Thursday, March 10, 2016
Review for Forbidden by Kimberley Griffiths Little - 5 out of 5!
SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS -
In the unforgiving Mesopotamian desert where Jayden’s tribe lives, betrothal celebrations abound, and tonight it is Jayden’s turn to be honored. But while this union with Horeb, the son of her tribe’s leader, will bring a life of riches and restore her family’s position within the tribe, it will come at the price of Jayden’s heart.
Then a shadowy boy from the Southern Lands appears. Handsome and mysterious, Kadesh fills Jayden’s heart with a passion she never knew possible. But with Horeb’s increasingly violent threats haunting Jayden’s every move, she knows she must find a way to escape—or die trying.
With a forbidden romance blossoming in her heart and her family’s survival on the line, Jayden must embark on a deadly journey to save the ones she loves—and find a true love for herself.
Set against the brilliant backdrop of the sprawling desert, the story of Jayden and Kadesh will leave readers absolutely breathless as they defy the odds and risk it all to be together.
MY REVIEW -
This story is so rich and full, and I absolutely loved it! Kimberley Griffiths Little does a wonderful job of painting such a vivid picture! I was immersed in the story from the beginning. Forbidden has great soul to it, and lots of heart.
Forbidden is told from the POV of Jayden. Jayden is a young woman, who lives with her family and tribe in the desert. Jayden is in an arranged betrothal with Horeb. Jayden doesn't feel romantic towards Horeb, and she feels that Horeb is hiding a darker side of himself, but she doesn't want to dishonor her family, so she goes along with the engagement. Jayden's tribe is traveling across the desert to an oasis to set up camp for awhile and there her marriage to Horeb will be planned, but on the day Jayden's family is suppose to leave with her tribe, her family must stay behind to deal with a tragedy. While Jayden is taking some time to herself, she spots a stranger in the cliffs, Kadesh. At first Jayden is weary of Kadesh, but he convinces her he means no harm, so she takes him to her family. Kadesh is injured, and Jayden and her family decide to help Kadesh, and bring Kadesh as they travel to the oasis that their tribe has already left for. Kadesh doesn't want to go because he is on a sort of mission for his family, but since he is injured so he doesn't have much choice.
So, they all set out across the desert to meet up with the tribe, but along the way they face some ordeals that they need to contend with, and along the way Jayden and Kadesh's feelings for each other grow, but since Jayden is already engaged, she withholds herself from Kadesh because she and her family will be shamed if it is found out that she has feelings for another man. Eventually they arrive at their destination, but Jayden is finding it difficult to hide her true feelings for Kadesh; especially with Horeb showing more and more of his darker nature. Jayden really struggles with what she feels in her heart, and what she thinks is best for her family.
I really enjoyed reading Forbidden! Jayden is a strong character; she stands up for herself, even when there isn't much hope, and I enjoyed the slow burn between her and Kadesh. There were some scenes towards the end where I felt Jayden was a bit too scattered, but she had a lot going on, so I overlooked it, and I also didn't really like the scenes at the goddess temple, which is pretty much a brothel, but in the guise of worshipping a goddess; I wanted Jayden to be stronger in those scenes. Jayden has a lot bringing her down, and she is struggling to find a way to honor her family, while still staying true to herself. I enjoyed reading about her growing into a version of herself that she feels proud of.
I'm excited to continue Jayden's story, and since Forbidden ends in a cliffhanger, I am super glad I have the next book to read because I would have hated to wait!