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(Forbidden #3)

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After tragedy strikes on the day they were to wed, Jayden must support Kadesh as he ascends the throne and becomes king of Sariba. But with the dark priestess Aliyah conspiring to control the crown, and the arrival of Horeb, Jayden’s former betrothed, Kadesh’s kingdom, as well as his status as king, is at stake.

Jayden knows that the time to be merciful has come and gone,
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Hardcover, 384 pages
Published February 7th 2017 by HarperCollins
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Kimberley Little
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
The newly released cover for RETURNED is SPECTACULAR!!!!!! I love how the model is evolving and evocative - strong and yet vulnerable, exotic and mysterious. With each book we get to see more of her face, I love that.

RETURNED is the 3rd title in the FORBIDDEN trilogy, and I swore that during those drafting and revising months my brain and heart would explode. Spoiler: I'm still here and no, I'm not checked into a hospital yet. Now we're off to copy-edits and then typesetting and proofreading. S
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Alyssa
Dec 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Returned by Kimberley Griffiths Little
Book Three of the Forbidden series
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: February 7, 2017
Rating: 4 stars
Source: Copy won from a giveaway

Summary (from Goodreads):

After tragedy strikes on the day they were to wed, Jayden must support Kadesh as he ascends the throne and becomes king of Sariba. But with the dark priestess Aliyah conspiring to control the crown, and the arrival of Horeb, Jayden’s former betrothed,
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Danielle (Love at First Page)
3-3.5 stars

I'm struggling with how to rate this book. Here's the thing: almost everything about it was exactly what I was hoping for. Jayden and Kadesh are as fierce and determined as ever, and not once did I question their love and not once did their support for each other waver. They make a strong, endearing pair. The setting is vivid and the pacing quick, with sprinkles of sweet swoons throughout.

But. There's one bit at the end that I absolutely hated and found so unnecessary. It tarnished m
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Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight
Solid series end. Not as emotionally powerful as the first book, though I imagine nothing could be. Stronger than the second, though at times a little predictable. Still, wrapped up the series well, and the characters were amazing as always. I liked that the author kept Jayden a strong, powerful, and influential woman while still making it believable within the confines of the society sh
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Carrie (The Butterfly Reader)
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaway, march-2017
Perfect ending to this wonderful trilogy! Everything happened the way I hoped it would and I could not have asked for a more satisfying ending. Usually I'm pretty 50/50 when it comes to wrapping up the series but I had nothing to fear here. It's simply breathing and wonderful. Lots of action, romance, Jayden grows even more in this book and I love watching her though out the whole series.

If you've not read this series yet, then get to it. Freaking great!
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
This is a series I have loved from the very beginning. I have been waiting for this final third book to finally make it to my hands. The last book left off in such a crazy place that left me feeling a bit desperate. I don't like that feeling but finally the wait is over and the last book is HERE! Yay! This book picks up exactly where the last book left off. It's like I never left (Well, except for the months of waiting in between. There was that.). If you haven't started this series, how lucky y ...more
Mindy
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Returned was a beautiful ending to an exciting series. I absolutely loved Jayden. She is brave, cunning, determined and a fighter. Jayden is the perfect example of a strong female character. She never gives up. Yes, she has flaws but that is what I like best about her. Kimberley depicted this era perfectly. The setting itself was a character. I truly loved this series. Kimberley is a fantastic writer and I can always count on a wonderful book from her.
Kriss
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
As the last book in the series, naturally Returned wraps up the loose ends of the tale and contains its most climatic moments. It’s actually much faster paced than the first two books, because it begins right at the start of the “battle arc” of the tale and continues past the outcome to a nice wrap-up ending where all the questions are answered and we get a happy ending looking towards the future (I don’t think that’s a spoiler; a happy ending is to be expected, right? —Right).

I enjoyed the last
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Lisa Mandina
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have been a fan of this series since the very first book, Forbidden. And if you haven't started this series yet, you may want to go find my reviews for the first two books before you read this.

