Title: Forbidden (The Soulkeepers #1)
Author: Lori Adams
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept
Genre: New adult, romance
Release Date: April 15th 2014
Links: Goodreads | Amazon UK
Here’s the description from Goodreads: Lori Adams gives New Adult a haunting paranormal twist with the first novel of The Soulkeepers, a series that blends ancient legends and new myths with an enchanting mix of thrills, humor, and high drama.
When Sophia St. James learns that she’ll be moving from Los Angeles to a podunk town somewhere in Connecticut for her senior year of high school, she isn’t expecting an otherworldly encounter. But there is more to Haven Hurst than meets the eye: it’s home to a family of Guardian Angels, and she is the only one who can see them in spirit form. Sophia soon realizes she wants to see much more of Michael, an irresistible yet volatile Guardian who seems drawn to her too.
As Michael battles his forbidden desire for the beautiful young newcomer, one of Hell’s most notorious Demon Knights arrives. Handsome and charismatic, Dante has come to claim the reincarnated soul of his lost lover trapped in Sophia. Cursed with the demon of Persuasion living inside him, Dante will use his seductive charms to lure Sophia into a dangerous game that ends with the kiss of death—unless Michael, who has captured Sophia’s heart, can now capture her soul.
After reading that description how could I pass up this book? It was also advertised as New Adult and I wanted to find out what all the NA fuss is about.
The first couple of chapters pulled me in and I was eager to find out more about our main characters. Towards the end of the first half of the book things got a bit slow but the second half was pretty explosive.
The second half reeled me back in and I finished it in one sitting, I just couldn’t put it down. It was rammed with action and before I knew it I’d finished the book and I’m left feeling eager for the next book.
Forbidden is told from three points of view but it was easy to tell whose POV you were reading as chapters about Michael and Dante were marked by their name and were told in third person while chapters about Sophia were in first person.
Sophia, Michael and Dante were all well developed characters and Adams did a great job of Sophia’s development throughout the book and making me feel very uneasy and creeped out when I read sciences involving Dante. That guy really gave me the creeps.
One of Sophia’s friends, Bailey, came across as incredibly annoying because she seems to talk in some kind of pop cultural reference language. I wouldn’t have minded the odd couple of strange sayings but pretty much everything she said had some kind of cultural reference and it wore thin quickly.
I couldn’t help but draw a lot of parallels between the Patronus family and the Cullens from Twilight: they don’t turn up at school some days and no one seems bothered, they don’t date anyone and then there was Michael convincing Sophia to stay away from him.
To be fair to Adams though I imagine that those are common in books where supernatural characters become involved with humans so it wasn’t a big issue for me.
The only niggles I had with this book were: towards the middle it started to get a bit slow, Bailey talking and the dreaded ‘I let out a breath I didn’t know I was holding’ phrase popped up. That line is one of my pet peeves and seems to keep cropping up in YA books. Stop it! It makes me squirm!
All in all I really enjoyed Forbidden. It contained a good mix of suspense, mystery, humour and romance.
I didn’t find it to be predictable, I felt for Sophia and found her character to be likeable and her development throughout the book was excellent.
Though it is part of a series (the second book, Awaken is ‘coming soon’) Forbidden stands up pretty well on its own and I can’t wait to find out what happens next.
In short: A gripping story about angels and demons.
*I received an ARC through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.