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Children/Young Adult; Romance; (Market)

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 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 their love enough to keep them safe? If they want to stay together … can they learn to fight together?
Bloom Magic

“I read Forbidden and Embolden in three days. Absolutely loved them both! I love Syrie James so as soon as I saw her name I had to read it. Thank you for a great story. 4 stars!” 

Nightly Reading


“5 stars! … Like the first time, I devoured it again in one sitting and cherished the tandem of Alec and Claire … I felt like I was watching a movie with superb scriptwriting … I was so invested and just kept turning the page. Now I am biting my nails in anticipation on what comes next.” 

USA TODAY, Kirkus, and others


“A YA novel that hits all the right notes ... If you enjoy angels, ‘forbidden’ romance and dashing heroes, then this should be added to your TBR.” —USA Today

“Quite effective paranormal suspense and intense-but-quixotic high-school romance ... Genre addicts will enjoy it.” —Kirkus Reviews

“The ending leaves enough room for a sequel, and fans of the genre will definitely demand one."  —School Library Journal

“An addictive read. It isn’t like the other angel paranormal books out there. This will make you want more more more.” —Beneath the Cover

“A must read. My top 24 of all time favorite books. The characters were very unique … it promised that the following book would contain more action and the move to be more intense. Highly recommended.” —Jean Book Nerd

“Hands down the most fascinating book I have read in quite a while... You will find yourself wrapped up in their world, indulging in every kiss and holding your breath with every twist. Simply magic!” —Luxury Reading

“Like angels meet X-Men … The next novel in the series has a lot of potential.” —Books: A True Story

“What truly drives this story is its amazing characters. Oh! and the cliffhanger – SO cruel. But in that I can’t flippin’ wait to read book two kind of way. 5 stars!” —The Book Slayer