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{September 13, 2011}   Releasing Today: Forbidden by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee

From Goodreads: A terrible truth has been revealed to one man: the entire human race has been drained of every emotion except one— fear. To bring life back to the world, Rom must embark on a journey that will end either in his own demise or a reawakening of humanity. But to bring love and passion back into existence will also threaten the powers of the world with the revolution and anarchy that had nearly destroyed them previously.

After happening upon a journal through strange circumstance, Rom’s world is shattered. He learns that humanity long ago ceased to “live,” that it exists today in a living death of emotions. In a terrible risk, Rom exposes himself to the vial of blood folded into the old leather of the journal. His change is fearful and fraught with mind-bending emotion. A once-pious observer of the Order’s passionless statues, he is filled with uncontrollable impulses. He is filled with love.

He is undone, terrified, and alone in the desolate world.


Hachette Book Group has been extremely gracious in allowing me to read a copy of this novel, via Netgalley, prior to its publication today, so it pains me to say that this novel wasn’t my forte. This is my first Dekker novel, and while I’ve heard many glorious things about his writing, this particular story just didn’t reach out and grab me. Although the underlying concept of the novel is quite superb, I never personally connected with the characters, which is a must for me. I understood the character’s plights, and I disliked the bad guys and cheered on the good guys, but that was the extent of my connection with them. Now, I was quite upset with the ending and what Dekker and Lee decided to do with some of the characters, but that aside, the novel didn’t really peak my interest like I had hoped, and I will probably not be continuing this series. Some books just aren’t for everyone, and this dystopian novel wasn’t for me. Two stars.


Ted Dekker has been hit and miss for me. Some of his books I love and others I find so boring I just have to put it down. My favorite book by him so far would have to be “The Bride Collector”. I adore Tosca Lee’s book “Demon” as well.

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