Written by Tabitha Suzuma
Published May, 2010 by Definitions
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Survival
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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.