Okay, there are a few things you need to know before reading this book. One, you will most likely enjoy thisI almost gave this book a very low rating.
Okay, there are a few things you need to know before reading this book. One, you will most likely enjoy this book if you find high school drama and/or redemption stories interesting. And two, if you don’t like Christian-themed books or stories then you probably won’t like this one. I usually wait till after I’ve read a book to check out its reviews on Goodreads, and after scanning through the reviews on this series, I saw that the ratings were a jumble of highs and lows, but the issue with those who hated it and called it “bull”, among other things, is because of its genre. This is a Christian, YA novel for Christian girls going through high school. If you’re not a Christian but are a teen looking for guidance in your life, this might just be the book for you. But, Holy God, if you don’t like Christian books, don’t read them! There’s too much hate in this world already.
This was a blind date for me. I grabbed it off the shelf in my library’s YA section (honestly, it was because I liked the cover but had no idea what it was about) and was more than pleased to find that it was a Christian fiction after walking out the door. But less than pleased when I got to page 40 and we were right where we started at page 1.
The majority of this book is pretty much a girl (Kara) sludging through a potent mix of this-is-the-end-of-my-life teen angst and depression because her best friend since kindergarten ditched her to become a cheerleader in their first semester of high school. Up until page 140 or so I couldn’t figure out how this was a Christian fiction and I was getting pretty frustrated reaching a new chapter only to find Kara going through yet another situation with her depression. I wanted to give it 1 star. I was even thinking of not finishing the book altogether—until the dull suspense let way for the reveal and the main point to all this Debbie-downerness gave the book a whole new meaning.
I can’t recall a book a book that’s played that twist card recently. I’m not talking about a Ted DekKer or Shyamalan twist. Melody Carlson kept me in a storm of adolescent emotions for the majority of the book to a point that I was sick of it, so when the clouds parted, and a remedy was found for our protagonist it was all the more relieving. An interesting and even refreshing feeling.
I am a Christian. I’m not the super kind that pray over 100 times a day or see worldy things as pure sin (some of my favorite bands are Die Antwoord and Five Finger Death Punch) but I do believe that going to church regularly honors God and I do believe in the Holy Spirit and that we can have a personal relationship with our creator, so I was completely comfortable with the salvation story that turned this book around; I also believe that what Kara experienced with God is a true thing that can happen. But I say again, if that makes you uneasy or you reject that idea then don’t read this book. Several stringed reviews commented that they didn’t like Christian-fiction and that this kind of thing couldn’t really happen. Why did they read it if they didn’t like the genre in the first place? Of course they’re not going to like it.
But to me, after being stuck in a rut of reading dark fantasy and adult fiction for a long period of time, this was a refreshing reminder of how God feels about me and wetted my appetite for getting back into this genre. I don’t know if I’d continue with the series naturally, but maybe I’ll grab the next one when I feel like an uplifting YA. I’m going to be honest, I liked this way more than The Fault in our Stars--not because it was more interesting, but because it had hope. There definitely need to be more positivity in YA instead of the cold hard face of reality leading you nowhere with your life. Thanks, Melody Carlson for reminding who I am. ...more
(I'm not being ritzy. I mean this review with every honest part of my heart). This book was a very pleasant, and rewarding surprise. Full of moments (I'm not being ritzy. I mean this review with every honest part of my heart). This book was a very pleasant, and rewarding surprise. Full of moments of genius and a dark sense of realism, Forbidden gets a spot on one of the most memorable books I've ever read. It takes a really good piece of work to impress me, and I didn't think that a story about emotionless people gaining emotions in an emotionless world was all that interesting when I read the synopsis. But, I was wrong--in a good and surprising way. Authors Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee do a fine job merging the classic format of storytelling with a flavor of both their personalities into a perfected and key-driven plot for the palate of curious readers. I found myself reaching for the book again and again every time I put it down, needing to be satisfied by where this slightly familiar yet mysterious story would take me. I was extremely pleased and utterly grateful for the constant flow of the story from chapter to chapter. Nothing is dragged out or stretched for filling the the pages. It's all straight to the point but done well rather than abruptly. The only thing that is stretched is the climax which is obviously for good reason, though it doesn't feel dragged out at all. That specific part of the book is done VERY well as you are placed in the perspective of four different characters through an incredible moment of silence. The only negative comment I would have for this book is the violence along with the gore that accompanies it. I'm not a stuck up old lady who disapproves of violence (uh, District 9 is my favorite movie), it was just a surprising move for both Dekker and Lee. I was reading this in the library with my motor running all the way through Chapter 38, and I had to keep an eye on the time because of a math class I had to get to. Ironically, I ran out of time right at the end of a very gruesome and emotional scene. The only thing I could think of the whole way to class was, "Jeez-frik! I have to sit in class for two hours and I just saw someone get hacked to death in front of my eyes!" However, I enjoyed the book very much, especially the classic conclusion ending in a threatening whisper that presented a stunning realization of what had really been done to one of the darker characters, making the unpleasant figure likable in a sinister even sympathetic way. To conclude, Forbidden doesn't exactly take place on the "Books I have to read before I die" list, but it is a good read. Even if you aren't a fan of the dystopian-future genre, I encourage you to give Forbidden a go. You might be surprised....more
Very good. So gentle but powerful at the same time. I definitely grew closer to God while reading this book and recommend it to people who doubt that Very good. So gentle but powerful at the same time. I definitely grew closer to God while reading this book and recommend it to people who doubt that God has love--because God IS LOVE! The only thing I have to object to is that there was no mention of the devil or any mention of fighting against him at all. I mean, I know this book is one of a kind because it's a representation of God's love for us and it's meant to reveal God's gentle healing and relationship process. But they're a lot people who believe that there isn't a devil there's just a God (or vice versa) and that's not true because at children of God we are automatically soldiers of Christ, and because we are soldiers of Christ we are inclined to fight on the spiritual battlefield for God and everyone on this planet using prayer, scripture, and faith in God as our weapons (just look up Ephesians 6:10-18). This book is the closest thing to the Bible that reflects God's nature on his love and sacrifice for us and the world. Great job Mr. Young!...more
Not what I expected. It was one of those books where I didn't know what to expect and when I finished it I thought it was "okay", but then after a fewNot what I expected. It was one of those books where I didn't know what to expect and when I finished it I thought it was "okay", but then after a few months I looked back and actually liked. Made me want to read it again....more
AWESOME!! This was recommended to me by a friend and she said I HAD to read it. I did and it was CRAAAAZY! I'm like, expecting this historical romanceAWESOME!! This was recommended to me by a friend and she said I HAD to read it. I did and it was CRAAAAZY! I'm like, expecting this historical romance--and that's in there--but out of nowhere, within the first couple chapters, I get a BAM!! of awesome AAAAction! This woman knows how--to--write! Must...finish...trilogy!...more