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[Forbidden] [by: Jacquelyn Frank] (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 30. Oktober 2012


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  • Taschenbuch
  • Verlag: Ballantine Books (30. Oktober 2012)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0345517695
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345517692
  • ASIN: B00AA2M2DG
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 17,8 x 10,2 x 2,5 cm
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Jacquelyn Frank erzählt Geschichten aus dem Reich der Träume - ihrer Träume. Diese inspirieren die erfolgreiche Autorin zu ihren Romantic-Fantasy-Geschichten, wie sie selbst sagt, so etwa zu ihrer "Schattenwandler"-Reihe, die von dämonischen Wesen erzählt, denen die Liebe zu Sterblichen eigentlich verboten ist. Seit ihrer ersten Romanze im Alter von 13 Jahren verarbeitet Jacquelyn Frank, die zuvor u. a. als Dolmetscherin für Gebärdensprache gearbeitet hat, immer wieder auch biografische Erlebnisse in ihren Werken. In New York geboren, lebt die Autorin inzwischen mit ihrer Tochter Bianca und neun Katzen in North Carolina.

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Forbidden From a "New York Times"-bestselling author comes this first book in The World of the NightwalkersNan exciting and sensual new spin-off series in which the Bodywalkers, an ancient race of the night, battle the evil forces who prey on them. Original. Full description

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Neu ist das Konzept, dass der Hauptheld eine weitere Persönlichkeit in sich trägt, wobei die Spannung, die dadurch zwischen Heldin (auch doppelte Persönlichkeit nach kurzem Tod) und Held aufgebaut werden könnte, nicht gelingt.
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Disappointing Ménage à Everybody! 3. November 2012
Von Lulu - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
Forbidden is the first book in Jacquelyn Frank's new Bodywalker series, a spin-off of her excellent Nightwalker series. After a brief glimpse of Nightwalkers' Bella and Kestra, we learn of another Nightwalker race, the Bodywalkers, who were created when the ancient Egyptian mummification process unintentionally tied the souls of the dead to Earth. These souls exist in the "Ether", until they find a new human host and return to Earth. The new human host (called the "original") and the symbiote (called the "carbon") share the original's body, both souls existing and "blending" together within the one body, though the distinct personalities of both the original and the carbon are retained. Upon death of the human host body, the carbon is returned to the Ether to do it all over again with a new human host after a minimum waiting period of 100 years.

***PLOT AND CHARACTER SPOILERS FOLLOW***
Overall, the plot of Forbidden is fairly straight forward. Unremarkable, office manager Docia Waverly is knocked off a bridge into a raging river. As she balances between life and death, she is offered the choice to either die, or become the human host to the Egyptian Queen Hapshepsut. She chooses life and upon her return to Earth, she is found by Ram, the best friend of King Menes and his second in command. He has been sent to find his Queen and protect her while she acclimates to the blending, and waits for her husband/soulmate King Menes to be reborn. However, the Queen is very quiet within Docia, so it is all Docia for the majority of the book. Ram himself is the combination of King Ramses II (yes, the pyramid builder) and Vincent, a Navy SEAL, though Ramses is the "front man" in their relationship. Throughout Ram's many lives, he has never been tempted by his Queen but this time is very different and he finds himself inappropriately drawn to Docia.

For millennia, a civil war has been raging within the Bodywalkers as they fight and kill one another, and are reborn to fight again, over and over, taking a new host body each time. King Menes and Queen Hapshepsut rule the Politico, who believe in an equal sharing of the body and respect their human hosts. They fight the Templars (priests and priestesses) who believe in the complete domination of the human host body, and who ultimately seek to rule the entire human race. The Templars want to kill Docia in order to send the Queen's soul back to the Ether where she will have to remain for the minimum 100 years. This will cause King Menes to delay his return, as he is so in love and attached to his Queen that he would choose to remain with her, no matter what might be happening on Earth. There is a large secondary plot involving Docia's police officer brother, Jackson, as he frantically searches for his missing sister. A plot twist near the end (***MAJOR SPOILER FOLLOWS***) is fairly obvious as it turns out that Docia is not carrying the Queen after all, but a Templar priestess named Tameri, who has returned to make peace and and help defeat the evil Templar leaders, also resolving Ram's hesitation over Docia. This happens fairly rapidly and the leaders of the Templar are defeated. Ram/Vincent and Docia/Tameri get their happy ending, with the next book focusing on Docia's brother Jackson as lead.

