Review: The Forsaken

Tuesday, 11 September 2012
Author: Lisa M. Stasse
Edition: Orchard Books Paperback
Released: August 2nd 2012
Series: The Forsaken #1
Pages: 426


Sixteen-year-old Alenna wakes up in the worst place on Earth: alone on an island infested with warring tribes of feral teenagers.

If she wants to escape, she must make the impossible choices. Join or battle the evil Monk? Fight or fall for Liam, the boy she's drawn to?

Abandoned. Exiled. Forsaken.
Alenna's fight for survival starts now.


Ever since the author of this book contacted me to spotlight her book trailer, I'd wanted this book. It looked A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Just from reading the blurb, don't you agree? I should think so! Well now that I've read it, I can tell you all just what I thought!

I'll start off by saying I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I mean, it was a dystopian! And I just LOVE the dystopian genre! This is probably one of those books that all Hunger Games fans would love - it's an adventurous, unique page-turner. I just adored the plot! Ahh, don't you just love fresh, unusual storylines for dystopian books? I certainly do!

The only slight, teeny-weeny, itty-bitty thing I would point out is that there is a bit of an insta-love. But I actually loved Liam - the love interest - so that didn't bother me all too much. He was just so swoon-worthy! And, of course, there's the heroine of the story, Alenna. She fit perfectly for the story and her narration kept me hooked. She was brave, strong and fit perfectly for the story. And also went through a great character development. Another character I enjoyed (and found quite comical at times) was Sinxen. But I'll leave it at that you can meet him for yourselves! ;)

Overall, The Forsaken was a great debut from talented author, Lisa M. Stasse. I am definitely excited to see where book two, The Uprising, will take us. Since it's coming out in 2013, however, I have a long wait. I'll miss Alenna and Liam for sure. :( So with some great characters and a fresh take on the dystopian genre, The Forsaken was a really enjoyable read which I can easily recommend! :)


Happy Reading,
Rachel xoxo

PS: I actually prefer this cover over the other one now. Up close, it has an almost pastel/chalky quality. :)


  1. I hadn't heard of this one! I love the cover, and it sounds really interesting! I'm going to have to add it to my to-read list :]

  2. Great sounding concept. I'm already intrigued as to why they're Forsaken.

  3. Fab review! This looks awesome :) Thanks for the great review, I'll think I'm going to try and read this :D

  4. I have been wanting to read this for AGES, and now I want to even more! Everything about it sounds amazing... the cover, the synopsis, the hype.
    And YES! Another strong female protagonist! :D I love the Hunger Games, so I need to buy this asap.
    It's such a pity about the only slight, teeny-weeny, itty-bitty problem... but I really can't stand instalove too. But at least Liam's swoon-worthy-ness made up for that ;)
    Great review, Rachel! Thanks for posting :) xx

  5. This does look amazing! I very much want to read it!

  6. Ooh yess! Another dystopian! It looks amazing! I've had my eye on it for a while so you've just made me want it even more! great review as always. :D x

  7. I've heard a bit about is Ine, but the cover puts me off. I just don't like it. ): but now your review is making me want it so bad! Other than the slight insta-love, everything just sounds so perfect. Especially Liam. ;D Plus, Dystopian.<3

    Thanks for yet another wonderful review, Rachel. (:

  8. I have been wanting to read this ever since I heard of it!!! I love dystopians and this sounds like a really good one! I hope the insta-love in this one doesn't bother me too much though, because that can sometimes ruin your enjoyment of a book.

    Catherine :) xxx
    P.S. Am I the only one who thinks the girl on the cover looks just like Katniss??

  9. Vivian the Spirit says: AAAAAHH! I need to read this boooook! >_< So glad that it went fabulously for you, Rachel! I've heard epic things about this all around and the premise of it is really intriguing. We can never have too many dystopians going around here, haha! Lovely review, Rachel!! POOF!

  10. Thanks for the amazing review!! :) I NEED to read this book! I am so glad you enjoyed it! :) Its a shame about the instalove, I really hate it as well! Thanks for the AMAZING review!!,
    Beth xx


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