Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma and GIVEAWAY!!

This Review has been written by my Friend Jen Berg, you can find her over on Goodreads! Thanks hun!! All so I will be giving away one paperback copy of Forbidden, enter below review.

by Tabitha Suzuma
5 Stars
Forbidden on Goodreads

Family: "the most important thing of all.
My siblings may drive me crazy at times but they are
my blood. They're all I've known. My family is me.
They are my life. Without them I walk the planet alone."

This story is one that I will never forget. It is about Forbidden love; but it is also about so much more than that. Lochan and Maya are 18 and 16 years old, and have more on their plates than even the majority of adults do. They are caring for their three younger siblings because the teen's mother is an alcoholic and absent for a good majority of the time. They have had to grow up fast, and learn to work together to keep the household running, and make sure the siblings have food in their bellies and love that they don't get from their mother. Not only does Lochan carry much of the responsibilities on his shoulders, he also suffers from an extreme panic disorder that keeps him isolated from all of his peers. With all of these factors in play, it is no wonder Lochan and Maya rely so much on each other for support, comfort, and happiness. They live their life in constant fear that the authorities will come and seperate all of the siblings. This fear has made it so all of the kids have learned to keep the secret of their mother's alcoholism and neglect. Through all of this dysfunction, Maya and Lochie have fallen "in love" with one another. They know this is wrong, and try very hard to not act on their attraction. Temptation becomes too hard to fight, and they begin a very dangerous relationship with one another.

This book was haunting, and had me in tears a few times while reading it. My heart broke for Lochie especially, as he was so determined to make his siblings lives as best as possible. He tried so very hard and even with his panic disorder, he fought for those kids when he needed too. I can totally see and understand how Maya and him ended up attracted to one another. They were each others support system, and they had to rely on each other to maintain the lies they lived and the heavy duty responsibility they both had to run a household. Their mother certainly didn't nurture them nor did the father, so they looked to one another for what they were lacking from the outside world. Their home was outside the norm, and any outsider would just be a threat, so it was safer for Maya and Lochan to keep others out and rely only on each other. The author did an amazing job showing just how hard it was for the teens to give in to their forbidden attraction. They took it very seriously and they knew it was wrong; but they loved each other so much it was literally eating them up inside. It was heart wrenching to watch the journey that Maya and Lochie were on because I knew deep down it probably wasn't going to end all happy and wonderful.

I officially have a book hangover after reading this story; but I am so glad that I did. It was an extremely intense read but one you don't want to miss. I won't ever forget this story or the characters in it. It will always have a special place in my heart.

“You can close your eyes to the things you do not want to see, but you cannot close your heart to the things you do not want to feel.” 

“I might appear confident and chatty, but I spend most of my time laughing at jokes I don't find funny, saying things I don't really mean - because at the end of the day that's what we're all trying to do: fit in, one way or another, desperately trying to pretend we're all the same.”

“It's horrible being ashamed of someone you care about; it eats away at you. And if you let it get to you, if you give up the fight and surrender, eventually that shame turns to hate.” 

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  1. Oh this sounds really good, awesome review

    1. Its is a really great book!! hard to read in parts i have to just put it down and walk away a couple of times but still awesome!!

  2. What a great review! :) I have my copy of Forbidden--yet to be read. I NEED to sit and read this.
    I found you on Twitter and followed you here. Look forward to your posts! :)

  3. Thank you,I didnt write this review my friend did but it is a great book, hard to read but great!!


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