Happy Tuesday my pack!
I hope everyone had a good weekend. I got to pick up three new books on Sunday thanks to a lovely friend of mine. More readings to add to the ever growing 2017 TBR! I feel like reading books is never ending just like anime…WHEN WILL IT END?! NEVER! Muahahaha.
*Ahem* Excuse me while I bring myself back to reality. I know Tuesday’s usually consist of Top Ten Tuesday (or in my case Top Five Tuesday…because everyone knows I am a lazy a-hole), but I wanted to do something a bit different. I want to call today Taboo Tuesday because I am going to touch basis on a book that has a taboo subject weaved into its tale. I actually have a few books I can do this on but this one is a mighty fine book! This book is called Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma. It is a book I hold near and dear to me. (I swear like every book I talk about means the world to me), but this one resonates differently then the others. Over on my bookstagram (which is linked here…so come follow me: https://www.instagram.com/rusticwolvesandpaperfoxes/) I have seen other people take shots of this book, so I am happy other people have read it too!
Here is the book summary for Forbidden:
“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.”
I love this book because it focuses on the harsh realities of life. Life isn’t black and white, it is a magnitude of rainbows and a kaleidoscope of incandescent colors. We form bonds with the people that surround us and sometimes we fall in love with the wrong people at the wrong time. That is what Forbidden is about. Connecting with someone because of forced and dire circumstances. Maya and Lochan know their relationship isn’t right, and this book explores all of the main characters feelings, thoughts and insecurities. These two are thrown into something they think they can handle but really aren’t prepared for the harsh reality of it all.
“At what point do you give up-decide enough is enough? There is only one answer really. Never.” -Forbidden
Being a person who is so open, so accepting, and so understanding I can see why things unfolded the way they did in this book. I can view things from a perspective of compassion and empathy. I can see things most other people can’t and I think that’s why I love this book so much. As a society today, falling in love with a brother or sister or mother or father is considered taboo, but centuries ago this was not uncommon in order to keep royal bloodlines pure. The same could be said of young women marrying at the ages of 13, 14 or 15. Today that would be considered taboo, but 60-70 years ago it was commonplace. Humans married young during older centuries because people didn’t live past the ages of 30 or 40 or even 50. Medical science didn’t exist back then, so many people married young in order to keep the family generations going.
So why is it that over the last few decades are these things viewed as taboo? Who deemed these philosophies unthinkable? What is really considered right or wrong? I pose these questions to get you to think outside the box. I want you to go out and explore taboo topics/subjects and decipher for yourself what you think is correct or incorrect. Start searching the internet, dust off that old encyclopedia, visit your local library and find the information locked away waiting to be found. That is what the book Forbidden did for me. It opened my eyes to the world I was floating around in. It showed me that not everything has to be right by the standards of society, but it could be right by you and you alone. This book is for the people who can see the world with eyes unclouded by hate. If you are like me, then I highly suggest you pick up this book. It is controversial, it is jarring, and it is taboo, but it is so so dysfunctionally beautiful. This book broke me in so many ways, possibly in some of the very worst ways, but also in some of the very best ways. It is an emotional roller coaster that takes you on a ride to the very depths of Hell and back. Your emotions are not safe if you choose to read this book. So I give you fair warning, be prepared for everything and anything, but most of all be prepared for your ideals of love to be shattered completely once you read Forbidden.
To purchase Forbidden please click here: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/forbidden-tabitha-suzuma/1022305576?ean=9781442419964