by Syrie James
Published: January 24, 2012
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Format: ARC (410 pages)
Source: For Review
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 . . .
Forbidden felt like angels meet X-Men. The conflict and characters reminded me a lot of the first X-Men movie. It was told from two points of view: Alec’s and Claire’s, which I found refreshing. It was nice not to read a one-sided love story. The characters had a lot of depth to them and they were easy to like. Even the minor characters had personality and back-stories which I enjoyed a lot. However, the setup was very similar to Twilight. I like Twilight, but I want to read something new and different. It seemed like it was supposed to be a light-hearted satire of Twilight since the similarities between the two stories were pointed out and made fun of. Still, it bothered me how extensive the similarities were. I wish they could have found a different way to setup the novel. That being said, I liked the sarcasm, humor and dialogue throughout the book. The portrayal of teens, especially their awkwardness, was nice and authentic. The pace felt very slow and it took me a while to get through this novel. It picks up at the very end and gets a little more interesting but it left a lot of loose ends for a sequel. The writing was good and I think that the next novel in the series has a lot of potential to be more original with a faster pace.
Content Rating: Medium, for quite a lot of language throughout (more than I’m used to in a YA novel) and a few kissing scenes.