5 Solemn Stars
Big Lass Reviews:
It has been a while since I have read a book that has left me totally and completely emotionally drained. I can't even find the words to do this book a proper review. When I was introduced to Forbidden through its synopsis by a friend I almost passed on reading it. I couldn't find it within me to read about a incest. Then I was floored by her review and I had to pull it off my to-read and just give it a chance.
Tabitha Suzuma drew me in with her powerful beautiful writing. After the siblings father has abandoned them and their mother has walked out them to recapture a youth long lost. Over the following five years seventeen-year-old Lochan and sixteen-year-old Maya become surrogate parents to their three younger siblings, Kit who is thirteen, trapped in the middle not a child yet not a man and Tiffin and Willa the babies (six and eight??). She created a strong functioning dysfunctional family of siblings that all they want is to stay together. You can't help but to feel the love the siblings have for one another and find yourself hoping that Lochan can keep it together long enough to take proper custody of his sibling to keep the schools, social services and their mother at bay.
Upon starting the book I already had my mind made up. Brother and Sister involved in a relationship, now way I could condone that line being crossed. However, I found myself trusted into a grey area while reading, choosing not to read with the mindset of what is right and wrong; but with the heartbreaking anguish of both Lochan and Maya as they fight tooth and nail against how they fell . Not once did characters ever let me forget they were brother and sister as they struggled with the overwhelming emotions.
This is one of the best books I have has ever read! It would be my advice to pick up a copy and read it ASAP and have plenty of Kleenex available. However, it is not suitable for younger children.