This or That Tag

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Thank you to The Orang-utan Librarian for tagging me for the This or That Tag. It looks like so much fun! If you haven’t checked out The Orang-utan Librarian, do it now!


The Rules:

  • Mention the creator of the tag (Ayunda @ Tea and Paperbacks).
  • Thank the blogger who tagged you!
  • Choose one of the options, you don’t have to tell the reasons why you chose that but you can also do them if you want to.
  • Tag 10 other people to do this tag to spread the love!

One: Reading on the couch or on the bed?

I actually read in a recliner. Sometimes, I will read in bed before I go to sleep.

Two: Male main character or female main character?

I like both. I can, obviously, identify with females easier. But males tend to be funnier.

Three: Sweet snacks or salty snacks when reading?

Sweet, for sure. Although, lately I’ve been into popcorn.

Four: Trilogies or quartets?

Can I say standalones? I guess quartets. Usually they aren’t about one main character but four different ones.

Five: First person point of view or third person point of view?

I love first person when it’s done well. I also like multiple first person POVs so I get to know both sides of the story.

Six: Reading at night or in the morning?

Night. It’s when I actually get to sit down and do it. But I’m good with any time.

Seven: Libraries or bookstores?

Both! I like free books, so library. But I love looking around bookstores.

Eight: Books that make you laugh or make you cry?

The best are books that can do both. Otherwise, it depends on my mood.

Nine: Black book covers or white book covers?

Black ones look really cool, but I’m more about the description of a book than the cover. Unless it has hot guy abs. 😉

Ten: Character driven or plot driven stories?

I have to fall in love with a character before I can fall in love with a plot.


 

I don’t think I did a good job choosing in this one. Sorry, not sorry! 🙂

I tag:

Ashley @ What’s She Reading?

Claire @ Art and Soul

Carrie @ reading is my superpower

Jesse @ Books at Dawn

Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts

 

Blog Tour: This is War, Baby by K. Webster

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This is War, Baby
by K. Webster
Publication Date: February 29, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Dark Romance

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My life had a plan. Until he invaded it and stole it all away. My captor took me and I became a pawn.

His strategy changed and he sent me away to WAR, because money is everything in this world.

In my WAR, though, I found peace.

I couldn’t help but find love where I least expected it, with a man who lived a battle every day of his life
…all inside his head.

But then my captor came back for me.
Yet, this time, battle lines had been drawn and I was protected.

So we thought.
Even though my WAR was raging,
my captor would fight to the death.

The good guys always win, right?
Not always.

All’s fair in love and WAR, right?
Not this time.

Warning:
This is War, Baby is a dark romance. A really dark one. So dark you’re going to wish you had a flashlight to see yourself to the end and someone to hold your hand. Human trafficking, dubious consent, and strong sexual themes that could trigger emotional distress are found in this story. This story is NOT for everyone.

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K Webster is the author of dozens romance books in many different genres including contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal romance, and erotic romance. When not spending time with her husband of twelve years and two adorable children, she’s active on social media connecting with her readers.

Her other passions besides writing include reading and graphic design. K can always be found in front of her computer chasing her next idea and taking action. She looks forward to the day when she will see one of her titles on the big screen.

You can easily find K Webster on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Goodreads!

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Review: Sex Lies & Fruit Flies by Paullina Nichols

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Series: Sex Lies & Fruit Flies

Author: Paullina Nichols

Publication Date: January 1, 2016

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Romantic Suspense, Erotic Romance, New Adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

When Nurse Morgan Jacobs is ordered to tend to the wounds of an injured detective, Francis Wyatt (Wyatt), she is taken aback by his arrogance, yet undeniably attracted to the beautiful man conceitedly pursuing her. Morgan tries fighting her overwhelming feelings for Wyatt in an effort to keep her secret past hidden. With Wyatt refusing to take no for an answer, he chases her until she finally breaks and lets him into her world. He’s astounded by Morgan’s secret, but agrees to keep it and protect her at all cost.

