Review: Forbidden (Arotas Trilogy #1)

Posted September 10, 2015 in 4 Star Ratings, Book Reviews / Leave a comment!

Review: Forbidden (Arotas Trilogy #1)Forbidden by Amy Miles
Series: Arotas Trilogy #1
Published On: 2011
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Vampires
4 Stars
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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?


Pretty typical cover. It’s a pretty dress though.

Initial Thoughts

I didn’t know anything about this book going into it. Nothing at all. I saw a few bad reviews but figured I’d make my own opinion.

My New BFF

Oh my gosh Sadie was the funniest character. I especially liked how clueless she was at the start. She didn’t realize anything was different about Rose. I thought she was a great character with a really bubbly personality which made the book really fun while still being fairly serious.

My Crush

I’m crushing on yummy Gabriel. I’m really curious to see what’s happening with him since he seems to have some supernatural aspects. I liked how he knew about Rose but still didn’t believe she was as horrible as everyone was saying. He  was very loyal and I found myself appreciating that the farther the book went.

Writing Style

I was actually surprised at how much I liked this plot. It was a little dry at the beginning because I was expecting a pure romance story, but I was glad to see the supernatural aspects and even some drama at the end. It wasn’t an amazing, blow me away kind of plot but I found it enjoyable and I’m actually looking forward to the next one.

Some of the characters could have used a bit more work but most of them were ok to read about. Rose could use some developing which I’m hoping for in the next book.

Closing Thoughts

I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I was going to, which is probably why it got a fairly high rating from me. It’s something that was out of my comfort zone so I didn’t have much to compare it to. I still think it was an exciting read, mostly because of Rose’s backstory. That’s what really hooked me in. I think this could be a really good series if the author plays her cards right. We’ll see!


“It’s guys like you that drive girls to romance novels!”

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6 responses to “Review: Forbidden (Arotas Trilogy #1)

  1. aentee @ read at midnight

    I am glad the book worked for you – I normally stay away from Girl in a Ballgown type covers because of previous bad experiences, but I should try not judge a book by its cover so much XD

  2. thereadingpetal

    Hehe I got this for free from iBooks, too! I was attracted by the pretty cover (I’m a sucker for those type of covers), and obviously the fact that it was FREE. I have yet to read it, though. I actually didn’t even know it was paranormal romance. That genre is my absolute favourite! I want to tell myself that I will get to this soon, but no promises. You’re review definitely makes me more interested to actually start it, though. I like the sounds of yummy Gabriel. 😀

    • It was actually better than I thought it was going to be. The start can be a little slow going but I thought the whole battle scene at the end was pretty cool.

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