Series: Forbidden #1
Published by: HarperCollins on November 4, 2014
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Historical, Young Adult
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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.
I received this book for free from YABC in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
One Line: A pleasantly surprising good read that I devoured.
What I Loved: I loved this strange desert world and its cast of characters. I haven’t read anything like it was the setting was refreshing. I loved Jayden in particular though because she’s just a good person. She’s cares so much for her family, despite them not really thinking about her at all. They’re not bad people, I just felt like she deserved more from them. I really respected Jayden for caring and loving her baby sister so much, giving up everything she could for her and never letting her go. I also respected how she didn’t adhere to the norm and followed her heart even though it causes trouble. She’s definitely the heart and soul of the book and a very strong heroine. I’m excited to see how she grows and faces all her challenges as the series progresses. The romance was also well done. The feelings were a bit on the instant side, but the relationship was a slow-build, so it worked out perfectly.
Left Me Wanting More: I didn’t necessarily see the appeal of Jayden’s tribe as a whole. A lot of the other families aren’t all that nice and I couldn’t see why Jayden’s family, particularly her father, was so loyal to them. I also couldn’t understand why they just straight up left them to fend for themselves while they journeyed to another location in the beginning. I also feel like there was a lot going on in this book that, I guess, sets up the scene for the rest of the series, but it felt like too much at times.
Final Verdict: I would highly recommend this book for someone looking for a historical fiction read with a forbidden romance. I didn’t expect to like it so much, which was great. I’m definitely looking forward to checking out the rest of the series.
*This review was first published on YABC.*