by Kimberley Griffiths Little


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A sweeping, epic saga of romance and hardship, set against the dramatic backdrop of Ancient Mesopotamia—for fans of Cleopatra's Moon or the adult bestseller The Red Tent.

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 finish the deadly journey to save the ones she loves—and find true love for herself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062194992
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/05/2016
Series: Forbidden Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Kimberley Griffiths Little was born in San Francisco, but now lives in New Mexico with her husband and their three sons. For such award-winning middle grade novels as When the Butterflies Came, The Last Snake Runner, The Healing Spell, and Circle of Secrets, her writing has been praised as "fast-paced and dramatic," with "characters painted in memorable detail" and "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 on 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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Forbidden 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
TrinityJo More than 1 year ago
This was a delightful, rich story! I haven't read many historical fiction books set in this area or time period so this was very refreshing! I enjoyed the characters very much and had no problem imagining I was in the story. I was especially intrigued with Kadesh. I would have loved to learn more about his people/background. A big plus is Jayden is a main character I wouldn't have a problem with my daughter looking up to. She's strong and perseveres under much hardship. Towards the end I found myself flipping eagerly through the pages (and a bit worried of a cliffhanger ending). While it's not a big cliffhanger (i.e. it didn't make me want to throw my kindle across the room...thank goodness!), it was left a bit open ended. However, enough was hinted at that I am satisfied waiting for book two. And yes, I will be continuing this series. I believe those who enjoy historical fiction will enjoy adding this one to their shelves! I was gifted a copy of this book. All thoughts are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book quickly and loved it!! The charaters are orginal and relatable. It had a great mixture of romance and action. The author did an amazing job transporting the reader to ancient Mesopotamia (but still making it very understandable to someone who doesn't know much of the time period) I would definitely recommend this book to anyone, and I am going to make my roommate read it asap!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow! You are transported way back in time to see what life was like in the deserts of the Middle East. When traveling by camel, to finding food and water and how this family survives living in the deserts of what today is Jordan. The celebrations told in dance, music and food are so well described by Kimberley, you truly feel like you are there in the tent with Jayden and her family. The promise of daughters to marry into other families in the tribe to keep the tribe strong. The heartache that Jayden and her family experience. Can't wait for the next of this 3-book series comes out to continue reading what happens to Jayden and her escape from the man she is promised to and the man that she actually loves!
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) 16-year-old Jayden lives in the desert with her tribe in the year 1759. She’s preparing to be betrothed to her cousin Horeb, even though she hates him and doesn’t want to marry him, when tragedy strikes and her family is ripped in two. When Jayden then comes across a hansom stranger (Kadesh), she begins to develop feelings for him, knowing that to break her betrothal to Horeb will bring shame on her family. Can Jayden find a way to be with Kadesh? And will her family ever be whole again? This was an okay story, but it did have its dull moments. Jayden was an okay character, but she really didn’t have much luck. I felt really sorry for her and the trials that she went through, and I just wanted her to finally be safe and happy, but instead things just got worse and worse. The storyline was okay, but there was quite a slow start, and I did get a bit bored of the desert and camels. There were quite a few twists in this book, which certainly added a bit of excitement, but unfortunately for Jayden, every time I thought things were finally looking up for her, they took a turn for the worst! It really was heart-breaking the things that happened in this book. There was some romance, but that didn’t work out particularly well for Jayden either (poor girl). The ending was also not good for poor Jayden, and I found the way we just seemed to abandon her to not be particularly hopeful. I really hope that there is a sequel in the works for this book, as I’d really like Jayden to get a happy ending! Overall; okay historical romance story, 6.5 out of 10
blogginboutbooks More than 1 year ago
I've read all of Little's recent books and if there's one thing she excels at, it's creating a sense of place. This is true whether she's writing about the swampy bayous of Louisiana or the gritty Mesopotamian desert. She makes her settings come ALIVE. You truly feel like you're there. That, coupled with a tense, exciting plot; intriguing characters; and a host of thought-provoking moral dilemmas; made FORBIDDEN a mesmerizing, compelling read for me. I loved it. It's one of the best books I read in 2014 (and I read a lot of them)!
book4children More than 1 year ago
This book took my breath away. I loved the immersive story and the rich setting of ancient Mesopotamia. The customs, traditions, and beliefs of the desert people were captivating and every time I set the book down I couldn't wait to pick it up again. I've never read anything like this before. Jayden was a wonderful protagonist and her fears, hopes, and loves were all very real. I easily slipped inside this historical world and experienced everything right alongside Jayden. Kadesh was wonderful, and Horeb was perfectly awful. I loved all the characters! This is definitely a book for older YA readers as it has quite a bit of content. I wouldn't give it to a twelve year old, but maybe a fifteen year old. As always, I recommend that parents read a book before handing it off to their kids to ensure they are comfortable with the level of content in it. Content: Innuendo, violence, brief nudity, and an attempted rape. Source: I received a digital galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.
