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"You've always been my best friend, my soul mate, and now I've fallen in love with you too. Why is that such a crime?"

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
Available: Ebook/Hardback
Stand Alone
Published: Simon Pulse

Seventeen-year-old Lochan and sixteen-year-old Maya have always felt more like friends than siblings. Together they have stepped in for their alcoholic, wayward mother to take care of their three younger siblings. As defacto parents to the little ones, Lochan and Maya have had to grow up fast. And the stress of their lives—and the way they understand each other so completely—has also also brought them closer than two siblings would ordinarily be. So close, in fact, that they have fallen in love. Their clandestine romance quickly blooms into deep, desperate love. They know their relationship is wrong and cannot possibly continue. And yet, they cannot stop what feels so incredibly right. As the novel careens toward an explosive and shocking finale, only one thing is certain: a love this devastating has no happy ending.

The topic this book is on, the author is brilliant to had made it somewhat beautiful at least for awhile..unfortunately I still didn’t like it too goes my review, I know lots of people enjoyed this so please work with me and don’t get upset.

I for one wanted to love forbidden, I wanted to write a review babbling about how amazing and powerful it is like the rest of the reviews I have read said..but I just couldn’t.

Now of course my main problem…was the incest. In the beginning of Forbidden I found myself (like others) forgetting they were brother and sister and just hoping they would be together..but once the book took the turn from them going to meaningful conversation and it being a sexual contact all went down hill for me from there.

I felt like this book wasn’t very fair to our main characters Maya and Lochan..for one, they live in a house were they are looked at as the mom and dad by their younger siblings since their mother is always absent out drinking and dancing, that for one puts them in a bad situation to beginning with, it makes me wonder if they had a normal healthy family life, would this story had gone the way it did? Probably not.

Lochan the brother gets panicky whenever he is talking to people who arnt his family, even walking around a lot of people he feels they all are staring at him and this freaks him out, he doesn’t have friends, he just has his family..for me this OBVIOUSLY explains Lochans (to me) ‘miss reading’ of his feelings for his sister..he doesn’t talk to any girls..he doesn’t get shown love from really anyone besides his for Lochan I almost had an excuse for his feelings, to me he just didn’t know what love what he had with his sister he felt was the same thing as well what I have for my boyfriend..but it’s not. At all.

Maya the sister..I'm not sure how I feel about her, for me the author did not show her feelings progress as much as Lochan, Lochan I could see his feelings for his sister evolving into those kinda feelings, but Maya was all of a sudden, also there were some spots in the book where she just confused me.. In the book Maya goes on a date with a boy from school, who she had said she found hot and was one of the ‘it’ guys at school…but then after there date..she starts comparing him to her brother and realizing he isn’t like her brother he’s not caring like he is..and I just felt like yelling at her… honestly what guy on a first date FIRST date is going to act as caring as a family member you have grown up with your whole life?

All in all I just couldn’t get past the incest, after that first real sexual encounter this book was a dud for me. I will say though, that yes for the topic this book is on, the author wrote it beautifully and she has AMAZING writing skills and I look forward to reading her other books..that hopefully will be on lighter topics.

Anyways if your looking for a tough subject book, with a Romeo Juliet theme, then you will probably like this, it just wasn’t really for me. To me this book just took the whole "The forbidden fruit taste the sweetest" way too far.


Natalie Valdes said...


-Just read your whole review.
Already agreeing with you about the girl.
Haven't read the book, sounds terrible, but EVEN that intrigues me.

Bex said...

I have to say it's a great review and refreshing seeing someone stating their opinions who didn't love it!

I myself haven't read it yet, but desperately want to! So I can't really meet your arguments. However, like you said above and from my understanding, this story does bring up a very different situation and I definitely think that you have to put yourself in there in a more psychological perspective.

If they had been living normal teen lives, I agree; they probably wouldn't have ended up in love in the same sense as they do now! Normal siblings don't spend that much time together, but rather with friends. Though Lachlain getting panicked when talking to others; there are those mental diseases when you get phobias for new people and get that kind of paranoia. So, judging by his situation, I'm not surprised he's developed it.

I guess the same goes for Maya with the new guy. It's new and different and since they seem to manage on their own, perhaps she's not looking for the typical "it" guy?

Well, like I said, I haven't read it and can't really have an opinion. After studying psychology, I'm just not too surprised by their character developments in their situation and could find it a bit realistic. But this is only judging by your doubts of course! I so need to read it, lol!

Incest sure is a topic not everyone will like! Definitely deeper and more psychological it seems like? I'm very curious to see whether I'd like it or not! I've been waiting for reviews that this book hasn't worked for, since I always wanna know both ends before going into a story!

Once again; great review! :) Thanks for sharing your opinion!

Haley @ YA-Aholic said...

Rebecca, I didnt mean the book was unrealistic,with the circumstances both the brother and sister were in it IS realistic. It was mainly just Maya..

The whole Maya thing only bugged me because before the 'it' guy actually asked her out, she was googling over him..but then he asked her out and she was like "uhm sure I guess"...and this was before her and her brother were showing any intimate she was just a little confusing to me..and the feelings she had toward her brother for me didnt really make sense, like they kinda popped out of nowhere if you know what I mean? I feel the book didnt give as much insight on her as it did Lochan.

For the brother to feel the way he did toward Maya deff made sense to me..IDK you should deff read it, it really is a good read, and the authors writing probably the best I have read ever. I personally when reviewing and rating a book I go off of enjoyment though, not the writing skills or style, so that's the only reason this review fell short (:

Thank you for the long input, it is nice hearing what people think of a book/my review, and it's almost more interesting hearing what you have to say since you havnt read it, since your not on either side of the fence and such (:

Anonymous said...

