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Monday, January 23

Review: Forbidden by Syrie and Ryan James

January 24th 2012, HarperTeen
411 pages, Advanced Copy
Received from Publisher
Young Adult Fiction

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 really enjoyed this book and felt it to be a quick read even though it was over 400 pages. Alec’s POV drew me in more than Claire’s which is unusual as I don’t usually enjoy reading from the male POV. I had read an adult book by Syrie James previously and found myself completely at a loss as to how this book would end because of my former knowledge that Syrie James has unusual endings.

I could instantly relate with Claire and wanted to know what was going to happen to her throughout. Claire is an interesting character that is dealing with a lot, but still maintains her relationships and is considerate of everyone at every turn. I found her to be a refreshing teen female protagonist where often they can be self consumed.

Although, I related with Claire, Alec interested me more. He was mature (as he should be at 100+) but the thing that drew me to him most his is his newness. He is new to emotions, new to food, new to anything human and this made him unique and quite interesting. Seeing the world through the eyes of someone who had observed the world for years and yet had not experienced anything.

Claire has a set of friends that are invaluable. Her friends are always willing to do whatever is needed to keep her safe and she is very dedicated to them in turn. Her mother is a part of the storyline and is loving and communicative when Claire turns to her. The secondary characters were a integral part of the story and not just fillers.

At times the plot was a bit convenient (contrived), but it laughed at itself which endeared it to me. There were plenty of twists and turns to keep me guessing. This book was not in the least predictable. Right until the very last page I didn’t know how everything would turn out. It ended somewhat abruptly and I can’t seem to find out if there is a sequel which saddens me. I would really like to know what happens next.



I'm a wife, student, and a dog-lover who reads when I should be folding laundry (bane of my existance), I write (rarely as academic papers consume my life), and love getting wrapped up in fiction.


  1. This book has been have been on my radar for a while now. Thanks for the great review. Look forward to picking it up now.

  2. I haven't heard of this one yet. Harper Collins has been coming out with some great books this year. I love the sound of this, your review makes me really want to read it. I love a book with a lot of twists and turns and this one sounds right up my alley! Great review!

    Cozy Up With A Good Read

  3. This one sounds really interesting, aside from your review I haven't heard much about it but I'm definitely going to look into reading it now!

    I like that Claire's mom (and the secondary characters) play a good role in this one - that's something that's important to me.

    -Jac @ For Love and Books

  4. Oooh, a dual POV that works?!  Wow.  After reading your review, I'm more excited than ever for this book.  It sounds a bit different, plus, strong secondary characters?  YAYS.

    Molli | Once Upon a Prologue

  5. I quite loved it! Dual POV's are often annoying, but this one flowed perfectly. 

    I love strong secondary characters.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  6. It disappoints me when parents play such a small role in YA. So I really enjoy it when parents play an active role in books.

  7. HarperCollins is my favorite publisher. They always have amazing books! 

    I usually don't like a lot of twists and turns, but recently I have really enjoyed the drama of them.

  8. You should! It's amazing! I haven't read anything by Syrie James that has disappointed me yet.

  9. Alec interested me a lot more as well - I definitely felt like he was a much more original character than Claire. 

    I also agree that it was an incredibly quick read considering the 400+ pages! Glad you enjoyed it :)

  10. I just reviewed this one and liked it too. I call it my guilty pleasure. It isn't that taxing to your emotions or mind, but still a pleasure to read. Of course the last couple of chapters had me twisted up in knots because I didn't see any of that coming. Do you know if this is a series? It's gotta be a series, right?