Morgan has never been in love before and she can’t explain her feelings for this man that she knows she is forbidden to be with. Unable to stay away from him any longer she gives into her new found freedom and risks it all as she knows her past and present colliding could mean the end of everything.

Morgan turns Wyatt’s life upside down and shines light on secrets he didn’t know he had. Their affair was dangerous, but that didn’t stop them. They agreed that the ecstasy they shared when they were together was worth dying for.


3 / 5 Stars


Paranormal romance isn’t the romance genre I normally reach for. I’m a realistic fiction reader, so getting into Sex Lies & Fruit Flies took me a while. I had to get used to the mermaid aspect of the story, which was more interesting than I expected it to be (to me). It was a really creative and well thought out storyline.

Morgan and Wyatt had a very strong connection. Morgan instantly trusted Wyatt to protect her and her secrets. They also had a very sensual relationship – both in human and mermaid form. I have to be honest. The mermaid-human sex creeped me out a little. Their other sexual encounters were hot.

Another little thing that bugged me at the beginning of Sex Lies & Fruit Flies was Morgan’s first person point of view. I think it might have been the way she was explaining her life up until that point to the reader rather than just delving into what was happening now. I was also a little surprised when I got a couple of chapter’s with Wyatt’s point of view toward the end.

My favorite part of Sex Lies & Fruit Flies was the last fourth of the book when there’s a big twist and a lot of suspense. How the story ended really intrigued me and had me wondering what was going to happen next.

Oh, and I can’t leave out the fact that the cover and title are a perfect match for the story!

If you’re a paranormal romance reader who loves mermaid tales filled with erotic and suspenseful scenes, you should pick up Sex Lies & Fruit Flies.

**I received an electronic copy of Sex Lies & Fruit Flies from the author in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

Pixar Book Tag

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I think I’ve watched more animated films and television shows in the last eight years as a mom than I have my entire life. Some of those films have definitely been from Pixar. I’ve seen the Toy Story movies and Monsters, Inc. more times than I can count! So I have to thank Lois @ My Midnight Musing for tagging me for this fun Pixar Book Tag. If you haven’t checked out Lois’ blog, please do. It’s a lot of fun. 🙂


TOY STORY: A BOOK WHERE YOU WANTED THE CHARACTERS TO COME TO LIFE.

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I really, really want Kate to be my BFF.


A BUG’S LIFE: A CHARACTER WHO GOES THROUGH A TRANSFORMATION.

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I’m going to say Lou Clark. I think she learned a lot about herself.


MONSTERS INC: A STRONG/SCARY CHARACTER DEVELOPS A SOFT SIDE FOR SOMEONE.

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Mean scary motorcycle gang member Grizz is all soft and sweet for Ginny.


FINDING NEMO: “P. SHERMAN, 42 WALLABY WAY, SYDNEY.” A BOOK THAT HAS AN ADDRESS OR QUOTE THAT’S BURNED INTO YOUR MEMORY FOREVER.

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“You’ll never find yourself if you’re lost in someone else.”

-Colleen Hoover, November 9


THE INCREDIBLES: COOLEST BOOK FAMILY.

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The Garretts. I love all of them!


CARS 1,2,3: A BOOK THAT KEEPS GETTING SEQUELS YOU FEEL ARE NOT NEEDED.

The Mortal Instruments Boxed Set: City of Bones; City of Ashes; City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #1-3)

I have to agree with Lois on this one. There are way too many books in this series. I wish it would have ended after book 3. It would have been an awesome trilogy.


RATATOUILLE: A BOOK FEATURING A NON-HUMAN/HUMANOID.

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One POV is a squirrel. Another is a bench. It’s incredibly cute.


WALL-E: A BOOK THAT MADE YOU LONELY.

Gus (Bright Side, #2)

If you want to know why, then you need to read Bright Side first.


UP: A BOOK WHOSE CHARACTERS MADE YOU QUICKLY BECOME EMOTIONALLY INVESTED IN.

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Cass Owens and Tyson Preeter. They each had their own handicap to deal with, and their individual and combined strengths sucked me in.