8280 More than 1 year ago
It is not often that a book can be compared to a roller coaster. Little has achieved such a distinction with Forbidden. With the first few chapters, the reader is lulled into a sense of adventure with the beautiful desert setting. As events transpire, the reader is brought to that first drop of the ride. A blind drop. What happens next is unpredictable and shocking, and had me completely hooked! The story of Jayden is full of wild twists and turns which will leave the reader shocked, saddened, and stunned at the strength a young woman who has lost so much, and yet somehow carries on. It is on this note of resolve from Jayden that the first portion of the series comes to a conclusion, and leaves readers breathless. All through the book, I was enraptured by Jayden. She has a strength that is brought forth in the most dire of situations. Just when things seem like they can't get any worse, she comes out of the situation through sheer grit and a drive to survive. There were times I couldn't help but shout out loud at the predicament she was in, and other moments that were so beautiful I was moved to tears. Things end with a cliff hanger that leave one simply begging for more. That being said bring on the next round!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Forbidden by Kimberly Griffiths Little was so captivating that I awoke early in the morning, while my family was still sleeping, so I could finish the last pages of this beautifully haunting tale.  The deserts of the Middle East created a scenic backdrop for the story of young Jayden and her nomadic family. The ancient setting perfectly matched the lives and actions of the realistic, yet enthralling characters. The account tells of a time and place when a man's honor was in his word and when the bonds between friends and family trumped all else.  By the time innocent Jayden performs the ritualistic betrothal dance, the lives of her father's kin had long been intertwined with the family of her future husband. But her fate was not sealed until the death of the future prince left her in line to marry the next tribal heir. Though young women in her clan envied her future marriage, Jayden saw the truth about strong and willful Horeb, and she wanted nothing to do with him.  When tragedy leaves her alone in the desert, Jayden comes upon an injured stranger, mysterious and handsome Kadesh. His secrets are matched only by his compassion for the sorrowful girl who nurses him back to health, and in so doing captures his heart. The story of Jayden's journey is a moving tale of family, honor, pride, selflessness, heart-wrenching deception and stirring love. It will keep you turning pages and wanting for more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book, would like to keep going!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No story will ever come close to this wonderful masterpiece
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put the book down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love historical fiction. This book was great. I've never read historical fiction based in the biblical time period.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down. It ended all too soon , leaving me wanting more.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so slow. Painful read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was an awesome read and leaves the ending to your imagination. Love this Era. What a page turner can't put the book down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The recreation of a fictional story in Babylonia was interesting, however, I kept coming to the thought while reading that the main character was quite the Silly and prone to poor choices. On that note, the story line was unbelievable and unlikely to happen. I was disappointed in the ending, because it was abrupt.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written and imaginative story of love and betrayal.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I want to see the ending of this book! It ended with so many questions!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is told reasonably well, but the incoherent paragraphs and contradictions are very distracting. There is romance for a YA audience, the kind I usually enjoy, but the plot and characters seem shallow. It could have been written as a complete story in fewer chapters if it were less repetitive and scattered. The wording is sometimes annoyingly unclear. The mysticism is very vague and unconvincing. I don't like the cliffhanger ending; it's not that compelling and it's predictable. I don't feel as if this girl's experiences helped her mature at all. In all, it's just OK.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Camel's milk doesn't curdle readily. That's why there is cow's milk cheese, sheep's milk cheese, goat's milk cheese, but no camel's milk cheese. If an author makes a research mistake in the first paragraph, she has lost me.
Shanrock19 More than 1 year ago
This story is so rich and full, and I absolutely loved it! Kimberley Griffiths Little does a wonderful job of painting such a vivid picture! I was immersed in the story from the beginning. Forbidden has great soul to it, and lots of heart. Forbidden is told from the POV of Jayden. Jayden is a young woman, who lives with her family and tribe in the desert. Jayden is in an arranged betrothal with Horeb. Jayden doesn't feel romantic towards Horeb, and she feels that Horeb is hiding a darker side of himself, but she doesn't want to dishonor her family, so she goes along with the engagement. Jayden's tribe is traveling across the desert to an oasis to set up camp for awhile and there her marriage to Horeb will be planned, but on the day Jayden's family is suppose to leave with her tribe, her family must stay behind to deal with a tragedy. While Jayden is taking some time to herself, she spots a stranger in the cliffs, Kadesh. At first Jayden is weary of Kadesh, but he convinces her he means no harm, so she takes him to her family. Kadesh is injured, and Jayden and her family decide to help Kadesh, and bring Kadesh as they travel to the oasis that their tribe has already left for. Kadesh doesn't want to go because he is on a sort of mission for his family, but since he is injured so he doesn't have much choice. So, they all set out across the desert to meet up with the tribe, but along the way they face some ordeals that they need to contend with, and along the way Jayden and Kadesh's feelings for each other grow, but since Jayden is already engaged, she withholds herself from Kadesh because she and her family will be shamed if it is found out that she has feelings for another man. Eventually they arrive at their destination, but Jayden is finding it difficult to hide her true feelings for Kadesh; especially with Horeb showing more and more of his darker nature. Jayden really struggles with what she feels in her heart, and what she thinks is best for her family. I really enjoyed reading Forbidden! Jayden is a strong character; she stands up for herself, even when there isn't much hope, and I enjoyed the slow burn between her and Kadesh. There were some scenes towards the end where I felt Jayden was a bit too scattered, but she had a lot going on, so I overlooked it, and I also didn't really like the scenes at the goddess temple, which is pretty much a brothel, but in the guise of worshipping a goddess; I wanted Jayden to be stronger in those scenes. Jayden has a lot bringing her down, and she is struggling to find a way to honor her family, while still staying true to herself. I enjoyed reading about her growing into a version of herself that she feels proud of. I'm excited to continue Jayden's story, and since Forbidden ends in a cliffhanger, I am super glad I have the next book to read because I would have hated to wait!
