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Forbidden by Jana Oliver is the sequel to Forsaken, the first in the Demon Trappers series. Forbidden begins shortly after the first book finished. The stakes have dramatically risen after the shocking finale at the climax of Forsaken. Riley’s life becomes increasingly more complex as those around her start to doubt her and Riley herself can’t be sure just who to trust.
The repercussions of the major twists of the first book are felt throughout Forbidden. Those who she thought would stay constant in her life turn their back on her, new allies are forged and Riley must decide whether she agrees with the choices she made in Forsaken. No matter what she learns, her love for her father doesn’t waver... that is until she learns something about him that could destroy everything.
Forbidden was a good follow-up to Forsaken. I didn’t love the first book but I found the second book was great at developing the characters more thoroughly. I much preferred Forbidden as Oliver was able to explore Riley’s ever-increasingly complex relationships.
One of my criticisms of Forsaken was that some of the characters weren’t developed enough. In Forbidden, Oliver begins to rectify this. My favourite parts of the story were learning more about the mysterious Ori and the tension-filled scenes between Riley and Beck.
I didn’t agree with some of Riley’s decisions and much like in the first book, wanted to shout at her at points because I could tell she was making the wrong decision- but I still like her. Like everyone else, she’s human and makes mistakes.
Once again, there were major twists at the end. I won’t give anything away, but it was shocking and suspenseful and I immediately wanted to read the next in the series, Forgiven. If you haven’t started this series, I recommend that you do.
Sounds interesting, thank you Kulsuma!