Forbidden (Forbidden #1)
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.
So I started reading this series because I wanted something different from the normal and I got that. I love the setting and Ive never read a book from the time setting this takes place. I think it's around the time of the Biblical Abraham. I love how I felt right there with Jayden, I felt the fear of traveling through the desert and the sadness of losing her mother.
This book is a romance at it's core and that it mostly what it centers on, which is fine by me. I have two problems with this book, one is the insta-love kind of feel. The love between Jayden and Kadesh just happened so fast and she knows hardly anything about him, except that he's rich and oh so very kind.
The other thing that I didn't like and this is just a silly nitpick as I know that it was important to their survival and so of course everyone would think about them and talk about them... but still.... I'm sure the word camel is in the book just about more than any other word.
I do love the world building in here, I thought it was done nicely and I really felt so bad for Jayden when her sister left her for the temple. What a freaking bitch. I don't even care, I'd be there for my family, no matter what.
I do feel that Jayden had a nice arc, she went from someone who I rolled my eyes at sometimes to someone to has gotten stronger, I hope she continues to grow through the next two books and I hope to get to know ore about Kadesh who seems like a dreamboat. I also hope someone kills Horeb. That guy needs to be gone from the world. It would be a better world without him for sure.
I love the dancing in this novel and how it was a part of their culture. It made me wish I could dance and join along with them. Never have I ever wanted to visit the desert so much then while read ing this book.
I fully recommend this book. Read it now if you haven't, just watch out for the camels... they are everywhere.
It all started with Jayden's betrothal ceremony, the night she danced with the women of her tribe for the first time. Soon she would be wed to Horeb, son of the tribe leader, and her family's place within the tribe would once again be secure. It is her duty, even if it goes against what she desires. On the journey to the tribe's winter lands, Jayden's family encounters a wounded stranger, to whom Jayden finds herself growing close to, something that is forbidden. Her intended Horeb has a violent temper and dark secrets, ones that Jayden wishes she could escape. And escaping might be the only way for her to survive.
This book really drew me in from the beginning. The cover was enticing, I really liked that the model was looking away from the reader, the font of the title was pretty, as was the detailing around the spine of the book. It started off right at Jayden's betrothal ceremony and right away, it showed how important the art of dancing was to their culture. It was described wonderfully so I could imagine each dancer doing their own moves.
Jayden, the main character, I really liked. At times she could be judgmental toward other cultures that she'd been warned of, but with all the stories she'd been raised on it made sense that she'd be wary of them. She really showed how even strong women, in circumstances back then, could be made helpless, sometimes nothing more than a bargaining chip to secure wealth through union. Jayden was strong. She loved her family and would do anything to keep them safe, she could think for herself instead of blindly following the orders of the men, she was determined to save herself.
The setting was beautiful but also so dangerous, especially for single or small groups of travelers. There wasn't a whole lot of action in the book, it was more about Jayden's journey of strength and the romance, but there was always that lingering danger, the feeling that something could happen at any time and knowing something would eventually happen.
I enjoyed the romance, Jayden had chemistry with Kadesh, and the fact that it was forbidden made all their little moments all that more tense and dangerous. It did seem to happen a little fast but it was also something I could understand given Jayden's circumstances. Horeb was cruel and she despised him while Kadesh was sweet and gentle and wanted to keep her safe.
My favorite bond though, was that of the sisters and Jayden and her grandmother. Leila was everything Jayden was not and they often disagreed but they truly cared for each other. Her grandmother was a great example of someone Jayden could one day become, a strong woman with a mind of her own who won't blindly do a man's bidding.
There's quite a long wait until the next book, January 2016, more than a year away but since I originally thought this was a standalone, I can be patient as long as we get more Jayden and Kadesh.