Forbidden Review & Giveaway

Posted October 11, 2011 by Pixie in Blog, Reviews, Uncategorized / 46 Comments

Title: Forbidden
Author: Tabitha Suzuma
Release: June 2011 by 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 livesโ€”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.

Romeo and Juliet have nothing on this beautifully tragic love story. When I picked up Forbidden, I had not read the synopsis – but the first few chapters were so intriguing, I turned it over to find out more about the book. I wasn’t sure this was a book, I would enjoy; but everyone has raved about it, so I made myself read it… I am really glad I did.

Forbidden is told by the two main characters Lochan and his younger sister Maya; this really helps you understand their relationship. Covering for a neglectful alcoholic mother, Lochan and Maya care for their three younger siblings; their siblings mean the world to them and they will do anything to keep their family together. Lochan and Maya’s feelings aren’t really known at the start of the book – they have that husband/wife dependency and trust but they don’t really understand what is going on between them until a boy shows interest in Maya. When they realize what is going on between them they try to fight their feelings for each other. They know itโ€™s unnatural and against the law, but the harder they fight it the more their feelings strengthen.

That part of the story is probably what really drew me in, they didn’t just accept it and act on it, they were honestly grossed out by what was going on. They knew it could tear their family apart but they couldn’t stop what they felt for each other – it really humanized their characters. One of my favorite scenes in the book is when Maya is trying to make Lochan feel better and makes him dance with her – Lochan gets aroused and is completely freaked out by what has happened; this scene is humorous and heartbreaking, it just makes you want to reach into the book and hug him.

A love this forbidden can’t end happily. Even though you want it to and you find yourself bawling at the book screaming WHY!!

Forbidden is a book that had my emotions going in every direction imaginable, it made me question my views on this taboo subject and it left me forever changed after reading it. I cannot praise this book enough. If you don’t think you would like a book about incest I beg you to pick it up and give it a chance; itโ€™s about so much more.

I would give it more candles if I could…

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I LOVE this book so much – I want to share it – so I am giving away my arc. If you would like to win it, just leave a comment with your email address in this post and I will pick a winner. 

US Only – regular contest rules apply
Ends 10/21

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46 responses to “Forbidden Review & Giveaway

  1. Thanks for the review. I had reservations since the story is taboo but when I read the synopsis something about it drew me and I have been dying to read this book ever since. And now reading all the rave reviews and now yours too, I really can't wait to read. Thanks so much for the giveaway.

    miss.smileygirlie at gmail dot com

  2. I won this arc off goodreads, back before it came out.. I was a little un-sure when I picked it up, but wow. Love your review, I am also forever changed.

  3. Mary D
    zenrei57 (at) hotmail dot com

    Thank you so much for the chance to win this great book – I've heard so many good things about it!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Cannot wait to read this. Unfortunately haven't found it in any of the local libraries (I can see it being challenged before it even hits the shelves). Thanks for the giveaway!


  5. I've been wanting to read this one since I first heard about it, over a year ago! Thanks for the chance to win.


  6. Jen

    Great review… I was iffy about reading it because of the ick factor, but I'm curious now. Thanks for the giveaway!

    almostgrownupblog [at] gmail [dot] com

  7. I've seen some iffy reviews on this book, but I think it's just because the topic is taboo. I'm really glad to hear that this book is "smashing"! ๐Ÿ˜€


  8. Awesome review! I really wish I could read it now. I want to find out what happens! Thanks for the giveaway ๐Ÿ™‚
    Email: osnapitzAngiex3(AT)aol(DOT)com

  9. Reading this review gave me chills again. It too has forever changed me. I will never look at incest the same way again. It took me a good day after reading it to stop breaking out in sobs this family– and Maya and Lochan. My heart broke for them. It's the best books I've read this year. Great review!

  10. I love it when people love a book so much that they simply want to share it. I'm like that with my favorites – Ill force copies on people haha. thanks
    tlabunski ((**gmail **))

  11. Such and interesting storyline. I've been wanting to read this since I first heard about it, and I have heard nothing but good about it. Thank you so much for offering up your arc!


  12. This book sounds really interesting. It is not the sort of story I would normally pick up, but after reading your review I have to give it a try. ๐Ÿ™‚


  13. Wow this book sounds amazing! This is the first time I've heard of this book but it sounds wonderful!! I'd love to read it! Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  14. I've wanted to read this for awhile, though I'm a little scared. But with all the great reviews, I feel like this book will transcend any true revulsion and tell a realistic portrayal of how something like this happens!

    Thank you for the giveaway,


    eliweibley AT gmail DOT com

  15. I am very drawn to this book because I have a step-daughter who got into drugs and really messed up her life,and if this book helps me understand her better, it's well worth reading.

  16. This book looks so good, at first I was a little put of by it because I have a brother so the idea grossed me out at first.But after hearing all the reviews for it, including yours, I really want to pick it up! Theanks for the giveaway!


  17. This has been on my TBR list since bloggerland started reviewing it. It seems like such a dark, but interesting book that is handled in an unique manner. I imagine it will really challenge me.

    leyser73 at yahoo dot com

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