I really want to read this, but I don't know how it will make me feel.

I suppose it isn't that different to other books where the romance is forbidden or impossible but because of the topic there has been a big thing over it! I can't wait to read it though.

Great review Haley :)

Bex said...

Oh, I just meant from the comment "My second problem was the unrealistic thinking of Maya and Lochan." in your review, so I'm sorry if I misunderstood!

Ah, okay. Yeah, I know what you mean! Perhaps they didn't realize themselves that they had the feelings, but did. Which could be a reason she would automatically compare this guy with her brother? I guess she was very insecure. But it's hard knowing without reading! I do get what you mean though and that's kind of sad not getting the same insight on both characters.

Yeah, I will read it. I'm way to curious not too! And I do love the darker, more psychological reads as well, although incest will definitely be a new thing. I get your rating too; of course you can't base a rating only on the authors writing, if not enjoying it as well. But it sure sounds like she's a good writer! :)

Haha, I realized afterwards how long it was! I'm glad you managed to read it all. ;) Lol. It's definitely interesting being on the outside and trying to understand what's going on in the book. Usually it's more clear what books you'll like or not, but this is tough to guess!

Haley @ YA-Aholic said...

Thank you Rebecca, I didnt even realize I said that! I can see why you were confused, unrealistic was a bad word choice on my end, Im gonna change that, thanks!(:

I mean there was insight into Maya alot, well just as much as Lochan, but I felt the author didnt really show the development of Maya's feelings as the author did for Lochan, if that makes sense? Lochan it really showed his feelings progress for his sister in that way, but for Maya they were all of a sudden..

haha of course I read it all! (: Ya I mean..even right now sitting here I feel like I should change the rating to a 3 or 4 star..this book just has given me very VERY mixed feelings..I did enjoy it I guess, but I didnt't? The whole incest thing makes my feelings very mixed over it, like honestly I feel if this book were literally word for word the same book, but had been a different situation of forbidden romance, I would love love love it..but the whole incest thing gave me mix feelings about this's kinda driving me crazy now (;

Also another confession, the descriptiveness of this author is so amazing, like wow her writing is stupendous...but when that same descriptiveness is used in there sexual encounters...more then just kissing..I just couldnt read it and forget there brother and sister...

ok sorry this comment is kind of me just rambling, my apology if it doesnt make much sense!(: I highly recommend you read it though! It's deff a good book, and much different then the majority of YA books out there

Book Passion for Life said...

This is an awesome review Hayley. It's good to read an opinion so different to mine. I finished it last night. I was a mess, the ending totally crushed me and every time I think about it I want to break down again. It's going to take a while for me to get over this book I think. I'm mostly affected because of Lochan I fell completely in love with him and the ending just left a bawling snotty mess. I won't read it again, because I can't put myself through the emotion and heartache.

You can see my review here (it's a long one)


Haley @ YA-Aholic said...

OMG JESS!!! haha that was great I literally just commented on your review of Forbidden!! (: Ya I gotta admit, I really liked Lochan, idk if it was cause of how caring he was or I felt sorry for him ): but the ending made me really sad :/

Bex said...

No problem! Sometimes thoughts get mixed when the words flow. ;)

Oh! Yeah, I understand. Now, lol! That's interesting that the author would lay it out like that though. I can see the confusion in that case, when she goes out with the other guy. Gah, I'm just getting more curious to read it! Haha.

Yeah, it's hard with those books! But then you've put it up by the book info that you did like the writing, but not incest, so I think the mixed feelings come out pretty clear. Incest is a pretty taboo subject and it isn't something you normally come across in such a deep level.

Haha, yeah I can understand that! I guess you reached your limit when that scene came. I'm so interested to see how I find it!

No worries! I love discussing books, so it's nice reading ramblings. I think I made sense of it all! ;) Lol. Might have to push it up that mountain of a to-read pile I have waiting!

Haley @ YA-Aholic said...

Rebecca whenever you read it and review it you MUST comment on here and give me a link to your review or tell me how you liked it!!! (:

I think it honestly is a MUST READ, just because it is such a touchy subject and it is very deep. It's one of those books that will deff make you think, and have you feeling really..well confused lol(:

Bex said...

I sure will! I'm thinking about making it my next read now, haha. I'm WAY to curious! And even after being uncomfortable and still say it's a must read, definitely says something!

I usually love the books leaving you confused, so hopefully I'll enjoy it! It's just the touchy subject I'm not sure about. ;) I'll be back later with an update!

Drowning In Books said...

I've been dying to read this! I want to read it so bad.

I've read a lot of good things about this book so it's interesting to see that you have a bit of a different view on it. But, I like that. I usually don't like a lot of the popular books, like Twilight and Mortal Instruments is OKAY. ya know?

So, nice review! :)

I must read it and review it myself!

Alba said...

WOW!! great discussion here and also I just commented on @Book Passions For Life too! lol and again I'll say I do agree the topic is hard and even raw but I LOOOOVED THE BOOK SO MUCH...and as @Book Passions For Life said it's not that I agree with the incest it just made you see that you can't dictate who your heart will choose to love and that's only your and the one who you love buisness^^

Carina said...

Okay, thank you! Finally someone who didn't enjoy this book. I'm not alone.

I have to agree that Tabitha's writing and the way she dealt with the topic was truly great, but I couldn't connect with the characters either. The whole incest thing just put me off. And I wanted to love it as well! After all those fantastic reviews about it, I thought that I had to love it. But thankfully I'm not the only one who didn't like it.

Great review. :)


Unknown said...

This has been on my radar for a while now.

It is a shame that you didn't like it as much as you thought you would!

Ps thank you so much for introducing me to Book Likes! I have just made one and I love it... I found it on your facebook btw.. just followed :) xoxox

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