February 16, 2012

Title: Forbidden
Authors: Syrie James and Ryan M. James
Publisher: January 24, 2012
Published: Harper Teen
Pages: 411

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?

Celeste’s review:  Overall I liked this book, but I just didn’t love it. I was initially drawn to it because I’m a sucker for any book about angels, and let’s face it, the cover is gorgeous.

I loved:
♥ The concept of Grigori and Nephilim. The Grigori (angels) watch over everyone and only interfere when something has gone very, very  wrong. Alec MacKenizie is a Grigori, but he is tired and bored with just “watching”. Then there’s Claire Brennan, who is Nephilim (part angel and part human). I could easily follow that Claire was a “special” Nephilim because she was a half blood, i.e. half angel and half human (very concentrated angel blood). It was very unusual, but the reason it would worry the Elders is because her part angel was not diluted, so she could become very powerful when her full powers were awakened. She would be so powerful that her mere existence is wrong.

♥ The story was told in 3rd person but from both points of view. Loved it.

♥ Forbidden love-loved the concept of it, but it didn’t seem so forbidden since Alec and Claire were together!! However, it was short lived and Alec and Claire will have to fight for this right, something that we’ll see in the next book, I’m sure.

What I didn’t love:
♥ Claire came into her powers with the onset of puberty. I can live with that concept but here it was just way too farfetched for me since she is 16!!!

♥ The Twilight scene. If you read both books you will know exactly which scene I’m referring to.  Don’t get me wrong, I loved Twilight but it was a little too similar. It absolutely worked in the story in a different way and had a different purpose, but it still irked me.

♥ The best friends. They were annoying. I know when I read a YA book that I will be reading about teens, I just always hope they won’t be annoying. No one was bratty, but Erica and Brian were just too much and over the top.  Also, Claire was warned SEVERAL times not to tell anyone her secrets, yet she acted like a foolish heroine and told her friends everything.

The ending:
♥ The story ended at a good point; I felt satisfied by how things tied up with no major cliff hanger. On that note though, the story is by no means over and I’m curious to see what happens. I don’t know how Alec and Claire, and Claire’s mother will survive.

Romance and swoon factor:
♥ The romance itself is forbidden, but of course Alec and Claire are so into each other.  I’m a sucker for a struggle like that. I should also mention that Alec was swoonworthy….I mean, who doesn’t like a lean muscular guy with a Scottish accent?

Rec it or skip it:
♥  Rec it! I’ll tell you why I would rec this book and I will be getting the next one: I did not expect someone to turn! That part was quite good and honestly it caught me by surprise. I loved the ending, it was action packed and intense and I found out quite a bit of information that I was craving all along. If you love stories about angels and are looking for a quick and fun read you should check it out


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