Book Review: Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

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Rating: 3 Bookworms

Goodreads Synopsis

She is pretty and talented – sweet sixteen and never been kissed. He is seventeen; gorgeous and on the brink of a bright future. And now they have fallen in love. But… they are brother and sister.

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 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.

My Thoughts

This book has been on my tbr list for ages and I finally got around to reading it. I primarily wanted to read this book because it’s is such a taboo subject and I love it when authors aren’t afraid to push the envelope and cross the line and break all the rules and this book has all of that.

Maya isn’t afraid to go after what she wants no matter what people think. When she realizes that she is in love with her brother she just goes for it with very little thought about the consequences. Her and Lochan act as surrogate parents to their three younger siblings since their mom is an alcoholic that wants nothing to do with them. Since they’re so close in age (13 month difference) they’ve always felt more like friends than siblings. They work together as a team to run the household, splitting chores and parental duties. With all of the chaos in their lives falling in love seems to be the least of their worries.

Lochan is wayyy more cautious about this whole thing. He’s well aware of how they will be received if it ever got out that he was with his sister. He over thinks every move and repeatedly tries to stop the relationship from progressing, the consequences of what would happen if they were ever caught heavy on his mind. His indecisiveness drove me a bit crazy at times and while I can understand his concerns it was still a bit frustrating.

Overall, aside from the taboo subject, this book was underwhelming. I found myself yearning for the book to end and found myself skimming the book instead of actually reading it. There was just too much back and forth with the characters yet they didn’t actually do anything. There’s so many scenes that you can skip and not miss anything in regards to the plot. The book felt stagnant which is unfortunate because I had high hopes for this one.


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About the Author599916

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. Aged fourteen, Tabitha left school against her parents’ wishes. She continued her education through distance learning and went on to study French Literature at King’s College London.

After graduating, Tabitha trained as a primary school teacher and whilst teaching full-time, wrote her first novel.

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