Book Review: Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

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PLEASE NOTE: This book deals with the topic of incest and as such may be difficult for some readers.

Synopsis from 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 de facto 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.

Forbidden is the type of book that it takes balls to write and extraordinary skill to write well. When I first heard the hype surrounding the book I kind of shrugged it off, but my interest was piqued due to the topic. Once I picked up this book though, nothing else mattered, it had all of my attention.

Forbidden is the story of the Whitely family, a family in a situation that too many families face. However, one thing is different, Lochlan and Maya even knowing the possible consequences are in love. The dynamic between the siblings and the situation they are in, it all makes you feel for them.

The entire book is these two teenagers giving everything they have to make sure that their younger siblings have a roof over their head, food in their tummies, and all the things they could need to have as good a life as possible. They deal with all the many facets of parenthood, forgoing their own lives essentially to be the protectors, a role that someone had to step into for their mother. That may not sound like much, but on top of that, Lochlan and Maya are dealing with a whole other beast. Love, for each other.

They know it’s wrong, and they know that there are a thousand horrible things that could happen to the family if anyone found out, but in the end they care for each other and need the support of one another. Then, boom, the end of this book is smacking you in the face and there are FEELS and TEARS. I think I sobbed into this book for a straight 15 to 20 minutes. It was ridiculous. But it was also powerful and it stuck with me and I couldn’t process it or even talk about it for days, because there are no words.

This book is amazing, but so is Tabitha Suzuma. She takes on the topic of this book, heavy duty as it is, and weaves an amazing, unputdownable story. This one could have gone either way, but she brought an eloquence to the table that I haven’t seen in some time. I truly believe that she was brave as all hell to write this story and I am so glad she did. Absolutely pick it up, I know I’ll be looking for more from this author! 5/5 Stars!

ALSO, PLEASE make yourself available for discussion for the young reader in your life who picks this one up!

Book Review: Nash by Jay Crownover

nashSynopsis from Goodreads:

Will their past determine their future?
Saint Ford has worked hard to achieve her childhood dream of becoming of nurse. Focused on her work and devoted to her patients, there’s no room for love. She doesn’t need a guy making waves in her calm, serene life—especially when he’s the unforgettable hottie who nearly destroyed her in high school. Dark, brooding Nash Donovan might not remember her or the terrible pain he caused. But he turned her world upside down… and now he’s trying to do it again.
Saint has no idea that Nash isn’t the cocky player he once was. Uncovering a devastating family secret has rocked his world, and now he’s struggling to figure out his future. He can’t be distracted by the pretty nurse he seems to meet everywhere. Still, he can’t ignore the sparks that fly between them —or how she seems so desperate to get away from him. But the funny, sweet, and drop-dead gorgeous Saint is far too amazing to give up on—especially since she’s the only thing in his life that seems to make sense.
When Nash discovers the truth about their past, he realizes he may have lost her heart before he could even fight for it. Now, Saint has to decide: is Nash worth risking herself for all over again?

Nash is the fourth installment in the Marked Men series and oh man, did Ms. Crownover take this book (and likely, this series) to a whole new level. I loved the first three books even with their slightly unbelievable bits and awful editing, but reading Nash was literally like a breath of fresh air. I’m so glad I got hooked on this series.

Nash was introduced in the first book and I’ve been curious about him ever since. He seemed to be a bit of a mysterious character and it wasn’t until book three that we start catching glimpses of who he really is. In this book Nash’s character has become so well developed, and even though he isn’t perfect, I can’t help but love him. Saint, too is just a totally loveable character. She’s so real and down to earth and it’s impossible not to relate to her in one way or another.

Nash and Saint’s story truly sucked me in. Between their separate backstories, their high school history, and the redevelopment of their relationship as adults I could not stop reading this book – it literally kept me up until 5 in the morning. Every bit of this story was just done brilliantly.

I don’t know how many ways I can say it, but Nash was phenomenal. It is a character driven story, which is something that I love personally, and it is at the same time a very emotional story that just grabs you by the (lady)balls and doesn’t let go. The writing, the story, and the editing is all just at a whole new level and I can’t stop fangirling about it all once I start.

