In this action-packed paranormal romantic suspense from bestselling author Syrie James and her son Ryan M. James, a teenage girl struggles to discover the origins of her mysterious paranormal powers before an avenging angel can destroy her.

When Claire Brennan begins to get psychic visions and mysterious warnings that she’s in danger at the start of her junior year of high school, she isn’t sure what to think. But the truth is stranger than anything she could have imagined.

Alec MacKenzie has fled his duties as a Watcher angel and come to L.A. in search of normalcy. He never dreamed he would find a half-angel at his school, or that he would fall in love with her — a relationship that is strictly forbidden for his kind.

Readers will be swept away by this endearing novel, guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat until the last thrilling page.

Claire and Alec’s story continues in book two of the Forbidden series, Embolden.



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“A YA novel that hits all the right notes: Claire, a teen girl who starts to ‘change’; Alec, the boy who knows better but can’t help but be drawn to Claire; and secrets, tons of secrets, that will make everyone’s lives difficult ... The plot and storyline are great, and the characters strong. If you enjoy angels, ‘forbidden’ romance and dashing heroes, then this should be added to your TBR.”

“Quite effective paranormal suspense and intense-but-quixotic high-school romance. Genre addicts will enjoy it.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“Syrie James & Ryan M. James knock it out of the ballpark! 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.’ … A story of pure fun, fantasy, romance, humor - you name it - Syrie James and her son have brought it!”
—St. Augustine News

“Hands down Forbidden has the best trio since Harry Potter! I LOVED it. We’re talking staying up till the sun comes up. It had plenty of humor, romance, action, mystery, and suspense. The villain was totally badass. The angel aspect was unique. What truly drives this story is its amazing characters. Oh! and the cliffhanger –in that I can’t flippin’ wait to read book two kind of way. 5 stars!”
—The Book Slayer

“A YA paranormal fantasy gem! I loved it!”
—Book Reader’s Heaven

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Published by: Harper Teen: Trade paperback, ebook, audiobook
Pages: 416
ISBN13: 978-0062027894