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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Book Review - Forbidden by Syrie and Ryan M. James



About The Book:

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 was so incredibly impressed with this novel!  Syrie and Ryan James have accomplished the nearly impossible feat of writing about teenagers without being too sexually explicit while keeping the story lively, interesting, and fast-moving!  Being the mother of four sons, I know teenage hormones rage at that age, but the James' story manages to convey the sense of longing and affection the two main characters have for each other without having to paint a graphic picture!  Well Done!!!

With "angel" stories becoming more and more popular these days, I was intrigued to see how the plot would be played out in this novel, and the background and storytelling held my attention throughout the story.

I highly recommend this book, and I hope that this is the beginning of what promises to be a much-anticipated series!


 About The Authors:



 Syrie James loves paranormal romance and all things nineteenth century. She is also the bestselling author of four critically acclaimed novels: Nocturne; Dracula, My Love; The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen (Best First Novel 2008, Library Journal); and The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte (2011 Audie Romance Award; Great Group Read, Women’s National Book Association). The translation rights for Syrie’s books have been sold in sixteen languages. Syrie is also a screenwriter and a member of the Writers Guild of America and the RWA, and a life member of the Jane Austen Society of North America.

Aside from being Syrie’s firstborn, Ryan M. James has co­written two screenplays, directed an independent feature, and created the machinima webseries A Clone Apart. By day he works as an editor for the video game industry in Santa Monica, most recently on Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (Game of the Year 2009) and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. Under cover of night, he conjures stories for print, screen, and web as a member of the Writers Guild of America. He and his wife live in Los Angeles about a stone’s throw away from Syrie.

For more information on Syrie James, check out her website at http://www.syriejames.com/


I'm giving away a copy of "Forbidden" as a part of the Young Adult Giveaway Hop - click on the book cover at the top of the blog page to enter to win!

1 comment:

Mary (Bookfan) said...

Definitely adding this to my TBR list. Great review, Sharon. Don't enter my name in the giveaway. I just won a book from you :)