Bottom line, Nash is amazing! I absolutely adored this book and I have a feeling I’ll be rereading it many a time. The characters, the feels, the story – it’s got it all. 5/5 stars.

The Marked Men series:

1. Rule
2. Jet
3. Rome
4. Nash
5. Rowdy
6. Asa (Expected Release April 14, 2014)

Book Review: Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

mooncalledSynopsis from Goodreads:

Mercedes “Mercy” Thompson is a talented Volkswagen mechanic living in the Tri-Cities area of Washington. She also happens to be a walker, a magical being with the power to shift into a coyote at will. Mercy’s next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she’s fixing a bus for a vampire. This is the world of Mercy Thompson, one that looks a lot like ours but is populated by those things that go bump in the night. And Mercy’s connection to those things is about to get her into some serious hot water…

I’ve been seeing Patricia Briggs’s books around for a few years now, but for some reason I’ve never picked one up even though I’ve heard all great things about her books. Finally, I did pick up Moon Called, the first of the Mercy Thompson series and ermagersh! Why did I wait so long?!?!?!

First, can we just talk about Mercy please? She is so kickass I can’t even handle it. I love strong, take no crap female characters and that is Mercy to a T. She works a job where she gets dirty, and even though she’s not as strong – physically – as the other predators around her, she uses her mind and manages to kick ass and take names. By far, one of my favorite book characters ever. I absolutely adore reading about her.

In addition to Mercy, there are several other fantastic characters. Here is where we meet Adam, Zee, Stephan and many others. The characters all stand out and have their quirks and the character development is spot on. This just made this book an even more fantastic read for me personally.

The story itself flew by so fast. It was entertaining and I never wanted to put down this book. In fact, I spent a lot of time wishing it was longer so the book wouldn’t end. Briggs has a fantastic writing style that flows so well and she is constantly giving information, but still kept me wondering what was up next.

All in all, Moon Called is a fantastic first installment in the Mercy Thompson series. It was well written, entertaining, had great characters and a great story. An absolute new favorite series! 5/5 stars.

The Mercy Thompson series:

1. Moon Called
2. Blood Bound
3. Iron Kissed
4. Bone Crossed
5. Silver Borne
6. River Marked
7. Frost Burned
8. Night Broken

Book Review: Making Faces by Amy Harmon

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Fern Taylor is plain in every sense of the word. She’s from a small town and lives a fairly simple life. The most exciting thing about her is the romance novels she loves to read and her crush on the best looking guy in town. Ambrose Young, is the towns wrestling star and has what everyone believes to be a great future ahead for him. But there’s a problem, he wants more… he wants to do more. Ambrose and his four best friends join the service together, but after a tragic accident he’s the only one to come home.

I don’t even know where to begin with this story. This book just hits all the strings for me. It is sad and funny and tragic and optimistic all at the same time. It is simply amazeballs.

The Characters. Fern, while seemingly the plain girl next door is actually a huge force in this book. A lot of the choices she makes and the way she looks at life are why so many things happen, especially after Ambrose’s return. Bailey, I just can’t even. No matter what he faces in life he’s the one who’s always got a smile on his face and every time I think about this character I tear up a little. Rita’s character is another who teaches us a whole lot of lessons, much different than the other characters, but no less important. Her trials were no joke. Lastly there is Ambrose, the war hero who learns to cope with some major guilt, who learns what it is to no longer be the most beautiful looking guy in town, who has to truly learn about inner beauty, for himself.  All of these characters are just so well written and developed and they each play a very important part in this book. I can’t say enough how awesome they are.

The story itself, as I mentioned earlier, is just everything a great book needs. It’s well written and there’s so many things happening but they all tie in together. And the feels. The feels. This book just absolutely flies because the story sucks you in and doesn’t let go. It’s a story, but it’s a story with messages behind it. It’s realistic, not always in a pretty way, but then life isn’t always either. I’ll say it again, it’s an amazing book.

I had no clue what to expect when I picked up Amy Harmon’s Making Faces, particularly because New Adult isn’t quite my genre of choice, but I got so much more than I could have imagined. Bottom line, this is a book that is worth a shot. Pick it up, but tissues and comfort food will likely be required. 5/5 stars.