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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Forbidden Book Review


Written by: Tabitha Suzuma
# of pages: 454

Average Rating: 4.07/5 stars
My Rating: 5/5 stars

Published on: June 28, 2011
Read in February 2015

Summary according to Goodreads

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 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 was a novel that I had been anticipating reading for a long time, and it came very highly recommended to me. I did go into this novel with very high expectations, and luckily for me I was not disappointed! The plot was very heavy, but the writing style was so smooth and descriptive that I could not stop reading. This author used many similes in her writing, which helped get into the mood of the story. 

Please keep in mind that this is the first book regarding incest that I have rearm and it not a topic I have ever given much opinion to. I do not condone it, but from a psychological standpoint, it is something that can be blamed on the parents and/or upbringing of the kids. These two characters have a hard time relating to, and connecting with others but have found the perfect bond within each other. They have someone that knows exactly what they are going through, and are basically being parents together to their three younger siblings. 

"How can something so wrong feel so right?" I really appreciated that these characters understood the entirety of what they were doing. They weren't naive about it, they were scared. They knew it was wrong but it was overpowered by a feeling they couldn't control. It was very real. 

The song "What About Love" performed by Heart illustrates this novel so well. I would already cry listening to this song, but now I just bawl because I think of Maya and Lochan. The ending of this book was heartbreaking to read. I was completely engrossed from the last 75 pages and could not stop reading. Even after I had finished reading it, I could not stop thinking about it. 

Overall I really enjoyed this novel and although I got spoiled on the ending, that did not ruin my experience. I had just gotten so focused on what was currently happening, I wasn't even thinking about the end result. I recommend you pick up this novel if you enjoy real-life novels!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Weekly Wrap Up: February 15th - 22nd

Hello again! Sorry there was no post last week, but if you follow me on twitter (if not it's @kristinalenny), you would see that I did not buy anything or read anything. I was finally able to sit down and finish a book after a mid-term and I am currently reading another one! 


Yes! I finally finished Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma, which I started on the 6th! This was such an amazing read and I gave it five stars without a doubt. I have so much I can say about this that I will be posting a full review on Wednesday, but in a short sentence; this novel has made it onto my favourites list. The characters were so real, the plot was strong, and it was beautifully written. AND THAT ENDING. I was near tears and could not believe what was happening. 


So since Forbidden was such a heavy and emotional read, I really needed something light and fun to pick my mood back up. I had been so excited to read Grace's Guide by Grace Helbig, and so far I have not been disappointed and only about 70 pages in. She is so hilarious and so right about so many things - I really appreciated the section "25 ways to deal with anxiety" (or some title along those lines). I know this is going to be a novel I will enjoy and re-read many times in the future. If you like Grace, I totally recommend picking this book up. 

I also am getting into Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire and am very excited about it. I miss the characters and have been wanting to know what was going on with Travis for a while. I am hoping I enjoy this one as much as I enjoyed the first one!


So I had been doing so well at not buying a book all week, but yesterday my roommate and I went to Costco and I just couldn't help myself. They had good books and at such good prices! I got I Was Here by Gayle Forman, and a beautiful edition of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. 


I have quite a bit of schoolwork to get done before I go home on Friday night, so I am only setting two easy goals for myself. The first one is to not buy a book all week which should be easy because I currently have so many that I am dying to read, that I can't think of any I want to buy. My second goal is to finish a book this week, which should be easy because I am flying through Grace's Guide.

I hope you guys have a great week and I will talk to you on Wednesday with my Forbidden review!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Weekly Wrap Up: February 2nd - 8th

Hey everyone! I am now back in my dorm room after a nice weekend away to Halifax, Nova Scotia. My roommate, myself, and another friend of ours drove the five hours up because that's where my roommate is from, and we had a great time! Although it does feel good to be back in Freddy, while I was away I managed to finish a book, and get on track with my goodreads goal!


I only managed to finish one novel this week, and that was Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins. I gave this four out of five stars, and thought that it was a great ending to a great series. I was anticipating how it would end from the very first page, and I can't say that it was what I expected. Although I loved it, it did break my heart a little bit. I can't wait to get my hands on the spin-off series and to read more by this hilarious author. 

Just before writing this post, I finished a graphic novel that I started this morning while waiting to check out of the hotel. I purchased Amulet Volume 2: The Stonekeeper's Curse by Kazu Kibuishi this weekend, and had to pick it up right away. I enjoyed the first one (which I read in December), but I did enjoy this one just a little bit more. So much happened right away, and there was no lag from where the story left off. Plus the artwork is just AMAZING. Can't wait to continue on in this series and see what happens!


