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Rating 4.5 starsForbidden by Lori Adams is book one in The Soulkeepers series I really did fall in love with this book and with Sophia and Michael It has a little bit of everything I loved watching both Sophia and Michael evolve There were plenty of very sweet and heartwarming moments, plenty of humor, and some very gripping scenes The only reason I didn t give it a full five stars is that at times I thought it was a bit wordy For the most part, though, I loved the lyrical descriptions by Lori Adams She paints a beautiful picture of the little town of Haven Hurst, a town I would love to visit I could vividly picture it all in my mind.Ever since Sophia St James lost her mother, her life was forever changed As was her Pastor father He is withdrawn, listless And he uproots them and moves them, four times in the last two years In the last place, though, Sophia got herself mixed up with a bad boyfriend and the relationship ended badly, very badly, so Sophia s father says they are moving again This time to a little town called Haven Hurst, Connecticut Maybe this will be the fresh start they need Little did she know the way her life would change in Haven Hurst After being pulled over by the town sheriff for no apparent reason, he sees the camera equipment in the back seat and proclaims that Sophia will work for the town newspaper When she later pulls over at the site of a terrible car accident, she sees the most beautiful boy she has ever seen, watching, but, it seems as though she is the ONLY one that sees him How can this be Is she imagining him And she FEELS something when he is near her A stab of pain in her chest and a sort of second heart beat appears You see, Haven Hurst has a family of Guardian Angels Michael and his family guard souls to make sure they are safe from demons And if someone dies, they help to guide the soul to heaven But when he sees Sophia for the first time, he also experiences the pain in his chest and the second heart beat And why is she looking at him No human should be able to see him when he is in spirit form But, someone else is looking for Sophia Dante is a Demon Knight He believes that Sophia s soul is the long lost love of his life from lifetimes ago He gets special permission for he and his three friends to go above ground to take a soul But he has other plans He wants Sophia And he plans to have her Guardian Angels are not supposed to experience emotions such as desire or jealousy But Sophia s nearness prompts all sorts of feelings Michael has never experienced before And Sophia knows she feels something for Michael But she wants answers as wellWhen Michael looks at me, I feel like someone is brushing up against my soul and filling me with something I m missing The pieces fit together I am whole I am home For the first time in a long time, I know everything is going to be okayThis is truly a story of good vs evil Of light vs dark And, the story of the power of love, both between a father and daughter, and between two young people, both experiencing the power of true love for the first time And, it is the story of strength Sophia truly discovers her strength and that there might be a purpose for her yet to be discovered I can t wait for the next book, Awaken, to come out in July to see what is next for Sophia and Michael and the town of Haven Hurst Thank you to Lori Adams, Random House and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read this book. Received copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review and I am not waiting to post it it s a must have I love books with angels This book was no exception, minus a few hindrances The story begins with a 17 year old girl Sophie She is moving again to a small town in Connecticut with her father who is a Pastor Sophie lost her Mom and she has a feeling that her death was all wrong, that something else happened, therefore she s immersed in a world of doubt She is also experiencing weird feelings, visions, senses, etc She cannot seem to get a grip and doesn t understand what is happening around her Hence the crazy feelings she perceives when she sees Michael for the first time Michael is a Guardian and he is not supposed to feel drawn to a human, ever This book had so many layers, and so much explaining to do in order to build the world surrounding the story, that it felt slow during the first half We had to go through different POV s and first third person narrative All characters are well built and I really liked how they all acted their ages and spoke as teens Sometimes YA books tend to have unrealistic dialogue, but Lori nailed it The scenes between friends were funny, witty and I loved the banter between everyone Sophie was a strong character, I really liked her inner thoughts the good, the bad, the confusing and the hilarious remarks Michael, well what can I say, he was just adorable he had this sultry broody self and this sweet soft side, which we eventually get to see He struggles with the feelings since they are so wrong for him and his family Dante I will not talk about Dante because I was also rooting for him in some parts, He was bad, but also dominated by obsession and oh so sexy I can t say because it will spoil the story There is one thing I have to say, and it will sound harsh, but maybe since the book is YA I totally get it, but either way I have to express it There were many, many, clich s I couldn t stop scowling every time I found a heavy similarity to other books out there you know those with bad boy angels and sparkly vamps Let us say the brothers that don t date anyone, mysterious The partnering in class to justify characters spending time together The stay away from me , your eyes are changing color and after that the male lead storms off Brothers telling he stay away from her, she s bad for you, etc I could go on I know there has to be a way to set these things aside and find something a little original and less clich d Another thing I found both remarkable and over the top were descriptions The writing style is superb, don t get me wrong but, I felt there were too many descriptive comparisons throughout the book Every time Sophie or the others were feeling something or describing things some comparison or metaphor is inserted and I don t believe there are necessary all the time Just saying it all goes down to writing style But first person POV s are supposed to be a dive in the characters head and the mind isn t that lyrical Anyway Events unfold, some questions are answered with a creative twist some things are still not revealed nonetheless, at least we don t have a nerve racking I want to stalk the author cliffhanger I strongly recommend this book if you are looking for a well developed paranormal romance YA read Can t wait for the next one Lori Addams is a look out for, keep on your constant radar for your next book author Forbidden is one of the most gripping paranormal new adult books I ve read since I fell in love with a sparkly creature of the night The combination of chills, thrills, humor and sweetness plant a curiosity seed that kept me rooted to my seat and turning page after page in excitement Being the first book in the series and in paranormal is sometimes tough They tend to be slow going while setting ground rules for the new world, explaining terms that need to be understood and introducing and building the players involved But Lori did an excellent job