BRAVE: NAME A BOOK WITH A STRONG MOTHER/DAUGHTER RELATIONSHIP.

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I love the bond Murphy has with her mom…and her dad.


INSIDE OUT: NAME A BOOK THAT COULD BE ONE OF YOUR CORE MEMORIES.

The Phantom Tollbooth

I can remember my 4th grade teacher reading this book to our class. I can picture the room in my head and where I was sitting and listening.


I TAG:

Ashley @ What’s She Reading?

Claire @ Art and Soul

Carrie @ reading is my superpower

Lila @ The Bookkeeper’s Secrets

Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books

Raven @ Dreamy Addictions

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WWW Wednesday: March 8, 2016

Welcome to the first WWW Wednesday of March!

This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at Should be Reading but is now hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

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The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

So here we go…


Currently reading:

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Screwdrivered is still waiting for me to pick it back up. I will! I promise!

I had to push Glass Sword to the front of my TBR list because I got it from the library and only had a few more days left to read it.


Recently finished:

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Last week, I buddy read both Forbidden and More Happy Than Not with some Goodreads friends. You can find the review for Forbidden here. The review for More Happy Than Not posts today and can be found here. You’ll have to wait until the end of the week to read my review for If You Can’t Take the Heat.


Reading Next:

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As soon as I finish Glass Sword, I’m picking up Sex Lies and Fruit Flies. After that I’m starting another buddy read for Extraordinary Means. Then I’ll read Kissed By a Cowboy.


What are you reading next?

Review: More Happy Than Not

19542841Title: More Happy Than Not

Author: Adam Silvera

Publication Date: June 2, 2015

Publisher: SoHo Teen

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance, LGBQT

Goodreads Synopsis:

In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for 16-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again–but he’s still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he’s slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely.

When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron’s crew notices, and they’re not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can’t deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is.

Why does happiness have to be so hard?


4.5 / 5 Stars


Adam Silver is a brilliant storyteller. I loved the way the story was set up and flowed in More Happy Than Not. It was creative and not what I was expecting at all. There were twists and turns I never saw coming. It was amazing how seamlessly many different issues were woven into the story.

Not only was the way the story unfolded different and interesting, but so were the characters. The main character, Aaron, could have been very annoying and frustrating to readers because of the way he complained about the hardships and unhappiness in his life. Instead, Aaron was easy to relate to. I could empathize with him and liked him. I wanted him to achieve his ultimate happy ending. I rooted for him the entire time.

The other characters were whipped cream on top of the Aaron sundae. Thomas had a maturity about him, even if he was lost in life. You couldn’t ask for a better girlfriend than Genevieve. She stood by Aaron through it all, no matter what happened. I have to admit my favorite character was Me-Crazy, even if he was a horrible person. The fact that he gave himself that nickname was perfect. He had me laughing most of the time.

 

The only thing missing for me in More Happy Than Not was more information about what came next for Aaron. I kind of felt like I was left hanging a bit. I needed an epilogue or something. I’m dying for more!

More Happy Than Not is a book I’ll be thinking about for a long time to come. It’s definitely a book I would recommend.

 

Top Ten Tuesday: I Love You/I Hate You

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Ten Characters Everyone Loves But I Just Don’t Get or Ten Characters I LOVE But Others Seem To Dislike. I’m going to split the topic into 5 for each this time.


Five Characters I Love But Others Hate

1. Jacob Black, The Twilight Saga

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He may not have ended up with the girl, but it doesn’t matter to me. For some reason, New Moon endeared him to me. Plus, he’s LIVING.

2. Garrett Graham, The Deal

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Joey explained to me all of the reasons Garrett is a horrible love interest and I have to admit he’s kind of onto something, but I can’t help it. I love me some Garrett Graham!

3. Miles Archer, Ugly Love

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Miles can be a complete douchebag. I’m willing to look past it because of the reasons behind his douchebaggery.

4. Amy Dunne, Gone Girl

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She was an evil bitch, but dang she was crafty!

