- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: HarperTeen (Jan. 24 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780062027894
- ISBN-13: 978-0062027894
- ASIN: 0062027891
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.4 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 136 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,493,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“…quite effective paranormal suspense and intense–but–quixotic high–school romance.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Both main characters are well–drawn, with believable motivations and reactions to their situations.” (School Library Journal)
“Beautifully written. Romantic and filled with delicious tension. Forbidden enchants!” (Sophie Jordan, author of FIRELIGHT)
“Hits all the right notes…If you enjoy angels, ‘forbidden’ romance and dashing heroes, then this should be added to your TBR.” (USA Today)
From the Back Cover
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?See all Product description
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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 have angelic powers and gracefulness because she was a sweet young girl who was used to working for what she wanted and not just having everything handed to her. Even after experiencing some her crazy new talents she did her best to use them for good.
The secondary characters in this book were some of the best I have ever read about. Claire is lucky to have two of the coolest friends ever, Brian and Erica. They both were quirky, funny, and handled a crisis well. Which was good since there was a lot of them this year. I also liked that they were not clueless the entire time. Claire couldn’t hide from her best friends. It was easy to see that all three of them had a strong bond. Brian was great at putting some humor into any situation and Erica new just what to say to make Claire feel better. I would love to have friends like these in my life.
Alec wasn’t a brooding hero which was refreshing. He actually had a sense of humor and was really interesting to learn about. He and Claire had real connection that was really sweet. I also liked that even though he was super human in many aspects he also had very human moments. He embarrassed himself, made mistakes, and was afraid of many of the things teenagers are. It made him more relatable and I liked seeing that side of him.
After finishing this book I couldn’t help, but be excited for a possible sequel. There are still so many questions I have and I hope that one will definitely be made in the near future.
This is highly recommended to everyone who likes a good paranormal romance!
Claire is a normal 17 year old girl who starts to get strange visions of past and future events, as well as mysterious messages from someone she doesn't know. Just as all this starts to happen, Alec shows up. While Alec isn't the cause of these new, strange occurrences, he doesn't have an explanation. As Claire and Alec begin their romance, they soon discover whatever they feel is forbidden.
The story itself doesn't sound completely unique. Boy meets girl. Angels are involved. Boy can't date girl. However, Syrie and Ryan manage to make a unique story out of an ordinary plot. There's enough twists and turns to keep things interesting. Plus, the spin on angels is a little bit different and it really works to set the novel apart.
Claire is a teenager and she acts like a teenager, albeit a mature one. She does the typical teen thing, although she thankfully doesn't fall into the love triangle trap. She has amazing friends and, here's the shocker, she actually works to keep them in her life after things start to change. For some reason, in a lot of Young Adult paranormal novels, the friends from the beginning are slowly cut out of the picture and that always bugs me. Erica and Brian don't let Claire push them aside, and Claire makes sure to include them as she tries to figure everything out.
I wish we got a little bit more of Alec characterization. He's a fantastic guy and does have his swoon worthy moments, but he's not different. There's nothing that really sets his apart from other Young Adult male leads. He's written well and he's a sweet guy, but I feel like I say that about every guy. I could have gone for something a little different.
There were a few other moments when the novel just seemed to get choppy all of a sudden and there were a couple times when phrases or sentences just felt weird or out of place, and those are the only things holding me back from falling completely in love with the story.
As it looks right now, Forbidden is a single novel, even though the authors have more to write. I really hope this changes and there will be more Claire and Alec to read in the future. I want to know what happens to these two.
Claire was a decent lead character, but most of the time, she would just be freaking out about her new powers or looking to Alec for protection. With powers like hers, she should be confident, not afraid all the time. Along that same line, Alec has supposedly been alive for over 100 years and has all this experience, yet he gets nervous all the time and doesn't seem like he's really a Grigori. His demeanor makes him seem like an inexperienced teenager and not a seasoned assassin. It just didn't add up.
The action wasn't captivating enough for me. Not too much happened until about 70% through the book when Vincent returned and shit got real. Until then, I was bored with the random stuff that didn't do much for the story except drag it alone and slow it down. The final showdown thing with Alec, Vincent, and Claire was my favorite part by far because there was danger, suspense, and action. I like that type of thing, so this slow pace just wasn't doing it for me.
This was by no means a bad book. I just wasn't as into it as I thought I would've been. I enjoyed it, but not enough to give it any higher of a rating.