with the fresh take on an old theme I was completely engaged while learning about it and getting to know the insatiably curious Sophia, Dante s tortured and ever suffering soul and Michael s goodie sweet and sexiness She also outdid herself with the hilarious crew surrounding this trio down to the town s people They re all the kind of characters you will take with you well after you hit the end The book is told from the main characters alternating point of view, it s mostly told from Sophia s very poetic perspective, which I found funny and endearing And even though I encountered several similarities to another paranormal series, it doesn t matter in the overall scheme of things, because even though you ll most likely smile and reminisce, it won t help you predict the plot development, much less prepare you for its unfolding It is completely different and literally heart stopping The book ends with a very happy non ending Because it leaves you with as many answered as new unanswered questions that will make you want to click pre order button on second installment if it were available I totally loved it. Sophia is special Of course she is She can see angels and demons and she s the only person in the history of ever who can do this magical, wonderful thing Hello My name is Michael I have a brother named Raph and another named Gabe Guess what I am Did you get it Because it took Sophia forever to get it, and she s a pastor s daughter He is inexplicably affected by the human emotions of desire and jealousy which he s never before felt around Special Sophia Uh oh That s forbidden Oopsies Hallo My name is Enigo Montoya Dante Ima kill your father Prepare to die Dante and his band of stooges were like a spoof on evil biker demons, complete with AC DC s Highway to Hell soundtrack Sometimes they came across as flamboyant pirate demons, which would ve been cool if they were meant to be comical Vaguely touched on a Somewhere In Time concept, Dante and Sophia were lovers in some past life Except that she doesn t like him any and he loves her but gots ta steal her soul Those are the breaks.I had a few problems with the writing The small town teenagers talked like 12 year olds I liked the replacement swear words, but the other lingo was just silly The writing switched between first and third person, which was jarring There was one point in the story where Michael and his bro skis are trying to save a fellow student Michael says, not on MY watch He really says that It was pretty bad.Despite all the eye roll inducing elements, it was kind of fun The last quarter of the book was kinda painful There was this Haunted Mansion House of Horrors Alice in Wonderland scene that was just unforgivable What were they thinking In short A gripping story about angels and demons The first couple of chapters pulled me in and I was eager to find out 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 I received an ARC through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. Forbidden is the beginning of a new and exciting series by Lori Adams A story of demons, angels and the humans they are battling for their souls Sophia St James has no clue about her heritage but she has a power to see into the spirit realm Her move to a small town in Connecticut puts her in the spotlight for both the demons and the guardians Sophia is caught in a love triangle between the demon that is obsessed with a love lost, a guardian that can never feel human emotions without loosing all he holds dear and an attraction for the one person that keeps pushing her away at every turn This story is fast paced, with lots of action and great characters filled with spunk Keeping on your toes with evil hiding in plain sight and devilish plans, you can t help but be sucked in by the plot I did not connect with Sophia s insta love but still found the mystery of her origins completely riveting Forbidden is an utterly enjoyable, highly entertaining, new adult, paranormal romance.I received this ARC copy of Forbidden from Random House Publishing Group Loveswept Flirt in exchange for a honest review This book is set for publication April 15, 2014.Written by Lori AdamsSeries SoulkeepersSequence in Series 1Publisher Flirt Publication Date April 15, 2014Sold by Random House LLCRating 4 StarsGenre Science Fiction Fantasy RomanceFind this book on Barnes Noble |DOWNLOAD PDF ☩ Forbidden ♪ 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 DramaWhen 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 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 Of Michael, An Irresistible Yet Volatile Guardian Who Seems Drawn To Her TooAs 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 One of the best angel books I ve read Lori Adam s writing is entertaining and SMART Though it s a paranormal fantasy, it was so real I felt everything the characters felt, and man oh man, the emotional rollercoaster for this book was loopy and thrilling and had me back to read it the moment I finished Read it in one sitting Read it again in another Will buy the copy when it publishes And I will marry Michael in my book fantasy world Can t wait for book 2 Sophia St James is 17 years old and moves to New Hurst, Connecticut with her father from Los Angeles Once moved, she makes good friends with a totally fun and witty group of fellow classmates Among these friends is Michael Michael is a sexy guardian angel who starts to develop feelings for Sophia, which is highly prohibited and as much as he tries to deny his feelings, you just can t stop love Of course, no story would be complete unless you add a sexy bad boy demon tossed into the mix This demon is Dante and after decades of searching, he has finally found the soul of his former lover, which happens to now reside in Sophia, and he will do everything in his power to reunite with his lost love In Forbidden The Soulkeepers, Lori Adams has managed to create an awesome story packed with forbidden romance, good vs evil and paranormal adventure There is so much to like in this book It grabbed my attention from page one and never wavered The characters are likable and the dialogue between them made me laugh as I was reading the story The only thing I did not like about this book is that I have so many questions that were left unanswered at the end and now I have to wait for the next one to come out Forbidden The Soulkeepers book one is due to be published April 15, 2014 so be sure to check it out I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ARC supplied by Netgally.com in exchange for an honest review Simply put This book was amazing Not only was it captivating, but it was intriguing as well From the very beginning, Ms Adams managed to managed to craft a storyline that was for the most part, well paced and chock full of sexual angstAt times, the emotions flowing amongst the love triangle consisting of Michael, Sophia, and Dante was so thick that you could almost cut it with a knifeNot only were the characters well developed, but the paranormal elements were awesome as well Other than that, my only issues with the book was a small amount of lag between the 65% 83% mark, and the absolute sheer stupidity that Sophia managed to display during one of the pivotal moments in the story In my opinion, Ms Adams has managed to start her series off right,and I am looking forward to either pre ordering the sequel Awaken or 1 Clicking it, once it is released Giving this one 4 solid stars.