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Official Review: Forbidden Betrayal by Sabaine Harinarain

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Official Review: Forbidden Betrayal by Sabaine Harinarain

Post Number:#1 by godreaujea
» 06 Jul 2017, 09:45

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Forbidden Betrayal" by Sabaine Harinarain.]

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3 out of 4 stars
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Forbidden Betrayal by Sabaine Harinarai is a narrative poem about loss and grief with an element of magic realism. The story follows Marie, a teenager growing up in a cult-like community, who feels responsible for the death of her best friend, and then loses the love of her life. Marie relates her months of struggle with depression through a heart wrenching narrative poem.

The story Harinarai weaves is original, creative, and very raw. Told from the point of view of Marie, the reader experiences her deepest pain, which she manages to hide from her family, friends, and teachers for months. Through her healing, Marie is trying to make sense of her life and the cult-like community she lives in, but she does not like what she discovers.

I appreciate how Harinarai does not spell everything out for the reader, but allows the reader to make connections through Marie’s sad and confused retelling. Although Marie’s story is unique, it is very relatable to anyone who has suffered from grief, anxiety, or depression. Harinarai does not sugar coat the self-loathing and violent thoughts that root themselves in Marie’s mind as she battles with depression single-handedly for months. Marie is a complicated and well developed character. The themes of good versus evil, corruption, and loss of innocence add to the depth of this narrative poem. In narrative poems, it can be difficult to include more than one character, as well as dialogue, but Harinarai manages to pull off both of these feats with style.

Harinarai’s poetry is gripping, but I believe there is room for improvement. Some lines could be rearranged so they land on a more powerful note. Also, at times she tries to rhyme, but I think it would make Marie’s thoughts seem more chaotic, confusing, and sincere if there was more dissonance. Overall, however, I am impressed by Harinarai’s poetic abilities. The only other complaint I have is that the ending is very abrupt and a bit confusing. Although I appreciate how the Harinarai encourages the reader to make connections, I think the author would benefit from expanding and clarifying the events that take place at the end.

Forbidden Betrayal is a fascinating narrative poem that involves magic realism. It is a quick read that is professionally edited and it showcases the raw emotions that encompass grief, anxiety, and depression. I have decided to rate Forbidden Betrayal 3 out of 4 stars. I believe that Harinarai’s poetry is impressive but there is some room for improvement, and I hope the ending gets expanded and clarified. I would recommend Forbidden Betrayal to anyone who appreciates narrative poetry, magic realism, or stories dealing with grief, anxiety, and depression.

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Re: Official Review: Forbidden Betrayal by Sabaine Harinarai

Post Number:#2 by kandscreeley
» 17 Jul 2017, 10:54

I don't think I've ever read a narrative poem like this. It would definitely be interesting to try something like that. Sounds like a fairly good book even with the room for improvement. Thanks for the review.
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Re: Official Review: Forbidden Betrayal by Sabaine Harinarai

Post Number:#3 by samukaru
» 17 Jul 2017, 15:35

very good
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Post Number:#4 by Destiny Okapaleke
» 17 Jul 2017, 18:13

very good
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Post Number:#5 by mrbukuen
» 17 Jul 2017, 19:03

So, it's true that all glitter is not a gold.... Very interesting story full of educating
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Post Number:#6 by Yanny22
» 17 Jul 2017, 22:33

Very interesting story...
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Post Number:#7 by kirano jeff
» 17 Jul 2017, 23:23

it is a tourching poem full o axiety and i would recommend one 2 read it .....xnks its such agreat work
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Post Number:#8 by Kate Almonte
» 18 Jul 2017, 00:07

Full of emotions . Very good
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Post Number:#9 by Mustafa Abdi malik
» 18 Jul 2017, 00:14

Superb this book made my day......full of emotions ..nice one
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Post Number:#10 by wicky dave
» 18 Jul 2017, 04:51

its fantastic and interesting.I would urge everyone to read it.
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Post Number:#11 by Viktor2z
» 18 Jul 2017, 05:22

Awesome, love the thrill
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Post Number:#12 by beatriceanyango
» 18 Jul 2017, 05:53

:( wow i would encourage my friends to stick in honest relationship to avoid making others suffer .i like the poem narrative.thanks.
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Re: Official Review: Forbidden Betrayal by Sabaine Harinarai

Post Number:#13 by Virginia clements
» 18 Jul 2017, 06:17

This is amazing.
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Post Number:#14 by David emmanuel
» 18 Jul 2017, 11:13

intresting...very awsome story
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Re: Official Review: Forbidden Betrayal by Sabaine Harinarai

Post Number:#15 by LadyClaire
» 18 Jul 2017, 12:38

The scope of this narrative poem is a very sensitive one (at least to me). Awesome review, godreaujea!
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