I decided to pick up Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma to read next, and although I haven't started yet I am looking forward to it. This is a book that although isn't something I would usually read, is a novel that comes highly recommended to me. 


Uh oh. I did buy some books this week. In fact, I bought nine. I couldn't help it! My first trip to Chapters I decided to treat myself to a book because I have been at university for over a month and have not yet experienced an anxiety attack - which is a big accomplishment for me. Once I got into the bookstore I couldn't just decide on one, and decided I wanted a light romance to read on my flight home later on this month. In this single trip I purchased; Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff, The Edge of Never by J.A Redmerski, Thoughtless by S.C Stephens, Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A Tucker, and Burying Water by K.A Tucker. 

Then I went into the bookstore at a mall my friend and I found in Nova Scotia, and obviously once I picked up one I just couldn't stop. What better way to remember a trip than with some books? On this trip I got; Amulet Volume Two: The Stonekeeper's Curse by Kazu Kibuishi, All Fall Down by Ally Carter, The Virgin Suicides by Jeffery Eugenides, and All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. 

I am very excited for all of these books, so I have no regrets!


With this upcoming week I do need to go back on my ban and not buy any books. My wallet can't handle it, and I am running out of room in my dorm. I would also like to keep up with staying on track for my goodreads challenge, but I have a very important psychology exam Friday morning, so most of my reading will only be getting done on the weekend. So we will just have to wait and see!

A couple more weeks and I will be home relaxing with my dog! Have a great night, and I will talk to you soon!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Weekly Wrap Up: January 26th - February 1st

Happy February! The month of love, and over here in Fredericton, the month of lots of snow. So up until 10 minutes ago I thought it was Saturday because I have been deathly sick these last few days. I couldn't even get out of bed on Friday. Lucky for me, I am still sick but have a ton of school work I need to get done. That being said I will be posting this semi-early compared to usual because I doubt I will be getting much reading accomplished today. 


Believe it or not, I finished three books this week. I know! For my Goodreads challenge, I am not only one book behind schedule. I DNF'd one book as well so I will start with that one. 

Sadly, The Bling Ring was nothing like how I thought it would be which was very disappointing because I had been dying to read this book for a while. It was ridiculously boring, and focused on the author's experience when I thought it would be about the crime itself (which is what I was interested in). I only got out 25 pages in before I decided to quit and just watch the movie. I didn't care for the movie either as the acting was mediocre and the plot wasn't that interesting either. Spoiled rich kids is not my cup of tea. 

The first book that I read this week was The Gift of Acabar by Og Mandino which I finished Sunday night after posting my wrap up. I gave this book four stars out of five, and am glad it was given to me because I wouldn't have picked it up myself. It was a good story but not what I expected at all. I am not usually one for religious novels, but this one focused more on inspiration and I really enjoyed that. It was so sad but so well written. 

The second book that I finished was The Voice on the Radio by Caroline B. Cooney. This is the third book in the Janie Johnson series, and although I rated it three stars, it would be closer to two and a half. Although I enjoyed the story at the beginning, the plot has turned into a contemporary and not so much the mystery it started as. The author tried to throw in some twists, but it just wasn't working for me. I have the last two books at school with me, but I am not going to bother picking them up. Although they are quick reads, I don't see a reason for her to drag out the story anymore. 

The last book that I finished was my favourite for both this week and this month, and that is Burned by Ellen Hopkins. Like all of her books, this one was written in verse, but I read it on my iPad Kindle app and am very glad I did. This is a thick book but reading it electronically made it easier to read and helped it to go by much quicker. Obviously I gave this book five out of five stars, because it was simply amazing. I was always on the edge of my seat, but I never could have guessed the plot twists that occurred. Near the end I was even tearing up, and can't wait to read the sequel (which I also have on ebook). 


I am currently reading Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins which is the third and final book in the Hex Hall trilogy. As of right now I am only 20 pages in because I picked up Burned, but I do hope to get farther into it because It is really good so far. In a perfect world I would have it finished this week, but I am not going to hold my breath. I don't own the companion to this series, so I don't know what I will be picking up next. 


Nothing! YAY! Reading five books in a month and only buying three must be a new record for me. 


My goal for this week and for this month, is to not buy a book. I have plenty of books at school with me, and will be going home for Spring Break at the end of the month. I might buy a book to read on the plane, but we'll see! The weather here has been so rough anyway that it's not easy to get out to Chapters. I have quite a bit of work to do, and a big assignment due Friday so if I don't finish a book, it is no big deal. Two of my friends and I are also taking a road trip up to Halifax this weekend, so I know I won't be reading then. 

Have a good week, and I'll talk to you soon!