5. Ridge & Sidney, Maybe Someday

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I combined these two because you wouldn’t hate them if it wasn’t for their relationship with each other. I don’t condone what they did, but I still love them together.


Five Characters Everyone Loves But I Don’t Get

1. Edward, Twilight

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Edward is DEAD. He literally sucks the life out of people. I wouldn’t want him for my boyfriend. I don’t hate him or anything, but I don’t love him. (Sorry, Jesse! I know I said I’d leave your bae alone, but I had a hard time thinking of characters to pick. Please forgive me! 😉 )

2. Four, Divergent

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I don’t know. I just didn’t connect with Four. There’s nothing especially bad or good about him to me. He’s just kind of blah.

3. Cricket, Lola and the Boy Next Door

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I loved Lola, but I thought Cricket was kind of lame.

4. Peeta and/or Gale, The Hunger Games

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I never rooted for either of these guys. Peeta just seemed too bland compared to Katniss and she never truly saw Gale as more than a friend. There’s no reason to be Team Gale or Team Peeta.

5. Étienne St. Clair, Anna and the French Kiss

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I don’t get why everyone is so gaga over St. Clair. I don’t want to spoil it for those people who haven’t read it, but I didn’t think he was a stand up guy. Maybe it would have helped if some of his point of view would have been included. Probably not.

Release Day Blitz & Review: Redemptive by Jay McLean

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RELEASE DAY BLITZ

Title: Redemptive (Combative Trilogy #2)

Author: Jay McLean

Release Day: March 8, 2016

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COMBATIVE (BOOK 1) ON SALE FOR 99c

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It’s said that your life flashes before your eyes when you die.
It must only happen to those whose lives were worthy.
Clearly, mine was not.
The only thing that happened to me was a repeat of what I thought was my death.
The blast of the gun as it went off.
The loss of my breath as two hundred pounds of dead weight dropped on top of me.
And then darkness.
This replayed over and over.
When the guy squatted down next to me and asked if I was hurt, the only thing I could see, feel,
hear, were those few seconds.
Even now, as I sat in the back of a blacked out van—it was the only thing that ran through my mind.
Gunshot, breath, darkness.
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  Review


5 / 5 Stars


Holy crap. 

That’s how I’d sum up Redemptive in two words.

A couple weeks ago I reviewed Jay McLean’s Combative. (You can find my review here.) It ended with one of those cliffhangers that had me pounding my fists demanding the next book. I needed more. There were so many unanswered questions.

While I still feel like I’m in the dark on most things, what I did learn BLEW MY MIND. It completely changed everything I thought I knew from Combative. I wanted to know more about Nate DeLuca. Jay McLean answered.

Nate wasn’t who I thought he was. Well he was, but he wasn’t. I can’t even begin to explain it to you. I was wary of the Nate I met in Combative. I just knew he was going to cause problems. The Nate I met in Redemptive was someone I adored. It confused the heck out of me! I didn’t know what to do with the two versions of him in my head.

And Bailey. I don’t even know what to say about Bailey. I felt for the poor girl.

Jay McLean has done an amazing job of messing with my head with this series. And I’m not complaining at all. I LOVED it. I can’t wait for the third book. I can’t even imagine what’s in store for everyone next.

**I received an ARC of Redemptive in exchange for an honest review.

 

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Jay McLean is an international best-selling author and full-time reader, writer of New Adult Romance, and most of all, procrastinator. When she’s not doing any of those things, she can be found running after her two little boys, playing house and binge watching Netflix. She writes what she loves to read, which are books that can make her laugh, make her hurt and make her feel.
Jay lives in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, in a forever half-done home where music is loud and laughter is louder.

AUTHOR LINKS

Facebook | Fan Group | Web | Twitter | Instagram | Newsletter |

 

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Seasons of Book Blogging Tag

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Happy Monday! I was tagged by Arec @ Rainy Thursdays for the Seasons of Book Blogging Tag. Thanks, Arec!

