Wednesday, September 29, 2010

My Selection for Waiting on Wednesday: Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma: Can you say sibling love of the sexual kind?

Waiting on Wednesday is a super meme started by the very creative Jill at Breaking the Spine. This is a super way to learn about what's new, what's coming out and what your fellow book lovers are looking forward to digging into.

Forbidden...The only thing I can do is let the blurb of this book speak for itself. Here it is:

Sixteen-year-old Maya and seventeen-year-old Lochan have never had the chance to be "normal". Having pulled together for years to take care of their younger siblings while their wayward, drunken mother leaves them to fend alone, they have had to become much more than simply brother and sister. And now, they have fallen in love. But this is a love that can never be allowed, a love that will have devastating consequences...

             How can something so wrong, feel so right?

The author, Tabitha Suzuma is the product of a British mother and a Japanese father. She hated school and dropped out at age fourteen, much to her parent's distress and her teacher's delight. She ultimately returned to school at some point and indulged her love of writing. Forbidden is her fifth novel.

This is clearly a topic that has a huge "ick" factor. A brother and sister succumbing to sexual desire--for each other. As a therapist of children, I've encountered all sorts of problems. I recall a case of suspected incest and the girl was pregnant--by her father. Major double yuck.

I want to know how Ms. Suzuma handles this story, a subject that is taboo and cleary makes people more than a little uncomfortable.

Forbidden released in the UK, May 2010. It will be available in the US, June 2011

Can you handle it?


  1. Ooh, it's something I'd like to try to read, not sure if I could get through it. Thanks for sharing! Could be really interesting :)

    Here's what I'm waiting for this week :)

  2. Woah this sounds twisted. I think I'll wait for your review ;)

    Come check out my WoW :)

  3. Hmmm...makes me wonder if they will turn out to not be related after all. There was this kind of "brother/sister" element in The Mortal Instruments series which turned out to be an amazing series. I have to say I'm intrigued about how the author will deal with this subject too.
    The Delusional Diaries

  4. Definitely icky, but like you I'm interested in seeing how she handles it. I agree with LMW and Straylights, I wonder if she'll pull a twist or if she really will go for a forbidden love. Can't wait to hear your thoughts on it!

  5. Sexual sibling love?


    ICK! Let's see how she handles this taboo.

  6. Great Waiting on Wednesday! Thanks for telling me - I'll defintiely keep an eye out for the release.

    I also had to leave a comment telling you how wonderful your blog is! Your design is pretty, and your content is great!

    Please keep it up, I've followed you for more. :D

    Best Wishes,
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  7. This is AMAZING. I just reviewed this one at my blog and gave it 5 stars.

    Nice Girls Read Books :)

  8. Just read a review of this one last night and it sounds like it will be a very good read despite the issue being discussed. The reviewer made it sound like the author did a terrific job. Great pick

  9. Sounds a little Flowers in the Attic-y... without the Attic XD
    This could be really interesting and I'll look forward to it being released.

    Check out my pick HERE

  10. June, although there is more than a major ick factor for me with this particular subject I think the book sounds like a really good read! I just do not think it is one I personally can get through but will wait for your take once you review it at some point!

    I am sorry will take shoot-e- ups and shapeshifters over real like human drama any day, cannot help it reading for me has to not be controversial!

    My WOW

    jackie ^_^

  11. Wow, it sounds interesting and challenging to read. Hmm...

  12. I remember reading The Flowers in the Attic series by VC Andrews -- in which this brother and sister where locked away together for years and fell in love. It's weird because you knew it was icky and wrong, but you couldn't blame them. Psychologically you can understand what went array. I wonder if this is one of those types of stories.

    Forbidden sounds like a novel I would like to read, simply based on the psychological standpoint.

    Wow: The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

  13. I have heard about this one, and it definitely looks like a difficult read, although every review I have read so far has been glowing.
    Hope you enjoy it.

  14. Definitely an uncomfortable topic...but intriguing all the same. Nice pick!

  15. How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff handles a case of cousin love. That's not what the whole book is about, but that part is very meaningful and very tragic. When done well, this is such a powerful topic. I can't wait to hear what you have to say about it.

  16. I was sent this one for review & really didn't think I wanted to read it but I'm so glad I gave it a try. It was an absolutely AMAZING book & one of the best I have read this year. Definitely a 5* read for me so I hope you enjoy it as much as I did :o)


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