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars I don't know why I waited so long to read this. I liked Jayden. There were times where she came across as very dramatic, but for the most part, it was interesting to be in her head. Of course the scenes of her and Kadesh were my favorite. Jayden's grandmother was probably my favorite character. I really hope we get to see more of her. There are a lot of unsavory characters and plot points. I'm going to need some serious junk punching in the coming books. Overall, the pacing kept me turning the pages and the ending has me happy have the second book to start right away. **Huge thanks to Harper and Edelweiss for providing the arc in exchange for an honest review**
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
Forbidden by Kimberley Griffiths Little was a tale that I was totally and completely absorbed in. The details, the characters, the storyline…everything! And with an ending that left yearning for what’s to come next, it’s without a doubt that this book is high up on my “must read” books of 2014. The story follows that of main character, Jayden. A sixteen year old girl who is the daughter of a poor family who must travel through the desert from summer to winter and back. But this year is different for Jayden, for this the year she becomes betrothed to Horeb who is next in line to rule their tribe…where she will become a princess to these people. But Horeb is not the same “cousin” she has known all her life. He has become more harsh, calculating, and not as honorable as she once thought he was. If she could change the path her life is headed, she wouldn’t marry Horeb for she knows deep in her soul that life with him would be miserable and perhaps violent. On the day where she and her tribe must pack up their tents and travel to a new destination, so much tragedy befalls her and her family. And how heart wrenching was it to read? So much emotion and detail that one can’t help but swept up in this great moment of loss. And from this loss, a stranger happens upon Jayden. A stranger that will forever change Jayden’s life. This amazing, generous man is Kardesh, and omg how he made me swoon. His sweet demeanor, the way he holds himself and acts is so crush worthy. And how he speaks and treats Jayden was what solidified him as a book boyfriend. Even in the face of evil and danger, he is still so sweet and endearing. As Hardesh travels with Jayden and her family, a sweet relationship starts to build and it is one that I loved watching unfold. And I’m positive that you will adore it as well. I love stories of first loves, and this is one that I gobbled up. The ups and downs and this couple goes through is one that readers will remember, and crave to continue. Every character in this book jumped out at me. It really was as if a movie was playing out in my mind, and I didn’t want the ending to come. Unfortunately, it came all too soon. I came to totally abhor the character of Horeb, which enthralled me all the more. Where would this evil monster come and wreak havoc on our star crossed couple? Every turn of the page had me hoping against hope that he would never cross their path. I can’t even begin to think about what life would be like if I were forced to have to marry a man that I could not stand. My heart went out to poor Jayden and the terrible life ahead of her. The only salvation? My desire to see Hardesh in the pages. Seriously, I could not get enough of that character. I hated Dinah and her selfishness. I couldn’t stand that the other tribe mates were so blind towards who and what Horeb really was. Jayden’s sister, Leila, pissed me off so much that I wanted to throw the book down and fume. It’s the fact that the author was able to bring all these different emotions out of me for these characters is yet again, another reason that this book kept my attention. I was totally and utterly swept up in all the drama. The author’s description of the hardship of crossing the hot, barren desert was so well done. I could almost feel the heat of the sun, and the discomfort of the sand and dirt. I could feel their need for the next water well, and just how dire their situation is turning into. The ending was fantastic, although, predictable, but I didn’t care. I cannot wait to see what author Kimberley Griffiths Little has in store for these characters, and where this story will lead. I have my guesses, and I really hope they’re wrong because I don’t know if my heart could handle it! (Yes, it’s not a happy ever after that’s going on in my head unfortch). Fans of reads set in ancient Mesopotmia will fall head over heels for Forbidden by Kimberley Griffiths Little. It’s a story that will leave you breathless and heartbroken and hopeful.