Author: Syrie James & Ryan M. James
Publisher: Harper Teen
Rating: 4 stars
Summary: 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?
Review: I liked Forbidden, I really did. But at the same time I couldn't help but feel like I've already read this story before. The plot was really great but there were a lot of parts where I kept comparing it to other YA novels. And that just doesn't sit well with me.
For one, that whole twilight scene where 'Edward saves Bella from the van' happens in the book and while I enjoyed Twilight I don't want to read things similar to it in this book. I know its hard to find a book where you don't see some kind of similarities of Twilight but considering this is about angels and its been over 5 years since Twilight first came out, I thought we moved from that stage. Anyway it only happens a few times but I just felt like I needed to point it out. Moving on now.
Things I loved about Forbidden: Everything else. Seriously. The characters, plot, the way each chapter changes point of views between Claire and Alec, just everything. Despite what I said before this book really does have originality. I love the the history behind the angels and how certain angels have certain abilities.
And the best part? I didn't hate the characters! I enjoyed every single character and never once found myself wishing they would disappear...well except the bad guy who tries to ruin everything. Claire is so nice and really tries to adjust herself in every possible situation and I love that she wasn't one of those whiny characters who always sit around waiting for everyone to solve their problems. And Alec? Perfect in every sense of the word. From the first chapter in his point of view I fell in love with him. How could I not? He's everything every girl wishes for in a guy that's almost impossible to find.
Overall, Forbidden is an enjoyable read. I'm glad I gave it a shot and continued to read it to the end and I highly recommend you do the same.