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Syrie James & Her Son, Ryan, Hit a Home Run with Their New YA – Forbidden!

Syrie James & Her Son, Ryan, Hit a Home Run with Their New YA – Forbidden!

For anyone who reads great books the name Syrie James should already be on top of all ‘to-read’ lists, as well as categorized as a consistent ‘5-Star’ author on all reviewer’s lists.  Whether taking on Jane Austen, vampires, or anything else you can think of, Ms. James definitely knows how to create a story that is the ‘best of the best.’  But this time around she brings two new things to the table: The subject of angels told in a new way that hasn’t already been done six hundred times; and her son, Ryan, who enhances the story ten-fold with his own creativity and a definite ‘male’ point of view. (Which YA has needed for some time).

Claire Brennan is a young girl who’s having a bit of a rough time. All her life her mother has packed them up and moved to a new city or town the second Claire started to feel comfortable in her new surroundings.  The one thing she doesn’t want is to be uprooted again, seeing as that she now attends a school called Emerson Academy that she absolutely loves.  Her two best friends – Erica and Brian – are always by her side; she is madly in love with Neil, who is a red-hot singer in the school’s choir; and she works hard to make sure that she can keep her partial scholarship to this righteous Academy.  The picture of a ‘normal’ American teen, right?  Except for the fact that dizzy spells have begun to affect her and strange visions are appearing in her mind, Claire is A-okay.  Until…

A new student comes to town by the name of Alec.  Not only is he extremely handsome but he’s also Scottish, so that accent pretty much sweeps everyone off their feet.  Except for Claire.  When she first meets Alec he’s quite distant, and she basically would like him to go away.  But soon Claire’s life changes immensely, especially when this strange boy begins to show some seriously superhuman strength. (No, not those guys).  When Claire finds out that Alec is actually a member of a very old society that he decided to go AWOL from, her life really becomes a mess.

She is one of the Awakened.  Not only that but Claire is a Half-Blood.  Her father, who she never knew, had some very special powers in his background and now Claire is paying for the fact that she’s a type of ‘being’ that may one day turn on the world and take people out.  Vincent is Alec’s godfather, a man who works for some real ‘higher-ups’ whose job it is to erase Claire at this young age so she can never cause any harm.  But Vincent forgets that nothing is more superhuman than the power of love – which Alec has for Claire big time!

I have to say this book is a thrilling ride.  From a trio of fallen angels to a battle with a were-creature, this fast-paced plot is extremely adventurous.  And the romance?  Let’s just say that the romance is so powerful between Claire and Alec that they make old Bella and Edward look like nothing more than ‘good friends.’  This is not just a YA, this is a truly amazing story that, while you’re reading it, you’re also picking out the best actors to play the roles on the big screen.  All age groups will find themselves absolutely attached to this incredible novel!

A story of pure fun, fantasy, romance, humor – you name it – Syrie James and her son have brought it!  Get this one the second it comes out! (Forbidden; Syrie James; ISBN-13: 978-0062027894)

Until Next Time,

Amy

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