on the shelves.

This is a tail of “Forbidden” love. Alec and Claire meet at their private school on book day. This is the day that everyone comes in before school starts to collect all your books and locate your locker. Claire and her friends notice Alec in line and decide to take him
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
3.5 stars

Forbidden for me is one of those book that you sit down to read thinking you'll read a few chapters, but before you know it you're almost done with the book. While this book didn't sweep me off my feet, it's one that I really liked spending time reading. The story's intriguing, and it's one that kept me reading, because I wanted to know what was going to be revealed next. More importantly I wanted to know what Claire and Alex where. I love it when an author doesn't reveal everything at
Kristi-The Book Faery

Forbidden written by mother and son duo Syrie James and Ryan M. James was an incredibly enjoyable book for me. I enjoyed it so much that I pretty much had all 400+ pages read in just under a day. I was pleasantly surprised by how well the duo meshed together. The writing was seamless and I personally couldn’t tell a difference between the writing styles of mother and son. I think this says a lot about the talent of both authors and just how well they worked together on Forbidden.

The book had good reviews, it had a good cover and good summary so I kind of have good (not high) expectations on this book.

There are many good angels book out there and the one I read lately-which is my favorite story now- is Angelfall. Now, I don't want to compare them because it's a bit disrespectful but still, you feel dissapointed after reading such a good book.

Forbidden was a bit cliché.

Not many people can pull off good stories and plots when it comes to Angels-grigori, nephilim, etc. And
Curse of the Bibliophile
I picked this book up at Barnes and Noble intending to give it a try and even though I was a little hesitant at first I was so glad I did.

I adored how they put the fun spin on angels in this book. It was unique and mysterious (just like angels). The authors put together the Grigori world very well and gave us just enough information to keep me excited without letting me know too much about what was going to happen.

Claire was a well written and likeable character. I liked that she didn’t always
This book is great! It has everything you want/need in a book. It is amazingly written and sucks you right into Claires world as it gets turned upside down.

Claire is written as someone who would rather go right out and ask questions than just pretend it didn't happen. Like Alec and his magical powers that she notices and doesnt know how to define. One day she is a normal teenager and the next she has psychic abilities and being saved by the mysterious Alec and the scaffolding falling towards her
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Syrie James is the bestselling author of nine critically acclaimed novels, including The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen, The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen, The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte, Nocturne, Dracula My Love, Forbidden, and The Harrison Duet: Songbird and Propositions. Her books have been translated into eighteen foreign languages.

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