Friday, March 11, 2016
Review for Banished by Kimberley Griffiths Little - 5 out of 5!
SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS -
She thought she’d lost everything…
After spending months traveling the harsh, unforgiving Mesopotamian desert, Jayden reunites with a broken, injured Kadesh. Although everyone was convinced the violent and unpredictable Horeb, Jayden’s betrothed, killed the handsome prince, Jayden knew in her heart that her love was alive and safe. But their reunion is short-lived, as they learn Horeb is on their trail and determined to take back the girl he has claimed. Soon, the two star-crossed lovers are on the run toward Sariba, Kadesh’s homeland, where, as heir to the kingdom, he plans to make Jayden his princess.
But the trek to Sariba comes with heartache and danger. After narrowly escaping being stoned to death for a crime she didn’t commit, and learning that her sister has disappeared, Jayden’s only solace is her love for Kadesh. But even he is keeping secrets from her…secrets that will change everything.
This gorgeous and enchanting sequel to Forbidden is fraught with love, danger, and heated passion that will leave readers breathless.
MY REVIEW -
I'm loving this series, and I want the third book now! Dang you cliffhangers!
This book starts off where the first ended. With Jayden on a search for Kadesh. Jayden has only heard rumors that Kadesh may still be alive, so she travels on her own through the dangerous desert in search of Kadesh. The desert is harsh to Jayden, but she will do what she needs to do to be reunited with Kadesh. When Jayden and Kadesh are reunited (no spoiler, in the synopsis), the reunion is bittersweet. Both Jayden and Kadesh have inner and outer scars that they need to deal with. Kadesh and Jayden set out to travel to Kadesh's home land with an army of sorts that Kadesh has formed. They have hopes of reaching Kadesh's home before Horeb catches up with them, but first Jayden wants to try to get her family. Jayden and Kadesh have to deal with the desolate desert, secrets, spies, loss of family, more than one evil person, a stoning and doubts. The majority of this book takes place while they are traveling through the desert, and although it was a bit the same thing the whole time, I was still interested till the end; there's enough going on and the characters really carry the story. We get some new characters in this book, some I really liked; Asher, and some I despised; Aliyah. I don't get how certain people could allow the temple to infiltrate so far into the kingdom; I won't say more because Spoilers!
I still adore Jayden and Kadesh's relationship, and I enjoy the strength and depth of their love. The romance is so sweet and soulful. I really like Jayden; her strength and determination, but I was a little disappointed that Jayden didn't pick up on some things quicker, and I also wanted Kadesh to not be so unwilling to discuss important things with Jayden. I also was disappointed with how things were in the end; I felt there was more that could've been done to curb the events that take place; I felt like the characters weren't using their intelligence.
I really enjoy the way Kimberley Griffiths Little sets a scene. I can really visualize the setting of this book. I'm really looking forward to the third book!