The time in history that this takes place during is one that I hadn't read many other stories set in, at least not YA-wise. It was definitely a very interesting time though, and the author intertwines little details that recall things I learned in Sunday School, but never thought more about other than h
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Gabriella Francis
May 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
DEAR GOD, WHY?! WHY DID BANISHED END LIKE THAT?! TOO MANY FEELS TO HANDLE.
And then THIS. I am definitely reading this the second it comes out. Thanks for inspiring me with your beautiful writing, Kimberley. :)

EDIT: I just binged the entire book in a day.
Kimberley creates the most intense, most emotional conclusion to the Forbidden trilogy. The conclusion will leave you in laughter and tears, as the characters fight for what they believe in, down to their very last drop of strength. I loved Jayde
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Cocktails and Books
I didn't like this final book as much as I did the other two. It felt like Jayden and Kadesh didn't connect much in this one. They had been through so much together that it felt wrong that they spent so much of this book in the same place, but apart.

The storyline with Leila tied up too nicely for me. After everything that Leila had done, it was hard to believe that Jayden would that easily forgive her...especially when I didn't really sense any remorse from Leila.

All storylines tied up with Jayd
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Rashika (is tired)
I don’t think this is a terrible book inherently, I just never quite got into it? It’s unfortunate because I was looking forward to the end of Kadesh and Jayden’s story but I found myself giving 0 fucks as I read the book. I didn’t care about the war, didn’t care about the deaths and most of the secondary characters barely made an impact on me. Maybe I just forced myself to read the book when I wasn’t entirely in the mood for it but again, I just had no emotional attachment to the book or the ch ...more
Serenity
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jayden and Kadesh are dealing with the aftermath of their ruined wedding. Kedesh must suddenly be King now. Jayden has to wait even longer to be the official Queen. To top it off, a war is brewing and Jayden may never see her sisters again.

Jayden and Kadesh are planning their strategy against her former betrothed. While Jayden comes up with a plan to save her baby sister and just maybe be able to convince her High Priestess to come home too. With all this in the background, Jayden and Kadesh ar
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Cameran
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017-reads
Where did the passion go? This story felt hollow as it jumped from one plot point to the next, creating missed opportunities. The pauses the characters took, even to grieve, we're so brief that it made it difficult to consider them and their plights real. Nothing seemed to matter if it was not in the moment, leaving consequences and the altering of dynamics between characters nonexistent. The most obvious example being Leila...
Helen
May 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
The final entry in this trilogy about a desert tribe princess, now queen-to-be of the Frankincense Lands, runs slow and long. Jayden has grown into her own over time, but she still can't stand on her own. (And thankfully, she doesn't constantly resort to dancing, a habit that was tiresome and somewhat unhelpful in book #1.) The reader was faced with page after page of dialogue, plotting, and inner thoughts and regrets -- comparatively little action. What little action occurred often had few cons ...more
Kristina
Mar 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
I really struggled with rating and reviewing this book. It was exciting. I couldn't put it down and have been finished with it for some time. I was glad to see the resolution to this story. I found the build-up to the war to be very well done, especially as the characters had to deal with one problem after another. The book has lots of interesting twists and great character moments.

Yet I finished the book feeling somewhat dissatisfied. The war resolved in a great way. I was dissatisfied with ho
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Veray
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was such a great ending to a great series. There is so much to overcome and so many things that happen. As with war there is death and I was doing okay until the shock at the end that had me crying for sadness, happiness and relief. So many feelings. I have been thinking about it for days. It will be hard to say goodbye to these wonderful characters. I guess I will just have to read it all over again.
Erin Cashman
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't wait to read the final book in this series, and I wasn't disappointed! Fast paced, beautifully written, and a wonderful conclusion to a wonderful series! I highly recommend it!
Amy
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
The creepy religion stuff gets a lot more prominent right up to the horror movie-esque conclusion. Books with someone getting possessed are almost always a no-go for me and throw in the child sacrifice bits and I really struggled to finish this one. It didn't help that the first two thirds of the book spend a lot of time talking about getting around to some action but have only short scenes of anything faster paced than planning meetings. Following all the waiting around comes scenes of larger b ...more
Amanda Warner
Mar 31, 2018 rated it liked it
I have a terrible book hangover. :/ I binged this trilogy in like three days and I have no regrets.

