Review: Forbidden by Kimberley Griffiths Little

Posted November 5, 2014 by lockhartbecca in Uncategorized / 4 Comments


Author: Kimberley Griffiths Little
Series: Standalone
Publisher: Harper Collins
Genre: YA Historical Fiction
Format: ebook
Release Date: November 4, 2014
Source: egalley received from publisher via Edelweiss
Rating: 2 Stars
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***I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way changed my opinion of the book. The review below is my open and honest opinion.***

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. 

Oh book. I had such
high hopes for you. As a lover of historical fiction, I was so excited for your
story. Historical fiction not set during WWII? Not set during any other recent
time? Going way way way back to ancient Mesopotamia? How could you not be
awesome? You set the stage so perfectly. The potential was all there. But
ultimately you lacked almost everything I typically look for in a good story.
Let’s start with the
pace. Oh my gosh, so slow. I felt like this book could have easily been 100
pages shorter. The story just dragged on by and I felt like nothing really
happened. Journey through desert. Reach camp. Lots and lots of inner monologue.
Finally in the last 100 pages, things happen. The end.
The characters. The
main character was so freaking annoying. She was so immature and naïve. Which I
didn’t really expect from a young girl living in ancient Mesopotamia. If
anything, I expected the opposite. She’s had a hard life, much harder than
anything I’ve ever had to endure. But at 16, I feel like I was way more mature
than she was. I expected more from a girl who clearly has had to grow up a lot
faster than I had to.
The relationship. Okay,
so this romance had a lot of potential. I’m all about forbidden love and
star-crossed lovers. This wasn’t really a case of instalove, more like lack of
relationship development. There was a lot of telling vs. showing going on which
made it feel like instalove and ultimately made me unable to ship it. For example,
we would get some relationship development and then something like, “We spent
the next three weeks together and now I couldn’t imagine my life without him.”
Well that’s great that you told us
you spent three weeks together and are now in love, but I didn’t actually see any of this supposed relationship
development. Therefore, I don’t believe in it.
The historical fiction
aspect. I wanted more. Less description of the desert and cities and more of
the actual historical stuff. We get snippets here and there of the cities like
Babylon and Nineveh, and how King Hammurabi is trying to take over Mesopotamia,
but that’s about the extent of it. And the descriptions of the desert and the
cities are beautiful, there’s no denying that. But there was too much
description and I found myself skimming, hoping to get back to the action, or
lack thereof.
I almost DNFed this
book. Why did I finish it? Because a couple of other bloggers gave it five
stars so I thought maybe I was missing something. But then I got to the end and
it was so open (and supposedly this is a standalone?) that I was infuriated. I
mean we don’t even know if a key player is alive or not. Is this real life? But
because other people gave it five stars, I think that maybe it was just me? My
advice? Check out some other reviews before making a decision on this one.

Have you read this one yet? What did you think? Did you find that there was too much telling and not enough showing? Thoughts on the romance? The historical aspect?  

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4 responses to “Review: Forbidden by Kimberley Griffiths Little

  1. I'll probably pass on this one. I don't love historical fiction anyway, although there are a few exceptions (A Mad, Wicked Folly), so if you didn't love it, I'm sure I won't either. Slow and boring, lack of development between the characters (I hate when we don't SEE the relationship develop)…I'm sure I won't like it. Thanks for the honest review! ~Pam

  2. I'm sorry this one didn't work for you! I've read two chapters a week ago and haven't picked it up since. I know I need to give it more of a chance, but it just hasn't clicked with me. :/ And I hate when a romance is more telling than showing – that will not make me ship them.

    Danielle @ Love at First Page

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