Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma, book review. a story that shatters barriers

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma, book review. a story that shatters barriers

Title: Forbidden
Author: Tabitha Suzuma.
Genre: YA. We recommend it to people over 17.
Paperback: 464 pages.
Published for the first time In UK.
This book can be read in the following languages: English UK and US, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Danish, Greek,, Thai, Hungarian and Slovakian.

“But – but we’re not supposed to do this – to love each other like this!”

I don’t even know how to start this review. There are so many feelings, questions, thoughts…
Forbidden is a really well written book about an Impossible love, parental neglect, friendship, family… but it’s dark. There’s no false hope that it will end well.

Tabitha Suzuma made me love the main characters, the kids, the setting, the plot… Then it shattered my heart.
How can you fix a broken heart?
You can’t.

This book Isn’t for everyone, and I think that the best age for readers is 17-18. I don’t say that teens can’t read it, they are Amazing, bright, smart… but it takes a lot of mental strength and acceptance to read Forbidden. Why?
Because this book is about a taboo subject.

No, it isn’t about teacher student romance, or LGBT relationships…
It’s about incest.
And to be more precise, consensual incest.
There’s no rape or manipulation.
Only love. Pure, sweet, impossible love.

In the picture You see the cover Of the book. It's black and has a heart made with barb wire, and inside that heart is the title: Forbidden. Under that and still inside the heart is the quote: "How can something so wrong feel so right...?"


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.

If you are sensitive to Taboo relationships or things that aren’t widely accepted, this book isn’t for you.
I don’t blame you, not everyone wants to read about this subject. But, if you want to give it a try, you will not regret.

Tabitha Suzuma helps you understand why Lochan and Maya fell in love, and maybe you will end up rooting for them.
I did and still do.
Sadly, there’s no HEA.


Two people in love – a love that nobody else could possibly understand.

I like challenges. I adore forbidden love stories, because they’re not black or white. Forbidden love stories are black, white, silver, dreams and hopes, whispers and secrets, stolen nights. they shatter barriers and this book… broke my heart.

Okay, I know that it’s twisted, Forbidden, the last taboo But You keep reading and sometimes for a few seconds You forget that they’re siblings. They have chemistry.

They’re two teens that grew up too fast, placed in the role of parents for their younger siblings. With a father that left and remarried and a mother that cares only about herself, her boyfriends, and alcohol, Maya and Lochan, 16 and 17, thirteen months apart, get thrown in a situation they can’t escape. All They want is to keep the family off of the social service’s radar to stay together. The only way to Do that Is to take care of the kids themselves, from cooking dinner, to making sure that they’re at a reasonable time at home, dressed, loved, healthy… They don’t want to be separated.

They’ve never had the chance to be brother and sister, to argue, to be playful, to do all the tings sisters and brothers do. They were best friends, mother and father, each other’s support.

‘How – how can we make it against the whole world’?

I hated their mother, she was terrible and she got on my nerves, especially at the end. I wanted to scream at Maya to do something about her, and when I talk to a character from a book, well… I’m totally into it.

When You start reading, Maya and Lochan are only friends. The author helps you understand how they fall in love. They try to deny it, to fight against it… They struggle until they can’t anymore.

I wipe my cheeks and turn my head to look up at him. ‘We haven’t done anything wrong! How can love like this be called terrible when we’re not hurting anyone?’

He gazes down at me, his eyes glistening in the weak light. ‘I don’t know,’ he whispers. ‘How can something so wrong feel so right?’

I struggled along with them. I felt their pain, despair and shame, and I wanted to protect them, to help them, to scream at them when they made mistakes.
They understand that what they’re doing isn’t right, but they’re powerless to stop what they feel.

An innocent love story that is so wrong but you want it to be right. A story that draws you in and you will end up hating or loving it.


“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.”

Oh Maya…
I felt so bad for her!

She tried to fight against her feelings for Lochan, because she knew that loving him wasn’t accepted or safe, but… We can’t choose who we love. She tried to fit in, to be mother, sister, friend… she struggled so much and loved Lochan a lot. There were moments when I felt that she pushed Him, but I don’t know, We push ourselves daily to do this or that, we push our friends to read that book, our boyfriends or girlfriends to watch that movie because we don’t want to do it alone… You get my point.

Back to Maya and the end. Gut Wrenching. I wanted to enter in the book and pull her back through the pages and help them get a happy life.
She was young, Innocent… maybe too innocent and in love. Supportive, kind, gentle and sweet.

