Review: Embolden

Review: Embolden

Embolden (Forbidden #2) by Syrie and Ryan James

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Official synopsis

Internationally bestselling author Syrie James and her son Ryan M. James bring their trademark drama, humor, action, romance, and suspense to Embolden, the second book in this critically acclaimed series.

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 jealous teenagers, 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 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 the love they share enough to keep them safe? If they want to stay together … can they learn to fight together? 


I made myself read Forbidden first because I wanted to fully understand the backstory of the plot and characters. As soon as I finished it, I began reading Embolden. It had a slow start compared to the first book in the series, but halfway through it really started to pick up. I enjoyed the world it was set in. Born and raised in Los Angeles myself, I was happy to read about places I was familiar with. 

Overall, this was a fun read. I enjoyed it knowing that my 16-year-old self would have absolutely loved and devoured this book full of teenage paranormal angst and drama.

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. 

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