Wednesday, January 8, 2014

G227 Book Review of Forbidden by Jacquelyn Frank

Name of Book: Forbidden

Author: Jacquelyn Frank

ISBN: 978-0-345-51769-2

Publisher: Ballantine

Part of a Series: The World of Nightwalkers

Type of book: Romance, adult, paranormal, Egyptian royalty, body-walkers, death, magical creatures

Year it was published: 2012

Summary:

From New York Times bestselling author Jacquelyn Frank comes this first book in The World of the Nightwalkers—an exciting and sensual new spin-off series in which the Bodywalkers, an ancient race of the night, battles the evil forces who prey on them.

The unexpected happens in an instant. On her way to work, secretary Docia Waverley hurtles into a crashing crossroads, and she quickly begins to suspect that things will never be the same. Then, when a tall, blond, muscular stranger intervenes on her behalf, telling her it is his duty to protect her at all cost, what is just a feeling turns to proof positive. That is, as long as Docia’s savior doesn’t turn out to be a crazed kidnapper.

When Ram finds Docia, he has no doubt that she is his queen. But as this golden warrior sweeps in to protect her, he feels something more than body heat every time they touch. He is overwhelmed by a searing connection that goes deep into the twin souls inside him. A desire rises in him that is forbidden—this woman is his queen, the mate of his king, his leader, his best friend. And yet Docia is so vulnerable and attractive that she awakens a hunger in Ram that is undeniable, a carnal craving he cannot yield to . . . not without risking the very survival of the Bodywalkers.

Characters:

The main characters would be Docia and Ramses II, or Ram as he is known. Docia is best described as sort of mousy, loyal to her family, shy and nervous prior to her transformation. Ramses is best described as honorable and puts others above himself, although Docia is really making him rethink this particular priority. Unfortunately the characters aren't as well drawn out as I hoped they'd be so I don't know much about them.

Theme:

Things are not what they seem

Plot:

The book is written in third person narrative from Docia's, Jackson's and Ramses's points of views. I was pretty happy with the pacing, characters as well as explanations and so forth when it came to the book. I wasn't confused and I really enjoyed hanging out and getting to know the characters as well as learning about the paranormal world they inhabit. The book isn't overwhelming and the author seems to realize that she has new readers or audience so she draws them in little by little into the world of ancient Egypt and pharaohs and restless souls. I personally don't think the characters were the strong aspect of the book, but instead the plot, pacing and the story itself was far more interesting than the characters.

Author Information:
(From TLC)

Jacquelyn Frank is the New York Times bestselling author of the World of Nightwalkers series (Forbidden, Forever, andForsaken), the Three Worlds series (Seduce Me in Dreams andSeduce Me in Flames), the Nightwalkers series (Adam, Jacob, Gideon, Elijah, Damien, andNoah), the Shadowdwellers novels (Ecstasy, Rapture, and Pleasure), and the Gatherers novels (Hunting Julian and Stealing Katherine). She lives in North Carolina and has been writing romantic fiction ever since she picked up her first teen romance at age thirteen.
Learn more about Jacquelyn at her website,  jacquelynfrank.com, on Facebook, or onTwitter.

Opinion:

Wow, I wonder if all paranormal romances are written as well as The World of Nightwalkers, or is it just these series in particular? I admit that prior to Jacquelyn Frank I hadn't read any paranormal romances (and I doubt I'll call Twilight a paranormal romance) and I wanted to try to see what it would be like. Surprisingly Forbidden has blown me away. The story starts out simply with a woman named Docia who dies and then becomes inhabited by a mysterious body-walker who might be a queen of all bodywalkers, except this queen has a love destiny with an Egyptian King named Menes, and instead she and her bodyguard named Ramses begin to fall in love. The series is a spin-off from another titled Nightwalkers, which I hadn't read. I found the world intriguing, intelligent and well-written. I do wonder how everything will turn out in the end for the body-walkers and so forth.

This is for TLC Book Tour

Monday, January 6th:  Supernatural Snark
Tuesday, January 7th:  A Chick Who Reads
Wednesday, January 8th:  Svetlana’s Reads and Views
Thursday, January 9th:  From the TBR Pile
Friday, January 10th:  Reader Girls
Monday, January 13th:  A Night’s Dream of Books
Monday, January 13th:  Mom in Love with Fiction
Tuesday, January 14th:  Booked on a Feeling
Wednesday, January 15th:  Books a la Mode - author Q&A
Thursday, January 16th:  Fiction State of Mind
Friday, January 17th:  Ladybug Literature
Monday, January 20th:  Queen of All She Reads
Tuesday, January 21st:  Bibliophilia, Please
Wednesday, January 22nd:  Book Marks the Spot
Thursday, January 23rd:  StuckInBooks
Monday, January 27th:  Books Without Any Pictures
Tuesday, January 28th:  Sara’s Organized Chaos
Wednesday, January 29th:  Love, Romance, Passion
4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

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