Jacquelyn Frank is a talented writer but large parts of this book were pretty dull, as Ram and Docia don't have much chemistry. Ram is your typical alpha Hero and Docia a fairly typical, yet pretty unremarkable heroine. Other supporting characters were more interesting, though the evil Templar leaders are straight forward evil, without any nuance. In addition, while the basic concept of the Bodywalkers is kind of intriguing, the execution resulted in an odd, crowded relationship between Ram/Vincent and Docia/Tameri, and confusing, inconsistent world building. Over time, the two souls are supposed to "blend" so that they come to think and act as one. However, it was clear that both Ram and Vincent's distinct personalities still existed and each would come forward at different times, though Ramses dominated generally. As Docia herself says "it's ménage à everybody!" It helps lessen the confusion somewhat that Tameri is submerged within Docia and only comes out to express herself toward the end. Still, that means that Tameri is basically a stranger to the other three when she does finally make her presence known. Frank tries to fix this by having Ram state that "... although he was only beginning to know Tameri, he knew that he was in love with Docia, who homed her. For some intangible reason, he knew without a doubt that he was connected to Tameri just as perfectly as Menes was to Hatshepsut." But, what about Vincent? How does he feel about Tameri? We never find out. Having the four distinct personalities within the central relationship was odd and crowded and confusing. To then try and give readers the satisfaction of a true happily-ever-after, Frank has Ram tells Docia she will be his forever, in this life and the next and the next and the next, and that they will endure just as Menes and Hatshepsut have. Well, how exactly are Ram and Docia going to endure forever when it is only the Egyptian souls (Ramses and Tameri) who will return to the Ether when their human hosts (Vincent and Docia) eventually die or are killed? The souls of the original human hosts are allowed to move on peacefully, unlike the Egyptians who return to the Ether. So, is Ram speaking to Docia or to Tameri? It's never explained and further confuses the ending. (Are we to assume that Ram and Docia are now so powerful and strong as a couple that they will be able to keep the host bodies alive for eternity, though not even Menes and Hapshepsut have been able to do this for their hosts?)

So, overall, this new series doesn't work for me. It's possible that with the evil Templars gone, and the King and Queen on the verge of returning, that Frank will integrate the Bodywalkers more fully into the Nightwalker world which could help. However, the basic foundation on which the Bodywalkers stand is too crowded, with each relationship encompassing four different people that all fall in love with one another, with the added distraction that only the two Bodywalker souls will likely be together forever. I've loved Frank's Nightwalker series and "Drink of Me" is a stand alone favorite, but I won't be continuing with the Bodywalkers.
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Confused Frank Fan 8. November 2012
Von whimsical1 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
This is my first Frank book that I have struggled to get through. Usually I read her books in one sitting; I have had Forbidden for two weeks. I really enjoyed the majority of the Nightwalkers series (although she has thrown one or two in that I was not too fond of) this book just left me completely confused. I felt like I was reading about four different main characters and it was not in a "this is such an interesting concept" type of feeling. Frank could not get me to buy that the "blending" of individuals was not some form of literary paranormal schizophrenia. Instead I kept stumbling over the fact that at times one person was dominate, and another was suppressed but not and that it was Okay?! The difficulty of the blending just devolved into further confusion for me with the introduction of the other nightwalker breeds that had not mentioned before plus the numerous new characters that have not one but two names. Docia, as the main female character functioned as a pitiful mouse of a woman physically and mentally for the majority of the book. The conclusion of the book was troublesome as well it just occurred in a pat-offhand manner that made the tension of Ram's loyalty easily solvable but it left me, feeling like I had whiplash. Docia's place in the Bodywalker hierarchy changed, the way that she is perceived is changed and it's in the last pages of the book! I simply do not like the Bodywalkers she has introduced into her series.
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If I could give it a half star I would 11. Februar 2013
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I did not like this book at all. It was very boring and confusing. I had to put this book down and read other books and still haven't really gotten back to it. I will try again later but I sure hope her other books are better. I can't believe how bad this book is. She is one of my favorite writers but if she keeps this up I definately will not be buying her books. I will get them from the library just like I had to do with Kenyon and the dark hunters. I'm not sure were she is going with this but I sure hope she rethinks this series.
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Idolizing In: The World of Nightwalkers Series, Book 1 31. Oktober 2012
Von Jess @ From Me to You ... Book Reviews - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
5 out of 5 stars!! Follow Docia along through her death and new life while learning about the world of Nightwalkers, becoming a Bodywalker, and finding your soul mate in the most unlikely of places. This is a hilarious and thrilling start to The World of Nightwalkers Series!! In addition, this is also a bit of a spin-off from Ms. Frank's Nightwalkers Series (a series that I have yet to read) based on the prolog that I'm not sure how that part of the story really fits into the series but I'm hoping we will find out as this series progresses.