“Out of the millions and millions of people that inhabit this planet, he is one of the tiny few I can never have.”

This is a couple holding hands and you can see The city of London. they are facing towards the city and, centered over their hands is the quote: “At the end of the day it's about how much you can bear, how much you can endure. Being together, we harm nobody; being apart, we extinguish ourselves."


How can happiness feel so wrong?

Lochan Is a masterfully constructed character. I felt more connected to Him than to Maya, to be honest. I liked Maya, but Lochan shattered my heart from the first chapter.

He had on his shoulders so many responsibilities.
He tried to be father, brother, friend, He wanted to be normal because society likes normal people. He wanted is younger brothers and sister to be proud of him.

He loved his family to the end of the world and beyond. And Maya? Oh, he loved Her so much, even if he knew that he shouldn’t.

He had issues and struggles, like his social anxiety, fears, hopes, and his Sister, his best friend that he could never love how he wanted to.

“Why is it so terrible for me to be with the girl I love? Everyone is permitted to have what they want, express their love as they please, without fear of harassment, ostracism, persecution, or even the law. Even emotionally abusive, adulterous relationships are often tolerated, despite the harm they cause others. In our progressive, permissive society, all these harmful, unhealthy types of “love” are allowed–but not ours.”

Kit, Tiffin and Willa.

In a way I understand Kit. He was 13, the middle child, struggling to be understood. True, he was on the wrong path, but close to the end, he changed. At the same time, I blame him for what he did to Lochan and Maya, but I will not say more because I don’t want to give spoilers.

Tiffin and Willa were so cute! I loved them and wanted to cuddle them. I kept picturing them more as Maya and Lochan’s children because they took care of them since they were basically babies. Actually I think that this was the idea, for us to see them as Maya and Lochie’s kids.

Don’t Judge the book based on the blurb

In the end, Forbidden isn’t only about a doomed romance. It is about the consequences of parents who don’t care anymore or never cared, and about children who needed to grow up too fast. It’s a door in the lives of the teens that hide in every school all over the world. The kids who can’t afford the last iPhones, cars or even decent clothes all the time but still struggle to do their best, even if that means losing their teenage years. They sacrifice for their siblings, struggle with school and at the same time they’re trying to get places in universities and the chance to a better life.

My thoughts on incest and why I had no problem with it in this book.

Maybe I am weird. Maybe I am a hopeless romantic, Okay, I am, but Maya and Lochan captivated me. I wanted them to be happy, to run away, to have a chance.

They never felt like siblings. They were more like… Unmarried partners. Lochan’s mother calls him the man of the house, he takes care of the kids, cooks and so on. Maya is his support, she helps him, cooks too, cleans… Through their sister and brothers They had children already, i’m pretty sure that they wouldn’t have wanted more. All They’ve ever wanted was to keep the family together.

Assuming that in a consensual relationship a brother and sister would fall in love and would agree not to have children because of the genetic issues, why should law and society prevent them from loving Each other? There are so many children in orphanages, if they would want children they could adopt.

Can you answer why is so wrong for them to be together? Religion? I think that if two people really love each other, then someone up there wanted them to have a chance.

Societies are too hung up on who others love. Same sex? Another religion? Skin color? Sisters and brothers? You know what? So be it. If it’s consensual, i’m all for love. Why don’t people focus more on stopping wars, hunger, crime and so on? Prevent hate, not consensual love.

This book isn’t about accepting incest. I don’t think that Tabitha wanted to convince the reader that incest was good or bad. The question isn’t answered at the end of the book. We can draw our own conclusion, we can root for them, ask for a better ending, and so on. This book opens your mind if you’re brave enough to read it. It’s your choice and I understand that It isn’t an easy one.

What we can learn from this book, in my opinion is to stop and ask for the whole story before we jump to conclusions.

About the ending. Contains spoilers.

If you don’t want spoilers, please, please stop reading now. Jump over this part and skip to the useful links heading where you will have a few links like our Facebook group for the book, a link that contains an excerpt and Maya and Lochan’s song.


I hated the ending.
Lochan’s suicide, then the epilogue…

Let me say this. Their mother had it too easy. Why did she suddenly care? She didn’t answer the phone when her youngest daughter was hurt. So why when she was supposed to stay away she appeared? Why when Kit and the school reached out, the only time when she wasn’t supposed to act she did?

