December 22, 2014

REVIEW + EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY: Forbidden by Kimberly Griffiths Little
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Forbidden Kimberley
Forbidden by Kimberley Griffiths Little 

 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.

Where do I start? Forbidden was a diamond in the rough for me in a way. It had been on my TBR list for months and I'd never even read the synopsis. Honestly, I just fell in love with the gorgeous cover! So when I received an invite for the blog tour, I decided to sign up for a review stop on a whim. Boy, am I glad I did! 
Forbidden was everything I didn't know I was looking for! I have never read a story that is set in the deserts of Mesopotamia in 1759 BC. I had no idea what to expect from this time period or setting. Well let me tell you that the desert is a very unforgiving place and tribal life is not easy by a long shot. I gave the characters in this book so much credit for the things they have to do everyday just to survive. I loved learning about all of the different customs and rituals, and the descriptions of the scenes, people, and landscape was so incredibly vivid. I feel as though I have actually taken a trip to this ancient time and place.
See the thing is, the world-building is just so phenomenal that I simply cannot get this book out of my head. Little spins the most amazing tale of Jayden, her life as a desert girl, and the mysterious stranger named Kadesh who enters her life at a very crucial yet tumultuous time.
The writing is beautiful, descriptive, lyrical, and magical! I could have read 1000 more pages and never gotten tired of Little's pitch-perfect voice!
The characters! Just WOW! I was not expecting to feel soo much for each and every one. Compassion, love, hatred, loyalty...I was and am still connected to these people and their lives. I absolutely loved Kadesh and Jayden. Jayden is such a strong young woman in just about every way possible. She faces so many trials...physical and emotional. I was in awe of her ability to persevere in the face of adversity. Kadesh is mysterious, sexy, brave, loyal, unbelievably kind, and forbidden! 
Little leaves the reader begging for more in this beautifully written love story that is about so much more than love. This page-turner had me on the edge of my seat and my eyes were puffy in the morning! Forbidden will break your heart and make you want to try out the moves of Jayden's spiritual dances! I NEED the sequel like yesterday.
 I highly recommend this book to ANYONE and EVERYONE! Though if you are a fan of historical fiction and/or romance...why are you still reading this? Grab a copy of Forbidden and get reading. I promise you will NOT regret it!

My Rating:

I have never read The Red Tent, but I completely agree with the first two "If You Likes"!

  Praise for Forbidden
*STARRED* Review, ALA BOOKLIST ". . . At its core, this is a romance, with all the push and pull that goes along with impossible love, and Little elevates the story by creating a perilous landscape, both outward and inward, as Jayden must deal with the hardship of desert life as well as her own desires." 

 SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL "This is a fast-paced, entertaining choice which will appeal to fans of historical fiction and romance."

 "Lush, lyrical, romantic. Forbidden transports readers into a vividly imagined place and time."
 --Claudia Gray, New York Times bestselling author

 "The harsh beauty of the deserts of ancient Mesopotamia come to life in Forbidden, with beautiful descriptions that will make you crave water and check for sand in your clothes. Your heart will break as you root for Jayden to triumph over the many struggles that threaten to tear her world apart, and the ending will leave you thirsting for more!" 
--Sara B. Larson, author of Defy 

             The night was starkly beautiful under a canopy of jeweled stars. I savored my moments of freedom, which were marred by the realization that it was dripping away day by day.
           The sizzle of coffee beans roasting in the skillet floated across the still air. Cups clinked on a tray as my father passed them around the circle. The aroma of roasted brew spiced with cardamom seeped into the night.
            As I tried to slip past, Horeb’s eyes caught mine. Firelight flickered over his face, outlining his jaw and wind-tangled black hair. He was devastatingly handsome just as all the girls said, but his lips curled into a smile that sent shudders down my spine.
            Horeb’s glance lingered on my body, settling not on my face, but lower, as if he was undressing me right there on the dirt path.
            His eyes locking onto mine, Horeb rose from the circle of men. I jerked around, breaking off his stare. Walking faster, I turned the corner of the tent just as his arm reached out to stop me.
            “So, little cousin,” Horeb said. “Have you been enjoying the betrothal ceremony? Tell me, are the women telling stories of marital relations?”
            My breath caught like a thorn in my throat. The women’s ceremonies were not discussed with any male—only inside the privacy of a marriage bed.
            “You shouldn’t be saying these things to me,” I said.
            Running his fingers down my arm, Horeb continued to study me. “There are many things I’d like to say to you, Jayden. Do to you.”
            There used to be a time when my throat pounded every time Horeb turned my direction. A time when he was growing into those big, dark eyes and that hard, muscular body. Moments when I wanted to touch his thick, black hair, or run my finger along his jaw to discover what a boy’s skin felt like with a newly growing beard. But now that I was sixteen, and he twenty, his stares made me uneasy. My heart still pounded, but not from love. And I wasn’t sure what it was or what to call it.
About the Author
Award-winning author Kimberley Griffiths Little was born in San Francisco, but now lives in New Mexico on the banks of the Rio Grande with her husband and their three sons. Her middle-grade novels, When the Butterflies Came, The Last Snake Runner, The Healing Spell, and Circle of Secrets, have been praised as “fast-paced and dramatic,” with “beautifully realized settings.” Kimberley adores anything old and musty with a secret story to tell. She’s stayed in the haunted tower room at Borthwick Castle in Scotland; sailed the Seine in Paris; ridden a camel in Petra, Jordan; shopped the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul; and spent the night in an old Communist hotel in Bulgaria.

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  1. I've got this one on the wish list. The backdrop and historical setting is what pulled me in, but I'm glad the story and characters were good too.

  2. Wow! This does sound amazing! I've seen it around, but my TBR list is already so long that I have been trying not to add anything to it. I may have to break that vow with this one, though, because it looks like my kind of book. Thanks for the recommendation!


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