About the Characters:
* Docia: I enjoyed Docia so much! She is quirky, fun, rambles quite a bit, and is the perfect mix of being shy and daring all at once. Also, I think that with her new "Bodywalker" status she will grow to be more formidable than ever, however I do like Docia's attitude more so then the bits I saw of her reserved counterpart so I hope that later on as this series goes we will see her acting more like herself than anything else.

* Ram/Vincent: About 68 years old but doesn't look more than a few years older than 30. Is the second in command to all the Bodywalkers and is anxiously waiting for his King and Queen's return to Earth. He believes that Docia is his Queen, and plans to protect her as much as possible. Has an undeniable connection to Docia that is hard to pull away from.

* Cleo/Desirée: A prophetess who predicted that their King and Queen were coming soon. She tries to portray herself as a ditz but is very knowledgeable and she is very welcoming to Docia when they first meet.

* Jackson: Docia's older brother who is a cop and is very protective of her. He also raised Docia since she was nine years old when their parents died with the help of his friend, Leo, so they are very close.

* Leo: Use to be in the service. Is like a brother to Jackson & Docia, since after their parents died he let them live with him and helped raise Docia. Does what he likes to call himself "private security," he does the not-so-legal side of protecting.

I loved the unique relationships and the fun banter that all of the characters have with one another! Plus, the twists and turns throughout this novel keep you glued to your seat, or should I say your eyes glued to the book. =0) I cannot wait to read "Forever: The World of Nightwalkers" the 2nd book in this series!!

I recommend this novel to anyone that is a fan of Ms. Frank and to those who like paranormal/fantasy thriller romances!!

Review By: From Me to You ... Book Reviews
(read more of this review and two teasers on my blog)
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Enjoyed 31. Oktober 2012
Von Under The Covers Book Blog - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Reviewed by SUZANNE & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

When Docia Waverley wakes up alive from her plummet from certain death she begins to realize that life will never be the same again. She is now apart of the Nightwalkers world; a Bodywalker who now contains the soul of an ancient Egyptian queen. Ram is bound by loyalty to seek out his newly reincarnated queen and his best friend and Pharaohs soulmate, but he didn't expect to feel the heat and longing when he sees Docia. In all his long years he has never felt this comsuming desire for his queen and he is torn between his loyalty to his friend and King and his love for Docia.

I am never to sure when I open a Jacquelyn Frank book whether I am going to really like it or I am going to have to resist the urge to throw it across the room. With Forbidden I didn't really have either reaction. I liked some aspects of this book, where as others I found a little tiresome.

What I consistently like about Ms Frank's book is the Nighterwalker world, it has a whole host of interesting paranormal races that you don't see anywhere else. The Bodywalkers who were introduced in this book were no exception, they are two souls in one body that blend together. Although I was left with a few questions regarding the process of the two souls Blending, it was still a fascinating idea.

However, as interesting as the introduction to the Bodywalkers was, I thought the book was very slow, it never seemed to get started, even the romance was a bit lacklustre. I didn't feel the connection between Ram and Docia, they told us, right at the end that they were loved up but I never feel it was shown very well through out the book, maybe this was because so much of the book was devoted to world building.

I do have good feelings about the next book in the series, Forever, featuring Docia's brother Jackson. Ms Frank has set it up really well in Forbidden, so much so that I was more excited about Jackson and Marissa then I was about Ram and Docia.

The world has been set up nicely, and I can't wait to see more romance blossoming in the next installment.
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