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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 getting 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?

(published by Harper Teen, 2012)


“A YA novel that hits all the right notes… 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.”—USA TODAY

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

“I didn’t want this book to end… Suspenseful, surprising and a fantastic read… I recommend it for everyone. 5/5.” —The Sagacity Quest



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The world is trying to tear them apart. Will they stand together and fight back?

After a season of psychic visions and super-powered drama, Claire Brennan and her angel-gone-AWOL boyfriend Alec MacKenzie can finally be together. Under the protection of Claire’s grandmother, they are trying to lead a normal life, going to high school at Emerson Academy and hanging out with their friends.

But vengeful enemies, the city’s new Watcher, and even the school play threaten to break them apart. Not to mention Claire’s surprising second power, which could sabotage the trust of everyone she holds dear. And just when they need to stick together, they finally get a lead on where Claire’s mysteriously missing father might be.

The threats, which come not only from without but also from within, will test the strength of Alec and Claire’s relationship. Is their love enough to keep them safe? If they want to stay together … can they learn to fight together?



“5 out of 5 stars. Filled with teenage drama, scary but charming villains, friendships tested, paranormal powers, and romance.” —Ms. Martin Teaches Media

“5 stars! … Like the first time, I devoured it again in one sitting and cherished the tandem of Alec and Claire … I felt like I was watching a movie with superb scriptwriting … I was so invested and just kept turning the page. Now I am biting my nails in anticipation on what comes next.” —NightlyReading

“I read Forbidden and Embolden in three days. Absolutely loved them both! I love Syrie James so as soon as I saw her name I had to read it. Thank you for a great story. 4 stars!” —Bloom Magic

“Truly a spectacle … will keep readers on the edge of their seats … Readers will find themselves in the front row of this roller-coaster ride of emotions and get a first-hand feel of this unique take on Angels. The story will grab readers by the wrist and lead them to a plot of mystery, adventure, and magic.” —Jean Book Nerd