It's a good sign when the only reason I will put a book down is when my boyfriend sleepily mumbles something about it being late and that he can't sle...moreIt's a good sign when the only reason I will put a book down is when my boyfriend sleepily mumbles something about it being late and that he can't sleep with the lamp on. Forbidden was definitely worth the lack of sleep (and lack of productivity in my day), I was completely captivated from page one!
The Whitely's have an unusual family set up. The dad has uprooted and found a new family in Australia, the mother has all but moved in with her lover Dave and the two older siblings are forced to play the role of mommy and daddy to the three younger siblings. While they are busy sorting out who will pay the bills, cook dinners on certain days and then go tackle their own school work, Lochan and Maya fall in love and test the limits of how far they can go.
I love edgy topics, I love anything society deems forbidden and this seems like the ultimate taboo so I had to get my hands on it. First off, Suzuma has such a way with words it's breathtakingly beautiful. The descriptions are so poetic and the emotions are so raw, the reader will fall in love within the first chapter. Suzuma has this amazing talent where she can make the reader feel uncomfortable with the topic in one chapter, then have the reader cheer on the characters and feel for their love in another. It took me a while to figure out how I felt about the topic because Suzuma will make you uncomfortable, which I appreciate as a reader.The alternating perspective is always interesting in books, but the reader experiences it to the full effect with this book. With the alternating perspective we find out how both Maya and Lochan react to their secret love affair, how it affects their social lives as well as their role at home.
These tragic characters also continue to pull at your heart strings hours after you turn the final page. Lochan and Maya are such selfless characters, they do everything in their power to ensure that their siblings have a (semi) normal childhood even if it results in a nervous breakdown or utter exhaustion. Even though the audience is aware that these two lovers are headed for a dead end, you can't help but hope with them that they will get their happily ever after, away from the prying eyes of society. What I like about these two characters is that they both understand the consequences of their actions. They both know it's frowned upon, even though they don't understand why; they even go as far as to explore the psychological reasons why they are together. They aren't stupid, they know the dangers, but they can't stay away.
If there was a guidebook on how to do incest correctly, Suzuma was on point all throughout the novel. The book is edgy but filled with a lot heart. I recommend this for people who are willing to explore such a taboo topic with an open mind, and those who don't mind shedding a few tears throughout the novel. (less)
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After months...more This review was made possible thanks to Wendy Darling and Shirley Marr putting together a US Book Tour. Want more information click here
After months of trying to read this book, I finally have in in my possession and I must say, I REALLY wish that there was more!
Eliza Boans is the definition of a "poor little rich girl." She struggling with the power balance of her tight knit group of friends, trying to ignore the feeling that she has for a certain childhood friend, and she is currently in a holding cell while being interviewed for a murder that she committed.
One word that comes to me when I think about the overall plot is building. The plot is a continuous and slow build up of event that lead to Eliza's current situation. While this book is not action packed with sudden epiphanies, its slow plot does keep your attention until the very last page. One thing I will say is that I wish that there was more of a wrap-up for this novel. This books focus is not the actual crime being committed, instead it hi-lights the key characters and explores their relationships.
Eliza Boans is extremely unlikeable in the beginning. She complains about everything, treats everything and everyone outside of her sheltered community as trash and is oblivious to how good she has it. For a good majority of the book I did not like her, but as the story progressed cracks began to show and I even began to feel sorry for her. Besides Eliza as a person, I loved how she interacted with others, especially newcomer Ella Dashwood. Even Eliza's maybe-budding relationship with Neil made me smile.
Shirley Marr's writing style is what makes this novel so engaging and a fast paced read. It is littered with foreshadows and witty dialogue that will make you think. While there isn't a lot a action in Fury, it is Marr's writing that keeps you turning pages hungrily awaiting bits of information that will lead to the murder.
Shirley Marr's debut novel is rich in its characters and superb writing style. I loved the characters and the plot enticed me until the very end where I begged and pleaded for more.
I recommend this book for fans of Pretty Little Liars and anyone who likes a novel about a troubled high school teenager. (less)
I finished this book in a day. 25 hours. So a day in a half. Regardless my point is that I could not put it down until I read every last word. Paige H...moreI finished this book in a day. 25 hours. So a day in a half. Regardless my point is that I could not put it down until I read every last word. Paige Harbison's writing style demands your attention, her characters crave to be analyzed and the mystery of Becca Normandy will keep you glued to the pages. This is definitely one of my favorite reads of this year.
New Girl seems to play tribute to the novel Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier and even though I have never read Rebecca, I did go over the summary and New Girl seems like a very clever idea.
Our main character is in her senior year of high school, living it up in her hometown in Florida. Going to the beach, chilling with her best friend, and hanging out with her family until her parents deliver some great news: she's going to boarding school. Crossing a time zone, she is welcomed to Manderly with rumors. The reason why she got into Manderly was because a student, Becca Normandy, has been missing for months now, and no one knows if she is dead or alive. Even though Becca is gone, she seems to be more present with each day that passes.
The story follows 'the new girl,' whose name you do not learn until the very last page of the book. She has been accepted to Manderly Academy after Becca disappears but the entire student body only sees her as someone who wishes to replace the Mandery sweetheart. The reader will struggle with the new girl as she tries to establish an identity at a school that doesn't want to accept her. The plot is fast paced with twists and turns that kept me glued to the pages. I had to know what happened to Becca and how she became Manderly's sweetheart!
All of the characters were wonderfully in depth, especially the mysterious Becca who probably need two novels just to analyze her inner workings. I also loved how strong our new girl was. Even when life handed her lemons, she made lemonade and added a shot of vodka for the hell of it. She stood up for herself, she went after what she wanted, and that gets major kudos from me. The rest of the characters played out like the average CW show with the guy she shouldn't have, the girls who maybe weren't really her friends, the psycho roommate and the boy that wants her. Although it was formulaic it worked. All of the characters complemented each other and each character held onto a piece of Rebecca that the new girl would need to unravel the mystery around her.
The writing style was very current and very true to how today's youth both speaks and thinks. Riddled with pop culture references like Jersey Shore (one I'm ashamed to have recognized), Harbison has no problem tapping into the mind of the average 17 year old who is wrought with issues like boys, schools, and missing pretty girls. I especially loved that Paige Harbison included chapters from the previous year of Manderly so that we could get to know Becca as we witness how others in present day Manderly students are affected by her disappearance. We also see how some scenes are not painted as prettily as others remember them to be.
I adored this book. I did not know what to expect until the very last chapters. Was Becca dead? Was she haunting the school? Was she alive? Was she stalking the new girl who has taken her place? So many questions and for the most part, we are given the answers that we crave. There are only one or two questions that are left unanswered which bothered me a little, but it did not take away from my overall experience.
One thing that did make me raise an eyebrow was how the author dealt with sex. Yes some of the characters have sex, and seeing how I read quite a few adult novels as well, I'm used to flowery and detailed language to describe the act. I guess that doesn't happen to often in the Young Adult genre. Instead of the poetry and obscure terminology that I used to with the adult romance genre, Harbison write one simple phrase to indicate that the deed was being done: "they did it." Perhaps it's just me but it made me feel a bit awkward to have sexual acts described as "she/they/he did it" and to be done with it. But hey that's just me.
I recommend this for any one of loves teen drama like Gossip Girls. And I especially recommend this novel for those who are fans of either Pretty Little Liars or The Lying Game. (less)