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“Forbidden” – Book Review & Update on life


Hey guys!! I am so sorry that I haven’t been doing anything over the past wen or so on this blog. The 30 day challenge absolutely drained it all out of me but I promise, more will come in the future on this blog. I’m currently watching a billion animes at once, and I can’t wait to share with you everything about them.

However, today I will be discussing to you all about the most recent book that I have finished reading called “Forbidden” by Tabitha Suzuma. A couple of days ago during the 30 day challenge, I had talked about this book briefly, but now I am back and ready to share with you all my thoughts on the book.

So, here goes!! (By the way, I’m typing this on my iPod so if there are any mistakes in grammar and/or spelling please forgive me ><)

Also note!! This review will contain spoilers so if you are intending to read this book then please stop reading any further and exit this post IMMEDIATELY!! Just to warn you hehe


This book overall is quite emotionally heartbreaking. It is not recommended to anyone who is morally very definitive, or have a problem with the idea of a brother and sister falling in live with each other.

To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much from the book. It was really a random book that I had picked off the shelf of my local library hence the reluctance to read it. The beginning of the story was a bit slow however, after a while I realised that it was necessary. It was obviously difficult to introduce the two main characters, Lochan (17 at the beginning) and Maya (16 at the beginning) as both siblings and possible lovers. From the beginning I was aware that they had to eventually fall in love with each other, but it was practically impossible to do so. How are you ever meant to fall in love with your own sibling?

But, after realising the current family situation, which was that both eldest siblings had to look after their three younger ones independently without the help of their alcoholic mother, it was obvious that both siblings acted more like parents to the kids rather than older siblings. The youngest was only 5-6 years of age, a whole decade apart from the eldest sister. As the story progressed, both Lochan and Maya’s relationship developed up to the point where my heart started beating rapidly. My mind just spoke gibberish, and I had to constantly remind myself that these two people are blood-related siblings.

But, what I realised is, no matter whet my morals and beliefs are doesn’t really matter; it is what seems right or wrong that truly matters. So, I had decided to throw away my morals while reading this book in order to truly follow the journey of these two young growing adults, who believed that their hearts mattered more than conscience.

And what a painfully stupid decision that was, not that I regretted it. I felt their pain more, and the dilemma of their situation caused more pain than expected. Probably because everything seemed too perfect for too long. Eventually this forbidden and illegal relationship was going to be discovered. However, with that thought, it caused so much useless tears to be shed that by the end, there was no more tears to be shed.

The whole entire text is too beautiful for words. The unlimited maturity yet innocence of both characters constantly reminds you that they are only just kids who still have a great life ahead of them. However, the whole fact that society probably can’t accept this truly saddens me, despite me probably siding with the rest of society due to my own views.

“At what point does a fly give up trying to escape through a closed window – do its survival instincts keep it going until it is physically capable of no more,or does it eventually learn after one crash too many that there is no way out?
At what point do you give up – decide enough is enough?

There is only one answer really.


– Lochan

Anyways, I won’t say anymore. This book has left me in an absolute mess, and has questioned a lot that I have faithfully believed in. Also, fuck the law.

Please, return to me my heart with all pieces mended together. This book has stolen it, smashed it into a billion pieces and has thrown it into the wind.

I’m now going to go to bed, and hopefully I’ll be in a less depressed mood by the morning. Please check this out anyway – you won’t regret it (I hope -_-)

Love you all, and I’ll talk to you all very soon~~

❤ Yami Hyunnie ^^~


Author: Hyunnie

Hello~~ ^^ I'm a young blogger opening her first ever blog in order to share to the world reviews on some of the best and worst Asian dramas, movies, music; you name it! I am also currently guest-posting on Dramafever News. Mainly, I post about dramas on that site so if you are interested, check me out there! Please fill free to comment on this site and maybe suggest some stuff for me to talk about ^^ Hope you guys enjoy and see you later!

5 thoughts on ““Forbidden” – Book Review & Update on life

  1. Love your review!
    The book was heartbreaking … a friend insisted I read Forbidden (a lot … she forced me to read it … she can be VERY persistent) and WOW … by the end I felt like I was in a train wrek …
    What you said “Anyways, I won’t say anymore. This book has left me in an absolute mess, and has questioned a lot that I have faithfully believed in. Also, fuck the law.” <— I agree!!!! I had to read
    So far, there have been only 3 books that left me like a mess: Forbidden, The Storyteller by Antonia Michaelis and Hopeless by Colleen Hoover.

    • Aww thanks for the comment. Thank god someone else understands how I feel. My sister looked at me all crazy when I finished the book and I just said “wait until you are older, then you will understand this pain”
      I am just an absolute baby when it comes to these types of angsty/heart wrenching books. An absolute sucker for them ><

      • Ohh I know how you feel!!!

        If you have an opportunity, read any of the other titles I recommended you … those are as intense as Forbidden.

        I like when a book challenges my moral views … like Forbidden, I was rooting for the siblings, I wanted them together!! Which is wrong … sort of … right???? ….

        In the Storyteller I found myself wishing the heroine would forgive the “hero” … what he did is unforgivable but at some point I just wanted them together. I was a mess at the end too …. *sigh*

      • Thank you, and I will check them out!! However, I think I need a break from these sad ones, so I’m going to first find a light and fluffy one which my heart can take a break from.

        “Forbidden” has is just something else. Definitely going to recommend this to people who I KNOW will sob over this book hehe so evil 🙂

        Thanks again for the suggestions – ill definitely check them out! ❤

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