BOOK FEATURE & EXCERPT
An Exclusive excerpt & summary from FORBIDDEN, the spectacular supernatural YA debut from the talented mother-son writing team Syrie James and Ryan M James!
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Author: Syrie James and Ryan M James
Publisher: HarperTeen, 412 pages (January 24, 2012)
She should not exist.
He should not love her.
Desperate to stay put in L.A. long enough to finish high school at the elite Emerson Academy, Claire Brennan hides the psychic visions she’s been getting from her paranoid, over-protective mother, even the ones warning her she’s in danger.
Alec MacKenzie chose Emerson Academy as the ideal hiding place where he could escape his duties as an angelic watcher, and be normal for once. But he didn’t count on falling in love with Claire, a half-angel whose very existence is forbidden.
Their relationship is also forbidden, going against everything Alec has been taught to believe. But when the threat to Claire’s life becomes clear, how far will Alec go to protect her?
EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT FROM FORBIDDEN
by Syrie James and Ryan M James
“Have you ever had an empanada?” Claire asked Alec, as they finished retrieving their books and headed toward the library stairwell.
“Are we always going to play the ‘Has Alec Eaten This?’ game?” he asked quietly.
Claire worried that she’d offended him, until she saw a good-natured smile tug at his lips. “I’m just curious. I mean, after the pizza thing—I’ve never met anyone before who hadn’t—”
“Let’s put it this way,” Alec interjected. “If it’s fried, fattening, caffeinated, alcoholic, or high in sugar content, it’s safe to assume that I rarely eat it—or have never tried it.”
Claire stared at him. “Why?”
“Are your parents fitness freaks, or do they just hate you?” Erica said.
Alec stiffened visibly. “They just followed a healthy lifestyle, which I continue to embrace. But they . . . died when I was young.”
Erica went red in the face. A silence fell.
“Way to go, Erica,” Brian said, clapping. “That was awkward.”
“I’m sorry.” Claire felt terrible.
“Me too.” Erica looked at her feet.
“Thanks, but . . . don’t worry about it. It’s okay.”
All at once, Claire understood Alec’s earlier comment about her mom. No wonder he’s often so quiet and moody, she thought, her heart going out to him. It was bad enough to grow up without a father. But to have no parents at all? That was too awful to contemplate. She’d assumed Alec had moved here with his parents because of a job transfer or something. Who does he live with? she wondered. A grandparent? An aunt or uncle? She wasn’t sure this was the right moment to ask.
They neared the bottom of the stairs, where the construction crew was still working atop a three-tiered scaffolding tower. Claire spied Neil standing just beyond it by the drop-off circle. He waved at them and shouted something Claire couldn’t hear over the annoying beeping noise of a truck backing up.
The four of them passed underneath the scaffolding, heading toward the circle. They were halfway through the makeshift corridor when Claire heard the sudden, loud roar of an engine. To her horror, the truck was speeding backward toward them. Before she could think or move, the vehicle collided with the base of the scaffolding with a devastating crash.
The screech of tearing metal ripped through the air as the entire structure overhead began to collapse.
A huge wooden platform barreled down directly at them.
Claire screamed and ducked, a single thought popping into her mind: I’m going to die.
Frozen in terror, Claire fixed her gaze on the heavy wooden platform hurtling toward their heads, which was a split second away from crushing them all.
But it never did.
Somehow, impossibly, the platform seemed to hover for a fraction of a second in midair. Alec stood tall above her, one arm extended, fingers splayed, as if magically holding up the platform by sheer willpower. She heard screams and shouts from above as suddenly the whole board tilted to one side. In her peripheral vision she caught sight of three men landing safely on the pavement nearby.
Before Claire could blink, Alec’s arms were wrapped around her and their friends and then they were airborne. They landed heavily and painfully on the concrete, out of harm’s way, as the entire scaffolding tower smashed to the ground beside them in an explosion of dust, screeching metal, and splintering wood.
The thundering clatter echoed in Claire’s ears as they all lay in a heap. Dust stung her eyes, but as she blinked it away her gaze briefly locked with Alec’s. Then, just as suddenly as he’d tackled them, Alec was up on his feet and gone.
Forbidden available January 24, 2012 from HarperTeen
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