Forbidden - Forbidden felt like angels meet X-Men. The conflict and characters reminded me a lot of the first X-Men movie. It was told from two points of view: Alec’s and Claire’s, which I found refreshing. It was nice not to read a one-sided love story. The characters had a lot of depth to them and they were easy to like. Even the minor characters had personality and back-stories which I enjoyed a lot. However, the setup was very similar to Twilight. I like Twilight, but I want to read something new and different. It seemed like it was supposed to be a light-hearted satire of Twilight since the similarities between the two stories were pointed out and made fun of. Still, it bothered me how extensive the similarities were. I wish they could have found a different way to setup the novel. That being said, I liked the sarcasm, humor and dialogue throughout the book. The portrayal of teens, especially their awkwardness, was nice and authentic. The pace felt very slow and it took me a while to get through this novel. It picks up at the very end and gets a little more interesting but it left a lot of loose ends for a sequel. The writing was good and I think that the next novel in the series has a lot of potential to be more original with a faster pace. Content Rating: Medium, for quite a lot of language throughout (more than I’m used to in a YA novel) and a few kissing scenes.This book is also reviewed on my blog Books: A true story