Even though the dialogue is cheesy at times and Leila's character frustrated the heck out of me, I got fully absorbed in this world. I LOVE Middle Eastern settings and it was so fascinating to experience the Mesopotamian, desert, and nomadic cultures from 1500-ish BC. Also, the romance was sweet and I loved Kadesh. (The covers make it look like these are romances but it's actually a very clean ser
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Gayle
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars (but I'll round up!). This was the third and final book in the Forbidden series which is set in ancient Mesopotamia. It's been a different and unique setting for the series and interesting to think about life in the harsh desert with camels, along with temple and goddess worship and Egyptian priests. I didn't seem to connect as much with this book and the characters as I did with the previous two books. While I enjoyed seeing Jayden and Kadesh together and Jayden growing into her role ...more
Mandy
Jul 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
I loved the first book in this series and have been disappointed by the second and now third title. The setting is such a unique one compared to other YA historical novels and I loved learning a little about the ancient Middle East. I was bored throughout most of this book and was forcing myself to finish. The conflicts felt forced and a little too convenient that everyone was plotting elaborate plans against Jayden. She is just a simple desert girl in the first two books, and now there are thou ...more
Abby
May 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
I think this series is just not for me. It has a lot of action and adventure, danger, and intrigue. But at it's core, I did not feel that the Plot had enough depth. A war based on revenge seemed really superficial and all the points leading the bad guys to the city of Jaden and Kadesh were very convenient. I kept thinking that the desert is huge and how could all these people be connected? I needed more buy into the plausibility of it. But if you are looking for a quick, eye candy read, than thi ...more
Danielle Hammelef
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
The author ended this series well with emotional and action-packed scenes throughout. So much was at stake for these characters who I've grown to love that I read this much faster than I wanted to (saying goodbye now is so difficult). Jayden stayed strong and intelligent and resourceful in this series and stayed true to the historical time she lived in. The author added so many details about the lifestyle, attire, gods and goddesses, food, and more that it once again felt authentic to me. I hope ...more
Beth McGuire
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
RETURNED (FORBIDDEN) IS WELL WRITTEN AND AN AMAZING BOOK. LOVED IT FROM THE START AND COULDNT PUT IT DOWN. I DIDNT READ THE FIRST TWO BOOKS IN THIS SERIES BUT NOW NEED TO READ THEM TO SEE WHAT I MISSED. THIS BOOK IS THE CONCLUSION OF JAYDEN AND KADESH AND HOW STRONG THEIR LOVE WAS FOR EACH OTHER, FAMILY AND THEIR PEOPLE. LOVED HOW JAYDEN WAS INTELLIGENT AND STRONG, NOT MEEK AND SUBMISSIVE LIKE SOME BOOKS. IT WAS GREAT TO SEE A STRONG FEMALE CHARACTER. LOVED THIS BOOK. DEFINITELY WORTH READING.
Amy
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
What an epic battle for an epic ending! This one is a tearjerker. Such an incredible journey the author took us on from book one to book three. I could see this in my head as a tv series. I was biting my nails on the edge of my seat reading this one. It's like with every book the author stepped up her game. The writing, visuals and historic accuracy pulled me in and kept me there. I don't want to give anything away, but there is a character loss that I wept for! :( Great read though. The ones th ...more
Teresa Osgood
Oct 06, 2017 rated it liked it
After their wedding is spoiled by assassins, Jayden and Kadesh must put preservation of kingdom and family ahead of their own happiness. They learn to be truly noble as they strive. I found it harder to believe, in this one, that Jayden survives her own impetuosity. A few passages struck me as inconsistent, which was distracting. Still, it's exciting, and most of the good guys win.
Melissa
Jun 15, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm torn between a 3 or 4 star. I loved book one but struggled with book two. Book three started off overwhelming for me. Too much happening at once and a lot was predictable. I persevered through the book because I wanted to see Jayden and Kadesh finally have peace and love. I'm glad I finished the story, but don't think I will be rereading this trilogy.
Jessica
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
The author did an amazing job on this series. The leading lady was strong and well rounded. I love a series that you can get wrapped up in and think, “Wow” the characters came to life on the page and the plot was interesting. This series is worth the read and I am excited to see what this author will write next.
Julie Bird
Oct 04, 2017 rated it liked it
I have to say this final book in the series was disappointing. The plot was good, but they kept making the stupidest choices possible. And there was a lot of redundance in the internal dialog for the heroine. I was wading through the last half wishing for it to end.
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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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