Here is my review of Amy Miles’s book Forbidden. I really enjoyed this book as you will see. I also want to mention that tomorrow is Release Day for Amy’s new novel, Captivate. To celebrate her upcoming release, she will be having a Release Day Party on Facebook. So drop by and check out what kind of fun she’s got in store for you. I know there will be prizes and a cake contest, which I would like to judge since I love cake lol. The link for the party is HERE. But before you hop over there, check out my review of Forbidden!
by Amy Miles
Roseline Enescue didn’t ask to become an Immortal, to have all of the guests at her wedding slaughtered, or be forced into marriage with a man whose lust for blood would one day ignite the vampire legend. Willing to risk everything for a chance at a normal life, Roseline escapes to America. Terrified her husband Vladimir will find her, Roseline enrolls as a senior in Chicago’s elite Rosewood Prep school. Mingling with humans is the last place he would look for her. But her transition into the human world isn’t easy. Mortal men flock after her while cutthroat girls plot her demise. Yet Roseline remains relatively unfazed by the petty hysteria until she falters into the arms of Gabriel Marston, reluctant MVP quarterback, unwilling ladies man, and sensitive artist in hiding. Troubled by the bond that pulls her towards the mortal boy, Roseline tries to ignore him, but Gabriel is persistent. As their lives entwine, Roseline begins to realize that Gabriel is much more than he appears. His ability to toss a football the entire length of the field and grind concrete into dust pales in comparison to the glowing blue cross tattoo that mysteriously appears on his forearms. Despite the forbidden bond between them, Roseline can’t help wondering what Gabriel is: He’s not human. He’s not Immortal. So just what is he?
Wow. To be honest, this book was a little bit unexpected. I’m not sure how I expected this book to play out, but I’m pretty sure I was way off base. It is beautifully written, the characters are mysterious but engaging, and there is plenty of angst.
Let’s start at the beginning, shall we? The opening scene of this book was very powerful. It had this heavy feeling to it that at the end left me with my mouth hanging open saying, “Whaaat?” The whole book is written beautifully, but there is just something about this particular scene that really just grabbed me and made me want to keep reading if nothing else than to see how things turn out for these characters. Amy Miles certainly knows how to get your attention!
This story starts out with the “birth” of Rosaline. Mile’s then takes us to present day and Rosaline’s harsh existence. When she is finally able to escape, she goes to Chicago to attend a private high school. Though why she would want to go to high school instead of college, I have no idea. There she meets a few people that she decides to become friends with. Sadie and William are a sister and brother she meets. Sadie has her own personal style and the reader is led to believe that at one point she was one of the popular girls, but had some sort of fall from grace. William is the lovable little brother type who obviously cares about the women in his life while being a huge flirt with other girls.
When she meets Gabe, there is an immediate attraction on both sides. The reader is given hints as to why this is such a significant event, so you will just have to read it to find out what happens between them.
The climax of the story obviously pits good vs. evil and since there are no redeeming qualities of the evil in this book, I definitely found myself wanting good to prevail and for everything to work out for everyone involved. With some of the characters, I wasn’t quite sure which side of the fence they would fall on, but was happy with the sides in the end. Miles did a great job of not letting us know where everyone solidly stood, so the end wasn’t completely expected.
The characters in this book are interesting to me. While we are given enough information to become invested in them to a degree, there were a few characters I would like to have known more about. In some ways, not knowing more about them adds to the mystery, and I think if I had known more about Nicolae from the beginning, it would have affected my opinion of him. There were some secondary characters that I felt like it was implied they would play a bigger role in the dynamics and back stories of the characters, particularly Claire and what else was going on with that situation, but it didn’t happen. I would also like to have known more about Vladimir and Lucien, their history and why they were so messed up in the head.
While I LOVE the writing style of Amy Miles, I did feel like there were a few places where the story felt monotonous, and there was a bit of a lull in the middle, but not too much. The beginning and ending are action packed.
One good thing about this book was Miles’s version of the immortal theme. She puts a different sort of twist to the vampire story without completely rewriting it. I think it works well with her book and I’m glad to see a book without sparkly vampires. I would have really liked to understand more about them and the species in general. I don’t think there was quite enough time spent explaining what the immortals are all about, or how it all fits together, but I’m going to assume there is more explained in the next book Reckoning (Book II, The Arotas Trilogy), which I am looking forward to reading.
Overall this was a good book. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a different kind of vampire/immortal type of story that doesn’t mind some high school love angst. It’s the good old, “I love you but we can’t be together because I have a secret” story, but the story really is so much more than that.
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All About Amy
Amy Miles loves living the lake life with her husband and son in South Carolina. When she’s not writing she can be found on the golf course, goofing off with family and traveling. She is the author of Forbidden, Reckoning and Redemption of the Arotas trilogy as well as Defiance Rising, book I of the Rising Trilogy.
Come back tomorrow for an excerpt of Amy’s new novel, CAPTIVATE, which releases tomorrow!