Forbidden or Haunting? + Giveaway

Happy on the outside, and sinister on the inside? What secrets does one village hold?

Title:  Forbidden
Author:  Eve Bunting
Publisher: Clarion Books
Release Date: December 1, 2015



In early-nineteenth century Scotland, sixteen-year-old Josie, an orphan, is sent to live with an aunt and uncle on the rocky, stormy northwest coast. Everything and everyone in her new surroundings, including her relatives, is sinister, threatening, and mysterious. She's told that Eli, the young man she's attracted to, is forbidden to her, but not why. Spirited, curious, and determined, Josie sets out to learn the village's secrets and discovers evil, fueled by heartless greed, as well as a ghostly presence eager for revenge. An author's note gives the historical inspiration for this story.
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The mystery of Forbidden starts from the very first page. What does Josie see through the carriage window as she's driven towards Brindle from her home town of Edinburgh? The gloomy overcast skies doesn't do well to boost her mood, and it sets this Gothic tone of mystery throughout the novel.  
I find Josie a character that one can sympathize and her questions are our questions. She's the character in the book that are in sync with the readers. We're seeing things from her perspective and what she doesn't know, also transfers back to us. The mystery of the villagers, her uncle and aunt, and even Eli is what she attempts to figure out. And the outcome is worst than what she had initially imagined. 

The riveting mystery of who Eli is and why is he "forbidden" already had me itching to find out, and then the mysterious Lamb, and the weird actions of the villagers had me go in different tangents. So with that said, an absorbing story on evil and what it takes to combat.  Dark and mysterious, check out Forbidden and seek answers along with Josie. 

NOTE:  I received a complimentary copy through RockStar Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. 


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PRIZE:  3 winners will each receive a finished copy of FORBIDDEN, US Only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Also known as Evelyn Bolton and A.E. Bunting.

Anne Evelyn Bunting, better known as Eve Bunting, is an author with more than 250 books. Her books are diverse in age groups, from picture books to chapter books, and topic, ranging from Thanksgiving to riots in Los Angeles. Eve Bunting has won several awards for her works.

Bunting went to school in Ireland and grew up with storytelling.  In Ireland, “There used to be Shanachies… the shanachie was a storyteller who went from house to house telling his tales of ghosts and fairies, of old Irish heroes and battles still to be won. Maybe I’m a bit of a Shanchie myself, telling stories to anyone who will listen.” This storytelling began as an inspiration for Bunting and continues with her work.

In 1958, Bunting moved to the United States with her husband and three children. A few years later, Bunting enrolled in a community college writing course. She felt the desire to write about her heritage. Bunting has taught writing classes at UCLA.  She now lives in Pasadena, California.

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Week One:
11/23/2015- The Cover Contessa
11/24/2015- Book Briefs
11/26/2015- Zach's YA Reviews
11/27/2015- BookHounds YA

Week Two:
11/30/2015- Just Commonly
12/2/2015- Novel Novice

12/4/2015- Mundie Moms



  1. I'm glad Kim. That's why I love going blog hopping. Everyone has a different view and it's interesting to see what new authors are out there and how their books affect the reader. =)