Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Review- FORBIDDEN by Cathy Clamp!

Publisher: Tor Books
Pub. Date: August 18, 2015
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Print Arc
Rating: 5+ Stars

USA Today bestselling author Cathy Clamp reboots the Sazi universe in Forbidden, a tightly-paced, high-tension urban fantasy thriller.

Ten years have passed since the war that destroyed the Sazi Council and inflicted a horrible "cure" on thousands of Sazi, robbing them of their ability to shapeshift.

Luna Lake, isolated in Washington State, started as a refugee camp for Sazi orphans. Now it's a small town and those refugees are young adults, chafing at the limits set by their still-fearful guardians.

There's reason to fear: Sazi children are being kidnapped. Claire, a red wolf shifter, is sent to investigate. Held prisoner by the Snakes during childhood, Claire is distrusted by those who call Luna Lake home.

Before the war, Alek was part of a wolf pack in Chicago. In Luna Lake he was adopted by a parliament of Owls, defying Sazi tradition. The kidnappings are a painful reminder that his little sister disappeared a decade ago.

When Claire and Alek meet, sparks fly—but the desperate race to find the missing children forces them to set aside their mutual attraction and focus on the future of their people.

Clamp brings us shifters, secrets, mind control, and romance as we race to catch an unknown predator. Claire Sanchez goes undercover to rural Washington to help uncover what's going on Luna Lake and why kids keep turning up missing. What she discovers is far more sinister than she could ever imagine. Then she finds out first hand how sinister it is when she gets into a crash on her way into town by an unseen thing. With her life on the line, she gets saved by a beautiful man that makes her feel all tingly. The strong attraction is mutual. But life in town is so different than what's she used to. 

Claire has to face a new set of rules that test her beyond her limits. The town's mayor and chief of police are the alphas who aren't above running the place on fear. It seems to be the chief's go to activity; wrecking havoc and being a downright nasty bastard. But with the help of the insanely
attractive Alek; hopefully Claire can get to the bottom of the mystery and help find out the mystery
before it's too late. Will she be able to figure out what and who to stop before they stop her?

This is my first time reading a book by Cathy Clamp but I'm told that there's a series before this one that's in the same world; written by the duo team Cat Adams and Clamp herself. I don't think I had to have read those books to know what I'm reading here. Though I do want to read them as well starting with Hunter's Moon. I find that I really love the writing, so much so that the plot kept me reading through one whole sitting. It was a deep hatred for the chief,Lenny, as soon as I first met him in the beginning of the book. That guy needed a reality check stat. Claire was as bad ass as they come. I look forward to reading more books with her and gang. She's spunky, independent and she totally reminded me of Kate Daniels. 

Alek, the hero of the story and fellow wolf, was a great character to get to read about. He was honorable, sexy, and poor guy, as soon as he laid eyes on Claire, he was a goner. Much like Claire, he grew up as an orphan then ended up living in Luna Lake with a foster family. Alek is the go to guy in town, the golden boy. There's isn't anything he can't do. The attraction he feels for the new girl in town is nothing like he's ever felt before. It's like a deep need, all fiery passion and lust that could turn anyone crazy. 

Overall, I think this was very interesting and highly recommend to urban fantasy fans. I enjoyed how action-packed and mysterious everything was. I just had to know everything that was going to happen. Which was why I finished it in one sitting. I needed to know what was going on. I needed to know how it would get fixed. And I needed to know if the two main characters ended up together. Because sue me, I'm still a romantic at heart! All in all, make sure you don't skip out on Forbidden because it was one hell of a sexy ride!

*Thank you to Tor for providing a print copy for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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About the Author:
Also known as Cat Adams

Hi!, I’m USA TODAY and Nielsen Bookscan bestselling author Cathy Clamp. I write urban fantasy/paranormal romance for Tor Books, including the Tales of the Sazi (shapeshifter urban fantasy romance) series, The Thrall (vampire) trilogy, the Blood Singer (urban fantasy, as Cat Adams) series—through book 6, and the new Novels of the Sazi series, beginning in August, 2015.

I’ve won a bunch of awards for my books over the years. My favorite was the Career Achievement Award for Paranormal Romance in May, 2008 from RT Bookreviews Magazine. I also shared the win for several co-authored books with C.T. Adams of the Book Buyer’s Best Award, the RT Bookreviews Reviewer’s Choice Award, the Reviewers International Award of Excellence, the Texas Gold Romance Award, the Write Touch Readers Award, and several others. It’s gratifying and humbling to win awards for books that you put your heart into, and I hope you enjoy them as much as other readers have!

I’ve also written several stand-alone novels, not in series, including my very first novel, The Road To Riches, an historical fiction about a railroad race in Colorado’s Silver Boom period, and Magic’s Design, the first urban fantasy published as Cat Adams.

I also write short stories, which is a whole different kind of writing.. I like writing in a lot of different genres, and it’s in short stories where I let my wings spread. I have published short stories in horror, science fiction, mystery, literary, Young Adult, romance, thriller, fantasy and western.

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