February 10, 2016

Shelley Loved: Banished by Kimberley Griffiths Little

Series: Forbidden 2
Format: E-Galley | 416 pages
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Publisher
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy

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.

"Only one day into my journey to find Kadesh and I was already dead."

BANISHED is the second installment in the Forbidden trilogy by author Kimberley Griffiths Little. Series protagonist Jayden has had some interesting situations to deal with since this series started, and she faces even more perils in this installment. She was betrothed to a really awful man (Horeb) who left her scarred while also blackmailing her for a murder she had nothing to do with, and now she has a death decree waiting for her return. She found romance with another man who just happens to be the Prince of Sariba (Kadesh) and was thought to be dead after his encounter with Horeb in the previous installment. Not only that, but Jayden has lost her mother, both of her sisters, and now her own father is MIA after trying to find her and her older sister. 

Jayden has heard about rumors that Kadesh actually survived his encounter with Horeb, who is just horrible. Horeb won't let Jayden go under any circumstances. He knows that if she truly escapes, she has the dirt on him to destroy him. He wants her as his own personal slave so that he can legitimize his position as the new King of the tribe. He is a dangerous, cunning, arrogant, and power-hungry villain who knows no limitations to his machinations. Jayden never gives up, no matter how many hardships, or dangerous situations, or those like Horeb who just won't let her go for all the frankincense in the world. She actually forces the issue and demands that she be taught to fight by using a dagger, and a sword. She won't let Horeb sneak up on her again.

Let's get to the meat and potatoes. There is a whole lot of traveling in BANISHED. There has to be. This trilogy is set during the Bronze Age in the Middle East and it does have certain Biblical implications. This series features those who are not unlike Bedouins who often travel from place to place and rarely stay in one spot for long. It also takes several weeks, and sometimes months to arrive at your destination. So, when Jayden takes her journey from her former tribe to Kadesh's home, it takes THREE long months to get there. That is 2400 miles on horses and camels. There are plenty of difficulties along the way. There are also some historical places that are visited as well as an appearance by the Queen of Sheba who I am sure you have heard of. 

I think the most interesting part of BANISHED is the romance. Yes, Kadesh is wonderful and all that jazz that shippers around the globe seem to embrace. But, he's also a character who has a whole lot of baggage to carry on his shoulders as the heir to the crown, and a man who has faced death and managed to survive. This series is definitely strong about family ties. Family is important to Jayden and she has to face the facts that she may be the only one who can hold them together, or get them back from various factions who are using them against her. I loved her grandmother Saraiah and how sure she is that Jayden is stronger than she believes. I feel a whole lot of sorry for Leila, and am hopeful that the author will do right by her in the end. I dare say that the ending to this book gave me the chills. So many storylines are heading for a major conflict, and I can't wait until 2017 for the sequel! 

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  1. Glad the sequel was good. I still need to read the first book.

  2. I don't know this series. Good to hear you really liked the sequel though; sometimes they aren't as good.


  3. it's great to have a romance like that and I like the period, it's quite interesting!

  4. Awesome review, Shelley! I hadn't heard of this series before, and now, I'm wondering why... It sounds like something I'd really understand, both the traveling, the places visited, the strong family ties and a romance set far, far in the past.
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

  5. Your review has me curious about this series, Shelley. You don't find many books set during the Bronze Age or the Middle East. I like that the heroine is so brave - doing whatever she can for her family. And I have my fingers crossed Jayden comes out on top. I'll have to look up this series. Thanks for putting it on my radar. :)

  6. I loved the first book but I struggled with this one for some reason, particularly the writing and Kadesh's secret keeping. I did really love Jayden though and she continued to impress me throughout. I'm glad this was a great read for you!
    Fantastic review!

  7. I haven't read this trilogy but it does sound like one I might enjoy. I am glad that you enjoyed it. I may try to pick it up after the next book is released so that I can read the whole trilogy at once.

  8. So the pretty cover doesn't describe what she looks like while traveling? LOL Glad you enjoyed it.
    sherry @ fundinmental

  9. I have the first book, but have been hesitant to read it. Mainly, because of all the mixed reviews. I will have to read it this year, since this sequel is getting good reviews.

  10. This is new to me but it sounds fab!

  11. Pretty cover and it sounds quite good. Glad to hear you enjoyed!

  12. I remember when the first book came out and so many loved it. Glad the second was great too. I think I'll have to add this series to my wishlist, I love that it takes place during the Bronze Age.

  13. Bronze age in the middle east?! Okay, I'm REALLY interested in this now. I must not have given this series a second look in the past because I had no interest until I read your review. I'm definitely going to have to watch for the first book!

  14. Gorgeous cover - I hadn't heard of this one before but it sounds good.

    Karen @For What It's Worth

  15. I really like the sound of this one. Interesting time

  16. Oh... I have that first book on my wishlist and you just added this one. I didn't realize it was during the bronze age and now I'm more curious. Glad you enjoyed!

  17. Hadn't heard of this one before but it sounds interesting. I do like the cover for it.

  18. Now that I'm back to reading more YA than in the past year, I'm taking notes of the ones you gave 4 stars too. Like this ;)

  19. Sounds really well balanced. Great story. :) Thank you!


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