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Review: “Forbidden,” Tabitha Suzuma

September 29, 2010
Review: “Forbidden,” Tabitha SuzumaForbiddenby Tabitha Suzuma
Series: Standalone
Published by Definitions on May, 2010
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Survival
Pages: 418

Sixteen-year-old Maya and seventeen-year-old Lochan have never had the chance to be ‘normal’ teenagers. Having pulled together for years to take care of their younger siblings while their wayward, drunken mother leaves them to fend alone, they have become much more than brother and sister. And now, they have fallen in love. But this is a love that can never be allowed, a love that will have devastating consequences …

How can something so wrong feel so right?

Wow. This story left me breathless and completely entranced the whole way through. It’s clearly meant for older readers. Tabitha Suzuma takes an extremely taboo topic and weaves it into a heart-wrenching, tragic tale.

I was utterly, completely and totally immersed in this book from page one. It’s not a small book (over 400 pages!) but I found myself reading on until the crack of dawn, all the while my eyes were threatning to close and my energy was absolutely drained… I just COULD NOT put the book down until I found out what happened with Lochan and Mya.

Let me say firstly, if you are utterly repulsed by the topic of incest and if the blurb makes you shudder and think ‘gross!’ FORGET IT. I don’t think anyone thinks ‘oooh’ when they see the ‘i’ word, but Tabitha Suzuma will blow you away and open your mind up so wide that you’ll forget you’re reading about a brother and sister relationship. It is the first novel I’ve read that deals with the topic (I’ve never read V.C Andrews stories like most) so I was expecting to feel a bit uncomfortable when deciding on the novel.

Yes, there are a few awkward scenes that will make you have second thoughts… things that will niggle at you, but that’s natural. It’s human nature and our morals scream NO! to this sort of relationship… but they are done so tastefully. I don’t know how to explain it, you will just have to read for yourself and let me know your opinion!

I was not expecting the ending. I had no idea how they were going to get ‘out’ of everything, but I didn’t see that coming… wow. I think by that time I was so absorbed in the world that I thought they might actually get away with it all. I was wanting them to get away with it…

I will warn you now that there are a few sexual scenes, so if you’re uncomfortable with that, you might want to skip this one. Other than that, I highly recommend this story! I’m looking at the goodreads page right now and all I see is 5 star ratings. All these people can’t be wrong, right?

Recommended to: Older readers. Definitely.

About Tabitha Suzuma

Tabitha Suzuma was born in London, the eldest of five children. She attended a French school in the UK and grew up bilingual. However, she hated school and would sit at the back of the class and write stories, which she got away with because her teachers thought she was taking notes. After graduating, Tabitha trained as a primary school teacher and whilst teaching full-time, wrote her first novel.


  • Reply Autumn September 30, 2010 at 1:24 am

    New follower. I’m going to have to check out this book. It sounds quite intriguing!

    • Reply Brittany September 30, 2010 at 12:23 pm

      Thanks so much for following! Yes, it’s a fabulous book!

  • Reply brandileigh2003 September 29, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    This book was amazing– it also left me speechless. I was among those who cringed at it at first, but Tabitha really took me away with her writing.
    I also did not expect the ending, and still almost long for it to be different, but the ending is one of the reasons I have not been able to get this book out of my mind.

    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

    • Reply Brittany September 29, 2010 at 1:40 pm

      It was, wasn’t it? I’m still thinking about it after a night’s sleep.

      She really blew me away, too! I was like ‘wow…’

      Yes, I believe it was the only ‘real’ solution that wasn’t straight out of a fantasy novel. I was really hoping they’d somehow manage to elope… BUT of course, I knew that wasn’t going to happen when I was nearing 20 pages to the end and Lochan was in jail :(

      I’m so glad you enjoyed this book, too!

  • Reply Jan@eatingyabooks September 29, 2010 at 8:40 am

    What a fantastic review. The fact that this book’s subject matter would be difficult to read about and the way you expressed your inability to put this down, says a lot about the writing. Thanks for sharing this and putting this book on my radar.

    • Reply Brittany September 29, 2010 at 1:38 pm

      Thank you so much! You definitely need to give it a shot! I’m really glad my review inspires you to read it – more people should!

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