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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
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published February 2nd 2016 by HarperCollins
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Oct 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Banished by Kimberley Griffiths Little
Book Two of the Forbidden series
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: February 2, 2016
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

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, k
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“If he found me he’d either kill me or lock me up in chains as his wife.”

This was an okay sequel, but things didn’t really improve for Jayden.

Jayden really showed some spirit in this book, and she stayed strong through some really awful times. Unfortunately though, even the smallest matter wasn’t made simple for her, and she really had to fight to survive.

Kimberley Little
Oct 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
TODAY IS *THE MOMENTOUS DAY*! BANISHED is born! Grab your hardcover or Kindle/Nook/ITunes copy from your favorite retailer and enjoy a dangerously sexy story a la Arabian Nights!

THANK YOU for the fabulous reviews! It makes me super happy to know that everyone is loving BANISHED, and that it's so much more than just a filler book 2. Which was exactly my goal - as I banged my head against the keyboard. :-)

New characters, new dangers, treason, a stoning, an even more dangerous Goddess Temple, and
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
This was much stronger than the first one and I love that it pretty much started where we were left at the end of Forbidden.

I liked Jayden a lot more in this story. She's stronger and stands up for herself. She knows what {or who} she wants and goes after it with eyes open and both hands stretched out. Kadesh is fantastic and so sweet with her when they're together.

There are several scenes that did make me angry in the form of stupid miscommunications in an effort to spare the feelings of the
Rashika (is tired)
***This review has also been posted on The Social Potato

I am now officially calling 2016 the year of the meh books because I have yet to read a book that has truly blown my mind and makes me want to roll around in the mud with joy. Banished is by no means a bad book, I would actually say that on the whole, it was a lot better than its predecessor but my problem with the book and what prevented me from loving it was the shit ton of romantic drama.

Romantic drama is the bane of my existence. Wh
Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
That ending!!!! I feel so bad for Jayden! She can't seem to catch a break :( now to wAit for the next book!!! Wahhhhhh

Full review to come!
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Even better than the first book!
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
This review was originally posted on It Starts at Midnight


Ahhhh I am so happy to be back in the Mesopotamian desert with Jayden and company! I loved Forbidden so, so much, and this sequel was a must-read for me- probably one of my most anticipated books of the year. And it was definitely worth the wait. While I didn't love it quite as much as Forbidden, it was still a very solid sequel, and I am very excited for the final installment!

The Good:

Jayden is amazing as always. In Forbidde
nick (the infinite limits of love)

I loved the first book in this series but this one wound up being a disappointment for me. I felt like the dialogue and writing were very awkward - almost stilted. There were tmes I cringed at the cheese. I was also quite unhappy with the secret keeping from Kadesh. Jayden was still a lovely character but even she couldn't fully save the book for me.

Review to come.
⋆☆☽ Kriss ☾☆⋆
Banished picks up right where Forbidden left off, with Jayden heading out into the deserts in search of Kadesh, who she believes injured but alive after being attacked by Horeb. This arc of the story follows our heroine and her true love through a perilous journey back to Kadesh’s homeland of Sariba and expands upon the threats that are set on destroying them. Before, the only antagonist was Horeb, but now it comes to light that Kadesh’s homeland isn’t a utopia of peace and harmony, but a countr ...more
Mar 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm loving this series, and I want the third book now! Dang you cliffhangers!

This book starts off where the first ended. With Jayden on a search for Kadesh. Jayden has only heard rumors that Kadesh may still be alive, so she travels on her own through the dangerous desert in search of Kadesh. The desert is harsh to Jayden, but she will do what she needs to do to be reunited with Kadesh. When Jayden and Kadesh are reunited (no spoiler, in the synopsis), the reunion is bittersweet. Both Jayden and
Jul 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Amazing! Not as gripping as the first but still amazing! Cannot wait for the conclusion to this series!
Lisa Mandina
Mar 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Beth  (YA Books Central)
"If she follows her heart,
she will be forever....

Oh where to start....I absolutely LOVED, OBSESSED, DREAMED ABOUT, RAVED and DEVOURED this amazing book. WOW....I loved the first book in this series, Forbidden, and could not wait to read the sequel and it was even better than expected!!!

Banished is full of breath-taking romance, intense action scenes, and beautiful world-building. I love how the story takes place over the Mesopotamian desert which makes the survival aspect of th
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm so excited! I've been waiting forever for this book to come out and screamed like a fool when I got an ARC.

