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BANISHED, Book 2 of the FORBIDDEN trilogy, February 2, 2016, Harpercollins
Awards for FORBIDDEN:
Whitney Award Finalist
Letters of Mormon Arts Award Finalist
BOOKLIST Top 10 Historical Novels of 2015
*STARRED* in 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.” 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: “A fast-paced, entertaining choice which will appeal to fans of historical fiction and romance.”
BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN’S BOOKS: “Rich historical details are deftly woven into Jayden’s narration, and the dynamics of Jayden’s tribe are vividly drawn. Jayden’s story becomes as much about finding herself as it is about finding love.”
“Lush, lyrical, romantic. Forbidden transports readers into a vividly imagined place and time.”
–Claudia Gray, New York Times bestselling author
“The beauty of the desert of ancient Mesopotamia comes to life in Forbidden . . .Your heart will break as you root for Jayden to triumph over the struggles that tear her world apart, and the ending will leave you thirsting for more!”
–Sara B. Larson, author of Defy
SYNOPSIS for BANISHED Jacket Flap:
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 is fraught 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 full of love, danger, and heated passion that will leave readers breathless.
SIX MONTHS ago HarperCollins unveiled Forbidden, a seductive YA debut from award-winning author Kimberley Griffiths Little. Forbidden transports readers back in time to the deadly deserts and sweltering heat of Ancient Mesopotamia for a tale of danger, duty, and forbidden love. Jayden is on the brink of womanhood and betrothed to her tribe’s prince, cold-hearted Horeb. But when tragedy strikes, Jayden meets Kadesh, a mysterious visitor from the frankincense lands who makes Jayden doubt everything she knows. Torn between loyalty to her tribe and the chance to escape her fate, Jayden must make a choice that will change her life forever.
Little brings the lush landscape and rich history of Jayden’s world to life in vivid detail. Set against a tapestry of strong and complex female relationships, the story shines a light on an aspect of history so often forgotten. The dances and rituals that accompany the rites of womanhood are central to the novel, and give the story a mystical, sacred feel. As she questions her family’s beliefs and makes decisions that will determine her future, Jayden’s journey will resonate strongly with teens who face a similar struggle. An intricate blend of historical fiction, adventure, and romance, this atmospheric novel will keep readers on the edge of their seats as Jayden risks it all for freedom and true love.
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Giveaways (US Only):
One grand prize winner:
Signed ARC of FORBIDDEN & BANISHED when available
$25.00 Amazon Gift Card
Middle Eastern Earrings
Paper Blanks Magnetic Notebook
A set of beautiful FORBIDDEN & BANISHED Bookmark Club Cards
7 Winners will receive:
$10.00 Amazon Gift Card
Middle Eastern earrings
Paper Blanks Notebook
A set of beautiful FORBIDDEN & BANISHED Book Club Cards
EVERYBODY WHO Orders or Pre-orders copies of the books receives a set of gorgeous BOOK CLUB CARDS and an autographed book plate!
Kimberley Griffiths Little grew up in San Francisco, but now lives in an adobe house on the banks of the Rio Grande with her chaotic, messy family. She’s drunk so much Land of Enchantment water that some of that ancient magic got into her blood and now spurts out her pencil—um, ergonomic keyboard.
Kimberley has slept in the haunted tower room at Borthwick Castle in Scotland, sailed the Seine in Paris, walked the beaches of Normandy, ridden a camel in Petra, shopped the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, and spent the night in an old Communist hotel in Bulgaria.
P.S. She also writes award-winning middle-grade novels with Scholastic. 🙂