Forbidden: The Soulkeepers [NOOK Book]

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Lori Adams puts a twist on paranormal romance 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 ...
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Forbidden: The Soulkeepers

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Overview

Lori Adams puts a twist on paranormal romance 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.

Praise for Forbidden
 
“A perfect blend of fantasy, humor, romance, and thrills, Forbidden had me laughing, biting my nails, and swooning all over the place.”—Cassie Mae, author of The Real Thing

“I read Forbidden in one day because I just could not put it down.”—Good Choice Reading
 
“Simply put . . . this book was amazing! Not only was it captivating, but it was intriguing as well.”—Just Us Book Lovers
 
“I strongly recommend this book if you are looking for a well-developed paranormal romance. . . . Can’t wait for the next one!”—TJ Loves to Read
 
“Definitely recommend this book.”—Books by Night, Mommy by Day
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345549259
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/15/2014
  • Series: Soulkeepers
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 3,808
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Lori Adams is the author of the Soulkeepers series: Forbidden and the upcoming Awaken and Unforgiven. She wrote her first book—about scary sharks—at the age of eight. Now she writes New Adult, young adult, and middle-grade fiction. Originally from Oklahoma, Adams lives in Southern California with her husband and two daughters.
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  • Posted April 21, 2014

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    Forbidden is the beginning of a new and exciting series by Lori

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2014

    Incredible novel...the characters are phenomenal and the story k

    Incredible novel...the characters are phenomenal and the story keeps me hanging on for more!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2014

    Mesmerizing!

    I simply could not put this book down!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 19, 2014

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    I liked this book. Again the core of this story is Angels and De

    I liked this book. Again the core of this story is Angels and Demons. There are some actions I haven't read in previous books. There is a lot of action here but also lulls that help the story but frustrated me. Sophia is messed up in her past. Michael is an Angel. She can see him in Spirit form. She meets and likes Dante who is a Demon and she also sees. I won't say more but you must read this story to find out what happens with everybody. You don't want to miss it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2014

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    Good Foundation to a new Series!

    The human soul is the prize when demons battle angel guardians. With a combination of very good vs very evil, a gifted teen caught in the middle AND the love triangle of sorts, I bet you’re thinking, yep, read that before, but no. You have NOT read this take on YA/NA paranormal romance. Forbidden by Lori Adams IS a fresh look at this hugely popular genre! Mix up a batch of diverse characters that do not fit the mold of who or what they perfectly, add in some chilling moments, funny bits and even some romantic sweetness, and a new series is born on a firmly planted foundation.

    Sophie is the new girl in town when her father, a widowed pastor moves to lead his new congregation. When she notices how strong her “spells” are becoming, how she is seeing, hearing and feeling things that no one else sees she wonders if she is losing her mind. Then there is the feeling she has always had that her mother’s death was not accidental. Meeting Michael does more strange things to her, as well as to Michael, an angelic guardian who belongs on a plane that no human should be able to see, and yet, Sophie can see him. Enter Dante, with a connection to Sophie in a previous life, but his mission is one of evil as a demon on the hunt. What is happening to Sophie? Why is it happening? Is she in danger? Who can she truly trust when she needs help?

    Lori Adams did a wonderful job of building a complex world, yet keeping the flow moving, picking up when needed and slowing down only so we can catch our breath. Layer upon layer Ms. Adams takes us into the minds and POVs of several characters so we can understand what makes them tick, how they see things, what they feel. They say every story has more than one side and she has done well in demonstrating this by nailing each personality with individuality. Great writing, world building and a wonderful start to a new series promises some major turmoil in the future!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2014

    I wish i could give more stars

    This book is one you dont want to miss . The storyline and the characters are so real that i felt i was reading a book based on a true story. The action in the book was described in away that will not bore you....some authors drag on and on ...but not this one . I dont know what age group this book is recommended for but it is in no way childish even though the girl is a teen. I couldnt put it down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2014

    Excellent!!! Loved it all!!! Can't wait for book 2!!!

    Excellent!!! Loved it all!!! Can't wait for book 2!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2014

    Great Read

    I couldn't put this book down!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2014

    Hickory

    Okay.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2014

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    **I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchang

    **I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review**

    5 HUGE stars!

    Sophia St. James needs a fresh start…so when her Pastor father moves her to the Podunk town of Haven Hurst, she decides that things are going to be different for her here.  But on her way into Haven Hurst, she sees an accident between a jack-knifed semi and a small compact car.  Her hearts stops when she sees the handsome blond that appears completely unaffected by the trauma…and then a horrible pain in her chest and the “second heartbeat” starts.  Seconds later, a “grungy guy” skulks upon the scene, but the young blond begins fighting him…but it seems like Sophia is the only one that can SEE the exchange.  She thinks that she MUST be seeing things now, along with HEARING things – like her deceased mother’s voice in her head…

    Michael Patronus is an angel…but no one knows this about him.  His job is to blend in as much as possible, attend high school, and protect the human soul’s within Haven Hurst, along with his “brothers” Raph and Gabe, his “cousin”, Milvia, and his parents (as angels are born of light, they are not actually blood related).  But when he sees that Sophia can actually SEE him in his spirit form, he is deeply troubled…especially since he felt an awkward attraction toward her, which angels are NOT supposed to feel.