 

The Seasons of Book Blogging Tag was created by Jordyn @ J. Bookish for the end of her Tag Week. You might remember that I actually did this tag a while ago. I was one of the lucky bloggers to be tagged in the original post. I decided to go ahead and do the tag again because it was so much fun and I’m sure my answers have changed. 😉


Rules:

  • Thank the creator and the person who tagged you.
  • Begin with the month in which you have been tagged and move forward from there!
  • State the best gift you’ve ever been given after you answer the question for your birthday month.
  • Tag whomever you’d like when you’re finished.. or else you’ll be “it” forever.
  • Have fun, of course!

March is the month for luck and new beginnings. Name a book or series that you would like to re-experience as if you’d never read it.

This book shocked me. I would love to have the experience all over again.


April is a spectacularly ordinary month. Name a book that was so over-hyped that it just could not live up to your expectations.

No book has ever been more over hyped for me than this one.


May is the month when the flowers start to bloom. Name a book that was a pleasant surprise to you.

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I knew it would be good. I just didn’t know it would be that good.


June is the time to take a break. Name a book or genre that you like to read when you just need to check out.

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I love a good contemporary romance when I want to check out. It can be NA, YA or adult. I especially love ones that make me laugh like MacKenzie Fire did.


July is the time to celebrate your independence! Name a book that made you see fireworks. (Figuratively. Please don’t light books on fire.)

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BLEW.MY.MIND.


August is the hottest month of the year. Pick an up-and-coming author that you think will be the next hottest thing.

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Emily Martin. She makes you empathize with characters you want to strangle half the time.


September is time for students to go back to school! Pick a book you read for school that you actually enjoyed.

Um…It’s been way too long since I read anything for school! The only books I remember reading in college weren’t that enjoyable.


October is time to celebrate Halloween! Pick one character that you would love to dress up as for Halloween.

It would be fun to have my daughter be Mal and to be Maleficent. Or we could be Evie and the Evil Queen. My daughter would love that.

Oh, and the best gift I’ve ever been given. Hmm…Is it cheesy if I say my family? That would be it. Or I did get a really cool Electra beach cruiser bicycle for Christmas one year. That was awesome!


 

November is the month when we’re reminded of how much we have to be thankful for. Choose one book you’re grateful for having read and give a shout-out to the person who recommended it!

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December is a time when friends and families come together and celebrate. Name one book you would give as a gift.

The truth is I have already given Ugly Love twice as a gift. I gave it to both of my best friends. They both loved it. I would give it to any of my other friends that love to read.


January begins a new year. Name a resolution you made this year and if you’ve kept it or not!

I didn’t make any this year.


February is the month for relationships. Name your favorite book relationship: romantic, platonic, or familial, your choice!

Bright Side kind of encompasses all of those relationships. I love the friendships in this book. If I could be friends with any book characters, it would be the ones in Bright Side. I also love the familial and romantic relationships in it.


I tag:

Anyone who hasn’t done this one yet, but wants to!

 

Review: Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

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Author: Tabitha Suzuma

Publication Date: May 27, 2010

Publisher: Definitions

Genre:New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Goodreads Synopsis:

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 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 probably the hardest book I have ever reviewed. I wish I could say I loved this book, but I can’t. The subject matter was just too disturbing and taboo to be enjoyable to read. What I can say is that it was beautifully written. Only an exceptionally talented writer could deliver a story so brutally wrong and still have you empathizing with its characters.

I felt sympathy for every character in this book. My heart went out to them. Despite their flaws, I loved them. There were so many wrongs committed to each of them on so many levels. I wanted happy endings for them all. Mostly, I wanted to be able to forgive Maya and Lochan their actions, but I couldn’t. It was frustrating and devastating because there could never be a happy ending for them. There could never be an ending that would be completely satisfying to me. What I was left with at the end of Forbidden was a deep sadness. It’s a book that will stick with me for a very long time to come.

You probably noticed there are no stars on this review. I honestly couldn’t come up with a rating. How do you rate a story which makes you super uncomfortable, but love the characters? I haven’t been able to figure it out. Would I suggest reading it? That depends entirely on the reader.