Monday, April 10, 2017

Book Review: Returned by Kimberley Griffiths Little

Returned, by Kimberley Griffiths Little
2017, 384p, YA Historical Romance
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: I received a complimentary copy via eBooks for Review, which did not affect my review in any way

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, and that some enemies can only be halted by death. Now she and Kadesh must prepare to fight not only for their love, but also for their kingdom.

I loved the first two books in this series so I was excited to read the conclusion and it did not disappoint! It picks up right where the second book left off. Jayden and Kadesh just want to be together but there are forces keeping them apart, and things they still need to accomplish. Jayden is a fighter and is willing to do whatever she needs to in order to put an end to the madness that Horeb and Aliyah have created. Kadesh is worried for her safety but realizes she is headstrong and not going to back down.

This is a series that needs to be read from the beginning to understand what is going on. The plot has been building and I was glad to get some resolution. I loved the characters, setting, and the pacing. Not everything turned out happy, which is actually what I expected. There is some violence and human sacrifice. This is a series I will enjoy reading again!

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."

Kimberley adores anything old and musty with a secret story to tell and makes way too many cookies while writing.

She's stayed in the haunted tower room at Borthwick Castle in Scotland; sailed on the Seine in Paris; ridden a camel in Petra, Jordan; shopped the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul; and spent the night in an old Communist hotel in Bulgaria.

Her amazing, filmed-on-location book trailers are on Goodreads.

Awards: Southwest Book Award, Whitney Award for Best Youth Novel, Bank Street College Best Books of 2011 & 2014, Crystal Kite Finalist, and New Mexico Book Award Finalist.


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