    Dante Dannoso wants OUT of Hell…he’s been there for seven centuries and ready to find the spirit of the love that he died for so long ago for.  But he didn’t know that he’d go straight to Hell for the sake of love.  But when he is picked as one of the Chosen, a demon with reaper capabilities, it helps pass the time at least a little quicker.  And for Dante, he is the Demon Knight of Persuasion – and his demon was hungry after being stuck in Hell for the last four hundred years…and he’s been craving the spirit of his love, who is inside none other than Sophia St. James.

    And when the three come together, sparks are going to fly – angels and demons aren’t exactly friends!  And when Sophia’s attraction toward both boys gets out of her into trouble on both sides of Heaven and Hell, who will she turn to – and which boy will win her heart?

    I really enjoyed this book – I liked that the angel and demon sides were brought into play.  I thought that Sophia was a strong enough young lady, for a girl that has gone through the loss and other emotional difficulties she has.  And both Michael and Dante are very dedicated to their crafts – and of course the love triangle doesn’t hurt any!  Definitely recommend this book – although it’s another “cliché” angel book, I liked the differences the author offers in this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2014

    I Loved It!!

    I could'nt put this book down and actually delayed reading to make it last. This author's story was so well written and original. I enjoyed every page. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2014

    ANOTHER PARTIAL STORY

    Remmember when you could sit down snd read a great book....... now it seems that these writers to make more money just write a story and then chop it ip into two and usually three seperate stories. I really hate these stupid trillogies. And even if you lije the first storythe second will be shorter andthe third even shorter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2014

    Moth

    Sorry dinner took longer to make then i thought so maybe more like 8:15.

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 15, 2014

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    Fun, But Has a Been There, Read That Feel I would like to thank

    Fun, But Has a Been There, Read That Feel
    I would like to thank NetGalley and Flirt for the opportunity to read this e-ARC. Although I received the ebook for free, that in no way impacts my review. 


    <blockquote>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.</blockquote>



    An entertaining book, Ms. Adams has tackled a not uncommon concept and worked to make it her own. In some ways she has succeeded, and in others the story has fallen a bit short of the mark. That is not to say it isn't an enjoyable read, because it certainly is. It makes for a great beach book, or if you are simply looking to escape reality for a while without having to work too hard while doing so.


    What worked for me:
    Sophia is an entertaining character in many ways, but what makes her stand out is her belief in what she is able to do. Of course she has the momentary questioning, but she'd be crazy not to. However once she has an idea of what's going on she runs with it, and actually enjoys her unique abilities rather than the typical lamenting anything that makes her different than her peers. Additionally she doesn't spend too much time thinking about her looks, sure she takes time with her appearance, but she doesn't obsess over her weight, hair color, clothes, etc. And when the chips are down Sophia thinks of others first - her friends, her dad, even her teachers. Not something you come across on a regular basis. 

    It was also really nice that this book didn't focus heavily, in fact hardly at all, on a mean girl(s) vs the nice new girl. Definitely a nice break in a YA book to avoid the whole stereotype of the mean girl clique threatening the shy, new girl because of jealousy over a boy or just perceived popularity.

    Michael and his 'family' are wonderful. Granted one would expect that given their status, yet they genuinely seem to care about one another, which is even more unexpected when you learn that they are not biologically related. And then there is Dante. His emotional conflict concerning Sophia is touching and feels real. You can feel his pain at times, getting a sense of the man as opposed to the demon.


    What didn't work for me:
    This storyline just feels as if it has been done to death even though Ms. Adams did add her own creative spin. The whole new girl moves to town and catches the eye of the most unattainable guy is totally overdone. Add the fact that she thinks she is plain looking but he finds her irresistible and I could name a fair number of books with the same broad-strokes plot without batting an eye.

    Then there is Michael's internal dilemma and how he handles the situation. He behaves just like a teenager rather than the being that he is. He spends far more time dithering than Sophia. Add that their attraction is more supernatural than natural and it just leaves me feeling kind of cheated. What do they really have in common? Would it be enough to sustain their romance without the extra bells and whistles?


    My overall feeling:
    This was a great read if you are looking to escape the real world for a little while, but don't expect anything really unique to hold the book up on its own for very long. The characters are mostly fun, and refreshingly wholesome for the most part. Granted the protagonist is the Pastor's daughter, but even the ultra popular/pretty/wealthy mean girl is still fairly wholesome. There are the normal pranks, but nothing extraordinarily mean or age inappropriate. The last quarter of the story really picked up speed, and the ending left me curious to know more. Curious enough to add the sequel to my ever-growing 'To-Be-Read List.'

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