And now Lochan. Why, Lochie? Suicide is not the answer. Lochan’s sacrifice wasn’t noble. Just heart shattering. He left the girl he loved and their family without the person they needed the most.
Maya wasn’t going to be the same, and he left Willa, Tiffin and Kit without their father figure. I didn’t like the message I got after the end. Lochie’s suicide wasn’t going to save his family, it was going to mess them up.

Maya and Lochan made mistakes. They should’ve closed and locked the door of the bedroom. Or maybe if they waited…
Honestly, I want a better ending.

I want Happy end because Lochan and Maya were meant to be. I want HEA because It takes a lot of courage to write a book with incest as a main subject, But it takes even more courage to give them an happy end, somehow.

Forbidden is the kind of book that should have two endings. Sad and happy.
There are so many unanswered questions. I wouldn’t be against a rewritten kindle version where some things could be answered, like some background about their family.
How would have been if? What if?

Useful links

Here you will find our Facebook group, Two Forbidden Fics written by Fans, Tabitha’s site and Maya and Lochie’s song
Join our Facebook group if You want to talk about Forbidden
Lochan and maya’s song, Katie Melua – The Closest Thing To Crazy
An excerpt from Forbidden.
Who is Tabitha Suzuma? Find out here.
An alternate ending to Forbidden on Wattpad.
The Writer follows Tabitha’s style. A chapter is written from Maya’s point of view, and then Lochan’s. The chapters are short, But it’s better than nothing.
An alternate epilogue on fanfiction.
It was a really sweet epilogue. Read it after you finish Forbidden, It contains spoilers.

Dear author…

Dear Tabitha, Forbidden shattered my Heart, Mended it, then destroyed it completely. Are there any chances for an alternate ending or a rewritten version for adults?
Also, What is the lesson you wanted your readers to learn from this book?
Thank you for writing Forbidden, For opening minds, and Thanks for Lochan and Maya! I loved them.

My rating.

If You saw My review for The Treemakers,
You’ll know that I gave it seven stars. But here…
Oh how I would love to give it seven!
Sadly I can give only 5.5 stars, because of that ending and because I believe that there were things that should have been explained more.

There are people who loved how the book ended. I don’t blame them, we have the right to like or dislike what we read.
What about You? Did you like it? Please tell me in the comments what you think, but be polite. Thank you for reading!

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First I need to thank my boyfriend for reading the book with me and for listening to my insane mumbles while I worked on the review, I was a mess.

Second, My thanks go to Caitlyn, My best friend, who helped me with the images you can see here. She is amazing and very, very talented!
Check her art here
Thank you, I don’t know what would I do without you.

The picture with the Wire Heart is the original Forbidden cover so the rights go to Tabitha Suzuma, but the other pictures belong to us and my friend.
Also, The quotes from the pictures belong to Tabitha Too.

Another friend that deserves my thanks is
Miriam, feel free to check out her website, she’s a Wiccan mom and writer,
She helped me a lot while I wrote this review with descriptions of some images I sent her and support in general.

And If you Had the patience to read all of this, I thank you with all my Heart, It means the world to me.

12 thoughts on “Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma, book review. a story that shatters barriers”

    • Aw, Thank you for commenting, You made my day. <3 I'm so happy that the review was received well. I thought that people will be disgusted. 🙂 I loved writing it and i'm glad that you liked it, Thank you!

  1. Nice review. I use to enjoy reading (about six years ago) until I started pursuing my master’s, then Ph.D. I read nonstop (academically) therefore, I don’t enjoy leisure reading anymore. But, this would be a book that I would read, just to get away for a moment.

    • I’m sorry to hear! I use books to relax. they’re the door to another world, and i think that sometimes we need this door even if only for an hour per day or week. If you decide to pick it up, I hope that you will enjoy reading. Thank you for commenting, I appreciate.

    • If you do, I’d love to hear what you think after you finish reading it. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment, I appreciate.

  2. This is a very thorough book review in which you take many aspects of relationships into account. I have never heard of the book but it is an interesting and challenging topic. i may be a bit too old for it!

    • Thank you. It is a sensitive subject, so hopefully i handled it right. We’re never too old or too young to read a book. I love Jules Verne’s books, and well…they’re old. 🙂 If you ever decide to read it, i’d love to hear what you thought! Thank you for commenting.

    • Thank you! <3 I loved it, and I know that it sounds weird, but it was a great one. If you ever decide to read it, I'd love to hear what you thought. Thank you so much for reading and commenting, Have a wonderful day or night!

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