This start off intense. Jayden is tense from everything that has happened to far. She's on the move and right now is in her tent with her camel, trying to come up with her next move. But things just aren't going so well. She gets attacked, and her cleverness has done her well. Of course using a threat against them and saying they did her harm would get them in trouble with Horeb. It al
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Banished picks up where Forbidden left off and we are reunited with Jayden who has decided to search for Kadesh. There are rumors that he may not have survived the attack from Horeb, but she comes to find him after a long trek and he is indeed injured and scarred. Jayden hoped that they would be reunited and this would fix all of her problems, but Horeb is still on her trail and doesn't plan on giving up anytime soon. Kadesh and Jayden's only option is to return to Sariba, where Kadesh is from, ...more
Oct 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Wow! BANISHED starts right where FORBIDDEN leaves off. It grabs hold and seriously doesn't let go. Kimberley does an amazing job with her descriptions, I appreciate the extra details and care taken with her research. Jayden is a strong character, who yes, has weaknesses but I think that is what I love most about her. Mostly, her acting before she thinks. But she is extremely passionate, caring, loyal, and brave. Jayden and Kadesh are truly perfect for each other and I love their relationship. Th ...more
Erin Cashman
Jun 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was almost nervous to read this book since I adored FORBIDDEN. I needn’t have worried – this sequel does not disappoint! I loved the historical details and the desolate and dangerous backdrop of the desert, the romance, and the fast paced narrative. But most of all I loved Jayden and her journey. I can’t wait to read the conclusion of this heart-pounding trilogy!
Danielle Hammelef
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: adults and teens
This second book in the series is as delicious as the first. The author writes Jayden's story in vivid, concrete poetic language--she puts me into the story. I am thrilled to recommend this book as it will not disappoint the reader! Now I can't wait for the next book in the series. ...more
Kira Brighton
Mar 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book expands on the story's world and pushes deeper into the themes and conflicts. I enjoyed it! ...more
Short  Reviews
2 stars.

3/4 of this novel takes place in the desert... on their journey.

Now, I don't necessarily hate quest-type novels, but when practically the whole book is just a bunch of characters running across the desert to escape some lunatic who's hot on their trail, well... it's gets boring as hell really quick.

The last quarter of the book is when the MC and the rest of the crew *finally* reach their destination, and the story picks up its pace a bit.

The writing style was flowery, but decent enough f
Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Yes, Forbidden left me breathless. It was one of those books that took me away and made me experience all kinds of emotions. Set in the ancient Mesopotamian desert, it contains a plot full of intrigue, romance, danger, adventure and a shocking cliffhanger ending. I was, therefore, waiting all year for its sequel Banished. Once I got my hands on Banished, I hesitated to start reading it. Would it be as good as the first one?

Well Kimberley Griffiths Little did it again. She deftly swept me away on
Suze Lavender
Mar 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Jayden is on her own and is traveling through the desert to find Kadesh. He was left for dead, but miraculously survived Horeb's brutal attack. Horeb is Jayden's evil betrothed, a cruel man she can't marry. Jayden and Kadesh want to get married, but they can only do that when they're in Kadesh's homeland. It's a long and strenuous journey and Horeb is right behind them. There are plenty of risks and there are many people they can't trust. Reaching their destination won't bring them any safety, a ...more
Erin Arkin
Oct 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.

Banished by Kimberley Griffiths Little is the second book of the Forbidden series and it dives right back into the story. I admit, it had been a little while since I read Forbidden so I was a bit lost when I started but it quickly came back to me and I found myself pulled right back into Jayden’s story.

I loved seeing more than just the desert and Jayden’s family. We get to learn more about Kadesh and the secrets he has been holding on to. As Jayden and Kadesh flee for the safety of h
*Source* Publisher via Edelweiss
*Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy
*Rating* 4.0

*My Thoughts*

"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 stared. She was betrothed to a really awful man (Horeb) who hurt left her scarred, while also blackmailing her for a murder she had nothing to do with. She
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book has so many feels in it. Jayden and Kadesh have been through so much in the time they have known each other and in the beginning of this book you think they are finally together, but then everything you can imagine tries to pull them apart again. All the rough travels, all the suspicion that follows them and the fear that they will never make it through it all to be together at last. They visit so many new places and experience so many hardships that I felt all beat up when it was over ...more
Shellie Brewer
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Amazing just as good as the first one. Big problem is that this book just came out and there is a huge cliff hanger and need the 3rd one like now! I hope the author writes more young adult because I think she work is incredible and her writing is amazing and want to read more from her. I love this series and it is one of my favorites this year.
Nov 02, 2014 marked it as to-read
Shelves: wishlist
This is THE PRETTIEST cover I've ever seen! Can't wait to read it! Forbidden is one of my favorites. Such a captivating story. I hope the sequel will be just as adventurous and heartbreaking. ...more
Tanya Lee
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: otp
why you gotta end with a cliff-hanger?
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, first-reads
A continuation of the first book, this one is a great second installment. Filled with thrills, this book will keep you turning pages as the lovers go on the run.
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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."

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  • Returned (Forbidden, #3)

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